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We began this week’s Board meeting with a beautiful and meaningful invocation from Mati Waiya, which you can watch here.
Mati is a Chumash ceremonial leader, a dolphin dancer, and a member of the Santa Clara River Turtle Clan. He is one of the founders of the Wishtoyo Foundation, a non-profit organization created to protect Chumash Native American culture and the natural environment all people need to thrive.
Overlooking the Pacific on the bluffs in Malibu, the incredible Chumash Discovery Village, built by Mati and many others, is a faithful replica of a traditional Chumash Village built on an 8,000-year-old site. You can visit and experience ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year.
Over the last two decades, Mati has presented programs to thousands of school children, sharing his knowledge about Chumash traditions, sustainable life ways, and the need for environmental responsibility.
Mr. Waiya’s belief is that education is the primary tool needed to allow us to foster a healthy, sustainable environment, as well as awakening a passion for the protection of natural surroundings in young people.
We also unanimously approved a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to oppose Measure S, the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,” which will appear on the March 7 ballot in the City of Los Angeles.
Measure S would impose a two-year moratorium on residential and commercial developments that are denser or taller than developments allowed by current zoning codes and would prevent any future building that requires a general plan amendment. A recent analysis by Beacon Economics indicated that the moratorium could drain as much as $3.8 billion from the local economy and cost thousands of jobs.
Los Angeles County is partnering with CalEITC4Me, the statewide education and outreach campaign designed to get the word out to more than 600,000 eligible low-income working Californians about the state’s earned income tax credit (CalEITC) program.
In LA County County alone, 100,000 working families are eligible for CalEITC. This translates to $50 million in cash-back refunds that families could spend on food, education, housing and anything they please!
Visit http://caleitc4me.org/ today to find out if you qualify!
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in law in 1994, with bipartisan support, to improve law enforcement response to violence against women and create specialized victim services. VAWA has been incredibly effective in saving lives and helping law enforcement be more efficient and effective in their response. Many services are provided to victims with these funds, including County residents from every community, every workplace, every religious community and an astonishing number of homes.
VAWA recognized that we, as a nation, must work together to create comprehensive systems and services to protect individuals and communities from interpersonal violence. It has strengthened the criminal justice system’s response to violence against women and provided families with access to programs and supportive services that were previously unavailable.
The Trump Administration is now considering the elimination of all VAWA grants, abandoning federal support of these critical programs.
The Board approved a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Hilda Solis to officially oppose any and all cuts for VAWA, and send a five-signature letter to all of the County’s Members of Congress urging them to oppose the untenable threats to this funding.
In 2015, in response to low voter turnout, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 415 which authorizes cities with populations under 100,000 to move their municipal elections to higher turnout Election Days. Since then, the Board has been steadily approving the requests of many cities to move their elections to even years in order to coincide with presidential and congressional races. More and more are approved each week. This week we approved the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, and Culver City and San Marino School Districts to move their elections to the first Tuesday in November in even years. I’m excited that so many jurisdictions are consolidating elections which will dramatically increase turnout and improve “small d” democracy for these very important local races.