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Photo: This week, we honored Neal Dudovitz of Neighborhood Legal Services on the occasion of his retirement. Neal took the Executive Director role at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County in 1993 and never looked back. He has been committed to providing access to legal services and justice for low-income people for more than 40 years.
Safe Clean Water
I am very happy to report that the Board, at this week’s meeting, approved the Implementation Plan for the Safe Clean Water Program, also known as Measure W! Big step!
Safe Clean Water will generate over $300 million each year to fund projects and programs that capture, clean, and conserve stormwater — increasing local water supplies, improving water quality, and creating opportunities for new recreational green space and habitat.
The passage of Measure W opened a lot of exciting possibilities for nature-based, thoughtfully designed, and forward-thinking water infrastructure.
This Implementation Ordinance takes ideas that were theoretical and establishes them as actionable plans for a more sustainable LA.
For more about the Safe Clean Water Program, click here!
Housing For A Healthy California
The Board passed a motion from Supervisor Ridley-Thomas recommending that the County apply for up to $20,000,000 in Housing for Healthy California (HHC) funds. These funds would be used to provide permanent, supportive housing to homeless residents across Los Angeles County.
This is part of the County’s ongoing effort to reduce homelessness and to provide housing to those who need it. These funds would supplement funds raised by measure H to build permanent housing, bridge housing, and to invest in rental subsidies. There is a long road ahead of us when it comes to ending homelessness in LA County, but our commitment remains strong.
Opposing Federal Anti-Immigrant Policy Changes
I commend Supervisor Solis for her motion directing the Chief Executive Officer to send a five-signature letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security emphasizing that we strongly oppose the expansion of the expedited removal of undocumented immigrants.
County Counsel will monitor any legal action that may be brought against this policy of expedited removal, and if any are appropriate to join, Los Angeles County will do so.
The Board is also instructing the Office of Immigrant Affairs, with other affected County departments and non-profit organizations, to engage in linguistically and culturally appropriate outreach and education to inform immigrants of their rights, especially with respect to expedited removal proceedings.
LA County is home to one of the most diverse populations in the United States, with 35% of residents being born in another country. We support our immigrant communities and encourage everyone to know their rights in the face of this needlessly cruel federal policy.
West Los Angeles National Guard Armory
I authored a motion to send a five-signature letter to Congress in support of altering the language of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act to allow the West Los Angeles National Guard Armory to be used to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
We have let Congress know that we support this language change because we have a strong desire to use the local Armory to provide services for people experiencing homelessness. Using every resource at our disposal to help provide housing is critical in our mission to end homelessness. H.R. 2500 lays the groundwork for the West Los Angeles National Guard Armory to serve as one of those resources.
Protecting Rights of Transgender Americans
In May, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule that would roll back protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including protections for patients who are transgender or have previously terminated a pregnancy.
Today, the board approved a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Solis to send a 5-signature letter to HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II putting LA County on record in strongly opposition to this discriminatory proposed rule change.