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Girls Build Los Angeles

I’m grateful to my colleagues on the Board for approving a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proclaiming October as Girls Empowerment Month and supporting the Girls Build Initiative.

This is the sixth year the LA Promise Fund will present the “Girls Build” initiative, which challenges young women from public middle and high schools across LA County to join together to address disparities in their communities and spur social change. This year’s focus is voter mobilization, and the LA Promise Fund will be building a coalition of young women to register to vote and encourage their friends, families, and communities to raise their voices for democracy.

We encourage everyone to learn more about the Girls Build Initiative here!

Public Safety in LA County Parks

To make sure that every visitor can safely enjoy the great outdoor recreation provided by LA County parks, the Board approved a motion authored by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn to ensure reliable public safety at LA County Parks.

The motion asks for a report-back in 14 days on options to fill the public safety gap in our County parks caused by the Sheriff’s withdrawal of deputies who are assigned to the Parks Bureau, including funding suggestions and, if needed, short-term emergency solutions like a third-party vendor. It also asks for a longer-term, big picture report on reimagining community policing at County Parks, which could involve a public safety division within the Department of Parks and Recreation with staff trained in crisis response and violence prevention.

Expanding Eviction Defense Services

As the pandemic’s economic effects continue to hammer low-income renters, LA County continues to partner with legal organizations to advocate for tenants and try to keep them housed. On Tuesday, we passed a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas providing further funding for the Eviction Defense Program.

This motion moves $2 million in recently available funding to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to support their Eviction Defense Services. By bolstering these services alongside DCBA’s Foreclosure Prevention Program and Mortgage Financial Relief Program, we have crafted a multi-pronged strategy to work to keep LA County residents in their homes through these unprecedented times.

LA County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education

I’m really excited that the Board passed the motion I co-authored with Supervisor Kathryn Barger formally adopting Arts for All Children, Youth, and Families: Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education.

The New Regional Blueprint sets targets for achieving scale, equity, and quality in arts education – in school, after school, and in communities. The all-encompassing roadmap was crafted with input from more than 150 public and private partners.

The new Blueprint’s adopted goals:

  • Develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain arts education for all young people, in all schools, and in all communities.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships and collaborations to create, expand, and leverage resources for arts education.
  • Increase public awareness about the importance of arts education and mobilize stakeholders to advocate for robust implementation.

You can learn more here!

Safe Clean Water Program Projects

I am very pleased that the Board unanimously voted to approve the first round of contracts for regional projects identified by the nine watershed steering committees, so that work can get underway to capture and use stormwater, as envisioned in Measure W.

The contracts also include Watershed Coordinators to lead community outreach and collaboration to help with design and applications for further projects. This is an exciting beginning to increasing available local water for residents of the County!