An emotional, triumphant, disturbing and long day!

First, a great culmination to long months of work. On Tuesday, the Board unanimously approved a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Solis establishing a new Center for Financial Empowerment, opening this fall. The pilot undertaken by the County and its partners joins those put in place by a growing number of forward-thinking local governments including Seattle, New York and San Francisco that have opened these centers to help thousands of families reduce their debt burden and save money.

The New America Foundation estimates that low-to-moderate income County residents lose out on more than $370 million in Federal Earned Income Tax Credit funds every year because they don’t know they can claim it. 28% of those households have no bank accounts or are “underbanked”, relying on predatory check-cashing stores and payday lenders with high interest rates that can drain already meager savings.

The County is committed to helping low-income County residents build up their household wealth and achieve more financial security. Our new pilot Center for Financial Empowerment, opening this fall, will help do just that.

Read: LA County Establishes Center for Financial Empowerment

The Board also:

Began our meeting with an emotional presentation, recognizing LGBT County department and Sheriff’s leaders (above) and asking the public to rededicate itself to ending the bigotry, hatred and senseless violence that erupted in a gay Orlando nightclub this past weekend. Read: Supervisor Kuehl, LGBT County Leaders Call for End to Bigotry

Adopted a Resolution approving the $466,367,100 FY 2016-2017 Budget, which includes $130,845,700 in Community Development Commission funding and $335,521,400 in Housing Authority funding.

Reappointed Joan Patsy Ostroy to the Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission, Jeffrey W. Monical to the LA County Citizens’ Economy and Efficiency Commission, and appointed Karen Miller to the Engineering, Geology and Soils Review and Appeals Board.

Proclaimed November 2016 as “Chinese American Film Festival Month” throughout the County. We also proclaimed June 2016 as both “Refugee Awareness Month” to increase awareness of the valuable contributions of refugees, and “Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month”, encouraging departments to concentrate on quality services for elderly residents and dependent adults with disabilities and educating the general public on the prevention, reporting, and eradication of elder and dependent adult abuse.

Heard from a number of poll workers and voters about problems with voting lists, counting and training in the last election. Heard from Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan about plans to address these issues.

Approved the Social Program Agreement for the allocation of County funds to International Visitors Council of Los Angeles to provide the person-to-person diplomacy program.
Adopted a small pilot program to allow voluntary drop-off of sharps and unused drugs while a more comprehensive and effective ordinance is being developed.

Adjourned in memory of:

Arnold Balonick, a successful entrepreneur and the creator of the Maxi-Float Mattress, which was the first hospital bed to combat bed sores and articulate with the bed, a technology that he sold to a worldwide network of hospitals.

Wallace W. Booth, prominent Southern California business executive and philanthropist, who supported Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, the Children’s Bureau, and the League for Children, and was a former president of the Southern California United Way.

Leonard Hill, who produced more than 50 network television movies, four mini-series, and three dramatic series. Earlier this year, he partnered with The City of Los Angeles to create the Leonard Hill arts plaza, a cultural space to be built beneath the new Sixth Street Bridge between Santa Fe Avenue and the Los Angeles River.

Dr. Leo John Treciokas, a neurologist and medical researcher who helped develop new and innovative treatments for Parkinson’s Disease as well as the Botox program at UCLA, treating patients for a variety of movement disorders.