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We began the Board meeting with a moment of silence for the 59 precious souls lost, and over 500 injured in Sunday’s unfathomable mass shooting in Las Vegas.

My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families, and all who were affected as a result of this senseless tragedy.

But all the thoughts, prayers and sympathies aren’t stopping these mass murders by gun violence from seeming almost routine.

Speaker Anthony Rendon’s words from this week really struck a chord with me:

“The police say the shooter appeared to have acted alone. That’s not true. Every gun lobbyist and the politicians who do their bidding were all in that room with him. We have to make this stop, and we can with courage and political will.”

This week’s invocation was led by the Third District’s Father David Loftus of our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Northridge, and he reminded us that even in troubled times we must remember our mutual humanity – a poignant message now more than ever.

Indigenous People’s Day

We also adopted an official County holiday celebrating Native Americans and their invaluable cultural and historical contributions.

The second Monday of October will now be designated as “Indigenous People’s Day” across LA County. This replaces the previous observance of Columbus Day, and is a more appropriate and inclusive way to honor the original inhabitants of the region. Supervisor Solis, my co-author for the motion, wrote this fantastic op-ed for the Huffington Post that outlines the importance of recognizing indigenous peoples.

The motion also designates October 12 as Italian-American Heritage Day in honor of the many contributions of Italian Americans to Los Angeles.

Measure H-funded Bridge Housing Coming to Sylmar

A recent report by the LA Homeless Services Authority shows that only 17 percent of emergency shelter beds are dedicated to women, despite the fact that women represent nearly double that percentage of people experiencing homelessness.

We took an important step toward providing appropriate services for these women by unanimously approving a motion to use Measure H funds to transform the Sylmar Armory into year-round crisis bridge housing. Bridge housing offers service-intensive emergency shelter, with the goal of placing individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

I am very grateful to Supervisor Barger for co-authoring the motion, and the community leaders in Sylmar who worked so diligently with our office to develop this proposal. Working together, we will be able to better support and provide resources to women experiencing homelessness in this community..

Join us for AIDS Walk LA 2017

It’s time to walk for a good cause and reach your daily Fitbit goal!

Join us on October 15 for the annual AIDS Walk LA, when hundreds of Angelenos come together to walk in support of people living with HIV/AIDS, and raise life-saving dollars for APLA and other HIV service organizations.

I want to recognize and thank AIDS Project Los Angeles for their 34 years of dedication and service to tens of thousands of men, women, and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

This year’s Walk will start and end at Grand Park and is the first time that Grand Park and Downtown LA will host the event.

Essential Services for HIV/AIDS Oral Health Care

Thousands of individuals are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County – many of whom are not receiving sufficient care.

To improve available care options and expand facilities for treatment, we approved a motion that allows the Department of Public Health (DPH) to amend contracts with two health providers in the Northeast Valley. The revised agreements will increase support to the Northeast Valley Health Corporation and the East Valley Community Health Clinic for laboratory costs associated with invasive and costly dental procedures such as crowns, root canals, and dentures.

The recommendation also allows DPH to continue a great partnership with the JWCH Institute, Inc. to identify and cover patients who have fallen out of care from other facilities. The program focuses on engagement to increase retention rates for vulnerable HIV/AIDS patients.