More than 36,000 people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles, and every month, hundreds of other Angelenos are pushed out of their homes, neighborhoods and communities – deprived of shelter by regional economic forces and a critical shortage of housing.
Ending our homeless crisis is my top priority — it is simply immoral to permit a culture to take root in which thousands of men, women and children bed down in tents and doorways on cold city’s sidewalks.
But this crisis affects us all. It’s more than that. It has led to serious public safety challenges, public health and sanitation issues that erode the quality of life for all who call Los Angeles home.
I am seeking a seat on the City Council to bring energy, urgency and bold thinking to this problem. We must do two things: 1). stem the flow of residents into homelessness by preserving and protecting our rental housing stock. 2). We must commit, in every community and every neighborhood, to Build. More. Housing.
It is time to re-imagine transportation in Los Angeles. Once the proud home of the nation’s car culture, our city must become the proud, 21st century model for clean energy, electricity-powered vehicles and efficient and accessible mass transit.
We must also build differently, abandoning single-family sprawl for transit-oriented housing and business developments clustered in economic hubs.
Too often these choices are framed as personal or individual decisions, but they are policy ones as well. We can catalyze a reduction in traffic that is sustainable.
Clean air, pure water, open space and homes safe from toxic substances are the right of all Angelenos – of all people. We can achieve the goal creating a clean and safe society for all by focusing on the intersection of technology and renewable energy.
As an L.A. County Supervisor, I saw to it that every public building developed in my district was LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The LEED designation contains several components: that buildings from reusable and sustainable materials designed for recycling, they employ renewal energy, and they use energy and water in efficient and socially responsible ways.
Buildings consume up to two-thirds of the Los Angeles’ electricity. Given that the City permits thousands of new construction projects every year, it should be our collective priority to promote development policies that lead to a significant savings of electricity, gas, and water consumption.
We must insist that our system of justice function with evenhanded fairness, increased transparency, respectful and responsive communication for all Angelenos.
Yes, we have made progress, but no, we are not there yet. In particular, the tension between law enforcement and communities of color and marginalized populations, remains. But it can improve. We cannot give up and accept as normal a state of perpetual distrust. What can we do? More than talk. We can fight for policies that create and support a culture of transparency and accountability.
We can also fight for resources. As we reject and abandon the old model of cash bail, over-incarceration and draconian sentences, we must also shift our resources to strengthen a new approach, one that provides residents with real opportunities for treatment, support, services and success.