Alongside the people of Los Angeles and the rest of the country, I was horrified by the comments made in the recordings that were released just last week. As an elected representative and sitting Councilmember, I reject those comments completely — they are simply not representative of the city that I love so deeply.
The City of Los Angeles is owed more from its leadership than apologies and promises to reflect when the actions on display were so abhorrent. We're at a moment where the problems facing our city — enormous housing costs, rising homelessness, and a mounting climate crisis among them — cannot be conversations that are tainted with racism or homophobia.
There is a lot of work ahead for the City Council to build back the trust of Angelenos — and while the resignation of the former Council President is a necessary step, the unwillingness of Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo to resign is a slap in the face to residents who deserve to move on from this shameful and reprehensible moment.
I'm here because I believe in the power of government to do good and to be good — but going forward, we must create the governance structures that really make that possible. We must create rules in Los Angeles that change the way in which Councilmembers operate — that means drastically taking action to eliminate opportunities for corruption and quid pro quo, including creating a truly independent redistricting commission, expanding the number of seats on the Council, and reducing Councilmembers’ discretion over individual land-use decisions.
Even as we continue to push for the resignations of the individuals on that tape, we must also push for rules in Los Angeles that incentivize elected representatives to act on behalf of all Angelenos, not for their own political power. That's exactly what I hope we can do in the coming weeks and months.
With that said — our work to serve the residents of Council District 4 continues. I hope you’ll read below for important information about the opportunity to sign up for the Section 8 housing voucher waitlist, student debt forgiveness, and more timely updates.
With love and hope for a better tomorrow,
I. Important Resources & Updates | Section 8 Voucher Waitlist Applications, At-Home COVID Vaccination, Student Loan Debt Forgiveness, Child Care Resources
APPLY FOR SECTION 8 (RENT SUBSIDY) VOUCHERS NOW TO OCT 30 | MORE INFO
Anyone who submits an application for the waitlist will be selected via lottery (not first-come, first-served). For the latest information, read LAist’s helpful overview HERE, and visit the City Housing Authority (HACLA)’s online portal HERE to apply.
AT-HOME VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE IN LA COUNTY | MORE INFO
Residents can also fill out the online request form (multiple language options available) or visit ph.lacounty.gov/vaxathome or ph.lacounty.gov/vacunacionencasa for more information.
STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS APPLICATION | MORE INFO
If your income data is with the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive relief automatically if you are eligible. If the U.S. Department of Education does not have your income data, you can fill out an application that will soon be available. For more information on how you can prepare, and with further information about the process, click HERE.
CALIFORNIA STATE CHILD CARE RESOURCE SITE | MORE INFO
NAVIGATING CITY CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES | OCT 27 @ 3:30-5 PM | RSVP
SHERMAN OAKS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL 20TH ANNIVERSARY MOVIE NIGHT| OCT 29 @ 5 PM | MORE INFO
NEW ONGOING PROJECT OCT-NOV 2023: LOS FELIZ WATER MAINLINE REPLACEMENT
Date/Time: Mon to Fri 9 AM to 6 PM | Oct 2022 - Nov 2023
Contact: District Engineer: Nathaniel Bautista / (213) 367-3994 / [email protected]
Project Manager: Oscar Rodriguez / (213) 367-5682 / [email protected]
Construction Supervisor: Dan Kirksey / 818-771-5027 / [email protected]
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