To address the digital divide in LA County, we approved a plan to invest $56 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to build out broadband infrastructure in high-need areas, which will benefit over 428,000 households that currently lack home internet, particularly those in low-income communities of color.
In September, the Board joined me in unanimously approving the launch of a Community Air Monitoring Program to better safeguard our unincorporated communities near active oil drilling wells. The phase out of oil drilling continues to be a top priority for my office and I am proud of the work we continue to do to ensure that the County is in complete alignment with new local and state policies and is proactively creating solutions to protect frontline communities near oil drilling sites.
In March of 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion directing LA County Public Works to take steps to address trash in the Ballona Creek as a high priority. The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit, approached Public Works around the same time with a partnership opportunity to deploy an Interceptor in Los Angeles. The Ballona Interceptor Pilot Project launched in October to aid with the on-going work of preventing tons of trash that collects in the Ballona Creek from entering our nearby beaches. The Interceptor is only one piece of the County’s efforts to keep the Ballona Creek free of trash.
This year we increased the amount of mental health beds to well over 1,000 additional beds. One group of those beds is going to use mental health service act funds to create 400 beds for individuals in the Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) program. ODR provides services needed so that people are not automatically jailed or upon their release from jail they have the opportunity to receive the services they need so they can rejoin their communities.
During November, in recognition of Transgender Awareness month, my office was proud to partner with the Translatin@ Coalition to put forth a motion co-authored by Supervisor Solis that calls for County departments, including the Department of Public Health to capture data on how LA County is serving our Transgender, Non-Confirming and Intersex residents. This will help identify any gaps and/or areas of improvement to strengthen the delivery of services and programs.
In July, the Board of Supervisors approved my motion to create a pilot program to prevent small businesses in Leimert Park from being displaced. The Leimert Park acquisition pilot program allows for small businesses owners to stay in the communities they serve and thrive.
PLACEMENT COPY The Los Angeles County District 2 office has recently announced the opening of two new satellite locations in the surrounding area. These additional offices will provide residents with even greater access to important county services and support. The district is committed to ensuring that all members of the community have the resources they need to thrive, and these new offices are an important step in that direction.
This year over 200 Community Based Organizations located in and serving the Second District received funding to support the delivery of services and programs that improve the lives and communities of constituents. To learn more about applying for Second District Funding click here.
Increased community engagement and transparency around the Los Angeles County budgeting process is an ongoing commitment. This past year we hosted three virtual budget town halls for Second District residents to hear directly from County team members on how the budget comes together and to help inform the Second District budget priorities. To view past town hall discussions, click here.
I am honored to now represent Manhattan Beach in the Second District and to have authored a motion with Supervisor Janice Hahn to return Bruce’s Beach to its rightful heirs, the great grandsons of Charles and Willa Bruce. This is just one specific example of how we can begin to bring restoration and justice to communities that have been systematically oppressed. To watch the Return of Bruce’s Beach: Dedication Ceremony & Celebration click here.