Our campaign is committed to eradicating homelessness in Los Angeles, creating sweeping new policies to build affordable housing, actively addressing gentrification and ending the displacement of residents, and upholding the rights of all human beings, inclusive of all genders, races, sexual orientation and abilities.
There are nearly 50,000 homeless in Los Angeles County. Nearly 2,500 of those are under the age of 25. It is time we make homelessness obsolete. Every human being deserves the dignity to live a life with basic needs met: food, water, shelter and community. Los Angeles will take the lead from Utah's successful "Housing First" approach, which nearly eradicated homelessness in the state in 2015. Our focus will be on rehabilitation; investing in mental health clinics for those on the streets unable to entirely care for themselves.
Criminal Justice Reform
The United States has more people in prison than any other nation in the world; we have the highest per-capita prison population in the world. According to the NAACP, the US houses 5% of the population of the world and houses 25% of world prisoners. African Americans constitute 1 million of the 2.3 million incarcerated population- 6 times the rates of whites. 1 in every 6 African-American men will be incarcerated, 1 in every 100 African-American women will.
Criminal Justice practices in Dutch countries prioritize rehabilitation over incarceration. We will end for-profit prisons in LA City and make sure our facilities have the active intention of rehabilitation back into the community.
To truly address and bring justice to Los Angeles residents, we must invest in our impoverished neighborhoods. We must reform our education system, assure our residents can work, eat healthy food, have access to clean water, and ensure that children have access to community organizations which promote art and creativity. We must support the parents & youth of our communities so that we eradicate neglect, which leads to hateful behavior.
We must also, however, reform our police and judicial system. We must legalize marijuana. We must actively engage with police officers who have every intention to protect and serve while making certain the leadership of our police force is of, by, and for the community first and foremost. Our police will protect and serve The People before The State.
We will develop a Citizens Coalition in CD13 which will directly interact with LAPD, creating events and opportunities for our police to interact with our residents.
All human beings deserve equal dignity; no matter what gender or sexual preference they identify with. We will develop language which respects and honors all people incorporated under the banner of LGBTQIAP.
It is for the individual woman to decide what she wants to do with her body, what kind of birth control she chooses to use, and we need to protect her right to have an abortion. In addition to upholding all policies and laws that ensure these rights, CD13 will be investigating what kind of community classes/programs we can invest in to empower young girls and women in their sexual health.
Healthcare as a Human Right
Colorado’s State Health Care Initiative will be a building block for Los Angeles to look to in beginning the implementation of a statewide, Single-Payer system, reclaiming our health care system from private interests and proving that we care more about people than we do about Insurance donors.
People have the right to own and bear arms. People have the right to learn how to responsibly shoot and carry a weapon, to have respect for a deadly instrument.
If the community at large wants to pass sweeping legislation to ban more assault weapons, I will work for my community. It is my personal belief that if we fix inequality and the people of our community have their needs and dignity met, gun violence will not be an issue.