Newsletter - Update
August 28, 2015
Supervisor Solis Calls Lack of Affordable Homes in Los Angeles County: "Tragic."
This week, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, collaborated with the California Housing Partnership Corporation, to call attention to the findings of their recently released report that highlights that low-income families in Los Angeles County have limited affordable housing options.
The report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation underscores the urgency of the housing crisis in the County, especially for families living in poverty.
“This is a tragic story I hear every day,” Supervisor Solis said at a press conference at the Larry Itliong Village, a new housing development in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown that received redevelopment funds that are no longer available today.
According to the report, there is a need to build more than 500,000 affordable homes in the county. The Supervisor's office is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning to propose incentives to create and preserve existing affordable homes when communities grow.
Lastly, the majority of the County’s low-income renters spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent with little left for food, transportation, health expenses and other needs. To review highlights from the report, click here.
In the News
LA County's 'REPORT BACK' on Electronic Music Festivals at LA County-Owned Facilities
Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Michael D. Antonovich co-authored a motion in response to the tragic deaths of Tracy Nguyen and Katie Dix at the Hard Summer Festival on Aug. 1 and 2, 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona. The motion, which passed by a unanimous 5-0 vote, directed the Interim CEO and Interim County Counsel to report back on a number of issues including the ability to temporarily prohibit Electronic Music Festivals on County property while examining whether additional safety measures could be implemented to create a safe environment for all patrons. It also instructed the Interim Director of Public Health to explore options for creating an educational campaign to heighten awareness about the adverse effects of Ecstasy and other drugs.
We have received information back concerning these issues and continue to discuss the safety and health concerns that may occur at these events.
There are two Live Nation Electronic Music Festival events scheduled to occur at the Fairplex in the next few months. One on Sept. 10, 2015, and a second two-day event on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2015.
The Fair Association and Live Nation have voluntarily agreed to cancel the Sep. 10, 2015 event and have agreed to address health and safety concerns at the second event. Click here to view news story from Los Angeles Times
First District Community Roundup
Baldwin Park - Julia McNeal Senior Center
Supervisor Solis truly enjoyed visiting with dozens of seniors at the Julia McNeal Senior Center this month where she had the opportunity to highlight County services and Programs available to all seniors including: 211 referral services, Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and Unincorporated Area Services.
“I had so much fun meeting so many wonderful seniors who visit the center, daily. I truly enjoyed partaking in their activities, from a Fashion Show and the King and Queen Walk, and their morning entertainment which included: lunch, birthday celebrations and Helles Belles Dancers,” said Supervisor Solis. “Most importantly, I benefited from hearing about their concerns and how we can better communicate services to all seniors across the county.”
Julia McNeill Senior Center, located at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park. Mon. – Thurs. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays 7 a.m. to 12 (noon).
The center includes a lounge room with plasma television, library/quiet room, and it is fully ADA compliant. For more information, please call (626) 813-5245, Ext: 323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Chinese Moon Festival
Across the First District, Chinese communities recently celebrated the Moon Festival including one that just took place in the City of Rosemead sponsored by Sing Tao Daily. The Festival featured exciting stage performances, including lion dances and live music. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also popularly known as the “Moon Festival”, is a harvest festival that is celebrated by many communities throughout the First District. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese and Vietnamese lunisolar calendars, and falls on the 27th of September, this year.
Skid Row - Supervisor Solis joins LA City Representatives to tackle homelessness in SD1
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the homelessness issue in SD1, Supervisor Solis joined key LA City partners and representatives, including the Economic and Workforce Development Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to tour Skid Row, last week, seeking create policy solutions with her colleagues at the Board of Supervisors.
LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Deon Joseph of the Central Division provided Supervisor Solis with background information about the issues surrounding homeless, drug sales and gangs in the area. He also spoke about the need for more outreach staff, including mental health professionals, to work with law enforcement to build relationships with those on the street to provide supportive services. Also, representatives highlighted the need to augment County and City collaboration in order to create tangible solutions that are too large for either government entity to handle individually.
Huntington Park: Let's Walk/Run Together!
At only 23 years of age, long-time Huntington Park resident Lorena Gonzalez is quickly establishing herself as an emerging community activist. She serves as the key organizer for Let’s Walk/Run Together, an annual community run aimed at promoting more active and healthier lifestyles for residents in Southeast Los Angeles County.
During her junior year of college, Lorena came across a study from UCLA’s Center for Healthy Public Research and learned that Huntington Park had the highest obesity rate in California, “I was shocked that it was in my backyard. I [knew I] had to something,” she stated.
In 2011, the Southeast Los Angeles cities were reported to have one of the highest adult and childhood obesity rates in L.A. County. For the City of Huntington Park in particular, childhoods obesity rates stood at 30%. Going on its third year, this event has brought thousands of neighbors,volunteers, community activists, and major sponsors, including: Health Corps, LA Fitness, Starbucks, the American Heart Association, UCLA Fielding, and El Aviso, to participate. Lorena attributes her success to the hard work of her local community volunteers and to the unwavering support of her mother.
Safety Tip: Learn how to protect your family and your pets from the Flea Borne Typhus
Protect your pets from Flea-Borne Typhus that has been found in your area. Please call the Department of Public Health if you have any questions or concerns at (213) 989-7215.
East Los Angeles Field Office
4801 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 881-4601
Fax: (323) 887-7286
Hall of Administration Office
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
El Monte Field Office
3400 Aerojet Avenue, Suite 240
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 350-4500
Fax: (626) 448-1573
Save the Date
Puente Hills Master Plan Hearing - Presentation on Alternative park concepts
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hacienda Heights Community Center
1234 Valencia Ave.
Hacienda Heights, CA
Free Immigration Clinic
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015;
4 to 8 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Church – Parish Hall
3883 Baldwin Park Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA