SUPERVISOR SOLIS BECOMES NEW CHAIR OF L.A. COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and current First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis was named Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this past Tuesday, Dec. 8.
“This past year, I have had the privilege of going out into so many different communities to meet with diverse individuals and to talk to them about their lives and challenges. We are all proud of our County’s diversity. But, sometimes our diversity makes it easy for us to think about what makes us different rather than what makes us the same,” said Chair Hilda L. Solis.
It has been a year since Chair Solis was sworn in to represent the people of the First District of Los Angeles County. Since then, Chair Solis has prioritized the needs of her constituents and has engaged with residents throughout the County. In her time as County Supervisor, she has called for the expansion of accessible health services, hosted resource fairs in the community and opened a new field office in Huntington Park.
“The priority I would like to set for this year is to reaffirm our commitment to our diverse County family – to make this family, our family – inclusive for everybody, no matter their background, no matter where they come from, no matter how far down the scale they have been. We are all a part of this family and this family does not leave anyone behind,” said Chair Solis.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the outgoing Chair, turned over the gavel to First District Supervisor Solis. Each year, the Board of Supervisors rotates the position of Chair among the five Supervisors who represent the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.
Click here to watch Chair Solis outlining her goals for 2016 as the new Chair of the Board.
Click here to watch a video highlighting her first-year's accomplishments.
CHAIR SOLIS SPEAKS AT L.A. COUNTY WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
At the recent Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference, Board Chair Hilda L. Solis encouraged the 900 attendees to courageously pursue their career aspirations because “confidence is the most important trait needed in life to be a success.”
Chair Solis served as the conference’s keynote morning speaker after being introduced by Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai.
“Women's leadership is a topic that interests me - and not just because I entered the field of public service. Over the years, I have come to understand that when I help others - when I empower others – I receive so much more,” said Chair Solis at the Dec. 10 event. “This conference builds community and I am proud to support it.”
Initiated in 2004, the Public Works Women's Leadership Council invites leaders in government, business, and the community to share their own experiences of overcoming adversity, achieving their goals, and executing strong leadership.
CHAIR SOLIS DECLARES ALISO CANYON GAS LEAK A LOCAL EMERGENCY
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis proclaimed on Dec. 11 a local emergency in response to the Aliso Canyon gas leak that has plagued the Porter Ranch area since October. The natural gas leak has affected local residents, many of whom have been displaced and have been exposed to toxic emissions.
On Dec. 15, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to ratify the declaration of a local emergency. The declaration also urges Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.
“We must act decisively to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of residents who have been affected by this health crisis. Through no fault of their own, their lives have been disrupted. Whole neighborhoods have been affected by this disaster. I am joining Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich in asking the state of California to help in any way possible,” said Chair Solis. Since Oct. 23, Porter Ranch residents have been affected by potential health consequences as a result of the large-scale methane leak from Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.
San Gabriel Valley
Tree Lighting and Holiday Parades in the San Gabriel Valley
Los Angeles County is full of beautiful Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parades. The cities of South El Monte, West Covina, Baldwin Park, La Puente and Azusa recently celebrated the holidays with their respective festive events and ceremonies. Some of these festivities included live entertainment, a visit from Santa - and even snow!
Local choir, dance groups and school marching bands helped set the cheerful mood of the season. Families enjoyed these community events, along with neighbors and friends!
East Los Angeles/Valinda/La Puente
Teamsters Host Toy Giveaways
In partnership with the Teamsters Horsemen Chapter 42 and SoCal Burger, Chair Hilda L. Solis hosted the East Los Angeles toy giveaway on Dec. 6 by handing out more than 2,000 toys to many smiling children.
Santa Claus even made an appearance at the event, delighting the crowd – but especially the young participants! In conjunction with the toy giveaway, a small market and resource fair were both offered to the public. Alma Family Services, the County Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Department, the County Library Department, and the Department of Parks and Recreation were among those distributing information at the resource fair.
Chair Solis also collaborated with the Teamsters Horsemen Chapter 42 on another toy giveaway on Dec. 12 at Sunshine Park in La Puente/Valinda – and it was a great success with hundreds of toys given away! Face painting, live music and food rounded out the day’s festivities!
East Los Angeles
Hollenbeck Youth Center: Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway
Families, friends and neighbors gathered on Dec. 12 to celebrate the annual Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway. Young faces lit up as they received toys, while older attendees - always young at heart - participated in games and family activities.
“The holiday season is a festive time of the year for many people, but we must also remember that these are difficult times for hard-working families who have to decide whether to put food on the table or buy gifts,” Chair Solis said. “Miracle on First Street is an opportunity for the larger community to come together and give to those who need help.”
Since 1972, the Hollenbeck Youth Center has served its community by offering youth recreational activities, education and entrepreneurial programs that foster a strong sense of value and purpose in the minds of young people.
Since Aug. 11, Chair Hilda L. Solis has appointed the following First District residents to serve on the following Commissions:
* Jose L. Mendoza, Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs
* Jorge Chuc, Personal Assistance Services Council
* Priscilla Cheng, Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commission
* Barbara Kappos, Commission for Women
* Edward Munoz, Los Angeles County Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission
* Martha Arevalo, Library Commission
* Doug Smith, Regional Planning Commission
* Teddie-Joy Remhild, Personal Assistance Services Council
* Corinne Sanchez, Workforce Development Board
* Laurie Traktman, Workforce Development Board
* Norma Provencio Pichardo, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
* Sarah Dusseault, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
* David T. Lau, Assessment Appeals Board
* Farrell J. Chiles, Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission
* Takao Suzuki, Los Angeles County Housing Commission
* Adam L. Acosta, Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (Proposition E Special Tax)
* David Valdez, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
* Lisa Watson, Los Angeles County Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission
* Daisy Ma, Commission on Human Relations
* Ruth E. Gonzales, Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults
* Bob J. Archuleta, Assessment Appeals Board
SAVE THE DATE
Walnut: Park Needs Assessment Workshop
Walnut City Council
21201 La Puente Rd.
Walnut, CA 91789
Tues., Dec. 15
7 pm - 8 pm
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
Southeast Los Angeles Field Office
2677 Zoe Avenue
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Phone: (323) 881-4601
Fax: (323) 277-4677