More Regional Economic Development
Aiming to bring more good-paying jobs to Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis introduced a motion on Jan. 5 calling for the creation of a new Economic Development Policy Committee that will be responsible for working with County agencies to spur more economic development in the region. The Board approved the motion unanimously.
“If we want more jobs that pay fair wages, then we all have to make concerted efforts to encourage more economic development," said Board Chair Solis.
“After co-authoring several economic development motions with Board colleagues this past year, I clearly see we must think strategically in how we use our resources and we also need to work more closely with community partners to achieve measurable progress,” she added.
The motion, co-authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, directs the County CEO to evaluate a strategic plan that would hold all agencies involved in this endeavor accountable so that they work together to reach common goals. In addition, the Economic Development Policy Committee will be charged with promoting the Board’s economic development agenda throughout the year.
While outlining the goals of her motion at the Board meeting, Solis praised the work of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation for presenting the Board of Supervisors with a strategic plan for economic development – just as it had in 2009. LAEDC has also offered to work with the County.
“LAEDC’s plan identifies three clear goals:1) the need to create direct pathways to skilled jobs for County residents; 2) support existing innovative local small businesses, and 3) strategically utilizing public land and our capital assets to further the County’s economic resiliency,” said Solis.
LAEDC’s strategic plan is a blueprint for ensuring the long-term health and growth of the regional economy, said Ridley-Thomas.
“The next step is ensuring that the Strategic Plan is a living document with a commitment to implementation and to measuring outcomes and success,” Ridley-Thomas said.
The motion also requests that County staff prepare a report for the Board’s review in 90 days. "I ask that all County agencies commit themselves to define and achieve measurable progress in each area of this plan,” said Solis.
Click here to read the motion and here to read LAEDC's strategic plan.
"We Can't End Homelessness Alone!"
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis joined State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De León and other State representatives to tackle a seemingly intractable issue: homelessness in downtown Los Angeles.
“We will not be able to solve this issue by working in isolation,” said Solis at the Jan. 4 press conference, where State legislators proposed investing $2 billion to end homelessness in Los Angeles. “I am heartened to see our State leaders harnessing vital resources to get the homeless off the streets and housed in permanent supportive shelters that offer wrap-around services.”
The County is a leader in creating housing opportunities for homeless veterans, transitioned-aged youth and other homeless populations, Solis said. One of the County’s most innovative programs has been Housing for Health, an initiative that offers homeless people with complex physical and behavioral health conditions permanent supportive housing and specialized primary care so that they do not end up in emergency care or in other more expensive health care options.
“Investments like this make sense,” said Solis. “When you look at our total investment to address this issue, it is in the hundreds of millions of dollars and involves all aspects of the County.”
Review a draft of the County’s Homeless Initiative here. Submit your online comments here.
State's 1115 Waiver Renewal Means
More Help on the Way For Underinsured and Uninsured
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved California's 1115 waiver renewal, which includes $6.2 billion of initial federal funding to support critical programs for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and uninsured patients in California. This approval extends the waiver from Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Some of the key elements of the 1115 waiver are on integration of physical and behavioral health, the incentives for improved health outcomes through cost-effective outpatient primary care and coordinated specialty care, and the improvements to children’s oral health. The waiver will also help Counties better integrate local health and social services through 'Whole Person Care' pilot programs aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of our patient populations.
The waiver's approval is "significant for County residents who rely on the My Health LA program for their health care needs," said Board Chair Solis.
Los Angeles County Health Agency Director Mitchell Katz added, “This approval of the Medi-Cal 2020 Section 1115 Waiver is positive news for our County’s health care safety net and for the nearly three million patients statewide who receive care through systems, like ours. This waiver renewal represents a substantial financial investment by the federal government and a very strong commitment by the State to aid public health care systems as we continue to make real improvements in the lives of our patients.”
Solis added, “I am proud of our County’s collaboration with our key partners including Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley, Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Director Jennifer Kent, and DHCS Chief Deputy Director of Health Care Programs Mari Cantwell, as well as the strong support from key partners including public and private hospitals, community clinics and organizations that advocate statewide on behalf of the uninsured and underinsured." Click here for more information about My Health LA.
San Gabriel Valley
Get Involved in 2016
January holds lots of opportunities for community involvement, so make your voice heard! Here are three upcoming projects you can make a difference by simply attending:
Also, mark March 5 on your calendar because it’s the date for the Gold Line Grand Opening in Azusa. Don’t forget the 626 Golden Streets Festival on June 26. The San Gabriel Valley offers its residents many ways to stay connected, so get involved. We will share more details on these two events, as we get closer to these dates.
- Park Needs Assessment - Find a meeting near you!
- LAHSA Homeless Count - Get involved by volunteering!
- Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan - Stay engaged!
Metro’s Community Office
Have questions about upcoming Metro construction in Little Tokyo? Metro has answers! The Little Tokyo Community Office is open on weekdays to answer any questions or concerns about the Regional Connector project. Drop in at your convenience or schedule an appointment that suits you.
The Little Tokyo Community Office is located at 360 E. 1st St. Call (213) 922-7277 to schedule an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of Friday, Jan. 8, Metro’s Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District station closed due to construction of the Regional Connector Transit Project. The station will remain closed until March 21, or until completion of track relocation. A free bus shuttle will pick up and drop off riders between Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District and Pico/Aliso stations.
In addition, 1st Street will be intermittently closed from Central Avenue to Vignes Street. Alameda Street will experience lane reductions through summer 2016. Despite these inconveniences, please keep in mind that Little Tokyo businesses will stay open during construction. Remember to Eat, Shop, Play Little Tokyo/DTLA at metro.net/eatshopplay
Consider attending a Metro Business Interruption Fund Workshop to learn more about Metro's Pilot Business Interruption Fund (BIF). For upcoming workshops: click here.
Ringing in 2016 in a Grand Way!
The 50,000 people who rang in the New Year at Grand Park earlier this month, came away filled with unbridled optimism for 2016.
“The Grand Park New Year's Eve celebration was a neighborhood party that welcomed families and people of all ages from throughout Los Angeles County,” said Chair Hilda L. Solis, who participated in the festivities.
“I want to thank staff members at Grand Park and at The Music Center for all their hard work in organizing this tremendous effort. I also thank Metro Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Jose Huizar for cosponsoring this event, along with the County of Los Angeles,” she added. “Let's keep working together to fulfill the bright promises this year is sure to bring us!”
Click here to peruse photos of the fesitivities. Click here to check out other exciting events Grand Park is hosting this year. Don't miss out!
At the Jan. 5 Board meeting, Chair Hilda L. Solis appointed the following individual to the following County Commission:
Dr. Marlene Zepeda was appointed to the Los Angeles County Children and Families First-Proposition 10 Commission. Previously, she has published works on teaching strategies for dual language learners and has lead national experts in the development of California's Early Learning Foudations for English Language Develepment for toddlers. Dr. Zepeda received her bachelor's degree in child development from the California State University, Los Angeles and her master's and doctorate degrees in developmental studies and early childhood education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
SAVE THE DATE
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Free Small Business and Certification Workshop
Goodwill Southern California
3150 N. San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90065
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2016
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
Residents in Alhambra, Monterey Park, Azusa and Sierra Madre are eligible for the
Rain Barrel Rebate Program
call (855) 512-1221 or visit www.sgvmwd.org
Metro Community Leadership Council Meeting
Regional Connector Project Office
432 E. Temple St.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90012
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Small Business Saturdays
East Los Angeles Library
4837 E 3rd St,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90022
Sat., March 26, 2016
10 a.m. - noon
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) 826-6370