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Hahn Applauds Vote for Metro’s Eastside Extension to Whittier 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Applauds Vote for Metro’s Eastside Extension to Whittier

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Metro Board of Directors, is applauding a vote today to approve the Environmental Impact Report and move forward with plans to extend the Metro E Line to Whittier. In the wake of the unanimous vote, she issued the following statement:

“People are already commuting every day between the Westside and Downtown LA and the eastern communities I represent like Commerce, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. But what they haven’t had is a fast, affordable single-seat ride to get where they’re going. With the Board’s support for this project today we are on the path to making the Eastside Extension to Whittier a reality and transforming how so many people in these communities move.”

Hahn to Hold Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in Downey 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn to Hold Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in Downey

Event organized after Downey Council vote to ban Pride Flag on city property

Downey, CA—Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has announced that she will hold a Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at the LA County Office of Education in Downey, weeks after the Downey City Council narrowly voted to stop flying the Pride Flag on city property.

“There will be pride in Downey this June,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Despite the recent vote by the Downey City Council, I want our LGBTQ+ Downey residents to know they belong and that they are not only accepted but celebrated.”

The Pride Flag Raising Ceremony will take place June 3rd at 10 am at the Los Angeles County Office of Education located in Downey. The office is one of eight Los Angeles County properties in Downey that will fly the Pride Flag for Pride Month, following a policy authored by Hahn and Supervisor Lindsey Horvath passed by the Board last year to fly the Progress Pride Flag at county facilities every June.

“We may have lost this battle, but we will win the war for fairness, equality and acceptance for ALL,” said Downey Mayor Mario Trujillo, who voted against the flag ban and serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County LGBTQ+ Elected Officials Association. “This vote was a setback, but I appreciate Supervisor Hahn for her support of the LGBTQ+ community and for making sure the Pride flag will rise in Downey in 2024.”

“The Pride Flag is a powerful symbol of our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. It signals to our entire community that we value and celebrate the rich diversity of identities and experiences that make us who we are,” said Dr. Debra Duardo, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. “This flag represents our dedication to creating a safe and affirming environment where every student feels a sense of belonging and well-being. By fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity, we ensure that our schools are places where all individuals can thrive and be their authentic selves.”

Members of the public are invited to join the event to take part in the pride flag raising in a celebration of equality. Speakers will include Supervisor Hahn, Downey Mayor Mario Trujillo, Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, LA County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo, and Equality California President Juan Camacho, with entertainer Jewels serving as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Last June, Hahn hosted a ceremony to raise the Progress Pride Flag at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, celebrating the first time the Pride Flag was flown over a Los Angeles County building.

Supervisors Proclaim “Croatian Culture Week” in Los Angeles County 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Supervisors Proclaim “Croatian Culture Week” in Los Angeles County

Hahn Presents Proclamation of Croatian Culture Week to Consul General of Croatia in Los Angeles in 2023

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn to proclaim this week, May 20 through May 26, 2024, as “Croatian Culture Week” throughout Los Angeles County.

Supervisor Hahn lives in and represents the community of San Pedro, which is home to one of the largest Croatian American populations in the United States. Croatian immigrants—largely from the Dalmatian Coast—began to arrive in the area at the turn of the 20th century to work in the harbor’s fishing and canning industries. A second wave of Croatian immigrants arrived after the second world war as refugees from Yugoslavia. Today, there are over 30,000 residents of Croatian descent in the San Pedro area and is home to Croatian American hubs like Croatian American Hall and the Dalmatian American Club.

“San Pedro would not be San Pedro without the Croatian community and the Croatian culture and traditions that have shaped our town,” said Hahn. “There are few other places in the United States where the community rallies behind the Croatian team in the World Cup, or where the average person has even heard of ćevapčići. Croatian Culture Week is an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the Croatian community in San Pedro and across LA County.”

This marks the second year that Hahn has proclaimed Croatian Culture Week in Los Angeles County, following last year’s inaugural declaration in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilman Tim McOsker. This weekend is the 34th Annual Croatian Independence Day Street Party Celebration at Croatian American Hall on Sunday, May 26 from 11:30 am-10:00 pm, featuring traditional Croatian music, dancing and food.

Hahn Aims to Decrease Wait Times at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Aims to Decrease Wait Times at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Chair Lindsey Horvath which aims to decrease the amount of time that lawyers, social workers, doctors, and other professionals wait to see young people detained at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.

Reporting by the Southern California News Group’s Jason Henry detailed the challenges that attorneys, social workers, and other professionals have experienced getting timely access to their clients at Los Padrinos. Multiple attorneys and social workers experienced wait times of two to three hours. In some instances, other professional experts, like doctors, began refusing to evaluate clients at Los Padrinos because of the excessive wait times.

“Lawyers, doctors, and social workers need to be able to visit their young clients at Los Padrinos, and they shouldn’t have to wait two or three hours to see them,” said Supervisor Hahn, who represents the City of Downey where Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall is located. “This is unacceptable. The Probation Department needs to make immediate changes to allow people to see their clients faster and has to be transparent with our Board moving forward about the wait times at our juvenile facilities.”

Long wait times seem to be driven by staffing challenges the Probation Department is experiencing. As a response, the Probation Department recently added four privacy booths to the chapel, where juvenile clients meet with their attorneys at Los Padrinos, to accommodate and speed up visits.

“Long wait times are a barrier to the legal counsel and support our young people deserve,” said Board Chair Lindsey P. Horvath. “Social workers and public defenders are already stretched thin. Waiting two or three hours in a waiting room to meet with clients is unacceptable. Decreasing wait times and increasing predictability for professional services at Los Padrinos is among the actions the Probation Department must take to better serve the youth entrusted to its care.”

Today’s motion directed the Los Angeles County Probation Department to report back to the Board of Supervisors in four weeks with data on the professional visitor wait ties at Los Padrinos in the past three months as well as an analysis of any factors contributing to long wait times and strategies being implemented to reduce wait times and ensure timely access to visits from counsel, social workers, and other experts (e.g. adding more pods to the visitation area, increasing staff on busy days to bring youth to the visitation area, creating an electronic sign up system, etc.). The motion also directs the department to include data on wait times in its regular quarterly reports to the Board of Supervisors.

Lastly, the motion directs the Probation Department, in consultation with the Executive Director of the Probation Oversight Commission, County Counsel, the Public Defender, and the Alternate Public Defender, to update their existing policy or create a new procedure to include expected maximum wait times for visitation with legal counsel that are consistent with industry standards and a process for documenting extenuating circumstances when a wait time exceeds the expectation.

Hahn Issues Statement After Stabbing on Metro Bus in Lynwood 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Issues Statement After Stabbing on Metro Bus in Lynwood

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor and Vice Chair of the Metro Board of Directors Janice Hahn has issued the following statement after a man was stabbed by another passenger on a Metro bus in Lynwood today:

“This attack today on a Metro bus in Lynwood is horrific and yet another grim reason that we need a surge of law enforcement on our transit system. People who rely on Metro every day need to know they can take our buses and trains safely. I appreciate our Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene quickly and have detained a person of interest. Thankfully, I am told that the victim’s injuries are not life threatening. I am praying for their quick recovery, and I am so sorry that they had to endure this.”

Supervisor Hahn Issues Statement on Commerce Bus Incident 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Supervisor Hahn Issues Statement on Commerce Bus Incident

Los Angeles, CA — Today around 4:50 pm, a passenger on a Metro bus in the City of Commerce was shot and killed. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has detained a person of interest in the case.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement:

“Just this morning we announced a law enforcement surge across our entire Metro system.

However, I still believe we need to find a way to keep weapons off our system. You can’t get into a Dodger game, a concert or on an airplane without going through security.

We can and must do better. I am committed to making our transit system safer for all, no matter the cost.”

Hahn Applauds Reduction in Homelessness in Long Beach 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Applauds Reduction in Homelessness in Long Beach

Hahn joined Mayor Rex Richardson and volunteers for the 2024 Homeless Count in January

Sacramento, CA—Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is applauding news that for the first time in nearly a decade, homelessness in the City of Long Beach has decreased according to Homeless Count results released this morning. The 2024 count shows 3,376 people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, a 2.1% decrease from last year—the first time the City has reported an overall decrease in homelessness since 2017.

Supervisor Hahn released the following statement:

“Time and time again, Long Beach has been willing to embrace solutions to homelessness and it is paying off. They stepped up during the pandemic to transform motels into shelter, they have welcomed permanent supportive housing, and they were one of the first cities I partnered with when we launched the Pathway Home encampment resolution program last year. Under the leadership of Mayor Rex Richardson, the City has treated this crisis with the urgency it demands.

“This decrease is great news, not only for Long Beach, but for the County as we work to turn the tide of the homelessness crisis with compassionate, effective solutions. We’re going to keep going.”

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Board Supports Legislation to Close Plastic Bag Ban Loophole 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Board Supports Legislation to Close Plastic Bag Ban Loophole

Los Angeles, CA—Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Chair Lindsey Horvath to throw the board’s support behind efforts in Sacramento to close an existing loophole in the statewide plastic bag ban.

A loophole in the 2014 California plastic bag ban exempted thicker plastic bags considered “reusable.” However, the vast majority of the thicker bags are used only once and are no longer considered recyclable, and the widespread use of them has led to Californians throwing away more pounds of plastic bags since the ban – not less. In 2014, when the ban was passed, Californians threw out roughly 315 million pounds of plastic bags. By 2022, Californians were throwing out 462 million pounds of plastic bags, a 47% increase.

“These thicker plastic bags may be called reusable, but most of us are only using them once,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “This loophole has undermined the state’s effort to reduce our use of single-use plastics and ironically made the problem worse. I appreciate Senator Ben Allen and his colleagues for taking this on and taking a stand against the plastics industry.”

The two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 1053, authored by State Senators Ben Allen and Catherine Blakespear, and Assembly Bill 2236, authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, would require stores statewide to provide recycled paper bags or reusable bags that are non-film plastic.

Read full motion here: https://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/191185.pdf

Hahn Tours Fire Station 164 After Devastating Fire 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Tours Fire Station 164 After Devastating Fire

Supervisor pledges support to rebuild

Huntington Park, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was at Los Angeles County Fire Station 164 in Huntington Park where a fire broke out early this morning, destroying much of the station including fire trucks and paramedic units. She toured the damaged station alongside Huntington Park Mayor Karina Macias and Vice Mayor Arturo Flores and pledged her support for the firefighters and the department as they recover from this disaster and continue to serve the communities of Huntington Park and Cudahy.

“I wanted to be out here to see the damage for myself and tell our firefighters and our fire chief that I support them, the County supports them, and that we will provide all the resources needed to rebuild this station and ensure that Huntington Park and Cudahy can continue to depend on the greatest fire department in the world and that response times are not impacted by this tragedy,” said Supervisor Hahn.

Just before 4:00 a.m. this morning, Fire Station 164 personnel were awoken to the sound of a passerby alerting them to a fire in their station. Firefighters were able to fight the fire with assistance from firefighters from nearby stations who responded. Thankfully, no one was injured, and the fire was officially declared controlled at 5:17 am.

“This was a tragedy, and we are going to get to the bottom of what happened, but in the meantime, we are going to take care of these firefighters who valiantly came down from their sleeping quarters in t-shirts and flip-flops and grabbed hoses to fight this fire and defend their home,” continued Supervisor Hahn, in a video posted to Instagram.

Personnel of Fire Station 164 have been temporarily relocated to a station in the City of Vernon. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Hahn Honors LA County Armenian American Leaders for Armenian Heritage Month 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Honors LA County Armenian American Leaders for Armenian Heritage Month

Albert Tchoukadarian and Dr. Armond Aghakhanian accepted honors at Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday

Los Angeles, CA – This morning, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn recognized two local Armenian American leaders on the occasion of Armenian History Month, which Supervisor Kathryn Barger led the Board of Supervisors in proclaiming for the month of April.

“LA County’s Armenian heritage runs deep. This is a community that found refuge here, and today is such a treasured part of our cultural, economic, and social fabric. And Albert and Armond are exceptional representatives for their community. Their contributions to business, education, opportunity, innovation, and so many other fields have changed lives and we are so fortunate to have them here,” said Hahn.

Albert Tchoukadarian heads the American Armenian Businessmen Coalition, a non-profit organization focused on philanthropy, charity, and education. His charity efforts also extend overseas; Tchoukadarian’s grandparents sought refuge in Lebanon during the Armenian Genocide, and today Tchoukadarian returns to Lebanon annually to bring financial assistance and medicine to Armenians living in poverty. Here in Los Angeles County he has created programs for job placement for recent immigrants, rental assistance for minorities, and facilitated partnerships between business owners and law enforcement to ensure a safe business environment.

Hahn presents her recogintion to Albert Tchoukadarian

Hahn also recognized Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, who serves as Director of the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Foundation and the founder of ELAC’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Incubator. It is the only institution of its kind in the region created to accelerate the startup and growth phase for enterprises owned by people of color, women, veterans, the formerly incarcerated, and members of the LGBT community. He is also himself a lifelong educator, currently teaching at both Glendale Community College and ELAC.

Hahn honors Dr. Armond Aghakhanian

“Who would have thought that an 18-year-old who came from Germany as a refugee … would be standing here today not only being honored by five fearless, determined and loving and caring women … but also to be an elected official in the city of Burbank,” said Aghakhanian, who also serves as Vice President of the Burbank Board of Education. “Thank you everyone, thank you Supervisor Hahn. Thank you for this honor.”

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