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Hahn Launches New Longer Swim Season for LA County Pools 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Launches New Longer Swim Season for LA County Pools

Season extended from ten weeks to five months, six days a week

Cerritos, CA – This afternoon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn welcomed residents to the Don Knabe Regional Park Pool for a press conference and pool party to kick-off the County’s pool season. Hahn pushed to extend the traditional ten-week pool season, and this year, LA County public pools will be open six days a week for five months from June through October 31.

“Some of our hottest days come in September and October, but under our old ten-week swim season, our pools were locked up and out of reach of residents by then. That made no sense,” said Hahn, who led the Board of Supervisors in extending the swim season. “Now everyone from kids to seniors will be able to make the most of their local pool and everything they offer.”

Today’s pool party included music, giveaways, and free refreshments. After a brief program to open the event, Hahn blew a lifeguard’s whistle and opened the pool to families in attendance.

“This summer, we are thrilled to reopen all our pools for the first time in 5 years and present an exciting lineup of aquatic programs for everyone,” said Norma E. García-Gonzalez, Director of LA County Parks. “Our team has grown with over 580 new lifeguards, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We aim to make swimming accessible and fun, promote essential water safety skills, and provide a vibrant, cool space for the community to stay active. Join us for a unforgettable aquatic season at LA County Parks!”

To make this new swim season possible, LA County Parks and Recreation, which manages a total of 41 pools across 30 locations countywide, pushed to recruit more pool lifeguards than ever before and Hahn wore an LA County Lifeguard uniform to highlight their success. Hahn led an effort to increase the starting pay for pool lifeguards by 20% to $23.86 hourly and the department worked to streamline the hiring process. This year, the department hired 356 new pool lifeguards and rehired 224 returning lifeguards — totaling close to 600 pool lifeguards.

The County also invested in new lighting at pools to ensure swimmers can enjoy the pools even as the sun rises later and sets earlier in the fall. Activities available at LA County pools include low-cost swim team programs, senior aquatic exercise, and a first-ever Summer Parks After Dark pool events series, among others.

A complete list of Los Angeles County pool facilities can be found at: parks.lacounty.gov/aquatics

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Board of Supervisors Proclaims Philippine Independence Day in Los Angeles County 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Board of Supervisors Proclaims Philippine Independence Day in Los Angeles County

Hahn: Filipino heritage is part of LA County’s DNA

Los Angeles, CA – Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 12, 2024 as “Philippine Independence Day” in Los Angeles County. The motion, authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and coauthored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, reads in part “The Board of Supervisors recognizes the importance of this day to Filipino residents in Los Angeles County and the contributions made by Filipino employees who are a vital part of our County workforce and continually dedicate themselves to serving our communities.”

“Filipino heritage is part of LA County’s DNA. I’m proud to lead our Board in honoring our historical ties with the Philippines and in celebrating the Filipino culture that has enriched us,” said Hahn. “I also want to recognize the Filipino employees who have made invaluable contributions to our County family.”

Los Angeles County has the largest Asian American population of any county in the nation and is home to more than 340,000 Filipino Americans. On July 13th, Hahn will host her 3rd Annual Philippine-American Friendship Day Festival at Don Knabe Park in Cerritos. The celebration hosts music, performances, food, and vendors from across the Filipino American community.

For the 2nd Annual Philippine American Friendship Day in 2023, Hahn was joined by Filipino-American media pioneer Jannelle So and Noel Omega, president of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations of Greater LA.

“As the Supervisor who represents the largest concentration of AAPI residents in Los Angeles, including Historic Filipinotown, as well as the San Gabriel Valley I’m proud to join Supervisor Hahn today to lead a motion to proclaim June 12 as “Philippine Independence Day” to celebrate the day the Philippines gained its independence from Spain after 300 years of Spanish rule,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who represents the First District. “We need to both honor the historical struggle and sacrifice required to secure that freedom and celebrate the incredible economic and cultural contributions our Filipino brothers and sisters are making right now every day that are strengthening the diverse fabric of our County.”

After 300 years of Spanish colonial rule, Filipino rebels declared independence on June 12, 1898. After its defeat of Spain in the Spanish-American War, the United States subsequently annexed the Philippines, and governed the archipelago until full independence was granted on July 4, 1946.

More photos of last year’s event available for download here.

Hahn Issues Statement on Rent Stabilization Ordinance Vote 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Issues Statement on Rent Stabilization Ordinance Vote

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn voted against a motion to change the County’s existing rent stabilization ordinance. Instead, Hahn favored moving forward with the previously announced plan to limit rent increases to 4.275% this coming year. The motion passed 3-2.

Hahn issued the following statement regarding her vote:

“LA County has a strong rent control policy in place—and I think it’s important for renters and landlords alike to be able to count on consistency in that policy. That is why I voted to keep our current policy in place and limit rent increases to 4.275% this coming year in unincorporated LA County. Not only do I believe that protects renters and allows landlords to cope with rising costs, it was also the recommendation of our Director of Consumer and Business Affairs.”

Hahn Holds Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in Downey 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Holds Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in Downey

Event organized in wake of Downey Council vote for “Neutral” Flag Policy

Downey, CA—Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn held 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 IS pride in Downey,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I know the city council’s vote was painful for many LGBTQ residents, but I want all of you to know that your county government sees you, celebrates you, and supports you. We will continue to work until you feel you can live your truth loudly and proudly.”

The LA County Office of Education is one of eight Los Angeles County facilities 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. Other county facilities in Downey are Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the LA County Internal Services Department Headquarters, LA County Downey Animal Care Center, Los Padrinos, Los Amigos Golf Course, and the Los Angeles County Library Headquarters.

“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 spoke at the event, sharing his own coming out story. “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.”

The program ahead of the flag raising included remarks by Supervisor Hahn, Downey Mayor Mario Trujillo, Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, LA County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo, Equality California President Juan Camacho, West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson, and Valentina, a drag performer and contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, 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.

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Hahn Applauds Cancellation of Plans to Shoot Catalina Deer from Helicopters 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Applauds Cancellation of Plans to Shoot Catalina Deer from Helicopters

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is applauding an announcement by the Catalina Island Conservancy that they will cancel and rework plans to eradicate the island’s deer population by shooting them from helicopters, instead prioritizing other methodologies.

The Conservancy has argued that the mule deer pose a threat to the island’s ecosystem by overgrazing and destroying native plants and habitats. However, their plan to eliminate the estimated 1,770 deer on the island through aerial shooting garnered strong opposition, including from Hahn. Last month, Hahn led the Board of Supervisors in a unanimous vote to oppose the aerial shooting plan and asked the Conservancy to reconsider several alternative proposals they had previously dismissed– including relocating the deer, extending the deer hunting season to thin the herd, and sterilization.

This morning, at a special meeting of the Los Angeles County Fish and Wildlife Commission, Dr. Lauren Dennhardt, the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Senior Director of Conservation, announced the decision. She stated, “We have heard the concerns expressed by residents and by Supervisor Hahn, and per her request, we are working on revising our plan to prioritize other methodologies.” In a separate phone call, the Conservancy told Hahn’s office that they have taken the aerial shooting proposal off the table.

“I appreciate the Conservancy for listening to the serious concerns people had about this plan, especially from people living on the island,” said Supervisor Hahn. “I heard from residents who were terrified at the thought of bullets raining down from helicopters over their beloved island and others who couldn’t stand the thought of the deer carcasses that would be left in their wake. I am hopeful that the next plan that the Conservancy puts forward can earn more widespread support from residents and everyone who loves Catalina Island.”

Hahn has represented Catalina Island since being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. Besides the small city of Avalon, the majority of Catalina Island—located about 22 miles off the coast—is unincorporated, and thus directly governed by the County of Los Angeles. The Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, manages 88% of the island’s 48,000 acres.

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.”

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