Supervisor Janice Hahn Appoints Mario A. Guerra to Downey Cemetery Commission

Downey, CA  – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has appointed former Downey Mayor Mario A. Guerra to serve on the Downey Cemetery Commission. He will be filling the vacancy left by Former Mayor and Board Chair David Gafin, who passed away last month.

“Mario is an exceptional leader who has been part of the Downey community for decades,”  said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “He knows that the Downey Cemetery is a beloved symbol of the City’s history and its commitment to fallen service members. I am certain he will be a great asset to the Cemetery Commission.”

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LA County Takes Steps to Create New Department Dedicated to Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to take the first steps toward creating a new County department dedicated to serving older adults and adults with disabilities.

“Right now – older adults and adults with disabilities are served by most if not all of our County departments,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the proposal. “All of these efforts are important, but they are fragmented and there’s not enough coordination. Bringing these efforts under one roof will not only allow us to coordinate our work, it would also give us the ability to be proactive rather than reactive to address the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities alike.”

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Hahn Explores Using County Parks and Libraries as Alternative Learning Sites

San Pedro, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors supported a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn to explore using county parks and libraries for alternative learning sites for children in the unincorporated area while school campuses remain closed.

“In the middle of this worsening pandemic distance learning is our safest option right now, but this is untenable for parents who can’t work from home and some of our most vulnerable families,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We have been able to run summer day camps at our County parks safely this year despite the pandemic. I hope we can use a similar model to utilize our parks to provide safe, supervised spaces for kids to do their distance learning while they can’t be in the classroom.”

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Hahn Says LA County Budget does not “Meet this Moment”

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn voiced strong criticism of the LA County CEO’s budget proposal which includes cuts to County departments that provide community services and fails to make new investments in a “Care-First, Jail-Last” framework for reforming our criminal justice system.

“The budget we are considering today does not meet this moment,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “It does not meet the needs of struggling families and it misses the opportunity to invest in a Care First, Jail Last restorative justice system. It is a status quo budget in unprecedented times.”
Supervisor Hahn abstained from a vote taken on the budget proposal and urged the County’s CEO to make substantial changes to the budget before the supplemental budget comes back to the board this Fall.

Read the Supervisor’s full remarks on the budget below:

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Supervisors Take Aim At Food Insecurity

Los Angeles, CA — Today the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl aimed at addressing the ongoing issue of food insecurity in LA County by bringing together County, city, nonprofit, and philanthropic partners.

Food insecurity in LA County has skyrocketed due to the economic fallout of the pandemic and government safety net programs designed to reduce food insecurity have experienced challenges in reaching and enrolling participants quickly due to overwhelming demand. In April, Calfresh alone saw its LA County enrollments triple from the same time last year.

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Hahn Wants County to Strengthen Non-Law Enforcement Crisis Response

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn aimed at improving the public’s access to alternative crisis response teams when armed law enforcement may not be appropriate.

“We are asking our law enforcement officers to take on too many challenges that they are not necessarily trained for whether that be mental health crises, homelessness, or substance abuse,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “There are situations where an unarmed trained professional would be a more appropriate response in a crisis than a law enforcement officer and we need to make sure LA County residents can call these expert teams when they need help.”

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LA County Considers Reallocating AB109 Funding from Jails to Diversion, Treatment Programs

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors backed a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn and coauthored by Supervisor Hilda Solis to consider reallocating funding provided to the county through AB109 from the jail system to alternatives to incarceration.

“This moment is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get away from our over-reliance on incarceration and invest in treatment and services,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the motion. “We cannot police our way out of all of our problems—whether that be mental illness, or poverty, or addiction. I want to look critically at the State funding that we currently give to our jail system and see if there is a smarter way to spend this money.”

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Supervisor Hahn Statement on 2020 Homeless Count Results

Los Angeles, CA— Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has released the following statement regarding the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count results which showed 66,433 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness. This represents a 12.7% rise from last year’s point-in-time count of 58,936:

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Supervisors Aim to Retain Lower Jail Population Post COVID-19 Crisis

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a proposal authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to maintain a lower jail population after the COVID-19 crisis is over.

The LA County jail system has been overcrowded for decades. While the system has capacity for 12,404 people, on any given day the seven facilities have a population of 17,000 people on average.

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Hahn Wants Sheriff and All Local Police Departments to Adopt Use of Force Policies

Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Mark Ridley-Thomas want the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s 46 local police departments to update their Use of Force policies to include eight policies proven to reduce the number of people killed by police. These eight policies have been put forward by Campaign Zero, an advocacy group led by DeRay Mckesson, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Brittany N. Packnett Cunningham which has published vital research on police practices and is developing data-driven policies to end police brutality.

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