One LA will be conducting a non-partisan voter education and voter turnout effort for the upcoming November elections. We will be targeting precincts around state and local ballot initiatives. To help us prepare for this fall action, the first event was held on July 31 at St. Brigid Catholic Church. This One LA-IAF training focused on developing our leadership skills, building our core teams, and learning how to demonstrate the potential of our non-partisan power. The institutions present at this training ratified our work on four important ballot initiatives.
Los Angeles County Measure M: Expands Public Transportation in LA County
Our members have worked for several years now to move this initiative forward, which will provide secure revenue to the MTA for improvements and new bus, subway, and rail lines for greater human connectivity throughout LA County. It creates a new 1/2c sales tax and makes permanent the existing 1/2c sales tax for transportation (which would have ended in 2039). We believe that this will also provide opportunities for new jobs and affordable housing development around these new lines of transportation.
California State Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education & Healthcare
This will extend by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 with no new tax. It will increase state revenues annually from 2019 to 2030 for use in K-12 schools and California Community Colleges.
California State Proposition 57: Criminal Sentences
This allows parole consideration for persons convicted of a nonviolent felony, upon completion of full prison term for a primary offense. This will also save the state approximately tens of millions of dollars, primarily due to a reduction in the prison population.
California State Proposition 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty
Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This is estimated to reduce costs around $150 million annually within a few years.
ONE LA-IAF ACTION PLAN
On Wednesday July 6, One LA held a dynamic and interactive Leaders’ Meeting at St. Brigid Catholic Church in South Los Angeles. Rabbi Dara Frimmer, of Temple Isaiah, and Peggy Goods from St. Brigid Catholic Church, co-chaired the meeting. 70 One LA leaders and allies took part. At the meeting, Mario Chavez of St. John’s Clinic and Robert Williams, a St. Brigid leader, presented a Power Analysis and situational audit of the South Los Angeles communities.
Leaders from over 20 institutions ratified an action plan that includes non-partisan voter education and voter registration for the upcoming November election, recruitment of new member institutions, and raising additional "hard money" from dues and an investment campaign. Peggy Goods, who originally hails from Baton Rouge, presented a powerful testimony about how in the face of deep racism and divisions, institutions there were able to bring about significant change by building Together Baton Rouge, IAF’s organization there. Additionally, leaders set Sunday, July 31, as a training date to plan for the launch of their non-partisan work on the fall elections.
A date was set for a One LA-IAF Delegates’ Assembly that will be held from 3 – 5 PM (location to be determined) on September 18, 2016. We are planning for a turnout of 300 delegates from our institutions. At our regular Leaders’ Meeting on September 7, 2016 (from 7 – 8:30 PM) we will prepare for this assembly (location to be determined).
Under a new law, SB75, children under 19 years of age are now eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements (Welfare and Institutions Code section 14007.8).
On May 4th, over 65 leaders came together and made a commitment to hold eight Health Care Enrollment Events to connect families to Health Care. One LA is leading a training to teach our members how to screen for all health programs and how to create a successful event. Leaders from St. Anthony's Church in the San Gabriel Valley have been trained and have scheduled a kickoff enrollment event for August 28, 2016, where clinics will be enrolling kids and adults into Medi-Cal, Covered CA, and My Health LA (the county's Health Care program for undocumented immigrants).
One LA leaders continue to meet with Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of the Department of Health Services for LA County, to push policy to increase funding and to provide more off-site enrollment opportunities and mental health services for My Health LA.
Following nearly four years of intense effort by many One LA members, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) voted 11-2 on June 23 to place Measure M on the November ballot.
Measure M reflects One LA’s strongly-stated priorities to:
expand transit along the 405 Corridor and throughout the county;
ensure maximal local hiring from areas of high unemployment in jobs that lead to meaningful careers; and
minimize displacement of established communities and maximize construction of affordable housing along new transit routes.
The Measure can only succeed (and make our region more green, more connected, more livable, and more just) if it receives the support of at least 2/3 of the voters in November. As a result, it is a crucial part of One LA’s effort to educate and turn out voters from around Los Angeles, which began with the July 31 training session and will continue through the election. If the measure passes, we will all have the opportunity to affect how tens of millions of dollars are spent by our cities via the “Councils of Government” into which the entire county is divided. In addition, it is important to note that even a “win” in November will not put an end to our efforts, because we have a commitment from MTA CEO Phil Washington to meet with us regularly starting in December to ensure the MTA meets our affordable housing/no displacement goals.
Congratulations to all who have worked on this campaign and on to November!
The Alliance Communities model of One LA education organizing means:
looking for stakeholders within and around public schools and
building a constituency which can strengthen neighborhoods and schools to remove any barriers that would prevent our kids, especially the most vulnerable, from succeeding.
That’s an Alliance Community! In addition to gearing up for a new school year with the staff of the Augustus Hawkins High School in South LA, One LA leaders and organizers have been meeting with LAUSD School Board Members and our new Superintendent, Michelle King. These meetings focus on a shared vision for education, and several principals in the Eastern San Fernando Valley are interested in building the Alliance Communities in their areas. Education leaders underwent an intensive training on Proposition 55, so that they can lead One LA’s voter education and GOTV efforts on this initiative.
As a follow-up to a Spring Educational Seminar on Elder Care and California's Estate Recovery Bill, San Gabriel Mission will partner with the Los Angeles County's Wise & Healthy Aging Office to offer a free educational seminar on August 20th, 2016. Many of the attendees from our previous seminar brought valid issues to light as they pertain to elder care, in-home health services, and other areas of aid.
There is much discussion surrounding resources available to caregivers of those individuals either aging in place or living with a sibling, child, or relative. A common question asked is, "Where can a caregiver go to find training on how to care for an aging loved one?" With the high cost of assisted living and costs surrounding long-term health care, many people are looking to county and government health services to find resources and solutions to their needs.
We invite all of our ONE LA friends to attend our Elder Care Event on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.