On April 10 a One LA action was held at Leo Baeck Temple with invited guest Mr. Phil Washington, the new CEO of the MTA. Representatives from One LA institutions across the county of Los Angeles heard how the history of “Transforming Public Transportation in LA County” became One LA’s "Transit-Jobs-Housing" agenda. The team of leaders from Leo Baeck has worked diligently for several years now, and along with South LA and Mary Immaculate Church lead a successful action! A draft ballot measure is being proposed for approval by the MTA Board, and One LA wants the 405 Corridor Project included, breaking ground next year or in 2018. This will maximize local hiring for jobs, prevent the displacement of families, and include affordable housing.
Mr. Washington listened to our stories and responded. He agreed to meet with One LA regularly to ensure new Metro projects do not displace established communities and include affordable housing along transit lines. The first meeting will be held in the next few months. He also agreed that Metro would have two additional public meetings: one in the North Valley (taking place on May 16 at Cal State Northridge), and one in South LA (location and time TBA). The draft plan will be discussed at both of these meetings.
Transit-Jobs-Housing Strategy Meeting
Thursday, June 9 – 6:30 PM at Leo Baeck Temple
For more information, email Eric Stockel at email@example.com.
Action at the MTA Board Meeting – IMPORTANT
Thursday, June 23rd – 9 AM at One Gateway Plaza, 3rd floor
Objective: to press the MTA Board to vote for a transit expansion ballot measure.
For more information, email Eric Stockel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKING THE BARRIERS
One LA has been working hard on efforts to restore justice through Prop 47 education events and employment training with the hope of advancing a community-based initiative. Students from Augustus Hawkins High School will be walking the neighborhoods on Thursday, May 26, engaging their community in conversations about Prop 47 and the “systems'” impact on people’s lives. Neighborhood Legal Services and trained One LA volunteers will provide legal expertise at this event.
A large and very enthusiastic group of young people from Augustus Hawkins High School was in attendance at our Leaders Training on May 5. The event on May 26 will be in the library at Augustus Hawkins School from 4 to 7:30 PM. A planning meeting for this event will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 PM.
There is also a leaders training on Breaking the Barriers being held Sunday, June 12. More details to come.
IMPORTANT EVENT: Building a Pipeline to Jobs and Employment
Wednesday, May 11 from 10 AM to 12 PM
One LA and the Urban League will enroll job seekers in employment and training programs at St. Brigid Parish
For more information, contact Robert P. Williams at email@example.com.
What is the fiscal state of public education in Los Angeles? We need Prop 30. This ballot measure will keep the money currently going to the Education Protection Account from expiring this year. The sales tax increase generated funds used for schools and public safety programs. One LA's Education Strategy Team wants to find out how much money LAUSD has received in Prop 30 funds and how it has been spent. We will lead a “Get out the Vote” Campaign in support of the School Funding and Budget Stability Act (2016), which extends the income tax rates created by Prop 30. This measure will also free up General Fund money and would allow for increased investments in higher education, health care, and infrastructure.
We are choosing a specific neighborhood school to showcase as an example of how the money has improved the life of both the school and its students. We will lead a civic academy where we will teach parents, teachers, and citizens about using these funds to improve programs at their schools.
We also continue to build on the relationships we have with the LAUSD School Board Members and Michelle King, the Superintendent of Schools.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Leaders Training Meeting
Wednesday, August 3
This meeting will be dedicated to these public education issues.
With President Obama announcing his renewed push to curb gun violence, One LA is exploring our capacity and a strategy to join in the fight against gun violence and violence in our neighborhoods. The stories we are hearing from our members in certain areas of Los Angeles are heartbreaking. Relationships between communities and our Police Department are in need of repair.
Our sister organization, Metro IAF, started in 2013 a national campaign called "Do Not Stand Idly By." They have been working with mayors, law enforcement, and other public leaders from 85 municipalities, counties, and states across the U.S. pushing for greater commitment to safety in the gun industry. The vision of this campaign has been that organized demand in the public sector can create new market pressures that the gun industry must respond to and that modest changes in the gun industry can prevent gun deaths in our communities. We can put pressure on the bad-apple gun dealers in our areas that supply a disproportionate number of the guns that are used in crimes. We can ask our Mayor and Police Chief to make modest changes in their gun procurement.
We are asking for a meeting with Mayor Garcetti.
We are proposing that a date be chosen (TBA) to gather a team of leaders to continue formalizing our strategy.
For more information, contact Diane Vanette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT DATE: Gun Violence Awareness Day
Thursday, June 2
Everyone is asked to wear ORANGE!
One LA leaders continue to be in the forefront in advocating healthcare for all. Through enrollment events primarily held at their faith-based institutions, One LA leaders have enrolled thousands of individuals into public and private health programs, including Medi-Cal, My Health LA, the county’s health program for undocumented residents, and Covered California. Two sets of One LA leaders, one driving the health enrollment efforts and the other leading criminal record clearing efforts, are collaborating with one another to ensure citizens of LA County are educated on and have access to benefits provided by these programs.
Working with Dr. Mitch Katz, Chief Medical Officer and Director of LA County’s Department of Health Services, One LA has obtained permission to hold community health enrollment events in partnership with community health care clinics, which is not the norm or current practice. One LA leaders work to bring about permanent enrollment policies that allow county residents to enroll into health care programs at ANY location or given moment in time. Increased funding to My Health LA and structural changes to both Medi-Cal and My Health LA have made the programs more efficient and effective. This advocacy work was undertaken by One LA leaders.
On April 22, the San Gabriel Mission and St. Anthony’s Church held a training/information event that was attended by over 90 people. There are many issues related to elder care, among them are elder scams and long-term care options. The one that peaked the most interest this evening was around the State of California’s Estate Recovery Bill changes and rules. Many of the attendees are over 55 and own homes. How does the State Estate Recovery Bill (SB33) affect their loved ones and themselves? Representatives from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) were at this event to help lead the discussion.
The existing federal law requires that the state seek adjustment from an individual’s estate if the person received medical assistance under the state Medicaid plan. There are changes being made to the existing rules, and One LA is actively researching these changes to assure that the needs of the community are met and families understand the impact.
There will be a follow-up meeting on Wednesday, May 25 to continue exploring how to do the research in order to move forward with a plan.
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, June 1
OPTION 1: 12 – 1:30 PM
OPTION 2: 7 – 8:30 PM
The One LA Office 515 W. 27th St., 90007 TOPIC: How to grow our ability to act (organized people/institutions and organized money) ACTION: If you are interested, contact Sr. Judy at email@example.com or (510) 375-6529
Wednesday, July 6
7 – 8:30 PM
The One LA Office 515 W. 27th St., 90007 ACTION: If you are interested, contact Sr. Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 375-6529
TWO-DAY LEADERS' TRAINING
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
Time and Location TBA ACTION: If you are interested, contact Sr. Judy at email@example.com or (510) 375-6529.