Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell held her first virtual community check-in entitled, “We are the 2nd District” in late April, to discuss her first 100 days in office.
“Twenty-nine years ago, (on April 29, 1992) was the beginning of the Los Angeles civil unrest,” said Mitchell. “Like in many events in our lives, all of us remember where we were. I was working and living in Sacramento and seeing my city burn and the pain of it all.”
“We need to address structural racism, public safety, bad policing and center those issues as we move forward. They’re as alive today as they were in 1992,” said Dr. Manuel Pastor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity Director at USC’s Equity Research Institute. “We’re going to continue to build ties between Black and Brown communities.”
Mitchell’s district includes Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Inglewood. It also includes many South Los Angeles area neighborhoods such as Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw, Florence-Firestone, Ladera Heights, Lennox, Watts, and West Adams.
Mitchell began her address by highlighting several early accomplishments.
“It has been a marathon of 100 days since having the pleasure of and honor of being elected to represent the two million people that call the second supervisorial district home,” Mitchell said.
She added that her first priority was responding to the COVID-19 crisis that continues to disproportionately impact the district. To combat that, Mitchell said her office has partnered with the LA County Department of Public Health to share COVID facts and vaccine resources with 7,000 residents during a recent virtual town hall meeting.
“Ensuring every resident has access to the vaccine is just a start in our journey to an equitable recovery,” Mitchell said.
To date, more than 520,000 residents in the district’s two million residents have been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Mitchell also said the crisis confronting unhoused neighbors, which existed before COVID-19, has only gotten worse during the pandemic. That’s why Mitchell’s office co-hosted a virtual tenants’ rights workshop, to inform 500 residents about their rights and existing protections.
“We’ve co-hosted a dozen free food giveaways, reaching 16,000 households, and provided over 8,000 meals for our seniors,” Mitchell added.
So far, Mitchell said she’s helped pass motions to support Hero Pay for frontline grocery workers, Seed School LA construction, expanding diversity and equity in local homeownership, and preparing for the closure of the state juvenile justice division in Los Angeles County.
She also discussed what’s next on her legislative agenda, including millions in economic development.
“In our district alone, the County’s Workforce Development Agency provided almost 300 businesses with ($8.9 million dollars in) grants helping to save nearly 1,000 jobs,” Mitchell explained.
“Economic justice issues are paramount because people are going to be dissatisfied when they don’t have jobs,” Pastor added.
Going forward, Mitchell said she expects to hold the 30-minute community conversations on a monthly basis.
“The county is doing a lot of work (during this dual public health and economic pandemic) and it will all be for (nothing) if you don’t know about it and can’t take advantage of it,” Mitchell said.