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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Jonathan Underland, (856) 842-6757

Governor Newsom Endorses Kevin de León for Los Angeles City Council

Los Angeles, CA – Kevin de León has earned the endorsement of California Governor Gavin Newsom, signaling strong support from statewide leaders for Kevin’s bid to represent Los Angeles’ 14th City Council District. De León brings a broad coalition of state and federal allies to bear on the incredible challenges facing Los Angeles: from mending broken roads to addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crises.

“I am proud to endorse Kevin for City Council,” Newsom said. “Over the last decade, he has focused on cleaning the air we breathe, securing fair wages for working families, and housing those experiencing chronic homelessness due to mental illness. Capable of maneuvering tough negotiations to deliver real results for the people he represents; I know Kevin will work tirelessly to overcome the challenges facing his communities - and continue to build upon their greatest achievements.”

While many voters will cast their ballots on March 3rd, others will start voting for the next CD 14 City Councilmember on vote-by-mail ballots that will start arriving at peoples' homes over the next several days.

“Governor Newsom’s endorsement is incredibly significant in this race,” de León said. “No Council District - no city - can stand alone in the fight to make housing more affordable, bring our homeless neighbors indoors, or protect the environment. I look forward to partnering with the Governor on initiatives that will improve the quality of life for every family in CD 14, and I am grateful for his support.”

Since launching his campaign for LA City Council in 2019, de León has earned endorsements from several constitutional officers, including Governor Jerry Brown (ret.), Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, and State Controller Betty Yee.

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In the course of a remarkable career, Kevin de León has been an educator, planned one of the largest civil rights marches in California history, and became the first Latino leader of the California State Senate in 130 years. For the last decade, de León represented Senate District 24, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14.

Currently, he is a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Instituted at the University of Southern California.

As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to clean up toxic waste around the former Exide Technologies facility, funding for more than a dozen new parks, and $26 million to complete the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

He appropriated tens of millions of dollars to make Los Angeles schools more energy-efficient through Prop 39, bringing relief to city taxpayers. De León also authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. As author of Proposition 2, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors.

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