On any given night in Los Angeles, more than 41,000 people go to sleep without a place to call home. Single mothers and fathers, veterans and the working poor, those with medical needs and others who just need a second chance; their struggles are an indictment of our tattered social safety net and a bureaucracy that has paralyzed itself into inaction.
Whether you’re a teacher, a firefighter, a carpenter, a street vendor or a small business owner, you deserve to have a liveable, affordable Los Angeles. As Mayor, I will be a champion for working people – enacting my plan to put this city to work for all Angelenos by addressing inequality, and making sure everyone who lives in this city has access to affordable housing.
From containing rising rents, the cost of paying the monthly bills, and housing costs to helping small businesses recover from the pandemic, we’re looking at innovative ways to make this city work better for you.
Public safety is a complex issue that requires informed, thoughtful, and realistic solutions. Scare tactics and outlandish promises might grab headlines, but they don’t make a city safer. My plan centers around adding resources in targeted ways to address our actual public safety needs and rethinking how we approach policing. It calls for reforming our culture of policing, getting illegal guns off the streets, and using proven approaches to stop crime before it starts.
I am working towards making a more connected Los Angeles– especially to our communities of color and in the San Fernando Valley– and making public transportation cheaper, cleaner, and safer. One of the easiest ways to green our city is to allow more people to ride public transit, but that means making public transit better. It means more stops in the place people live and work, it means cutting costs for riders, and making our fleet all electric. I’m putting forward a transportation plan that puts the needs of working Angelenos at its center.
Climate change is an existential threat to human existence, and in California we see it more and more every year. From droughts, to a seemingly never-ending wildfire season, climate change is here, and we have to do everything within our power to mitigate its most damaging and deadly effects. That’s why as President of the California Senate, I made California the national leader in fighting climate change. I authored and passed the historic SB 100 which made California the largest economy in the world to commit to a clean energy grid by 2045; and legislation to ensure that our climate investments go to the underserved communities most sharply impacted by the effects of air pollution and climate change.
Our kids, no matter their zip code, all deserve the best possible education. Growing up, I was no star student, but I had teachers who believed in me and made sure that I achieved my potential. That’s what we all want for our kids, but our education system is failing too many of them— and their parents. Early in my working life, I spent years fighting for our teachers and their families as a labor organizer for the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Those fights helped shape my dedication to our schools.