SEIU 2015 Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – The coalition of working families behind Kevin de Leon continues to grow, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 announced their endorsement of his candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council's 14th District. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest SEIU Local in California, representing over 385,000 skilled home care, nursing facility, and assisted living center workers.

April Verrett, President of SEIU 2015, released the following statement:  “We stand with Kevin in his campaign for City Council, because he has always stood with us,” said April Verrett, President of SEIU 2015. “He marched with us for a $15 minimum wage, and authored the greatest expansion of retirement security for Californians in recent history. He speaks up for those in our community who feel like they don't have a voice, advocating for their interests from the picket line to the halls of power. The working people of Council District 14 deserve the best possible advocate, which is why we are proud to support him in this race.” 

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 25, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14. As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to towards the cleanup 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, which passed on the November 2018 ballot, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

De León is currently a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California. He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.

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SEIU Local 121RN Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – Momentum continues to grow for Kevin de León in his race to become the City Councilmember representing Los Angeles’ 14th District as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 121RN - representing more than 9,000 Registered Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals in Southern California - announced their endorsement. In their announcement, SEIU 121RN highlights de León’s commitment to patient care and fighting to ensure the proper work conditions exist for professionals within California’s health care industry. 

Gayle Batiste, President SEIU 121RN, released the following statement about their endorsement: “Kevin values the role our nurses play in helping keep our families vibrant and healthy. It is his commitment to our nurses and our families that makes him a strong advocate at City Hall to ensure that the needs of our families are being respected and heard.”

“I am honored to have the support of so many healthcare professionals who play a vital role in keeping our families safe and healthy,” said de León. “Everyday, our nurses care for our loved ones and are committed to ensuring that they receive the service and care that they need.  That is why we must support our nurses and support efforts like SB 227 to maintain dignified working conditions and protect patient safety.”

SEIU 121RN members are on the frontlines championing safe patient / nurse ratios. The passage of SB227 is key to addressing unsafe staffing levels by mandating unannounced inspections of hospitals with a special focus on adherence to California’s nurse-to-patient ratios. 

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 25, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14. As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to towards the cleanup 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. 

De León 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, which passed on the November 2018 ballot, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

De León attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.

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SEIU Local 721 Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – Hot on the heels of endorsements from several key unions in Los Angeles, the  Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 today added their support to Kevin de León's bid to represent the Los Angeles City Council's 14th District. SEIU Local 721 represents working families across Los Angeles and Southern California, who work in industries ranging from healthcare to law enforcement to street services.

Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU Local 721, released the following statement about their endorsement: “Kevin de Leon has always been a fearless champion for working men and women. From fighting corporate wage theft to keeping workers safe on the job, he has always been proactive in finding ways to help and support the families who need it most. We have every confidence that he will continue to be our ally in the City Council, as he has been for the past decade in the legislature, and the 98,000 members of SEIU Local 721 are proud to support his candidacy.” 

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 25, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14. As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to towards the cleanup 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, which passed on the November 2018 ballot, 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. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.

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I.A.T.S.E. Local 80 Endorses Kevin de León for L.A. City Council

For Immediate Release

Friday September 6, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage technicians (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 80, representing motion picture grips, crafts service, marine first aid employees, and warehouse workers, today endorsed Kevin de León's candidacy for Councilmember representing Los Angeles City Council District 14.

"Kevin de León is an unwavering champion of working men and women,” said Thom Davis, Business Agent for I.A.T.S.E. Local 80. "From his 12+ years in the state legislature moving policy that supports working families to his work negotiating the Film and TV Tax Credits, he has always stood up for our members. We know there is no better advocate for the hardworking people of Council District 14 than Kevin de León."

“I am honored to have the support of I.A.T.S.E. Local 80, comprised of hundreds of working people across this great city whose daily contributions form the bedrock of our world-renowned film industry,” said de León. “I am deeply grateful for their endorsement and empowered to continue to fight for the dignity of work for those here in District 14 and across Los Angeles."

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UFLAC Endorses Kevin de León for L.A. City Council

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 6, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – The International Association of Firefighters Local 112, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles (UFLAC), representing Los Angeles' heroic first responders, today announced their endorsement of Kevin de León's candidacy for Los Angeles City Council District 14.

"Kevin de León has both the vision and proven leadership abilities required to elevate Council District 14 to its fullest potential,” said Freddy Escobar, President of UFLAC. "He is our trusted ally for a reason: he never forgets his friends and never backs down from a fight. Local 112 is honored to support Kevin in his bid for City Council District 14"

"Not only are the members of Local 112 our first call on our darkest days but, due to our current homelessness crisis, they also serve as a lifeline for so many unhoused Angelenos," said de León. "I am deeply moved that they saw fit to stand by my side once again as we bring our fight for working people to the city level."

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ILWU Local 13 Endorses Kevin de León for L.A. City Council

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13, representing the longshore and warehouse workers of the Port of Los Angeles, announced their endorsement of Kevin de León's bid for Los Angeles City Council District 14.

"For well over a decade, Kevin de León has been an unwavering voice of advocacy for the working people of Los Angeles,” said Mark Jurisic, President of ILWU Local 13. "His leadership at the state level brought us a statewide $15 minimum wage, accessible retirement security for all Californians, and a crack down on wage theft, to name just a few of his victories for our working families. Council District 14 deserves a champion who will passionately advocate for their needs in City Hall. That is why ILWU Local 13 is honored to endorse Kevin de León for City Council."

“The members of ILWU Local 13 are the backbone of our city's bustling port,” said de León. "I am honored by their endorsement and faith they've placed in me to fight for the working families of Council District 14."

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Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Endorse Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – Today the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC), representing thousands of carpenters across Los Angeles and Southern California, announced their endorsement of Kevin de León's bid to represent Los Angeles City Council District 14 in City Hall.

“As State Senate Leader and a member of the state legislature, Kevin de León proved that he’s committed to standing up for the rights of working families,”  said Dan Langford, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of SWRCC.

“As Councilmember, we know he’ll continue to fight with us for quality jobs, living wages, and good benefits, not just for our members, but for all Angelenos.”

“I am honored to have the support of SWRCC, whose hard work keeps our city moving forward,” said de León, responding to news of their endorsement. "This race is a chance for us to re-imagine our city’s economy; protecting and creating good-paying jobs that lift families up, keeping our communities strong and our environment clean. I’m looking forward to standing with the Carpenters of LA in this campaign to advocate on behalf of working Angelenos.”

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Teamsters Local 396 Endorses Kevin de León for L.A. City Council

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Los Angeles, CA  – Teamsters Local 396, representing the hardworking men and women of the transportation and sanitation industries in Southern California, announced their endorsement of Kevin de León's bid for Los Angeles City Council District 14.

"Throughout his career in public service, Kevin de León has been an outspoken champion for organized labor and working people,” said Ron Herrera, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396. "He has delivered for us at the state level for well over a decade and we know he will continue to serve as a tireless advocate for our working families in City Hall. Council District 14 deserves a proven leader who will ensure that the day-to-day needs of his district are met, and we stand united in our belief that Kevin de León is the best candidate for the job."

“I am honored to have the support of Teamsters Local 396, a group of tireless men and women whose daily efforts bolster our region's economic prowess” said de León. "I am humbled by their endorsement and promise to continue to defend the dignity of working people here in District 14 and across Los Angeles."

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Kevin de León Surpasses $300,000 in Fundraising for City Council Seat

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; press@kevindeleon.com

Strong Lead a Testament to de León’s Support
Among Working Families, Angelenos Looking for Bold Leadership

Los Angeles, CA  – Kevin de León’s bid for the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District is off to a strong start after raising more than $320,000. This outright display of support is a testament to the momentum of the former State Senate Leader’s campaign.

“It is absolutely humbling to receive such broad support this early in the race,” said de León. “Our campaign is powered by contributions from hardworking families, community leaders, and grassroots activists. In the coming months we aim to lead an honest conversation with the families of the 14th District about how we can fight together for safer streets, shorter commutes, and tackle our district’s affordability crisis.”

As the first Latino to lead the California State Senate, de León cracked down on gun violence by passing a law requiring background checks on ammunition sales. He secured $68M to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $26M to build the Los Angeles State Historic Park, and $176M to clean up neighborhoods contaminated by the Exide Technologies plant.

In 2018, the former Senator successfully placed “No Place Like Home” on the ballot. The measure funded a housing-first approach to solving chronic homelessness by setting aside $2B to speed the construction of permanent supportive housing. Voters overwhelmingly supported it.

De León’s vision for a smogless LA was born during his time in the State Assembly, prior to his election to the State Senate. He was a primary architect of Prop 39, which reduced the tax burden on Angelenos by making schools more energy-efficient. In 2015, he set California on the path to 50% clean energy, and doubled down last year when he passed his landmark 100% renewable energy law as pro Tem Emeritus.

Today, he teaches public policy at UCLA's Luskin School and leads an initiative at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute to fight childhood asthma by advocating for transportation electrification. 

Kevin de León cut his political teeth in LA’s 14th District. In 1994, he organized one of the largest civil rights protests in the city’s history against Proposition 187. Marchers started at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and ended at the steps of City Hall in Downtown LA.

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