SEIU Local 121RN Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez;

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.