City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after her motion in support of paid parental leave was voted in favor by the City Council and moved to the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) to conduct an independent economic analysis and moved to the City Attorney and other appropriate departments to study potential program elements, as well as options for an ordinance.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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Statement From Councilwoman Nury Martinez After City Council Votes in Favor of Paid Parental Leave Motion
Los Angeles, CA - “Los Angeles is such a hard place for working people starting a family. From the cost of rent, to the cost of living and the cost to support a family. This is one step to help make the lives of our residents slightly less stressful. I know for me, those first weeks after having a baby were critical as my family and I adapted to our newest member. By implementing a 100% wage replacement program for Paid Parental Leave in Los Angeles, we will be helping the most vulnerable population use this program so that more families can bond with their babies.
“During this process I know it will be critical to bring the business community into the discussion, so we take their concerns and issues into consideration. The independent economic analysis will be key to answering some of our questions and informing our process moving forward. We care about businesses and want them to thrive, but we want to make sure we are a family friendly city. I am confident that together, we can do what is best for the working women and men of Los Angeles. I thank my colleagues on the City Council for being on the right side of history.”
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.