This week, as the Los Angeles City Council modified the Mayor’s $10.5 billion budget, we took steps toward ensuring the LAPD shared, along with other City departments, in dealing with with the economic crisis that we are in due to COVID-19, while reimaging public safety for our neighborhoods and reinvesting $100 million in our Black and Brown communities, including those in Council District 6.
This City Council also voted this week to approve a slate of public safety, LAPD, and racial equity reforms, including my motion, co-authored by Councilmembers Wesson, Harris-Dawson, Price and Blumenfield to divert non-violent services (mental health crisis, substance abuse, neighbor disputes etc.) away from LAPD to appropriate non-law enforcement agencies and professionals.
Over the coming weeks and months, City staff will create reports with input and recommendations for the City Council to consider to move forward with such reforms. There will be much discussion and public input during this process.
As we move forward I am committed to ensuring that our City continues to prioritize Families First as we work to ensure safety in ALL our communities.