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2016

  • (LOS ANGELES) March 14, 2016– City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson hosted a hiring fair on March 12th at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall to bring employment opportunities and job training services to South LA residents. The area has the highest unemployment rate in the city, and one of the Councilmember's top priorities is connecting area residents with jobs.

  • (LOS ANGELES) March 1, 2016 – Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson convened service providers, clergy and community leaders at Ward AME Church on February 29th to gain community input on how to address challenges facing the homeless population in South Los Angeles. Councilmember Harris-Dawson was joined by Reverend Cager of WARD AME, Pastor Sauls of Holman Methodist and Veronica Lewis of SSG HOPICs. ​

  • (LOS ANGELES) March 1, 2016 - City and community leaders called on state lawmakers to implement the will of the people of California and local efforts to implement Proposition 47 in this year’s state budget. Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson introduced a resolution, which was passed unanimously by the City Council, urging state lawmakers to reevaluate the formula for determining funding for reentry, drug treatment, mental health, youth development and crime victim services and include full funding for this key public safety priority in the June budget.

  • (LOS ANGELES) Feb. 9, 2016 – The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to approve a Homelessness Strategic Plan that focuses on expanding services and access to housing for homeless individuals in the City of L.A., as well as creating a “No Wrong Door” policy where homeless individuals are referred to the appropriate service, regardless of what City agency they come in contact with. The vote coincides with a similar action by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on the same day, representing a growing effort to coordinate homeless strategy and services between the City and County.

  • (LOS ANGELES) February 2, 2016 – In celebration of African-American Heritage Month at City Hall, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson hosted a film screening of Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race at City Hall. Councilmember Harris-Dawson was joined by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, City Controller Ron Galperin, and Councilmember Curren Price, who gave opening remarks inside City Hall’s Council Chambers.

  • LOS ANGELES—The City of Los Angeles today released a draft Homelessness Strategy Report, which lays the foundation for a regional approach to addressing this chronic issue. Drafted by the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst, the report was requested by the Homelessness and Poverty Committee in June and represents a commitment shared by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council to scale up best practices for getting people off the streets and into homes.

2015

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Councilmember Harris-Dawson initiated a cooperative effort between the LAPD, LAFD, Parks and Recreation, City Attorney, and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) to analyze and reevaluate the City’s current public safety approach, and to involve the community in developing a shared vision for reducing gun violence in South L.A.

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – Today as Co-Chair of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, I led my colleagues in taking the important steps towards addressing our growing homelessness problem. With a unanimous vote from the council members, we managed to find compromise among the varying opinions. We found common ground on declaring a shelter crisis, which would facilitate more emergency shelters in the city and looked at options for a “safe parking” program for people who are forced to live in their cars. Today we made progress in balancing the needs of every Angeleno and began to provide solutions and resources to help these individuals get back on their feet.