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Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson believes that city services should serve every resident and works with StreetsLA to ensure basic city services are delivered in a timely, efficient manner. As a lifelong organizer, Marqueece understands that communities in the Eighth are stronger when we work together and encourages residents to rally for improved city services by using MY LA 311. The demand for improved city services also creates an opportunity for jobs and the councilmember has partnered with EWDD to develop nontraditional pathways that connect residents to civil service careers. Additionally, the councilmember believes in permanent supportive housing to address the homelessness crisis and economic development that contributes to vibrant communities. Community Safety is a top priority for Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and he has worked with community organizations and city departments to support safe thriving neighborhoods.

Legislative Priorities


Connecting Residents to Careers

Councilmember Harris-Dawson is working with the City of Los Angeles to develop economic opportunities and provide more efficient city services that benefit residents.

  • March 2018: Councilmember Harris-Dawson introduce policy instructing the Chief Administrative Office to explore converting city service contracts to Targeted Local Hire positions and connect residents to city jobs.
  • June 2018: Councilmember hosts the city’s first Jobs CompStat meeting with the largest municipal departments to improve access to city jobs through Targeted Local Hire and develop benchmarks for local hiring goals.
  • November 2018: The Personnel Department requests $100,000 for the Bridge to Jobs Program which expands on TLH and offers training and placement for advanced entry-level civil service careers
  • December 2018: Councilmember requests report to identify the cost of inadequate city service contracts and proposes these funds be used to create more civil service careers
  • April/May 2019: Councilmember Harris-Dawson holds another Jobs CompStat meeting where key departments share their budget proposals and how these funds will go towards hiring more local residents. The Personnle Departments Bridge to Jobs Program receives $100,000 and is scheduled to launch early 2020. Bureau of Street Services is awarded $1 Million to convert 40 contract jobs for full-time city service careers and improved city services.




Community Organizing to Improve City Services

Councilmember Harris-Dawson is working to improve the responsiveness of city services to meet constituents’ needs and to ensure basic services are delivered quickly and efficiently. He is collaborating with city departments to promptly respond to all service calls regarding illegal dumping, alleys and public lot clean-up and graffiti removal.

  • August 2015: Councilmember launches Clean & Safe Streets Campaign to focus on sidewalk and road repairs as well as infrastructure improvements for residents following LA times report on South LA neighbors not recieve equitable city services.
  • September 2015: Councilmember organizes residents across the eighth district to use MY LA 311 to request improved city services. The City’s 311 service reported a significant rise in requests from district 8 which grew from nearly 5,000 requests to almost 10,000 from August to September and 300 tons of waste were collected.
  • October 2016: Councilmember introduces policy to hold agencies accountable for providing adequate services and require quarterly reports on services provided and average response times


Permanent Supportive Housing and Homeless Outreach

Councilmember Harris-Dawson believes in a housing first approach for homeless residents and that permanent supportive housing can be a community asset that brings positive community and economic development to neighborhoods.

  • February 2018: Councilmember pledges to support permanent supportive housing efforts and begins planning for 222 units of supportive housing for homeless residents in the eighth district.
  • December 2018: Councilmember introduces a motion to review $450,000 to utilize State Emergency Aid (HEAP) funds for multidisciplinary teams to conduct homeless outreach in City Council District Eight.
  • April 2019: Councilmember requests the HHH oversight committee to make recommendations to expedite delivery of homeless housing.
  • July 2019: Councilmember introduces motion for city agencies to report to council with alternative construction models to make permanent and temporary supportive housing more cost effective
  • November 2019: Councilmember breaks ground on Isla Intersections, an innovative approach to quickly develop affordable supportive housing and address longstanding community concerns along 110 and 105



Equitable Community Development

Councilmember Harris-Dawson is leading the reinvestment in South Los Angeles neighborhoods and working to improve infrastructure and amenities, provide quality affordable housing and support local entrepreneurs.

  • September 2019: The councilmember broke ground on the Pointe on Vermont a mixed-use affordable housing development for people who are experiencing or transitioning from homelessness, low income households, a recording studio and 2,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.
  • November 2019: Councilmember breaks ground on $4 Million reinvestment along Western avenue to support longstanding businesses and community assets along the corridor.



Community Safety

Councilmember Harris-Dawson is supporting safe and thriving neighborhoods by focusing on crime prevention, and building robust partnerships with law enforcement, community organizations and social service providers to improve public safety.

  • September 2015: The councilmember introduces a motion calling for collaborative, coordinated efforts using the resources of the City, the Mayor’s office, and community and nonprofit organizations to analyze and reevaluate the current public safety approaches following a surge in homicides.
  • March 2017: Councilmember Harris-Dawson brings the Community Safety Partnership to Harvard Park to improve relationships between police and residents to increase public safety by taking a successful model introduced in the housing projects and implementing them in a neighborhood.
  • November 2018: The Harvard Park Community Safety Partnership received a commendation at City Hall for reducing violent crime and crimes overall in the Harvard Park area. There were no homicides in the reporting period.
  • April 2019: Councilmember introduces policy to respond to the increase of shootings in the first four months of 2019 including Nipsey Hussle’s
  • June 2019: The Community Safety Initiative, a $1 Million investment in community based violence prevention and response.
    • Adds safe passages community organizations to address public safety concerns without over-policing communities
    • Deploys mental health services to support neighborhoods dealing with trauma through Healing Circles
    • Produces entrepreneurship workshop across South LA for youth and young adults
    • Activates Community Intervention Workers to disrupt and de-escalate violent conflict
  • October 2019: Community Safety Initiative supporters and participants were honored for their work to stem the rise in violence and support South LA communities