October 10, 2015
(LOS ANGELES, CA) October 10, 2015 – Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson hosted a community celebration at Crenshaw High School on Saturday, October 10, to celebrate his first 100 days in office. Councilmember Harris-Dawson detailed his recent key actions, shared his goals for the Eighth District and asked for community input on how to move forward in the next phase of his term.
US Representative Karen Bass, City Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember David Ryu, LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna, and other notable community leaders were in attendance to mark the occasion.
“We’re ushering in a new era for the district, building community and empowering residents with the tools to create a new paradigm for themselves,” Councilmember Harris-Dawson stated. “My hope is that residents leave this event knowing justice is within their reach.”
Recently Harris-Dawson has asserted his leadership in improving city services, leading community safety efforts and bringing more economic development opportunities to the district. In his first three months in office, he announced the “Clean and Safe Streets Campaign” to improve responsiveness of city services and to focus on infrastructure repair and street beautification. The city’s 311 service reported a significant rise in 311 requests from CD8, which had nearly doubled from 4,828 requests in July to 8,713 requests in September. The Bureau of Sanitation reported collecting 236 tons of waste from CD8 alleys and sidewalks.
To address the recent surge in homicides, he recently convened LAPD and local, state and federal officials for an emergency community meeting. On the economic development front, Harris-Dawson has worked to spur investment in business corridors, by focusing on illegal marijuana dispensaries and other nuisance businesses.
Residents participated in a community resource fair where they met with city departments and community organizations to learn about free services in the city and even sign up for civil service employment testing dates. Festivities included a play area for children, games, music and entertainment.
The community event drew a diverse crowd of hundreds of residents with a mariachi band, dancers, an Afro-Cuban salsa group and an African-American artist who sings corrido- a Mexican musical tradition.