October 20, 2016
Los Angeles – Elected officials who represent South Los Angeles hosted hundreds of residents at Holman United Methodist Church at a Debate Watch Party and Ballot Measure Form for the final presidential debate on October 19th. The event was attended by Congressmember Karen Bass, State Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Chair Mike Gipson, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. The crowd of 400 South Los Angeles residents were boisterous during the debate with audible commentary as neighbors engaged with each other.
“It was so great to host a debate watch party here in the heart of South Los Angeles with so many of my friends in public office,” said Congressmember Bass. “Secretary Clinton knocked the third debate out of the park!”
“There was so much energy in the room,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “The Watch Party is another opportunity for resident of South LA to come together, share ideas, and strengthen our community.”
Following the debate watch party, elected officials and community leaders reviewed the costs and benefits of several state and local propositions that are important to residents of South Los Angeles, including Los Angeles City Proposition HHH, Los Angeles County Measure M, and Califronia state Propositions 55, 56, and 57.
“Residents were excited by the national election and by the local issues that are upcoming on the ballot, like Proposition HHH,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “People asked excellent questions about how the propositions and measures will impact their neighborhoods.”
“I’m confident that the American people are going to do the right thing and elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency,” said Congressmember. “However, with so many important issues on the ballot, California has the opportunity to make significant changes to our criminal justice system and address homeless. We are the margin of victory.”
The event was also sponsored by Assemblymember Autumn Burke, Board of Equalization Board Member Jerome Horton, Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton, LA Community College Trustee Sydney Kamlager, LA Supervisor Mark-Ridley-Thomas, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price, the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats, the 54th Assembly District Democratic Club, and the New Frontier Democratic Club.
Congressmember Karen Bass represents the 37th Congressional District which includes South Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, and Culver City.
Councilmeber Marqueece Harris-Dawson represent the 8th Council District in the City of Los Angeles which includes South Los Angeles.