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Mayoral Candidates Greuel and Garcetti Commit to Diverse, Thriving, Healthy Communities for All

Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are committed to goals and principles that help protect equal opportunity for all, and create a prosperous future in an increasingly diverse city. In response to a letter from diverse allies, each is committed to local green jobs, physical education and healthy foods in public schools, equal access to parks and recreation, environmental justice along the Los Angeles River and in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains, bus service and active transportation, and immigration reform. Each is committed to equal access to public resources and freedom from discrimination for all. This is about all students having a chance to live in a neighborhood with good schools and parks to thrive. It’s about all families—whatever they look like and wherever they come from—having an equal opportunity to seek a job and equal access to public benefits in any neighborhood. And it’s about the diverse and thriving communities that are part of the strength of the City of Los Angeles.

Councilmember Garcetti and City Controller Greuel have agreed to each one of these objectives to improve the lives of Los Angeles residents:

(1)  Fund projects that create green jobs for local workers, small and disadvantaged enterprises, and youth.

(2)  Require compliance with physical education and healthy food laws in public schools.

(3)  Implement an equity plan for City parks.

(4)  Reform distribution of Quimby park development fees to improve access to parks for all.

(5)  Ensure environmental justice along the Los Angeles River so that river revitalization benefits everyone including low-income communities and communities of color.

(6)  Support the proposed San Gabriel National Recreation Area to improve and diversify access to parks.

(7)  Support the proposed expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to improve and diversify access to parks.

(8)  Ensure compliance with equal justice laws and principles, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its regulations, and California Government Code Section 11135, which guarantee equal access to public resources.

(9)  Promote transportation justice by improving bus service, bike routes, safe routes to schools, and complete green streets.

(10) Support joint use of parks, schools, and pools.

(11) Support immigration reform to ensure that undocumented immigrants already in the country have a path to citizenship.

(12) Commit to transparency in government by making public records available and searchable online.

As of the February 28, 2013 deadline, candidates Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez have not responded with signed commitments.

Click here to see a sample of the letter sent to each mayoral candidate from Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, EJTF; Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance; California League of United Latin American Citizens; The City Project; Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles; Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; PolicyLink; Search To Involve Pilipino Americans; and Social Justice Consultancy.

Click here for Councilman Garcetti’s response.

Click here for Controller Greuel’s response.

Everyone deserves a fair chance to live in a healthy, liveable neighborhood!