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Congressman Jimmy Gomez Roundtable: The Future of the L.A. River: How to Ensure Equity and Access

Congressman Jimmy Gomez and river advocates, L.A. River Center

Congressman Jimmy Gomez held a roundtable on how to ensure equity and access regarding the benefits of revitalization along the L.A.River on August 10, 2018.

Congressman Gomez can help ensure equity and access through oversight of federal agencies and recipients of federal financial assistance, including state, regional, and local agencies, non-profit organizations, and private organizations. Effective oversight is needed to ensure agencies and recipients comply with civil rights, environmental justice, and healthy equity laws and principles in revitalizing the river.

Studies by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the L.A. County Department of Parks, the L.A. County Department of Public Health, and the City of L.A. Recreation and Parks Department agree. There are park and health disparities along the river. Agencies and recipients of federal and state funding are required to alleviate these disparities.

The Presidential Memorandum on diversity and inclusion in parks, waters, and monuments, and California’s Prop 68 agree. They provide standards to diversify programs, visitors, and the work force.

Challenges to equity and access include the following:

  • Ensuring agency and recipient compliance through pre- and post-award review
  • Providing healthy active recreation
  • Promoting climate justice
  • Promoting economic vitality through jobs and deeply affordable housing, while avoiding displacement and homelessness

Read The City Project’s written statement here

Congressman Jimmy Gomez with Tim Mok, The City Project Social Justice Fellow