The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all hard. Over the last few months, families have lost loved ones, hard-working Angelenos have lost their jobs, small businesses have suffered huge economic setbacks and healthcare, emergency, grocery store, and delivery workers – to name a few – have consistently risked their lives to keep our city up and running. In response, Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus and candidate for LA County Supervisor Herb Wesson has worked tirelessly on and off of the campaign trail to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on local residents and provide supportive services to those in need, especially low-income families, seniors and the homeless.
In his capacity as a City Councilmember, Herb:
- Introduced and successfully passed a motion that places a temporary moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and late fees in the City of Los Angeles.
- Created a multi-million dollar relief fund to help small businesses pay rent and make payroll.
- Called for the creation of a jobs program to train and hire out-of-work residents as community health workers and contact tracers in order to fill the gaps in the public health care system during the pandemic and provide employment to Angelenos who need it.
- Formally requested the LA County Department of Public Health to release its COVID-19 statistics by race; the numbers revealed that communities of color had been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
- Created a $100 million citywide renters assistance and relief fund for tenants who are unable to meet their rent obligations due to loss of wages as a result of COVID-19.
- Called for the immediate distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine to the City’s most vulnerable communities when it first becomes available.
- Established a COVID-19 assistance program that delivered food and other essentials to vulnerable residents in the 10th District, including:
- 1,736 Hot Prepared Meals
- 8,500 Produce, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat boxes
- 270,000 pounds of food for food boxes
- 30,000 masks
- 500,000 diapers
- 6,000 bottles of hand sanitizer
- 3,000 bottles of vitamin C
- Developed a program to distribute 1,000 laptops to foster children across Los Angeles to close the digital divide during the pandemic and give all students an equal opportunity to succeed in school.
- Helped pass an ordinance that requires supermarkets across Los Angeles to dedicate the first hour of customer business exclusively to senior citizens and the disabled.
- Introduced and successfully, unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Asian racism as related to COVID-19.
- Allocated discretionary funds to support women and minority-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19.
As our next County Supervisor, Herb will continue to put the health and safety of all Angelenos first. This means ensuring high-quality healthcare is available and affordable to all of our residents –– especially our most vulnerable populations. Herb will implement science-driven policies to keep Los Angeles at the forefront of disease prevention and work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure that proper testing, medical equipment, and treatments are readily available throughout the district. Herb also believes that mental health services are a critical component of healthcare, especially in these uncertain times, and is committed to bolstering the Department of Mental Health. Herb is equally committed to protecting Angelenos from the economic and educational fallout of COVID-19. That’s why he will implement smart policies that protect renters, students, workers, and small businesses. As our next County Supervisor, Herb will continue to work tirelessly with elected officials, social activists, medical professionals, scientists, small business leaders, and labor organizations to protect the health and well-being of all residents of Los Angeles County. Herb is confident that by working together, we can and will overcome this global health crisis.
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