AN ADVOCATE FOR OUR FAMILIES
Youth & Social Justice
“I learned at an early age to respect and celebrate diversity and fight for social justice and equal opportunity for all.”
Equal Opportunity For All
As a father, grandfather, mentor and coach, Herb Wesson is dedicated to ensuring all children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. In his capacity as State Assembly Speaker, Herb worked to increase funding for classroom education and teacher pay. He also authored legislation that mandates kindergarten attendance to ensure kids get a headstart in education, improves the literacy of our middle school students, and increases funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs.
At the local level, he sponsors an annual summer camp for disadvantaged youth to provide them access to open space, outdoor activities and cultural opportunities and has worked tirelessly to expand after-school programs and mentorship opportunities to keep teens off the streets, in school, and away from gangs and drugs. Herb also kickstarted the $50 million renovation of the historic Vision Theatre and secured over $150 million to refurbish and build new neighborhood parks in South LA so that our children have safe spaces to learn, grow and play. Most recently, he helped facilitate and fund the Los Angeles Fire Department’s two-day Girls Camp for young women who want to pursue careers in firefighting.
As City Council President, he has worked to protect Los Angeles’ families, regardless of their socio-economic background. That’s why he expanded community-based policing and civilian oversight, hired LA’s first Immigrant Advocate to protect the rights of local immigrant families, supported efforts to rescue underage girls from human trafficking, and opened a new neighborhood fire station to improve 911 emergency response times.
As our next LA County Supervisor, Wesson will advance smart policies that lift up disadvantaged families, improve the quality of care provided to foster children by the LA County Child Protective Services, and expand access to afterschool and apprenticeship programs that set up our children for success.