Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Los Angeles County’s 2019-2020 Proposed Budget
“I want to commend the Chief Executive Officer and her staff for their work in recommending a balanced and prudent budget that addresses the major priorities identified by the Board of Supervisors over the past year.
“While there has been some modest improvement in our locally-generated revenues, it simply is not enough to fund all of the priorities that we have identified to date. It is safe to say that one of the top concerns on the hearts and minds of this Board, and of the people of Los Angeles, is to address the crisis of homelessness.
“Beginning on July 1st, we plan to invest more than ever to confront homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. We recognize, however, that broader economic forces are at work – higher rents and lower incomes.
“Since the homelessness and affordable housing crises are, at their core, an economic problem, the County is also working to invest in the bioscience industry and the creative economy as a method of strengthening communities, increasing individual incomes, and ultimately boosting the resilience of the regional economy.
“While I commend the CEO and her staff for the balanced budget, I know that collectively we have much more work to do to adopt a final budget and identify ongoing funding for the deepening crisis.”