LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, released the following statement regarding the County’s final budget deliberations:
“I am pleased to share that following a difficult year and a half from a once-in-a-century pandemic, that the County is heading into the new fiscal year both stronger and bolder than ever.
As a County, we undertook a number of challenges this year – from navigating budget curtailments resulting from the loss of revenue from COVID-19, to re-adjusting to new roles as over 50,000 County employees were deployed as disaster service workers, to ensuring equitable and timely access to critical resources like food and vaccines. However, through the determination and tenacity of all our County employees, departmental heads, and residents, we overcame the worst parts of the pandemic and are now endeavoring on a path to economic recovery.
And as Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, I am committed to ensuring an equitable economic recovery for all that is reflected in LA County’s 2021-22 fiscal budget. The fiscal year 2021-22 Final Changes budget is $36.5 billion with a total of 110,814 budgeted positions. Other notable highlights include:
- $931K and two positions to fund the Anti-Hate program in response to my March motion.
- Three positions in the CEO’s Office of Emergency Management, which I am pleased will be overseeing the County’s cooling centers.
- Three positions in the Medical Examiner’s budget to address increased caseload, as requested in my Unmet Needs letter.
- $17.3M for Youth Diversion and Development that reflects the first investment in youth to the Board’s commitment to transition to a care-first model.
- $192K of my office’s discretionary funding to further augment the Parks After Dark program through the County Department of Arts and Culture for parks in my District.
This year’s budget not only a represents my priorities as Chair to serve the needs of the 10 million constituents in Los Angeles County, but also an affirmation to distributing resources among the communities that suffered the gravest consequences from the pandemic, particularly Black and Latinx residents. This budget sets forth a financial plan that will fund an equitable recovery and will help launch new goals, dreams and projects in the communities that have been historically divested of resources and overlooked for generations. It will help us address the most pressing societal issues we face from homelessness, mass incarceration, lack of affordable housing and more by making greater investments in social services, increasing access to resources for working and low-income families and generating new opportunities for our youth. I look forward to the continued partnerships that will bring this budget to fruition among our County departments, community-based organizations and residents.”