LOS ANGELES – Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved the Chief Executive Office’s proposed spending plan of $100,000,000 for Year 1 of the Care First Community Investment, formerly known as Measure J:

“Today’s vote on the $100,000,000 million dollar spending plan for Care First Community Investment (CFCI) is a historic moment and a reflection of the tireless dedication of the Measure J Advisory committee as well as the residents, service providers, and advocates who participated in the process.

The CFCI, formerly known as Measure J, will serve as the framework to guide the County’s strategic funding decisions with a commitment to equitable and inclusive solutions that bring Care First to life.

I am thrilled to share that the spending plan proposed by the CEO includes many of the initiatives I have championed, including dedicating $50 million of the $100 million in Care First Community Investment fund to further our goal to end mass incarceration and support our communities:

  • $42 million to close Men’s Central Jail by providing mental health and substance abuse services
  • $8 million for pre-trial services

As well as my other priorities:

  • $3 million for a reentry program for women
  • $1.4 million for the ATI Incubator Academy to help small organizations become County service providers
  • $1 million for community engagement and the Measure J Advisory Committee
  • $600,000 for the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Doula Program

And in addition to approving the spending plan, today, the Board also voted on a motion authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl that I am co-author on, to expand the membership of the CFCI Committee to include more County and community experts on areas that intersect with public safety and public health.

Though the expanded Committee will focus on being inclusive of diverse stakeholders, I will continue to ensure that the voices of the Latinx community are heard.  In LA County, almost half of our residents are Latinx; the County has the second largest number of Latinx-owned businesses; and of the 10 million voters in LA County, four million are Latinx.

The motion also establishes how we budget, how we think about equity, and how we continue to be inclusive of the needs of the community.

Collectively, we will work to put forward policies, programs, and funding to create a Los Angeles County that puts the needs of its residents at the forefront through care first.”