Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the County of Los Angeles held its public hearing on the 2020-21 recommended budget and revisions:

“Normally, at this point in the budget process, the County of Los Angeles is refining budget numbers for adoption in June. However, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the County is in a challenging position to overhaul the recommended budget in order to make extensive changes to incorporate the estimated impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Much of the County’s budget receives revenues from the state of California and the federal government and both are grappling with their own COVID-19 budgetary impacts. The County remains committed to working with our federal and state leaders to ensure proper measures are taken in response to the current economic downturn that the County of Los Angeles, along with many of the County’s 88 cities, are facing. I thank Gov. Gavin Newsom for his decisive leadership during these difficult times and for his unwavering commitment to protect our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor on initiatives that can provide relief for all LA County residents.

“Despite the seemingly grim economic picture ahead of us, I still believe it is critical to continue to advocate for unfunded budget priorities critical to First District residents. During the public hearing, I advocated for the following, which are more direly needed than ever before:

  • Investment in major capital projects that will create good paying union jobs to stimulate the region’s economy, such as: the LAC+USC Restoration Care Village, the iconic General Hospital, the County’s Adams and Grand facility, MacLaren Hall Campus in the City of El Monte, and the Duck Farm along the San Gabriel River in the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, La Puente;
  • Increased ongoing funding of the LA Justice Fund to provide legal representation for our immigrant communities;
  • Building up low-level reentry support for people being released from custody by offering them wider access to food, housing, and enrollment in CalWORKS, as recommended by the Alternatives to Treatment report;
  • And ongoing investments in the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team.

“We have difficult decisions ahead of us, but LA County will endure and come out stronger in end, as long as we work together.”

In late June, the LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt its final budget.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov