Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed the 2018-2019 Supplemental Budget, which brought the County’s total budget to $32.8 billion and increases the County’s workforce to nearly 112,000 budgeted positions:
“Los Angeles County’s budget is balanced and our fiscal future looks bright. With federal funds increasingly unreliable, it is more important than ever that the County protect our more than ten million residents and provide the services that they depend on. During the budget process, I advocated for priorities that were important to First District residents. I am pleased that the CEO has identified money to fund the following priorities that I had asked for:
- East Los Angeles: $208,000 in ongoing funding to increase security at the East LA Civic Center, and $671,000 for renovations at Centro Maravilla to house the County’s first entrepreneur center – where small businesses can go for office space and resources.
- Public Defender: $1.1 million and 5 positions to expand immigration legal services to non-citizens, bringing the total to 10 attorneys and 4 support staff.
- $44.2 million for the Housing for Health Program to provide intensive case management, street-based outreach services, and transitional housing assistance services.
- $3.15 million for ten new Mental Evaluation Teams (MET) – bringing the total to 33 MET teams – and staff for the Risk Assessment and Management Programs (RAMP), an addition of 23 positions for the Sheriff and 17 for the Department of Mental Health.
- $1 million in one-time AB109 carryover funding and $2.2 million in ongoing AB109 funding for the Homeless Outreach Services Teams (HOST), for the Sheriff to train local police departments and service providers on how to engage with homeless constituents.
- $150,000 in one-time funding from the Homeless and Housing Program (HHP) to fund public hygiene facilities such as hand-washing stations at homeless encampments, to help restore dignity and improve health outcomes for those who are suffering from homelessness.
- Department of Health Services: $4.5 million in ongoing County General Funds for 66 health care interpreter positions. 21 of these new jobs will be at LAC+USC, and they will help communicate important health information to patients in an informative and culturally-sensitive manner.
- Department of Public Health: $862,000 to fund 7 new positions for the Environmental Health Oversight and Monitoring Team to help protect communities from environmental violators. These new positions will help address the concerns of the tens of thousands of residents who are still being impacted by the Exide battery plant in Vernon, including monitoring the cleanup of aerial lead emissions, responding to health complaints, educating residents on reducing their risk to lead exposure, and ensuring that the restoration of the parkways is in line with community plans and County sustainability efforts.
Thank you to the CEO for identifying these funds that will directly benefit First District and County residents. Most importantly, thank you to my First District constituents who placed their trust in me to deliver these priorities.”