Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to support the reimbursement of approximately $41 million from the State of California to the Los Angeles County Flood Control District for the Los Angeles County Drainage Area project, with these funds to be prioritized for multi-benefit projects in disadvantaged and/or high-need communities within the Flood Control District:

“After the completion of the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan in 2018, and as the County continues to work with our partners to update the LA River Master Plan and the Upper LA River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan, I am continuing to work to identify funding to ensure that these community-driven visions for our River and surrounding neighborhoods are realized.

93% of the population within the Lower Los Angeles River corridor self-identify as a race other than white. 64.1% of households are considered low income, and 14.5% residents experience food insecurity. 80% of businesses located within the Lower LA River corridor are considered ‘small’ businesses, and 72% of all businesses are minority-owned.

We have a unique opportunity to prioritize the State’s $41 million reimbursement so that it is dedicated to communities like the ones who live near the Lower LA River, in Northeast Los Angeles, and across the San Gabriel Valley: disadvantaged, high-need neighborhoods who must receive the greatest benefits from our investments. My motion today ensures that prioritization.

These funds can be used for a variety of efforts to lift up these communities, including land banking, the development of a community land trust, empowerment and capacity building for local community-based organizations, and comprehensive workforce and economic development opportunities.

I am excited about the future of our communities along the Lower LA River.”