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Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León – the newly appointed chairman of the Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee, following the suspension of former chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas – promised on Tuesday that the council “will step up and we will lean into this crisis with urgency . “
“Los Angeles has spoken, reported, and studied enough about the demoralizing crises of homelessness and poverty that have left an indelible mark of shame on our great city,” said de León, who was appointed committee chairman by Council President Nury Martinez in the wake of Ridley-Thomas’ suspension of the council following his indictment on federal corruption charges.
“Right now, Angelenos is demanding a city council that takes swift action to house people with compassion while restoring security and cleanliness in our neighborhoods – and we will answer that call,” de León said.
De León, who has served on the City Council since October 2020, represents Skid Row as part of its district, which also includes Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Highland Park.
“The sheer number – tens of thousands – of unprotected people living in such inhumane conditions is a matter of life and death,” he said.
“The camps and the unscrupulous poverty have distorted the way we see our own city and diminished our collective hope for a future where everyone can afford a place to sleep at night.
“Our dreams of civic pride, affordable housing and clean and safe streets will not come true on our own. We will have to work hard and we will have to work together to lead LA out of this crisis. So long I am the chairman of this committee, we will not accept a status quo that lets our unread neighbors die on our streets or allows women and children to languish on our streets at night.
“We will step up and we will lean into this crisis with urgency.”
Shortly after joining the council, de León launched its “A Way Home” initiative, which aims to create 25,000 new homeless housing by 2025.
He also recently opened the largest Tiny Home Village in the United States with 117 units and 224 beds to provide transitional housing in the Highland Park community.
Councilwoman Nithya Raman, who was already a member of the committee, now serves as vice chairman, Martinez’s office said.
Councilor Bob Blumenfield was appointed to fill the vacancy, along with de León, Raman, Councilor Joe Buscaino and Councilor Monica Rodriguez.
The committee has not met since before Ridley-Thomas was indicted on October 13. He was suspended by the council on October 20 by 11-3 votes.
Shortly after his suspension, Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from his time on the County Board of Supervisors.
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