We must get unhoused people off the streets for their safety and for public safety.
Traci’s top priority is ending the inhumanity of encampment living and the community impacts that correlate with it. She knows how challenging the problems are. In many areas, they have risen to a crisis level – but they are not unsolvable.
We cannot and will not criminalize poverty, addiction, or mental health disorders – but we can and must insist upon clean and safe streets, parks, and neighborhoods.
Traci will collaborate with CD11 residents, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to ensure that people are sheltered and public spaces are safe. She will work to:
- Enact both short- and longer-term solutions
- Accurately assess number and needs of unhoused
- Increase mental health/substance abuse services
- Create adequate shelter/housing with services
- Prevent homelessness before it happens
- Adopt a policy of compassionate enforcement
- Establish a city-wide plan, budget, and timeline
- Reallocate resources to achieve measurable results
- Create and monitor an achievable timeline
- Change how service providers are compensated
Restore Public Safety
Addressing the City’s substantial increase in crime and supporting all of our community safety partners are fundamental elements of Traci’s plan. Crime in our City is way too high. As a result, many families and businesses are not safe in their own neighborhoods.. This cannot continue. We must make the Westside safe and welcoming for everyone. Traci will fight at City Hall to enhance community safety, reduce crime and violence, and provide adequate resources for our first responders. She will work to:
- Provide funding and staffing to law enforcement
- Immediately increase funding and staffing at LAPD to a minimum of 10,000 officers with a sustained focus on ongoing recruitment and retention
- Protect neighborhoods and public spaces
- Get more officers on the street, regulate our public spaces, and restore collaborative relationships with law enforcement
- Reform mental health and substance abuse laws
- Expand addiction recovery and mental health programs, quickly implement the State’s CARE court plan in Los Angeles, and prosecute criminals who manufacture and distribute illegal street drugs
- Enforce existing laws
- Empower law enforcement to address property and other quality of life crimes
- Expand and strengthen LAFD
- Fully resource the Los Angeles Fire Department to adequately protect our City
My cousin is a police officer in Northern California. We sometimes disagree on politics, but I tell you what: I always listen to his opinions because he is out there, working hard and doing his best, every day. I respect him with every ﬁber of my being, just like I respect the dedicated men and women who risk their lives every day to keep the rest of us safe here in LA. – Traci Park
Promote Economic Recovery
A vibrant local economy underpins our Westside way of life.
As we emerge from the pandemic, local businesses need the City’s support more than ever. Traci will look for ways to help the Westside business community and workers thrive. With the Olympics returning to Los Angeles in 2028, we have a once in a generation opportunity to welcome the world and supercharge our local economy – but only if we have the leadership it takes to make it a success! Among other initiatives, Traci will work to:
- Partner with tech and entertainment companies to keep the industry in LA and bring CD11 back to the leading edge. District 11 used to be an economic powerhouse that attracted entrepreneurial talent and industry. However, since the pandemic began, we’ve lost more jobs than any other district in the City except CD4. Traci will support initiatives that restore CD11 to its distinctive place as a hub for entertainment and technology endeavors.
- Create job training and placement programs, and reduce the bureaucracy that keeps would-be small business owners from getting permits. Let’s keep it real: among those hit hardest by the pandemic are family-, women-, and minority-owned small businesses. These demographics are vitally important parts of CD11 and deserve to have greater support.
- Prioritize local businesses so we can restore one of the most vibrant and diverse economies in the State. People love our lively communities, al-fresco dining, and beautiful scenery. By working together and creating a partnership between the City and small businesses, we will revitalize CD11, boost our tourism economy, and make sure West LA retains its place as an event destination.
Traci’s core commitments are: Modernization + Stabilization along with Sustainability + Resiliency.
Traci will work to ensure that CD 11 leads the City in the quality and sustainability of our built environment and infrastructure. After two decades of working with local governments, she knows it’s the foundation of economic prosperity. Infrastructure is the economy!
It’s essential that we modernize now – not years or decades down the road, but today.
Traci will fight for the upgrades and improvements necessary to ensure that our district has the best roads and sidewalks, the most modern transportation network, and the cleanest and most sustainable infrastructure.
With the Summer Olympics fast approaching in 2028 we must act with urgency. The eyes of the world will be on L.A. that year, and Traci will make sure that CD 11 shines.
Strengthen Climate Resilience
Protecting CD11’s iconic beach, mountain, and urban environments is a crucial part of Traci’s platform. Addressing climate change and the threats posed to our quality of life and our City’s natural resources must also be a top priority for the entire City Council.
In September of 2021, the City Council approved a new goal for LA to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035. It’s a critical commitment to cutting the carbon pollution that causes climate change.
But setting a clean energy goal is only the first step. Traci will work to develop and deploy projects that deliver clean, renewable power to our homes and businesses. Water recycling and reclamation initiatives must also be put into immediate effect to meet our changing needs. All these efforts will generate well-paying jobs for Angelenos, in sectors including development, design, building, installation, and maintenance.
Our success in mitigating the impacts of climate change will dramatically impact our quality of life in CD11 and throughout LA – both now and long into our children’s and grandchildren’s future.
We can and must do more across the City to combat the existential threat of climate change. Successful models already exist, and Traci will work tirelessly to implement a low-carbon, green energy future that benefits our Westside residents, communities, and economy.
Invest in What's Working
Using practical data to scale up and improve successful programs just makes sense.
There are dozens – if not hundreds – of successful programs currently addressing CD11 and Citywide issues. We have the resources and brainpower to identify and scale these successes to achieve positive outcomes faster.
- Use technology to create the right data sets for different policy areas. With technological advancements making more information available in real time, we can define and quantify successful outcomes for any area we choose to analyze.
- Require accurate and reliable information to help identify what’s working. By making high-quality data collection a requirement of receiving City funds, we can see which programs are working best and fulfilling their established goals.
- Replicate and build on successful programs. Once data analysis tells us which programs are successful, they become models. We can replicate them and use them as springboards for even greater success.
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