Action Alert: Save AB 17, the Student Transit Pass Bill!

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Low-income students in California need your help. Please join Asm. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and nearly 100 organizations and individuals that support creating a statewide program to help fund discounted student transit passes for middle-school, high school, and public college and university students!

Asm. Holden's bill, AB 17, has been put on the Suspense File in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and we need to convince committee members to take the bill off Suspense by Friday, May 26, or it will die.

Please call the committee chair (the most important member!) and the committee member who represents you or the district closest to you. Members’ names and phone numbers are listed below. You can google the Wikipedia page of each Assembly district to find out the cities in the district and determine whether you live there.

Calling is super easy: Tell the person who answers the phone that you urge the member to support AB 17 and take it off suspense. If you live in their district you will be asked for your name and address; if you don’t live there say you want to make your opinion known because you think student transit passes for low-income students are very important.

We strongly believe we must increase transit ridership if California is going to reduce traffic, and student passes have been shown to significantly increase student ridership and to significantly reduce the cost of an education—as well as greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution!

The bill is co-sponsored by Move LA, Transform and the Student Senate of California Community Colleges and has been endorsed by all of the nonprofit organizations with logos above and an array of supporters from LA Metro to BART, the Teamsters to the California Faculty Association, cities including South Pasadena and Thousand Oaks, and distinguished academic researchers including UCLA’s Donald Shoup and USC’s Manuel Pastor. Nearly 100 organizations and individuals have signed on to letters of support!

Appropriations Chair Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher • D-San Diego • District 80 • 916-319-2080
Vice Chair Frank Bigelow • R-O’Neals • District 5 • 916 319-2005
Richard Bloom • D-Santa Monica • District 50 • 916-319-2050
Raul Bocanegra • D-Pacoima • District 39 • 916-319-2039
Rob Bonta • D-Alameda • District 18 • 916-319-2018
William Brough • R-Dana Point • District 73 • 916-319-2073
Ian Calderon • D-Whittier • District 57 • 916-319-2057
Ed Chau • D-Monterey Park • District 49 • 916-319-2049
Susan Talamantes Eggman • D-Stockton • District 13 • 916-319-2013
Vince Fong • R-Bakersfield • District 34 • 916-319-2034
Laura Friedman • D-Glendale • District 43 • 916-319-2043
James Gallagher • R-Nicolaus • District 03 • 916-319-2003
Eduardo Garcia • D-Coachella • District 56 • 916-319-2056
Adam Gray • D-Merced  District 21 • 916-319-2021

Thank you so very much—in advance—for supporting an important bill!


Why LA Metro Should Buy Both Electric and Natural Gas Buses

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Move LA is urging the Metro Board of Directors to adopt the new bus purchase policy recommended by staff: that Metro purchase both electric buses as well as near-zero emission natural gas buses powered by Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)—with preference given to products manufactured in LA County. Below are some excerpts from Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane's letter to the Metro Board. You can read the entire letter HERE.

 . . . Transit fleets play a vital role in facilitating the deployment of cleaner advanced technologies in the much larger marketplace for heavy-duty trucks, which remain LA County’s biggest clean air challenge. Move LA believes truck operators can learn a lot from transit operators, and that bus fleets can serve to demonstrate the operational readiness of advanced heavy-duty engines and power systems in more complex and demanding duty cycles.

Staff has made a compelling case for the inclusion of buses powered by RNG, sometimes called biogas or biomethane, because their ultra-clean natural gas engines have been certified as near-zero-emission technologies, and because RNG removes methane, a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, from the atmosphere. Other transit operators, including Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, have had success with RNG. We urge Metro to assume a leadership role in expanding its use.

Diesel emissions are a toxic air contaminant heavily implicated in the incidence of asthma and lung cancer. Transit can serve as a kind of “proving ground” that helps cleaner technologies gain acceptance in the heavy-duty truck marketplace. This is especially important since neither the state nor the South Coast AQMD had direct regulatory authority over truck emissions in California . . .

 . . . Battery electric vehicles still have range challenges. There may simply be a limit to the role that battery-powered electric engines can play in the larger heavy-duty vehicle universe: good for drayage trucking or in-basin delivery, but not appropriate for medium-range or long-haul trucking.

For those longer trips and more demanding duty cycles natural gas technologies perform well. Facilitating the deployment of heavy-duty engines powered by RNG in transit bus applications readies this technology to enter the longer haul heavy-duty marketplace.

That is an exceptionally important role for environmental purposes and Metro should treat that role as an important part of its mission. In the entire heavy-duty vehicle sector, it is not electric versus natural gas that is the relevant comparison here—it is both versus diesel . . .

 . . . Awareness of this important additional role for transit systems was taught to me by the late Carl Moyer with whom I worked in the 1990s on legislation that now bears his name, the Carl Moyer Program, one of our state’s most important clean air programs for advancing clean alternatives to diesel power in heavy- duty on and off-road applications. Carl was a technology expert, often used by the California Air Resources Board when it came to questions about heavy-duty vehicles, principally trucks. Carl had a deep understanding of both the operational elements as well as the emissions and environmental implications of all engine technologies that were candidates for the heavy-duty vehicle sector.

Carl would emphasize that while cleaning up transit buses was a vital agenda on its own, for public health and environmental justice reasons, the larger agenda needed to be getting all heavy-duty vehicles – trucks, trains, off-road vehicles like bulldozers and the like – off diesel fuel . . .

 . . .  . . . If Carl Moyer were here today I believe that he would say that the transit bus sector best serves our larger community’s environmental goals as well as its own performance objectives by treating both electric powered and near-zero emission RNG technologies as important components of our fleet. Otherwise we will be conceding to diesel a continuing and dominant role in long-haul trucking.

Read the entire letter HERE.


11th Annual Los Angeles Business Council Sustainability Summit

Our friends at the Los Angeles Business Council are hosting their 11th Annual Sustainability Summit on Friday, April 28th at the Getty Center. Keynote speakers include: Emile Haddad, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon. Register for the Sustainability Summit on April 28th by clicking below.

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Move LA is on the Shared Mobility Action Plan's Implementer Council

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The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) has created an Implementers Council—and Move LA sits on it—to help oversee implementation of LA County’s Shared Mobility Action Plan, with the goal of taking 100,000 cars off the road in LA County in the next 5 years by expanding public transit, bikesharing, carsharing and ride-hailing.

Council members include:

  • Doran Barnes, Executive Director, Foothill Transit
  • Tamika Butler, ‎Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
  • Diego Cardoso, Executive Officer, Transit Corridors, Active Transportation & Sustainability, LA Metro
  • Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
  • Suja Lowenthal, Transit Planning & Community Engagement Manager, City of Santa Monica – ‎Big Blue Bus
  • Hervé Muller, President, BlueLA (Bolloré)
  • Hilary Norton, Executive Director, FAST (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic)
  • Susana Reyes, ‎Senior Analyst, Office of Sustainability, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, LA Department of Transportation
  • Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, LA Metro
  • Smokey West, General Manager, Los Angeles, Zipcar
  • Thomas Yee, Initiative Officer, LA Thrives
  • Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA

The council will meet quarterly to discuss challenges, share information and measure progress toward the plan’s goal. Council members will also play an ongoing role in helping to implement strategies in the action plan, which include:

  1. Expanding the Role and Reach of Transit
  2. Driving Cultural Change to Support Transit & Shared Mobility
  3. Emphasizing and Expanding Carsharing in All Communities
  4. Leveraging the Region’s Bikesharing Momentum
  5. Experimenting with Ridesourcing, Microtransit & Vanpooling
  6. Building out Mobility Hubs Countywide

SUMC, which is based in Chicago, has been working with the City of Los Angeles on the city’s EV carsharing pilot and building momentum for constructing integrated mobility hubs, and expanding bikeshare. Here's more info on the action plan.


Thank You Voters: We Really Did Win!

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The final count for Measure H to end homelessness in LA County is completed. Measure H captured 69.24% of the vote (more than the 66.7% supermajority required) and will help end homelessness for 45,000 children, foster youth, seniors, battered women, people with disabilities, veterans, and other homeless adults currently living on the streets—and prevent homelessness for 30,000 more.

We want to thank you for voting yes on Measure H and showing the world that in LA County we are not afraid of tackling the seemingly unsolvable problem of homelessness—because we recognize that everyone deserves a place to call home!

Measure H will provide $355 million/year for 10 years for an array of services proven to help people get off —and stay off — the streets. These include physical and mental health care, substance abuse counseling, job training, short-term rental subsidies, more affordable housing, expanded outreach, and improved case management.

With this election LA County has become the first community in the nation to vote to end homelessness. We have shown that we stand for something larger than ourselves!


Fortune Favors the Bold — Again!

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On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the voters of the county of Los Angeles made history, apparently approving Measure H by 67.4% of the vote (subject to final certification) and becoming the first community in America to actually vote to end homelessness.

Measure H comes on the heels of voter approval of Measure M in November 2016 and Measure R in November 2008, which will together modernize LA County’s transportation system and dramatically expand its rail transit system and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Move LA is proud to have played a central role in all of these initiatives.

It is clear that if LA County voters have their way, LA will no longer be regarded as an urban dystopia made famous by its traffic, smog and urban unrest. This new LA will be recognized as the economic and cultural capital of the Pacific Rim, committed to diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and economic opportunity.

Fortune favors the bold. And so do voters!


Measure H To End Homelessness in LA County Has Won 320 Endorsements

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Seriously: Measure H to end homelessness in LA County has won the endorsement of 310 organizations, cities, elected officials, and faith-based leaders and groups. You are in really good company if you vote #YesOnH!!! Join us:

A Community of Friends
Abode Communities
ACLU of Southern California
Adi Liberman & Associates
Advancement Project
Affirmed Housing
AFSCME District Council 36
AFSCME Local 3634
Alliance for Community Tranist- LA
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1277
AME Ministerial Alliance
American Academy of Social Work
American Institute of Architects - LA
Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
Ascencia
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, California Democratic Party
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council
Be The Change International
Beatriz Camargo De Sandoval, Community Leader, LA Voice Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church
Bend the Arc
Bet Tzedek
Beverly Hills/Greater LA Association of Realtors
Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church
Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Black Jewish Justice Alliance
Bless Our Neighbors - Clothing our Homeless Neighbors
Bridge to Home
Brotherhood Crusade
CA State Assembly Member Mike Gipson
CA State Assemblymember Chris Holden
California Association of Professional Employees
California Community Foundation
California Contract Cities Association
California Housing Partnership
California State Board of Equalization Member, Jerome Horton
California State Senator Holly Mitchell
Canon Robert Williams, President Interreligious Council of Southern California
Cantor Keith Spencer-Shapiro, University Synagogue
CDTech
Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Central City Association of Los Angeles
Children Now
Children's Defense Fund
Chosen Generation Fellowship Church
Chrysalis
City of Culver City
City of Duarte
City of El Monte
City of Hermosa Beach
City of Inglewood
City of La Puente
City of Lawndale
City of Lomita
City of Long Beach
City of Los Angeles
City of Malibu
City of Manhattan Beach
City of Pasadena
City of Redondo Beach
City of Santa Monica
City of West Hollywood
Claremont City Councilmember Joseph Lyons
Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
Clifford Beers Housing
Climate Resolve
Coalition for Economic Survival
Colchester Creek
Communication Workers of America Southern California Council
Communication Workers of Americal Local 9003
Community Corporation of Santa Monica
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Covenant House California
Covered Community
Culver City Councilmember Meghan Salhi-Wells
D.A.S.H. Handy and Maintenance
Democratic Club of the San Fernando Valley
Diverse Strategies for Organizing
Door of Hope
Downtown Women's Center
EAH Housing
East Area Progressive Democrats
East LA Community Corporation
East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless
El Segundo Chamber of Commerce
Engineers & Architects, Local 11 IBEW
Enterprise Community Partners
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
FAST (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic)
Father Gregory Boyle
First Place for Youth
First to Serve
Foundation for Affordable Housing
From Lot to Spot
Gateway Cities Council of Governments
Good Seed Community Development Corporation
Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
Heal the Bay
Health & Human Rights PAC
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
Hollywood Entertainment District/Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Holman UMC
Homeboy Industries
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS)
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
HOPE, Inc.
Hospital Association of Southern California
Housing California
Housing Long Beach
Housing on Merit
Housing Works
IBEW Local 11
Imagine LA
Inner City Law Center
InnerCity Struggle
Inquilinos Unidos (United Tenants)
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
Integrated Recovery Network
International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 63
International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union #12
Invisible People
Ironworkers Local 416
Ironworkers Local 433
Jaime Edwards-Acton, Clergy, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Jenesse Center
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Jovenes, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
Kathleen Petrini, Parishoner, Holy Family, South Pasadena
Korean American Coalition
Korean American Democratic Committee
Korean Churches for Community Development
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
L.A. Care Health Plan
LA Alliance for New Economy (LAANE)
LA Kitchen
LA on Cloud 9
LA THRIVES
LA Voice - PICO
Laborers' International Union of North America Local 777
LA-Mas
Latino Muslim Association of America
Lawndale City Councilmember & South Bay COG Chair Jim Osborne
Layrd Consulting, Inc.
League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Division
League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County
Leticia Aguilar Jaguelli Foundation For The Poor
LifeSTEPS
Little Tokyo Service Center
LiUNA! Local 1309
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
Los Angeles & Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Baha'i Center
Los Angeles Business Council
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
Los Angeles Community College District
Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Los Angeles Family Housing
Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches
Los Angeles NAACP
Los Angeles Times
Many Mansions
Mary Pickhardt Architect
Mayor of Lawndale James Osborne
Mental Health Advocacy Services
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Monday Night Mission
Move LA
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services
National Foster Youth Institute
National Health Foundation
Natural Resources Defense Council
New Challenge Food Bank
New Direction for Veterans
New West Landscaping
Nick Warnesm Leader, Northland Village Church
NMA Partners
North Valley Democratic Club
One LA
Onyx Architects
Our Parks LA Steering Committee
Pacoima Beautiful
Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce
PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Plumbers & Fitters Local 761
Prevention Institute
Public Counsel
Rabbi Ahud Sela
Rabbi Anthony Elman
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
Rabbi David Wolpe
Rabbi Dr. Miriyam Glazer
Rabbi Haim Beliak
Rabbi Joel Simonds, University Synagogue & the Religious Action Center of Reform Judiasm
Rabbi Jonathan Klein
Rabbi Ken Chasen, Leo Baeck Temple
Rabbi Laura Geller
Rabbi Laurence Scheindin
Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein, Past President of the Board of Rabbis
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels
Rabbi Noah Farkas (Valley Beth Shalom & LAHSA Commissioner)
Rabbi Robin Podolsky
Rabbi Ron Stern, Stephen Wise Synagogue
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Rabbi Sarah Hronsky of Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, and Vice President, Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR
Rabbi Susan Goldberg
Rainbow Services
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce
Redondo Beach City Councilmember Christian Horvath
Reverand Dr. Felix Villanueva, Conference Minister, United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada
Reverand Dr. Harold E. Kidd, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood
Reverand Gary Bernard Williams, Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Reverand Heidi Worthen Gamble
Reverand John E. Cager, Ward AME Church
Reverand Linda Culbertson, General Presbyter, Presbytery of the Pacific
Reverand Michael A. Mata, First Church of the Nazarene
Robert Martinez, Staff, Our Mother of Good Counsel Church
Rose City Church
Rt. Reverand J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Safe Place for Youth
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Sanctuary of Hope
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
Santa Monica Democratic Club
Santa Monica for Renters' Rights (SMRR)
Santa Monica Forward
Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer
Santa Monica Next
Santa Monica Rent Control Board
SEIU 721
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 105
Shelter Partnership, Inc.
Sholem Community Organization
Skid Row Housing Trust
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce
South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness
South Bay Council of Governments
South Gate Council Member
South L.A. Homeless TAY & Foster Care Collaborative
Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing
Southern California Health & Rehab Program
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Special Service for Groups (SSG)
SRO Housing Corporation
St. Agatha Catholic Church
St. Anne's
St. John's Well Child and Family Center
St. Joseph Center
St. Margaret's Center
Stevens and Associates
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Sunset & Vine BID/Central Hollywood Coalition
Teamsters 396
Teamsters 986
Teamsters Joint Council 42
Teamsters Local 848
Temple Ahavat Shalom
Thai Community Development Corporation
The Firm Foundation
The People Concern - OPPC & LAMP Community United
The Six-County Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Los Angeles
The Teen Project
The Trust for Public Land
Torrance Chamber of Commerce
U.S. VETS, Inc.
Ubuntu Leadership
UFCW Local 1428
UFCW Local 1442
UFCW Local 770
Union Station Homeless Services
UNITE HERE Local 11
United Nurses Association of California
United Transportation Union of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers, Local 36
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
University Council-AFT, Local 1990
Upward Bound House
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Student Organization
Utility Workers Union of America Local 132
UTLA-AFT 1021
Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
Venice Community Housing Corporation
Vets Advocacy
Volunteers of America, Pomona Family Solution Centers
Ward AME Church
Watershed Conservation Authority
Weingart Center Association
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club
Westside Cities Council of Governments
Westside Coalition
Westside Family Health Center
WORKS
Worksite Wellness LA
Yasmin Tong Consulting
Yolanda Brown, Leader, Blessed Sacrament
Youth Employment Solutions, Inc.


Helping the Homeless is a Moral Imperative: Vote #YesOnH!

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Here's quoting from a beautiful essay about why ending homelessness is a moral issue, written by Matthew King, communications director for Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay has joined 300 other organizations, cities, and elected officials who have endorsed Measure H on the March 7 ballot with the goal of ending homelessness in LA County. You can see the names of the 62 faith leaders, congregations and faith-based organizations that have endorsed Measure H below the excerpt from Matt's essay (or you can read his whole essay HERE):

 . . . Welcome to L.A.—the homeless capital of the United States. Clinging underneath highways, sleeping in underbrush, passed out on doorsteps, roaming parks and beaches, these largely forgotten souls haunt our public spaces and our civic conscience. . .

. . . And while many live in the shadows, most homeless hide in plain sight. . . 

 . . . A spirit of resolve is palpable among the community and business groups supporting the initiative, which includes Heal the Bay. I felt it in the packed, cheering room when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ballot measure late last year. A wide swath of the county’s elite, from LACMA chief Michael Govan to billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, voiced their support.

Homelessness is foremost a moral issue for Heal the Bay. To be clear, water quality suffers in our ocean and rivers when the homeless lack access to basic sanitation. But our focus is ensuring basic human dignity and access to clean water for all.

Now is the time for everyday citizens to uplift our region’s most vulnerable populations. We can’t wait any longer. It’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of initiatives on crowded ballots. But this measure is easy to remember and hard to ignore—H is for humanity.

Endorsers include:

Faith-based organizations
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
AME Ministerial Alliance
Bend the Arc
Black Jewish Justice Alliance
CLUE
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Korean Churches for Community Development
LA Metropolitan Churches
LA Voice
Latino Muslim Association of America
One LA (coalition of 24 faith & non-profit groups & schools)
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Los Angeles

Congregations
Chosen Generation Fellowship Church
Holman UMC
Rose City Church
Sholem Community Organization
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
St. Agatha Catholic Church
Temple Ahavat Shalom
Ward AME Church

Faith Leaders
Rt. Reverand J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California‐Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church
Rabbi Sarah Hronsky of Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, and Vice President, Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Rev. Linda Culbertson, General Presbyter, Presbytery of the Pacific
Rev. Dr. Felix Villanueva, Conference Minister, United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada
Canon Robert Williams, President Interreligious Council of Southern California
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Rabbi Haim Beliak
Father Gregory Boyle
Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR
Rev. John E. Cager, Ward AME Church
Rabbi Ken Chasen, Leo Baeck Temple
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
Rabbi Neil Comess‐Daniels
Jaime Edwards‐Acton, Clergy, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Rabbi Anthony Elman
Rabbi Noah Farkas, Valley Beth Shalom, LAHSA Commissioner
Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein, Past President of the Board of Rabbis
Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble
Rabbi Laura Geller
Rabbi Dr. Miriyam Glazer
Rabbi Susan Goldberg
Rev. Dr. Harold E. Kidd, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood
Rabbi Jonathan Klein
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Rev. Michael A. Mata, First Church of the Nazarene
Rabbi Robin Podolsky
Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin
Rabbi Ahud Sela
Rabbi Joel Simonds, University Synagogue & the Religious Action Center of Reform Judiasm
Rabbi Ron Stern, Stephen Wise Synagogue
Rev. Gary Bernard Williams, Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Rabbi David Wolpe
Cantor Keith Spencer‐Shapiro, University Synagogue
Yolanda Brown, Leader, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Beatriz Camargo de Sandoval, Community Leader, LA Voice, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Jacquelyn Dupont‐Walker, President, Ward Economic Development Corporation
Robert Martinez, Staff, Our Mother of Good Counsel Church
Kathleen Petrini, Parishioner, Holy Family, So. Pasadena
Nick Warnes, Leader, Northland Village Church


LA Times Endorsement: Homeless people don't just need housing—they need services to get and stay housed. Vote yes on Measure H.

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The LA Times published this endorsement Sunday: For homeless people to rebuild their lives, they need permanent housing. But that’s just one of the building blocks to a new, functional life. Homeless people need services to help them leave behind the isolation of life on the streets, get housed and stay housed, and those services are as varied as the reasons they tumbled into homelessness. Someone suffering from psychosis or depression needs mental health care. Someone with a drug addiction needs substance abuse treatment. Someone who’s been laid off and can’t pay the rent needs a short-term rental subsidy and help getting a new job. 

Measure H on the Los Angeles County ballot would raise the sales tax a quarter of a cent and generate about $355 million annually for that essential array of services. Funds from the measure can be spent only on homelessness services — including prevention — and the tax expires in 10 years. To help homeless people stay housed and off the streets, vote for Measure H.

This initiative does not duplicate Proposition HHH, the bond measure that city voters overwhelmingly approved last November to supply more housing for the homeless. Instead, it complements HHH by paying for the services to be provided in the city’s new supportive housing units for the chronically homeless. If housing is the hardware, services are the software that make it run.

Read the rest of the Times' endorsement HERE.


SIGN PETITION Telling Trump & Secretary Chao: Don't Cut Public Transit

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From our transit allies at TransFormCA in the Bay Area: Clean, fast, reliable public transit gives us independence and freedom. It is one of the strategies Americans need to use less foreign oil, which saves families money and keeps us safe. Public transportation is better for our health and the environment, and it connects people to opportunity. These are American values, not partisan ones.

And yet the GOP is playing politics with public transportation, in an early test of the Trump Administration. All 14 of California’s House Republicans have written a letter asking Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to block a pending grant that will ultimately support California's high speed rail project until an audit of the project is completed. The letter cites cost increases, reductions in project scope, and a failure to attract private investment

The letter also asks to stop appropriation of a $650 million grant to the Bay Area's Caltrain commuter rail agency to install an electrical system that would ultimately be used by high speed rail, but would also allow Caltrain to provide cleaner, faster, more frequent, and safer train service that will serve many more riders.

If the GOP can convince the Administration to kill this project—in Silicon Valley, one of the economic engines of the country—it will embolden them to come after public transit funding anywhere.

Caltrain has already signed contracts to start the electrification project on March 1. If the Trump Administration holds off on approving these funds this month, Caltrain won’t be able to honor those contracts and would be liable for penalties, putting the whole project in jeopardy.

Politics shouldn't get in the way of building smart infrastructure with broad environmental and economic benefits. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to Secretary Chao and the entire California congressional delegation on Feb 15. We have nearly 1,000 signatures but we want 25,000!

 



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