Monica's Blog

Homes, Homeless And Good Jobs

For too long we’ve settled for less.  We’ve reluctantly accepted that government can do little to better our lives.  My friends, we can do better.

I’m running for City Council, because I think it is time to raise expectations.  We can tackle our city’s greatest challenges. This is what I did on the school board.  And it is what I will do at City Hall. For many years, our school leaders had made excuses.  Immigrant kids, African-American kids, they said, were not good students. I knew they were wrong.

I worked to empower our community, challenge a broken system, and bring people together to rewrite the rules and improve outcomes. 

We passed multi-billion dollar bonds to solve overcrowding once and for all and ending forced busing, second class classroom bungalows, and failed year round schools.  We cut a self-serving bureaucracy, and instead empowered successful principles, teachers, parents, and students. Together we created high expectations. As a result, we have experienced dramatic increases in graduation rates, reductions in drop-out  and suspension rates.

I worked to empower our community, challenge a broken system, and bring people together to rewrite the rules and improve outcomes.

We passed multi-billion dollar bonds to solve overcrowding once and for all and ending forced busing, second class classroom bungalows, and failed year round schools.  We cut a self-serving bureaucracy, and instead empowered successful principles, teachers, parents, and students. Together we created high expectations. As a result, we have experienced dramatic increases in graduation rates, reductions in drop-out  and suspension rates. On the city council, I will raise expectations again, and we need to think big.

Let’s raise expectations!  Here’s my plan:  

  1. The city must immediately shift money to building more shelters. We must build or create enough units of temporary shelter for the entire homeless population,
  2. Create a coalition to pass a multi billion dollar bond to build hundreds of thousands of affordable units. Build enough affordable housing to catch up to the problem and bring down the cost of rent.  
  3. Create a pilot grant emergency grant program to prevent more people from losing housing.
  4. Demand other parts of the city shelter more of their own homeless population.
  5. And finally, the city must ensure that shelters should take in everyoneShelter first policy with CBOs, and partners.

The city must immediately shift money to building more shelters, then work with the state to attain the funds for enough supportive housing.  The Governor’s proposed budget will help the city build on the commitments we have already made.  His efforts need our support.

Let’s build more housing than we have ever built, but let’s make it affordable to working families’ budgets. To do this, let us build a coalition to pass an unprecedented multi-billion housing bond.  This bond will be paid for by taxing the very people who are distorting our real estate market, multi-million property owners. 

The city must work with foundations to create a pilot grant program for people confronting an economic emergency to allow them to stay in their homes.  Those helped would commit to pay the grant forward, however they can, once they are back on their feet. 

I will demand every city council district take responsibility for our City.  And I will work to keep people struggling in their homes. Skid Row has been a dumping ground for the City of Angeles’ most prosperous neighborhoods to hide the despair they helped create.  We must turn skid row into transition row, but with services citywide.

Within four years, every city council district in this city must have enough shelter and supportive housing for 100% of their homeless neighbors.  

And finally, the city must ensure that shelters should take in everyone.  People struggling with addictions can get back on their feet.  First step is to get them off the street NOT exclude them from shelters.  

These are big bold reforms.  But only by addressing the crisis of unaffordable rents, the surge in people experiencing homelessness, stagnant wages and youth unemployment together can we truly tackle these issues.  It’s time to raise expectations and share responsibility. 

To my dearest friends in
Labor

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the many years of support while I have served our children on the Los Angeles Unified School Board. I have been honored to have earned the endorsement of the LA County Federation of Labor. We have done a lot. Regardless of your vote today regarding the 14th Council district I will continue to work with you to protect and support working families… Click here to continue reading blog post.

Born and Raised on the
Eastside

I am Monica Garcia and I am running for Los Angeles City Council, District 14. I have been honored to represent families and communities on the school board for over 13 years and to serve as president eight (8) times. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I returned home committed to be a warrior for people. Regardless of the challenge, I knew nothing would stop me from reaching and stretching beyond my reality, and I want to tell you why… Click here to continue reading blog post.