LA Daily News | LA City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, October 14, 2020

Facing a projected shortfall of $400 million in this year’s budget, the impacts will continue to be severe for many Angelenos.

Our city, and cities and counties across California continue to grapple with the effects to workforce and funding for programs that many rely on including homeless and housing programs.

What is most difficult is that this is the time when we need to provide more support as so many are hurting – more health care and mental health services, housing support, and safety net support for the thousands who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

Making the situation more dire is our state facing a historic budget deficit of $54 billion which shrinks state funding of services we rely on to help support Angelenos in need and all of our communities.

Coupled with this recession and the impacts of the pandemic, we ​have​ ​entered ​wildfire season. Wildfires have continued to gain momentum year after year wreaking havoc on Angelenos with loss of homes and lives.

One of my core priority issues as your councilwoman​ ​is to protect the safety of our families. This includes ensuring that first responders, including fire, police, and emergency service providers have the resources needed to ensure the fastest response times possible when disaster strikes.

This is why I am strongly supporting Proposition 19 on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The new funding that will be generated annually for fire protection is needed more than ever before as our city and state revenues continue to decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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