EL MONTE – Today, Supervisor Elect for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 1, Hilda L. Solis, released the following statement.
"The voters of the First District have spoken and I am honored that they have chosen me to represent their voices on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
As an incoming County Supervisor, I feel fortunate to take the helm of a County with an A+ bond rating, a rainy day fund, and a solid track record of responsible fiscal oversight.
However, Los Angeles County also has its challenges. In my over 20 years of public service, I have always championed policies and initiatives that seek to better the lives of children, working families, and the environment. In addition to reforming child protective services and transforming our County jail system, I will also work to improve our social safety net and provide better protection for women and children from domestic violence.
Reforming Child Protective Services
I will work to implement reforms in the Department of Children and Family Services. The recently released Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Child Protection outlines some very achievable reform measures that I strongly support. Our county is home to the nation’s largest child welfare system and we simply cannot tolerate a broken system. We should be leading the way when it comes to protecting our community’s most vulnerable population. Our children deserve focused reforms that put them first.
Transforming the County Jail System
I will work with the next Sheriff to establish greater accountability in the Department and end the violence that has plagued our County’s jails. I will also implement effective and humane policies that will address and help to resolve the mental health crisis in our incarcerated population.
Job Creation, Cleaner Environments, Improved Transportation and Affordable Housing
When it comes to job creation, we must move towards a stronger economy that values working families. I will work to promote partnerships with businesses and community colleges for job training that delivers results and puts people to work. Our job creation must also value environmental sustainability, and I will be a strong advocate for clean air and for more parks and green spaces in L.A. County.
Our regional transportation system needs to be environmental sustainable, and I will work to ensure that MTA expansion efforts provide greater access, are efficient, environmentally friendly, and affordable for all riders.
Affordable housing is also a goal I will work towards, as we look at our current housing resources. Our L.A. County neighborhoods must have quality, affordable housing so that working families can continue to call this County home. For those without a home, I believe we need to match our resources with where the need is greatest, especially when it comes to our County’s permanent supportive housing resources.
We are now facing a new era in County government.
After the elections in November, L.A. County’s First District will have a brand new Board of Supervisors for the first time in over 20 years.
I look forward to forging strong partnerships with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and I hope to facilitate a new era of regional cooperation.
And when it comes to joint City and County efforts, I will step up to the plate and do the heavy lifting so we have strong links between City Hall and the County Hall of Administration.
I have a clear vision of what I want to accomplish on the Board of Supervisors and you can count on me to work for greater accountability and transparency in your County government.
I stand ready to take on L.A. County’s toughest challenges and I will hit the ground running on these issues and more when I am sworn in December."
Thank you for your support.
With much appreciation and gratitude,
Hilda L. Solis
Solis represented the San Gabriel Valley and parts of the City of Los Angeles and East Los Angeles for over twenty years, as a Congresswoman, State Senator, State Assemblymember, and a Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees member. In 2009, Solis became the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Cabinet as President Obama’s Secretary of Labor. She is currently lecturing as a scholar-in-residence at her alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.