Los Angeles | ADDA Campaigns Against Proposed Charter Amendment Defunding the Police

On July 21, 2020, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (Supervisor Kathryn Barger voting “No”) to approve a proposed Charter Amendment.  If approved by the voters, it will defund public safety to the tune of hundreds of million dollars. On Tuesday, July 28, the Supervisors are expected to introduce ballot language for the Defund Public Safety Initiative. If approved by the Supervisors, the initiative will be placed on the ballot for voter consideration in November.  
The motion directs County Counsel to do the following:
Draft an ordinance, to call a special election to be held on November 3, 2020, for the purpose of voting on an amendment to the Charter of the County of Los Angeles to set a baseline minimum threshold of at least 10%, phased in by 2024, of our locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund (“Net County Cost”) to be allocated on an annual basis for the following primary purposes:  Direct Community Investment; Alternatives to Incarceration.
Ensure that the ordinance containing the proposed charter amendment is clear that the use of any of these earmarked funds for carceral systems and any law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, L.A. County Superior Courts, or L.A. County Probation Department, including redistribution of funds through these agencies, is strictly forbidden.
ADDA President Michele Hanisee and ALADS President Ron Hernandez (pictured) took to the airwaves to talk about Board Supervisor Hilda Solis’s push to pass a Charter Amendment.
Click here to hear their interview.
The Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys is the collective bargaining agent representing nearly 1,000 Deputy District Attorneys who work for the County of Los Angeles.

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