Community Responds to LA Mayor's State of the City

A broad coalition of community groups, clergy and labor spoke on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall today at a successful media event to hold Mayor Garcetti accountable for pledges he has made but not delivered upon -- namely the restoration of City services that were slashed drastically in the Great Recession. The event, organized by the Fix LA Coalition, immediately followed the Mayor's State of the City address

Carmen Hayes-Walker, President of AFSCME Local 3090, representing thousands of Clerical and Support staff for the CIty, was among the featured speakers to call on Garcetti to assure that 5,000 new civil service jobs are made available to the ranks of unemployed, as he promised two years ago in a landmark agreement with the Coalition of LA City Unions. 

"Angelenos have gone without sufficient City services for too long, since the massive recession-era budget cutbacks," she said. "The recession was 10 years ago and we are still way below adequate staffing levels at the City.

"There are still wait times for residents when they try to call for information about essential services or in an emergency.... We don't want to lay blame but we do expect that the City will keep its agreement with the community and recommit to hiring."

The 5,000 job positions -- for tree trimmers, recreation & parks workers, crossing guards, 311 operators and 911 emergency dispatchers, and others, were to be created by the end of June 2018 -- only two months  away.  

Fix LA's community speakers included the Rev. William Smart of the local SCLC chapter, who moderated the event; and activists from ACCE, SCOPE, the Black Worker Center, Food and Water Watch, and others.