“Tonight, our Jewish families, friends, neighbors, and strangers begin sharing with each other the story of Exodus. Like this and many rituals marking the beginning of Pesach, or Passover, here in LA County, America, the State of Israel and around the world this is a time of redemption, blessings, and an opporutnity to renew a belief that our future remains hopeful in these uncertain times - even when so many won’t be able to celebrate together this year. Los Angeles Democrats remain truly dedicated to the principles of peace, freedom and unity, and send our best and warmest wishes this season. Chag Sameach."
“Timing is everything - especially during a pandemic. The Kathryn Barger-led efforts to remove emergency operations from the Sheriff’s oversight during a crisis is woefully inappropriate and concerning. The time for any personal or petty politics right now is over. It's high time for the Board of Supervisors to be working with Sheriff Villanueva to ensure that LA County residents remain safe, and continue coordinating and supporting LA County health departments, homelessness outreach, housing placement and other emergency services during this time.”
“'Essential.' That’s the word we’re seeing thrown around during this pandemic. I’ve seen first hand the incredibly essential work of our first responders, transportation services, restaurant chefs, and grocery store workers out on the front lines for residents of Los Angeles County. This unprecedented time requires unprecedented real time decisions to continue to protect workers who are out working for us. I stand with the International Union local 770, UFCW 770, UFCW 1428 and all of our brothers and sisters in labor, and support their advocacy on behalf of grocery store workers, pharmacists, delivery drivers and more across LA County, calling on the governor to classify and treat those workers as “emergency workers.” Workers, union and non-union, should not be worried about their safety and the safety of their families, while working to keep our shelves stocked or our medicine re-filled - we should be protecting them by any means necessary. I urge Governor Newsom to work with local unions to make sure their workers are protected as they continue to do the essential work they’re being asked to do.”
“The world and our country is going through an existential crisis that is testing the very fabric of our democracy. As the leader of the free world, the President of the United States should be leading by example. Since the moment he announced his candidacy, Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric about minorities and global partners continues to be divisive and unbecoming. Using an ethnic-specific term like “Chinese Virus” to refer to COVID-19 or Coronavirus is just that - hateful - and has no place in ensuring the safety and security of our nation during this challenging time. I’m proud of the work Governor Newsom, our state legislature, Mayor Garcetti and our elected officials at City Hall and here in LA County have done over the past few weeks to make sure that our communities will be able to get through this and back to our daily lives.”
LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez responds to Secretary of State Alex Padilla's call for mandatory Vote-By-Mail Ballots in LA County for the General Election
Nation's largest county Democratic Party responds to Secretary Padilla's call for mandatory vote-by-mail ballots
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA -- In response to Secretary Padilla's latest statement on vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming general election in LA County, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement:
"I welcome the call from Secretary Padilla to the LA County Registrar's office to mail every registered voter in our county a mail-in ballot for the 2020 General Election - 30 days prior to the election. There's a difference between voter suppression, and unintentionally suppressing the vote, and unlike our Republican colleagues across the country, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that all Angelenos can exercise their right to vote. From same-day voter registration, paid return postage, voter pre-registration and more, we continue to be a leader in this area. However, barriers like the ones thousands of voters experienced on Primary Day due to the new voting machines is unacceptable. We look forward to continuing to work with the Registrar's office improve our election system over the next few months."
In an election marred by long lines, hours-long waits and frustratingly few answers from officials, hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles County voters cast their ballots on Super Tuesday during the first high-pressure run of the county’s mammoth voting overhaul.
A new voting system in Los Angeles County faced its first big test on Super Tuesday, the culmination of a decade of work on what was envisioned as a model for the nation. But technical glitches caused hours-long lines across the county — the largest in the country with more than 5 million registered voters — and harsh criticism from candidates, voters and political parties.
March 4, 2020
LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez responds to yesterday's preliminary primary results
Nation's largest county Democratic Party responds to Primary election results and state of voting experience
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA -- In response to yesterday's primary results and execution, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement:
"We still have a long way to go with the results from yesterday's primary. Right now, only 1.1 million ballots are being processed, with 20% of eligible voters having cast ballots. With only a third of voting centers available this time, long lines due to a lack of information, and abysmal infrastructure, it's no wonder voters in LA County residents had a hard time exercising their right to vote - it was an overwhelming experience during a time where voter turnout should have been high. It's Turn OUT, not Turn AWAY.
We will continue to work with the Registrar's office on reassessing and improving our new voting experience here in LA County and again addressing the serious concerns we've had going into this primary - accessibility, equipment issues, and lack of voting center workers.
On a brighter note, we're proud of the current results from a majority of our endorsed candidates - those who have won and those who are headed to a run-off in November. We look forward to supporting whoever is the presidential nominee, and working to ensure victory for all of our candidates in November"
This election, L.A. County has opened almost 1,000 “vote centers,” which are replacing traditional polling places. Voters can cast their ballot at any one of these centers, not just the location closest to their home. And many of these locations are already open; there’s no need to wait until Election Day.
Members of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party gathered Friday in Little Tokyo to try to clear up any confusion people may have had with the county's new voting system, just a few days before the March 3 primary election.