“For the second time in just a matter of weeks, voters in Congressional District 25 are returning their ballots or headed to voting centers to cast ballots in a Special Election. This is also the second time since the introduction of voting centers that Dean Logan’s Registrar’s office has failed to provide voting locations in areas with a predominantly Black or Latino voting base. Lancaster is the single most diverse part of the district, and yet the nearest voting center is nine miles away. Registrar Logan’s Voting Center placement decisions need to be consistent with our state’s focus on ensuring that every voter has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, register to vote, change their voter registration and more, especially in communities of color. I urge the Registrar’s office to swiftly and safely add a voting location in the Lancaster area for the upcoming Special Election, ensuring that voting equipment is working properly, and that all center workers have PPE and are following proper safety guidelines. The Registrar should also seriously consider building a diverse task force to identify future locations every election and ways to ensure that voters don’t have to worry about how they’re going to participate."
“In the midst of this global pandemic, we’re reminded every day of the work of our nurses, teachers, hotel workers, food and commercial workers and so many more - their work is not just “essential” in this time, but all the time. From ensuring they receive the proper PPE, to fighting for living wages and better healthcare, LA Democrats continue to stand with our workers and Labor Unions this 20th Anniversary of May Day/International Worker’s Day"
“For many around the world, Los Angeles serves as a shining model of a modern, globalized, and multi-cultural society - all of which would not be possible without the contributions of our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community. Although their rich cultures, traditions, religions, languages, and histories cannot be reduced to mere generalities, what they do share are the ideals of every American alike; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. From South Bay, to the San Gabriel Valley, Koreatown to Long Beach, Los Angeles County is (according to KCET) "the capital of Asian America". This month we celebrate their achievements, history, and more during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
With an immigrant experience dating back all the way to the 1800's, it is important to remember and learn from the challenges overcome by the AAPI community. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Japanese internment during the Second World War, their perseverance and transcendence to overcome these atrocities continues to give us a sense of hope - that together we can overcome anything.
Today, AAPI’s continue to strengthen the fabric of American society both in their local communities and across the globe. Los Angeles is home to the first statewide AAPI elected official, first AAPI national president of the Screen Actors Guild, first openly-gay AAPI elected official in the county, the first Burmese American elected official in the country, and features the first AAPI majority legislative district in the continental U.S. In spite of this, the racism and xenophobia first experienced by Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants over 150 years ago has not entirely ceased in our society. Donald Trump’s egregious handling of this crisis and insistence to refer to COVID-19 by anything other than "coronavirus," underscores a somber reminder of the prejudice and discrimination that Asian and Pacific Islander Americans continue to face in our country. As Democrats, we are committed to leading and uniting our nation safely through this challenging time, and we are proud of the work of our clubs, like the Stonewall Democratic Club, who have passed resolutions taking a stand against this discrimination.
With the election of new Democratic Central Committee members, we are proud to welcome more AAPI members than ever before, and we are looking forward to working with our leaders to bring attention to one of our most culturally diverse groups in our nation. This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we stand with all Los Angeles Democrats in celebrating the achievements, service, and hard work our AAPI community in ensuring a more diverse Los Angeles. Let us remind ourselves that when we face our challenges together, we are not only stronger, but more whole. In the words of Japanese-American civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyana, a native of San Pedro, California, “we are all a part of one another.”"
“Voting is a fundamental right, and one that should be accessible to all eligible voters here in LA County and across the nation. I’m proud that our LA County Supervisors have voted unanimously on Supervisor Hahn and Supervisor Kuehl’s proposal to send a vote-by-mail ballot to all voters in all elections, starting this November. While Donald Trump and Republicans are doing everything they can to suppress the vote, our LA County leaders along with Secretary Padilla are leading the way for what should become the future of voting in this country. As we helped lead this charge before the primary, we look forward to working with the LA County Registrar’s office and leading get-out-the-vote efforts this fall to make sure that ALL voters know their options of how and when to vote this November."
“While Governor Newsom is leading our state to ensure the safety and health of all Californians, Republicans like Assembly candidates, Whittier City Councilwoman Jessica Martinez and San Fernando Valley candidate Ricardo Benitez are teaming up with a right wing extremist organization to deny earned assistance from millions of working families. At a time when our leaders should be finding ways to provide adequate economic relief to all residents who continue to provide their salaries, these two are actively engaging in the exact opposite - which is not consistent with our values in this state and our county. LA Democrats and I believe in the Governor, and stand with the residents of the 57th and 39th Assembly Districts, and call on Martinez and Benitez to recuse themselves from this frivolous lawsuit.”
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020 State of the City Address, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement:
“In these unprecedented times, the safety, health, and recovery of our residents and workers here in LA County and across the City of Los Angeles should remain the highest priority of our elected officials. From his aggressive approach in response to the affects of COVID-19 including the formation of the new CARES Corps, to calling on Congress to address our infrastructure needs, continuing to address our homelessness, climate, and education crises, and strengthening our city services, tonight Mayor Garcetti has continued to show us he’s committed to leading by example. The Los Angeles Democratic Party looks forward to working with him, President Martinez, our city leaders and more in addressing and prioritizing the issues that we believe in and working on behalf of all Angelenos.”
“Christians all over the LA County and around the world are ending this Holy Week, remembering a story of salvation, grace, and sacrifice - that …”who ever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” This Easter, while those celebrating may not be able to have an annual Easter egg hunt, or break bread together with their families, I know that we will emerge with a revived sense of graciousness, compassion, and purpose to help our community and those in need. Wishing you and your families a blessed, safe, and joyful Easter."
“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."