Latest Statements

Calling on LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar to resign

May 28, 2020

LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez calls for the resignation of LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the recent federal indictments out of City Council District 14, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“In a time where blatant corruption is running rampant at the highest level of our government, Los Angeles residents deserve representation in our local government free from greed and deceptive practices. The recent indictments from the Department of Justice make clear that there are bad actors who have selfishly tainted the trust Angelenos have in our city officials and their ability to govern. While we have endorsed and supported Councilmember Huizar in past elections, Democrats will not tolerate illegal dealings or abuses of power. As a CD14 resident myself, I echo the call from Mayor Garcetti, Council President Nury Martinez and others calling for Councilmember Huizar to immediately resign, so City Hall can get back focusing on how to protect our city as we continue to navigate this pandemic."


Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and protests in DTLA

May 27, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez releases statement on the murder of George Floyd and protests in Downtown Los Angeles
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the murder of George Floyd and protests in Downtown LA, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“Tonight, Angelenos are coming together after witnessing yet another killing of an unarmed black male in America. Make no mistake, a pandemic has not stopped hate that has reverberated across this country for decades, exasperated even further by a lawless, racist and bigoted president and his administration. The murder of George Floyd this week in Minnesota at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve, and the seemingly never ending cycle of unnecessary deaths, continues to be a stark reminder that our country still has a serious problem. Black Lives Matter isn’t just a saying - it’s a reality, and LA County Democrats continue to stand with those demanding justice, accountability, and change”

 

 


Statement on the RNC & CAGOP Vote-By-Mail Lawsuit

May 26, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez releases statement on the RNC & CAGOP Vote-By-Mail Lawsuit
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the RNC and CAGOP vote-by-mail lawsuit against Governor Newsom, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“The Republican playbook has been the same for years, and frankly voters are finally starting to see it for what it is - voter suppression. The RNC and the CAGOP’s latest attempt to use the courts to gaslight supporters is another charade to confuse and deflect from their inaction on putting forth policies designed to help working class voters. California joins South Carolina, Utah, and 26 other states who allow vote-by-mail - are they suing Republican-led states, too? If you don’t want voters to vote, then don’t run to represent them. No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote”

 


Statement reflecting on Memorial Day

May 25, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez reflects on sacrifices made for our nation
this Memorial Day

LOS ANGELES, CA --  Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“We end this month, as we have for the past 152 years, honoring fallen Angelenos and Americans all across the country who have served in our Armed Forces and sacrificed their lives for our country. 

From Civil Wars, to Vietnam, to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, our young nation has been, and continues to be tested, at home and around the globe. Today we remember those patriots, women and men, black, latino, API, LGBT and more who sacrificed themselves in service to our nation. 

As we continue to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, this start to our normal summer may look a little different, but one thing is for certain - it's continued to remind us about true sacrifice.

This Memorial Day, take a moment to reflect on those brave Americans who fought to ensure that we continue to maintain a healthy democracy, free from tyranny. Let us remember those that fought for our right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Let us honor those fallen services members and recommit ourselves to helping build a more perfect union. 

Wishing you and yours a very thoughtful Memorial Day.”

 


Statement regarding the Special Election results in CA25

May 12, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez releases statement regarding the Special Election results in CA25
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the ongoing results from tonight's Special Election in CA25, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“Tonight the Trump-Garcia-McConnell machine showed America that they will continue to deploy their dangerous tactics, buying and lying their way into an election. As we continue to grapple with the local and national affects of the coronavirus, Mike Garcia has fallen in line with Donald Trump in their attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of Americans at risk. I   know the Christy will be the voice Congress needs right now to ensure that our workers are safe and our families are secure. This fight in CA25 was never going to be over tonight. Trump, Mike Garcia and the Republicans have been put on notice, and they will do whatever they can do defeat Christy in November. There’s too much at stake, and LA Democrats look forward to the challenge ahead with Christy.”

 


Statement on NRCC's Latest Tweet Attack Regarding CA25 Voting Centers

May 8, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez blasts the NRCC and CA25 Candidate Mike Garcia for latest Tweet Attack 
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the National Republican Congressional Committee's latest tweet attacking LA Democrats and CA25's newest vote center, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“The NRCC and the Trump/Mike Garcia Republican Party are nothing if not consistent. Their latest tweet attack and attempt to suppress the vote is so on brand, they’re practically telling on themselves. The reality is, here in LA County and all across the country they are afraid of voters and democracy. Just ask Mitch McConnell - voter suppression is the only way they know they can win. We’re glad to have led the fight to ensure that all Angelenos in CA25 have an opportunity to vote in Tuesday’s Special Election and we’re going to keep making sure voters have that opportunity in November and beyond.”

 

Screenshot of tweet is below:


Statement on Governor Newsom's Vote-By-Mail Executive Order

May 8, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez applauds Governor Newsom's Vote-By-Mail Executive Order for the upcoming General Election
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to Governor Newsom's executive order today, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“The safety and health of all Californians and Angelenos continues to be a top priority of our elected officials, especially through the leadership of Governor Newsom. With so much uncertainty due to COVID-19 over the next few months, LA County residents should not have to choose between their safety and their right to vote. On behalf of the 2.9 million Democrats, almost a third of the state’s voting base, I  applaud the Governor’s decision to ensure that all Californians will be able to vote-by-mail in the upcoming election. I look forward to our party’s continued work to make sure that we’re working with Secretary Padilla, Registrar  Dean Logan and the county to ensure a safe and democratic election.”


Statement on CA25 Special Election Voting Centers

May 4, 2020
LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez calls on LA County Registrar to add Voting Center in Lancaster for CA25 Special Election
 

LOS ANGELES, CA --  In response to the lack of diverse areas receiving voting centers in CA25 and across LA County, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“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."


Statement on International Worker's Day

May 1, 2020
LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez statement on
International Worker's Day
LOS ANGELES, CA --  LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement: 

“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"


Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 1, 2020


LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez and Recording Secretary Olivia T Lee
released the following recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage month
LOS ANGELES, CA --  Marking the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez  and Recording Secretary Olivia T Lee, released the following statement: 

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.”"