Homelessness and HousingThere is an estimated total of 231,604 empty housing units in Los Angeles County and about 55,000 homeless citizens. As the Los Angeles Tenants Union states, “Los Angeles does not lack housing, it lacks the desire to house people.”
InfrastructureInvestment in updating the infrastructure of Los Angeles’ many buildings to promote environmental sustainability is critical. Green roofs, solar panels and efficient insulation and lighting systems are imperative going forward.
The Need for Greenspace, Parks and Community CentersEveryone who lives and visits Los Angeles deserves to experience the beauty of nature and green space – elements of which Council District 10 is devoid.
Corruption: “No Wall Street in my backyard!”Positive Change is long overdue in local politics. There is too much corruption and dishonesty. I am running to encourage a shift in LA politics.
No PAC’s, Lobbyist or Developer “donations”
I do not believe that politicians and lobbyists should have more sway and influence in the neighborhood than its own residents and stakeholders. I will not accept any donations from real estate developers or lobbyists. Fundraising efforts solely rely on individuals and small businesses.
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Lily speaks up on the importance of the youth voice and Community Empowerment. She has been featured in numerous articles and interviews from the Washington Post, NPR’S KPCC 89.3, ABC 7, CBS Local, EmpowerLA Podcast, 790AM, The Neighborhood News, Larchmont Chronicle and more.
Whenever I ride my bike I smell different foods, hear different music. There is a mix of everything. Multi-cultural as it gets, Mid City/CD 10 is a representation of LA as a whole”
The Neighborhood NewsLily Larsen Adolescent Teen Activist
I love it here. I’m grateful to have been raised here. Growing up, we didn’t have any resources, so we just played on 21st Street. There was no community center. My Mother created the Los Angeles Drama Club where kids learn Shakespeare and the social justice aspects of theater. We built this theater troop just from the kids on the block.
The Neighborhood News
As a young student, Lily was a part of the first class of Larchmont Charter School. For high school, Lily first attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and then transferred to Fairfax High School for her senior year to allow her more time to devote to her work as a community organizer and activist.
Billy Taylor- Larchmont ChronicleLarchmont Chronicle Article: Plans after high school
Heavlynne says she recently attended West Adams Neighborhood Council’s “Storied Streets” screening and discussion on homelessness and was surprised by what she found.“I learned there are myths about the homeless. People assume if someone is homeless it’s their fault. But the lack of affordable housing is the main reason. There are many homeless with college degrees, or veterans. Some worked all their life and had everything taken.”
Lily Larsen interviewing friend/activist Heavlynne
The Larchmont Chronicle- Lily LarsenPromoting Social Change important to area youth
I attended my first protest when I was five. Since then I’ve been doing activist-related stuff.Art and culture is a great way to open the door to social justice-related issues for people. Art saves lives. Kids I knew were getting sent to juvie at 10 years old and we got a lot of them into the Shakespeare program and it changed their lives. It’s incredible how powerful art and culture can be.
The Neighborhood News
What could people moving here do to better the community?Get to know everyone in the neighborhood. Support the community. Support small businesses. Appreciate & respect the neighborhood, culture, community and your neighbors.
The Neighborhood News interview with Phil America
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