The Re-Imagine L.A. Coalition—a coalition of more than 200 community-based organizations and individuals representing Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and low-income communities from across Los Angeles County—urges L.A. County Chief … Continued
In 2020, 2 million voters approved an investment of $900 million for community services and alternatives to incarceration.
It’s now 2022—and we are still waiting for full funding.
Tell the L.A. County Board and the CEO to fully fund the voter approved Measure J.
What do we want?
Full funding now
Nothing less than $900M and full transparency are both means to an end. And that end is: Investments in community services.
For too long County budgets have been created without meaningful public input and oversight, creating both the perception—and reality— that budgets prioritize the needs of elites and of special interests—not the people.
Despite a clear voter mandate to invest $900 million annually in affordable housing, good-paying jobs and mental health, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and County CEO have only invested 21% of this amount in community services to date.
Our communities are struggling and can’t tolerate any more delays. We need direct investment and services now.
Full funding for our communities
Demand full transparency. Hold decision makers accountable.
Measure J was a mandate for the future of L.A. County. In implementation we bring to life the Care First vision for Los
Angeles that is rooted in stopping jail expansion, jail closure, and shifting resources to support the needs of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
Through implementation, we hold the Measure J Advisory Committee, the L.A. County CEO, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors accountable to ensure they listen to the will of the voters. We bring this accountability through implementation, which is the process for how funding is allocated through Measure J. Our work in implementation includes:
We advocate for full funding and full budget transparency before the Care First Community Investment Advisory Committee, the L.A. County CEO and the five-member L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
We are holding town hall meetings giving people an opportunity to engage directly with coalition leaders and the Board of Supervisors.
We bring greater attention to how underfunding and over-policing disproportionately impacts Black, Brown, low-income and LGBTQ+ communities and our need for increased resources and services through storytelling and mobilization.
We bring visibility and awareness to the LA County budget process, in an effort to ensure the public can hold elected officials accountable effectively.
Full budget transparency will increase trust and ensure communities in need receive direct investment, services and support.
Who is behind it?
Meet the movement
The re-imagine l.a. coalition
Re-Imagine L.A. County is a coalition of advocates, community organizations, and neighbors who successfully fought for the passage of Measure J (now known as Care First Community Investment) in November 2020. Voters approved no less than a $900 million annual community investment in affordable housing, good-paying jobs, mental health services, and more.
Our coalition is demanding public oversight of the budget process that will ensure the needs of the community – not special interests – are met.
The community has spoken, and more than two million of us said YES on J to invest in care, not incarceration, and to prioritize investments that meet the needs of Black, Brown, and low-income communities.
Measure J Steering Committee and coalition leaders, community members, and advocates will respond to Strobel’s tentative ruling and how it goes against the majority of LA County voters’ demands for changes to public safety and investment into community-based services.
On Thursday, June 17th, 2021, L.A. County Judge Mary Strobel tentatively ruled against the will of over 2.1 million voters who overwhelmingly said yes on Measure J.