Re-
Imagine

L.A.
County

Start dismantling systemic racism by investing in health, housing, and economic justice. Let’s #reimaginela

Sign below and get our demands on the November 3 ballot.

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Sign below and get our demands on the November 3 ballot.

Add your name

Our
Demands

  1. $1B+ for Communities

    Through a majority vote of the people, the measure will amend L.A. County’s charter to permanently allocate at least 10% of existing locally-controlled revenues - growing close to $1B once fully phased in - to be directed to community investment and alternatives to incarceration.

  2. Shift the budget

    This is money L.A. County already has that is being spent on priorities that don’t reflect our values. We can prove that in November.


Right now, L.A. County spends 42% of taxpayer money on law enforcement and the legal system

It’s time to invest in community counseling, mental health services, youth development programs, small businesses, jobs-creation, and affordable housing.

Individual elected leaders come and go. But we have a chance to structurally change the budget and permanently enshrine our values in the county charter.

LA County Budget

About
Us

In unprecedented times, we need structural change. Re-imagine L.A. County is a coalition of advocates, community organizations, and neighbors calling for a ballot measure to divest from incarceration and policing and invest in the health and economic wellness of marginalized people.

For decades, L.A. County’s budget has directed money away from Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities and allocated it in ways that negatively impact these same communities.

Why
now?

People in L.A. County—especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, those working minimum wage jobs, seniors, young people trying to learn new skills, people without mental health care, and those who are excluded from stable housing—are being crushed by the pandemic and a status quo budget that continues to deny them resources and opportunities.

Our county’s budget should reflect our values and the will of the people, who are demanding systemic change.

How
will it
work?

  1. direct community investment

    • Increase funding for community-based youth development programs
    • Provide career training and jobs to low-income residents with a focus on jobs that support the implementation of the “Alternatives to Incarceration” workgroup recommendations–particularly construction jobs for the expansion of affordable and supportive housing, and jobs that support a decentralized system of care
    • Create access to capital for small minority-owned businesses, with a focus on Black-owned businesses
    • Provide rental assistance and housing vouchers to those at risk of losing their housing and those without stable housing
    • Provide capital funding for affordable housing, transitional housing, and supportive housing
  2. alternatives to incarceration

    • Increase funding for community-based restorative justice programs
    • Increase support for pre-trial non-custody services and treatment
    • Increase life-affirming community-based, mental health, and wellness counseling and services
    • Reduce the Sheriff’s Department budget and redirect that funding to programs and services in underserved communities

The
Facts: