In its continuing fight to secure adequate ongoing funding to combat homelessness, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reached out to the state’s top lawmakers in Sacramento for one-on-one talks.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sat down with Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon.
“I am very encouraged by the frank discussions I had with our state’s leaders in conveying the seriousness of the homeless crisis in Los Angeles County,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “The Governor, Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem understand the County’s need to act quickly, and we are working with them as we seek funding to address the most compelling issue before us.”
The discussions focused on a request to permit the County to ask voters to consider a personal income tax on annual income in excess of $1 million. Such a ballot initiative, if approved, would generate $243 million a year, nearly half of the estimated funds needed in the battle against homelessness.