L.A. Supervisor, Holly J. Mitchell ( Courtesy Photo)

The work of helping to make reparations real for LA County residents is up for a vote this Tuesday June 4 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell has presented a motion that calls for LA County to produce a framework for reparations, issue an apology to Black residents and their ancestors and descendants, and provide targeted support for economic empowerment and wealth-building, including technical assistance to access grant and loan funding. In honor of Juneteenth, Supervisor Mitchell’s motion also calls for a day of free access to County museums and beaches for those who have been harmed and continue to be impacted by systemic racism. Here is a link to view the full motion.

We want to make sure readers are aware of this motion and how they can share public comment. If you would like to leave public comment for this reparations motion (Agenda Item 84B – Continuing the Work of Reparations in Los Angeles County) and why this topic is important to you at the Tuesday June 4 board meeting. Below are a few options:

The Board meeting begins at 9:30 AM, and the motion may come up for a vote as early as 9:45 AM

How to Provide Public Comment: In-Person, Over-the-Phone or Written (in-person and over-the-phone public comment is 1 min per person).  

  • In Person: Attend the Board meeting in-person at Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 West Temple Street, Room 381-B, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  You will have to complete a Speaker Form at one of the kiosks located in the Board Room to be added to the list for public comment on Agenda Item 84-B Continuing the Work of Reparations in Los Angeles County.
  • Over-the-Phone:

·         Dial (877) 226-8163, Participant Code: 1336503. Residents can call in as early as 9 a.m. and will be prompted to stay in the queue. When Agenda Item 84-B Continuing the Work of Reparations in Los Angeles County comes up for public comment you can press 1 then 0 zero to indicate that you would like to speak.

·         Written: If you don’t want to call-in or attend in person you can submit written public comment right now through Tuesday June 4: Click on this link here: https://publiccomment.bos.lacounty.gov/complete the form and select Agenda Item 84B – Continuing the Work of Reparations in Los Angeles County to leave a written comment.

  • Additional Instructions for leaving public comment can be found here. Watch the Board meeting live online HERE.

This motion takes the first steps in putting together a framework to provide families displaced and harmed by racist policies with ample and substantial resources to address this past harm. If you would like to receive additional information regarding this motion and other updates from the Office of Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, sign-up for email updates here.