DIVERSITY AND WOMEN’S ISSUES
In considering whether to enter this race for City Council, I was confronted by the shocking observation that it is quite likely that there will be little, if any, representation of women, of gays or lesbians, and of Jewish persons on the City Council next year. I find this to be unacceptable in a City as progressive and diverse as Los Angeles. All people, of every gender, race, orientation and faith deserve competent representation on the City Council. We deserve it and we must demand it.
As issues are raised before City Council, women must demand representation. As a Councilperson, I intend to be the voice for women in the District and the City. Women will be represented on the issues that matter to them most: public safety, healthcare, childcare, housing, education, and domestic violence.
Women must have a voice when the Council considers and makes recommendations on healthcare policies. Women must have a voice when the City Council considers funding for childcare and housing and public safety. Women must be heard when the City Council considers funding for prosecutors and victims rights advocates, as well as other public safety concerns. When the City acts to create local and minority owned business preferences, women must be represented. As Councilperson, I will be a voice for women.
As an Assistant City Attorney, I have a record of taking on special interests that target and discount women. I am currently prosecuting a case against one of the country’s largest insurance companies for illegally targeting women with breast cancer.
As a member of the LGBT community, I believe that members of our community desire and demand a voice on City Council. As the Council considers issues that directly affect our community, I will fight to ensure that everyone has fair representation and that all views are brought to the table.