DISTRICT TWO SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Councilman Herb Wesson was invited to participate but declined.

HOLLY MITCHELL

DEC19HollywebThe County has tens of billions in unfunded pension and OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits – medical) liabilities.  Will you support the formation of an independent Pension Commission to review and analyze the County’s pension plan (LACERA) and to develop recommendations to reduce this unfunded liability?


Yes. To help protect the pension benefits provided through organizations like CalPERS and LACERA - which over 171,000 employees rely on in Los Angeles County - we must protect the workers’ rights through retirement. This means ensuring employers are following the mandate to provide ample notice of any changes being made to pensions, fighting to ensure pension costs are prefunded 
by employers, promoting increased transparency from leaders responsible for the disbursement of pension funds and continuing to invest in a financial reserve to cover the cost of the promised benefits workers have earned.

Do you support a county income tax on millionaires to fund homeless programs?  If not, what are your plans for taking care of the homeless now, not just in future affordable housing?

Yes. I support fair taxation of residents. Residents have already agreed to tax themselves through Measure H funding. Those taxes should be fairly distributed in order for us to tackle this moral and economic crisis. Our homelessness challenge requires a countywide response and this is just one part of it. It’s also imperative that we are transparent in how funding will be applied to the short and long-term solutions and what we are agreeing are the metrics for success.

Do you support multiyear budgeting as was proposed by the LA 2020 Commission?

No. I do not support multi-year budgets because government needs the flexibility to respond to emerging issues in real time. However I do support and ensure in every budgeting process that we are engaging in multi-year planning.

Do you support open and transparent labor negotiations where all offers and counter offers are disclosed, where there is an independent analysis of the impact of the contract, where there is adequate time to review, analyze, and comment on the contract?

Yes. I support fair and transparent labor negotiations that protect union jobs and family sustaining wages. We need to know who is being offered contracts and what the return on investment is for our communities.

Do you support the creation of an Office of Transparency and Accountability to oversee the finances of the County in a real-time basis?

Yes. I support the creation of an Office of Transparency and Accountability. I know the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors has been working to increase access to how the county budget is being allocated, however we can always do more to ensure constituents know how tax dollars are being spent and the investments the county is making in their community.

Do you support the development of a comprehensive ten-year infrastructure plan?

Yes. Implementing this plan will require funding, clear goals to track and support from major county departments, including Metro and the Department of Public Works along with local city governments. This is why I would prioritize building on Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Strategic Plan which includes components focused on building a sustainable infrastructure to promote the long-term wellbeing and resilience of our communities.

What is at the top of your agenda should you become Supervisor?

As Supervisor my priorities will be:

-  Addressing our Homelessness Crisis by efficiently applying Measure H funding to prevent and end homelessness through comprehensive services and housing-first solutions

-  Expanding access to mental health care by fully funding mental health treatment centers that offer quality and compassionate care to our most vulnerable residents suffering from mental health disorders and addiction.

-  Creating economic opportunity and jobs by protecting the rights of organized labor, expanding access to community colleges and job resource centers, and fighting to keep good-paying jobs in our community.

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JAN PERRY

DEC19JanJweb
The County has tens of billions in unfunded pension and OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits – medical) liabilities.  Will you support the formation of an independent Pension Commission to review and analyze the County’s pension plan (LACERA) and to develop recommendations to reduce this unfunded liability?


I absolutely support more transparency and will push for LACERA to find ways to reduce the pensions county’s unfunded liability. However, I don’t think an additional layer of bureaucracy is the answer. Such a commission would be funded by the County, yet LACERA would not be obliged to accept any of its recommendations. Indeed, LACERA does not even report to the County Board of Supervisors.

The County already hires an independent accounting firm with exceptional credentials to audit LACERA on an annual basis. I would take steps to make this report more widely available and devise a process for more public input perhaps a special hearing for the findings.

Do you support a county income tax on millionaires to fund homeless programs?  If not, what are your plans for taking care of the homeless now, not just in future affordable housing.

I would support this measure only after an independent analysis of how the County is spending Measure H funds indicates whether or not the monies are being spent in an efficient and effective manner. If the program proves to be well run and we need additional funds to address homelessness, then I would entertain this tax as well as other options.

Do you support multiyear budgeting as was proposed by the LA 2020 Commission?

County budgets need to be living, working documents and maintain flexibility. In a state like California, it is difficult to get locked into a budget when any number of natural disasters can derail even the best laid plans. Budgets must be reviewed every year to focus on both short- and long-term priorities. 

Do you support open and transparent labor negotiations where all offers and counter offers are disclosed, where there is an independent analysis of the impact of the contract, where there is adequate time to review, analyze, and comment on the contract?

One of the pillars of labor negotiations is trust. It is not in the County’s best interest to make these negotiations public. Not only because it makes the process more contentious, but because there are issues relating to working conditions, discipline and other matters. By law, these items must remain confidential.

Do you support the creation of an Office of Transparency and Accountability to oversee the finances of the County in a real-time basis?

As previously stated, I do not support creating new layers of government with additional expense to the County. However, I do believe we the County can operate in a more transparent manner. I would advocate for a budget process similar to the one conducted in the City of Los Angeles. Each department head addresses the Council to justify their budget request and the body takes in public comment.

I would also direct the County CEO to prepare user-friendly reports that give the public information that provides a clear picture as to how resources are deployed, and make it widely available to the public.

Do you support the development of a comprehensive ten-year infrastructure plan?  And how would you implement such a plan?

First, I would review the County’s current plan to see if it adequately addresses those communities with the oldest infrastructure, determine whether or not it is adequately funded. As with the budget, this plan must maintain a certain amount of flexibility to address unforeseen events.

I would fight against the status quo of the divide by five method of budget allocation so prevalent in the County and focus funds where they are most needed.

What is at the top of your agenda should you become Supervisor?

My main priority will be to address homelessness. I truly believe we need the State, local and Federal government, to be fully engaged in a Marshall Plan type of program that is well coordinated and effectively managed. This issue is a huge priority for me and as Supervisor I will be totally committed to finding solutions and ensuring better outcomes for both the homeless and for those impacted by this on-going challenge.

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