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LA budget cuts to parks – your support still needed!

Call to Action!
Let the LA City Council and Mayor know that parks are a priority for Los Angeles. We need your help today! It only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard. Once you’ve taken action, spread the word and share with others.

Contact the City Council Budget & Finance Committee:

Councilmember Paul Krekorian (Chair)

Councilmember Mitch Englander

Councilmember Nury Martinez

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Councilmember Mike Bonin

Contact Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti:

Contact your LA City Council representative:

TALKING POINTS

The recently released Mayor’s 2017-2018 proposed budget contains significant reductions to the Department of Recreation and Parks’ budget.

These cuts would result in the elimination of critical maintenance positions across the city that keep our parks safe and clean.

As demonstrated by a stunning 75% yes vote for parks this past November, parks are a priority for our communities, and need full funding and support from the City.

The proposed budget:

  • Makes deep cuts to the Department’s ability to maintain our park system.
  • Eliminates 53 critical positions that make sure parks are clean and safe.
  • Does not do enough to make sure bathrooms are clean, parks are safe, and that the homeless that currently live in the City’s parks are treated with dignity and care.
  • Will increase the City’s long term exposure to liability and risk by not funding important preventative maintenance activities.

We ask that at a minimum the following changes are made to the proposed budget:

  • Restore the 53 critical maintenance positions and direct staff to investigate the true, necessary cost of adequate staffing to maintain and operate the park system
  • Fully fund LA Recreation and Parks’ efforts to help people experiencing homelessness, including funding of programs that refer people into other City programs that assist with identifying long-term housing
  • Increase LA Recreation and Parks’ General Fund Appropriation commensurate with its mandated General Fund Reimbursements and skyrocketing utility expenses
  • Invest in LA Recreation and Parks in order to provide safe, clean, and well-programmed parks to every Los Angeles resident regardless of race, income, or zip code

Additional links and information:
City of Los Angeles Public Meeting Calendar
Proposed Budget information