Homelessness and Affordable Housing

We are facing an interconnected problem between the climate emergency and our growing homelessness crisis; both are public health issues. We need to solve the homelessness crisis with compassion and provide greater access to social and wellness treatments, including mental health services to get Angelenos back on their feet and into homes, along with increased rehabilitation options for those who have a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

We simply cannot allow any more Angelenos to live and die on our streets. This is a humanitarian and public health crisis. In one of the wealthiest cities in the world, we need to take a serious and deep look at the causes, and the repercussions, and why homelessness has not improved. This issue has gotten worse every year as our City leaders keep throwing money at the issue without solving it. In fact, it only gets worse: According to the most recent annual count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, from 2019 to 2020 — the agency did not conduct a count this year because of the pandemic — homelessness in the City of Los Angeles increased by 16%, to 41,290 people.

To meet the housing needs of these 41,000 unhoused people, we need to fund and train homeless outreach advocates, especially to help the mentally ill, and drug and alcohol addicted. We must also provide more temporary shelters as well as Permanent Supportive Housing, safe parking facilities, safe camping areas, and explore alternative ways to build housing that brings costs down.

Part of curbing homelessness is to protect tenants. We must prevent gentrification by keeping rents under control and discouraging evictions.

MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

As a City Councilmember, Molly would call for a one-year moratorium on luxury housing developments, stipulating that only low-income housing be constructed that is green and regenerative in its design and building material. To promote green affordable low-income housing, Molly will also promote adaptive reuse as an alternative housing model, taking unused buildings like motels, offices, and commercial space and converting them into housing. This not only is a regenerative way to create housing, but it also saves taxpayer dollars. Paired with that, we must make sure a greater number of affordable units are built in transit-oriented communities (TOCs).

Part of the equation of promoting and building affordable housing is to support sustainable land-use policies that maintain neighborhood integrity and allow working- and middle-class families to stay in their communities. And, the key to that is to put a stop to the cozy relationship between City Hall and developers, which has led to multiple indictments in the last couple of years. To that end, I pledge to stop this endless revolving door of corruption. I have already taken my first step by refusing to accept campaign contributions from developers.

Climate Emergency

We are in a CLIMATE COLLAPSE. It is the NUMBER ONE EXISTENTIAL THREAT FACING HUMANITY and our LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK! Molly would like to push up the date for 100% clean renewable by 2030.

While the City has taken steps in that direction by voting to move to 100% clean energy by 2035, making that a reality will take concerted and dedicated policies, including and importantly reducing L.A.’s dependency on fossil fuels, ending oil drilling, and stopping our reliance on cars. Concurrently, we must promote electric vehicles and increase the number of charging stations, commit to new and upgraded transmission lines and battery storage facilities, and make sure that SoCal gas delivers clean fuels like hydrogen through its pipelines.

In addition, Molly will make sure that more homes can be outfitted with solar panels and set new standards mandating that all new construction should be regenerative and green – including implementing adaptive reuse models for both commercial and residential buildings; it’s not enough to design super-efficient new buildings. Architects and developers must improve performance in existing buildings, that means not tearing them down to build new structures in their place.

We must also green our built environment by investing in community gardens, tree planting, and committing to expanding Los Angeles’ urban tree canopy, particularly in low-income neighborhoods that have a thin tree canopy and fewer resources to green their surroundings.

A top priority of Molly’s is reorganizing and upgrading our recycling centers that are now closed; our recycling waste gets dumped into landfills, and most of it ends up in the ocean. In addition, we must ban plastic, increase the number of E.V. charging stations, and close oil and gas fields if we are to reach our goal of moving to 100% clean energy by 2035.

Molly will also set in place campaigns to educate and inspire our communities on the Climate Emergency so we all can take action and move forward together into a green future. Regenerative living starts in our neighborhoods.

Animal Welfare

We are the ONLY campaign with an animal welfare platform. Together, we can transform Los Angeles into a 100% NO KILL City. Clean up our shelter system, which is not only terrible for the animals but a drain on the taxpayer. This is our planet and theirs too. Education and advocacy on animal welfare will ensure animals are protected under the law and protect animals and wildlife.

We must enforce spaying and neutering laws and offer free services at all veterinarian facilities. The City must inspire people to adopt not shop for pets and come up with ways to do encourage people to do the right thing through public-private partnerships. It is also essential that people do not abandon dogs at shelters; Molly would increase fines for people who do unless they are economically disadvantaged and place a tax on breeder dogs and close ALL PUPPY MILLS.

It is no longer viable for the City to care for abandoned pets.

Molly will continue the legacy of Councilmember Koretz of protecting the wildlife that we share our City with. She will continue preserving and protecting natural habitats, supporting and advocating for wildlife corridors, not allowing development in our sacred spaces that shall remain a habitat for our animals with whom we share this planet.

Protect Small Businesses

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. While the CARES Act established several new temporary programs for small businesses during the Covid pandemic, the reopening of California highlights the need for other protections for small businesses to prosper and thrive in a post-pandemic world.

It is paramount that small businesses have access to more contracts with the City, which will create a more equitable environment. This includes creating a Small Business Coalition that will provide the support and space for small business owners to collaborate as residents of District 5 and support each other.

I will also work closely with The Los Angeles Controllers Office to ensure that all small businesses in District 5 are aware of and have access to state and federal programs.