Chairman Xavier Becerra Applauds President Obama’s Promise Zone Designation for Communities in Los Angeles

January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C ­ Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after attending an event in the East Room of the White House where President Barack Obama announced that one of the Promise Zones will be located in Los Angeles and include communities in the 34th Congressional District such as Pico-Union, Westlake and Koreatown:

“Americans want a government that is working for them. Too many Americans living on Main Street are still reeling from the worst recession since the Great Depression while Wall Street millionaires are cashing in on record gains in the stock market. President Obama understands that his role is to give each American the opportunity to work to achieve the American Dream. This is why I am very supportive of his Promise Zones initiative that seeks to use the best ideas and resources locally and nationally to build ladders of opportunity to create jobs in our communities in Los Angeles.”

The Promise Zone initiative is designed as a way to partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand access to educational opportunities and quality, affordable housing and improve public safety. The City of Los Angeles¹s key strategies include:

· Increasing housing affordability by preserving existing affordable housing and partnering with housing developers to increase the supply of affordable new housing to prevent displacement.

· Ensuring all youth have access to a high-quality education, and are prepared for college and careers through its Promise Neighborhoods initiative, by partnering with the Youth Policy Institute and L.A. Unified School District to expand its Full Service Community Schools model from 7 schools to all 45 Promise Zone schools by 2019.

· Ensuring youth and adult residents have access to high-quality career and technical training opportunities that prepare them for careers in high-growth industries through partnerships with career and technical training schools and the Los Angeles Community College District.

· Investing in transit infrastructure including bus rapid transit lines and bike lanes, and promoting transit-oriented development (TOD) that attracts new businesses and creates jobs.

· Charging its Promise Zone Director and Advisory Board with eliminating wasteful and duplicative government programs.