ON THE ISSUES
FIGHTING FOR MORE GOOD JOBS
As a former shop steward and labor leader, Reggie is deeply committed to economic justice and has worked throughout his life to protect and expand workers’ rights. On the City Council, Reggie will fight to invest in working families, make the wealthy pay their fair share and ensure everyone is paid a living wage.
Everyone deserves a home. But even before the pandemic displaced so many, our region was already in the midst of a dire homelessness crisis. That’s why on the Council, Reggie will combat our homelessness crisis by providing critical services directly to those in need and building permanent affordable housing units now. We need a Housing First policy across the board where supportive services are offered to our unhoused neighbors to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness. The City isn’t moving quickly enough—Reggie has the proven record we need to solve this crisis.
A HOUSING FIRST
RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS
Reggie believes housing is a human right. That’s why in the Assembly, Reggie’s fought to invest over $4 billion towards affordable housing construction and expanded renters’ protections. But while the State Legislature has passed a number of measures to help address our state’s affordable housing crisis, the cost of living continues to rise sharply. Gentrification has also been a complicated and silent killer in the 10th District that has displaced thousands of families and small businesses in the Los Angeles area. And now, with COVID-19 protections ending, thousands of Angelenos are facing the anxiety of eviction or foreclosure. It’s clear far more needs to be done.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & TENANT RIGHTS
The world is facing a climate catastrophe. As Angelenos have seen firsthand in the unprecedented frequency of severe droughts, elevated heat, and severe fires, the damage from climate change isn’t in the future, it’s here now. Reggie knows more needs to be done to accelerate Los Angeles’s transition to clean, renewable energy in a way that empowers working class communities of color, which he will fight for if elected to the City Council.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & POLICING REFORM
Now more than ever, Americans have seen the dangers of a country that has the world’s largest prison population and police departments that default to violence, with Black and Latino people being the primary victims. As Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Select Committee on Ending the School to Prison Pipeline, Reggie has helped enact countless laws that have improved our criminal justice system by curtailing mass incarceration, ending the school to prison pipeline, ensuring police accountability, and promoting restorative justice. It’s why the ACLU called Reggie a “champion” for spearheading these pioneering initiatives in the State Legislature.
Throughout his time in the State Assembly, Reggie has spearheaded forward-thinking policies that create safer communities and make our criminal justice system fairer and more transparent for all communities. As the Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Reggie has been steadfastly focused on getting guns of our streets and keeping our families safe, including:
As the nephew of one of the Little Rock Nine, who helped first desegregate American public schools, Reggie knows intimately the importance of a quality education. That’s why throughout his life, Reggie has fought to strengthen our public schools, confront educational inequity and support hard-working teachers and school staff.
Los Angeles is a city of immigrants. Our unparalleled diversity has always enriched our region and made us one of the greatest places in the world. Reggie has always believed in creating a Los Angeles for all, regardless of citizenship status. That’s why Reggie is proud to have always fought for immigrant communities to ensure everyone has access to the necessary resources and protections, including:
DEFENDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
As a longtime CD-10 resident who grew up biking to middle and high school, Reggie knows how essential it is that Los Angeles becomes a City that is accessible for everyone. That’s why on the City Council, Reggie’s will fight to invest more in public transportation–including the MTA, and push for a revamped Vision Zero to make our streets safe and accessible for all. In the Assembly, Reggie fought for quality transit options for every Angeleno, including:
QUALITY TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR ALL ANGELENOS
RESTORING FAITH IN CITY GOVERNMENT
City Hall is broken. After a decade of scandals and backroom deals have been brought to light, it’s clear that far more needs to be done to ensure our elected representatives are transparent and accountable to the voters, and that we have a City government that truly works for everyday Angelenos—not big developers or other special interests. It’s why in the State Assembly, Reggie is currently co-authoring legislation, endorsed by the L.A. Times, that would establish an independent citizen redistricting commission for the city, modeled on L.A. County’s and California’s independent commissions.
CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY
Reggie has been a lifelong champion for civil rights and equality for all. He has fought for equal pay for equal work, authored legislation to advance racial justice, and been an ally and champion for the LGBTQ community. As the former Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Reggie led the group’s work to advance racial justice legislation and improved state funding for programs and institutions like the California African American Museum (CAAM).
Reggie has always believed that reproductive healthcare decisions should be made by patients and their doctors, not politicians. On the City Council, he will continue fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood and other community health clinics have the funding they need to improve maternal health and expand access to life-saving care, including abortion — especially in communities of color.