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LTA EDE Rac oie LIAN ALIS State ot Calitorna—Health and Human Services Agency a California Department of Public Health o}CBPH RON CHAPMAN, HO, MPH EOMUND @. BROWN. rect & Siae Heat Oticer ovemor March 4, 2015 ‘To Whom It May Concern: ‘The California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity (OE), is writing this letter in support of creating the Skid Row Neighborhood Council (SRNC) as recommended by the Skid Row Public Space Task Force. The OHE exists to improve the health status of all populations and places, with a priority on eliminating health and mental health disparities and achieving health equity. This work has led us to become familiar with the many complexities in Skid Row, in part through site visits, resident interviews, and research that we have conducted. General Jeff, an advisory committee member of the Office of Health Equity since 2013, has ‘worked tirelessly to advocate for the residents of Skid Row, and has a deep understanding of the ‘many challenges that negatively impact their overall health and well-being, such as violence, drug infestation, TB outbreaks, food insecurity any many more. ‘The elderly, physically disabled ‘and mentally ill are some of the most vulnerable residents in Skid Row. The SRNC will serve as 4 governing body with a Board of Directors to include representatives for the residents, businesses, non-profits and other Skid Row stakeholders. According to a recent article in Good Magazine, “Skid Row is home to the highest concentration of homeless people in the United States. The sheer size of the homeless population means that the area is host to a number of poverty-related problems, among them theft, vandalism, untreated mental illness, sexual violence, and public health issues.” While the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council has made efforts to address the problems of Skid Row through a portion of its agenda, Skid Row’s issues are vast and varied and Ottice of Health Equity, MS 0022 » P.O, Box 997377 « Sacramento, CA 96899 (Q1A) 645-4120 4 (018) RRD.ORAI FAW require u comprehensive approach to address the underlying causes of the inequities Skid Row residents face. With its unique structure, having a collective voice of all Skid Row residents, non-profits, businesses and other Skid Row stakeholders in the same room to expedite the much needed! conversations will be invaluable to improving the quality of life for this underrepresented area, In conclusion, the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity, fully supports the proposal to establish a Skid Row Neighborhood Council that is specifically dedicated to addressing the challenges and special needs of Skid Row with a sense of urgency. Sincerely, hho Wm, Jahmal Miller, MHA Deputy Director ~ Office of Health Equity California Department of Publie Health 1619 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA 95814 avy c= Los Angeles Mission January 9, 2015 To Whom It May Concern: The Los Angeles Mission is @ 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1936 to provide help, hope, and opportunity to men, women, and children in need. Located In Skid Row, the Los Angeles Mission strives to be a world leader among Missions that provide for the poor, restore the addicted, and eliminate homelessness. As part of the Skid Row community, the Los Angeles Mission recognizes the Unique needs and challenges of the area, ‘Skid Row is @ recovery zone area that needs a distinct assembly of its own designed to address these unique needs and challenges of the neighborhood and to hear from residents, businesses, non-profits and other Skid Row stakeholders on important issues facing the community. The Los Angeles Mission understands the importance and significance in forming a Skid Row Neighborhood Council and supports the efforts to improve the neighborhood with such a council, Sincerely, / a (i KL — Herbert L“Siith President & CEO 303 East Sth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 telephone: (213) 629-1227 facsimile: (2131 679.0936 www Iocancaloemicsinn are Boarel of Diroctors Pawel Spillane 0 Rodriguez Adam Handler Robert Morse Jennifer Caspar Paul Gragerson, MD Mare Hayuti Shoryt ayer cutis Hessler Vivienne Lee lea Lana wae Alves SKID R HOUSING RUST March 12, 2015 ‘To Whom It Way Concern: {1am writing to express our support for the formation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council Skid Row isa historically significant and unique neighborhood that has specific issues and problems that require close attention and understanding of context, Currently, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (OLANC) has a large Jurisdiction that includes Bunker Hill, Historic Cove, the Fashion District, and part of the Industrial Arts district. Each neighborhood within DLANC has varying agendas, many of which are very different from the pressing issues that face Skid Row, DLANC does not have the necessary capacity to adequately understand and address the social and physical concerns of Skid Row. Neighborhood Councils were historically established to empower and give voice to communities. By creating a Skid Row Neighborhood Council, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will give greater agency to the Skid Row community and provide a method to directly advocate for positive change our ‘community. Skid Row isa strong and resilient community with demonstrated leadership that has organized and empowered residents fora long time, The formation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council will strengthen and bring more resources to an area that requires more committed representation Sincerely, th - Yih Michael Alvidrez 4 Executive Director November 24, 2014 To Whom it May Concern I'm wring as Director ofthe Los Angeles Poverty Department in support of the creation ofa Skid Row Neighborhoad Counc Founded in 1985, The Los Angeles Poverty Department is a performance and mult-rts group. The creative artists in LAPD. are people who live and work on Skid Row. Los Angeles Poverty Department has always been commited to making communty on Skid Rowand to getting the real del out to Normale. In other words, we want the story about Skid Row to come from the people of hed Row. Anyone living in the Skid Row community is welcome to participate n LAPD's creative process. ‘Arumber of LAPD's projects have chronicled the development of the community and the Skid Row residents who have done. extraordinary thngs to stand up for and better the community. Skit Row has a large and sophisticated recovery culture. It has an informed citzenry that can and have mounted successful campaigns to preserve affordable housing, to prevent unreasonable searches and seizures, and to keep the few possessions of homeless people trom being confiscated and thrown away. They've led campaigns to clean the streets, get more trash cans, more streetlights and to renew Gladys Patk, However the communty’s interests are not sufcienty represented inthe current Downtown Neighborhood Counc. Skid Row a recovery community dedicated to reversing the cycle of hurt and preserving and enhancing the gmt of every indvidal There are no thrown away people on Skid Row. On Skid Row no one less than. As a result tis a commumsty of compassion where people are more sled than in other communities in reaching out to others and across seemung diferences. DLANC covers a wide area of downtown, mciuding nesgnborhoods whose concerns ae far diferent than those ofthe Ské Row community. AS a resut, the interests of Shed Row residents and their desire to improve their community are not sucientty supported by OLANC. DLANC has made small and much appreciated contributions in support of a number of worthufile Skid ow comunity inbatives, but on the most crucial issues that affect he integrity of Skid Row, DLANC has usually chosen to ignore the fac that kad Row is the long standing downtown residential community, while siding wih development interests in ways that hurt Skid Row. The New Genesis liquor cense controversy s but one recent example. Skid Row needs is own neighborhood council to further its development as a recovery community a community of compassion, a community that concemed wth housing the homeless, and not somewhere els, but inthe community Sheeeely. / | Lele | Whe John Malbede: 2 Director SP, tle Tokyo Community Coune ay a 400 North Cental Avenue, Los Angeles, Califia 80012 Sh > 213.625.0414 ext 5720 0 Email: info@bitletokyota.org htip:fittetokyola.org April 28. 2015 ‘The Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) would like to express its support SULLUULUIY Hie KUCA OL WHE CIEMUOL OL UIE KIL ROW JNEIWUDULULE LOULCH, Understanding the importance of community self-determination and building collective voice for the positive benefit of a local community, the LTCC supports Skid Row’s tight to organize on their own behalf. We look forward to working with the Skid Row Neighborhood Council toward the positive benefit of both the Skid Row and Little Tokyo Communities. Sincerely, Craig Ishii Chair, Little Tokyo Community Council Tite Toiyo wid bea vable contr or the Japanese moran community andthe Los dngolos Downtown community. The Counc shall work o create a vision of what Lite Tokyo shoud bein he fture and serve as an advocate on behalf o the Lite Tokyo communi March 27, 2015 cific Southwest District ACL Pacifi Southwest Regional Ofice 250E. 1" Stree, Suite 303 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Telephone 213.626.4471 ‘To Whom It May Concern: wwwjaclpsw.org We at the Japanese American Citizens League — Pacific Southwest District, express our support for the creation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council. With all of the numerous issues, including homelessness and mental illness, that need to be addressed in the area commonly known as "the homeless capitol of America", a pioneering governing body encompassed with representation of the local residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and other Skid Row stakeholders, which include arts, crafts and culture, the ‘opportunity presents itself for the formation of a platform which we think will help to create the necessary solutions to change Skid Row for the better. If there are any further questions, please feel free to contact me at snitahara@jacl.org or 213.784.7931. Pacific Southwest Regional Director Japanese American Citizens League. eppties sy S xe } Building Communit n> a“ ¥ ome S "Y Cevgnt April 1, 2015 To Whom it May Concern, We at Little Tokyo Service Center express our support for the creation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council. With numerous and complex issues including chronic homelessness and mental illness facing the area commonly known as "the homeless capitol of America", a pioneering governing body representing local residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and other Skid Row stakeholders is crucial as the community navigates the changing landscape of downtown Los Angeles We strongly believe that this diverse group representing Skid Row Neighborhood would encourage a healthy and vibrant dialogue as the Skid Row community seeks creative solutions and ideas for a positive future. As 2 social service organization focused on holistic community growth, affordable housing, economic development, and revitalization of the community, we are in strong support of the ation of Skid Row Neighborhood Council. Matsubayashi Executive Dihector Little Tokyo Service Center Azusa 6 Street é January 21, 2015 To Whom It May Concern, | would like to write a letter of support to those forming the Skid Row Neighborhood Council (SRNC), which would concentrate its efforts towards issues related to the skid row community st large. I've known General Jeff for the past three years as an advocate and friend to the skid row community, His continued efforts in trash maintenance, increased toilet facilities, and skid row beautification through the use of murals and tree planting, along with community participation in helping form a basketball camp shows his desire to improve the living conditions for those living on the downtown streets of Los Angeles. With the homeless population growing it will be necessary for a committee to be form to address specific issues only related to the skid row residents that are not addressed right now. hope you will lend your support for the voices of those that have no voice. The formation or the SRNC would be a perfect opportunity to hear those voices in an appropriate and informative ‘manner. Sincerely. Bob Aisawa Executive Director/ Azusa Street Missions Foundation 16027 Brookhurst St., 1-290 Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 403-1637 azusasireetmissionfoundation.com tm azusastreetmissionfoundation.com \_Y THE KING’S ACADEMY 7 January 2015 To Whom It May Concern: Over the past six years, I have been a distant participant in the heartfelt work of helping to improve the community of Los Angeles known widely as the Skid Row community. Itis a passion that has invaded my life, and fills my soul to overflowing year after year, I adore the opportunity to share my passion each year with a team of high school students, and challenge them all to listen and learn first—to get educated and to be informed before serving others. My everyday home is 350 miles away, but in some ways, I feel much more a part of the Skid Row community than my own physical neighborhood. On countless occasions, I have met and chatted with residents of Skid Row—not only with those on the streets, but also with those who work in local ministries, those in advocate roles, and those in law enforcement roles. I have seen outside visitor groups come and go, both those whose actions are encouraged, and others whose style of helping is not actually helpful. My awareness of community issues continues to be primarily informed through these many ongoing discussions and interactions, Perhaps with the unique benefit of being an outsider, my perspectives might be shaped absent of the potential biases a community stakeholder may carry. ‘My motivation is simple: I love helping the people in the Skid Row community in meaningful ways. Upon the news that the Skid Row Neighborhood Council (SRNC) is lobbying for official recognition, I wholeheartedly endorse this effort, with the vision that various community members will have an improved opportunity to articulate their concerns, and that council members will have an improved opportunity to wrestle with community-specific issues that arise. Skid Row assuredly needs this missing voice, My hope is that this letter of support will assist in encouraging official acceptance of the SRNC as the thoughtful voice of the Skid Row community within the greater City of Los Angeles. Iam happy to make myself available for any questions or further discussions. Submitted in earnest, wey LFA fbf Le Le ie ( Matt Nisbet Director of Operations A Curist-Cenrerep CoLtece Preparatory Scuoot | Grapes 6-12 562.N. Britton Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94085-3841 408.481.9900 — wwwtka.org, ‘Swamp Pink Landscape Architecture 125 North Orange Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 T 323,394,9693, CA License: 5834 January 10, 2015 Re: Formation of a Skid Row Neighborhood Council To Whom It May Concern: ‘This letter is to state my full support of the formation of a Skid Row Neighborhood Council. | am an Arts District property owner and resident who sits on the board of LARABA (Los Angeles River Artists’ Business Association), Co-Chaired LARABA’s Land Use Committee in 2014 and am part of a local non- profit organization that plants and maintains trees in the Arts District and Skid Row. ‘Asa community and environmental activist with an understanding of local Downtown Los Angeles politics, | believe that the Skid Row residents and community need to have this opportunity in order to address thelr specific concerns as a collective voice. They are an organized community filled with knowledgeable creative minds and | support their efforts to separate from the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Borders as | don’t believe DLANC is able to properly represent Skid Row and their issues. ‘The time is now for the formation of a Skid Row Neighborhood Council and | hope you will consider what Is best for this great Community. Respectfully, Gabrielle Newmark Landscape Architect/Owner - Swamp Pink Landscape Architecture Program Director ~ industrial District Green. jE Christopher Fudurich 310-420-5201 fudurich@mac.com 209 South Garey Sreet- Second Floor Los Angeles, CA 90012 January 7, 2015 co Issues And Solutions 1626 North Wilcox Ave Suite 924 Hollywood, CA 90028 To Whom it May Concern, My name is Christopher Fudurich. | am the Arts District Business Representative for the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council and the President of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA). | am writing this personal letter of suppor for the formation of the Skid Row Neighborhood Council. Being a 15 year resident of the Arts District and being involved with the changes around us, | feel that our Skid Row neighbors need and deserve their ‘own voice in representing their dynamic community Sincerely yours, Christopher Fudurich