LOS ANGELES (AP) – Heads of state or government of the country's largest county unanimously approved on Tuesday a comprehensive plan to combat systemic racism and bias in its policies, practices, and services.
The measure, adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is designed to step up efforts to tackle inequality within the bureaucracy and to hold officials accountable if they fail to comply with anti-racist policies.
The request was made by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is black. He said it was inspired by nationwide protests against the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd.
Ridley-Thomas said the plan should help district leaders tackle racism in everything from health care to law enforcement to ensure that all policies address inequalities that minority residents face. Department heads would be evaluated for their efforts to achieve at least one goal on the anti-racist political agenda. The county was also rated annually by a report on the state of blacks in the county, written by a university or research institute, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The approval has made LA County the 37th county in the country since last year, which declared racism a public health issue, according to the National Association of Counties.
In a separate motion, regulators voted 4 to 1 to set a November ballot measure that would require at least 10% of the district's general fund to be used for social service and racial justice programs.
The measure would require voters to approve the reassignment by changing the county charter. The money would be redirected to areas such as vocational training, psychosocial services and affordable housing.
In addition, regulators approved a $ 1.22 billion spending plan for coronavirus relief funds.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the money will be used to "provide essential services, expand testing, pursue contracts, and meet specific needs for working families and small businesses who are experiencing problems and are increasingly burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic ".
Part of the federal funding goes into a $ 800 million three-year plan to house 15,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County who are considered the most vulnerable to the corona virus.
The plan provides for various housing measures, including rent subsidies, and various services until next June. Efforts would be made over the next two years to bring people to permanent homes.