CRENSHAW — Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson hosted a community celebration at Crenshaw High School Oct. 10 to celebrate his first 100 days in office. Harris-Dawson detailed his recent key actions, shared his goals for the Eighth District and asked for community input on how to move forward in the next phase of his term.
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, City Council President Herb Wesson, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, City Council colleagues Curren Price and David Ryu and Los Angeles school board member George McKenna, were among other notable community leaders in attendance.
“We’re ushering in a new era for the district, building community and empowering residents with the tools to create a new paradigm for themselves,” Harris-Dawson said. “My hope is that residents leave this event knowing justice is within their reach.”
Recently Harris-Dawson has asserted his leadership in improving city services, leading community safety efforts and bringing more economic development opportunities to the district.
In his first three months in office, he announced the “Clean and Safe Streets Campaign” to improve responsiveness of city services and to focus on infrastructure repair and street beautification.
The city’s 311 service reported a significant rise in requests from the Eighth Council District, which had nearly doubled from 4,828 requests in July to 8,713 requests in September.
There was also a surge in activity using the Clean Streets Initiative, with the Bureau of Sanitation reporting 300 tons of waste collected from alleys and sidewalks in the district.
To address the recent surge in homicides, Harris-Dawson recently convened 400 residents and community leaders for an emergency meeting, and plans are being developed to pilot new prevention and intervention programs in the areas with the most violent crime.
At the event, residents participated in a community resource fair where they met with city departments and community organizations to learn about free services in the city and to sign up for civil service employment testing dates. Festivities included a play area for children, games, music and entertainment.
The community event drew a diverse crowd of 500 residents with a mariachi band, dancers, an Afro-Cuban salsa group and El Compa Negro, an African-American artist who sings corrido — a Mexican musical tradition.