VENICE - Today, local attorney and community leader Traci Park officially launched her campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 11. Park, a Venice resident, made the following statement as she kicked off a listening tour of the 11th District.
“Our community is in a crisis, and it is a crisis of leadership. Los Angeles is failing in its basic task to maintain a safe, livable city – let alone tackling tough problems like homelessness, our housing crisis, climate change and struggling small businesses," said Park.
"LA has the highest poverty rate in California, and some of the highest housing costs anywhere in the country. Our homeless crisis has exploded, our City Hall has been beset by corruption scandals, and for the first time in a century, people are leaving Los Angeles."
Park said the City’s own data show that our District lost more jobs than almost any other area of Los Angeles. "Our homeless issues have made Venice and the Westside synonymous with encampments and a symbol of the City’s inability to act on critical issues."
"If our community wants progress and change on these issues, if we want a City that delivers on the issues that matter, we have to have new leadership. I have spent my whole career working with cities and public officials getting things done – and I intend to listen, lead and give the people of CD 11 the representation they deserve.”
Park is running for CD 11 and to unseat incumbent Mike Bonin. She is kicking off a listening tour of Council District 11, which covers the neighborhoods of Brentwood, Del Rey, Ladera, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, Westchester and other sections of West LA, according to her campaign release announcement.
Park grew up in Southern California in a family devoted to public service. Her stepfather worked for the school district where her mother also served as school union president for more than 20 years. Park said she didn’t come from a wealthy family, but one that taught her the value of hard work and determination and encouraged her to go out and make the world a better place.
Park worked her way through college and law school, waiting tables and interning at the Public Defender’s office before settling in Venice and starting her 20-year career as an attorney dealing with critical public sector issues. She has spent her career fighting for fair compensation, employee rights, and race and gender equity in the workplace. Traci is also a dedicated environmentalist who believes in protecting and preserving natural resources.