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Mayor's Proposed 2021-2022 City Budget Breakdown

Posted on 04/21/21

Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council

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Two evenings ago, the Mayor delivered his 2021 State of the City Address where he proposed his budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, a Justice Budget, and laid out the most progressive visions for a more just, equitable, and resilient city. Below are the key proposals for your knowledge. As a reminder, this still needs to be approved by City Council and would then go into effect on June 1st.

The budget plan includes the City’s largest-ever investment to confront the homelessness crisis at $791 million, which more than doubles its current spending. The breakdown includes:

  • $362 million for 89 projects and 5,651 total housing units through Proposition HHH; 

  • Nearly $200 million for the development of affordable housing, homeless prevention, eviction defense, and other homeless services 

  • $57 million for 9 additional CARE+ teams — which now totals one per each Council District — and 11 new regional storage facilities;

  • $43 million for Project Roomkey. 

The 2021-22 budget is strengthened by $777 million in spending from the American Rescue Plan. Mayor Garcetti advocated aggressively for this funding over the past year to lift Angelenos hit hardest by the pandemic, and this spending blueprint puts those dollars to work with $151 million going to equity and justice programs; $281 million for homeless services; $282 million to restore vital services; and $64 million for COVID response and recovery. 


Key components of Mayor Garcetti’s budget include:

  • $33 million to expand the City’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development program;

  • $24 million for Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot: budgeted to provide $1,000 a month to 2,000 households for an entire year, no questions asked

  • $18.7 million to fund new programs founded on a Therapeutic and Unarmed Response for Neighborhoods (TURN) and community-based approach to reimagining public safety; TURN will start next month sending clinicians instead of cops to respond to non-violent mental health emergencies through 911, 24- 7. Will provide around-the-clock, community-based response to non-violent crises among people experiencing homelessness focusing from Venice to Hollywood.

  • $8.7 million to employ high-barrier young adults to clean and beautify our communities, as well as $3.5 million to train and pay 1,000 low-income high school students to home-tutor young siblings who have struggled with distance learning

  • $10 million to the Reforms for Equity and Public Acknowledgement of Institutional Racism(L.A. REPAIR) will give communities a direct say in grassroots investments to support job creation and provide organizational backing for community intervention, racial healing, justice, and reconciliation

  • $25 million Program dedicated to Comeback Checks of five thousand dollars to 5,000 businesses.

  • $1.3 million Street Vendor Program with Councilmember Raman’s support aimed at helping street vendors clear bureaucratic hurdles and purchase modernized carts that will let them get the permits

  • $1 million in funding for a youth and creative workers mural program to commemorate many more of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods and history

Green Initiatives:
  • Moratorium on new oil and gas drilling anywhere in the city of Los Angeles and declared a ban, citywide, on styrofoam once and for all, and on single-use foodware that cannot be reused or recycled
  • DWP to give ratepayers $60 for smart thermostats; push for installing smart meters, putting more solar power in low-income neighborhoods, and doubling the number of houses that receive free insulation and other energy-saving upgrades
  • By 2030, DWP will provide an energy mix that’s 80% renewable and 97% carbon-free (full six years ahead of our previous commitment)
  • Commit to 100% carbon-free energy by 2035 (ten years ahead of schedule)
  • Transition Scattergood power plant to run on green hydrogen, decrease the demands on Valley generating station, build a new wind farm in New Mexico, a giant solar farm in partnership with the Navajo Nation and bring zero-emissions green hydrogen to drive turbines at Intermountain Power Plant in Utah
  • $8 billion investment to recycle and distribute water for L.A., including a massive build-out of our Hyperion Treatment plant. Recycled water only accounts for 2% of our water, but Operation Next will increase that to 35% by 2035 
  Key initiatives include:  
  • L.A. Optimized will connect 1,000 small businesses to the transformed, post-pandemic digital marketplace by providing website assistance, branding, and marketing assets to them for free.
  • Earn. Learn. Play. will be a website where youth will be able to find endless opportunities to work, study, and have fun near them
  • Justice Fund has a $1 million commitment that ensures immigrants and their families can stay together while they defend their rights in federal court 
  • Creation of a Youth Development Department which will:
    • Coordinate youth programs
    • Convene a youth strategy citywide
    • Provide services like child care to legal assistance, mental health services to financial counseling
  • Looking to let our restaurants defer $8,000 or more of expiring fees for three years and suspend valet and off-site parking requirements to help them save up to $10,000.
  • Asking the Department of Cultural Affairs to support COVID memorials throughout our city, maintain those that are permanent and archive those that are temporary
  • Dreamers in the Los Angeles Community College District who commit to service in COVID recovery will have DACA fees covered by Mayor's Fund and the Foundation for Los Angeles Community Colleges.  
  • Free transit movement in Los Angeles. Starting with students this fall will aim to help low-income Angelenos ride Metro for free
  • WiFi access points in 300 underserved neighborhoods that will act as giant hotspots, allowing entire neighborhoods to have dependable, fast internet connections
  • 30% boost to the Department of Cultural Affairs that will provide youth with classes in visual arts, animation, music
    • boost direct grants to artists across our city and draw on L.A.’s creative spirit to get back some of our faded lusters.

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