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Bass and Blumenfield Bank on Sacramento

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Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield was part of a delegation led by Mayor Karen Bass to Sacramento this week to meet with state representatives on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.

The goal of the meetings, Blumenfield told Valley News Group, was “not transactional. We weren’t planning on coming up and walking out with a check,” he said. “It was more planting the seed that our voices were heard.”

This is the first time leadership in Sacramento doesn’t have a Los Angeles or Southern California representative, Blumenfield noted, so it was important that they hear directly from the L.A. contingent.  

“It was interesting coming back to Sacramento where I used to work. The mayor was a former speaker, Krekorian was a former Assembly member, as was I.  As former budget chair during difficult times I have a unique perspective. I know how it works and am in a good position to make our case,” he explained.

“This was an opening dialogue with Sacramento – making sure they understand some of our concerns. In particular we’re very worried about the governor’s proposal for homeless funding and budget cuts. We pushed to make sure that those cuts have the least impact on Angelenos as possible.”

Though the trip was billed as a meet and greet, the team connected with the Director of the Office of Emergency Service, Nancy Ward, and she announced that more than $300 million was coming to the Los Angeles region, including $60 million in COVID-19 federal reimbursements approved and released by the federal government. That money goes first to the state and then is distributed.

Much of that money will go to reimbursements for Project Roomkey. Other funding will be applied to storm relief and homelessness.

Mayor Bass stated that “We must continue to do all we can to join forces at every level of government to save lives and bring Angelenos inside. I want to thank the governor for continuing his work to lock arms with us to deliver for the people of Los Angeles.”


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