Months Ahead of Schedule, de León Officially Sworn in as the City Councilmember Representing the Diverse 14th Council District of Los Angeles

Posted on 10/15/2020
City of Los Angeles

Ahead of de León’s First Council Meeting on October 20th, the Councilmember Announces Day-One Motions calling for 200 additional beds for the unhoused, and will instruct city departments to begin work on identifying land and adding hundreds of additional transitional housing units throughout the district.

LOS ANGELES – In a virtual event this morning to constituents across CD 14, Kevin de León took the oath of office to be sworn in as Councilmember representing the 14th District. This comes following a motion passed by the Los Angeles City Council to officially appoint de León - who won his election outright in March - as a voting representative for the 14th Council District. 

Speaking to the residents of CD 14, Councilmember de León outlined his vision for the future of Los Angeles, saying, “We have a moral obligation to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos. As your Councilmember, I will work with city officials to identify and address existing inequities. We can - and will - change the system into one that is equitable for all Angelenos, and we will do it with transparency and accountability.” 

During his remarks, de León announced actions he will be taking on day one in the City Council to bring unhoused individuals indoors, setting them on the path to permanent housing. The first motion will kick-start the construction of roughly two hundred beds for unhoused Angelenos, and another motion will direct city departments to begin work on hundreds of transitional housing units across CD 14. 

“We know the homelessness crisis is fueled by the lack of affordable housing in our communities” de León said. “The reason we’re struggling to build enough of it, is because we’re stuck using mid-century rules to build 21st century affordable housing. It’s time to revamp our entire planning process to prioritize, accelerate and expand affordable housing throughout Los Angeles.”

Arguing for further investments in building an economy driven by a commitment to clean, renewable energy, de León believes “We can build a better future for all of us by making Los Angeles the epicenter of the clean energy revolution - investing in innovation to clean up the air we breathe - and create good-paying jobs in the process.” 

For the full video of today’s swearing-in ceremony, click HERE. and for a copy of the Councilmember’s remarks - click HERE.

De Leon previously served as the California State Senator for the 24th district, where he represented the communities of DTLA, Boyle Heights, North East LA and El Sereno.  He is well-versed in the challenges facing his district, and will continue to work with the residents of CD 14 to lift up everyone’s quality of life during this unprecedented moment.