Local attorney and community leader Traci Park has 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.

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.

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.”

Traci 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.

Visit www.tracipark.com or facebook.com/traciparkforLA for more information.

Submitted by Traci Park for City Council