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New homeless-panel chair De Leon vows LA City Council will ‘step up’ – Daily News

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon — the newly appointed chair of the council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee, following the suspension of former Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas — vowed on Tuesday, Nov. 2, that the council “will step up, and we will lean into this crisis with urgency.”

“Los Angeles has done enough talking, reporting and studying about the demoralizing crises of homelessness and poverty that has left an indelible mark of shame on our great city,” said de Leon, who was appointed committee chair by Council President Nury Martinez in the wake of Ridley-Thomas’ suspension by the council following his indictment on federal corruption charges.

“Right now, Angelenos are demanding a City Council that takes swift action to house people with compassion while restoring safety and cleanliness to our neighborhoods — and we will answer that call,” de Leon said.

De Leon, who has served in the City Council since October 2020, represents Skid Row as part of his district, which also encompasses Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Highland Park. De Leon is also a candidate for mayor of L.A., one of more then two dozen hopefuls to succeed Eric Garcetti.

“The sheer number — tens of thousands — of unsheltered individuals living in such inhumane conditions is a matter of life and death,” he said.

“The encampments and unconscionable poverty have distorted the way we see our own city, diminishing our collective hope for a future where everyone can afford a place to sleep at night.

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