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2016 - 2021 County of Los Angeles Strategic Plan

Creating Connections: People, Communities, and Government

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GOAL II. FOSTER VIBRANT AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES   

Our investments in the lives of County residents are sustainable only when grounded in strong communities. We want to be the hub of a network of public-private partnering entities supporting vibrant communities


Strategy II.1 - Drive Economic and Workforce
Development
in the County
Enhance opportunities for the business community including, small businesses and social enterprises and support local workforce job creation, private investment in the community, expansion of the local tax base, and social equity across the County’s highly diverse communities.


Issue Statement:
Regional economic growth requires support for small businesses and social enterprises and development of residents’ skills needed to compete for current and future high-demand jobs.

Implement strategies to target and systematically offer appropriate assistance to high-growth industries.
Implement a certification program for Social Enterprises, and the Small Business, Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, and Social Enterprise Utilization Plan for achieving County-wide procurement goals of 25% for certified Local Small Business Enterprises and three (3%) percent for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.
Identify and align workforce development programs to provide career pathways for high-needs, priority populations and to support the labor needs of the County’s high-growth industry sectors.


Strategy II.2 – Support the Wellness of our Communities

Identify, support, and promote practices for higher quality of life through violence reduction, enhanced social cohesion, increased awareness of supports and services, and better physical fitness, mental health, and well-being.


Issue Statement:
Community safety and health indicators show that high-needs communities experience disproportionately higher rates of violence, lack sufficient access to active transportation services and recreational/cultural activities, and are at greater risk for environmental hazards.

Develop comprehensive, place-based plans to reduce violence in high-needs communities experiencing high levels of violence.
Expand access for all County residents, particularly those in unincorporated and high-needs areas, who have traditionally underutilized the County’s museums, theatres, beaches, parks, and other recreational facilities.
Strengthen the County’s capacity to effectively prevent, prepare for and respond to emergent environmental and natural hazards and reduce impacts to disproportionately affected communities.
Conduct outreach to high-needs, traditionally underserved populations within the County by supporting safe and comfortable built environments that encourage physical activity and access to healthy food.


Strategy II.3 - Make Environmental Sustainability Our Daily Reality

Envision and implement a comprehensive and integrated approach to improving the environmental, economic, and social well-being of our communities so that they may thrive now and into the future.


Issue Statement:
With ten million residents, over 100,000 employees and a geographic area spanning 4,083 square miles, Los Angeles County has a regional and global responsibility to consider its impact on the environment and develop responsible policies that promote sustainable behavior in its operations and communities.

Promote water conservation, recycle and reuse local water resources, and reduce storm water pollution.
Promote diverse, clean and renewable energy systems, support energy efficiency, and support strategies to ensure reliability of the energy network.
Create and implement policies and programs to: reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from all sectors of our community; ensure that community climate resilience is integrated into our programs and plans; and inspire others to take action.
Increase landfill diversion and recycling programs and infrastructure and inspire the community to reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials.
Use and promote electric and other clean vehicle technologies across all vehicle classes along with its supporting infrastructure.