June 8, 2016

Contact: Gabriella Landeros, 213-446-8801,
Mariana Huerta Jones, 323-747-0699

Affordable Housing and Labor Standards Ballot Measure Qualifies for the Ballot
Los Angeles City Clerk Certifies Nearly 100,000 Signatures

Los Angeles, CA – Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office verified nearly 100,000 valid signatures for the Affordable Housing and Labor Standards for General Plan Amendments and Zoning Changes ballot measure. Since March 2016, the Build Better LA Coalition, made up of labor and affordable housing advocates, has spoken to thousands of voters in the City of Los Angeles to bring a shared vision of healthy, accessible housing and good, local jobs.

The Build Better LA measure would incentivize developers to create more housing residents can afford near transit, and it will ensure that a percentage of residential units are set aside for low-income residents in Los Angeles on projects that receive discretionary zone changes or General Plan amendments. The measure also includes a local hire provision that ensures a living wage with good job standards.

Now that the measure has been certified by the City Clerk, the Los Angeles City Council will be making a decision before going into recess in July on next steps. Among their choices are placing the measure on the ballot, or adopting the policy through a majority vote.

“City of LA residents agree that the City is getting more and more expensive to live in each day. By having our proposal on the November ballot, Angelenos will have the best possible chance to vote on a measure that brings housing people can actually afford and good, local jobs they could rely on. Build Better LA puts our City on a path to a brighter future,” said Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and convener of Build Better LA.

“This year, I will not only get the chance to vote on the future of my country, but on the future of the City I have called my home for my entire life. It will create more job opportunities for my community, and it will give us a chance at achieving a middle-class way of life,” said Alton Wilkerson, journeyman with IBEW Local 11 and South LA resident.

“LA residents have spoken. They are ready to vote this November on a proposal that will make our city more livable and inclusive. Families who urgently need access to low-cost housing cannot wait any longer. The Build Better LA measure will guarantee that low-cost housing and local jobs are prioritized,” said Laura Raymond, Campaign Director for Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles and member of the Build Better LA Coalition.

“Build Better LA has Angelenos’ overwhelming support. We went door to door and block by block. When we explained what Build Better LA would do, our neighbors said ‘Where do I sign?’ It’s obvious to everyone: Los Angeles needs quality homes that our families can afford to live in. We need good jobs to build our futures. Build Better LA will get us there,” said Alexandra Suh, Executive Director with Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and member of the Build Better LA Coalition.


Build Better LA is a coalition of business, labor, affordable housing, and community leaders working to ensure LA’s growing demographic has access to affordable housing and quality jobs.

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