There’s a lot to talk about today in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race and the countless propositions that were approved or rejected by voters. Here is how some elected officials and and community leaders responded to the outcome of Tuesday’s voting.
Josef Bray-Ali, cycling advocate and Council District 1 candidate“What happened last night has been as powerful and life-changing for me as the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the reelection of George W. Bush. The trauma so many of us are dealing with is only the beginning. There are serious challenges a Trump presidency will bring to Los Angeles. The way we fight against such dysfunctional ideology is to organize locally. Take a look down the ballot and see what we’ve achieved: transit funding through Measure M, housing and services for the homeless through Measure HHH, affordable housing with Measure JJJ, funding for parks with Measure A, and another chapter in saga of ending the war on drugs with Measure 54. What I have found through my activism is that I’ve never been happier than when I’m worn out from doing something to make the city a better place. Our narrative moving forward, fighting for our autonomy as a city and a state, has to be one free of the rhetoric and failed methods of pay-to-play politicians.”
Shepard Fairey, artist and owner of Subliminal Projects gallery, Echo Park“I’m horrified that we are now saddled with the results of apathy and ignorance. Clearly, we have a lot of work to do to make America smart again! We need to do everything we can to educate ourselves and others and push back against the culture of Trump. I’m feeling depressed but not demotivated. This is a wake-up call, and reminder that rust never sleeps, and cancer always grows. Let’s look in our hearts and do everything we can to reject idiocracy, embrace our common humanity and the common good, and push for informed empowerment and GOOD ideas within our democracy!”
Kathy Gallegos, Director and Founder of Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park“I believe a President is like a father figure: he must lead by example. Trump is not a unifier of all Americans. His presidency will cause more racial strife, bigotry, and a ‘me first’ mentality. I’m thinking about what his presidency will mean for the 1% – More corruption and theft of our money by Wall Street financiers? A cutback of services for people at the bottom of the ladder? We’re moving into a chaotic time period. All of us have to maintain our cool and organize.”
Jose Huizar, 14th District Councilmember and co-author of Proposition HHH“The citizens of Los Angeles recognize that homelessness is the moral dilemma of our generation and have entrusted in us to provide the housing HHH allows, along with the related services needed, to take a major step forward in addressing homelessness in the City of Los Angeles. It is now up to us to deliver on the promise of HHH and change the paradigm of homelessness for thousands of Angelenos from a feeling of hopelessness, pain and despair, to one of hope, joy and the opportunity for a better life.”
Amy Inouye, neighborhood activist and owner of Future Studio Gallery, Highland Park“Today I feel numb, living inside some kind of force field that is muffling sensation and sound. Not a good feeling. Art people are used to feeling like outsiders, but this is on a completely incomprehensible level. California is an oasis (my friend Leslie suggested we consider seceding); Los Angeles will hopefully forge its own sort of progressive way with community-minded parks, transit, homeless support, even marijuana. We had an art show once called “We Love L.A. Please Make It Better”—hope springs eternal. Meanwhile, for some reason, mundane tasks seemed like a good way to accomplish something, anything, positive—so Krystine, a friend of mine, and I went out and cleaned some parking meters and parking stations in Highland Park today. I will probably just keep cleaning for a while … ”
Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District Councilmember“Although the outcome of the Presidential election may have far-reaching consequences, I have never been more proud to call California and Los Angeles my home as we voted for progress across the state and locally. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the City Council to ensure the voter mandates provide relief to our homeless and affordable housing crisis, improve our transportation infrastructure, and create more park space to benefit future generations of Angelenos.”
Adam Schiff, Congressman, California’s 28th District“After one of the most bitterly contested Presidential races in history, we have one of the most unexpected results in history, and Donald Trump will soon become President of the United States. As a supporter of Secretary Clinton, this was a painful, even heartbreaking conclusion, but that is the way democracy works. We have a peaceful transition of power, and for those of us that got knocked down, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and live to fight another day.”
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