Motion initiates a community outreach program analysis for Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Los Angeles County Bioscience academic partnership motion introduced by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis.

The motion initiates a community outreach program analysis, led by the Executive Director of the Community Development Commission, for the proposed biotech hubs throughout the Los Angeles County.

The analysis will provide recommendations based on the public comments received on the types of community benefits that should be realized from the development of bioscience innovations hubs involving County-owned properties, with public benefits that should be considered.

The recommendations include examples such as providing access to employment opportunities, small business participation, increasing the supply of affordable housing, transportation improvements and improvements that address deficient local services and resources.

Representatives from USC, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, East LA Community College, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, expressed their support of the proposed motion and shared existing outreach already in effect.

“Over the past 2 years, USC has either facilitated or participated in more than 80 meetings to discuss these important topics,” said David Galaviz, executive director of local government relations at USC.

“We’re including a school-to-workforce pipeline for high school students and other internship opportunities to prepare students for the industry.”

Training programs and talent retention were a main focus of the conversation.

“LA County institutions are not taking full advantage of new graduates, scientists, researchers and engineers. They go elsewhere and we need to keep them here,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

“Here’s a way to improve our well being and for people to thrive,” added Supervisor Hilda Solis.

The County’s Community Development Commission will report back to the Board in writing in 180 days with the results of its community outreach effort.