Rachael Rose's Platform
We want to hear from YOU!
Our campaign will continue to solicit the input of CD13 citizens through ongoing monthly Community Town Hall Meetings and other means to bring forward the voice of the people through visionary policy proposals.
This living document will be periodically updated to reflect this input, in addition to any changes in State, County and City policies that are continually shifting.
Rachael Rose is not a single-issue candidate unlike others who have jumped into this race. Her well-rounded knowledge and experience as an elected LA City Official has prepared her to hit the ground running on day one fighting for working class people in District 13 and throughout the city
Here are a dozen of her top priorities.
Highest Ethical Standards
Revolutionize Public Safety
Housing Is a Human Right
Private banks have fed off of our tax dollars for far too long giving us very little in return. Community banks are to small to handle the city’s funds but there is an alternative to the use of Wall Street banks.
An LA Public Bank can provide safety of our funds and enlarge our asset base by investing in our communities and small businesses through loans and other banking vehicles. This bank would be headed by a Board of Governors consisting of LA City residents. It would not be answerable to politicians. It would serve the needs of Angelenos, not Wall Street.
Too many times viable community program and small business ideas fall by the wayside because traditional banking institutions are either unwilling or unable to provide the capital needed. A public bank would be able to supply the capital needed.
Right now, city funds under management by Wall Street are invested in the fossil fuel industry and other environmentally questionable investments. This would end once a Public Bank is up and running.
I am a member of the group Public Bank LA bringing in my modest past experience in how banks work and what is possible when one controls a bank. I will be working on the Finance and Policies committee to help with the next phase of solidifying a business plan for the operation.
Public Bank LA
One of the most important responsibilities of City Hall is Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLU&Z). PLU&Z decisions have an impact on every stakeholder. The issues involved can get complicated and technical in nature. I have the architectural background with four years of experience as the Chair of my NC’s Planning & Land Use Committee to make sense of it all.
Currently, the city is in the process of updating our 35 Community Plans. These plans are visionary documents informing changes in our zoning codes that dictate what we can build and where. As these plans are developed and then approved by City Council, it is imperative these plans protect existing neighborhoods from gentrification and that any zoning changes are equitably applied.
As a council member, my urban planning team will pay particular attention to community plans affecting CD13, provide community awareness and input opportunities, and they will actively work with the Planning Department to steer these plans in directions that support our core values.
Any updates to Community Plans need to identify potential sites for Permanent Social Housing.
I am firmly opposed to any laws being proposed in the CA State legislature that would remove our local control over PLU&Z. SB 827 & 50 (Weiner) would have mandated a one-size-fits-all trickle down housing model.
My position has been and always will be that Trickle Down Housing is a flawed policy giving justification for allowing predatory developers to build housing units people making $25k per year cannot afford.
Planning, Land Use, and Zoning
100% fossil fuel free by 2030.
Change building codes to require low amperage and low voltage electrical systems in all new & rehabbed homes and commercial spaces. City program to incentivise owners of existing structures to upgrade to the same standards.
Support the city’s Green New Deal pLAn.
Identify potential locations for the creation of tree/vegetation rich parks within CD13 and identify funding sources to create them.
Robust planting initiative of new trees throughout CD13.
Install solar panels above city owned parking lots and on municipal building rooftops. The electricity generated can either be used for the associated municipal building(s) or can be sold to the grid.
Replace all city owned vehicles with electric vehicles by 2035.
Increase EV charging stations throughout the district.
GND and 100% Renewable Energy by 2030
Our urban forest is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure we have for reducing the heat island effect & cleaning our air, and it is being decimated at an alarming rate. It needs to be protected, cultivated, and expanded beyond what is currently being proposed by City Hall.
With the help of environmental organizations and the city’s Urban Forest Division, I will implement a Tree Watch Program for the 13th District to track/report illegal removals, advocate for non-removal alternatives, and make recommendations to our office on how to improve city tree removal processes.
Create an Urban Forest Street Team to survey all of the streets in CD13 looking for places trees can be planted, and to work with the City’s Urban Forestry Division and residents to put trees in those places.
I will put forward motions looking to:
- Provide additional funding for the Urban Forest Division for adequate staffing and for the purchase, planting and maintenance of new trees.
- Require a minimum 45-day notice of tree removals to give time for Neighborhood Councils and others to file appeals.
- Expand the list of protected trees to include those that are more drought resistant than others and provide larger areas of shade.
- Greatly increase penalties for illegal removals to make such activities cost prohibitive.
Preserving and Maintaining Our Urban Tree Canopy
Chicago and Denver voted in 2020 to move forward with building out their municipal broadband network with the goal of making internet access affordable to everyone.
There is no doubt in my mind we can do the same here in Los Angeles because if the pandemic showed us one thing, it is that far too many families do not have adequate internet access, which puts low-income children at a disadvantage to those who can readily access what amounts to all the knowledge of humankind.
Additionally, low-income folks without good internet access are unable to take advantage of telecommuting jobs, on-line courses and training, jobs boards, etc.
This is the 21st century and there is no good reason everyone shouldn't have the access they need to the information highway.
WiFi For All
The proposed LA River Master Plan is a roadmap for developer takeover of the 1-mile wide strip of land on either side of the river that provides views of the river and/or access to new river recreation spaces. My top priority along the river is to ensure current residents are not displaced through gentrification from their communities thereby allowing them to take advantage of these new spaces.
Raise river community awareness as to the toxic substances in the water and the soil at parcels being converted to parks and open spaces. My office will monitor this closely and issue bulletins when the public’s safety is at risk. All new recreational spaces must be safe for our families to use.
Protect LA River Communities
Our office will proactively engage with constituents in identifying potential locations for community gardens within CD13, enlist community members as caretakers, and secure funding for land and/or materials as required.
We will identify locations and start-up funds for the creation of a Community Agricultural Center within CD13 as a pilot project for possible upscaling throughout the city.
This Center is imagined to be self-sustaining after initial investment by producing organic food products for wholesale and retail sales thus creating green new jobs, and to include agricultural learning programs for youth and adults.
Community Gardens and Commercial Urban Agriculture
This campaign does not take any corporate, developer, fossil fuel or law enforcement union money.
Paid For By Rachael Rose Luckey For LA City Council 2022 (ID # 1436223)
130 N. Westmoreland Ave. #204, LA, CA 90004