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Nithya Raman @nithyavraman Los Angeles, CA

Councilmember, Los Angeles City Council. This is my personal account. For district updates, follow: @cd4losangeles

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Because of the delayed release of census data, redistricting in LA is moving quickly this cycle. After draft maps a… https://t.co/W8JicQ7XjmAnother way residents can influence council redistricting: submit a Community of Interest Form. It’s a survey wher… https://t.co/A0iqRINmshIf you can’t make tonight’s CD4 redistricting forum, there are more forums to come: 8/25: All Council Districts… https://t.co/b8tx1YoxBcThere are lots of opportunities for residents to weigh in on LA redistricting. If you live in our district, there’… https://t.co/tUkZpSTANrIf you want your council district to reflect an LA where tenants and working people are well-represented, we encour… https://t.co/79p6HsxGEeThe stakes are high. Maps that split up neighborhoods with unique needs or identities can reduce their political po… https://t.co/6sqjIsVLBuThe current (and very bizarre) shape of our district didn’t come about by accident. It’s the product of political i… https://t.co/SpszgQsGYMEvery ten years, after the Census is released, LA forms a City Council Redistricting Commission to develop new dist… https://t.co/hFoqrpgpu8One of the most important processes in LA city government is happening *right now.* City Council district boundari… https://t.co/y6JbEdp4Ky
8/4
2021
My no vote today doesn't mean I'm taking a back seat. Doing nothing is not an option. My staff and I are dedicated… https://t.co/9Rkwv9SrhtThis ordinance is likely to pass today. But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep working to build a better system. It’s… https://t.co/D1H7wHYn9EMany organizations and advocates opposing this ordinance have spoken out about how an enforcement-led approach to h… https://t.co/Oafp7xQ3DzThe ordinance also has real equity implications. Without clear criteria for what can trigger a camping ban, the mai… https://t.co/4ogrVf485mReal solutions — housing, outreach, and services — take time and money. None of it is easy to do. But that’s exactl… https://t.co/Q5wP7goOwoThis ordinance gives CMs the ability to ban camping in large parts of their districts. CMs who get more complaints… https://t.co/JHhuwJ6Aq0Because we set homelessness policy in our own districts, Councilmembers end up competing for scarce resources, impl… https://t.co/lQ8SJGj3xoThere is no citywide system for sanitation, services, enforcement, or anything else related to homelessness. Each… https://t.co/1NJTZMTfwXAddressing homelessness requires a consistent, citywide approach to setting rules and sharing resources. But we do… https://t.co/4he6EWnjlXToday, City Council will vote again on an ordinance limiting where people who are homeless can sit, lie, or sleep.… https://t.co/54BfJHPoOp
7/28
2021
If you want to help end homelessness in LA, there’s a lot you can do — starting with joining a community group that… https://t.co/woBNi0nsz5Navigating people off the street requires immense patience. Progress can come with setbacks. And there is still muc… https://t.co/RYnViP9uAHDeploying outreach and services to help people indoors could work across LA. But we haven’t built the resources to… https://t.co/gpMfyZiKhLHistorically, the primary tool we’ve used to address homelessness in LA has been forced removal of encampments. We… https://t.co/b1JAME5eshWe’re still in contact with some of the people who were put into shelter from this encampment. They are all still… https://t.co/Wo2pC8ARSdThe last three residents of the encampment went into shelter on Thursday together, as they requested. One saw her… https://t.co/pTjDxv6uZ8Great caseworkers match people’s needs with resources: Do you need a space that can accommodate a couple? Do you ha… https://t.co/nQ401K6NStOver months, with the help of community members, case managers, and encampment residents, we connected people with… https://t.co/N3MUmOFjFbSome who got into shelter returned to see friends, and shared that they loved their new living situations. One was… https://t.co/g3GFhGOzdTSome who got into shelter returned to see friends, and shared that they loved their new living situations. One was… https://t.co/kP55z2GcC2After directing outreach teams to make weekly visits to link people to services, we were able to get a few people i… https://t.co/RVsvBVfGEwCommunity groups like @SELAHnhc had been doing outreach at this encampment for years, so we connected with them and… https://t.co/nLaDcL136TThere has been an encampment on the corner of Berendo and Hollywood for years, but it grew during the pandemic. The… https://t.co/RwCsJg4xL7Some good news to share! After months of effort from volunteers, case workers, and our staff, the last residents o… https://t.co/AkEBBbrp2m
7/26
2021
To all of the organizations in our district who contributed to these community counts, thank you — especially Holly… https://t.co/MZQR3V9azoWhile it's exciting to think we may have slowed the rise of homelessness in LA, it doesn’t mean we can relax. It m… https://t.co/9Nx1vxqRAjWe can also help more people get indoors by expanding storage options. Most shelters only allow two bags, so some d… https://t.co/TjGvu1epOjAs LA reopens, we must help those who entered shelter during the pandemic avoid going back to the streets. When a… https://t.co/9hLeuO3LVqWhat lessons can we take from evidence that unsheltered homelessness may have declined during the pandemic? One is… https://t.co/oNXqj5AqhoWhy would we see more tents on the street if fewer people are living there? After the CDC recommended unhoused peo… https://t.co/VBc5s6HFWOSo if the data we have is correct and street homelessness declined during COVID, why did homelessness look like it… https://t.co/xXhOsBe3xMIn the last year, two events have significantly increased shelter space in LA: 1) a court agreement under Judge Ca… https://t.co/8gMzpDTmvrIf the community counts are right and street homelessness declined or stayed flat over the last year, that’s welcom… https://t.co/YCYrWop9uoCompared to January 2020, this year’s community counts found a *10% overall decrease* in homelessness in their neig… https://t.co/OgQkclNXQIAfter the 2021 homeless count was called off due to COVID, volunteers in Hollywood, Mid-City, and Northeast LA step… https://t.co/aQXyAg5DL4COVID had profound effects on homelessness in LA. But because this year’s count was cancelled, we have less data th… https://t.co/8U0nJ8J0CB
7/20
2021
We’ll be talking more about ways we can improve encampment sanitation and all of our processes around homelessness… https://t.co/juWL9gGGqBOur failure to maintain sanitation at encampments has also eroded people’s patience for longer-term homelessness so… https://t.co/qOMaE3QHHlThe job of a sanitation worker is difficult, and encampment cleanups are the most delicate and fraught aspect of th… https://t.co/72b1MQpFYfInstead of a citywide, need-based system for cleaning encampments prioritizing health, safety, and best practices f… https://t.co/gDYaFEuUymEven with new reforms, LA still desperately needs a citywide system for encampment sanitation. A system driven by… https://t.co/AItfMEJbV5Last month, City Council passed @mikebonin's and my motion to create a new approach for encampment cleanups — prior… https://t.co/9CxeEwftbONot only has encampment sanitation been insufficiently funded, LA’s approach to cleanups has often been carried out… https://t.co/hunbtyUHKIIn 2019, LA launched the CARE program, which increased funding for encampment sanitation. It brought new hygiene re… https://t.co/jyjc3lMqjmHistorically, the number of service requests was one factor in how many encampment cleanups a district was allocate… https://t.co/ECnO2gFqXCUntil 2019, each council office got an average of only *two to three* encampment cleanings per month. For their *en… https://t.co/qQPe5Z0hi2Most of the time, City Council offices decide which encampments get cleaning services — usually in response to comp… https://t.co/q6q7lCdsxKLA has a Sanitation department, charged with trash disposal all over the city. But other than emptying 500 trash c… https://t.co/LbnnO3L91bAs LA works to get more adequate housing and shelter spaces online, sanitation at existing encampments is a core co… https://t.co/Q9dB6hi8QXIn my time at City Hall, I’ve learned a *lot* more about LA's approach to homelessness. Let’s dig into one piece o… https://t.co/Luupf85rCw
7/15
2021
LA’s 4th Council District is uniquely vulnerable to the increasing dangers created by climate change. For that reas… https://t.co/LKTyGAj5eO
Retweeted by Nithya RamanI’ll work to keep putting forth legislation that ensures cleaner, safer, and healthier streets for all Angelenos —… https://t.co/z9m1EYYfYxTime and time again, we have chosen the easy, band-aid solutions in LA — avoiding the hard work that will lead to l… https://t.co/tnpe3K1vHCI support maintaining ADA access on our sidewalks, and restricting camping in parks and around schools. But to real… https://t.co/gXdhO3LFVqHave we funded compliance-oriented outreach workers? Have we created a new unit of unarmed, non-police personnel th… https://t.co/JV4bjXLU9bA year ago, we had tens of thousands of people marching in the streets in LA, and we found a consensus -- or so I t… https://t.co/rQnKop3edNThe ordinance contains rules for where people can and can’t be, but it’s missing a clear plan for how we’re going t… https://t.co/J5l1sPxpvIYesterday, the City Council voted to take another step on a piece of legislation prohibiting camping in very large… https://t.co/TDpxj7OYJJ
7/2
2021
Our resolution to support SB 57 and legalization of overdose prevention sites passed in City Council today! Thank… https://t.co/XCzknuyGpp
6/22
2021
This week parts of my district hit 109°. It isn’t even summer yet. The young leaders of @sunrisemvmt and… https://t.co/OKCzUlOAznWhy focus on city-owned buildings and vehicles for decarbonization? I’m the chair of the Information Technology an… https://t.co/OsRGvxIn8lLA controls another significant polluter: a fleet of ~13,000 vehicles. The city's 2019 Green New Deal included a p… https://t.co/hP0SH5ueBBOne of the larger energy users in LA is the city government itself — and 32% of municipal emissions come from city-… https://t.co/6WUYgzSPORWith @sunrisemvmt California completing a 266-mile march this week to demand a #CivilianClimateCorps, I’ve been ins… https://t.co/JERYfrK0h2
6/17
2021
A belated first Council meeting in chambers, but felt as exciting as the first day of school. https://t.co/p6zkrbBXNu
6/16
2021
It’s been wonderful to hear a desire from residents to see more supportive and 100% affordable housing developments… https://t.co/K1dFBSyKRnWe’ve seen over and over the real barriers affordable housing developers face in this city. If we want more affor… https://t.co/7tfuFCVYjkMy next motion instructs multiple city departments to come together and produce a strategic plan to streamline 100%… https://t.co/zmEQLZeOWxSupportive housing projects benefit from city law that streamlines their review and approval. But 100% affordable… https://t.co/ZRfdzuHRZcIf you live nearby, and want to learn more about how supportive housing works, we’re hosting site tours at other co… https://t.co/tR5S56b70pThe two city-owned locations we’re looking at for supportive or affordable housing are a vacant lot in Hollywood an… https://t.co/N2sYEa84BpWe’re thrilled to share that we’re putting forward motions to explore two city-owned lots in Council District 4 for… https://t.co/s0QSkhyamcUnfortunately, there are some obstacles to new housing in our district. One is zoning: the vast majority of lots a… https://t.co/P1G9oPGByvFrom our first day in office, we’ve been looking for places that might be a good fit for this housing. We’ve combe… https://t.co/NkrxRufIKZPermanent supportive housing (PSH) is dedicated to people experiencing homelessness, with services and case managem… https://t.co/Rfv9dSds02Everyone in LA knows it: we need more affordable housing. Only a small fraction of new projects are 100% affordabl… https://t.co/VVZF3QJ50ZCooling centers in the district, and more info on how to beat the heat! https://t.co/6VpqXbz9wX
6/15
2021
I’ll be talking more about my first six months in office this week: what we’ve done, what we’ve learned, and what I… https://t.co/E7d9PkEnxjMore than anything, what has worn on me in my first six months is the inability to gather in person. We’ve held dig… https://t.co/KYYGGpmQgKThis Saturday in Griffith Park, we'll be joining hundreds of Angelenos at the Relay for Life, raising money for the… https://t.co/v6zoUU3F8mWe’re also going to be at the Sherman Oaks Farmers Market *tomorrow*, giving away LA’s most precious natural resour… https://t.co/PWWb45YDmcSherman Oaks! We’ve got TWO cleanups in your neighborhood this week, led by brilliant Field Manager Alex Naseef. A… https://t.co/X9vzTGl5W2In Koreatown/Mid-City, we’re hosting a COVID vaccine site and need volunteers for flyering and checking people in.… https://t.co/T8NMp4RLlrOn Saturday, we co-hosted a cleanup with Friends of the LA River. Over 150 people attended, including many familie… https://t.co/tdwNHyUE8vToday marks six months after I took office on LA City Council. For most of it, we've been unable to see each other… https://t.co/IDg6HxGRX3
6/14
2021
Always stirring the pot. :) Thank you to @ProjAngelFood for having me this morning! I'm excited to share more abo… https://t.co/xNofeTAWSc
6/8
2021
Join us next Thursday 6/10 @ 6 PM for a CD4 Conversation on affordable housing with @nithyavraman and Executive Dir… https://t.co/5ghPWnVffn
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6/4
2021
This is a win and a major step towards creating an equitable economy for all Californians. My fellow Councilmember… https://t.co/n9jRdxpOqr
6/3
2021
We’re working on issues like substance use in LA every day, and we’d love to hear your experiences and feedback. G… https://t.co/e8P7cx5lhUSubstance use can be a difficult issue to address in public policy: advocates are rightfully worried about stigmati… https://t.co/0NjNnixYpRI submitted a resolution of support for @Scott_Wiener’s bill to legalize overdose prevention sites in LA and other… https://t.co/AX6MLBE82k
5/31
2021

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