LACAAEA and APCF to Host Community Event Featuring County of Los Angeles Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Asian American Employees Association (LACAAEA) and Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) announced a new speaker series called “Leading by Example” scheduled in response to a recent AAPI community survey revealing that the AAPI community are civically engaged as a result of the racial discrimination brought on due to the pandemic. The new survey released by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA and the California Community Foundation pointed to potential gaps in current political outreach efforts to AAPI voters, with 58% of respondents saying they have not been contacted about registering to vote or voting in the last two years. The percentage who reported not being contacted was even higher for foreign-born respondents at 65%.

LACAAEA and APCF are amplifying policy discussions by introducing County of Los Angeles leaders and departments to the AAPI community. This first event is scheduled at 10 am, April 30, at the Ramada by Wyndham in South El Monte, California, to include a screening of the documentary “The Race Epidemic, Resurgence of the Yellow Peril,” a film by Tony Shyu, and will feature Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Click here to RSVP.

In September 2016, California Senate Bill 958 was signed into law. Under this law, Los Angeles County created a 14-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC). The CRC used the 2020 Census data to independently create and adopt a final redistricting map adjusting the boundary lines for the five County Supervisorial Districts. As of December 15, 2021, the First District no longer includes Claremont, Pico Rivera, and the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) region, including Commerce. The new iteration of the First District now includes Alhambra, Covina, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, San Gabriel, and Rowland Heights – communities in the San Gabriel Valley with a growing AAPI population. AAPI now make up 27% of the First District the highest in any district.

AAPI community organizations have also been invited to build relationships with their local government. This event will offer AAPI organizations throughout Los Angeles County, but especially those located in the First District (please click here for First District boundaries) to include their names and contact information in a directory to be shared with County and local government stakeholders. Any AAPI community organization interested in hosting a table to share information about their organization should email [email protected] to inquire about availability since space is limited.

The registration and breakfast at the April 30 event will start at 9:30 am, with the event to begin at 10 am. RSVP is requested to ensure availability, but the event is being provided free of cost.