Traci Park

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Traci Park attended Johns Hopkins University and, in college, interned at the Baltimore Public Defender’s office and the International relations Office of the U.S. Coast Guard. After gaining her bachelor’s degree, she attended Loyola Law School and worked for an employee’s rights law firm. Park has advised businesses around California on workplace laws and best practices and has worked as outside litigation counsel. She has been a municipal law attorney for more than 20 years [2].

Key Issues

Housing

Park prioritizes ending encampment living and wants to collaborate with CD11 residents, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to ensure that people are sheltered and public spaces are safe. She wants to enact both short- and longer-term solutions, assess the number and needs of unhoused, increase mental health/substance abuse services, create shelter/housing with services, prevent homelessness before it happens, adopt a policy of compassionate enforcement, establish a city-wide plan, budget, and timeline, reallocate resources, and change how service providers are compensated. To prevent homelessness, Park wants to maintain a locally based 24-hour housing emergency hotline staffed by professionals, increase rental/financial assistance and rapid rehousing programs, and protect and expand affordable housing stock. She is focusing on utilizing existing laws to protect schools, sidewalks, parks and neighborhoods. She wants to eliminate permissive “dual residency” and supports City Council Motions CF 20-0769-S2, CF 21-1468, CF 21-0706, CF 21-1458, CF 21-0043, and Council’s Budget Recommendation CF 21-0600-S20 [2].

Budget

Park wants to develop a budget outlining where and how all money will be spent [2].

Public Safety

Park wants to address Los Angeles’ increase in crime and supports law enforcement. She wants to provide funding and authority to safety partners, enforce existing safety laws and craft new ones, protect neighborhoods and public spaces, and reform mental health and substance abuse laws. She wants to work with the new city attorney to craft ordinances to address ongoing public safety and orient services around encouraging positive outcomes. She wants to lobby for expanding appropriate conservatorship for the severely mentally ill [2].

Economy

Park wants to partner with tech and entertainment companies and supports initiatives that make CD 11 a hub for entertainment and technology endeavors. She wants to create job training and placement programs as well as reduce the bureaucracy that keeps would-be small busines owners from getting permits. She prioritizes local businesses [2].

Infrastructure

Park supports upgrading and improving roads and sidewalks, the transportation network, and other infrastructure. She wants to push for rooftop solar panels, clean energy incentives for businesses, renewable energy in City-owned buildings, and energy storage projects. With transportation, she wants expansions in mass transit and EV charging stations; she supports creating a network of bike lines and the conversion of the City fleet to zero-emission vehicles. She wants to upgrade schools and libraries and provide equitable access to high quality internet across the city. Park wants to implement localized recycling programs, penalties for illegal dumping, incentivized community composting, and e-waste information and recycling centers [2].

Water

Park encourages wastewater reclamation and reuse. She wants to implement commercial and residential greywater systems as well as trash interceptors at places like Ballona Creek and further upstream. Park promotes improving facility monitoring [2].

Environment

Park plans to invest in cost-effective and sustainable renewable energy systems to power homes, businesses, and government facilities. She wants to address climate change by creating jobs in sustainable industries. Park encourages keeping oceans clean for visitors and marine life. She supports setting aside more public greenspaces like the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. She advocates for greening urban environment [2].

Endorsements

United Firefights of Los Angeles City (UFLAC); Los Angeles Police Protective League; The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA); Peace Officers Research Association Of California; Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS); Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed); California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA); Los Angeles Area Chamber Of Commerce; California Restaurant Association (CRA); Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA); Recall Mike Bonin; Independent Hospitality Coalition; Central City Association Of Los Angeles; Guy Okazaki; Barbara Kohn, president of Pacific Palisades Historical Society; Tariq “T” Ali, security guard; Bob Carlson, CEO of Arbor Collective; Jamie Marshall, Venice Filmmaker; Catherine Hardwicke, Venice Filmmaker; Sharon Kilbride, Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association & BOCA Neighborhood Association; Justin Gordon, LA County Bar Association Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee Member; Jeff Hall; Chie Lunn; Theresa Torrance; Krishna Thangavelu; Brennan Lindner, Venice Chamber Board of Directors; Allan Zuckerman, retired LA County Sheriff’s Deputy; Ken Alpern, M.D.; Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) founding member; Arnold P. Peter, Attorney; Mike Gatto, Assemblyman; Brock Avery; Former Assistant Chief of Police for City of Ventura; Phil Brock, Santa Monica City Council; Chris Bonbright; Lisa Bonbright; Raymond E. Hane III, Esq.; Craig Greiwe, Mayoral Candidate and Founder; Ed Cirino

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Traci Park
3 YouTube
4 Facebook
5 Instagram