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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Community Leader Hal Bastian Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

Los Angeles, CA – With the March 3rd primary just around the corner, community leaders in LA’s 14th City Council district continue to line up behind Kevin de León. Hal Bastian, a 19-year Downtown Los Angeles resident, DTLA commercial real estate professional, 26-year leader of the DTLA renaissance, and former CD 14 candidate has announced his endorsement of Kevin de León.

“After having an extensive, in-person conversation with Kevin, I am pleased to give him my whole-hearted endorsement for CD 14,” Hal Bastian said. “I particularly look forward to helping him maintain and build upon our incredible DTLA revival, and make significant progress on our tragic mental health and homeless crisis.”

Kevin de León said, “As the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles continues to draw more families, professionals, and visitors from across the globe - we must pay special attention to its development. With Hal’s support, I look forward to making Downtown more walkable, more livable, and more safe - with enough shelter to bring struggling Angelenos indoors, and the services needed to support rehabilitation for those experiencing chronic mental illness.”

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In the course of a remarkable career, Kevin de León has been an educator, planned one of the largest civil rights marches in California history, and became the first Latino leader of the California State Senate in 130 years. For the last decade, de León represented Senate District 24, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14.

Currently, he is a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Instituted at the University of Southern California.

As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to clean up toxic waste around the former Exide Technologies facility, funding for more than a dozen new parks, and $26 million to complete the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

He appropriated tens of millions of dollars to make Los Angeles schools more energy-efficient through Prop 39, bringing relief to city taxpayers. De León also authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. As author of Proposition 2, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors.

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