I created this group "video advocacy group is for advocate with disabilities" on Facebook for those who want to post videos of anything that the community with disabilities might find difficult in gaining access to a place, transportation, employment, sidewalk ... and many other things this our community needs to be aware of.
I started the process to do some phone call to some cities in Los Angeles county and I found out that cities like Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills and Bradbury don't have commissions on disabilities.
Cities like Arcadia, Baldwin park, and Bell Garden do have commissions on aging .
Cities like Arcadia and Azusa do have a department on disabilities or an architectural barriers commission.
I will continue to call cities in LA County and will give this report to LA County Board of Supervisor and the Commission on Disabilities.
I am member of the DOnetwork and I worked on the Southern California Region ACCESS NOW Healthcare Campaign. I attended the 1st Annual Disability Rights Summit in Los Angeles.
Speaker Rebecca Bond from Disability Right section chief, civil rights Division US Department of Justice. She said that we are at the cornerstone on accessible technology in such a way that people with disabilities can instantly report an ADA violation to the US Department of Justice. She mentioned technology like Kindle and Nook are more accessible and these tools are the keys that will expose the ADA violator. For example, People with Disabilities are still unable to get some of the most basic hospital services and now because of cellphone and other technology are able to instantly get help on issues in which they feel their rights have been violated. She talked about the Supreme Court decision on Olmsted ... the decision that allows seniors and people with disabilities to make their own choice to live in the community.
Phillis Cheng from the California department of fair employment and housing. Arlene Mayerson from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) said that technology is the way advocate...she mentioned that YouTube is a tool for advocate to use. She clearly indicated that if you don't move or use your ADA issue to any source nonprofit or government your ADA is dead!
At the end of the fair housing seminar, Fernando Gaytan and Amy Robertson indicated that there's no affordable housing mandate in Transit Oriented Development. TOD is pushing away affordable housing in community areas that traditionally have affordable housing. One in four people with disabilities are living in poverty. The “sequester” is helping in the destruction of voucher and section 8. Tenants have a year to get out of the notice of affordable housing unit. On the issue on Visitability where there is bad concrete they recommended us to go to www.concretechange.org This will help us to advocate for visitability in inaccessible sidewalks. I mentioned that one of the critical component of applying the ADA is going to the County and City planning committee meeting and demand for accessible housing component in new development areas. The planning committee wants input from people with disabilities. The more often people with disabilities are at those meetings, the more opportunities will arise to make city planning create affordable and accessible housing for all. The presenter, Fernando Gaytan, Esq. agreed and said “We, as lawyers, can do so much as to enforce the law ...” but community can do much more than lawyers can by giving community input on the Transit Oriented Development in the area accessibility, visitability and affordability.
I went to LA City Hall for a breakfast meeting event and saw my council member and I talked to Mayor Eric Garcetti. Later on, I went to LA City council and spoke about the LA is lacking on affordable and accessible housing for seniors, veterans with disabilities and people with disabilities at large. I spoke to the Mayor about the possibilities of becoming a Metro council member because my wife is leaving this position and Metro Los Angeles really wants me on the council. I am still waiting for the phone from Eric Garcetti
And finally, I got interviewed about the Government shutdown during a protest on October 16 at the Federal building in downtown Los Angeles by Univision 34 Los Angeles. I also appeared on the ABC Eyewitness news and the Huffington Post. I wished that members of LA city and county commission on disabilities were here to speak for us and become known to the community.
- My Resume
- Campaign's Picture
- Proposed Law to Relocate Funding of Foster Care Government Run Institution to Parent with Disabilities
- My 2015 Campaign Platform for the Los Angeles City Council District 12th
- Question Form for the Advocate Page
- Open letter to all major university on proposed study on politician with disabilities
- Seeking My First Endorsement For Los Angeles City Council 12th District.
- Reporting from ACCCESS SERVICES
- Reporting from Metro AAC.
- REPORTING FROM LA COUNTY COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES