The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Elisa Avalos for councilmember representing L.A. City Council District 7.
Avalos, who was born and raised in Pacoima, has proven to be a strong advocate for the communities of the San Fernando Valley, and she will bring her experience as a volunteer, organizer and activist to the City Council. Avalos aims to help solve the city’s biggest issues, such as homelessness and infrastructure development. She is also a proponent of public safety. One of her top priorities is to appropriate funding for police and fire departments to include community oversight and community-centric policing, mental health incident units to supplement police response, fiscal transparency from the city and consultation of local police and fire department chiefs regarding policy relevant to their communities.
Avalos will face off with incumbent Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, who is seeking a second term to represent District 7.
“After careful consideration, the LAAPOA Board of Directors could not support District 7 incumbent Monica Rodriguez. As the chair of the Public Safety Committee, she not only actively voted to defund the police in the city, but also could not be compelled to hold a public safety meeting to discuss the need to arm our park rangers to protect parkgoers, who have increasingly become victims of crime in and around our city’s recreation areas,” LAAPOA President Marshall McClain says. “Elisa Avalos, on the other hand, has done the work, meeting with folks in the community, going on ride-alongs and expressing the desire to be a part of the change to reimagine the City Council. We are proud to support Avalos in her race for the District 7 seat.”