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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 38

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Kelvin Driscoll

County Program Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue the legacy of Assemblymember Christy Smith.
  • (1) Fully fund our education system; (2) Address our homeless and housing crisis; and (3) Combat climate change and the wildfires which threaten our neighborhoods
  • Provide healthy and thriving communities where working-class families can afford to buy a home.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Program Director Los Angeles County DPSS
Program Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (2018–current)

Education

University of Southern California (USC) Master’s in Public Administration and Master’s in Social Work (2009)

Biography

Kelvin resides in Santa Clarita with his wife Javaneh, daughter Ava and their dog, Abraham Lincoln.

Kelvin Driscoll was born and raised in California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) and the American University, before earning his Master’s in Public Administration and his Master’s in Social Work from USC.  

His career in public service began as an intern in the office of then Assembly Speaker Karen Bass with the Education Commission. Kelvin subsequently was employed in the non-profit sector where he helped women and children move off the streets and into homes.

Kelvin has also shared his knowledge and experiences with students at Long Beach City College and USC as an adjunct professor and advised Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn on child welfare and human services issues impacting the County of Los Angeles.

Kelvin currently works as the Program Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services—the largest social services agency in the United States serving over 10 million residents in 88 cities.

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $56,621

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
California African American PAC
$4,700
1
Employees of G-Tech Bio
$4,700
2
Employees of LA County
$4,450
3
Holden For Assembly 2020
$3,000
4
Kamlager For Assembly 2010
$2,500

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.95%
District of Columbia 1.66%
Maryland 0.38%
97.95%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.83%)
Small contributions (7.17%)
92.83%

By Type:

From organizations (46.23%)
From individuals (53.77%)
46.23%53.77%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have worked to advance the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community my entire career. Whether it was as a homeless service provider working with women and children in South Los Angeles or overseeing behavioral health and prison re-entry programs in the non-profit sector, my work has been dedicated to ensure healthy and thriving communities.

My work with the County of Los Angeles – in five different County departments: Mental Health, Probation, Human Resources, Supervisor Janice Hahn, and now Public Social Services – has been about the promotion and well-being of vulnerable populations and the 100,000 plus workforce that serves them. My work has brought me into contact with thousands of labor union employees representing civil service administrative and management employees, along with professionals working in higher education, healthcare and public safety. I believe my support of these individuals: my neighbors, friends, and colleagues has been from a place where I am most honored to stand: alongside them in our collective work to serve, protect and make our communities better.

My candidacy represents the opportunity for my generation to step into significant leadership roles across the State of California. Should I be fortunate to be elected to represent the residents of the 38th Assembly district I hope to continue the legacy of Assemblywoman Christy Smith, representing the varied business and social interest across the 38th assembly district.

I also believe that my election to this seat represents the opportunity to advance the fight for fully funding our education system, reducing the cost of college for students, addressing our homeless and housing crisis, combating climate change and the real-life impacts which include pervasive wild fires, and increasing the economic mobility of our residents so that they can live and work in mortgage paying jobs in their communities.

Position Papers

Priority Environmental Issues for 38th Assembly District

Summary

Priority Environmental Issues for 38th Assembly District

The most pressing environmental issues facing the 38th Assembly District include:

·       Wildfires and corresponding power shutoffs and their impact on the mountainous communities of AD38 which encompasses portions of northern Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County, and includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus and Valencia.

·       The imminent and careful shutdown of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility in Porter Ranch. Public health is paramount. However, we also must be mindful of ensuring equitable job replacement for the workers now employed at the facility.

·       The protection of the Santa Clara River watershed championed by local environmental stewards including the Sierra Club.

·       The long overdue cleanup of environmental contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley.

·       The clean-up and restoration of the use of groundwater in the San Fernando Valley Water Basin.

 

The threat of climate change, air pollution, and water pollution has the potential to threaten our economic and social livelihood. These are issues we cannot ignore. I am passionate and enthusiastic about the possibility to create sustainable and environmentally conscious policies.

 

The State Assembly and Senate can continue to support Attorney General Becerra and Governor Newsom efforts to vigorously resist the Trump Administration’s efforts to stifle and overturn California and Federal environmental laws and regulations. Specifically, the legislature can continue to approve budgets which ensure that the Attorney General has the resources necessary to challenge the administration in court. The legislature can symbolically bolster these efforts by providing supermajority votes in both houses.

 

 

The legislature can organize local forums in their districts to educate, inform and activate their constituencies to take action. The legislature can also prepare press releases and organize press conferences to call further attention to these threats. And perhaps most importantly, members of the legislature can work to ensure that we elect a Democratic President, expand our numbers in the House, and take back the Senate. Our success in November’s elections will be key to ensuring that we protect the environment for not only Californians, but for all Americans.

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