about oNE la
OneLA is TBA's community organizing project giving us an opportunity to work in a multi-faith space to improve the quality of life for all residents in Los Angeles. OneLA is a coalition of churches, synagogues, unions, and non-profits throughout Los Angeles county and is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s oldest and largest leadership development and broad-based organizing network. Recently, we have been successful in helping ordinary families stay in their homes during the foreclosure crisis and get access to healthcare despite the complexities of the Affordable Care Act, all by knitting communities together through trusted institutions.
News from OneLA: New Lead Organizer; Transportation Update; Public Education Initiative; Other Activities
1. New chief organizer--Sister Judy Donovan, an accomplished IAF leader with vision and creativity. She is replacing Tom Holler who is studying for the California bar exam.
2. Transportation--OneLA has been actively involved with Temple Leo Baeck organizing support for a new pubic transportation line paralleling the 405 Freeway, know as the 405 Corridor. This is a public transportation system that will go from LAX to the San Fernando Valley.The goal is to reduce traffic on the 405 and add to Los Angeles' public transportation infrastructure. It would be the only North/South line.
Our major initiative is to advocate to the MTA and other elected officials to ensure that funding for the 405 corridor is placed at the top of the project list. Due to NIMBYism (not in my backyard), this will be a tunnel rather than an over the freeway line, which makes it more costly. OneLA is actively attending public meetings, as well as meetings with local officials.
3. Education--- OneLA is working to ensure that public education remains available and fair for all. While not opposing or supporting charter schools, OneLA is advocating to LAUSD and other districts that charter schools have the legal obligations of public schools. Eli Broad and the Walton Foundation are financing an organization (Great Public Schools Now) whose goal is to take 50% of LAUSD students into charter schools. Unfortunately, many families who have children with disabilities are discouraged from attending charter schools because the cost of educating them is expensive, and they don't score as well on standardized testing, which is the charter's school recruiting tool.
OneLA member organizations also encourage parents to have a voice in their child's education through Local Control Funding Formula planning.
4. Temple Beth Am OneLA core team is researching homelessness elimination as well as gun control initiatives. We are looking to develop plans around these and other concerns.