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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Darrell Park

Educator/Budget Specialist
55,185 votes (15.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • CREATING GREEN ENERGY JOBS. Darrell Park believes that we can create quality jobs and reduce our impact on climate change by making Los Angeles County the green energy capital of the United States. As our new Supervisor, he will ensure our county is
  • PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE. On the Board of Supervisors, Darrell Park will fight every day to make sure that Los Angeles County is protecting and improving the services that our most vulnerable citizens rely on. He will lead the fight to reform
  • MAINTAINING CLEAN AIR & WATER. Darrell Park understands the important responsibility that government has to protect the quality of our air and drinking water. As our Supervisor, he will work to combat corporate polluters and hold water districts to

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator / Budget Specialist
Founder and CEO, Better Than We Found It, PBC (2010–current)
New Business Development, BSST, LLC (2005–2010)
Budget Specialist, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC (1994–2004)

Education

Stanford University Graduate School of Business Masters in Management (MSM), Business (2005)
Georgetown University Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.), Public Policy (1994)
Allegheny College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History with Minors in Economics and Writing (1991)

Community Activities

Volunteer fundraising, reunion planning, mentoring, recruiting, Allegheny College (1991–current)
Various volunteering and groups, All Saints Church, Pasadena (2005–current)

Biography

DARRELL PARK is endorsed by the Democratic Party.

·    White House Office of Management and Budget (9+ years)

·    Graduate of Stanford and Georgetown

·    Educator and Budget Specialist

·    Author, Entrepreneur

·    Progressive advocate for Green Jobs and Foster Care

 

Darrell Park served two Presidents in the White House Office of Management and Budget. In this role, he helped to make our Federal Government’s budgeting more efficient and responsive. Since moving to California more than a decade ago, he has divided his time between helping clean energy start-up companies, teaching, and writing. He is the author of Better Than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World’s Toughest Problems.  Darrell earned an undergraduate degree in History from Allegheny College and a graduate degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He holds a Master’s of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of a rambunctious 9 year-old named Sami.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Organizations (2)

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (1)

  • Debra Martin, Councilmember, City of Pomona

Individuals (54)

  • Elizabeth Knipe, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • 50+ Grass Roots Democratic Activist Leaders
  • Margaret L Winningham, 52nd AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Joann Williams, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Raymond L. Waters, Vice Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Connye L Thomas, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Tracy Lee Taylor, 41st AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Zephyr Tate-Mann, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Andrew Taban, Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Party Activist
  • Patti Skinner Sulpizio, 38th AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • A Lysa Simon, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
  • Diana G Shaw, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Nina Sharky, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Avygail L. Sanchez, Democratic Party Activist
  • Joe Salas, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Cara Robin, President, West Los Angeles Democratic Club
  • Joyce M Rubin, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Zahir Robb, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Suzann Reina, Alternate Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Rosemary Reidy, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Liliana T. Perez, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Kathleen Patterson, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Darren Parker, Chair, California Democratic Party African American Caucus
  • Julie Olsen, Member, California Democratic Party State Central Committee
  • Susan O'Leary, Brownie Mary Club
  • Uduak-Joe Ntuk, President, Long Beach Democratic Club
  • Richard Mathews, President, North Valley Democratic Club & Candidate for State Senate
  • Miguel Martinez, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Carole L. Lutness, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Nalini Lasiewicz, Board Member, Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club
  • Nyabingi Kuti, Democratic Party Activist
  • Michael Kulka, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
  • Rosemary Jenkins, 39th AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Malcolm Johnson, Activist, Pasadena Area United Democrats Headquarters Committee
  • Hans Johnson, President, East Area Progressive Democrats
  • Shanna Ingalsbee, President, Burbank Democratic Club
  • Pat Hobbs, Member, Democratic National Committee
  • Leah K. Herzberg, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
  • Tony Hale, Resolutions Committee Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Marilyn Grunwald, Ex Officio Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Brandii Grace, Homelessness Chair, Harbor City Neighborhood Council
  • Mark Gonzalez, Vice Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Ilissa Gold, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Andy K. Giest, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • August R. Gerecke, Jr., Treasurer, Inland Communities Democratic HQ PAC
  • Gregg D. Fritchle, Democratic Candidate, 55th Assembly District
  • Stacy Fortner, Delegate, California Democratic Party State Central Committee
  • Bob Forshay, 36th AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Michelle Elmer, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Marcella Cortez, 49th AD Chair, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • John Casselberry, Jr., Vice President, Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Tom Camarella, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
  • Antonia Brookshire, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Craig Athon, Member, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO and California Counts, a public media collaboration (5)

Homelessness is a major concern in Los Angeles County.  What role can and should the County government play in resolving homelessness? In your answer please specifically address how the county should pay for homeless services.
Answer from Darrell Park:

End Homelessness with Housing and SAVE $$$ Ottawa, Canada, the State of Utah, and New Orleans (vets) have solved homelessness in a really profound way.  Each of these places got the homeless into housing.  Once there, up to 20% can transition to a more normal life within 60 days.  The cost of housing and support services is far less than you are paying now.  The average homeless person costs you as a taxpayer between $35,000 and $44,000 per year.  Getting that same person into housing, with all of the support services is likely to cost far less than half of that, with housing only costing about $6,000 per person.  Because we have the advantage of seeing success stories from other places, we have a road map for how to fix LA County.  Los Angeles County currently is WASTING a lot of the money it spends on homelessness because people have no way to be easily found.  The answer is simple.  We need to follow the model laid out by the places mentioned above and we will end up SAVING millions of dollars in the process and finally treat our homeless population like actual human beings.

Many in Los Angeles County cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. How do you propose to make it easier to afford housing?
Answer from Darrell Park:
  • Build on the Success of the small house movement -  By building smaller dwellings that require less land, we can make it possible for average folks to own reasonably priced high-quality homes.  
  • Create a Green Energy Boom - It can create nearly 100,000 good-paying jobs for working people in LA County.
  • Enable Access to Banking System  – impossible to get ahead without it.
  • Expand consumer protection – to include more effective support for renters and homeowners

 

More Detail on first two items:

Build on the Success of the small house movement - land in LA County is VERY expensive.  By building smaller spaces that require less land, with shared community spaces, we can make it possible for average folks to live in their own home.  We enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine and we can use this to our advantage, by creating dwellings that make sense and don't cost a fortune.  These projects, if they meet basic requirements and generate at least 100% of their energy needs, can be approved within weeks and built within several months.

 

Create a Green Energy Boom - in addition to cleaning our air and water, it will pump billions of dollars into our economy and the jobs installing solar on rooftops in LA County pay very well.  If implemented properly, this green boom has the potential to create nearly 100,000 jobs in LA County.  And these jobs are the very jobs we need to lift people out of poverty.  Instead of making next to nothing in a dead-end job, the opportunity exists to work as a solar installer where electricians can make more than $50 an hour and certified installers can make $35 per hour and even laborers can make more than $20 an hour.  Additionally, there are HUGE opportunities in the areas of energy storage, energy software, and micro-grid management.  LA County can and will be the green energy capitol of the US.

 

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a raise of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for unincorporated areas in the county. Some business owners say the hike in wages will eliminate jobs. What solutions do you propose to encourage job growth in the county?
Answer from Darrell Park:

First of all, the minimum wage does NOT eliminate jobs despite what others might say.  It will raise the standard of living for everyone.  Our economy is 75% consumer spending, so making consumers better off is a GREAT thing!  Additionally, there are approximately 400,000 food insecure people in the 5th District and they need a livable wage to feed their families.  

NOW ON TO JOBS!  The way to grow the economy of Los Angeles County is to create a green boom and put solar on every available rooftop.  The technology already exists and it is very inexpensive.  The utilities will continue to operate as they always have, but instead of running huge, dirty power plants that dirty our air and add to global warming, they will run distributed power plants that are made by connecting millions of rooftop solar systems.  LA County will be THE PLACE where green energy innovation happens, with thousands of new companies and the world's best experts in energy storage, power management, and energy software.  And the costs of using sunlight as a fuel is literally ZERO.  The capital costs of this solar expansion will be spread out over decades in the same way that existing power plants were paid for, so there will be no massive new expense for consumers.  If properly implemented this will clean our air and provide billions in new economic activity.  This is not a pipe dream.  It will happen.  We just need to decide if we want to be the County that is the source of the innovation with all of the jobs and quality of life increases that go with it.

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in Los Angeles County. What new strategies should the Board of Supervisors implement to ensure that Los Angeles is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Darrell Park:

Clean Water and Clean Air Through A Green Energy Boom - Dirty energy is the way of the past. Solar on every available rooftop means billions added to our economy and thousands upon thousands of good paying new jobs.    

No Runoff Going to the Ocean - billions of gallons of water drain into the ocean after every rain.  Now we must convert our drainage system to capture this water and use it for drought reduction.

More Detail:

Clean Water and Clean Air Through A Green Energy Boom - Dirty energy is the way of the past.  Too many children have severe asthma in LA County and too many other people have a diminished quality of life because our air is so dirty.  We have experienced THE WORST poisonous methane gas release in the history of the United States right here in our district.  Our system is rigged by the utilities and the fossil fuel companies.  Solar on every available rooftop means billions added to our economy and thousands upon thousands of good paying new jobs.  And it doesn't have to cost a fortune. It will actually pay for itself from day one.  The electrical utilities have an important role to play and instead of being the merchants of dirty air, they can run distributed power plants that get their energy from millions of rooftop solar systems.  When the sun is bright, dirty runoff water can be pumped up hill to provide energy storage for the night-time and cloudy days.  In the process, LA County will be THE LEADER in energy storage technologies and the software and technology.

No Runoff Going to the Ocean - billions of gallons of precious water drain into the ocean after every rain.  The engineers that set up this system wanted to eliminate flash flooding and they did their jobs well.  Now we must take what they built and convert it to capture the water and use it before it gets to the ocean.  One of the best ways is to use this water as energy storage, by pumping it uphill with solar power when the sun is shining and then letting this water run downhill and move turbines to electricity when the sun isn't shining.  This process can also clean and filter this runoff water and fill our reservoirs in a way that helps our economy at the same time.

 

What steps, beyond a citizens' commission, should Supervisors take in preventing abuses within the Los Angeles Sheriff's department?
Answer from Darrell Park:

Last year, Los Angeles County taxpayers paid out $45 Million in settlements on behalf of the Sheriff's Department.  I don't care who you are that is too much money and too much abuse.  I have an African American son who will get his drivers license in 7 years and I am personally invested in reforming the Department.  We need to turn our Sheriff's Department into the best in the US.  Here is how we do it:

1) Recruiting at least 50% from non-traditional career paths and at least 50% women.  

2) Every employee is subject to an honor code, which says if you know about it and don't report it you are guilty too.

3) Every trainee has a community team of community members (no ex law enforcement allowed) that monitors their progress and no on can graduate without getting a majority of their community team's sign off.

4) Prosecutors that prosecute Sheriff's Department do ONLY that and are NOT dependent on Law Enforcement for other cases.

5) EVERY abuse claim handled within 48 hours (NO EXCEPTIONS). 

6) Resident's who have experienced abuse will be a significant presence on community board that investigates all abuse claims.  Sheriff's Department no longer allowed to investigate itself without community board.

7) South African Style Truth Commission to bring to light ALL past abuse and start the healing process.

8) Bonus for top rated Deputies that choose not to carry a firearm.  

9) De-escalation valued monetarily and for promotions.  Part of promotion process is to study candidates ability and record related to de-escalation.

Political Beliefs

Helping KIDS SUCCEED

As a father, Darrell Park knows that nothing is more important that giving our kids the resources that they need to be successful. On the Board of Supervisors, he will fight to expand access to early childhood education and after-school programs. He will also make needed reforms to our juvenile justice system to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is given adequate support and attention.

Protecting THE ENVIRONMENT

Darrell Park understands the important responsibility that we have to safeguard our air, water, and natural environment for future generations. As our Supervisor, he will work to protect open space, and maintain the highest possible standards for air and water quality. He will also support investments in new clean energy technologies, which will reduce our carbon footprint and create new family-wage jobs.  

Reforming COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Darrell Park believes that government should and powerful. As our Supervisor, he will work to increase transparency throughout county government, and limit the influence of special interests and big corporations.

Protecting THE MOST VULNERABLE

On the Board of Supervisors, Darrell Park will work every day to make sure that Los Angeles County is protecting and improving the services that our most vulnerable citizens rely on. He will lead the fight to reform our broken foster care system, protect services for disabled residents from cuts, and work to ensure that our animal shelters are adequately funded.

Solving Problems = SAVING MONEY

All of the problems we face, from homelessness to abuses in the Sheriff's Department to problems in our jails, to the juvenile justice system, to ineffective systems, will save serious $$$.  

 

 

Videos (5)

— April 1, 2016 Darrell Park For Supervisor 2016

My name is Darrell Park, and I am running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District.  We can solve many of LA County's problems, and save money at the same time.  Visit ElectDarrellPark.com to learn more, and please make sure to vote on June 7th.  ElectDarrellPark.com

— April 1, 2016 Darrell Park For Supervisor 2016

My name is Darrell Park, and I am running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a green energy economic boom here in LA County.  We can create jobs *and* help our environment at the same time.  Visit ElectDarrellPark.com to learn more, and please make sure to vote on June 7th.  ElectDarrellPark.com

— April 1, 2016 Darrell Park For Supervisor

My name is Darrell Park, and I am running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District.  I am running to raise the quality of life of every resident in LA County.  Visit ElectDarrellPark.com to learn more, and please make sure to vote on June 7th.

— April 1, 2016 Darrell Park For Supervisor 2016

My name is Darrell Park, and I am running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District.  You've heard about the catastrophic blowout of the Aliso Canyon natural gas well.  Unfortunately, the Gas Company is underinsured for such a disaster.  As customers and taxpayers, we shouldn't accept paying for the Gas Company's negligence.  Visit ElectDarrellPark.com to learn more, and please make sure to vote on June 7th.

— April 1, 2016 Darrell Park For Supervisor 2016

My name is Darrell Park, and I am running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District.  It's no secret that we have a homeless epidemic here in Los Angeles County.  I believe that we can get homeless folks into affordable housing *and* save taxpayer money at the same time. Visit ElectDarrellPark.com to learn more, and please make sure to vote on June 7th.

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