Posted on August 29, 2021

L.A. City Council Orders a ‘Racial Equity Audit’ of City Programs and Policies

Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles, August 25, 2021

Los Angeles city council members unanimously voted on Tuesday for its staff to produce a Racial Equity Audit of the city’s programs, policies, and practices, a motion called “long overdue response to generational inequities that perpetuate racial disparities” in a news release.

Council members Mark Ridley-Thomas, Curren Price, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson introduced the “Antiracism motion” on June 18—the eve of Juneteenth {snip}

The motion points out that Black people, who account for 9 percent of the city’s nearly 4 million residents, represent a third of those tragically injured or killed by law enforcement, nearly 34 percent of the population experiencing homelessness, and half of those who filed for employment during the COVID-19 pandemic, which puts them at risk of longterm unemployment.

Before Tuesday’s vote, Ridley-Thomas said he believes the motion will be “the blueprint for establishing an anti-racist Los Angeles … the policy framework.”

“As leaders of a city as diverse as Los Angeles, it is our responsibility to ensure the equitable distribution of city services and resources,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement. {snip}

The motion instructs the city’s Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, to draft the audit and provide the report to the City Council within 60 days. {snip}

Officials also plan to establish a Racial Equity Task Force within the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department to collect and assess data on an annual basis, and require all city general managers to submit Racial Equity Plans each year.


Before Tuesday’s vote, Councilman Gil Cedillo said that he wants the city to also audit how its policies impact undocumented immigrants with children who are citizens.