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May 11, 2020 News

Committee for a Greater Los Angeles Launched:
Project Will Inform COVID-19 Response and Recovery

As communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis, a new foundation-inspired effort has launched to inform the roadmap for a just recovery. The Committee for a Greater Los Angeles is a collaboration between philanthropy, nonprofits, business, labor, Los Angeles City and County, other L.A. cities, and researchers from UCLA and USC.

The goal of the project is to ensure that L.A. County communities most impacted by the pandemic are at the center of a recovery that will ultimately ensure they will be better off than they were before the crisis. The project also seeks to enable greater coordination in crisis response among civic institutions and leaders.

The committee plans to issue a report in July that will draw on key data regarding disparate impacts in vulnerable communities, identify critical issues, and make recommendations for action. Employing a racial justice framework, the report is intended to contribute to the broader discussion about how to build a more equitable and inclusive L.A. County for all.

Some of the data the committee receives during the investigative process may be too urgent to wait for the release of the final report—particularly if the data and analysis can inform current decision-making and change behaviors that can save lives now. Below are two new analyses the committee has recently released. Over the coming months, the Weingart Foundation will continue to post information from the committee on our website as it becomes available.