Los Angeles

A dynamic, diverse city of big dreamers


  • One in four California residents live in L.A. County

  • Over 40 percent of Californian families working but struggling economically live here

  • Transportation and cost of housing are primary challenges

  • Large concentration of service and health workers

Encompassing Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange counties, the Los Angeles region is predominantly urban and suburban. Our three listening sessions in this area were located in the city of Los Angeles but reached participants living both in and outside of the city.

Over 40 percent of the 1.5 million families who are working but struggling economically in California live in the Los Angeles region — specifically Los Angeles and Orange County. Transportation plays a huge role in the ability of individuals and families to support themselves. In this sprawling region, transportation to work, school, and other appointments is expensive and time-consuming. Like other parts of California, the cost of housing is a major obstacle to building and maintaining a better life.

Los Angeles listening session participants were as diverse as the city itself. One session focused on young people of color in South L.A. They shared their dreams and ambitions as well as the self-doubt that sometimes gets in the way. An ethnically mixed group of service and home health workers attended two other sessions near downtown L.A. They talked about marches, protests, and other ways that they advocate for their rights. 

Community Listening Advisors and partners

Community Listening Advisor
Charisse Bremond-Weaver, President and CEO,

Brotherhood Crusade

Community Listening Partner
Faith Culbreath, Director of Strategic Partnerships

The Service Employees International Union Local 2015
California’s Long-Term Care Local

Community listening session venues


November 14, 2016
Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center
4410 Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by the Brotherhood Crusade


November 15 and 18, 2016
SEIU Union Hall
2910 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by The Service Employees International Union Local 2015
California’s Long-Term Care Local