A strong local economy has been a priority resulting in Councilwoman Rodriguez bringing new businesses and jobs to the district. During the pandemic economic resiliency has been a focus with legislation and programs implemented to help small businesses during the unprecedented times.
Building a Strong Local Economy
- Facilitated the development of Quixote studios in Pacoima, a state-of-the-art sound stage and facility that includes 75,000 square feet of stages and 20,000 square feet of offices across the 10 acre campus. The $30 million investment is estimated to create approximately 2,000 freelance jobs per year.
- Secured nearly $4 million to remodel the former MEND building. This project funded a community commissary and culinary arts program as well as installed a food kiosk at the Bradley Green Alley Plaza. The investments will help local entrepreneurs start and maintain their culinary business.
COVID Relief for Small Businesses
- Secured $2 million in CARES Act grant funding that helped over 300 street vendors reopen under COVID-19 requirements.
- Adopted legislation to create a centralized resource for small businesses to help them navigate the pandemic protocols, cut through red tape and safely re-open during the Safer at Home order.
- Introduced legislation advocating for a one-year gross receipts tax holiday for independently owned restaurants for the 2020 tax year.
- Introduced a motion directing the City’s Economic Workforce Development Department to review best practices of COVID-19 relief programs offered through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) to better serve businesses in underinvested communities.