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What Latinos think about the war in Gaza and how it's influencing their vote for Biden

Alcantar said she hopes that on Super Tuesday, when 15 states vote for their primaries, including California, some in her community will also vote blank or “Uncommitted”, because of a “disillusionment with the [Democratic] party and lack of desire to vote”.

“We are seeing that people are not interested in voting and we have to think about why that is,” the vice mayor said. “They are disillusioned with what is happening, not just here in our communities: in the world and with our party. It is time to listen to our communities, to look at what they want to see in our nation, in our world... they must see that people want a ceasefire in Gaza, see that our community wants programs like Health Care for All, and they want free education for our youth.”


Qué piensan los latinos sobre la guerra en Gaza y cómo influye en su voto por Biden

“Nuestro mensaje como comunidades chicas, como comunidades latinas, es que somos comunidades que entienden profundamente lo que puede pasar a nuestras familias en tiempos de violencia, ¿verdad? Muchas de nuestras familias huyeron de sus países por violencia que no fue culpa suya”, dijo Alcantar en entrevista con Noticias Telemundo.

Alcantar añadió que espera que para este 5 de marzo, el llamado Supermartes, cuando le toque el turno de votar para las primarias a 15 estados, entre ellos California, algunos en su comunidad también voten en blanco o “No comprometido”, por una “desilusión con el partido” demócrata y por la falta de ganas de votar. 

LA Times

A new dawn for Latino politicians in L.A. County’s ‘corridor of corruption’

Elizabeth Alcantar was elected to the Cudahy City Council in 2018 at just 24. She began her political career as a field aide to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, organizing resident caravans to Sacramento to ask for funds to clean up the long-shuttered Exide battery plant in nearby Vernon. During her time on the council, Cudahy implemented rent control initiatives along with Maywood and Bell Gardens.

We met at Cudahy Park, where the past and future of her hometown collided. Behind us was a half-completed mural. In front of us was a derelict baseball diamond and mangy grass fields. This year, the mural will be finished, and the park will be remade with millions of dollars in state grants.

LA Times

Southeast L.A. County cities enact rent control to keep residents housed

Elizabeth Alcantar, who championed rent stabilization in Cudahy, notes that many of the city’s residents fell behind on rent during the pandemic, and that not everyone received assistance.

“We saw increases that were beyond what we would recognize as legal and fair,” Alcantar said. “A [one-bedroom unit] in Cudahy will run you about $2,000. That’s $24,000 a year when our median income is around $40,000. So it’s just not feasible. That’s 50% percent of your income going just to rent.”

More Perfect Union

How Tenants Are Organizing For — and Winning — Rent Control

Elizabeth Alcantar, a Cudahy city councilmember who has championed rent control, is one of those tenants. Alcantar told More Perfect Union rent control was part of the reason she ran for office in the first place. 

"I've been a renter my whole life. Since I was a little kid, I knew this was something I wanted to see in the community,” Alcantar said. Last fall, Alcantar shared a letter from her landlord on Twitter informing her that her rent would be increased a full 10 percent to more than $1,500 per month. 


These women are fighting to bring rent control to Southeast LA

 The success in Bell Gardens galvanized community members to push harder for renter protections. Councilmember Alcantar set up an ad hoc committee on rent control, and the Union de Vecinas came to town.


Cudahy Joins Growing List Of Cities Enacting Rent Control And Tenant Protections

As the eldest daughter of immigrants from the Mexican state of Jalisco, Alcantar translated rent increase notices for her parents when she was a child and still recalls the worried look on their faces when the news sank in.

“I vividly remember ... how that made my parents feel, how that made me feel, going to school worried sick because I knew that that was going to be harder on my parents to pay,” she said.

LA Public Press

Cudahy passes rent control ordinance & renter protections, at special council meeting

“We don’t want things to stay the same,” said Alcantar. “We want things to improve for the people that have invested time and effort.”

A new Starbucks recently opened in the city on Atlantic Avenue and a Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open early next year. Alcantar points out that these projects could have huge effects on the neighborhood, such as increasing real estate values. Strong rent control and renter protections are crucial to ensure long-time community members are not displaced by these new projects and can benefit from them. 


Residentes de Cudahy exigen limitar incrementos de renta

Residentes de Cudahy buscan poner limites para el aumento anual de renta. Norma Ribeiro reporta.

Los Angeles Times

Endorsement: Elizabeth Alcantar for Assembly

“Bold, compassionate leadership like this will make Alcantar a strong representative in the state Capitol...We believe Alcantar is the best choice for voters because of her leadership advocating for environmental justice. The 64th Assembly District is an industry-heavy region where people live with the burdens of freeway pollution and other environmental hazards."


Family Of Cudahy Man With Autism Who Was Shot By Deputy Demands Sheriff Release Video

Cudahy’s city council passed a resolution this week calling on the Sheriff’s Department to release the body cam footage and the names of the deputies who were at the scene of the shooting, Vice Mayor Elizabeth Alcantar said in an appearance with the family and disability activists Thursday.

“Today we stand with the family, we stand with advocates behind us in ... demanding that there is a full investigation,” Alcantar said. 

Spectrum News

Southeast Los Angeles City Leaders Form SELA United to Fight for Resources

Elizabeth Alcantar, who is the Vice Mayor of Cudahy, said air quality and the Metro are two other significant issues that need attention in this region.

"Our residents ride the Metro, they walk, they utilize that system, but they don’t yet have a seat at the table that really advocates for them to have better service, to have new improvements and to have projects coming to our area," Alcantar said. 

Long Beach Business Journal

Former Cudahy mayor who led her city through a turbulent 2020 discusses her life and future plans as a politician

One driving force behind Alcantar’s political career is affordable housing. She said despite the overwhelming majority of city residents being renters, Cudahy has no renter protections. Recently, Alcantar introduced multiple housing-related items to the council, including an eviction data collection ordinance.

“One of the reasons I focus so much on housing issues is a big part of my life was translating rent increase notices from our landlord to my parents,” she said. “There was a lot of housing insecurity growing up.”


Listen: Reimagining the LA River with residents’ input

"The 51-mile LA River meanders from Canoga Park, through the San Fernando Valley and downtown LA, and out to sea in Long Beach.

After devastating floods in the 1800s and early 1900s, the Army Corps of Engineers turned most of it into a concrete channel. In some northern sections, it’s barely more than a trickle most of the year, but it picks up water as it moves south. Efforts have been growing to revitalize stretches of it by reintroducing rocks, trees, river banks, and living organisms."

LA Taco

After a jet dumped fuel all over her city, Cudahy's mayor is running for powerful air regulation governing board

“I lived a block and a half away from the 710 for most of my life,” Mayor Alcantar told L.A. Taco.

Which makes the case to have Alcantar, who hails from a heavily impacted community by environmental injustices, a compelling pick for a board member, especially during a pandemic that threatens lung health.

Mayor Alcantar would be the first from SELA to sit on the AQMD governing board.


Elizabeth Alcantar, la mujer que a sus 26 años se convirtió en la alcaldesa de Cudahy, en el sur de California

Asegura que lleva años trabajando por representar y ayudar a toda su comunidad, principalmente a los latinos. Además, cuenta cómo afrontó en su cargo la emergencia por una aeronave que estaba derramando combustible sobre la ciudad y entrega detalles de los esfuerzos que se adelantan por asistir a los inmigrantes.

La Opinion

Alcaldesa de Cudahy apuesta por el cambio

LA Times

This 26-year-old became a small-town California mayor. Then a jet dumped fuel on her snakebit city

Spectrum News

Cudahy Community in Shock After Flight Dumped Jet Fuel on School

NY Times

Why Did a Delta Plane Dump Jet Fuel Over Los Angeles Schools?

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