Jan Perry

Jan Perry Candidate for LA County Supervisor 2nd District, former Councilwoman, former G.M. LA City EWDD. Life-long Democrat, advocate, mother.

Jan C. Perry (born 1955) is an American politician residing in Los Angeles County, California, who has served in leadership positions with the City of Los Angeles for over 25 years. “To have the privilege to represent some of the finest people in the City of Los Angeles has meant the world to me.” – Jan Perry Her top priorities and activities continue to be job growth, economic development and planning, corporate real estate transactions, neighborhood preservation, transportation and the environment. She was a 3-term Los Angeles City Council member representing the 9th district from 2001 to 2013. She was the 2nd African American woman to join the City Council in its 233-year history. Perry was elected and served three terms as an L.A. City Council Member for District 9 representing the diverse interests of over 260,000 residents living in Downtown Los Angeles, Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, Skid Row and South Los Angeles. Historically, Perry has the distinction of being the first woman Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles City Council, serving alongside City Council President Eric Garcetti. As one of 15 City Council members, Perry was an important contributor to the governing body for the City of L.A. with its annual budget of approximately $7.6 billion. With a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $1 million, Perry's efforts during her three terms led to major accomplishments in several critical areas of City services. She currently is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) November 2013 to present. Initially appointed as Interim G.M. in July 2013 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, she was named permanent G.M. in November 2013. The EWDD was created in July 2013 to play an essential role in helping L.A. move forward as a leading, nationally - recognized economic business center. “Jan was one of the most skilled people I know in City Hall in getting things done,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti EARLY LIFE AND FAMILY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan Perry is the daughter of Samuel and Bettie Perry, both of whom were at different times elected Mayor of their mid-west township Woodmere, Ohio. Her father, Samuel S. Perry was a law partner of Cleveland’s first black mayor, Carl Stokes, and his brother, Louis Stokes, a longtime congressman. Her mother, Bettie Perry, was a social worker. Racial discrimination was central to the upbringing of Jan Perry and the era. As a small child Perry’s parents were turned down for a mortgage and a home in a neighborhood of their choice due to prejudice. Perry’s father, a WWII vet, wanted to purchase a home through the GI Bill. After being refused they found an African American man who looked Caucasian to buy the land for them and several other black families. After the land was bought and then sold to them, Perry’s parents built the home that Bettie Perry still lives in. Perry was heavily influenced by her parents who worked to advocate for fair housing, fighting restrictive covenants and ending the days of racial discrimination in the housing market. They worked to integrate communities in Cleveland. When Perry was 5 years old she would go with her parents to fair housing meetings or voter registration rally’s and also door to door, watching her parents talk to people about the issues. As a reaction to her parent’s early activism someone built and set fire to a large wood cross in the yard of her family’s new home in Woodmere. Her mother fought the flames as Perry and her sister watched, all worried that the fire was going to burn down the brand new home they had worked so hard to have. Her mother said, “our family would not be intimidated, and we taught our children to believe that events like this would not define them”. Bettie Perry keeps the remnants of the burned cross in her garage to this day. In 1963, Perry watched as her parents left on a bus to go to the Martin Luther King March on Washington DC. Even as a child, observing events like this made her keenly aware that things were changing. Her parents came back transformed. Her mother said the March on Washington and hearing MLK speak was one of the greatest moments of her life. Perry looks back on the civil rights movement as a major influence on her politics. “One of the few times in my life when I ever saw my father cry was when Martin Luther King was assassinated”. “These things affected me very much,” Perry said. She described herself as “a natural fighter, especially if I feel people are being disrespected, or disenfranchised, or disregarded, or marginalized.” From 1966 to 1972, Sam Perry served as mayor of Woodmere, Ohio. During his tenure he focused on building and zoning problems faced by the community, the role of blacks in local government and the effectiveness of black and white coalition politics. A local newspaper at the time reported “Perry Is the only Negro mayor in the greater Cleveland area. Woodmere…has a number of Negro residents.” Later, in 1967, Sam Perry’s law partner, Carl Stokes, would become the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. EDUCATION-Perry attended the University of Southern California graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Cum Laude, in 1977. After receiving her B.A. she followed by receiving her Masters in Public Administration in 1981. [8] In addition, she earned a Certificate in Litigation from the University of California, Los Angeles Extension in 1979. EARLY ACTIVISM - Executive Director, 2000 Census Outreach Project, Los Angeles 1999 - 2000 Senior Legislative and Policy Advisor, City of L.A. Council District 10 1998 - 1999 Chief of Staff, City of Los Angeles, Council District 9 1993 - 1998 Land Use and Planning Deputy, City of L.A., Council District 13 1990 - 1993 Ernst & Young, L.A., General Corporate Paralegal Services 1989 - 1990 Union Bank, L.A., Priority Banking Admin. Product Manager Trainee 1987 - 1989 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, L.A., General Corp. Litigation Paralegal 1983 - 1987 Nissan Motor Corp., L.A., General Corp., Law & Litigation Paralegal 1981 - 1983 Herzfeld & Rubin, L.A., Paralegal 1980 - 1981 San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, L.A., Administrative Law Paralegal 1979 - 1980 CITY COUNCIL-ELECTIONS Elected: Los Angeles City Councilmember, 9th District Three successive terms July 1, 2001 – July 1, 2013 ECONOMIC and WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EWDD) “My first concern has always been to put people back to work.”- Jan Perry The EWDD is a combination of three main entities: the Economic Development Division (EDD), the Workforce Development Division (WDD) and the YouthSource & Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). As General Manager, Perry leads a department of 175+ individuals charged with brokering city loans and bonds for economic development; she is also responsible for overseeing the running of 18 WorkSource Centers and 13 YouthSource Centers. Perry leads the EWDD’s efforts in managing federal programs and bonds for economic development by implementing strategies that support business growth, job training, and employment opportunities to spur business activity in the City… administration of millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for programs such as workforce and youth development, job skills training, and small business loans. The department also manages a significant federal loan portfolio for the development of projects that support community development and job creation. “The city is very complicated and it rivals most states and some smaller countries because we have a unique set of factors to consider. We have 230,000 business locations with a total employment of 2.9 million people just in the city. Over half of the employment in the city is small businesses of less than 30 employees. My department is working to link economic and workforce development programs to create more jobs and to build a much more highly skilled workforce than before. We’re concentrating on improving our existing delivery systems to businesses and to job seekers and we’ve developed new investment strategies that leverage our funding and focus on building our citywide economic profile and engaging in community driven economic development.”-  Jan Perry COMMUNITY SERVICE Over the years, she has used her influence to help many non–profit organizations that impact quality of life issues for the City’s residents and businesses. Her service and membership has focused on children, education, the environment, minorities, women’s advocacy and low income housing to name a few. She always takes the time to be of service by demonstrating her commitment to making the mechanisms of government work harder and better for the City and its people. COMMUNITY SERVICE - Angel’s Flight Railway Foundation, Director, ArtShare LA., Director, A Place Called Home, Director, Bienvenidos, President's Council Member, Director, California Women Lead, Board Member 2013, First in Fire Foundation, Board Member, 2013, Go for Broke Educational Foundation, Director, Heidi Duckler Dance Company, Advisory Board Member, 2013, Japanese American Community & Cultural Center, Director, 2013, Jenessee Center Vocational Education Committee, Director, Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council, Director, League of Women Voters, Director, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Director, Presidents’ Council, Director, 2013, William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom, Director, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Senior Fellow: 2013 – Present, Metro Region of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Member, Past & Present: African-American/Jewish Leadership Connection, Black-Korean Alliance, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, National Women's Political Caucus, Pasadena Chapter

Please take time to read this story and punch In your address to find out the location of your polling center at https:/...
02/11/2020
L.A. is radically altering the way we vote. Here's what you need to know

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Early voting begins February 22, 2020
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After the chaos of the Iowa caucus vote tally, scrutiny will be high for L.A.'s first election using new vote centers.

This is a very special endorsement - it comes from Mother, Kay Calvin and her daughter Renee Calvin. They are both caree...
02/08/2020

This is a very special endorsement -
it comes from Mother, Kay Calvin and her daughter Renee Calvin. They are both career public servants and worked for special services in the State Senate in Sacramento. They have worked with many electeds who have crossed the threshold in the State Senate. They have observed many public officials close up and know their life stories. I am especially touched that they have chosen to endorse me for Los Angeles County Supervisor, district 2.

The greatest thing we can do as volunteers is talk to other voters. Come and join your neighbors and bring your friends ...
02/05/2020

The greatest thing we can do as volunteers is talk to other voters. Come and join your neighbors and bring your friends and let's call some people to get out the vote for Jan Perry!

Speak truth to power!
01/29/2020

Speak truth to power!

Rescue animals bring much joy to our lives while reducing overpopulation through adoption. My Chiweenie was abandoned an...
01/29/2020

Rescue animals bring much joy to our lives while reducing overpopulation through adoption. My Chiweenie was abandoned and found his forever home with us. I am proud of the work I have done to protect animals both large and small.
Read more @CityWatchLA http://ow.ly/pnTx50y8cf4

During my time as Councilwoman I had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant. He was kind and generous and sponsored the con...
01/28/2020

During my time as Councilwoman I had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant. He was kind and generous and sponsored the construction of the basketball court in Green Meadows Park in South Los Angeles.

The opening was an exciting day. Of course, because of Kobe, there were lots of media in attendance. There was a short ceremony and then children from the community lined up to meet him to take pictures and talk to him. He was patient and kind and stayed for hours after the media departed. He spoke to the children and gave them much encouragement. I was awestruck by his human spirit. I can only offer my prayers to his family and the families of others who perished in this horrible tragedy.

I have and will continue to work in the best interest of our community. Corruption has no place in our local government....
01/25/2020

I have and will continue to work in the best interest of our community. Corruption has no place in our local government. I am grateful to be seen and recognized for my hard work.

Read the article at http://ow.ly/KbAh50y4RF7 @CityWatchLA

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA...
01/13/2020

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA County Supervisor.
Sponsored by Ladera Heights Civic Association League of Women Voters of Los Angeles United Homeowners Association II

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA...
01/07/2020

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA County Supervisor.
Sponsored by Ladera Heights Civic Association United Homeowners Association II League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceSaturday, January 18 from 10 am to 2 pm Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaImmigratio...
01/02/2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, January 18 from 10 am to 2 pm
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Immigration & Landlord Tenant Legal Services - Medical, Dental, Vision Screening - HIV/AIDS Testing - Employment Services - Veterans Services and more

Our beloved mother, Bettie Perry will be buried tomorrow in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a devoted mother who lived to the a...
12/29/2019

Our beloved mother, Bettie Perry will be buried tomorrow in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a devoted mother who lived to the age of 92 years. She battled mightily the insidious disease of dementia for the last 4 1/2 years. She suffers no more. She is free. She lived a life of purpose. She was an extraordinary mother, civil rights pioneer, scholar, role model, working woman and lifelong learner. She was a former mayor and life long public servant. She went to college as an adult after having three children and continued her lifelong quest for learning. She was the first woman I met and the strongest role model I have for what a woman should be. She set the bar very very high. Our family misses her already and her departure has left a hole in our lives that can never be filled. So we will celebrate her Life through our words and actions. Her legacy moves forward through her children and grandchildren. The ancestors are smiling.

Dr. Mitchell Katz served in LA County for a time & began to change the course of homelessness & housing. I've written ab...
12/27/2019

Dr. Mitchell Katz served in LA County for a time & began to change the course of homelessness & housing. I've written about him after reading Steve Lopez's Los Angeles Times article http://ow.ly/4hDE50xIoaq

We would be fortunate indeed to have him back again.

I’m marching! The 4th Annual Women’s March LA is coming to DTLA on January 18, 2020. Women are rising for justice, risin...
12/18/2019

I’m marching! The 4th Annual Women’s March LA is coming to DTLA on January 18, 2020. Women are rising for justice, rising for equity, and rising in power. Meet Me at the March!
#WomenRising #PowerInUnity #WhyWeMarch
Women's March LA Foundation

I just got the results of our latest poll. The race starts out in a statistical dead heat – great news for us since I’ve...
12/15/2019

I just got the results of our latest poll. The race starts out in a statistical dead heat – great news for us since I’ve been out office for six years.
But after respondents learn positive details about each candidate (taken directly from their websites), I take the lead. That’s right – I take the lead! That means that you can make a huge difference by helping fund our voter outreach program.
Voters across the district are sick and tired of business as usual. If I let them know my record of accomplishment and vision to uplift our neighborhoods and bring honesty and transparency back to local government, I will win.

If we raise the money to get our message out, we win!
Donate here https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jan-perry-for-supervisor-2020-district-2-1

Read the poll here https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/janperry2020/pages/11/attachments/original/1576169907/topline_findings_v3.pdf?1576169907

I am proud to have received the endorsement of the East Area Progressive Democrats, the largest Democratic club in LA co...
12/09/2019

I am proud to have received the endorsement of the East Area Progressive Democrats, the largest Democratic club in LA county (members are activists & policymakers). I was honored to stand before them & make my case as to why I am most qualified to be County Supervisor for the second district. http://ow.ly/Nlmq50xuEru

South Los Angeles is filled with opportunity for spiritual uplift. #worship #belief #religion #religiousfreedom #uplifti...
12/01/2019

South Los Angeles is filled with opportunity for spiritual uplift. #worship #belief #religion #religiousfreedom #uplifting #hope #aspirations

11/28/2019

The Angel City Chorale sings holiday medley at the @gateway/lax chamber holiday luncheon.

Mr. Bowers in front of the business that he founded in Historic Central Avenue.  #drycleaners #familybusiness #founder #...
11/22/2019

Mr. Bowers in front of the business that he founded in Historic Central Avenue. #drycleaners #familybusiness #founder #visionary #legacy #future

Bishop Sylvester Washington and Mr. Bowers on Historic Central Avenue at the naming of Bowers Retail Square.  #families ...
11/22/2019

Bishop Sylvester Washington and Mr. Bowers on Historic Central Avenue at the naming of Bowers Retail Square. #families #familybusiness #founder #smallbusiness #legacy #history #future

@mariannewilliamson gave an excellent talk about reparations.   #leadership #innerstrength #compassion #plainspoken #for...
11/18/2019

@mariannewilliamson gave an excellent talk about reparations. #leadership #innerstrength #compassion #plainspoken #forthright #direct #democrat

Grand Park yesterday with Lionel Peters celebrating #gospelfest
11/17/2019

Grand Park yesterday with Lionel Peters celebrating #gospelfest

Hit the campaign trail real hard.
11/17/2019

Hit the campaign trail real hard.

Come join me in building momentum in this campaign. It's truly powered by the people!Saturday, Nov. 162 pm  to 4 pmRSVP ...
11/14/2019

Come join me in building momentum in this campaign.
It's truly powered by the people!

Saturday, Nov. 16
2 pm to 4 pm
RSVP by Nov 15 at 310/477-8081 or
[email protected]
See flyer for details

This past weekend I joined Hike to Yoga & Partners of the Parklands in Kenneth Hahn Park.What a wonderful way to connect...
11/12/2019

This past weekend I joined Hike to Yoga & Partners of the Parklands in Kenneth Hahn Park.
What a wonderful way to connect to people while doing a healthy activity. It was also unique answering questions & having conversation in a nature park very early on a Saturday morning.

Thank you Irma Munoz, of  Mujeres de la Tierra, an activist and resident of the Second Supervisorial district for sharin...
11/05/2019
Dia de los Muertos: uniting community, honoring those who've passed

Thank you Irma Munoz, of Mujeres de la Tierra, an activist and resident of the Second Supervisorial district for sharing this Dia de Los Muertos article with me. I will share it with others.
KCRW https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/kcrw-features/dia-de-los-muertos-uniting-community-honoring-those-whove-passed

On Tuesday night, some 300 community members and activists kicked off the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Cypress Park. This year's event celebrates the lives of the 22 people killed in the August shooting in El Paso, Texas, plus the children who have died in U.S. immigration detention cen...

My recent endorsements from a powerful group of women who are educators & activists on behalf of young people & their fa...
11/05/2019

My recent endorsements from a powerful group of women who are educators & activists on behalf of young people & their families. Each woman has dedicated her professional life to using education as a powerful tool to support others to have a better life.
http://ow.ly/HQ5K50x2Bcu

As a former City Councilwoman, I personally worked with an outreach team for several years to go to the tents and encamp...
11/01/2019
Homeless death rate in Los Angeles County jumps by more than a third, 'sobering' report says

As a former City Councilwoman, I personally worked with an outreach team for several years to go to the tents and encampments to convince people living there to accept services and to let us place them in an emergency bed.

It is not safe for people to live on the street in squalor with no safety net. It will impair their ability to recover both physically and mentally and leave them and those who cross their path in harm’s way.

We need bold initiatives with bold leaders who are not afraid to do what is right for the homeless and for the entire community. https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0NEOTDJo?pd=01zOhpfy&s=i3

It's becoming deadlier to be homeless on the streets of the second largest city in the country, according to a newly released report by California officials. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a report released Tuesday that between 2013 and 2018 the number of homeless deaths....

Hiring at Grocery Outlet Monday, November 4 from 9am to 12pmSame Day Interviews and Job Offers will be givenBring your r...
10/30/2019

Hiring at Grocery Outlet
Monday, November 4 from 9am to 12pm
Same Day Interviews and Job Offers will be given
Bring your resume and dress for success
See flyer for details

The election for LA County Board of Supervisors, District 2 is March 3, 2020. The voting system is entirely different, i...
10/29/2019

The election for LA County Board of Supervisors, District 2 is March 3, 2020. The voting system is entirely different, it's important that you get briefed. Please attend a meeting hosted by Rep. Maxine Waters
Sat, Nov 2 @ElCaminoCollege
RSVP to [email protected]
See details below

Here is an authentic message to African American mothers who are doing their best to care for themselves and their famil...
10/27/2019
Meghan Markle’s Royal Honesty Moves Us Closer to Reproductive Justice

Here is an authentic message to African American mothers who are doing their best to care for themselves and their families every day.
https://theglowup.theroot.com/meghan-markle-s-royal-honesty-moves-us-closer-to-reprod-1839233156

The Markle Sparkle is real. The Duchess of Sussex is pure poise, professionalism and positivity, and, at times, she can seem more like a Disney Princess whose life is a fairytale beyond imagination. But then there other days, like the one last week, when the crown comes off and she gets real about h...

Veterans & Persons with Disabilities Career Fair and WorkshopsFriday, October 258:30 AM – 1:00 PM California State Unive...
10/21/2019
5th Annual Veterans & Persons with Disabilities Career Fair and Workshops

Veterans & Persons with Disabilities Career Fair and Workshops
Friday, October 25
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)
5151 State University Drive
USU - Los Angeles Room
Los Angeles 90032

YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FOR PARKING PASS. IF YOU DO NOT REGISTER THEN YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR YOUR PARKING.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-veterans-persons-with-disabilities-career-fair-and-workshops-tickets-62957250832

5th Annual Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Career Fair and Workshops at Cal State LA

Be part of the conversation to discuss programming and visioning for the Vision Theatre/ Manchester Youth Arts CenterSun...
10/19/2019

Be part of the conversation to discuss programming and visioning for the Vision Theatre/ Manchester Youth Arts Center
Sunday, October 20 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
African American Cultural Center
3018 W 48th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90043

The LeadersUp Future at Work Summit Hiring Fair and Professional Development eventTuesday, October 298:00 AM – 3:00 PMat...
10/15/2019
The Future at Work Summit - Hiring Fair

The LeadersUp Future at Work Summit Hiring Fair and Professional Development event
Tuesday, October 29
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at the California African American Museum

Career coaches will be standing by to help you, everything from interview prep and resume support to a barber shop/hair salon to help you look your best.
After you get prepared, employers will be there who will be interviewing on-the-spot!
Register for free https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-at-work-summit-hiring-fair-tickets-72973320165

Your next job opportunity could be at the Future at Work Summit! At this exciting hiring fair, employers will be interviewing on-the-spot!

It’s important for people to know their history. In particular the history of their community. As part of my campaign fo...
10/15/2019

It’s important for people to know their history. In particular the history of their community. As part of my campaign for County Supervisor, I've asked my friend Greg Fischer to write about interesting facts in the 2nd district neighborhoods. Please enjoy!
http://janperry2020.com

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