Keeping Communities Safe, Healthy, and Thriving Public Policy Priorities

Public Safety and Justice

Keeping our neighborhoods safe is Supervisor Barger’s top priority. She works closely with law enforcement agencies across the Fifth District to implement vital initiatives to protect communities. Barger also strives to ensure our Public Safety officers receive support and resources

Homelessness and Mental Health

Supervisor Barger is leading the effort to amend state laws which have impeded efforts to provide effective treatment for the County’s most vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless and have mental illness.

Here are some examples of Supervisor’s efforts to provide help for homeless and mentally ill individuals:

The citizens of LA County deserve better than the status quo we’ve seen and, most importantly, so do the individuals who are languishing on our streets deserve better.

Economic Development

Supervisor Barger is committed to strengthening the regional economy and bolstering local businesses. She believes that encouraging innovation, investment and a business-friendly environment are key drivers that result in economic prosperity, job creation, and improve the quality of life for all County residents.

Barger is a partner to many chambers of commerce across the Fifth District as they work to expand and support the invaluable work of the private sector. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she established the Economic Resiliency Task Force, comprised of business and community leaders, to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on the economy and to invite them to offer input on Los Angeles County’s plans to safely reopen. To overcome bureaucratic hurdles, Barger reduced barriers for businesses looking to contract with the county by authoring two motions that help them open their doors more quickly by cutting through red tape.

She has also proven her commitment to partner with developers to ensure Los Angeles County can quickly and efficiently increase its housing stock. Here are some examples of Supervisor Barger’s work to increase housing in her district:

Foster Youth

As a former policy deputy on children and family issues, Supervisor Barger has a special place in her heart for vulnerable youth. She works closely alongside nonprofit organizations, educational partners, city officials, county departments, and community members to improve outcomes for youth in the County’s care.

Here are some examples of Supervisor Barger’s work championing foster youth’s rights and improvements to their quality of life:

  • In the face of mental health challenges for youth, Supervisor Barger introduced, and later expanded, the Community School Initiative to provide onsite therapeutic services in schools for students in need of resources.
  • Looking to support youth for generations to come, Supervisor Barger piloted programs for apprenticeships, job training, and internships to create more job opportunities in the child welfare sector. She is also a host and strong supporter of Foster Youth Shadow Day, when older youth are invited to explore job opportunities available across County departments to encourage them to envision themselves in the workforce.
  • In partnership with the Department of Mental Health, Supervisor Barger has contributed to the Friends of the Children program in the Antelope Valley where at-risk youth and their families receive individualized mentorship for a minimum of 12 years. Through a separate program she started, social workers are supporting students on campus in multiple Antelope Valley school districts. Supervisor Barger has also led efforts to increase retention rates and reduce caseloads for social workers in the Antelope Valley to help youth receive consistent and attentive services.
  • Ensuring youth receive the holistic care they deserve, Supervisor Barger has spearheaded programs that make sure foster youth have easily accessible transportation, clothing, technological assistance, and health care referrals. Every year, she also hosts a holiday party for youth in foster care at Six Flags Magic Mountain so that kids and their caregivers have an opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved fun.