Wednesday, April 06, 2016

a few things i learned today

I went to a small round table today to listen to the mayor of South Gate talk about some things. Never heard of South Gate? Well, you're probably not alone. It's a small city in LA County, to the south and east of downtown.

  • There are 96,000 people in South Gate.
  • 95% of is latino. 
  • The mayor of south gate received the largest number of votes for a mayor in South Gate, ever. He received 2,154 votes. How's that for voter turnout? 3% of the population voted him in. Talk about the need for more civic engagement. 
  • He has a day job, like most mayors of these small cities do. He gets paid $600 a month to be on the city council.
  • He is focusing on "redefining 90280" because he learned, like many of us know, people can tell a whole lot about your life outcomes based on the zip code in which you grow up. He said according to the researchers he was listening to, people from 90280 will grow up to be obese, diabetic or pre-diabetic, and have asthma. He grew up in South Gate. He is obese, diabetic and has asthma. So there you have it. That's what I learned today. 

1 comment:

Randi said...

That was pretty bleak.