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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Eric Preven

Journalist
36,618 votes (13.97%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure vulnerable Filipino, African American and pregnant women are never incarcerated in Mira Loma Women's detention facility.
  • End the process of shipping 1.95% of our Job Order Contracting dollars (a very large number) to Gordian Group of South Carolina.
  • Expand opportunities for civic participation and engagement.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Journalist
Board Member of Studio City Neighborhood Council, Studio City Neighborhood Council — Elected position (2016–current)

Education

University of Michigan MA, Psychology & Political Science (1985)

Community Activities

Member, Writer's Guild of America (1995–current)

Biography

Since 2015, Eric and his brother Joshua Preven have been writing a watchdog column for CityWatchLA.com. About a year ago the column started running as "The Preven Report." Government and politics in Los Angeles is the focus of their work. In June Eric and Joshua won the 2017 LA Press Club Award for Online Political Commentary for their CityWatchLA article "It's Time to End LA's Secret Meetings: What Do City Council Members and LA's County Supervisors Have to Hide?" which can be read online at ThePrevenReport.com.

In 2016, as a co-plaintiff with the ACLU, Eric won a case at the California Supreme Court requiring the County of Los Angeles to disclose legal bills paid to private law firms in the defense of Sherrif's deputies accused of using excessive force.

In 1985 Eric graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied psychology and political science. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began his career as a television producer and later as a screenwriter. He's a member of the Writers' Guild.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (2)

How can the level of services to the mentally ill in LA County be improved?  What more effective programs can the County implement as an alternative to jail?
Answer from Eric Preven:

Haven of Hope has been operating in San Antonio, Texas for the past eight years—during which time the number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in that city has decreased by 15%.   Haven of Hope is centered on a 22-acre “one-stop shop” campus, where 30 agencies provide services such as housing, food, job training, child care and even kennels for pets. Mental health and addiction treatment is done across the street at the Restoration Center. Sixty percent of the budget for the program is provided by private donors.

Scores of municipalities across the nation have adopted the Haven of Hope model over the past eight years…where has LA County been during all that time?

 

What steps do you think the Board of Supervisors should take to improve the foster care system and in particular to provide safe emergency or temporary placement for infants and children?
Answer from Eric Preven:

 

There is a good ‘simulation’ training program currently in use, where actors play the roles, and new social workers can break down the scenes in the interest of learning.  I think more seasoned workers, should participate, too. Everyone can improve. And those who don’t want to improve, ought to call it quits.  Trainings like this can also give supervisors a real feeling for who would be best for various assignments.  In my opinion, hiring more workers with a master’s degree in social service, is a reasonable goal, but as the Blue Ribbon Commission reported, we currently send our least experienced social workers into the most difficult decision making moments. This needs to change.      Almost four years ago at a Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection meeting, Commissioner Andrea Rich used World War II’s Supreme Allied commander, as an analogy to underscore what she felt was critically important and needed, a Child Protection Czar, freshly empowered to lead the war against a set of bureaucratic crimes.  For example we must provide more money for non-family care providers, even though the statistics show that ‘family-care-givers” struggle more with money and have significantly better outcomes — we know this is wrong, and yet, this is what we do.

 

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m running for Supervisor, because I believe LA County’s most pressing problems are not being effectively addressed.

For example, since 2010 there has been a model for effectively addressing homelessness…why hasn’t Los Angeles County made use of that model? 

It’s called Haven of Hope, and has been operating in San Antonio, Texas for the past eight years—during which time the number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in that city has decreased by 15%.

Haven of Hope is centered on a 22-acre “one-stop shop” campus, where 30 agencies provide services such as housing, food, job training, child care and even kennels for pets. Mental health and addiction treatment is done across the street at the Restoration Center. Sixty percent of the budget for the program is provided by private donors.

Scores of municipalities across the nation have adopted the Haven of Hope model over the past eight years…where has LA County been during all that time?

It’s an important question, because it gets to the heart of why LA County needs fresh leadership.

As a journalist covering and commenting on government in Los Angeles for years, I have learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work in County governance. I currently serve as an elected member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. Before going into journalism, I spent thirty years as a television writer and producer—and member of the Writers’ Guild of America—living in Studio City, where I raised my two children. 

In 2016, as a co-plaintiff with the ACLU, I won a case at the California Supreme Court requiring the County of Los Angeles to disclose legal bills paid to private law firms in the defense of Sheriff's deputies accused of using excessive force.

I believe the skills, and experience I’ve developed over my career are well-suited to the office of County Supervisor. I hope you’ll support my campaign. 

 

Videos (2)

— March 26, 2018 Eric Preven

Eric Preven for Office

— March 26, 2018 Journalist Matt Hamilton

USC project about Eric Preven

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