The backstory: During the run-up to the election, Karen Bass and other candidates said they would build diverse staffs. The database is intended to help them make good on their word.
Why it matters: AAPI’s make up about 16% of the population in L.A. County, but that’s not reflected in county or city leadership. “We hope that ultimately we get more AAPI elected officials, but until then, we at least want to see diverse staff,” said Hoang Nguyen, a former staffer for County Supervisor Hilda Solis who is working on the database.
He said AAPI staffers brings vital perspectives to the table, noting they were the ones who raised the issue of anti-Asian hate with Solis early in the pandemic.