Marcus Lovingood was born in San Diego, California to two working class parents. His Mother was born on Oahu, Hawaii and worked as a full-time marketing specialist while raising him as a single mom with the help of his grandma. His father, a Louisiana creole, built computers and ran a small business of karate studios in South Orange County, introducing Marcus to martial arts and technology at a young age.
Marcus attended public school and with the help of public MAGNET programs, he excelled in the liberal and performing arts. After middle school, Marcus' father worked extra hours to ensure his admission to Santa Margarita Catholic High School, a Blue Ribbon School in Orange County, CA. As one of 3 students of color out of the entire 2,000 member student body, he experienced first hand the unbelievable disparities in income inequality his family and families of color were experiencing early on.
At the age of 17 he helped supplement the cost of his education by getting cast in the entertainment division at the Walt Disney Company as a young performer before attending California State Fullerton for Dance and Mass Media Journalism.
From 2005 to 2008, Marcus lived and performed in 26 countries on 4 continents while touring in two professional theatrical tours of West Side Story. He then transitioned into digital production after being politically inspired by then Senator Barack Obama's election to the White House in 2008. To help continue Obama's presidential legacy, he launched an LGBT-focused political organization focused on using social media to aid Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. By doing this, he made a commitment to dedicating his digital storytelling talents to help shape the future of the democratic party and address the needs of under served communities.
In 2014, Marcus relocated to Downtown Los Angeles and founded a small business helping progressive candidates win local elections using social media. He also launched Broadway West, a public arts nonprofit dedicated to activating the historic theaters of Downtown. He was elected as Vice President of the Stonewall Democratic Club and was both appointed to and won re-election as an Area-Wide Board member and the Historic Core Business Director on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council where he volunteers in and around skid row. In addition to his activism, Marcus' experience in the technology sector spans over a decade and is part of his vision of using the convergence of artistry, culture and technology to help change the world.
THE FUTURE OF LOS ANGELES
"I’ve never been more prepared to take on the crippling forces controlling our local government. I’m running a 100% publicly funded campaign, free from one dollar of special interest money and instead, being beholden only to the people, building a grassroots movement that could change the political landscape in LA forever.
I’m running to lead CD14 into a new generation of leadership. For people searching for someone with real solutions to a system that has betrayed us; like a 20/80 ordinance and the building of new hospitals and schools. Innovative transportation systems and the investment in government subsidized affordable housing, accompanied by the most transformative funding proposal our district has ever seen. I’m running for the broken families sleeping on the streets and for the small business owner trying to keep their restaurant alive. I’m running for the victims of the system and to save our cultural identity. Los Angeles is ready for new leadership. Los Angeles is ready for change."
Within the first 100 Days I will introduce a 3-point triage emergency plan to tackle our homeless state of emergency head on:
- Approve Temporary Home Development communities in specialized triage zones
- Create and implement mandated residencies for graduating mental health students from LA County Universities
- Fund out-patient sober-up clinics for active recovering addicts.
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
Within the first 100 days, I will introduce a 2-year action plan to bring in-patient and out-patient mental health facilities to the district. I will actively work with State legislators to amend the 5150 72-Hour hold to an extended, need-based 30-90 day hold to better address our unique mental health crisis. I will advocate funding additional community security teams through our BIDs, including 6-month training programs and 2-year minimum terms for all neighborhood foot-beats.
Within the first 100 days I will introduce a housing ordinance requiring any new developments to include at least 20% affordable or permanent supportive units before any building entitlement will be awarded. This ordinance will also apply to all existing developments that have more than 20% of their units unoccupied. In addition, all building entitlements will also be contingent upon a letter of approval from the neighborhood council and BID.
With over 17+ theaters laying vacant in Downtown Los Angeles, within the first 100 days I will introduce a bold economic development plan to activate the Historic Theater District in DTLA, bringing over $1Bn in annual tax stimulus, 15,000+ tourists and locals to the district every night and create over 10,000+ jobs by 2028. We also will implement a plan to add extra protections to our historic landmarks and communities in DTLA and throughout Boyle Heights and Highland Park.
THE FIRST 100 DAYS
MARCUS' 2020 CLEAN MONEY
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