State Watch

LA councilman commits funds for low-income families to afford laundry amid pandemic

A councilman in Los Angeles teamed up with a local laundromat to cover the costs of laundry and detergent for 100 low-income families in the area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a local Fox affiliate, Gil Cedillo, a Democrat on the Los Angeles City Council who represents District 1, partnered up with Desi's Coin Laundry as part of the effort. With the help of the some of the city council's discretionary funds, the effort was reportedly able to cover 200 laundry loads for residents in Cedillo's district.

Marc Tavakoli, who owns the local laundromat, told the station this week that his business "is grateful for the opportunity to work with Councilman Cedillo's office to help those in our neighborhood who are most in need during this pandemic."

"We have always tried to be a part of the community and we are grateful to our customers for the years of loyal support," he added.

Cedillo said the effort is the latest partnership of its kind for the local community as it addresses fallout from the pandemic.

"This dark moment has brought out the best in us because it is through community partnership that we can maximize our efforts in providing for those who are most in need during these unprecedented times," Cedillo said.

The move by Cedillo reportedly comes after the local councilman helped secure more than 150,000 hot meals for residents in his district, as well as 10,000 face masks, 7,000 diapers and hand sanitizer and produce for the community.