Chris Roth has been a resident of Los Angeles since 2003. He has been an active member of the community in those years, becoming particularly involved in local activism since leaving his engineering manager position at SpaceX in 2015. He is an active member in the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, a community organizer with Ground Game Los Angeles and Ktown For All, directly lobbied Miguel Santiago to support public banking and not gut net neutrality, and served as a board member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.
His vision is straightforward but expansive: Elevate the working class and ensure a minimum standard of living for all residents in his district, the state, and the country. His priorities include access to affordable and high quality housing for all, environmental protection, universal single payer healthcare, worker protections, stronger structures for corporate oversight, public control over local taxpayer funds through the establishment of public banks, and the overall livability in Los Angeles.
To me, what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity. It’s asserting the value of saying that the America we want and the America that we are proud of is one in which all children can access a dignified education. It’s one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live.
Chris backs up his vision with action. He has been a passionate participant in all manner of marches, protests, and campaigns in the city. He sits on the board of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, attends weekly local activist meetings with Ground Game LA and Public Bank LA, and co-hosts the weekly local news segment of the Knock podcast.
Los Angeles is the beating heart of the California economy. Everyone who lives in our vibrant city deserves to live a life of dignity. To that end, we need to make some fundamental changes in how our government works for us at all levels so that everyone is able to share in that prosperity.
- Create a social housing trust fund to guarantee a right to housing for everyone in California, paying for it by reforming 1978 property tax rules that have allowed corporations to avoid paying their fair share
- Bring back SB562, the Healthy California Act, to create a Medicare for All solution here in California
- Increase state-level funding for education to properly fund public education throughout the state
- Ban fracking in California and end all extractive practices across the state, especially in urban environments like Los Angeles
- Reform water laws to guarantee that California can continue to be a land of bounty for all future generations
We are standing at a crossroads. It is time for California to be bold and push for the ambitious programs that are necessary to guarantee a life of dignity for all.