Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes was first elected into the Carson City Council on March 6, 2007. She was re-elected to a second term on March 8, 2011 and for a third term in 2015. She is currently serving as Carson's Mayor Pro Tem.
Since her election to the City Council 9 years ago, Lula has worked to improve the quality of life for Carson residents by supporting and/ or running lead on various projects such as the Utility Users' Tax, which brought additional revenue to the city. She also worked with our State Legislature to initiate legislation to prevent the clustering of sex offenders; boots for Safety for the Los Angeles County Animal Control Officers assigned to the Carson Animal Shelter; supported Project Labor Agreement and Living Wages, and has been an advocate for local hiring and employment of minority contractors.
Lula serves under various subcommittees. Among them, Accountability and Ethics, Bingo, City Hall Building Improvements Classification/Organization/Management Study Salary/Compensation Survey Proposals and Recommendation, Community Center, Council Chamber Technology Issues, Fireworks Stands, and Housing.
Lula has held numerous town hall meetings designed to educate and inform residents on issues that affect them. She was very instrumental in bringing the Carson Global Business Academy (an International Trade Education Program) to Carson High School, and worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide funding to renovate the track at Carson High School.
During her tenure, Lula was responsible for updating a 40-year old land use ordinance in the city. She spearheaded passing a city ordinance prohibiting clustering of registered sex offenders. Under her leadership, Avalon Interchange was completed, low and market level housing project complete, several restaurants opened and a movie theater is under construction. Lula secured a Congressional moratorium on Carson's designation as a flood zone. She was also responsible in revising the City's First-time Homebuyer's Program giving Carson residents first priority.
Lula requested and received funding to renovate Carson Park, the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, various areas in city hall, and funding to assist with the Samoan, Philippine and Haiti relief efforts and voted to increase the minimum wage for Carson employees to $10.77. Lula also brought forth a motion which was approved to increase the hourly pay for the city's in-home care workers to $15.00 per hour.
Through Lula's leadership and recommendations, Carson Parks have undergone major improvements, acquired new playground and fitness equipment, snack bars, modernized restrooms, added a new aquatics center, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and received funding to support a Park Enforcement Team (PET) to boost safety in the city's parks.
Community and children's programs have always been among Lula's top priorities. Her vision, exemplary commitment and successful programs earned the department its first-ever California Parks and Recreation Society Award of Excellence for community programs in 2002 and received an honorable mention for its after-school reading programs in 2004.
As a Councilmember, Lula demonstrated her ability to make tough decisions in difficult times proven through her position to prevent any form of fracking in Carson. In her leadership role as a member of the Council, she fought against increased water rates for Carson residents that were proposed by the Utilities Commission and stood as the only NO vote against hiring as what she felt unqualified City Manager who was released after 30 days on the job. She was instrumental in having Edison replace the outdated power transformers in the Mills Park community and is affectionately known as the voice for Carson residents.
Lula has been a Carson resident for 40 years, has worked for the City nearly three decades, and is an alumna for Carson's California State University, Dominguez Hills where she holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration. She is also a passionate volunteer, dedicating time to the American Cancer Society where, as a 22-year breast cancer survivor, she helps educate women on the importance of early detection.
Lula was appointed to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Human Relations Council by Director Dr. Richard Vladovic. She is also a member of the Carson Sheriff's Station Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the working environment personnel at the Carson Station. City-affiliated organizations that she has been involved with include League of California Cities (L.A. Co. Division), South Bay Cities Council of Governments (JPA), South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Southern California Cities Joint Powers Consortium.
Lula also supervised and managed the execution of various City events, among them Unity Day, Juneteenth Celebration, Cinco de Mayo, Jazz Festival, Cesar Chavez Day, the City's anniversary celebrations and many more. The success of these activities has earned her the reputation of being "THE" person capable of bringing all types of people working for a common goal.
Lula's community affiliation includes Delta Sigma Theta - Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter, the National Congress of Black Women, Board of Director for Club Carson and the Carson Global Business Academy, Carson Coordinating Council, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Carson Women's Club, NAACP Carson-Torrance Chapter, Black Chamber of Commerce, Carson Kiwanis, National Council of Negro Women, Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club, African-American Empowerment Coalition, and California Parks and Recreation Society. She is also a member of the Family of Faith Christian Center and a regular participant in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the American Heart Walk, Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, March of Dimes, United Negro College Fund, Assault on Illiteracy, AIDS Walk and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. She is now serving her second term as an elected member of the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee.
Additionally, Lula is a recipient of the Carson Coordinating Council's Six Magnificent Women Award, the Say Yes to Children Network, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald's 37th Congressional District Community Pride Award, Assemblymember Isadore Hall's 2014 Woman of the Year Shero Award and named as the 2013 Woman of Year by Family of Faith Christian Center.
Lula is the recipient of the Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Inc., Western Region 2017 Politician of the Year Award. She was also honored by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party as on of the 2015 Roosevelt Honoree Democrat of the Year.
Prior to her election, Lula served as the Carson's Park and Recreation Superintendent for eight years, and worked for the city for a total of 27 years. During her tenure, the department experienced tremendous growth and maintained an unprecedented success in its programs.
Lula is married to retired Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Holmes and they have six children, DeShon, Kesha, Diana, Darrell, Pandora and Diedra, along with 14 grandchildren.
March 28, 2017 ~