Lula Davis-Holmes, Mayor

Mayor, Lula Davis-Holmes
Mayor, City of Carson
Lula Davis-Holmes
Elected: November 2020
Term Expires: November 2024
 
Phone: (310) 952-1700
Email: Ldavis-holmes@carsonca.gov
BIOGRAPHY

Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes has served on the Carson City Council for over a decade. She was elected for her first term to serve as a Councilmember in 2007. She was re-elected for a second term in 2011 and third consecutive term in 2015. Throughout her terms as a member of the council, she has been appointed twice as Carson's Mayor Pro Tem in 2009-2010 and again in 2016-2017. Mayor Davis-Holmes made history as the first Black female elected Mayor to the City of Carson when she won on November 3, 2020.

Mayor Davis-Holmes first began her journey with the City of Carson in 1980 when she was hired as the first female Recreation Center Supervisor for the City assigned to Stevenson Park. Several years later, she was appointed to the position of Recreation Superintendent, a position that had always been held by men. She serves as an inspiration to young women in realizing their dreams and making history, that they too, can become whatever they want. "Reach for the moon. But, if you land among the stars, you will be in great company."

Mayor Davis-Holmes welcomes continued partnership as she has supports the motto of ONE COMMUNITY, divided by districts but united by a commitment to the greater good for all of Carson. She is grateful for the opportunity to have worked as a staff member, a councilmember, and now to lead the City as the Mayor.

In 2020, Lula successfully secured private sponsorship for food distributions throughout the year to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic: Easter Dinner, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Juneteenth, Back to School Backpack Giveaway and Free Meals, Thanksgiving Dinner, Food Bank and Christmas Toy Giveaway serving well over 5,000 residents. During the pandemic, she also spearheaded programs to preserve jobs by providing funding for small businesses, providing rental assistance program for residents affected by the pandemic, and recently established a workforce housing for middle-income residents of the community as well as built affordable housing for seniors and veterans. Mayor Davis-Holmes spearheaded the Avalon and 405 Freeway Interchange and Carson corridor construction, renovated Carson Park and Community Center, prohibited marijuana dispensaries, eliminated non-residential R.V. Parking and stabilized the City's finances. During these uncertain times, Mayor Davis-Holmes is confident that under her leadership, the Carson City Council will remain focused on the next generation and continue to improve the quality of life in the city.

Mayor Davis-Holmes believes that this is a time for Carsonites to be bold in our defiance of the status quo - To be BOLD in our quest to prepare our children for the jobs of the future and to position them to invest in the stock market, real-estate and in themselves, today. To boldly seek new opportunities to leverage our resources through respectful and trusting collaborations with our nonprofits, private industry, community-based organizations, our neighboring cities, our County and State Legislature, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and our newly elected President of the United States of American, Joe Biden and the first African American female Vice-President, Kamala Harris.

Mayor Davis-Holmes believes in a common goal of forging new alliances to empower the City to tunnel through the mountain of homelessness, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and disparities in wealth, health, education, and inequality that plague our communities. In 2020, Mayor Davis-Holmes authored the resolution, Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Mayor Davis Holmes calls on her colleagues in the City Council to adopt the creed that "We Are One: One City, One Community, and One People" and that every resident shall have equal access to information, resources, and opportunities despite the fact that we have unfortunately been divided by districts. For Mayor Davis-Holmes, her administration is not about her, but about "we" the people of Carson - where we put the interest of the people ahead of the profits of a few. It is about the next generation and how we can empower, educate, elevate and position them for success. It is not about political posturing and the next election. It is about how we are going to survive after COVID-19, assist our small businesses, our residents in need of food, rental assistance, and provide housing for our low and middle-income families. This will require each of us to search our convictions and make a commitment to our residents and provide a higher level of service and accessibility.

Mayor Davis-Holmes ask the members of the City Council to take on opportunities to assume leadership roles in tackling such issues as environmental justice, educational equity and economic development. In addition, she wants to develop and support legislative proposals that will help mitigate the health, wealth, and technological disparities that exist in our communities.

Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes' Mission and Vision:

We are the Jewels in the South Bay. Together with our leadership team, we will put together a plan of action designed to attract companies that will bring high paying technology jobs to our city. We will build a better working relationship with California State University, Dominguez Hills. A relationship that will allow us to partner on projects. Projects that will benefit both the university and the city. One of my long-term goals is to have a performing arts center here in the city.

Recent history has shown that we cannot wait on the Calvary to come from Sacramento, Washington, or the County. We, the Carson City Council, must build our own forts to protect our residents by empowering them with the knowledge to improve their individual quality of life as a way of strengthening our collective welfare.

I want to reemphasize that "We Are ONE: One City, One Community, and One People."

Mayor Davis-Holmes served on various subcommittees for the City of Carson. Among them are Accountability, Ethics & Policy/UUT, Bingo, Fireworks and Refuse subcommittees retrospectively. She is affiliated with the following City Affiliated Organizations: Gateway Cities Council of Governments and League of California Cities.

Community and children's programs have always been among Mayor Davis-Holmes' top priorities. Her vision, exemplary commitment and successful programs earned the City 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. 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, and Assembly Member Isadore Hall's 2014 Woman of the Year Shero Award and was named as the 2013 Woman of Year by Family of Faith Christian Center. In 2015, she received the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Franklin Roosevelt Award for "Democrat of the Year" representing the 64th Assembly District. 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 diligently against increased water rates proposed by the Utilities Commission. She played a pivotal role in having Edison replace the outdated power transformers in the Mills Park Community. She is affectionately known as the voice for the residents of Carson.

Lula has supervised, raised funds and managed the execution of various city events, among them Unity Day, Juneteenth Rhythm and Blues Celebration, Cinco De Mayo, Jazz Festival, Cesar Chavez Day, Philippines' Independence Day and the City's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2018.

As a 30+ year breast cancer survivor, Lula is passionate in her efforts to educate women on the importance of early detection. In 2014, she spearheaded the first "It's All About Me" Women's Health Conference and Business Expo focusing on women and the synergy between mind, body, and spirit. This widely anticipated conference has been held successfully annually for the past 6 years.

Lula has held countless town hall meetings designed to educate and inform residents on issues that affect them. She was extremely influential 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.. Under her leadership, the Avalon Interchange, low-and market-level housing projects have been completed, and several restaurants and a movie theater were opened. She was a leading force in obtaining a Congressional moratorium which prevented Carson from being designated as a flood zone. She was also responsible in revising the City's First-Time Homebuyer's Program.

Lula's community affiliations include 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. Lula was appointed to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Human Relations Council. She is also a member of the Carson Sheriff's Station Foundation. City-affiliated organizations that she's involved with include League of California Cities, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, South Bay Workforce Investment Board and is now serving her third term as an elected member of the L.A. County Democratic Party Central Committee.

Lula has been a Carson resident for over 45 years, working for the City for three decades, and is an alumna of California State University, Dominguez Hills where she holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master's in Public Administration. She is married to retired Los Angeles Police Detective Harry Holmes. She has two children: DeShon and Kesha Andrews, one daughter-inlaw Yacael Andrews, and four grandchildren: Kahlil, Kameron, Kyle, and Kelvin. Together, Lula and Harry have six children and 14 grandchildren.


~ Last Update: Feb 3, 2021  ~

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