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The City of Los Angeles paid over $109 million in fees and interests to commercial banks in 2016. 

Our tax dollars are extracted from local economies by big multinational banks and used to finance socially and environmentally destructive business practices. Some of these banks have been downgraded by authorities for their risky or fraudulent practices. Many of the city’s investments finance direct harm to the public, including over $70M invested in tobacco companies alone. The firms who help manage these funds seek the highest possible fees for themselves, extracting the financial power of taxpayers to perpetuate bubbles in housing and capital markets, instead of economic development here at home.

YES! The Bank of North Dakota, the only existing publicly-owned bank in the U.S., is more profitable than Goldman Sachs, has a better credit rating than JPMorgan Chase, and was the only state not deep in red ink as a result of the 2008 financial crash. 

Public Bank Los Angeles is endorsed by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and supported by L.A. City Council. Public Bank LA is endorsed by a broad intersection of over 100 community organizations including labor, social justice, environmental, democratic clubs, and leaders including: Los Angeles County Democratic Party, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), Communication Workers of America (CWA), American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) LA, Alliance for Community Transit Los Angeles (ACT-LA), SoCal 350 Climate Action, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Kevin de León, Bill McKibben-Co-Founder of 350.org and Our Revolution National.  

Socially and environmentally responsible municipal public banks are endorsed by both the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, representing 2.4 million registered Democrats, and the California Democratic Party, representing 8.7 million registered Democrats.

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If you are part of an organization and would like to endorse our movement to create a Los Angeles public bank, please fill out our Endorsement Form.

Public Bank LA is an entirely volunteer-run group and we need your help to create the nation's first munibank! Join the campaign and be part of history-in-the-making!

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Public Bank LA means YES to rebuilding and regenerating our communities, YES to supporting local businesses, and YES to protecting our environment.

Public Bank LA Flyer.

Yes on B Flyer Front. Yes on B Flyer Back.

Official Ballot Measure Argument in Favor of B.

Public Bank LA Charter Amendment B Resource Booklet.


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