West Hollywood has always been a city that celebrates diversity. We have seniors, many of whom are members of the LGBT community or Russian-speaking community, who have lived here a long time and want to stay here. Many of them have lived here since WeHo was incorporated in 1984, or even before then! Unfortunately however, due to physical and financial difficulties, they are being forced to reckon with the unthinkable: leaving the city they have called home for so much of their lifetimes, against their will, for reasons out of their control. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our seniors can age in place with safety and security. The city has already undertaken an Aging In Place Strategic Plan, and I applaud these efforts. But much like the homelessness issue, a piecemeal plan isn’t going to solve the problem. We need something innovative, something comprehensive, and I will undertake this challenge if elected. This all-encompassing plan will include a major increase in funding for social services for seniors, including for programs such as Dial-A-Ride that are doing well but should be expanded upon.