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Working with you, for a change.

I believe that the most important function of a legislator is to listen to the voices and concerns of the entire community that they serve.  Your officials should be out engaging you directly and not waiting for their office phone to ring.  This requires providing as many opportunities as possible to solicit residents’ opinions and feedback, and I feel that this is sorely lacking in District 46.  I am a renter and educator who has accepted no PAC, corporate, or special interest money.  My goal is to listen to all citizens, businesses, and interests on equal footing.  District 46 is incredibly diverse ethnically, economically, and culturally.  Only by being willing to listen and work with the entire legislature will we avoid mediocre, ineffectual outcomes.  I am running to be a servant leader for everyone in our large, remarkable, and diverse district.



Growing up in poverty in a small southern town blessed Lanira with a deep sense of community and the ability to overcome difficult situations. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was in high school. She had to sit and listen to health organizations tell her that they would not give her mother the high quality life saving treatment she needed because of her lack of insurance.  So Lanira worked two jobs and set up long term payment plans as she demanded that her mother receive proper treatment. Lanira took her mother to radiation in the mornings before school and picked her up during lunch. After school she would go home and feed her before she went to work. At one point in her high school career she had to stop attending school because her mother needed full time care.  Once her mother was in recovery she demanded that Lanira return to school so that she could have a better life. Lanira graduated high school and started on the daunting task of navigating a higher education system that no one in her family had experienced before.

She is a first generation college graduate and holds a BA in Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, an MS in Political Communication from North Carolina State University, and an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge.

Lanira moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago driven to serve students in underprivileged communities of Los Angeles.  Teaching and serving as an administrator in different neighborhoods in Los Angeles made her realize how drastic the disparities are. This reality further provokes her to fight for equal opportunities for all.

After being elected to the Panorama City Neighborhood Council and serving as its Treasurer she was recently named Treasurer for the Budget Advocates.  These positions have reinforced in her just how critical local engagement from community members is to our government and our neighborhoods.  Lanira would take her experience and her respect for your individual voice along with her to the Assembly.  She will fight for our fair share of resources and build valuable coalitions of support to ensure that District 46 moves forward.



Issues I want to address in my first term in office:


  • Homelessness

  • Education

  • Medicare For All

  • Police and Criminal Justice Reform

  • Campaign Finance Reform

  • Reducing market entry barriers for small businesses

  • AB5 Repeal


Driving down Van Nuys Blvd provides an overwhelming look into the homelessness crisis in our district and city. This is a multi faceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach. I will work with fellow legislators to:

  • Connect people in need with available resources

  • Increase the size and scope of programs that provide transitional support

  • Reduce barriers that prevent new home building and increase affordable housing inventory


Teaching in our district provided me with first hand insight into the lack of resources facing our learning institutions. As a teacher I often had to purchase materials in order to give my students hands-on experiences in the classroom. I believe that a quality education is the great equalizer in society.  Countless studies and our own observations have shown that quality education increases income, lowers crime rates, and results in flourishing, prosperous communities. I will fight to:​

  • Increase funding for our pre-K and K-12 education system including counselors and nurses

  • Diversify and increase post secondary options for students including Career & Technical Education

  • Promote state standards that will include classes like Personal Finance that will properly prepare our students for life


If you have insurance with a deductible you can’t afford then you don’t have insurance. The fear of medical debt or bankruptcy should never prevent anyone from seeing a doctor.  I will work to: 

  • Prioritize transparency in drug pricing so everyone has affordable access to life saving medicine

  • Hold insurance companies accountable for making mental health services difficult to access

  • Provide healthcare coverage for all children regardless of parents’ job status or income


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