Meet Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes
Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes has served on Carson City Council for over a decade. She was elected for her first term in 2007, then re-elected for a second term in 2011 and is now serving her third consecutive term that began in 2015. Throughout her terms as a member of council, she has been appointed twice as Carson's Mayor Pro Tem in 2009-2010 and again in 2016-2017.
Since her election to the City Council 11 years ago, Lula worked vigorously to improve the quality of life for the residents of Carson by running lead on and supporting numerous projects such as the Utility User's Tax, which brought additional revenue to the city. Lula was instrumental in updating city's outdated oil code to prohibit any form of fracking and limited drilling within 750 feet of homes. She was a major supporter of Measure C which for the first time in the history of Carson imposed a tax on oil refineries. She is currently working to develop a portion of the 169 acres which is currently a landfill into a Mega Mall.
Lula also worked with our State Legislature to initiate legislation to prevent sex offender clustering. Lula fought hard to provide boots to increase the safety of the Los Angeles County Animal Control Officers. She supports Project Labor Agreement and a living wage policy. She voted to increase minimum wage for Carson employees to $11 an hour and $15 an hour for in-home care workers. Moreover, she has been an advocate for local hiring and employment of minority contractors.
Through Lula's leadership and recommendations, Carson Parks have undergone major improvements, acquired new playground and fitness equipment and snack bars, modernized restrooms, added a new aquatics center and state-of-the-art gymnasium, and received funding to support a Park Enforcement Team (PET) to boost safety in the city's parks.
Lula serves on various subcommittees for the City of Carson. Among them are Accountability and Ethics, Classification, Organization, Management Study, Salary and Compensation Survey Proposals and Recommendation. She also serves on the Housing Committee; whose focus is to address the needs of veterans and low income residents. Because of her concerns and passion to provide low income housing for veterans, the City of Carson recently broke ground on Veterans Village Housing Complex, a 54-unit housing complex, and the Arts Colony Housing Project.
Community and children's programs have always been among Lula's 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 Mil lender-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 Council-member, 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, Filipino Independence Day and most recently, the City's 50th Anniversary Celebration.
As a 25-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.
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 Home buyer'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 is 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 40 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-in-law Yacael Andrews, and four grandchildren: Kahlil, Kameron, Kyle, and Kelvin. Together, Lula and Harry have six children and 14 grandchildren.