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Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: “There's nothing — nothing — that irritates people more about the department they otherwise love than watching a 50-foot firetruck with a crew of fully suited firefighters show up to a 911 call for a heart attack or bee sting. Inevitably, someone watching the drama will gripe, "Why can't they just send an ambulance…

This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed a motion which I coauthored with Council President Herb Wesson calling for immediate action to halt the construction of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications (LA-RICS) Long Term Evolution (LTE) system at City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Stations.

This week, City Council approved the joint resolution by Councilmember Gil Cedillo and myself supporting Assembly Bill 428 by Adrin Nazarian which would establish a tax credit for individuals who make seismic retrofits to their buildings. There are thousands of buildings throughout the City of Los Angeles that need seismic retrofits to make them safer in case of a large earthquake.

This Wednesday, I submitted a motion establishing a hyperlink on the City's website directing users to the California Department of Social Services Children and Family Service Division's website and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services' website and other public and private sector adoption agencies to provide information on making the adopting process smoother and easier to navigate.

I was happy to join my colleague, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, to support California State Assembly Bill 122 (Bloom) to protect our local residents from bandit tow truck operators. Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for a tow truck to stop at the scene of an accident or near a disabled vehicle for the purpose of soliciting an engagement for towing services unless specifically summoned or requested to provide assistance.

Each year the month of March is recognized as National Women's History Month. In the spirit of this observance, the Los Angeles City Council, in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women recognizes fifteen women who have made outstanding contributions to the strength, vitality, and enrichment of Los Angeles during the annual Pioneer Women Awards event. Today, I was proud to recognize the Council District 12 Pioneer Woman of 2015 District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Recently, in the Topanga Division, detectives have seen a rise in cell phone thefts. Many of these thefts are believed to be occurring due to "crimes of opportunity." With the recent popularity in apps on cell phones that allow customers to pay for purchases via a cell phone app, it is believed that people, more and more are holding their phones, then setting them down on the counter and forgetting them upon walking away with their purchases.

I am proud to congratulate our very own Granada Hills Charter High School's Academic Decathlon team for taking first place in the California State Decathlon competition in Sacramento this past weekend. The four-time state champions and three-time national champions continually uphold the academic integrity and standards we value and hold dear in our community. Best of luck at Nationals!

This week, I was honored to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and an unprecedented delegation of Los Angeles officials including 150 business leaders in Washington D.C. for the annual Access Washington D.C. symposium organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome Daryl C. Arbuthnott as the first San Fernando Valley Bureau Deputy Chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 

Last week, I introduced a motion instructing the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), with the assistance of the Office of Finance, to analyze the estimated fiscal and economic impact of reducing or eliminating business taxes on biotechnology firms in Los Angeles to encourage the development of biotechnology-related industries in the City.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and an LAPD Reserve Officer, it is my pleasure to welcome Captain Beverly A. Lewis as the new Area Patrol Captain at LAPD’s Devonshire Division.

Last Saturday, CD12 was happy to join the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division to host a free bicycle clinic in order to promote safety on the streets of our community at Park Parthenia in Northridge.

We are proud to co-sponsor the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's 12th Annual Chatsworth Day of the Horse on Sunday, April 12 at Stoney Point Ranch.


This week, I introduced a motion increasing the penalties for illegal street racing, exhibition of speed, and reckless driving in the City of Los Angeles. The motion requests the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) report on the procedures needed to begin impounding vehicles used in illegal street racing, exhibitions of speed, and reckless driving, for the maximum amount of time allowed under the law.

This Tuesday, I introduced a motion directing the City draft an ordinance that would allow for the impounding of vehicles involved in hit-and-run crimes that cause either minor injury or property damage for the maximum amount of time allowed under law. The motion also asks for a separate ordinance allowing the Los Angeles Police Department to seize and auction or destroy cars that are involved in hit-and run crimes resulting in great bodily injury or death.

This week, I was proud to partner with Councilmember Paul Krekorian to direct the Chief Administrative Officer, in consultation with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and the Fire Department to report back on the resources it would need to develop a Nurse Practitioner Pilot program for Los Angeles.

As part of a Community Partnership Outreach grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), The Bay Foundation (TBF) has launched an online public survey and three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to engage the public and promote energy and water conservation.

Friends of Oakridge are pleased to announce Oakridge Estate Tours are scheduled for March and June of this year. Explore the rich history of the Oakridge Estate designed by architect Paul R. Williams and owned by Barbara Stanwyk, then Jack and Victoria Oakie. Get a glimpse of old Hollywood on this informative tour.

This week, I am pleased to announce Mayor Eric Garcetti together with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) launched LA Mobile, an app that lets riders buy tickets on their smartphones for LADOT operated DASH and Commuter Express buses. The launch makes LADOT the first transit agency in California to create a system-wide mobile ticketing app.

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Email: Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org