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Last night, I was proud to host over 1,200 students from 26 schools at our first Making Movies that Matter: Youth Film Festival featuring the top 15 winning short films. Our office partnered with CalArts, Department of Cultural Affairs, Film LA, Valley Relics Museum, California State University Northridge, and Speck Products to host the six month long event ending in a red carpet awards show.
I have been honored the serve as the Vice Chair of the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee since 2011. On my first day in office, I submitted a motion to move toward a Performance-Based Budgeting methodology that would utilize data and performance metrics to create efficiencies and stretch every tax dollar. The $18.91 million worth of efficiencies and reductions in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget is a direct reflection of that process and is money that can be used to expand vital City services.
Last night, hundreds of residents attended the community town hall hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to address concerns over in-home testing results. On May 12, 2016 the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported to the Porter Ranch Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) and the following day published on their website the results of in-home testing of homes in proximity to the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak.
This week, we congratulated and honored the students, coaches, teachers, and parents of Granada Hills Charter High School in City Hall for winning the National Academic Decathlon for the 5th time in 6 years. Granada Hills Charter earned 54,195 points out of a possible 60,000 in the scholastic contest, beating out nearly 50 other high school teams for the title.
On Wednesday, the City Council approved the final three implementing ordinances for the Granada Hills-Knollwood Community Plan Update, which was adopted in October 2015. These three ordinances establish the Granada Hills Specific Plan, equinekeeping district boundaries and standards, and a Residential Floor Area overlay district for the Old Granada Hills neighborhood.
The Assessor’s Office is proactively performing a decline-in-value review of properties in areas affected by the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. Property owners may file a Decline-in Value Review Application, form RP-87, with the Assessor between July 2, 2016 and November 30, 2016. The form will be available online between July 2 and November 30. The claim form may also be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (213) 974-3211.
Last night, the Porter Ranch Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC), which I formed in January, received an update from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on the results of the in-home testing for the affected communities of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. Over 100 homes were tested for 250 different chemicals. While air levels have been deemed safe, in approximately 20% of homes tested, metals were found in dust particles on surfaces.
I want to thank Governor Brown for signing SB 380, a vital tool for ensuring the future safety of the residents in proximity to SoCal Gas' Aliso Canyon storage facility. This bill sends a strong message that negligence of community and environmental protections will not be tolerated. The bill requires the inspection of all Aliso Canyon gas storage wells and a multi-agency sign-off as to their ability to operate safely.
This week, the Kiwanis Club of Northridge held the 13th Annual Courageous Citizens Awards Luncheon honoring those who selflessly serve and protect our community. These are our true community heroes who have testified in the face of unusual pressures, prevented a crime from taking place, helped to capture a suspect, and come to the aid of a victim.
This week, I was proud to co-present Yom Ha’Shoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, alongside my colleague, Councilmember Paul Koretz at Los Angeles City Hall. Together with Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feuer, and in partnership with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, we recognized the spirit of the survivors, their families, and their contributions to our community, our city, and throughout the world.
The Budget and Finance committee got the opportunity to sit down with all City departments this week with respect to reviewing the Mayor's proposed 2016-17 Budget. After answering questions in committee, department general managers answered 133 written requests for information so that the committee members and the committee staff can now evaluate the Council's priorities.
This week, City Council approved my motion requesting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) report back on the feasibility of implementing a fee for non-Advanced Life Support (ALS) responses to skilled nursing facilities, similar to the fee charged by the City of Santa Monica. Additionally, I have asked that the report include issues related to responses at skilled nursing facilities specific to the LAFD, and identify any aspects of the Santa Monica model that may not work in the City of Los Angeles.
This week, our office, alongside the West Hills Neighborhood Council, recognized the outstanding achievements of 10 local educators from schools within the community for being outstanding contributors to their schools’ learning environment.
This week, I was honored to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Joe Buscaino, and Nury Martinez, along with a delegation of Los Angeles officials in Washington D.C. for the annual Access Washington D.C. symposium on “Innovation, Transportation & Trade” organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier this year, I launched my Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Film Festival involving hundreds of young film makers from elementary, middle, and high school campuses throughout Council District 12 and the San Fernando Valley. Community College and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit films. The Film Festival will culminate on May 19, 2016, with a juried competition and screening at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge.
Earlier this month as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Clean Streets initiative, the City of Los Angeles created CleanStat, a database of Los Angeles’s public streets. The Bureau of Sanitation drove through every street and alley in Los Angeles and gave each block a "cleanliness score" ranging from 1 to 3: Clean, Somewhat Clean, and Not Clean. Each street score is based on four factors: litter, weeds, bulky items and illegal dumping.
Captain Brian Pratt was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio until 1981 when he moved to Southern California. Captain Pratt joined the United States Marine Corps in 1982 and served four years of active duty in both California and Hawaii. Captain Pratt joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988 and served as a police officer in Central, Southeast, and Rampart Areas as a patrol officer, Special Problems Unit officer, and Gang Enforcement Detail officer.
Councilmember Mitchell Englander is proud to commence the fourth class of the E12 Excellence in Public Service high school leadership development program to train and cultivate the next generation of young leaders in our community. This interdisciplinary program will teach students how to navigate the network of public agencies, facilitate collaborative coalition building, and master interpersonal skills to succeed at school and in the workplace.
On Tuesday, I was honored to stand with my colleague Councilmember Joe Buscaino, and my fellow Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Reserve Police Officers as we celebrated the month of April as National Volunteer Appreciation Month. The Los Angeles Police Reserves Corps is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.
This Tuesday, I joined Controller Ron Galperin to announce the completion of a citywide audit and the unveiling of a plan to hire civilian personnel to fill more than 400 jobs within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). LAPD is the third largest police department in the nation and is responsible for the safety and security of the City of Los Angeles. The LAPD receives the largest appropriation ($1.4 billion) of any department supported by the City’s General Fund, and the department spends the majority of its funding on sworn police officers.