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This week, I joined the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the grand opening of the new office space for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. This is the first step to rebuilding the Mission after the devastating fire in May which destroyed the Mission's emergency shelter, which housed near 20 families, the vehicle fleet, used to provide onsite assistance to those in need, and the food and clothing warehouses.
Last Friday, a special joint meeting of the Public Safety Committee and Personnel & Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee voted to recommend the establishment of an Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE) pilot program for the City of Los Angeles. ACE is an alternative method of enforcement for violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. An administrative citation - a ticket- would be issued to a violator in place of criminal action or arrest. The present process results in a criminal conviction with penalties that may include probation, fines, and jail. An administrative citation process, on the other hand, can be resolved through the payment of a fine and there is no resulting criminal record, probation or threat of jail.
Last Thursday, August 14, our office hosted the first Wildlife Townhall with Wildlife Officers Gregory Randall and Hoang Dinh at Mason Park. The officers discussed the wildlife program, tips to avoid encounters with wildlife, and the types of wildlife living in Los Angeles. Click the link inside to watch the full recording of the meeting. Thank you to those who attended. Here are few tips when encountering a coyote:
This week, I was proud to stand alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and Police Commission President Steve Soboroff to swear in Charlie Beck to another term as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. I look forward to continuing my work with Chief Beck to integrate cutting edge technology into the Los Angeles Police Department to help our brave men and women make this the safest city in the country.
This week, I introduced a motion asking that the office of the City Administrative Officer, the City department that advises the Mayor and Council on all financial matters, conduct a study examining the compensation package and benefits received by LAPD officers. The goal of the study is to ensure that the City of Los Angeles is competitive in attracting and retaining the very best officers to serve our communities and keep us safe. The men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department are truly America’s finest in that they do more with less than any other law enforcement agency.
This week, I submitted a motion directing the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to work with PulsePoint CPR mobile application (app) to implement the emergency alerts within the City of Los Angeles when an individual has suffered cardiac arrest and needs CPR. The PulsePoint CPR mobile app is an innovative tool that sends emergency alerts to individuals who have downloaded the app when someone near them needs CPR. PulsePoint is linked to dispatch centers, so the emergency alert is issued at the same time an emergency dispatcher sends an alert to fire and EMS crews. This ensures that an individual who needs CPR gets aid quickly. The app has saved lives throughout California and the rest of the United States.
Today, I was proud to stand with my colleagues to confirm Ralph Terrazas as the Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). During his 31-year tenure, Terrazas has served as a chief officer for 14 years in a variety of field and administrative commands. He established the Department’s Professional Standards Division, which upgraded and professionalized the LAFD’s disciplinary system.
Today, I introduced a motion asking the Department of Water and Power (DWP) to immediately report to the Energy and Environment Committee on the status of its customer service help-line and operational issues impacting the customer call-back feature, and the Department’s efforts to address customer service concerns.
This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to approve my Budget action appropriating $150,000 from the California State Asset Forfeiture Fund to fund the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Police Activity League Supporters (PALS). This funding will allow the Devonshire PALS Center to remain open for an extra day each week.
The San Fernando Valley has always been a hot-bed of baseball talent. The recent performance of Northridge City Little League’s 9 and 10 year old all-star baseball team is continuing this rich tradition of competitive valley baseball, having captured the District 40 Championship and the Section 2 Championship banner. The boys are now off to Lompoc, California where they will compete for the regional championship.
This week, our E12 students visited the West Valley Animal Shelter to learn about the wide array of services and programs available for our residents and their pets such as microchipping and low cost spaying and neutering. West Valley Animal Shelter cares for a variety of animals ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles, chickens and horses.
This week, I was proud to stand alongside Assemblymember Mike Gatto, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Finish the Ride to announce a historic partnership between state, local, and community organizations to support State Assembly Bill 47 which if passed, will create a Yellow Alert System for hit-and-run crimes in Los Angeles and throughout the State.
This week, our E12 students visited New Horizons, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for clients with physical or intellectual disabilities. They learned about the unique revenue generating programs New Horizon employs, a great example of social entrepreneurship and the many community partnerships the organization establishes with governments, other non profits and businesses. \
On Thursday of this week neighbors and Neighborhood Council Board members came together to wash down and disinfect the sidewalk under the Reseda Boulevard Bridge on both sides of the street and wash down the mural. Thank you to Patty Lopez, Paul Wilson, Marilyn from NSNC, Lee Larson, Colette Chaffee, Roger Hsu, Don Larson, Linda Dunham and Andrea Alvarado for their tremendous work.
This update marks the three-year anniversary of my service as your Councilmember. I wanted to share some of the many accomplishments that my staff and I have undertaken on your behalf and to reiterate my commitment to our ongoing goals of enhancing the efficient delivery of city services and protecting the safety and beauty of our unique Council District Twelve neighborhoods.
Over 400 people attended the Movie Under the Stars event at West Hills' Shadow Ranch Park over the weekend. Participants were treated to a free showing of Disney's Frozen, free children's activities and a pre-movie concert featuring American Idol contestant Juliana Chahayed.
This week, our E12 students applied their lessons into action by participating in two service learning activities. On Monday, the E12 students visited the LAPD Devonshire PALS Center where for over 30 years, Devonshire PALS has provided after school and weekend enrichment programs, such as homework help, martial arts, computer classes, for local at-risk children and teens that build strong, positive relationships between youth and the LAPD. On Thursday, the E12 students visited Orcutt Ranch in West Hills, a rich City park with orange groves and a community garden.
Temperatures reached over 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley last week before cooling off. More heat waves will come this summer, so be ready! During extreme heat, the City opens up hundreds of facilities to be utilized as cooling centers, including Senior Citizen Centers, most Recreation and Parks facilities, and City Libraries.
An incredible “Lifecycle” team of 8 students from the Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences (VAAS) in Granada Hills successfully completely the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Challenge, a competition among 17 Los Angeles Unified School District high schools focused on creating innovative solutions to important issues within the community.
This week, I am pleased to announce that the City Council unanimously passed my motion to allow for the donation of a surplus ambulance to the California Emergency Mobile Patrol (CEMP). Based in the San Fernando Valley, CEMP is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides emergency response for the City of Los Angeles. CEMP is trained and ready for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, command post, and evacuation.