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We want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who dropped off donations at our Community Service Center for the San Fernando Valley Rescue following the devastating fire early this year. With construction partially competed on the new Home Again Center for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, they are now accepting donations.

On Tuesday, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee heard a Planning Department report on the City's Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and the Department's Neighborhood Conservation Initiative. While the Planning Department begins work to close loopholes in the BMO and develop additional neighborhood conservation tools, the report recognizes that certain specific communities may need immediate relief.

Last Friday, I submitted a motion instructing the Department of Transportation to report on the feasibility of geo-coding the City's parking restriction data, as well as the use of this information for traffic control officer deployment. There are a variety of parking restrictions found throughout the City of Los Angeles that govern where vehicles can stop, stand and park.

This week, I voted to support a comprehensive analysis of the impact and effectiveness of Ordinance #181127, which temporarily reduced the internet-based business tax rate. In March of 2010, the City Council and Mayor approved Ordinance #181127 (CF 09-1914) to reduce business tax rates for internet-based businesses. The intent of this action was to create jobs by reducing the cost of locating or expanding a business within the city, and to retain these extremely mobile businesses in the City.

Last weekend, the Northridge community hosted a series of exciting public art events. On Saturday, October 4, the Public Art Initiative (PAI) opened up their inaugural art exhibit titled “The Vision Becomes Reality” at the new home for the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, located at 18860 Nordhoff Street, Suite 204 in Northridge.

Council District 12 was proud to partner with the Chatsworth Historical Society for the 23rd Annual Pioneer Days Event at the Homestead Acre. This event was a great opportunity for the community to travel back in time and take the Pioneer Challenge. Participants had the chance to roll back the clock with activities like churning butter, panning for gold, quilting, wood carving and a chili cook-off.

This week, the City of Los Angeles celebrated Latino Heritage Month with a special Council presentation honoring “Latinas in the Arts” throughout the City. Council District 12 was proud to honor Maria Rosales, volunteer and instructor at the LAPD Devonshire Police Activities League (PALS) Youth Center, the home of the Devonshire Police Activities League, which serves over 100 children per day providing enrichment programming and educational support.

This week, I authored a motion instructing the Bureau of Street Services be instructed to develop and implement the necessary actions to abate the pooling of stagnant water at several locations in Council District 12. This year, 69 cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Los Angeles County.

This Tuesday, I was honored to join Dr. Peter Grossman, Director of the Grossman Burn Center, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and Douglas Long, CEO of West Hills Hospital for the inaugural landing for the new helipad atop West Hills Hospital. When every second counts to save a life, quick and direct access to emergency medical care is critically important.

If we are going to have a discussion about wages in private industry we have to balance that with a meaningful conversation about business friendliness throughout the City of Los Angeles and a strategy for job creation and retention on every level.

This week, I am pleased to report that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 628, enabling Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD) throughout the State of California. This legislation will allow Infrastructure projects to be funded through multiple funding streams, including private investment.

This week, as a result of my motion (CF 11-1935), the City Council voted unanimously to ask the City Attorney to draft an ordinance strengthening the regulations pertaining to utility contractors cutting into our City streets. Additionally, the City Council unanimously adopted my motion (CF 14-1156) to review the feasibly of utilizing radio frequency identification (RFID) tag technologies, to better identify and track utility contractors and private developers undertaking street cuts within the public-right-of-way.

The Balboa Blvd-Knollwood Plaza Driveway project added a traffic signal and vehicle entrance/exit to the Knollwood Shopping Center. Secondary work added new curb and access ramps that will provide safe passage to the center for pedestrians.

This week, we revealed our new interactive district map on the Council District 12 website. Council District 12 is now the first and only website in the City of Los Angeles to host and interactive Arc GIS map.

This week, CD 12 honored a very special employee, Communications Assistant David Canlas. David began as an intern in my office in early 2013. During his time as an intern, David completed his Bachelors of Arts at California State University Northridge in Urban Studies and Planning. His work ethic and upbeat attitude quickly made him a CD12 favorite.

Today, the Department of Water and Power (DWP) reported back to the City Council on my motion to improve customer service and billing issues. The DWP will hold “Customer Service Saturdays” at four of its Customer Service Centers. Customers who attend any of the planned Customer Service Saturdays can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer billing questions and resolve billing issues.

This Thursday, I was proud to join my fellow San Fernando Valley City Councilmembers at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce's First Annual State of Valley Luncheon to discuss issues affecting Valley business and infrastructure. I will continue to work on behalf of the residents and businesses in the San Fernando Valley to ensure our economy continues to grow.

This week, the City of Los Angeles celebrated Deaf Awareness Month throughout the City. CD12 was proud to honor Fred and Debijo Lovitch for their continued commitment to the deaf community through their volunteer work in our community. Fred Lovitch is the founder and chairperson for the Deaf Student Banquet for the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge (now called DEAF CSUNIANS).

This past Monday, I was happy to speak at Areté Associates for a disaster preparedness workshop hosted for their employees. Participants were distributed OK/HELP signs and pamphlets about earthquake and disaster safety. Over 100 employees took part in the dialogue and Q & A regarding about disaster preparedness and steps everyone should take before and after an earthquake.

Last Saturday, sixty local student volunteers from the San Fernando Valley's Division 25 Key Club and California State University, Northridge's Circle K Club, joined with my staff for a community clean-up on Devonshire Street from Reseda Boulevard to Lindley Avenue. More than eighty bags of debris were filled up by our group and later collected by the Department of Sanitation. Special thanks to Western Bagel in Northridge for donating breakfast for the volunteers.

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