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This Tuesday, I joined the Mayor’s Office, Councilmember Gil Cedillo and US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones in Sacramento to meet with our state lawmakers to raise awareness about seismic vulnerability and earthquake resilience for the City of Los Angeles.

Today, the Public Safety Committee directed the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department and the Department of Transportation to implement a hit-and-run mass notification system in the City of Los Angeles using existing technology platforms such as Nixle, Twitter and Facebook.

This week, I was honored to be reappointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. This committee is responsible for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.

Together with Mayor Eric Garcetti and US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, I was proud to host a community meeting to provide residents the opportunity to learn more about "Resilience by Design," Mayor Garcetti's plan to improve our City's infrastructure and ensure public safety and preparedness in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.

This Wednesday, Dr. Lucy Jones from the U.S. Geological Survey provided the City with an overview of the Mayor's Resilience by Design report, which outlined the City's greatest vulnerabilities from earthquakes and provides specific recommendations for the City to undertake in order to respond effectively in the aftermath of an earthquake and better prepare for a major seismic event.

Past earthquakes in the City of Los Angeles have proven the vulnerability of wood-frame residential buildings as well as older concrete buildings. Soft-story buildings built before 1976 are particularly at risk during earthquakes because their ground floors generally have perimeter walls that lack adequate strength, causing such buildings to pancake.

Today, on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council District 12, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Northridge Hospital Medical Center announced the installation of approximately 6,500 feet of high-tech Earthquake Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe (ERDIP) on streets surrounding the Northridge Hospital Medical Facility.

Please be aware Metrolink has begun testing its life-saving Positive Train Control system on the Ventura County Line which runs through Council District Twelve. Testing will take place during weeknights and during the day on weekends.There will be an increase in train activity marked by horn noise as the test trains pass through crossings. Testing will conclude within the next few weeks.

For a limited time, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering a $10 bill credit for new paperless billing customers. Customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills, and who sign up for paperless billing through ladwp.com, will receive a $10 credit on their next bill.

The Los Angeles Department of Sanitation has CURBSIDE collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place it inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on your designated collection day.

This Monday, I joined the Granada Hills Business Improvement District (BID) and members of the Granada Hills community to break ground on the new beautification and community improvement project on Chatsworth Street and White Oak Avenue.

This Wednesday, I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief Charlie Beck and Police Commission President Steve Soborff to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department will soon become the first major city in the United States to outfit all of its officers with body cameras.

My family and I were pleased to be part of the Chatsowrth Kiwanis Holiday Parade last weekend. Thank you to all the volunteers and parade participants who made this year's parade and auto show the best ever. Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth and the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council for their efforts this season and all year round to give back.

This Monday, December 15, the Los Angeles Fire Department will host its annual Spark of Love Toy Drive for children in need throughout Southern California. I would especially like to thank Granada Hills resident Gayle Fitzpatrick who personally donated over 250 toys to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

My family and I were pleased to be a part of the 2014 Granada Hills Holiday Parade last weekend. Special thanks to this year’s Grand Marshall Actor  Ken Kercheval, a.k.a. ''Cliff Barnes'' of the new reprised ''Dallas'' television show. There were over 140 entries in this year’s parade including marching bands, youth groups, equestrian clubs and veterans groups.

Last weekend, I was happy to honor the Church at Rocky Peak for their extraordinary community service through their “All Serve” Program. Begun in 2013, the All Serve Program engaged 650 volunteers in 26 projects throughout the City of Los Angeles. This year, participation increased to over 1,100 volunteers in 37 projects throughout the City.

Yesterday, I was proud to help cut the ribbon on the new athletic fields at Sierra Canyon School and unveil a new community sign donated to the Chatsworth community by the school. This new fields and sign are just a few of the many improvements Sierra Canyon has done for the community including: new sidewalks and horse trail upgrades, improved traffic conditions and now two new athletic fields and a welcome sign.

Today, I was proud to recognize the 30th Anniversary of the Karate Kid movie! This is especially significant this week, as the City continues to strive to revitalize the film industry in Los Angeles and took an important first step towards keeping coveted film and TV production in the City of Los Angeles.

This week, I authored a resolution to support Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8) by Assemblymember Mike Gatto which would authorize law enforcement agencies to issue a "Yellow Alert" if a person has been killed or seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident and there is a reliable description of the vehicle. The City of Los Angeles has a significant number of hit-and-run collisions each year, many of which result in serious injuries or deaths.

A new unit from the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division dropped the hammer on street racers last week in an overnight sweep that resulted in arrests, citations for illegally modified vehicles and the seizure of five vehicles. Officers fanned out across the San Fernando Valley from Wednesday night into Thursday morning focusing on locations known to attract racers and their small souped-up street machines.

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City Hall Office: 200 N. Spring St., Room 405 | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Phone: (213) 473-7012 - Fax: (213) 473-6925
Community Service Center: 9207 Oakdale Ave., Suite 200 | Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Phone: (818) 882-1212 - Fax: (818) 701-5254         

Email: Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org