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This week, my office partnered with the North Valley YMCA to deliver over 3,300 Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout the San Fernando Valley. The idea of the Thanksgiving Basket Give Away began 7 years ago with a goal of giving away 50 dinners to families in the San Fernando Valley and since that successful year, the set goal has grown exponentially.

Last Wednesday, I was proud to honor Andre van der Valk as the Council District 12 Veterans Day honoree. A resident of Chatsworth and an active member of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, Andre has been in the Oil Industry for 50 years, starting in high school working at a Union 76 Station in 1963 in Burbank.

On November 8, I was proud to help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Over 500 people attended the ceremony and helped celebrate the new museum and its amazing exhibits chronicling the history of the Valley and its residents.

This Tuesday, I was proud to have the Wings Over Wendy’s (WOW) to Los Angeles City Hall to honor them for their contributions to our local community and for their collective sacrifice and service to our country. They were and are a true “Band of Brothers” who have been referred to as the “greatest generation” for their humility and courage. Now 12 years later, WOW has expanded to include members from every branch of service and every conflict since from the skies over Germany to the Jungles of Vietnam.

On Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed my resolution asking the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning to conduct a thorough environmental review, including an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), of the Termo Company's drilling proposal in northern Aliso Canyon.

Last weekend, I was happy to join Boy Scout Troops 118, 564, 415, 320, 777, and 575 and Girl Scout Troop 8346 for the 9th Annual Boy Scouts of America Cleanup at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth. Nearly 100 volunteers showed up to pick up trash and debris and support their local community.

This week, together with my colleague Councilmember Tom La Bonge, we introduced a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Board of Police Commissioners, the City Attorney, the City Administrative Officer (CAO), and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) report to the Public Safety Committee with policy guidelines for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as Drones, within the City of Los Angeles and provide recommendations on how to strictly enforce the operation of drones to designated areas or remote controlled airfields.

This week, I was proud to have our CD12 Food Champion JoEllen Murata from Fish of West Valley at City Hall to celebrate Food Day LA! JoEllen has been involved with FISH of West Valley, the ecumenical food ministry of the Congregational Church of Chatsworth, UCC since 1992.

Yesterday, I was pleased to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas to unveil the new FireSTATLA website. As Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, I authored FireSTAT LA to develop a comprehensive real-time system for the Fire Department modeled after the LAPD’s highly successful COMPSTAT. FireSTAT LA will employ cutting-edge technology and innovative management techniques to make the best Fire Department in the country even better.

Today, the City Council unanimously passed my motion directing the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to work with PulsePoint CPR mobile application to implement the emergency alerts within the City of Los Angeles when an individual has suffered cardiac arrest and needs CPR.

Yesterday, I was proud to break ground on the new warm water pool that will be coming to the North Valley Family YMCA in 2015. I was proud to co-chair this important capital campaign to bring a much need resource to our community. This warm water pool will give over 1,000 people, children parents and seniors, the opportunity to take classes and stay active and healthy.

This week, I was proud to join the Emergency Management Department to honor the Faith-Based Organizations throughout the City of Los Angeles who have committed to getting their congregations prepared! These 18 organizations have engaged their communities and collaborated to educate and prepare for the worst.

Last weekend, I was honored to be the emcee for the 2014 Fernando Awards Dinner. Congratulations to the 2014 winner Marty Cooper and all the other eight nominees: Steven Fazio, Paul Davis, Susan Du Brin, Jacques Hay, Johnny Higginson, Sean McCarthy, Emily Roberts, and Mel Wilson. The Fernando Award is one of the top awards for civic accomplishment in the nation and the highest award for volunteerism in the greater San Fernando Valley.

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission will feed more than 500 people at its 15th Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 25. The Mission is in need of sponsorships to ensure everyone gets a hot meal this holiday season.

This week, the City Council unanimously passed my 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 week, the City Council approved my motion instructing the City Administrative Officer, the Planning Department and the City Attorney to report back in 30 days with recommendations to fund City Attorney staffing at Area Planning Commission meetings.The City’s seven Area Planning Commissions are quasi-judicial agencies that are responsible for making important decisions on a variety of land use issues.

The City Ethics Commission shapes, administers, and enforces laws regarding governmental ethics, conflicts of interests, campaign financing, and lobbying.The Commission is comprised of appointees from the Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller, Council President and Council President Pro Tempore.

Today, I was proud to join Councilmember Mike Bonin and Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon to honor the officers for their heroic actions during the November 1, 2013, shooting in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is California’s highest award bestowed for heroism.

This week, I was proud to honor both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Patrols for their outstanding service to our residents. These are not weekend warriors, they are first responders who save countless lives and carry this training with them from the mountains to our City streets.

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.

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Community Service Center: 9207 Oakdale Ave., Suite 200 | Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Phone: (818) 882-1212 - Fax: (818) 701-5254