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It is with great pleasure that I share with you my "Mid-Term in Review: Bringing Common Sense to City Hall," an overview of the legislation and projects that we have achieved together in my two years in office. Thanks for taking the time to read this update and please, share it with your friends and neighbors. To view the Mid-Term in Review visit: http://issuu.com/councilmember_englander/docs/mid_term_review_2013

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This Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to accept 8,000 trauma kits valued at $352,652, from the Los Angeles Police Foundation for sworn field officers and new recruits to use during medical emergencies (CF 14-0088-S5).  The trauma kits will be known as the "Webb Kit" in recognition of LAPD Commander Richard Webb's above and beyond effort to develop and secure the trauma kits for future officers.

This week, the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), and City Administrative Officer (CAO) released a detailed, comprehensive joint report on our Save Our Streets LA (SOSLA) proposal, as requested by the City Council in August 2013.

On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the new LA Open Budget Portal Website to promote transparency and provide residents with a detailed picture of how the City spends taxpayer dollars.

This week, I joined my colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council in attending the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C. The City of Los Angeles joined cities from across the country in this unique opportunity to share best practices and learn strategies to promote local economic and financial health, and ensure quality of life for all city residents.

This week I was honored to join an unprecedented delegation of Los Angeles officials in Washington D.C. for the annual Access Washington D.C. symposium on “Immigration, Infrastructure & Trade” organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Councilmember Joe Buscaino and I met with over a dozen members of congress, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez to advocate for federal funds for the Save Our Streets L.A. proposal (SOSLA) to fix 8,700 lane miles of failed streets in the City of Los Angeles over a ten-year period.

On Tuesday, I urged my colleagues on the City Council to support my resolution (14-0002-S5) in support of U.S. Senate Bill S.1813, "the Earthquake Affordability Act of 2013," sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein. "The Earthquake Affordability Act of 2013" would establish a program to provide guarantees for debt issued by or on behalf of State catastrophic insurance programs to assist in the financial recovery from earthquakes and earthquake related events.

This week, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution (CF 14-0002-S10) in support of California State Assembly Bill AB1532 authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto increasing the penalties for hit-and-run offenses. If passed, the bill mandates that any driver who commits a hit-and-run offense, even if a victim is not seriously injured, must forfeit their driver’s license for six months. Although laws are on the books to allow for up to 6 months in jail, this is rarely enforced.

Today the City Council adopted the ordinance to codify the Charter Amendment for the City's Budget Stabilization Fund (BSF). A Budget Stabilization Fund was created by the Council and Mayor as part of the 2009-10 Adopted Budget. The original intent of the BSF was to set aside funds during periods of strong economic growth when revenues exceed projections. Funds in the BSF were intended to help address budget shortfalls in years when revenues are stagnant or in decline.

This week in Council the Department of Water and Power submitted their report on the status of the LADWP’s and Bureau of Sanitation's (BOS) water conservation programs. Every 5 years, as part of its Urban Water Management Plan process, LADWP develops and submits to the State, the City's water shortage contingency plan. This plan sets conservation phases and actions that can be implemented in response to dry-year conditions causing water supply shortages.

Today in Public Safety Committee, we heard a presentation from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commander Richard Webb regarding the donation of 8,000 trauma kits to be issued to sworn field officers and new recruits to be used in medical emergencies.

This week, the City Council voted unanimously to support HR 2692 the "Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013.” HR 2692 was introduced to address colony collapse disorder and would direct the EPA to take action to minimize the impact of pesticides to the bee population. Additionally, the City Council asked that the Planning Department, in consultation with the Department of Animal Services, report back to Planning and Land Use Management Committee relative to the feasibility of allowing beekeeping in R1 zones to foster a healthier bee population.

This week in council, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) presented its response to the June 28, 2013 Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury Report recommending that LAFD's funding be reinstated to 2008 levels, the firefighters at the Dispatch Center be replaced with civilians, and the Department's computer systems be overhauled.

Today, I was humbled to honor Richard Hilton, a long-time member and founding board director of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Richard, an accomplished author, photographer, and preservationist has worked to share with the greater community the love he has for the San Fernando Valley. Over the years, he researched, organized and conducted historic walking tours of North Hollywood, Van Nuys, the Oakridge Estate in Northridge and bus tours of Northridge and Granada Hills.

Last week, Boy Scouts from Troops 10 and 911 along with members of Northridge Christian Church and the Northridge West Neighborhood Council held a community clean-up project on Chatsworth Street from Wilbur Avenue to Tampa Street. Over 278 bags of debris were bundled and picked up by the Department of Sanitation. Special thanks to Chick-fil-A in Northridge which donated a nutritious chicken breakfast for all the volunteers.

This week, the City Council voted to move forward with the my November motion instructing the Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Sanitation to report to the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, to establish compassionate guidelines and policies to allow for the display and removal of temporary street memorials being placed in the public right-of-way, being sensitive to the families grieving over their lost loved ones.

This week, together with Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Joe Buscaino, I submitted directing staff to look into conducting annual inspections of apartments, condominiums and other multi-family residences. The motion also asks staff to look into requiring carbon-monoxide monitors in all homes in Los Angeles, and to team with the U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, firefighters' union and fire chiefs association to create a free giveaway program for smoke alarms, carbon-monoxide detectors and batteries.

This morning, I was honored to organize a remembrance ceremony commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. At the event, we remembered the 57 people who lost their lives during the Northridge Earthquake. We also heard stories from community leaders and first responders that experienced the earthquake. The shaking from the earthquake only lasted for seven seconds, but it's impact in the community is felt to this day. Sharing our experiences and acknowledging the effect this event had on our lives is an important step to building a stronger community.

This week, I am proud to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department began the field study of 30 on-officer cameras in LAPD's Central Division. This field study is the result of my September motion directing the Los Angeles Police Department to work with Taser International, Inc. to immediately begin a proof of concept study to field test police-worn camera technology, and identify the styles of body camera to be worn. Additionally, the LAPD has been asked to report back to the Police Commission and the Public Safety Committee in 90 days with its findings from the field test, recommendations both on the style of body camera to be used, and policy recommendations on how a department-wide body camera program can be implemented, including how the department will use video for investigative purposes, internal disciplinary actions, what video is discoverable, and retention period.

On Tuesday, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a historic partnership with United States Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones to develop an earthquake resilience strategy for Los Angeles. Dr. Jones has been a USGS seismologist and a visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology since 1983. She is currently the science advisor for risk reduction in the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area, which works to apply hazards science to protect the nation from natural disasters.

This week, the City of Los Angeles commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I was humbled to commend the various community individuals and institutions who contributed to the recovery efforts after the disaster. The Valley Economic Alliance was recognized for supporting local businesses effected by the earthquake to rebuild and thrive. I also presented a resolution in honor of the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to the "Father of CERT," retired LAFD Assistant Chief Frank W. Borden. Larry Schneider, retired LAFD Battalion Chief for Battalion 15 who was on duty during the earthquake was also honored.

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