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Yesterday, I was honored to be awarded the 2015 Justice Armand Arabian Award for Leadership in Public Service. Thank you to Justice Arabian and the Encino Chamber of Commerce for this incredible honor. The Justice Armand Arabian Awards program was established 16 years ago in the name of former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Armand Arabian to honor people who unselfishly give of themselves for public service without asking for anything in return.
This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 8 creating a Yellow Alert System for hit-and-runs in Los Angeles and throughout the State. I want to thank Assemblymember Mike Gatto for his leadership on this issue. Los Angeles and its surrounding communities are in the grips of a hit-and-run epidemic. The Los Angeles Police Department records approximately 20,000 hit-and-runs each year. Nearly half of all vehicle crashes in the City of Los Angeles are hit-and-runs, compared with the national average of 11 percent.
This Wednesday, I was happy to join Assemblymember Scott Wilk and Granada Hills Charter High School to cut the ribbon on the new iGranada Digital & Arts Program at the new Devonshire Campus. The iGranada Digital Arts & Sciences program will provide over 200 students in grades nine through twelve and their parents with a flexible choice in education by combining online classes with the support of classroom advisors and peer collaboration.
This week, the Los Angeles City Council announced a plan to declare a “State of Emergency” on homelessness in the City of Los Angeles. With more than 25,000 people homeless in Los Angeles, and approximately 19,000 families and individuals continually going without shelter, our City has an unprecedented homelessness crisis and a lack of emergency shelter.
This week, I attended the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Public Safety & Crime Prevention (PSCP) Steering Committee, which I have been appointed to for the past two years, held in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The PSCP 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.
This Thursday, I was proud to join my fellow San Fernando Valley City Councilmembers at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce's Annual State of the Valley Luncheon to discuss issues affecting Valley business and infrastructure.
Yesterday, I was proud to join the Los Angeles Police Department to announce the arrest of five suspects and the confiscation of thousands of dollars in stolen property. This was the result of a 6 month investigation by the LAPD/Operations Valley Bureau’s (OVB) Catalytic Converter Task Force (CCTF).
This week, the City Council passed my motion asking for increasing the penalties for illegal street racing, exhibition of speed, and reckless driving in the City of Los Angeles. The motion directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow LAPD to seize and auction or destroy cars that are involved in street racing, exhibitions of speed, and reckless driving that leads to great bodily injury or death.
This week the City Council unanimously voted to fund three pilot projects using the Mayor’s Innovation Fund. The first is a pilot program for the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) which utilizes a smartphone dispatch to provide better pothole service. Nearly $90,000 was allocated to purchase Actsoft Comet Tracker for Small Asphalt Repair communication devices and support equipment in order to provide better customer service in asphalt repair requests.
Yesterday, I was proud to join the Los Angeles Police Department Captain Robert Marino, Assemblymember Scott Wilk, and Supporters of Law Enforcement at Devonshire (S.O.L.I.D.) to unveil the newly renovated trailers to house the Community Relations Office and the Gang Impact Team at the Devonshire Community Police Station.
In recent weeks, several small wooden structures affixed with wheels, approximately the size of a garden shed, have been placed on public streets in communities across the City, and are being used as temporary shelters for the homeless. These structures are unpermitted, and have no running water, no sewer connection, and no reflective markings to make them visible to drivers, posing a great risk to public health and safety.
On Wednesday, over 70 representatives from the ten neighborhood councils from Council District 12 took part in what has become a much-anticipated tradition in the North West San Fernando Valley – the Council District 12 Conversations with Councils.
As weather forecasts predict excessive heat beginning today through Friday in parts of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to conserve energy use where possible, while not jeopardizing their health or the health of their pets.
Today, I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief Charlie Beck and Police Commission President Steve Soborff to launch the first roll out of on-officer body cameras at Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Community Police Station. This roll out follows the successful field study of a variety of body cameras which I asked LAPD to conduct in September of 2013.
This week, I was honored to join my colleagues in unanimously approving the appointment of Matthew Johnson to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Mr. Johnson is the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham, LLP, widely considered the country’s premier entertainment law firm and a leader in structuring and negotiating cutting-edge transactions in the rapidly changing media and entertainment industries.
Earlier this week, Shapell / Liberty Investment Properties presented its new plans for the shopping center on the west side of Porter Ranch Drive and Rinaldi Street at a joint meeting of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Board and Land Use Committee. Over 300 community members attended to listen to the presentation and provide input on the initial design elements.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Northridge pool are helping our community beat the heat by extending pool hours through the rest of the season.
This Monday, I was proud to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, my colleague Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the Transportation Committee, the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Street Services, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to announce Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Program with a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
This Tuesday, I co-authored a motion with Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the Transportation Committee, requesting that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in consultation with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) report to the Transportation and Public Safety Committees on the current impediments to agile and effective speed enforcement and recommendations on how to enhance Los Angeles' ability to enforce safe travel speeds.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), in conjunction with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), are offering the SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program, a residential water conservation program for our residential customers to promote the use of water conservation products.