About the Councilmember
Mitchell Englander was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended valley public schools and has dedicated his life to public service and to making the Valley a safer and better place to live, work, and raise a family.
He was elected to serve as Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Twelfth District on March 8, 2011 with 58% of the vote in the primary in a crowded field, without using taxpayer funds. He represents the communities of Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, North Hills, Reseda and West Hills.
Mitch has been at the forefront of protecting our neighborhoods and the quality of life in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. Before he was elected to City Council, he served as the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith from 2003 to 2011. Together, they led the fight to stop the massive Las Lomas development. A dedicated environmentalist, Mitch has worked to preserve and protect open space and equestrian properties and to acquire new parkland. He co-authored the RENEW LA plan, which will end our dependency on landfills while increasing our energy sustainability. Mitch led the effort to protect the North Valley's vital health and emergency resources by enabling the crucial expansion of Providence Holy Cross Hospital adding 136 new beds and the only LEED Certified hospital in California.
Mitchell Englander helped lead the effort to bring together the resources necessary to re-open the Northridge Pool after it was closed for 10 years, and helped build the new Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center, home of the Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) program, which offers crucial after-school programs, sports, education and mentoring to offer at-risk-youth an alternative to crime, gangs and drugs. He helped implement business tax reform, and conceived of a plan that led to the hiring of 254 new LAPD officers without raising taxes. As a sworn Reserve LAPD Officer, Mitch has gone through the same rigorous hiring and training requirements as regular Police Officers, and the Police Academy. He works in uniform patrolling in our community.
For most of his life, Mitch has been active in civic, philanthropic, and public safety activities. He is the immediate past Chair of the North Valley Family YMCA and serves on the boards of numerous community organizations including the American Diabetes Association, San Fernando Valley Jaycees, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, West Valley Boys and Girls Club, The Jewish Home for the Aging, Winnetka Community Foundation, Valley Leadership Institute, Devonshire Police Activities League (PALS), New Directions For Youth, New Horizons, Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire (SOLID), and is a member of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee, and many others.
Prior to entering public service, Mitch was a small business owner. His career accomplishments include helping local businesses expand and guiding community issue campaigns that fought overdevelopment, and prevented the closure of hundreds of Fire Stations throughout Los Angeles County.
Mitch was raised by a single mother who struggled to provide for her three children. His father, a disabled Veteran, left when he was a young boy and an uncle who helped raise him was later killed while being robbed in Canoga Park. This experience inspired him to join the LAPD Reserves as a Reserve Police Officer. He went through LAPD training and academy, and has been actively patrolling our community in uniform since 2006. Mitch's sister, a school teacher, suffered permanent brain damage when she was rushed to an emergency room whose doors were locked and wasn't able to receive medical aid in time. He looked after his sister as she struggled with her condition for 10 years. She later passed away at the young age of 40.
On Sept. 12, 2008, when a collision between a freight train and a Metrolink commuter train killed 25 and injured over 125 in Chatsworth, Mitch was among the first responders. He assisted in pulling injured survivors from the wreckage all day and through the night and was deeply moved by the response of the emergency personnel and the community and the way it brought the community together. Hardships he has endured have driven his desire to give back and to dedicate his life to public service.
Mitch is a dedicated family man, and lives in Granada Hills with his wife Jayne and their daughters Lindsey and Lauren and their three dogs. One of his proudest achievements was being named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council 2006.