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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.
On Tuesday, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee heard a Planning Department report on the City's Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and the Department's Neighborhood Conservation Initiative. While the Planning Department begins work to close loopholes in the BMO and develop additional neighborhood conservation tools, the report recognizes that certain specific communities may need immediate relief.
Last Friday, I submitted a motion instructing the Department of Transportation to report on the feasibility of geo-coding the City's parking restriction data, as well as the use of this information for traffic control officer deployment. There are a variety of parking restrictions found throughout the City of Los Angeles that govern where vehicles can stop, stand and park.
This week, I voted to support a comprehensive analysis of the impact and effectiveness of Ordinance #181127, which temporarily reduced the internet-based business tax rate. In March of 2010, the City Council and Mayor approved Ordinance #181127 (CF 09-1914) to reduce business tax rates for internet-based businesses. The intent of this action was to create jobs by reducing the cost of locating or expanding a business within the city, and to retain these extremely mobile businesses in the City.
Last weekend, the Northridge community hosted a series of exciting public art events. On Saturday, October 4, the Public Art Initiative (PAI) opened up their inaugural art exhibit titled “The Vision Becomes Reality” at the new home for the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, located at 18860 Nordhoff Street, Suite 204 in Northridge.
Council District 12 was proud to partner with the Chatsworth Historical Society for the 23rd Annual Pioneer Days Event at the Homestead Acre. This event was a great opportunity for the community to travel back in time and take the Pioneer Challenge. Participants had the chance to roll back the clock with activities like churning butter, panning for gold, quilting, wood carving and a chili cook-off.
This week, the City of Los Angeles celebrated Latino Heritage Month with a special Council presentation honoring “Latinas in the Arts” throughout the City. Council District 12 was proud to honor Maria Rosales, volunteer and instructor at the LAPD Devonshire Police Activities League (PALS) Youth Center, the home of the Devonshire Police Activities League, which serves over 100 children per day providing enrichment programming and educational support.
This week, I authored a 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 year, 69 cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Los Angeles County.