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This week, I am pleased to announce Mayor Eric Garcetti together with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) launched LA Mobile, an app that lets riders buy tickets on their smartphones for LADOT operated DASH and Commuter Express buses. The launch makes LADOT the first transit agency in California to create a system-wide mobile ticketing app.

Last Saturday, my office was proud to join the Chatsworth community as they prepare to host 100 of the Olympic athletes for the 2015 Special Olympic Games from July 25 - August 2. With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting has identified the intersection of Roscoe Blvd and Lindley Ave as a location for a lighting improvement project. The $500,000 federally-funded project consists of installing 54 new street lights on a low-voltage system and also upgrading 22 existing lights to more energy-efficient LED lights.

This Wednesday, I joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Department of Transportation’s General Manger Seleta Renyolds, Los Angeles Police Department's Captain Philip Fontanetta, and hit-and-run victim and founder of Finish the Ride Damian Kevitt to announce the implementation of a hit-and-run alert system throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Yesterday, I joined Mayor Eric Garcetti for a tour TIG/m, one of the nation’s leading producers of self-powered hybrid electric streetcars, located right here in Chatsworth. Rather than rely on a continuous electricity supply from overhead catenary wires, TIG/m’s streetcars have an onboard battery packs that charge overnight, supplemented with an onboard clean fuel generator.

This week, the Los Angeles City Council passed my resolution to support California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 8 which would authorize law enforcement agencies to issue a "Yellow Alert" if a person has been killed or seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident and there is a reliable description of the vehicle.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Reserve Officer, it is my pleasure to welcome Captain Maureen Ryan as the new commanding officer of LAPD’s Topanga Division which covers Canoga Park, West Hills, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills.

As part of a Community Partnership Outreach grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), The Bay Foundation (TBF) has launched an online public survey and the first of three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to engage the public and promote energy and water conservation. The survey asks people about their views on energy and water savings to help assess awareness and bring about positive behavior change.

In an effort to increase transparency and include the public, and include key stakeholders like United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), the Chief Officers Association, and the media, last May, I introduced a motion directing the Information Technology Agency work with the Fire Department to implement telephone and website access to Fire Commission Meetings.

The 2015 Primary Nominating Election to be held on March 3, 2015, voters who wish to Vote-By-Mail (VBM) may submit their application for a VBM ballot beginning Monday, February 2. California State law gives all registered voters the option to vote by mail regardless of whether or not they anticipate being “absent” on Election Day. A voter who is not currently a permanent VBM voter must submit an application in order to receive a VBM ballot for each election.

It is my honor to welcome Deputy City Attorney Alin Sahagian, the new neighborhood prosecutor for LAPD's Devonshire Division to our community. Alin was formerly a vertical gang prosecutor in the South Los Angeles area and has prosecuted cases involving the Central City Recovery Zone, in addition to prosecuting gang, gun, and graffiti cases within the Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

This Sunday, I joined District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Assemblymember Scott Wilk, former Councilmember Greig Smith, Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division’s Captain Robert Marino, and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s office to help break ground on the new 3,500 seat addition at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.

Together with Mayor Eric Garcetti and US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, I was proud to host a community meeting to provide residents the opportunity to learn more about "Resilience by Design," Mayor Garcetti's plan to improve our City's infrastructure and ensure public safety and preparedness in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.

This Tuesday, I joined the Mayor’s Office, Councilmember Gil Cedillo and US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones in Sacramento to meet with our state lawmakers to raise awareness about seismic vulnerability and earthquake resilience for the City of Los Angeles.

Today, the Public Safety Committee directed the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department and the Department of Transportation to implement a hit-and-run mass notification system in the City of Los Angeles using existing technology platforms such as Nixle, Twitter and Facebook.

This week, I was honored to be reappointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. This 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 Wednesday, Dr. Lucy Jones from the U.S. Geological Survey provided the City with an overview of the Mayor's Resilience by Design report, which outlined the City's greatest vulnerabilities from earthquakes and provides specific recommendations for the City to undertake in order to respond effectively in the aftermath of an earthquake and better prepare for a major seismic event.

Past earthquakes in the City of Los Angeles have proven the vulnerability of wood-frame residential buildings as well as older concrete buildings. Soft-story buildings built before 1976 are particularly at risk during earthquakes because their ground floors generally have perimeter walls that lack adequate strength, causing such buildings to pancake.

Today, on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council District 12, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Northridge Hospital Medical Center announced the installation of approximately 6,500 feet of high-tech Earthquake Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe (ERDIP) on streets surrounding the Northridge Hospital Medical Facility.

Please be aware Metrolink has begun testing its life-saving Positive Train Control system on the Ventura County Line which runs through Council District Twelve. Testing will take place during weeknights and during the day on weekends.There will be an increase in train activity marked by horn noise as the test trains pass through crossings. Testing will conclude within the next few weeks.

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City Hall Office: 200 N. Spring St., Room 405 | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Phone: (213) 473-7012 - Fax: (213) 473-6925
Community Service Center: 9207 Oakdale Ave., Suite 200 | Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Phone: (818) 882-1212 - Fax: (818) 701-5254