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On July 1, I was honored to be unanimously re-elected by my fellow Councilmembers to serve another term as President Pro-Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. In addition, we welcomed two new members to the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and David Ryu.
This week, I submitted a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department report on the feasibility of using a mobile app to expedite and automate police reporting, similar to the one being utilized by the Palm Springs Police Department. When police officers respond to a scene of the crime, they are responsible for completing paper forms that document what occurred at the scene. Police officers may have to complete 50 to 60 forms depending on the type of incident.
This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed the resolution by myself and my colleague Councilmember Curren Price to support for California State Assembly Bill 65 (Alejo), which would establish a grant program for the purpose of matching federal funds available to local law enforcement entities to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment.
Last Friday, I was proud to cut the ribbon on the new warm water pool at the North Valley Family YMCA. 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.
Last Saturday, I was pleased to bring back the popular Movies Under the Stars at Porter Ranch Community School with a free showing of "The Lego Movie." Over 100 people showed up to watch the Lego Movie, enjoy free Subway sandwiches, popcorn and face painting.
On Tuesday, June 16, I submitted a motion to the Los Angeles City Council requesting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) report back to the next Public Safety Committee with a plan to catch up on delinquent building inspections.The motion calls on LAFD to utilize FireSTAT LA, the Department’s analytical data system, to assess this issue and prioritize inspections, taking into account the length of time that has passed since a building’s last inspection, the type of building and its use, and the age of the building.
In July 2015, the Special Olympics World Games will arrive in Los Angeles and welcome over 10,000 athletes and coaches from over 170 Countries around the world, all here to compete in 25 various sports over the course of 9 days. It will take 30,000 caring and committed volunteers to help ensure that the Special Olympics athletes get the experience of a lifetime while in our wonderful City.
Yesterday, I was honored to be recognized by Valley Village at their summer fundraiser at Orcutt Ranch in West Hills. Valley Village continually serves over 400 men and women with developmental challenges through semi-independent condos, family-style homes, three caring nursing homes, an adult development center and two adult day health care centers.
This week the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Commission awarded a bid for the cleanup of Chatsworth Park South. Due to the identification of lead and other contamination at the site, Chatsworth Park South has been closed to the public since February 2008 . My office has worked closely with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks to ensure the clean-up moves forward as quickly as possible.
Today, I was pleased to honor Granada Hills Charter High School’s Academic Decathlon Team, the 2015 National Champions, in City Hall. The Academic Decathlon team won its fourth national title in five years this spring. Over 30,000 hours of studying paid off for Granada Hills Charter High School when they took the coveted national championship after a grueling three-day competition accruing 53,592 points out of a possible 60,000.
I am happy to report that today the Public Safety Committee moved forward on my initiative to implement a fee for Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) false alarms and unanimously approved an implementation plan. False fire alarms in the Fire Department put a significant strain on response times and capabilities. Last year alone there were 15,000 false alarms in the City of Los Angeles.
Last Sunday, I was proud to sponsor the “Ride the COLT” Community Bike Ride with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. The ride introduced residents to the Chatsworth Orange Line and the many businesses and residential areas along the route.
Recently, our office has received a number of complaints about coyotes in the area. If you have further questions about the Wildlife Program or would like to report a wildlife sighting, please call (323) 225-9453 to leave a message for the officers. You can also contact my Field Deputy, Jonathan Coto at email@example.com or (818) 882-1212.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), already a great source for news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, is proud to unveil the LAFD Week in Review. Each Friday, LAFD will deliver an interactive look back at the week that was, pulling content from its social media accounts and beyond.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) believes the non-profit community plays a vital role in helping Los Angeles to become the greenest big city in America. Non-profits’ experience, programs, networks, and commitment provide the basis to maximize public engagement and participation in energy efficiency and water conservation programs.
The summer swimming season is here and L.A.'s public pools open in June and remain open through Labor Day! Please visit the links below to find out more information on hours and activities at LA City Pools. Our public pools are a wonderful resource, offering kids and adults in the community a great, economical way to cool off, get exercise and have fun!
This week, the Council unanimously passed my motion requesting the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Planning Department, and in consultation with the Los Angeles Police Department, prepare an ordinance enacting zoning and land use regulatory controls for massage therapy establishments.
Yesterday, over 200 veterans and guests joined us for the 3rd Council District 12 Interfaith Breakfast and community symposium at New Horizons in North Hills. This highly anticipated biannual event entitled, “A Time for Gratitude,” focused on celebrating the selfless service and sacrifice of all veterans while at the same time exploring urgent issues such as employment, housing, benefits and mental health.
I was honored to deliver the commencement address at Granada Hills Charter High School last night and receive the first honorary degree in the school's history. I am proud to be an official Highlander. Congratulations Class of 2015, I know you will make our community proud!
Last weekend, we were proud to join the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Kiwanis Club of Northridge to host the 2015 Aloha Festival and Senior Dance at Northridge Park. Over 200 seniors came out to celebrate Outstanding Seniors nominated by local Neighborhood Councils at The Senior Dance on Friday night. Special Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 92 for volunteering at the event and to Giving Music for providing music to the guests.