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This week, I was honored to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and an unprecedented delegation of Los Angeles officials including 150 business leaders in Washington D.C. for the annual Access Washington D.C. symposium organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome Daryl C. Arbuthnott as the first San Fernando Valley Bureau Deputy Chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 

Last week, I introduced a motion instructing the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), with the assistance of the Office of Finance, to analyze the estimated fiscal and economic impact of reducing or eliminating business taxes on biotechnology firms in Los Angeles to encourage the development of biotechnology-related industries in the City.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and an LAPD Reserve Officer, it is my pleasure to welcome Captain Beverly A. Lewis as the new Area Patrol Captain at LAPD’s Devonshire Division.

Last Saturday, CD12 was happy to join the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division to host a free bicycle clinic in order to promote safety on the streets of our community at Park Parthenia in Northridge.

We are proud to co-sponsor the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council's 12th Annual Chatsworth Day of the Horse on Sunday, April 12 at Stoney Point Ranch.


This week, I introduced a motion increasing the penalties for illegal street racing, exhibition of speed, and reckless driving in the City of Los Angeles. The motion requests the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) report on the procedures needed to begin impounding vehicles used in illegal street racing, exhibitions of speed, and reckless driving, for the maximum amount of time allowed under the law.

This Tuesday, I introduced a motion directing the City draft an ordinance that would allow for the impounding of vehicles involved in hit-and-run crimes that cause either minor injury or property damage for the maximum amount of time allowed under law. The motion also asks for a separate ordinance allowing the Los Angeles Police Department to seize and auction or destroy cars that are involved in hit-and run crimes resulting in great bodily injury or death.

This week, I was proud to partner with Councilmember Paul Krekorian to direct the Chief Administrative Officer, in consultation with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and the Fire Department to report back on the resources it would need to develop a Nurse Practitioner Pilot program for Los Angeles.

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 three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to engage the public and promote energy and water conservation.

Friends of Oakridge are pleased to announce Oakridge Estate Tours are scheduled for March and June of this year. Explore the rich history of the Oakridge Estate designed by architect Paul R. Williams and owned by Barbara Stanwyk, then Jack and Victoria Oakie. Get a glimpse of old Hollywood on this informative tour.

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.

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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         

Email: Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org