It's good to be back! The Los Angeles City Council may have been in recess but CD12 has been hard at work serving our communities and bringing exciting improvements to our neighborhoods. Here are some updates of what's been happening in and around our Council District.
On Thursday, July 18th, I joined the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council for a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the landscape improvements and the renovation of Wilbur-Tampa Park’s playground. The new playground features fun, age-appropriate play opportunities alongside musical and educational toys for the children to enjoy including climbable boulders, a tree climbing adventure, balancing logs, rock walls, and swings. The new playground also features a fall absorbing cover for safety and a shaded canopy to keep kids cool and safe from the sun. The best thing about playgrounds is they will be part of the memories of children for generations to come providing a safe and fun location for young people in our community to grow and socialize while enjoying the outdoors. Come check it out at Wilbur-Tampa park next time you're in the neighborhood!
I'm also proud to announce that we completed the installation of signs recognizing the Historical Cultural monuments of Chatsworth. Our office worked with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, the Chatsworth Historical Society, and the Department of Transportation to site signs commemorating these monuments of historical significance. The locations include the Lassen Street Olive trees, 76 towering beauties that began as clippings from trees originally part of the historic San Fernando Mission planted by Nelson A. Gray in 1893. A second location is the Stagecoach Trail which was used for transport between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys from 1861 - 1895; it was also known as the Devil's Slide because of its forbidding steepness. Also receiving historic designation is the Pioneer Church built in 1903 by some of the first Chatsworth Pioneers, the Minnie Hill Palmer House Cottage built by the Hill family in 1911 which was the last Homestead Acre in the San Fernando Valley, and, finally, we replaced the deteriorating sign marking the The Munch Box which was a classic 1950's hamburger stand built in 1956. These sites and landmarks represent an important link to our past and although the Valley may have changed a lot over the last century, these historic designations will protect this vital link to our history for generations.
Our Rapid Response teams have also continued to take on tasks big and small to keep our community beautiful. The warm weather hasn't stopped them from proactively removing blight and hazards from our sidewalks and responding to requests for service. Thanks to them and the rest of the CD12 team, I'm proud to say that we've maintained the cleanest, safest, and most prosperous district in the City.
I hope I see you at one of the many upcoming events in and around our Council District in the weeks to come.