Mitchell Englander was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended valley public schools and has dedicated his life to public service and to making the Valley a safer and better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Councilmember Mitchell Englander was elected to serve as Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Twelfth District on March 8, 2011, to serve the communities of Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, North Hills, Reseda, Sherwood Forest and West Hills. He was elected in a crowded field and won in the Primary Election with nearly 60% of the vote. In July 2013, he was unanimously voted by his peers to serve as President Pro Tempore of the City Council. He serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and is a member of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the Executive Employee Relations Committee. He was re-elected in 2015 with 100% of the vote.
Mitch has been at the forefront of protecting our neighborhoods and the quality of life in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. Before he was elected to the City Council, he served as the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith from 2003 to 2011. Together, they led the fight to stop the massive Las Lomas development – the largest proposed single development in the history of the City. A dedicated environmentalist, Mitch has worked to preserve and protect open space and equestrian properties and to acquire new parkland, including Aliso Canyon Park, the first public equestrian arena in the Northwest Valley. He co-authored the RENEW LA plan, which will end our dependency on landfills, while increasing our energy sustainability. Mitch led the effort to protect the North Valley’s vital health and emergency resources by enabling the crucial expansion of Providence Holy Cross Hospital, adding 136 new beds and the first LEED Certified hospital in California.
Mitch helped lead the effort to bring together the resources necessary to re-open the Northridge Pool after it was closed for 10 years, and helped build the new LAPD Devonshire Youth Center, home of the Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) program, which offers crucial after-school programs, sports, education and mentoring to provide at-risk-youth an alternative to crime, gangs and drugs.
Mitch helped implement business tax reform, and conceived of a plan that led to the hiring of 254 new LAPD officers without raisingtaxes. As a sworn Reserve LAPD Officer, Mitch has gone through the same rigorous hiring and training requirements as regular Police Officers, and the Police Academy. He regularly patrols our community in uniform. Mitch was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended valley public schools and has dedicated his life to public service and to making the Valley a safer and better place to live, work, and raise a family.
For most of his life, Mitch has been active in civic, philanthropic, and public safety activities. He is the immediate past Chair of the North Valley Family YMCA and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the American Diabetes Association, San Fernando Valley Jaycees, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, West Valley Boys and Girls Club, The Jewish Home for the Aging, Valley Leadership Institute, Devonshire Police Activities League (PALS), New Directions For Youth, New Horizons, Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire (SOLID), and many others.
Prior to entering public service, Mitch was a small business owner. His career accomplishments include helping local businesses expand and guiding community issue campaigns that fought overdevelopment, and prevented the closure of hundreds of Fire Stations throughout Los Angeles County.
As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, he has preserved the civilian workforce in the Police Department to keep officers patrolling our streets and not working desk jobs, while providing key crime-fighting tools like on-officer cameras, in-car video and new patrol cars and equipment. Through his continued efforts, over $50 million has been restored to our Fire Department to increase ambulance services, provide vital life safety equipment and his FireSTAT LA program has improved the way safety resources are deployed in our neighborhoods.
As Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, he implemented the City’s first Performance Based Budgeting System to utilize strategic planning and performance metrics to measure the effectiveness of City programs and services. By crafting meaningful pension reform, he has also saved taxpayers billions of dollars over the next 30 years.
Mitch is a member of the National League of Cities Public Safety Steering Committee, the Independent Cities Association, California Contract Cities Association and is the City of Los Angeles’ representative for the Independent Cities Association. He also serves on the San Fernando Valley Coalition of Governments, which represents the City and County of Los Angeles along with the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita.
A dedicated family man, married to his high school sweetheart Jayne, they live together in Granada Hills with their daughters Lindsey and Lauren and their three dogs. One of his proudest achievements was being named Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council in 2006.