Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 02, 2018 at 3:16 PM
This week, City and County officials took a stand in an effort to address the mental health crisis currently afflicting many individuals experiencing homelessness. Mental illness is often a significant barrier in our efforts to help those living on the streets as many in need of intervention by mental health services will not voluntarily accept it.
The County Board of Supervisors, which oversees mental health services within Los Angeles County, took up legislation supporting State efforts to amend the definition of "gravely disabled" so that we can compel those in need to accept psychiatric and drug treatment. I authored a letter of support as well as co-sponsored a resolution in City Council in favor of this amendment.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 02, 2018 at 3:06 PM
This week I was proud to honor a team of public servants dedicated to upholding public safety, addressing alcohol-related issues, the teaching of programs and classes that benefit our community, and continually going above and beyond the call of duty.
The LAPD Operation Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Unit received the highest award from the CA Department of ABC: The Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance.
Their work consists of managing over 6000 ABC licenses within 21 geographic divisions and they successfully met and surpassed the goals outlined in each grant category with over 100% fulfillment.
The LAPD Operation ABC Unit made over 385 ABC related arrests, conducted 139 operations, taught nearly 6000 students, held over 165 Standardized Training for Alcohol Retailers and in addition, the unit gave over 400 officers ABC roll call training.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 02, 2018 at 2:58 PM
This week, I spoke at the ten year anniversary celebration of the LA County Business Federation, more commonly known as BizFed. Ten years ago, I was proud to participate in the launch of this incredible organization which has served as an advocate and voice for the kind of economic development that sustains our city.
In the last ten years, they have experienced incredible growth thanks to the visionary and goal based leadership model that is in their DNA. I'm proud to see that they intend to continue this example by setting an ambitious policy initiative to lift one million LA County residents out of poverty over the next decade.
It's this kind of effort that our city needs if it is going to meet its potential. There are major obstacles that we face, but thanks to organizations like BizFed we can develop policies for the benefit millions across our region.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 26, 2018 at 2:44 PM
This week, I introduced a motion directing the LAPD and the City's Information Technology Agency to research and report upon the latest available gunshot detection technology and how the city might leverage such tools to promote public safety.
Gunshot detection technology is increasingly being utilized in many cities throughout the United States. It is to provide rapid notification to law enforcement as to when and where gunshots are occurring. The technology consists of an array of microphones or sensors located on utility poles and structures along with a processing unit which can quickly triangulate the gunfire to a specific location. This information allows for a more efficient and effective response by law enforcement which in turn increases arrest rates, improves officer safety, helps in securing evidence and witnesses, and could deter gun crimes in the long term.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 26, 2018 at 1:34 PM
This week thousands of volunteers from all over the County participated in the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The annual count helps the City gain a greater understanding of how the population of unsheltered individuals is distributed throughout the region which, in turn, helps us determine how to best distribute resources.
The CD 12 Community Service Center in Chatsworth served as one of the many gathering point for volunteers where they received training and supplies before heading out. Some of my staff also contributed by volunteering for the count.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 26, 2018 at 1:28 PM
On August 25, 2017, Houston, Texas and surrounding cities were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that inundated hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced more than 30,000 people. While aid poured into the Houston area, smaller communities were overlooked and help was slow to surface.
This week, I welcomed our LAPD Officers and Reserve Officers to LA City Council to recognize those who went above and beyond to help the smaller, heavily affected cities.
Within 48 hours after Hurricane Harvey, LAPD Captain Jonathan Tom and Sergeant Jon Aufdemberg organized a team of officers, they named the LAPD Houston Area Relief Team (HART) and assisted the 600 residents of Rose City, Texas.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 19, 2018 at 3:40 PM
This week my office hosted the kick-off for the 3rd Annual Making Movies that Matter Film Festival. This annual event is the largest youth film festival in Los Angeles and includes submissions from dozens of L.A. schools and youth organizations.
Last year's culminating event featured over 1000 young filmmakers showcasing their work at the at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at CSUN. These incredible movies were written, performed, filmed, directed, and edited entirely by students from over 30 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Council District 12 and the San Fernando Valley, alongside youth from the Greig Smith Devonshire PALS Youth Center, New Horizons, and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 12, 2018 at 3:34 PM
Neighborhoods FIRST has been the primary focus of my office in recent months. In addition to assigning a veteran staffer as full-time director for the program, I've also hired two LAPD trainees to form a rapid response team that will handle service requests within the district.
In addition to new staff, I've redirected my own office's resources to pay overtime for Sanitation, LAPD HOPE, and parking enforcement crews so that public health and safety of our streets is maintained. Since the start of this program, hundreds of unsafe vehicles have been removed from our streets, encampment cleanups have increased by 500%, and we're beginning to see cases of unsheltered individuals who have historically been reluctant to accept care do so for the first time.