Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 30, 2018 at 12:13 PM
For 33 years, Joann Clarke has served Los Angeles City Departments, including Department of Building and Safety, LADOT, Los Angeles Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, and City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD).
Joann implemented the City's first ever Faith Community Roundtable on emergency management for all faiths of Los Angeles.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 23, 2018 at 1:19 PM
This week, my colleagues on City Council took a major step to securing the safety of tens of thousands of residents in Los Angeles. The Budget and Finance committee has approved my legislation to establish a seismic retrofit loan program in Los Angeles for at-risk properties.
In 2015, Council approved an ordinance for mandatory retrofits of certain buildings which pose a risk of collapse during an earthquake. Many of these are older, rent-controlled units. The cost of performing these much-needed retrofits is often prohibitively expensive and there are few available financing options that could make it feasible for landlords.
By establishing a loan program, we can reduce the financial burden of these retrofits while securing the lives and property of residents throughout Los Angeles. The legislation now moves to the full Council for a vote.
The next major earthquake is not a matter of if, but when. By adopting this motion and establishing this program swiftly, we can ensure the safety of the residents of our city living in vulnerable housing.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 23, 2018 at 1:19 PM
This week, the Daily News published an article detailing the recent issue of dockless bike share on the CSUN campus and its impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
In the last month, CSUN students began using "LimeBikes" which was the result of a contract between the school and the LimeBike tech startup. These dockless bikes are different from other bike share programs in that the user is not expected to pick-up and return the bike to any fixed location. Rather, they can hop on any unused bike, "unlock" the bike through an app, and then leave it at their final destination.
While convenient for users, this system has proven problematic for the wider community which has seen the lime green bikes abandoned on public streets and sidewalks which the City is liable to maintain.. What's more, this program was set-up without consultation of my office. As a result, I've filed a motion that would create a moratorium on any new dockless bike share programs that fail to acquire prior approval from the local council office.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 16, 2018 at 9:37 AM
I recently convened the leaders of faith-based groups and non-profits from across our council district to build a network of organizations. All faiths teach us that we are to treat others how we ourselves wish to be treated. This makes them a critical partner as work to resolve a very difficult and entrenched problem for our city.
During the event we asked members of assembled groups to share what their faith teaches us about how we approach an issue like homelessness. Their answers were a resounding voice of compassion and offering of dignity for others.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 09, 2018 at 9:26 AM
On Wednesday of this week, City Council held a special hearing with the leadership of the Los Angeles Police Commission so that Councilmembers could have the opportunity to articulate their views on what they want to see in the next Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Los Angeles Police Chief holds one of the most important positions in Los Angeles City government. His or her decisions impact the lives and safety of every resident of our City. As Chair of the City's Public Safety Committee, I believe it is critical that the next Chief meet the expectations of not just the City's political leadership and department rank-and-file, but of the people of Los Angeles.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 09, 2018 at 9:21 AM
March marks the beginning of Women's History Month. This is a time when we acknowledge the often overlooked accomplishments and contributions of women. I want to personally thank the many hard-working, talented women of my staff which I'm proud to say make up 50% of my office including the top positions of Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff. I am very aware of the fact that much of my success as your Councilmember is due to the dedication and professionalism of these individuals.
In Council, we also celebrated some very special women whose accomplishments merited recognition with the Pioneer Woman Awards. Each Council District selected one woman for the award. In Council District 12, we recognized the work and sacrifice of Officer Kristin Dimich.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 09, 2018 at 9:19 AM
This week, I participated in a fascinating panel discussion about the future of work and the startup ecosystem in the brand new ToolboxLA/HexLab Makerspace.
Last week's newsletter highlighted this valuable new asset to the Chatsworth community as a place where adults and children could apply their creative talents and expand their skills for design and building. Turns out this space also hosts discussions among industry leaders and subject matter experts.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 02, 2018 at 2:11 PM
On Wednesday, City Council unanimously adopted my motion that seeks to prohibit advertisement related to marijuana.
In November of 2016, Californians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. And although advertisements for tobacco have been banned nationwide for almost 50 years, these laws do not apply to the newly legal cannabis industry.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 02, 2018 at 1:59 PM
This week, several important news stories were published regarding the causes and consequences of the Aliso Canyon gas leak which remains the largest natural gas blow-out in U.S. history.
After almost two-and-a-half years since the initial blow out, KPCC reports that investigators have finally determined that the leak was caused by a severely corroded well casing. This is a troubling discovery. If one well was impacted like this then it stands to reason that other wells may have the same or similar damage.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 02, 2018 at 1:53 PM
This week, my office partnered with the LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Northridge South Neighborhood Council, and Northridge East Neighborhood Council to promote safe, responsible bicycling by handing out front and rear bike lights to students at Cal State University, Northridge.
In addition to handing out the bike lights, LACBC conducted surveys to test students' knowledge of proper bike safety practices. Programs like this can help spread awareness of simple steps that individuals can take to make our roads safer for everyone.