Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 06, 2017 at 6:08 PM
This week our Neighborhoods FIRST coordinator met with LAUSD Pupil Services and Attendance coordinator Katie Rivezzo to discuss how the district provides services to young children experiencing homelessness or near homelessness.
This is a particularly vital issue. As more families experience housing insecurity, we need to ensure that our students can continue to learn and pursue educational opportunities that allow them to succeed. To that end LAUSD has developed partnerships with multiple different service providers to alleviate some of the hardships that might impact a student.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 06, 2017 at 5:31 PM
A modernized high tech industrial corridor in the heart of our district came closer to a reality this week as I introduced a trio of motions to put in place the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of a modern industrial campus. The three motions initiate new parking rules, identify funding forenvironmental investigations of former industrial sites, and explore the possibility of unique transit options such as a shuttle bus connected to the area's major transit hubs.
Within the Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Core, there are many restricted light industrial uses mixed with other green tech, clean-tech and high-tech uses. This area is a hub of industry and innovation historically and such work continues currently. To preserve the character of the area and support these technologically advanced uses and the re-use of existing buildings, the Council has designated this the “Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Core – innov818” area.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 06, 2017 at 5:30 PM
This week, I introduced a motion that calls on the city to inspect all current bike lanes to ensure that they are on streets in good condition with a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 86 or higher. My motion also ensures that no additional bike lanes be installed on streets with potential biking hazards.
In the past few months there have been several high profile lawsuit settlements involving accidents that occurred on City of Los Angeles Bike Lanes – that have either killed or severely disabled cyclists using the lanes. The settlements have left LA City taxpayers with millions of dollars in settlement costs.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 29, 2017 at 4:34 PM
Today, we say goodbye to one of Los Angeles' most dedicated public servants. My Executive Assistant Cindy Varela, who has served our City for 36 years, retired today. In her career, which she began as a student, Cindy has served multiple City departments and five different Councilmembers. Ever since I arrived at City Hall, she's been a voice of wisdom and experience and a key member of a team.
They say you never know what you have until it's gone; but it's been clear from the start that Cindy has been an irreplaceable member of our team. We will never forget the joy she brought to our office and leadership example she provided for newer members of the staff. As one of the many people who wouldn't be where he is today without her hard work and support, I would like to say thank you Cindy for everything you have done for our City and congratulations on a well earned retirement!
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 29, 2017 at 4:02 PM
On Thursday, I had the honor of hosting 6th Annual Welcome Back Workshop for Principals. This highly anticipated annual event is designed to make our K-12 community aware of the numerous services and resources available to them to succeed.
During the meeting, my office kicked off the 2018 Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Film Festival. We also had the pleasure of celebrating and congratulating Isela Lieber, our 2016 Teacher of the Year chosen by the Department of Education. She was one of only five teachers in the State of California selected for this honor.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 29, 2017 at 3:58 PM
This week, the Neighborhoods FIRST team hosted a meeting with LA Family Housing, a key organization in our effort to end homelessness in CD12 and beyond. One component of their work involves operating a state-of-the-art facility known as The Campus which provides a combination of transitional, family, and permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness.
LA Family Housing has also developed a coordinated entry system to move people off of the street and into shelter. It is this critical first step that is often the most difficult for individuals experiencing homelessness to take. My office is prepared to assist LA Family Housing identify and develop relationships with unsheltered residents and connect them with LA Family Housing's support services so we can begin the process of turning lives around and restoring our neighborhoods.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 29, 2017 at 3:39 PM
I would like to thank everyone who came out to support our Donuts & Donations drive to support the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission! The event was a resounding success with many people giving clothing, household appliances and more. A special thank you to Cub Scout Pack 466 for volunteering their time and to Starbucks and Walmart in porter Ranch for thier continued support.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM
This week, my office held a meeting with community partners from Chatsworth & Northridge at Los Toros. The meeting included local business owners and residents along with Senior Lead Officers from LAPD, and representatives from Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Assemblymember Dante Acosta's office to discuss my Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative and efforts to protect quality of life in the district.
It is important for residents to stay informed as we direct increased law enforcement and sanitation resources to the area so that we can tackle hot spots and deal with problems before they grow and spread. Please do not hesitate to report any issues to my office so we can respond as swiftly as possible.
Also this week, my Homelessness Coordinator Colin Crews met with the Neighborhood Prosecutor Alin Sahagian from the City Attorney's office. The Neighborhood Prosecutor is a key player in following up on enforcement actions to ensure we respond to violations that threaten Health and Safety in the neighborhood.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 22, 2017 at 3:54 PM
I'm proud to join the LAPD Air Operations Angels Foundation to support the men and women first responders of Harris County and Houston who have suffered financial losses and setbacks due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.
First responders committed countless acts of heroism to save lives during Hurricane Harvey. In the aftermath, these men and women returned home to face the same kind of devastation and loss of property that affected families throughout the storm's path. The funds raised during this effort will go directly to the emergency response departments of the affected area. They will then be distributed to the personnel who face financial hardship as a result of the storm.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 06, 2017 at 2:37 PM
This week, I was proud to join the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to celebrate the re-opening of Chatsworth Park South after nearly ten years of closure due to the discovery of lead contamination at the park.
The health and safety of our parks reflects the health and safety of our communities. The re-opening of Chatsworth Park South represents a milestone achievement in the collaboration between local and state agencies to rehabilitate and reclaim a formerly contaminated site as public space. After nearly ten years, I am proud to announce that the residents of Chatsworth and visitors to the area now have a new park that they can explore and enjoy with family, friends, and neighbors.