Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Beginning in the 1940s the federal government conducted rocket and nuclear testing activities at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Ventura County with substantial disregard for the environment. One of its nuclear reactors experienced a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, and two other reactors experienced accidents with significant fuel damage, causing releases of radioactivity into the air.
In addition to napalm and dioxin incineration in open-air burn pits, dumping of over 500,000 gallons of trichloroethylene and perchlorate, and other contamination from over the 50 years of operations, the site has been left highly polluted with radioactive and chemical contaminants. The parties responsible for cleaning up the Santa Susana Field Lab are: The Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Boeing Company.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 10, 2017 at 8:59 AM
This week, I stood with my colleagues, Councilmembers David Ryu, Bob Blumenfield, and Paul Koretz, to submit a motion requesting LAPD, with the assistance of the City Attorney, report to City Council on recent trends in reported hate crimes and religious, ethnic or racially motivated violence, particularly those directed at our Los Angeles’ Jewish community; efforts to respond to hate crimes and increase security around Jewish facilities, including, synagogues, cemeteries, schools and community centers; enhanced security protocols that can be taken during Jewish holidays; and any cooperative efforts to help determine the vulnerability of these institutions and secure their facilities.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 03, 2017 at 12:05 PM
This week, the Planning and Land Use Committee and the Los Angeles City Council voted to implement a plan to update Community Plans across the City.
The City has a responsibility to update and maintain our land use-specific Community Plans and General Plan, the documents and policies that guide and shape the growth of our City into the future.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 03, 2017 at 12:03 PM
This week, we commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the North Hollywood Shootout, a day which changed the history of law enforcement not only here in Los Angeles, but nationwide.
The 44 minutes of carnage would forever alter the course of Police Departments in our country and ultimately lead to the realization that with the militarization of the criminal underworld, police weaponry would have to change.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 03, 2017 at 12:01 PM
This week, I stood with my colleague, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, to honor MySafe:LA in Council for their dedication to fire and life education and their continued commitment to our #community.
Since 2008, MySafe:LA and the Los Angeles Fire Department have been a vital resource in fire and life safety education for our community and throughout Los Angeles.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 24, 2017 at 2:52 PM
This week, there have been a number of reports of non-emergency phone line outages at various police stations. These outages have not affected emergency calls but have made it difficult for residents to call their local stations to report incidents or request information. In some cases, residents calling their station reached a disconnected line and in others, their calls were transferred to the City’s 311 system. Many of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) non-emergency phone systems are archaic and need to be replaced.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM
This week, the Public Safety Committee instructed the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), with the assistance of the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst, to report back with an explanation of how daily police deployment and patrol staffing levels are determined, a set of options and strategies for establishing an update on baseline staffing levels, and the current Basic Car Areas to help identify and improve patrol coverage and reduce response times in our communities.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 24, 2017 at 2:47 PM
This week, the Graduate Students of California State University, Northridge’s (CSUN) Department of Urban Studies and Planning, alongside Northridge Sparkle, the Northridge Neighborhood Councils, and Council District 12, hosted an Open House to get feedback on the best ways to redesign, rebrand, and reimagine Reseda Blvd between Nordhoff St and Lassen St and east to the CSUN campus.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 17, 2017 at 11:32 AM
The Summer Night Lights program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and The GRYD Foundation.
Summer Night Lights is part of the GRYD Comprehensive strategy, which is directed at strengthening community resiliency to the influence of gangs and gang violence.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 10, 2017 at 12:24 PM
This week, I submitted a motion directing the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power report to the Council in 30 days on options to reduce the City’s reliance on natural gas use and storage near local communities, including the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility.
For those who have lived through the largest gas leak in US history, were removed from their homes for months, sickened with nausea, nosebleeds, headaches or worse and for those whose children were forced to attend alternative schools or whose businesses failed – there is no acceptable option but a permanent closure of this facility.