Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM
This week, I hosted an "Accessing Opportunities" event in my Community Service Center to provide small business owners information about the City’s Contractor Development and Bonding Program.
The Contractor Development and Bonding Program is available to assist community members with contracting capacity and business growth. The discussion offered those in attendance resources to improve local business, the pathway to accessing these opportunities, and information on how to improve the safety and quality of life within our community.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 23, 2017 at 12:51 PM
On Thursday, I joined the National Champion Academic Decathlon Team of Granada Hills Charter High School to unveil their newest official City of Los Angeles street sign marking their 2017 victory. This is the sixth street sign they've added to the pole in the last seven years! The “2017 Honors” is underneath the official sign posting dedicated to the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 championships.
The sign will serve as a permanent display of accomplishment and success for students, future generations, and our community proving that by working together, studying, and persevering, kids can get a great education in Los Angeles and achieve there highest aspirations.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 23, 2017 at 12:43 PM
This week, the Public Safety Committee unanimously approved of the Los Angeles Fire Department seeking a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to deploy UAV, or drone, technology in limited emergency circumstances when their use could save lives. As Chair of the Committee, it's my job to ensure our Fire Department is equipped with the best tools and technology to carry out their mission while balancing the public's privacy concerns.
UAVs have tremendous life saving potential. They can be used during structure fires to give firefighters on the ground a critical aerial view for assessing damage, access hard to reach areas, or can be used to deliver critical aid supplies to individuals who are stranded awaiting rescue.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 16, 2017 at 12:04 PM
This week, we congratulated and honored the students, coaches, teachers, and parents of Granada Hills Charter High School in City Hall for winning the National Academic Decathlon for the sixth time in seven years. Granada Hills Charter earned 54,507 points out of a possible 60,000 in the scholastic contest, beating out dozens of other high school teams for the title.
Winning the National Academic Decathlon is a truly remarkable achievement that these amazing young people will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Students have put in over 30,000 hours of hard work – they studied and practiced up to 12 hours a day and skipped winter and spring vacations.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 15, 2017 at 4:24 PM
This week, I joined the LAPD Devonshire Division Burglary and Theft Units to discuss the most recent property crime trends and crime prevention techniques. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, my office is continually working with City Departments, LAPD, local organizations and the community to address the ongoing issues within CD12.
During the meeting, the prevalence of knock-knock burglaries in the San Fernando Valley proved to be a concern with Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, and Chatsworth being the most affected areas in Council District 12. “Knock-knock” crews are sophisticated and are responsible for a high number of these crimes.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 15, 2017 at 1:57 PM
With the weather heating up this weekend and summer beginning, it's important to remember that some of our pets aren't as well adapted to dealing with the heat as we are. Below are some important tips to remember as we care for our pets courtesy of L.A. Animal Services:
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 14, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Today, I introduced a motion that would move the deadline for Los Angeles businesses to file taxes so that it aligns with state and federal filing deadlines. Aligning the deadlines will benefit both the City and its businesses by reducing accounting and administrative costs.
The current filing deadline for Los Angeles businesses makes no sense. We are shooting ourselves in the foot and making it harder to do business in our City when we ask businesses to file their taxes on a separate timeline from federal and state agencies. This motion will simplify the process, reduce costs, and allow Los Angeles businesses to focus on what they do best: bringing jobs and economic development to our communities.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM
I announced the appointment of Nicole Bernson as Chief of Staff this week. Nicole replaces former Chief of Staff John S. Lee who served in that capacity since I was first elected in 2011 and stepped down from his position earlier this month to pursue private sector opportunities.
I am proud to have the most committed and professional staff that a Councilmember could ask for. And, while John no doubt will be missed throughout the district, my staff and constituents know Nicole to be as passionate and dedicated a public servant as there ever was. I have no doubt that Nicole will manage our staff through a smooth transition and ensure a seamless continuity of our office's operations.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 09, 2017 at 3:00 PM
This week, I bid a bittersweet farewell to my Chief of Staff John Lee. In the years we've worked together, John has become more than a colleague, he's become family.
John is a pillar both within City Hall and within the community he serves. The things he has done for the Northwest San Fernando Valley over the course of his career are far more than a simple list of accomplishments. He has built a lasting legacy that includes securing $2 million in Federal funds to build the Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center in Northridge, raising over $1 million for programs serving low-income and at-risk youth for the North Valley YMCA, securing funding to improve San Fernando Valley Senior Citizens Centers, and so much more.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 09, 2017 at 2:50 PM
I will be looking closely at a forthcoming environmental inspection conducted by the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) following the discovery and repair of two new leaks at Aliso Canyon.
News of this latest leak demonstrates why we should extend a moratorium on the use of the Aliso Canyon site. After enduring the largest gas leak in U.S. history in which over 20,000 people and two schools needed to be temporarily relocated, we need to be able to ensure that such a disaster never happens again.