Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 15, 2018 at 3:15 PM
This past weekend, for the 6th year running, my office partnered with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council for the 6th Annual Ride the Colt health and fitness event.
Over 800 participants including bicyclists, skaters, and walkers were able to experience a 20-mile course starting at the Metro Orange Line Depot along the Orange Line bike path through Chatsworth and beyond.
I want to thank the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council with special thanks to the masterminds behind this event Matthew Weintraub and Jesse Fuller. This fun community event wouldn't be possible without their hard work and dedication.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 15, 2018 at 3:08 PM
In recent weeks, several neighborhoods throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond have seen an increase in the practice of Street Takeovers. Street Takeovers are when dozens or sometimes hundreds of individuals organize on social media to meet at a location and block off a street to perform tricks and races with their vehicles.
Unauthorized Street Takeovers are not only illegal, they are highly dangerous to participants, spectators, and the wider community. In the last year, my office has piloted new infrastructure called rumble strips along Plummer Ave in what used to be known as the "Canoga Speedway" since it was such a common location for this type of activity. This preventative measure was successful in shutting down street racing at that particular location though the practice has continued at others across the Valley.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 08, 2018 at 1:42 PM
Congratulations to Assistant Chief Michel Moore on being selected by Mayor Garcetti to serve as the next Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. As Chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee, I look forward to his partnership on the important work of protecting and serving the people of Los Angeles.
Upon being confirmed by Council, Chief Moore will assume the leadership of LA's largest department with over 10,000 sworn officers and thousands of civilian personnel. He has had a long career with LAPD and has shown a mastery of understanding crime statistics, reforming police tactics to build trust within diverse communities, and a deep familiarity of a wide array of police functions.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 08, 2018 at 1:40 PM
This week in Council, I had the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate an indispensable partner and ally. Wade Trimmer has served our community as the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission for the last 6 years which provides shelter for families experiencing homelessness in addition to critical outreach services.
As a Councilmember, I recognize that we are only as effective as the partners we work with who do much of the frontline work. In the past 6 years, I can think of few people whose partnership has been as essential as Wade Trimmer.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 08, 2018 at 1:39 PM
Nothing brings people together more than good fun, tasty food, and great music. Council District 12, in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to report that this year’s Senior Dance was by far the most successful and well attended dance we’ve ever hosted – we even ran out of cake!
Being the best thus far, Councilmember Englander and staff would like to express gratitude to the seniors of our community for joining with us for a lively evening over dinner and dancing. We would especially like to thank the Department of Recreation and all who came together in spirit of celebrating and giving back to our seniors.
We hope to see you all next year!
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 01, 2018 at 2:50 PM
On Wednesday, I was joined by over 30 schools in celebrating the culminating event of the 3rd Annual Making Movies that Matter Youth Film Festival. This event has become a cornerstone of the CD12 education community. Over 1000 student film makers produced over 150 short films in the categories of animation, documentary, public service announcement, and live action.
This isn't just your average film festival with a submission date. This event pairs students with professional artists and top of the line technical equipment at no cost to the schools giving these students the opportunity to explore and develop their own creative voice. Each group is expected to write, direct, act, and edit a complete film on a subject of civic engagement.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 01, 2018 at 1:31 PM
This week, I had the pleasure to celebrate several of our district's most extraordinary residents. One of my favorite parts of being your Councilmember is these opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who through their own actions improve the lives of individuals throughout our district in front of the full City Council.
Celebrating LGBTQ Heritage
On Wednesday, City Council celebrated the beginning of LGBT Heritage Month. This is when we celebrate those who have worked for equality for Angelenos of all sexual orientations.
For this event, my office lauded Sarina Loeb to who serves as the Coordinator of the CSUN Pride Center including the LGBTQ Peer Mentor program. College is a critical time in the development of our future leaders and can be difficult for those who have faced discrimination or prejudice because of their sexual orientation. Sarina's work ensures that young LGBTQ individuals have a welcome environment where they can pursue their dreams with the support and mentorship of those who wish to see them succeed.
I'm proud to commend Sarina on her dedication to our residents and thank her for her deep involvement in LGBTQ student organizations and initiatives that continually strengthen CSUN and our community.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 25, 2018 at 2:34 PM
This week the City Council finalized the City budget for the fiscal year 2018/19. As Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I spent over 33 hours deliberating with my colleagues to ensure the approved budget reflects the values of the Twelfth District. This budget addresses many things but what sets it apart is its historic commitment to resolving the homelessness crisis in our city.
Homelessness has reached level unprecedented in the history of our city and likewise will require an unprecedented response if we are to address the crisis. This Budget has the necessary oversight to help ensure there are resources for both enforcement and treatment. It also aims to create more local opportunities for housing until permanent housing can be built from Prop HHH funds approved by voters.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 25, 2018 at 2:31 PM
In the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department, 62 Firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in service of the protection of others. This is a risk every firefighter takes when they roll out to the scene of an emergency. And while every Angeleno is cognizant of the risks that the men and women of our Fire Department take for our protection, the City has not taken the steps to publicly memorialize those who have given their lives, until now.
This week, Los Angeles City Council passed my motion which would create memorial street signs to be placed at the location where a firefighter has died in the line of duty. These places are hallowed ground in our City and it is time that we mark the spaces where firefighters have fallen.
Working with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society, Los Angeles will now fabricate honorary street signs for all LAFD personnel who have lost their lives during an active fire incident and install the signs in the approximate location of each incident to serve as an ongoing memorial to these brave individuals.
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 25, 2018 at 2:31 PM
This week, my motion to level fees against owners of residential and commercial property where a false alarm occurs was approved by Los Angeles City Council. False alarms trigger an emergency response and take up valuable, life-saving resources and can prevent them from being deployed to where they are most needed.
This is one of the most important pieces of legislation I have authored and it’s been a long time in the making – this will undoubtedly save lives. False alarms are more than just a nuisance. Every single false alarm takes emergency resources away from real emergencies, increases response time, puts firefighters and paramedics at risk, and jeopardizes the safety of the entire community. By cracking down on these unnecessary and often negligent alarm triggers, we will be able to begin recovering the cost of deployment and provide a deterrent to these incidents.