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Launching iNNOV818 on 818 Day in the San Fernando Valley

Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 18, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Innov818map.jpgToday, August 18 (8.18 day), we celebrate the importance of the San Fernando Valley which makes up a majority of the 818 area code. To mark the occasion, I introduced a pair of motions designating the Chatsworth-Northridge industrial core to reinforce and reimagine the historical role of the San Fernando Valley as the region’s primary hub for new industries and technology.
 
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, I saw firsthand how aerospace and other local technology industries shaped the economy and culture of Southern California. This 818 day, we have a chance to not just celebrate this history, but harness the Valley’s unique potential to foster a new generation of industries providing jobs and economic opportunity for families throughout the region.

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Launching the Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative

Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 04, 2017 at 1:09 PM

This week I launched a new initiative for our district, specifically aimed to address the primary issue affecting safety and livability in CD12 today: the rise in homelessness.

This is an issue affecting every corner of Los Angeles and we've been developing programs around it for a while. Thus far, my office has helped find funding, without resorting to taxpayer dollars, to establish and build the first shelter in the district for homeless families at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. We launched the 250LA project in partnership with the SFV Rescue Mission which seeks to shelter an additional 250 homeless children and their families through commitments of monthly donations by local small businesses. We’ve acquired a second Mobile Shower unit to provide dignity and resources directly to the homeless community to serve as a key point of contact to developing relationship and getting those in need to accept help. We created Clean Streets Clean Starts in partnership with the SFV Rescue Mission, the Northridge South Neighborhood Council, and Northridge Sparkle to enlist homeless volunteers in a community beautification effort while helping to eliminate their impediments to obtain housing and full-time employment. The program was awarded with the Clean Streets "Game Changer" award by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative, or Fully Integrated Resources and Support Team, is a comprehensive program that will focus specifically on CD12. My office will have a full-time staff member devoted to addressing issues of homelessness. The first task will be assessing and mapping all of the homeless hot spots, potential funding sources, advocacy groups, and volunteer networks active in the area.

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Expanding Waste Hauler Franchise Options for Businesses in Our Communities

Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 04, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Today, I introduced a motion, co-authored by my colleague, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, to create more flexible pricing options for businesses and commercial properties covered under the new recycLA waste hauler franchise. 

We're just seeing the beginning of complaints about the new waste hauler franchise as more businesses and commercial properties see their pricing options. While haulers are required by contract to 'right-size' services based on the needs of the client, the current pricing scheme does not have enough flexibility to reflect the full range of needs for area businesses.


Businesses and commercial properties covered by the new waste hauler franchise have reported steep increases in cost of service with prices doubling or tripling in some cases. Under the current set of options clients can generate less waste than even the smallest bin size yet are still required to pay the price of a full bin. The motion seeks to reduce costs for businesses by exploring the creation of a bin sharing option in which businesses producing less waste can be rewarded with the option to share costs with other low waste businesses.

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Bringing Prompt Payment to the City of Los Angeles

Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 04, 2017 at 1:00 PM

This week, I introduced a motion instructing City departments to study the feasibility of a Prompt Payment policy based on similar policies adopted by other entities in our region. Adoption of Prompt Payment will ensure that those who do business with the City of Los Angeles do not have to wait months on end to receive payment for services rendered.

Timely payments are critical to small businesses because of their cash flow requirements. With up to 37 separate City departments, businesses that contract or do business with the City often experience payment delays that are created by having to navigate through varying invoice and payment processes, or not knowing who to communicate with in the appropriate department.

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Ensuring Safe Streets During an Emergency

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

After the recent power outage caused by an explosion at the Northridge receiving station, many of you wrote to me about malfunctioning traffic signals and the generally dark and dangerous driving conditions on streets in the affected areas. This week I introduced a motion that asks the LADOT with assistance from LAPD to report back on what measures were in place during the outage.

The City Departments responsible for the safety of Los Angeles residents and those departments responsible for the roads and traffic should be prepared for power outages as well as other emergencies. LADOT Parking Enforcement officers are typically tasked with traffic control when traffic signals are out, but there was a severe shortage of LADOT Parking Enforcement officers on duty and zero supervisors on call the evening of July 8th, 2017  during the outage. It is clear that this situation can't be allowed to repeat itself.

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Reward for Information on the "Thelma & Louise Bandits"

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 25, 2017 at 2:25 PM

On Tuesday, July 25, I introduced a motion offering $15,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for a series of bank robberies committed over the past two months.

This motion sends a message that the City of Los Angeles won't ignore criminals who threaten the safety of residents and businesses in Los Angeles. With this reward, we're putting these criminals on notice that there is no safe hiding place and that we won't stop until justice is served.

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Tackling Heavy Towing to Keep Streets Clean and Safe

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM

In my conversations with constituents, many of you have raised concerns about mobile homes and trailers occupying space on public streets. The rise in homelessness across Los Angeles has compounded this issue with many otherwise unsheltered individuals and families living out of their vehicles without proper sanitation services. This can lead to unsanitary and unsafe conditions for both neighbors and occupants of the vehicle.

In a recent instance, a trailer caught fire on Devonshire. This event highlighted the need for the City to be able to tow heavy trailers and other large vehicles if they become a blight or hazard to neighborhoods.

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Power Outage & Fire at DWP Valley Station J

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 14, 2017 at 11:10 AM


The first priority of LADWP is to provide reliable service delivery to residents. This weekend's outage showed the importance of maintaining critical infrastructure as thousands of ratepayers were left without power during a record heat wave. This was more than an inconvenience, it was an emergency situation that posed a danger to communities throughout the San Fernando Valley. I want to commend the Los Angeles Fire Department and LADWP responders for their professionalism and urgency in stopping the fire and restoring power. 

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Councilmember representing the area most affected by the outage, there is still work to do including taking a hard look at the root causes of the fire and resulting outage and taking steps to ensure that we can prevent such a situation from developing in the future.

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Protecting Your Home and Property from Brush Fires

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 12, 2017 at 3:28 PM

The recent fire at the Northridge LADWP facility and the fires raging throughout California serve as a reminder that we must continue to be vigilant by protecting homes from fire by safely clearing excess brush. Brush fires occur year round however, last season’s rainfall, low humidity, and the summer’s high temperatures created a large amount of plant growth and very dry conditions. 
 
The Los Angeles Fire Department has already sent out notices to residents in Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones to clear the brush around their home. Failure to provide proof of completion will result in a $24 fee to re-inspect the property as well as penalties for non-compliance.

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Statement on Recent Fire and Power Outage at Northridge DWP Facility

Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 10, 2017 at 3:59 PM

The first priority of LADWP is to provide reliable service delivery to residents. This weekend's outage showed the importance of maintaining critical infrastructure as thousands of ratepayers were left without power during a record heat wave. This was more than an inconvenience, it was an emergency situation that posed a danger to communities throughout the San Fernando Valley. I want to commend the Los Angeles Fire Department and LADWP responders for their professionalism and urgency in stopping the fire and restoring power.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Councilmember representing the area most affected by the outage, there is still work to do including taking a hard look at the root causes of the fire and resulting outage and taking steps to ensure that we can prevent such a situation from developing in the future.

As a community, it's important that we come together to conserve energy during times of peak demand. This includes turning off lights when not in use and timing the use of certain non-essential appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines for off-peak hours.

The summer months will continue to provide challenges as temperatures continue to rise. We must stay proactive by strengthening our infrastructure and adapting our systems to ensure the long term resilience of our City.