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This week, the Public Safety Committee approved a reward for $1,000 to an anonymous individual who provided information leading to the apprehension of a graffiti vandal. Graffiti is a serious problem that affects all residents in the City of Los Angeles and our quality of life in our communities. The City spends millions of dollars each year responding to this vandalism which often defaces our public murals and buildings.

On Tuesday, August 18, our office hosted the second annual Wildlife Townhall with Wildlife Officer Hoang Dinh at Mason Park. Officer Dinh discussed the wildlife program, tips to avoid encounters with wildlife, and the types of wildlife living in Los Angeles. Thank you to those who attended and special thank you to Officer Dinh for coming out.

We've been updating you weekly about our progress toward achieving our crowdfunding goal for the ioby Challenge Grant for the REvisit REseda Blvd proposal. I am very pleased to announce that we have reached our goal and are 100% FUNDED! This is great news because it comes with a $10,000 grant and a 1:1 match for each dollar donated to meet the project budget.

This Wednesday, I joined Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA28), Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-43), Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas at a press conference to educate the public about the dangers of drone use over wildfires. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) known as drones have become increasingly popular and affordable. It is estimated that over 2 million drones sold last year alone with drone sales increasing each year.

This Monday, I was honored to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Marcie Edwards to drop the last 20,000 of 96 million shade balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir. The shade balls will prevent sunlight-triggered chemical reactions, deter birds and other wildlife, and protect the reservoir water from rain and windblown dust.

This week, I submitted a motion to use discretionary funds to provide overtime to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division for an extra “party car detail” to patrol our community. The “party car detail” is specifically for patrolling weekend parties with loud music and heavy drinking.

This Monday, I join the Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Transportation to cut the ribbon on several new improvements to the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and San Fernando Road. Improvements to the intersection include the constructed two left turn lanes, a new dedicated lane for traffic heading south onto Balboa Blvd. and a new street light and traffic signal.

Temperatures reached over 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley this week and will continue over the weekend. More heat waves will come this summer, so be ready! During extreme heat, the City opens up hundreds of facilities to be utilized as cooling centers, including Senior Citizen Centers, most Recreation and Parks facilities, and City Libraries.

By now you've heard that CD 12 is part of the team that successfully won the ioby Challenge Grant for the REvisit REseda Blvd proposal! This is great news because it comes with a $10,000 grant and a 1:1 match for each additional dollar donated to meet the project budget. ioby stand for "in our back yard" and is a crowd funding site that is devoted to positive change in neighborhoods that is supported by the people that live, work and spend time in them.

On Monday, I was pleased to join Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas and the West Hills Neighborhood Council to dedicate the West Hills helicopter landing area in honor of former LAFD Chief Pilot Glenn V. Smith, who passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer. The West Hills site is one of the City’s 32 helispots which serve as landing areas that allow LAFD helicopters to quickly take on fuel and water when fighting wildfires and provide a suitable area from which to evacuate medical patients during wilderness incidents.

Almost a decade ago, the Granada Hills Rotary Club transformed a dilapidated traffic median at the corner of Zelzah Avenue and Chatsworth Street into a memorial park as a tribute to the military men and women who have served our country. The Granada Hills Veterans Park officially opened on May 31, 2010.

This Tuesday, I was proud to join the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division to present a Movie Under the Stars for National Night Out, "America's Night Out Against Crime." Every first Tuesday in August is a national celebration to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.

Today, I was proud to cut the ribbon on a new playground at Lazy J park in West Hills. The new playground is ADA compliant and offers recreational opportunities for children of all abilities. In addition, the new playground will also provide sun protection with shade toppers in play areas and offer a higher variety of recreation than the previous equipment allowed.

This week, I partnered with Council President Herb Wesson to introduce a package of legislation aimed at bringing sensible regulation to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the City of Los Angeles. Over the past several years UAS, often referred to as drones, have become increasingly popular and affordable. As their numbers have increased, so too have the impacts associated with them.

This week, the City Council voted to prohibit the vending of commercial items in all public parks without a permit and prohibit camping within all City parks, except in locations designated for such purposes. The City of Los Angeles is home to more than 3.5 million residents and the availability of safe, urban parks is essential to the quality of life for our residents.

On July 1, I was honored to be unanimously re-elected by my fellow Councilmembers to serve another term as President Pro-Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. In addition, we welcomed two new members to the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and David Ryu.

This week, I submitted a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department report on the feasibility of using a mobile app to expedite and automate police reporting, similar to the one being utilized by the Palm Springs Police Department. When police officers respond to a scene of the crime, they are responsible for completing paper forms that document what occurred at the scene. Police officers may have to complete 50 to 60 forms depending on the type of incident.

Last Saturday, I was pleased to bring back the popular Movies Under the Stars at Porter Ranch Community School with a free showing of "The Lego Movie." Over 100 people showed up to watch the Lego Movie, enjoy free Subway sandwiches, popcorn and face painting.

Last Friday, I was proud to cut the ribbon on the new warm water pool at the North Valley Family YMCA. I was proud to co-chair this important capital campaign to bring a much need resource to our community. This warm water pool will give over 1,000 people, children, parents and seniors, the opportunity to take classes and stay active and healthy.

This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed the resolution by myself and my colleague Councilmember Curren Price to support for California State Assembly Bill 65 (Alejo), which would establish a grant program for the purpose of matching federal funds available to local law enforcement entities to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment.

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