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This week in Council the Department of Water and Power submitted their report on the status of the LADWP’s and Bureau of Sanitation's (BOS) water conservation programs. Every 5 years, as part of its Urban Water Management Plan process, LADWP develops and submits to the State, the City's water shortage contingency plan. This plan sets conservation phases and actions that can be implemented in response to dry-year conditions causing water supply shortages.
Today in Public Safety Committee, we heard a presentation from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commander Richard Webb regarding the donation of 8,000 trauma kits to be issued to sworn field officers and new recruits to be used in medical emergencies.
This week, the City Council voted unanimously to support HR 2692 the "Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013.” HR 2692 was introduced to address colony collapse disorder and would direct the EPA to take action to minimize the impact of pesticides to the bee population. Additionally, the City Council asked that the Planning Department, in consultation with the Department of Animal Services, report back to Planning and Land Use Management Committee relative to the feasibility of allowing beekeeping in R1 zones to foster a healthier bee population.
This week in council, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) presented its response to the June 28, 2013 Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury Report recommending that LAFD's funding be reinstated to 2008 levels, the firefighters at the Dispatch Center be replaced with civilians, and the Department's computer systems be overhauled.
Today, I was humbled to honor Richard Hilton, a long-time member and founding board director of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Richard, an accomplished author, photographer, and preservationist has worked to share with the greater community the love he has for the San Fernando Valley. Over the years, he researched, organized and conducted historic walking tours of North Hollywood, Van Nuys, the Oakridge Estate in Northridge and bus tours of Northridge and Granada Hills.
Last week, Boy Scouts from Troops 10 and 911 along with members of Northridge Christian Church and the Northridge West Neighborhood Council held a community clean-up project on Chatsworth Street from Wilbur Avenue to Tampa Street. Over 278 bags of debris were bundled and picked up by the Department of Sanitation. Special thanks to Chick-fil-A in Northridge which donated a nutritious chicken breakfast for all the volunteers.
This week, the City Council voted to move forward with the my November motion instructing the Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Sanitation to report to the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, to establish compassionate guidelines and policies to allow for the display and removal of temporary street memorials being placed in the public right-of-way, being sensitive to the families grieving over their lost loved ones.
This week, together with Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Joe Buscaino, I submitted directing staff to look into conducting annual inspections of apartments, condominiums and other multi-family residences. The motion also asks staff to look into requiring carbon-monoxide monitors in all homes in Los Angeles, and to team with the U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, firefighters' union and fire chiefs association to create a free giveaway program for smoke alarms, carbon-monoxide detectors and batteries.
This morning, I was honored to organize a remembrance ceremony commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. At the event, we remembered the 57 people who lost their lives during the Northridge Earthquake. We also heard stories from community leaders and first responders that experienced the earthquake. The shaking from the earthquake only lasted for seven seconds, but it's impact in the community is felt to this day. Sharing our experiences and acknowledging the effect this event had on our lives is an important step to building a stronger community.
This week, I am proud to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department began the field study of 30 on-officer cameras in LAPD's Central Division. This field study is the result of my September motion directing the Los Angeles Police Department to work with Taser International, Inc. to immediately begin a proof of concept study to field test police-worn camera technology, and identify the styles of body camera to be worn. Additionally, the LAPD has been asked to report back to the Police Commission and the Public Safety Committee in 90 days with its findings from the field test, recommendations both on the style of body camera to be used, and policy recommendations on how a department-wide body camera program can be implemented, including how the department will use video for investigative purposes, internal disciplinary actions, what video is discoverable, and retention period.
On Tuesday, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a historic partnership with United States Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones to develop an earthquake resilience strategy for Los Angeles. Dr. Jones has been a USGS seismologist and a visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology since 1983. She is currently the science advisor for risk reduction in the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area, which works to apply hazards science to protect the nation from natural disasters.
This week, the City of Los Angeles commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I was humbled to commend the various community individuals and institutions who contributed to the recovery efforts after the disaster. The Valley Economic Alliance was recognized for supporting local businesses effected by the earthquake to rebuild and thrive. I also presented a resolution in honor of the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to the "Father of CERT," retired LAFD Assistant Chief Frank W. Borden. Larry Schneider, retired LAFD Battalion Chief for Battalion 15 who was on duty during the earthquake was also honored.
This week, my motion authorizing a special events pilot program for the weekly Granada Hills Food Truck event that will allow the event organizers to obtain on-street parking permits for the food trucks during the event was unanimously approved by the City Council. Additionally it will allow the Department of Transportation to post restricted on-street parking signs that read “Parking By Permit Only Between 5:00 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays.”
This month, I was honored to be appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control. The appointment was announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota.
My office is excited to announce that construction began this week on a new play area at Mason Park in Chatsworth. The play area will be an upgrade from existing equipment and is designed so that children of all abilities can use equipment provided. A new splash pad will featuring water related play equipment is incorporated into the design. The Los Angeles Parks Foundation received a grant from First 5 LA to renovate the playground at Mason Park. The Foundation held outreach meetings in the community and worked with Shane’s Inspiration to design the playground.
Last Saturday, I was honored to join Operation Gratitude as they celebrated the delivery of their One Millionth Care Package. Under a large tent adjacent to the California Army National Guard Armory, Event Emcees Fritz Coleman, Andy Chanley and Joe Garner welcomed active duty Service Members and Military Veterans throughout the day. Many of these men and women were past recipients of Operation Gratitude care packages, and wore specially designed pins saying "I Serve" or "I Served." Three previous Operation Gratitude Milestone Package recipients were in attendance: Sgt. Shaun Gallagher (300,000th package); Sgt. Eric Rodriguez (750,000th package) and Sgt. Samuel Mancilla (800,000th package).
On Wednesday, I was proud to chair the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Community Care Facilities Ordinance. Together with Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Felipe Fuentes, Curren Price and Mike Bonin, the committee will find a policy solution that will not only ensure the safety of our communities, but also help address the housing needs for all residents. I am excited to start working with my fellow committee members who share the same vision and values for our city.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is developing a new, community-driven strategic plan and is teaming up with EmpowerLA to get information from the community on their strategic plan. The partnership between the two city departments is the first of its kind and assists in connecting us to Los Angeles residents, to engage them in the process of charting our organization’s future. The process went live at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meeting held November 2 when LAFD Chief John Drake and Captain Kristin Crowley presented the plan to leaders from all 95 Neighborhood Councils.
Last Friday, I authored and submitted a motion instructing the Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Sanitation to report to the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, to establish compassionate guidelines and policies to allow for the display and removal of temporary street memorials being placed in the public right-of-way, being sensitive to the families grieving over their lost loved ones.
This past Saturday, the Northridge community joined together to beautify Reseda Boulevard for the holiday season. This project was a true partnership between my office, the Korean Senior Citizens' Association of the San Fernando Valley, Northridge South Neighborhood Council and local residents. The City provided clean up tools and the holiday lights were funded by Northridge South Neighborhood Council.