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This week the Fire Department held the first FIRESTAT meeting. As Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, I authored FIRESTAT to develop a comprehensive real-time system for the Fire Department modeled after the LAPD’s highly successful COMPSTAT. FIRESTAT will employ cutting-edge technology and innovative management techniques to make the best Fire Department in the country even better.
This week, the Mayor released a proposed budget for the city of Los Angeles. As Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance committee for the City of Los Angeles, I will be carefully reviewing the proposed budget over the next several weeks and will be providng updates in our weekly newsletter.
This Tuesday, I introduced a motion, signed on to by six other members of the City Council, the maximum allowed under the Brown Act, asking the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance requiring the forfeiture of the pension of any number of the City’s three pension systems by a City employee convicted of a felony involving the use of their City employment position, including, as feasible, cases where the felony conviction occurs after the City employee has already retired.
Between 2007 and 2011, the City of Los Angeles saw an annual average of 22 severe or fatal hit and run collisions involving bicycles and 92 involving pedestrians. Over that time, LAPD was only able to solve 20% of the cases. Hit and run crimes are especially difficult to solve because often there is little or no evidence and no witnesses.
On Wednesday, April 2, the City Council passed the first set of recommendations identified in a recently completed consultant report dedicated to improving the City's development services process.
I was proud to join Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and former Councilmember Dennis Zine at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills. The Village is a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use project consisting of open-air shopping and dining. The development will join the existing Westfield Topanga and Promenade shopping malls and is anchored by a Costco.
This Wednesday, I joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino, the City Administrative Officer and the Chief Legislative Analyst for a community briefing session regarding Save Our Streets LA (SOSLA), the proposal to fix 8700 lane miles of failed streets and sidewalks throughout the City of Los Angeles.
Thank you to all the neighborhood councils, stakeholders and residents who attended.
This Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to accept 8,000 trauma kits valued at $352,652, from the Los Angeles Police Foundation for sworn field officers and new recruits to use during medical emergencies (CF 14-0088-S5). The trauma kits will be known as the "Webb Kit" in recognition of LAPD Commander Richard Webb's above and beyond effort to develop and secure the trauma kits for future officers.
This week, the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), and City Administrative Officer (CAO) released a detailed, comprehensive joint report on our Save Our Streets LA (SOSLA) proposal, as requested by the City Council in August 2013.
On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the new LA Open Budget Portal Website to promote transparency and provide residents with a detailed picture of how the City spends taxpayer dollars.
This week, I joined my colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council in attending the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C. The City of Los Angeles joined cities from across the country in this unique opportunity to share best practices and learn strategies to promote local economic and financial health, and ensure quality of life for all city residents.
This week I was honored to join an unprecedented delegation of Los Angeles officials in Washington D.C. for the annual Access Washington D.C. symposium on “Immigration, Infrastructure & Trade” organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Councilmember Joe Buscaino and I met with over a dozen members of congress, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez to advocate for federal funds for the Save Our Streets L.A. proposal (SOSLA) to fix 8,700 lane miles of failed streets in the City of Los Angeles over a ten-year period.
This week, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution (CF 14-0002-S10) in support of California State Assembly Bill AB1532 authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto increasing the penalties for hit-and-run offenses. If passed, the bill mandates that any driver who commits a hit-and-run offense, even if a victim is not seriously injured, must forfeit their driver’s license for six months. Although laws are on the books to allow for up to 6 months in jail, this is rarely enforced.
On Tuesday, I urged my colleagues on the City Council to support my resolution (14-0002-S5) in support of U.S. Senate Bill S.1813, "the Earthquake Affordability Act of 2013," sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein. "The Earthquake Affordability Act of 2013" would establish a program to provide guarantees for debt issued by or on behalf of State catastrophic insurance programs to assist in the financial recovery from earthquakes and earthquake related events.
Today the City Council adopted the ordinance to codify the Charter Amendment for the City's Budget Stabilization Fund (BSF). A Budget Stabilization Fund was created by the Council and Mayor as part of the 2009-10 Adopted Budget. The original intent of the BSF was to set aside funds during periods of strong economic growth when revenues exceed projections. Funds in the BSF were intended to help address budget shortfalls in years when revenues are stagnant or in decline.
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.