Neighborhoods FIRST Update
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 17, 2017 at 1:40 PM
This week, my office partnered with the North Valley YMCA to deliver over 3,600 turkey dinners to families in need.
The idea for the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway started nine years ago with the goal of giving away 50 dinners to families in the San Fernando Valley. Since that successful year, the set goal has grown exponentially.
While homelessness remains a serious issue across Los Angeles, I'm determined to ensure that in our communities this crisis never becomes the status quo.
Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation had virtually stopped towing abandoned vehicles altogether, but since my Neighborhoods FIRST Program began, we have towed over 150 abandoned vehicles and RVs in specifically in the CD12 community.
New parking restrictions are continually being put in place and major clean ups have occurred throughout the community. These new parking restrictions will prevent motor homes from blocking businesses and help maintain the curb appeal of our streets in Chatsworth and Northridge.
Also this week, my Neighborhoods FIRST Team joined LAPD Operations Valley Bureau's HOPE Team and Bureau of Sanitation during their rapid response through CD12.
The team picked up OVER A TON of bicycle parts, broken electronics, debris, trash, and waste. They visited multiple locations and offered resources to people in need throughout our community.
Since September, I've used funding from my office budget to increase resource deployments from the relevant agencies within my district. Council District 12 data shows the LAPD Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (HOPE) team increasing average contacts per month by 500% in September and October; monthly clean-ups by Sanitation crews also grew five-fold.
Watch the video of the clean up below.
My Neighborhoods FIRST Team is continually looking not only at what and where problems exist but also for partnerships in developing workable solutions. We will maintain a posture of active enforcement to ensure that parking rules aren't abused and continue to work with any individual or group that needs assistance.
Please reach out to my office at (818) 882-1212 during regular business hours if you have any questions or concerns.
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