June 25, 2022
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you about a Supreme Court decision we hoped would never come. Friday, the Court struck down an individual’s right to decide for themselves whether to bear a child.
The dissenting opinion states: “...one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”
Taking away the right to abortion diminishes the opportunities of those who can get pregnant to participate fully and equally in the nation’s political, social, and economic life. Above all others, those lacking financial resources will suffer from today’s decision.
This brazen disregard for precedent sets the stage for a bitter fight for our civil liberties. From the right to same sex marriage to the right to obtain contraception, by the logic of the Court’s majority these rights are no longer guaranteed.
This decision is a crushing injustice.
As we move forward in this new world, I remain committed to ensuring Los Angeles is a City that provides reproductive care to all. I introduced a resolution that was passed in Council last month in support of swift and immediate State and Federal government action to codify the right to abortion access into law, and my office is working on legislation to further bolster reproductive health rights in our city.
This moment calls for all hands on deck — I invite you to find ways to get involved here.
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GRIFFITH PARK PILOT ROAD CLOSURE | JUNE 27
This summer, you can ride car-free in Griffith Park! My office, in close partnership with the Department of Recreation & Parks (RAP), will be launching a groundbreaking pilot project in Griffith Park to close a 2/3 mile stretch of Griffith Park Dr. to car travel.
The pilot road closure is set to begin Monday, June 27th. The road will be closed to all personal vehicles from Travel Town to Mt Hollywood Drive to prioritize and incentivize the use of alternate means of transportation. Our partners at RAP will be managing the closure – monitoring the gates, educating with signage and communication, working with our Rangers to enforce as necessary — and we will be with them every step of the way.
This pilot and the resulting feasibility study are the first steps toward increasing safety for everyone who uses the park and to expanding active transportation options. We look forward to keeping you updated along the way!
LEARN ABOUT & SHARE FEEDBACK ON THE WILDLIFE ORDINANCE | JUNE 28 + JULY 13
In April, the Planning Department released a revised draft of the proposed Wildlife District Ordinance, which aims to balance wildlife habitat and connectivity with private property development thereby achieving more sustainable outcomes in the hillsides and habitats of Los Angeles.This summer, City Planning will hold an information session and public hearing on the proposed ordinance before the intended consideration by the City Planning Commission in fall 2022. This is an important opportunity to learn more about the proposed regulations and share your input!
The interactive map, draft ordinance, and more information can be found on the project webpage at planning4la.org/wildlife. More CD4 Dates
Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce State of the Community | July 7 @ 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM | Registration Here
CD4 Clothing Drive | July 9 @ 10 AM to 1 PM | Notre Dame High Woodman entrance
SUPPORTING LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP
SUMMER SPIRIT IN CD4
From concerts to hikes, this week has been a tour of some of the best summer activities CD4 has to offer.
Last weekend, we had quite the early-morning turnout to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Griffith Park— over 200 volunteers came out to our LA River cleanup, hosted in partnership with FoLAR!
And I had an ideal Sunday afternoon in Encino at our free concert, hosted with and showcasing the talented LA Youth Orchestra!
My team and I also joined the LaBonge family, City leaders, and community members to carry on the legacy and tradition of former CD4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge with his annual Summer Solstice hike. We trekked to the top of the Tom LaBonge Panorama — a stunning spot in the district to honor his memory and to mark the official start to summer.
CD4 IS HIRING! APPLY TO BE OUR NEXT HOMELESSNESS LIAISON
Our team is looking for a Homelessness Liaison! Duties will include conducting outreach and field visits to people experiencing homelessness, facilitating service delivery, and working collaboratively with other governmental and nonprofit entities to ensure effective delivery — an ideal candidate will have a passion for and commitment to addressing homelessness. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS ON A LOCAL LEVEL AS A CA CLIMATE ACTION CORPS FELLOW
In May, we announced that CD4 will be hosting two California Climate Action Corps Fellows through AmeriCorps! Each Fellow will help lead on a different climate-related project in CD4 over an eleven month period starting in September — one focusing on composting and food recovery, and the other on wildfire prevention and preparedness.
Fellows will receive a stipend and living expenses! Click on the links HERE and HERE to learn more about each Fellowship, and for information about how to apply.
THE LA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS CROSSING GUARDS!
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is hiring Crossing Guards! LADOT has several vacancies in the crossing guard program and is actively recruiting to fill these critical positions for enhancing the safety of students, specifically those walking and cycling in school zones.
GRAB & GO LUNCHES FOR CITY OF LA RESIDENTS
Until August 9th, the City of LA and the Dept of Recreation & Parks (RAP) will offer FREE grab and go lunches to kids & teens ages 1 through 18. Parents are allowed to pick up meals for their children, and no application or proof of income is needed.
To find a location nearest you, visit RAP’s website HERE or call their office directly at 818-346-2700, or text "Summer Meals" to 97779
THIS FOURTH OF JULY, LEAVE THE FIREWORKS TO THE PROS!
The best way to enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July is to attend a professional, public show! Not only is igniting fireworks dangerous — on average, 19,500 fires related to fireworks are reported to fire departments every year — it also ignores the people who live in your neighborhood. Improper use of personal fireworks can be upsetting for pets, babies and small children, elders, and veterans. Read more about how to stay firework-safe HERE, and check out our upcoming newsletters and our social media (@cd4losangeles) for upcoming public fireworks shows.
ENCINO, SHERMAN OAKS, & STUDIO CITY
Contour Drive Resurfacing
LOS FELIZ & GRIFFITH PARK
Griffith Park Drive Closure
Barham Blvd Mainline Improvement Project
Qs & Concerns: Community Affairs Director Michael Ventre at 213-367-1381 or [email protected]
Details: With final work by LADWP connecting laterals to finish up, the mainline is otherwise complete with an expected end time of early July.
HOLLYWOOD + HOLLYWOOD HILLS
Selma Ave Resurfacing
Contact: If you have questions or need to request an accommodation, contact the supervisor on the project site or call 213-847-3200. TDD users, please use 711. You may also email StreetsLA at [email protected]
Mulholland Regulator Station Installation
FAQ + Further Info
Mulholland Highway will be closed at Ledgewood Drive during construction working hours and opened at the end of each day. Lower Mulholland Highway at Durand Drive will remain open, but will only be accessible to local residents. On Ledgewood Drive, during construction hours, only local traffic will be allowed past Heather Drive.
Contact: Construction Manager: Joe Powell | (818) 771-6288 [email protected]
Project Engineer: Amgad Farag | (818) 771-6282 [email protected]
Community Liaison: Michael Ventre | (213) 367-1381 [email protected]
Bus Boarding Island Construction