Restoring faith & trust in City Hall | 10/20/22
Alongside the people of Los Angeles and the rest of the country, I was horrified by the comments made in the recordings that were released just last week. As an elected representative and sitting Councilmember, I reject those comments completely — they are simply not representative of the city that I love so deeply.
The City of Los Angeles is owed more from its leadership than apologies and promises to reflect when the actions on display were so abhorrent. We're at a moment where the problems facing our city — enormous housing costs, rising homelessness, and a mounting climate crisis among them — cannot be conversations that are tainted with racism or homophobia.
There is a lot of work ahead for the City Council to build back the trust of Angelenos — and while the resignation of the former Council President is a necessary step, the unwillingness of Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo to resign is a slap in the face to residents who deserve to move on from this shameful and reprehensible moment.
I'm here because I believe in the power of government to do good and to be good — but going forward, we must create the governance structures that really make that possible. We must create rules in Los Angeles that change the way in which Councilmembers operate — that means drastically taking action to eliminate opportunities for corruption and quid pro quo, including creating a truly independent redistricting commission, expanding the number of seats on the Council, and reducing Councilmembers’ discretion over individual land-use decisions.
Even as we continue to push for the resignations of the individuals on that tape, we must also push for rules in Los Angeles that incentivize elected representatives to act on behalf of all Angelenos, not for their own political power. That's exactly what I hope we can do in the coming weeks and months.
With that said — our work to serve the residents of Council District 4 continues. I hope you’ll read below for important information about the opportunity to sign up for the Section 8 housing voucher waitlist, student debt forgiveness, and more timely updates.
With love and hope for a better tomorrow,
I. Important Resources & Updates | Section 8 Voucher Waitlist Applications, At-Home COVID Vaccination, Student Loan Debt Forgiveness, Child Care Resources
APPLY FOR SECTION 8 (RENT SUBSIDY) VOUCHERS NOW TO OCT 30 | MORE INFO
Anyone who submits an application for the waitlist will be selected via lottery (not first-come, first-served). For the latest information, read LAist’s helpful overview HERE, and visit the City Housing Authority (HACLA)’s online portal HERE to apply.
AT-HOME VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE IN LA COUNTY | MORE INFO
Residents can also fill out the online request form (multiple language options available) or visit ph.lacounty.gov/vaxathome or ph.lacounty.gov/vacunacionencasa for more information.
STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS APPLICATION | MORE INFO
If your income data is with the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive relief automatically if you are eligible. If the U.S. Department of Education does not have your income data, you can fill out an application that will soon be available. For more information on how you can prepare, and with further information about the process, click HERE.
CALIFORNIA STATE CHILD CARE RESOURCE SITE | MORE INFO
NAVIGATING CITY CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES | OCT 27 @ 3:30-5 PM | RSVP
SHERMAN OAKS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL 20TH ANNIVERSARY MOVIE NIGHT| OCT 29 @ 5 PM | MORE INFO
NEW ONGOING PROJECT OCT-NOV 2023: LOS FELIZ WATER MAINLINE REPLACEMENT
Date/Time: Mon to Fri 9 AM to 6 PM | Oct 2022 - Nov 2023
Contact: District Engineer: Nathaniel Bautista / (213) 367-3994 / [email protected]
Project Manager: Oscar Rodriguez / (213) 367-5682 / [email protected]
Construction Supervisor: Dan Kirksey / 818-771-5027 / [email protected]
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The September Issue: LA Resources, Forums, and Need-To-Know Info | 9/29/22
As we find ourselves in another 90-degree fall week, I am reminded of the very real and dangerous effects of climate change. On Friday, I was humbled to join the hundreds of young Angelenos who turned out for the Youth Climate Strike to demand that elected officials stop using the climate crisis as a talking point and commit to transparency and accountability in fighting this existential threat.
In our office, we have been working to already bring the fight for a healthier climate to Council Chambers — and keep us accountable to the goals set by LA’s Green New Deal. From ensuring our city’s municipal fleet is 100% electric, actively investing in transit and mobility improvements to better the city’s air quality, and requiring all new residential and commercial buildings in LA to be built so that they will achieve zero-carbon emissions, we are moving the needle on achieving a greener city for all.
But standing alongside these incredible young leaders on Friday, I am heartened by one thing: I know that we have fierce fighters holding me and everyone in elected government accountable for moving faster to our climate goals.
As we head into fall, we know it can be challenging to keep track and up to date on what you need to know now. This month has been full of important new resources, opportunities for input, upcoming event announcements, and more — we compiled them all below to make it easy.
Sending wishes for a peaceful weekend to all, and L'Shanah Tovah to those celebrating!
I. Upcoming Events | Clean Air Day, Sherman Oaks Street Fair, CD4 Contracting Workshop
EVENT SPOTLIGHT— CLEAN AIR DAY RIDE | SATURDAY 10/1 @ 9:30AM | MORE INFO
In partnership with SAFE, the Los County Angeles Bike Coalition, and the Office of Laura Friedman, Council District 4 is proud to host the 1st Annual CA Clean Air Day Bike Ride! This is a free, fun and family-friendly bike ride exploring some of the beautiful natural areas of Los Angeles -- the LA River and Griffith Park.
Learn common ways one can help improve and keep the air clean in Southern California while also learning about some of the natural fauna, birds and wildlife in the area. Meet at the North Atwater parking lot at 9:30 AM – rides will take off between 10:10 and 10:20 AM.
More Upcoming Events
Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Street Fair | October 16 @ 10 AM-6 PM | More Info
Navigating City Contracting Opportunities | October 27 @ 3:30-5 PM | RSVP
GRIFFITH PARK SAFETY & MOBILITY STUDY FEEDBACK | MORE INFO
Earlier this month, we hosted an open house to present the latest of these proposals, which are now available to view HERE.
We want to hear from you about which options presented in the study you prefer in order to ensure Griffith Park is reflective of all input and needs. Submit your feedback with our form HERE.
RENTERS’ RIGHTS RESOURCE HUB | MORE INFO
HOLLYWOODLAND DESIGN REVIEW BOARD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
If you reside, operate a business, or are employed within the Hollywood Community Plan Area, and want to help shape the future of Hollywoodland, we encourage you to apply!
Interested applicants should contact Michelle Montenegro at [email protected] with a statement of interest.
For more information on the Hollywood Specific Community Plan, visit bit.ly/hwdland-plan
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: ENCINO/RESEDA 101 CLOSURE
The following ramps will also close during this operation: Reseda Boulevard on-ramp to southbound U.S. 101, White Oak Ave southbound 101 on-ramp, Balboa Blvd northbound 101 on-ramp, Haskell Ave to northbound 101 on-ramp, connectors on southbound & northbound 405 to 101
COMPETE4LA: CONTRACT WITH SMALL BUSINESSES | MORE INFO
Sign up for our Small Business Newsletter HERE for bimonthly updates with new resources, the latest news from the City, and more.
CALIFORNIA ABORTION RESOURCE HUB | MORE INFO
MONKEYPOX VACCINATIONS | MORE INFO
OMICRON-RESISTANT COVID-19 BOOSTERS | MORE INFO
HEALTH ALERT: COUNTERFEIT PILLS CONTAMINATED WITH FENTANYL | MORE INFO
LAUNCHING OCT 6: RESIDENTIAL SPEED HUMP APPLICATION | MORE INFO
After your application is submitted, LADOT will review and contact you with further instructions. We welcome you to share any submissions within Council District 4 with our office by emailing us at [email protected]!
STARTING OCT 7: CALIFORNIA INFLATION RELIEF CHECKS | MORE INFO
OPEN OCT 17-30: SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHER APPLICATION WINDOW | MORE INFO
LADWP COOL LA REBATES & BILL ASSISTANCE | MORE INFO
FREE AND LOW-COST SPAY & NEUTER SERVICES | MORE INFO
CLIMATE EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION OFFICE NEW WEBSITE | MORE INFO
Visit to learn more about CEMO’s work, their programs and events, resources (like the Cool Spots LA App), and more!
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What works: supporting renters & investing in housing | 9/19/22
September 17, 2022
On September 8th, LA's 2022 Homeless Count numbers finally came out. This is an annual federally mandated count of individuals experiencing homelessness, undertaken over multiple nights, usually in late January by thousands of volunteers who walk or drive our city’s streets. Last year’s count was canceled due to COVID — so this was really the first time since the pandemic started that we got a snapshot into our progress on homelessness here in LA.
Volunteering at this year's Greater LA Homeless Count!
Overall, homelessness in the city of LA grew by 1.7% overall, with a 1% decrease in unsheltered homelessness (unsheltered means that you are on the street, often in tents or in vehicles). After years of double-digit growth in homelessness and two-plus years of a pandemic, the fact that homelessness in LA has stayed mostly flat since 2020 is itself significant news — something we should be analyzing closely.
My biggest takeaway: Homelessness in LA is as urgent a crisis as it ever was— our numbers are still way too high, and we have a lot of work ahead. But efforts to keep people housed and bring more people indoors during the pandemic had an enormous impact on slowing the growth from previous years. We must build on these successful efforts as we move forward.
Two things happened during the pandemic that experts said likely have played a role in significantly slowing the growth of homelessness.
Firstly, the city, state, and federal government invested heavily in supporting renters. City of Los Angeles renters and landlords received nearly $2 billion in rental assistance through programs designed to stabilize households during the pandemic. A network of lawyers provided free eviction defense support through the Stay Housed LA program. And finally, a moratorium on evictions for renters who could not pay their rent because of COVID-related job loss and a freeze on rent increases in rent stabilized units likely contributed to keeping people in their homes.
Secondly, we made unprecedented investments in increasing the amount of housing available for people experiencing homelessness, especially in opening up more hotel and motel rooms available for people to move off the streets through Project Roomkey and Project Homekey. The City also opened up more units of permanent supportive housing, as HHH units finally started coming online, and more investments in things like tiny home communities.
We have always known that homes end homelessness. Los Angeles has long under-invested in shelter and housing relative to its homeless population, especially in comparison to cities like New York and Houston that have much smaller populations of unsheltered homelessness, and have even seen declines in their total homeless population. And for the first time, we are starting to make investments that are seeing results, slow as they are.
To me, the path ahead is clear: do more of what we know works. As we ease out of pandemic related renter protections, we must create a better and more robust system of renter protections, like universal just cause protections, better tracking of evictions, and a funded system of legal support to help renters stay housed. We must also continue to expand our still woefully inadequate shelter and housing system. Houston, which has reduced homelessness significantly in recent years, has three times the number of housing units as people experiencing homelessness. That’s what we should be aspiring to here in LA as well.
In our district, we have hopeful news as well. Our district had seen increases in street homelessness over the years -- a growth of 64% from 2016 to 2020— but this year, unsheltered homelessness in our district went down by 7%. In fact, we saw street homelessness go down, even when the number of people experiencing homeless overall went up by 12%. That’s largely because we added hundreds of shelter beds in CD4 since 2020, and saw a corresponding growth in our sheltered population – by 163%!
If LA lets the resources it expanded over the last two years disappear, we’ll almost certainly see homelessness spike again. If LA allows renters to face a punishing market without support, homelessness will spike again. We don’t need to let that happen. The results of the most recent count show actual progress. We can do even better. But we have to do more of what worked.
*Our district boundaries changed via redistricting right around when the 2022 count took place, so all of the figures noted here apply to the old district boundaries, not the new one. See a map of our district at bit.ly/cd4field.
LA is a city of renters: nearly 63% of our housing stock is renter-occupied! If you rent your home, we know it can be confusing to know what you're protected against — but we’re here to help.
It’s important to know that if you rent your home in the City of Los Angeles, you have rights and protections against certain rent increases, evictions, and more.
Visit bit.ly/CD4renterrights — we have all the information you need to determine which protections apply to you, what you can expect in the months ahead, and all the resources you have available to you.
You’re not alone, help is available, and we will continue to keep you informed about the latest updates. For any additional questions, issues, or concerns, make sure to reach out to our office.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST PROPOSALS IN THE GRIFFITH PARK SAFETY & MOBILITY STUDY | MORE INFO
In June, our office partnered with the Department of Recreation and Parks and consulting firm Kimley-Horn to launch a Griffith Park Safety & Mobility Improvements Feasibility Study to identify and propose short, medium, and long term improvements to make Griffith Park a safer and more enjoyable place for all.
This ongoing study helped identify our closure of a ⅔ mile stretch of Griffith Park Drive— but this was just the first step in a series of the Study’s proposed improvements. Last week, we hosted an open house to present the latest of these proposals, which are now available to view HERE.
We want to hear from you about what options presented in the study you prefer, to ensure Griffith Park is reflective of all input and needs. Submit your feedback with our form HERE!
NEW OMICRON-RESISTANT COVID BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE | MORE INFO
Protect yourself against old covid and new Omicron strains with the latest COVID booster, now available for FREE in LA County! Options for residents ages 12 and up are available, and should be received two months after the primary vaccination series OR last booster. For more about the new bivalent booster, vaccination locations, and more, click HERE.
PUBLIC COMMENT NOW OPEN ON METRO’S TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATION NETWORK | MORE INFO
Metro is acting as lead agency on the Transportation Communication Network (TCN) — a program to create a network of digital display structures with intelligent technology, removing approximately 200 static displays from Metro-owned property within the City of Los Angeles.
The program’s Draft Environmental Impact Report is now available for review and response! The deadline to submit written comment is October 24.
Metro will also host two virtual public meetings regarding the Draft EIR will be held on October 6 from 6 to 7 PM. and October 7 from 1 to 2 PM. To access both meetings, utilize the Zoom link HERE.
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE VALLEY OF CHANGE AND NOHO HOME ALLIANCE FOR KEEPING OUR NEIGHBORS HEALTHY IN THE HEAT
With record-breaking temperatures earlier this month, keeping all residents hydrated and healthy in the heat is critical — and takes a village! Thank you to all who helped to look out for their neighbors by donating or distributing cold water, especially our friends at the Valley of Change and NoHo Home Alliance, who helped to field donations, coordinate volunteers, and deliver thousands of water bottles at locations throughout District 4.
Learn about how you can get involved with these organizations:
MAKE AN IMPACT BY JOINING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL! BOARD SEATS OPEN FOR APPLICATION
Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC): HUNC is dedicated to helping the community achieve its goals through information, engagement and empowerment — help be a part of this mission by applying to an open board seat, including Geographical Area and Business & Renter Representative Seats! Click HERE to learn more about which seats are open and how to apply.
Studio City Neighborhood Council: Help represent the Studio City community’s youth or business interests in Studio City by applying to the open Youth Member and Business Representative Board positions! To apply, email [email protected] with a statement of interest. Learn more about the Studio City Neighborhood Council HERE.
HELP PROTECT AND SUPPORT WILDLIFE WITH THE LA BIOBLITZ CHALLENGE | MORE INFO
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A person-centered approach to homelessness | 8/31/22
August 31, 2022
I wanted to share one story from our work today – about a woman named Beth.* My team met Beth in May while they were speaking to people living in campers & RVs in the district. Beth was a senior, and had serious long term medical issues.
Beth told us that she had been homeless for a long time. After losing her apartment many years prior when the rent became too high for her, Beth moved from hotel to hotel. She described roach infested rooms, for which she paid far too much money per night.
After much searching, she finally found a low priced room for rent in a home. But that situation quickly became unsafe for her: the landlord refused to give her a key, and insisted on controlling her movements, sometimes leaving her outdoors in the extreme heat for hours waiting for him to allow her back in.
Finally, she found an online listing for what seemed to be the only affordable and safe solution for her: the camper van we met her in. The owner of the van charged her $500 / month, for a decrepit van with no electricity or water hook-ups. She was forced to rely on a nearby library to use the restroom. Despite living in nearly uninhabitable conditions, Beth felt like the van was the only thing that prevented her from living in a tent on the street, something she desperately wanted to avoid.
The owner of the camper van had warned her against seeking out help for herself, but by the time we knocked on her door, Beth felt real urgency to find a better housing situation. Luckily, we were able to connect her with Ben, Tara, and Jose, case managers with Ascencia, one of the agencies that our office contracts with to help people transition back into housing. It took a few weeks, but with their support, Beth was able to find a shared room in an apartment that was within her budget.
When her case managers and my team arrived to help her on her move-in day, she shouted with joy: “I’m moving today!”
Now settled into her new home, Beth has put her love of cooking to good use and regularly cooks for her roommates. She has also continued her volunteer work with her church, preparing food to serve to unhoused residents in a nearby park each Sunday.
I often talk about how we need a person-centered approach to homelessness in Los Angeles. Beth’s story illustrates what that means in practice: it means meeting individuals experiencing homelessness where they are. It means working with them to find solutions that ensure that they can move indoors sustainably, not just move to another sidewalk.
Wishing you a week and holiday weekend similar to Beth’s — filled with good food and time spent with your community.
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ADVOCATING FOR EXPANDING MENTAL AND LONG-TERM HEALTHCARE FOR LOW-INCOME AND UNHOUSED ANGELENOS
NEXT STEPS ON PRIORITIZING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN RESOURCE-RICH AREAS
LA is one of the most segregated cities in America, and our affordability crisis is making it even worse — a reality that persists and is reinforced by more subtle forms of exclusion, including through our zoning codes. My motion, and the adoption of the recommendations in the report from the Planning Department, is a critical step in reversing these historical wrongs.
SUPPORTING EQUITABLE SPENDING OF CITY DOLLARS ON GOODS & SERVICES
Earlier this year, Council adopted my motion to create a permanent Office of Procurement for the City of LA, to bring greater transparency, strategy, and accountability to the City’s contracting with goods and service providers. This executive order lays the groundwork for increased participation and access for the more than 43% of women-owned and 27% BIPOC-owned small businesses, ensuring they are given more resources, support, and outreach from the City in our future procurement.
MEETING COUNCIL DISTRICT 4’S YOUTH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Harley and Giordana are two bright UCLA students that both hail from and currently live in the Valley. They shared the various factors that led them to apply, such as Giordana’s recent campaign experience and Harley’s volunteer coordination efforts, as well as the issues they’re looking forward to delving into as a part of the year-long Youth Council curriculum. I’m inspired to see such driven, engaged young leaders being brought into the City’s governing process — and I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Youth Council to ensure their voices are centered in shaping the future of LA.
GRIFFITH PARK SAFETY MOBILITY PLAN OPEN HOUSE | SEPTEMBER 8 @ 6:30 to 8:30 PM | MORE INFO & RSVP
Join Council District 4, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Griffith Park Advisory Board, the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council, and the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council for a presentation on the latest work in the ongoing study, with a viewing of presentation boards and staff Q&A! The updated presentation, slides, and form for comment submission will be made available online and shared in our newsletter following the Open House.
To RSVP for the Open House, click HERE.
To submit comments or questions about the study, please contact the Department of Recreation & Parks directly at: (323) 661-9465 or [email protected].org
STUDIO CITY HISPANIC HERITAGE MOVIE NIGHT | SEPTEMBER 10 @ 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Join us for food, music, and a movie in the park to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! Come by the Studio City Recreation Center (12621 Rye St) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on September 10 to meet your neighbors and have a taco, and set up your blankets and chairs for the 7:30 screening of Disney’s Encanto.
ZOO VISION PLAN — NEW PUBLIC MEETING & COMMENT EXTENSION | SEPTEMBER 12 @ 6 PM | MORE INFO
In July, after our office asked the LA Zoo to listen, engage, and reflect on the feedback shared in response to its proposed Vision Plan for the future of its facilities, the Zoo released its revised plan – Alternative 1.5, or the California Focused Conservation Alternative.
With an initial round of feedback and public presentation in August, the Zoo has extended public review to Friday, September 23, at 5 PM.
Comments may be submitted either in writing to the Bureau of Engineering or verbally at a second virtual public meeting on Monday, September 12 at 6 PM. You can see more on how to submit written comment and join the meeting at the link HERE.
Full information on the Zoo's Vision Plan Alternative 1.5 can be found on the Zoo’s website HERE.
CD4 WILDFIRE SAFETY FAIR | SEPTEMBER 17 @ 10 AM to 1:30 PM | MORE INFO & RSVP
Join our office, the Los Angeles Fire Department, LADWP, and MySafe LA for a Wildfire Safety Fair, with food, music, and activities for all ages on Saturday, September 17 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Participants will be able to hop from booth to booth to learn about wildfire safety and preparedness and gather stamps for their ‘Safety Passports’ — prizes will be given to those who get all stamps! For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Valley of Change Sherman Oaks Community Cleanup | September 11 @ 8:30-10 AM | More Info
Franklin Hills Residents’ Association + CD4 Stair Cleanup | September 11 @ 9-11 AM
Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Community Cleanups | 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month | More Info
STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF IS AVAILABLE!
If your income data is with the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive relief automatically if you are eligible. If the U.S. Department of Education does not have your income data, you can fill out an application that will soon be available. For more information on the plan, click HERE.
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HOT WEATHER IS STILL HERE — HOW TO STAY HEALTHY
A heat advisory is in effect this week! Make sure you and your neighbors stay healthy and cool by staying inside during peak hours.
Other ways to stay healthy in the heat:
For more information on how to beat the heat, visit the Emergency Management Department’s website HERE.
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A New Vision for the L.A. Zoo | 8/3/22
Council District 4 is lucky to be home to some of the City’s most iconic landmarks, including the Los Angeles Zoo, located in our very own Griffith Park. In 2016, the L.A. Zoo began a public process for what would become the Zoo’s Vision Plan for 2028 and Beyond to help transform the campus into a modern facility focused on conservation and community. That plan was released in 2018 and in 2021 the plan’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which was developed with a public feedback process, was published by the City’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE), and transmitted by the Zoo to the Los Angeles City Council.
Since then, over the past year, our office asked the Zoo to listen, engage, and reflect on the feedback shared in response to the proposed Vision Plan and last month, the Zoo released its revised plan – Alternative 1.5, or the California Focused Conservation Alternative. The plan includes significant changes made in response to public input, including the preservation of many mature trees and more native habitats.
The public will have until 8/29 to review the changes in its EIR and provide additional feedback, and we encourage you to make your voice heard! Comments must be submitted to the City’s Bureau of Engineering HERE. You can also share your comments directly with the L.A. City Council (Council File No. 21-0828) HERE.
The L.A. Zoo will be hosting a virtual public hearing on August 15th at 6PM to present the plan. You can sign in at that time using the link and information below:
Meeting ID: 259 418 033 398
Or call in (audio only):
+1 213-282-5170,,475548734# (US, LA)
The L.A. Zoo is an incredible asset to the city, and it has inspired generations to learn more about wildlife and environmental conservation. As we re-imagine the future of the Zoo together, I am certain we can achieve a more inclusive and innovative resource for all Angelenos.
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IMPROVED WATER FLOW & FIRE SAFETY WITH THE COMPLETED BARHAM MAINLINE PROJECT
My staff and I are grateful to the collaboration and work of LADOT, LADWP, and community members including those in the Hollywood Knolls Community Club, Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association, and other neighbors. This project could not have come to fruition without their partnership and insight gathered during regular working group meetings, and the result is a mainline pipe that will help ensure greater stability and safety for this neighborhood for decades to come.
UPDATES ON THE RESEDA COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT
What’s coming up: construction for the remaining bus boarding islands will continue over the next few months, and later this summer, crews will be working to upgrade traffic signals along the boulevard. More information on this phase of the construction can be found on this fact sheet, and any questions or concerns regarding the project design, timeline, or access during construction can be sent to [email protected].
MONKEYPOX VACCINE AVAILABLE + NEW VALLEY WALKUP SITE | MORE INFO
On Monday, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in California to address a rise in monkeypox across the region. LA County is continuing to work to provide the first monkeypox vaccine to as many eligible Angelenos as possible with the current limited national vaccine supply. As soon as federal vaccine supply expands, the Department of Public Health (DPH) will make second doses available to those who received their initial dose. For more information on how to get tested for monkeypox, who is eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine, and how to preregister for a vaccine appointment, click HERE.
Eligible groups are also able to receive walk-up vaccinations at active DPH sites. The closest vaccination site in District 4 is at Balboa Sports Complex in Encino at 17015 Burbank Blvd.
GET FREE IRRIGATION WATER WITH LADWP’S RECYCLED WATER PROGRAM | MORE INFO
LADWP customers can bring containers with water-tight lids to one of the City’s Residential Recycled Water Fill Station (RWFS) listed below.
APPLY TO LEARN ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH THE GREEK | MORE INFO
Applicants must develop and submit a multimedia project (Film Production or Visual Arts) along with an essay to be graded and judged by a committee of RAP staff and officials, with one winner chosen per Council district. For more information on the program and to apply, click HERE.
LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTRACTING WITH THE CITY OF LA SMALL BUSINESS ACADEMY | MORE INFO
Small business owners in the construction sector are now invited to apply for the 2022 L.A. Small Business Academy! The Academy’s goal is to provide opportunities to grow a sustainable business which can participate in contracting opportunities in the greater Los Angeles area. This year’s academy will focus on strategies to address the challenges that diverse small businesses face in the construction sector. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
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Restoring trust in local government | 7/26/22
As I continue to engage in discussions around housing policy in LA, I’ve been thinking a lot about the story of LA’s first zoning plan from a century ago. To me, understanding our local history about land use has a lot to tell us about how we got to our dire housing situation – and maybe what we need to do better going forward.
In 1921, the City Council approved a new plan to govern growth in Los Angeles. This was the first real zoned plan in the city’s 90-year history. It was a product of real need – the city had doubled in population over the last decade and was about to double again. But the day the zoning plan was approved, LA’s wealthiest got to work.
They’d scooped up land along major corridors, and began to lobby City Councilmembers (legally and illegally) to increase capacity and permit commercial use – tripling the value of their properties. The lobbying – helped along by the LA Times, itself owned by a major real estate speculator – was successful.
Property values skyrocketed. The total value of land in LA quickly rose, and soon outpaced that of much larger and longer-established cities. Worried homeowners who distrusted the city’s leadership began to form new organizations to push back against the zoning changes.
Those organizations evolved into political powerhouses opposing new development, and in the ensuing decades, some of these groups also fought to keep neighborhoods white. Eventually, District Attorney Buron Fitts got involved. He called the Council’s changing of zoning categories a “racket” that “eclipses any other form of asserted corruption yet brought to our attention.” Ironically, Fitts was later himself indicted for bribery – from a real estate promoter.
The development of the first zoning plan in LA set an unfortunate tone – one we’ve found difficult to shake off. It threw us into a hundred-year cycle of housing scarcity, development, corruption, backlash, downzoning, and housing scarcity again.
In order to achieve affordability, bring an end to homelessness, and move LA away from being one of the most segregated places in the country, changing the way LA builds housing – and finding ways to build more of it – is an existential question for this city to answer.
To do that, electeds need the trust of residents. Sadly, that trust has been badly damaged. Because LA electeds have long relied on the private real estate sector for political support and sometimes for personal profit, residents simply do not trust us to manage land use fairly, a pattern that has been in place for more than a century.
That's why our discussions around housing policy must include efforts to increase trust in the city's ability to navigate these conversations.
One important piece of the effort is campaign finance reform. The matching funds program has already been a game-changer for Los Angeles, but even today, real estate interests represent the largest campaign contributors to many City Council candidates. If we’re serious about increasing trust in City Hall, we need to build a system locally where those who stand to profit most from the city’s actions are not the ones who are contributing most to local campaigns. I’ve been reading more about democracy vouchers, a new way of funding campaigns that has already had promising results in Seattle.
But another important way to increase trust in the city is to ensure that new development doesn’t come at the expense of existing residents. That means adopting stronger renter protections, so that new development doesn’t result in staggering increases in rents across communities or in the displacement of existing residents.
Stay Housed LA has a summary of current renter protections, particularly those relating to the pandemic, but the city is currently working on a report of how those protections will change when the emergency order related to COVID lifts. If you have a perspective you’d like to share on this issue, you can provide feedback on that council file HERE.
P.S. A lot of the history I cite above for the development of the first zoning plan comes from this piece, which I recommend!
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CELEBRATING STATE BUDGET WINS FOR UNDOCUMENTED CALIFORNIANS
At a moment when inflation is through the roof, every dollar invested for the residents of Los Angeles is crucial. I was honored to my colleague and friend Miguel Santiago in announcing fulfillment of some of these funds through important state budget investments to expand California Food Assistance Program benefits, CalEITC outreach, and free tax preparation assistance to undocumented Californians.
I’m grateful to Assemblymember Santiago for his tenacious leadership in securing historic funding for programs providing services to uplift undocumented Californians – this couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.
RECOGNIZING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR CD4 BEAUTIFICATION TEAM LEADERS
The LA Conservation Corps is a wonderful program that provides young Angelenos the opportunity to make a difference and gain valuable working experience. Our office is fortunate to have two LACC teams dedicated to keeping Council District 4 beautiful — and this week, we said goodbye to one of our teams’ amazing leaders, Irvin! Irvin has helped to guide our Corps teams both in their work in CD4 and in their development into successful leaders. Thank you Irvin for all your work on behalf of our office and the residents of CD4!
SUMMER FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE LA ZOO | JULY 29
Stop by “Zoo Friday Nights”, where guests have the opportunity to experience the Zoo during twilight hours! Event activities include musical performances, a family dance party, games, interactive education stations, and more! For more information and to plan your visit, check out the Zoo’s website HERE.
BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE FOR STUDENTS IN CD4! | JULY 30 @ 10 AM to 1 PM
Help our students return to school with the supplies they need for a successful year! Our office and the Hollywood United Methodist Church will be collecting donations on July 30th from 10 AM to 1 PM at Hollywood United Methodist Church at 6817 Franklin Ave (Highland entrance). Supplies needed include pencils, single subject spiral notebooks, colored markers, colored pencils, and new backpacks. For any questions, contact Alex Naseef at [email protected] .
More CD4 Dates
LACER Starfest Art Show | Now to August 31st | More Info
APPLY TO WORK FOR OUR OFFICE AS A FIELD DEPUTY
CD4 is hiring! We’re seeking thoughtful applicants for the position of Field Deputy to engage with the community, fulfill direct constituent services, fulfill neighborhood priorities, and more. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES TO UNHOUSED RESIDENTS WITH TARZANA TREATMENT CENTER
Apply to join Tarzana Treatment Center as a Patient Navigator or Peer Support Specialist! Both positions help provide critical services for Angelenos experiencing homelessness in their paths to permanent housing. Click HERE for more about Tarzana Treatment Center’s work across LA.
MONKEYPOX VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE GROUPS IN LA
With monkeypox declared a national health emergency and cases on the rise, LA County is working to provide the monkeypox vaccine to as many eligible Angelenos as possible with the current limited national vaccine supply. As soon as federal vaccine supply expands, Public Health will make second doses available to those who received their initial dose. For more information on how to get tested for monkeypox, who is eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine, and how to preregister for a vaccine appointment, click HERE.
STAY PREPARED FOR HOT-WEATHER WILDFIRES
A critical step Angelenos can take to prepare is to make sure they are ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ according to LAFD guidelines. This includes making sure your property is in line with the City of LA brush clearance requirements, creating a wildfire action plan, preparing an emergency kit in case of evacuation, and signing up for alerts through NotifyLA.
CALL ‘988’ FOR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SUPPORT
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. The newly-launched number for mental health support — 988 — offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress, including thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for yourself or a loved one who may need crisis support.
GET CONNECTED TO FREE PET SERVICES IN LA
LA Animal Services has announced the exciting launch of a free, first-of-its-kind website where people in Los Angeles can find and access free and low-cost pet services. With pets.findhelp.com, support is just a click away!
Simply enter your zip code, then search pets.findhelp.com for whatever pet services you're interested in, from pet food pantries and training, to veterinary care and more of LA Animal Services’ partners. You can also browse the free and low-cost pet support services in Los Angeles.
Free Grab & Go Lunches For City of LA Residents | More Information
Know The Signs Of Heat Stroke To Stay Healthy | More Information
LOS FELIZ & GRIFFITH PARK
Griffith Park Drive Closure
Bus Boarding Island Construction
Services + Resources
Bringing the road revolution to CD4! 🚲 & other June highlights | 7/19/22
A Busy Week in Council Plus Community Updates | 6/30/22
A Commitment to Reproductive Health Care | 6/25/22
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