2018 Year in Review

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One of the great privileges of my life has been to serve as your representative on the Los Angeles City Council.

 

My staff and I are working on your behalf to create more affordable housing, house the homeless, and improve our existing infrastructure by enhancing pedestrian safety and accessibility, while beautifying public spaces.  These are just some of my top priorities in office, and are areas of shared interest in all the communities in the great 13th District. Here's a list of what we've been working on together over the past year.  

 

I will always lead the way to improve your quality of life throughout the district as well as in our great city. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the 13th District, and I look forward to working for you --and with you-- in the year ahead.

Warm regards,

 

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

Established Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day as a legal City holiday, with other municipalities across the nation following our example.

Partnered with Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to remove the Christopher Columbus Statue at Grand Park LA, in collaboration with the LA City / County Native American Indian Commission.

 

As the Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Parks and LA River Committee, adopted rules and regulations for vending at city Parks; ensured rules and laws were translated to Spanish.

Introduced an initiative to expand the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance protections to help more renters.

Leading the effort to regulate sales of flavored tobacco products to young Angelenos.

Led the Council in adopting instructions to draft “Plastic Straws on Demand” ordinance and directed staff to report on steps to phase out single-use plastic straws by 2021.

As Chair of Arts, Entertainment, Parks and LA River Committee established framework for proper management of Measure A Park projects, as well as funds to create and preserve parks.

 

Introduced an ordinance and received a unanimous vote on requiring City contractors to disclose any ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA); or any sponsorship of the NRA.

As member of the Ad Hoc Committee on 2028 Summer Olympics, supported Swim LA Program to receive grant from LA 2028 to operate swim program scholarships for low-income residents.

Directed staff to identify all single-stall restrooms at City-owned facilities and leased property as all-gender restrooms, in compliance with CA State Assembly Bill 1732.

Funded first-of-its-kind transgender cultural sensitivity training to educate first responders and all city employees for interacting with the community, focusing on respect and inclusion.  

Established Illegal Fireworks Task Force aimed at pressuring the city and state to deal more effectively with enforcement; elevating the dangers of fireworks within the community, especially with children, and the harmful effects on animals and the environment.

Led Council colleagues to adopt the Value Capture ordinance, which extends affordable housing requirements on a wide range of projects regardless of how they are approved.

 

ATWATER VILLAGE

Partnered with Recreation and Parks and the community to identify funds for new skate park at Chevy Chase Recreation Center, collaborated on design workshops with youth in community.

Proudly funded and sponsored the Atwater Village Tree Lighting Festival by lighting the tree for the enjoyment of the community during the holidays for the sixth year in a row.

Worked with the Bureau of Street Services Resurfacing Division to identify funding to repave 19 streets and slurry several others throughout the neighborhood.

Hosted first in a series of community conferences aimed at informing residents about city services, ways to work together to approach pressing issues such as LA River and Homelessness.

Held one of my monthly Councilmember in Your Corner events in south Atwater Village, going door-to-door connecting constituents to free city services, simultaneously conducting a cleanup on Fletcher Dr.

Collaborated with LADOT and the community to install all-way stop signs on Atwater Avenue at Minneapolis Street, and Larga Ave at Minneapolis Street, for increased public safety.

Partnered with Bureau of Engineering to host a community meeting to present the Glendale/Hyperion Complex of Bridges and the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge design elements.

Worked with Atwater Village Neighborhood Council to install water quality signage along LA River; and approved fabrication of official City marker signs to identify equestrian community.

Replaced black trash cans on Glendale Blvd with new Automated Litter Bins, and added the first blue recycle bins.  

Partnered with the Division of Urban Forestry to trim trees in North Atwater Village on Baywood Street, Sequoia Street, and Brunswick Avenue.

Worked with Northeast LAPD and Metrolink security to eliminate oversized vehicle parking on San Fernando Road, between Colorado Blvd and Alger St, to help deter criminal activity.

Identified funding to replace the badly damaged sidewalk on the 3200 block of Los Feliz Blvd and help make the passageway more accessible for pedestrians and business patrons.

Supported and participated in the first Chevy Chase Resource Fair & Community BBQ with LAPD Northeast Division, Community Police Advisory Board and Recreation & Parks.  

EAST HOLLYWOOD

Installed a new pedestrian-activated crosswalk at Hollywood Boulevard and Rodney Drive, complete with a new curb ramp and pedestrian island.

Funded and completed two new medians on Vermont Ave. by Santa Monica Boulevard and another by Melrose Avenue to beautify and improve public safety along the Vermont Corridor.

Worked with LADWP and City Attorney's Office to improve public safety with additional lighting around Lexington Avenue Primary Center, Ramona Elementary, and Kingsley Elementary.

Funded, broke ground, and started construction on the Madison Avenue Community Garden and Park, with the installation of a new prefabricated community center.

Reduced discarded needle waste and other public health risks through the installation of "Pit Stop" Program, utilizing the public bathroom at Vermont/Santa Monica Metro Station.  

Began a $3.2 million dollar renovation project at Residence A, Barnsdall Art Park's second historic structure built by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Completed 4.82 miles of slurry and resurfacing projects in East Hollywood from July 1, 2018 - December 2018.

Worked with LADOT and private partners to install the first BlueLA Electric Vehicle car-sharing program at Willow Brook and Vermont Avenues, near Los Angeles City College.

Directed the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to upgrade continental crosswalks by Lexington Avenue Primary Center, and Kingsley Elementary School.  

 

Secured additional patrol of the Cahuenga Library, as well as directed the Los Angeles Public Library to prioritize landscaping improvements to beautify premises and increase public safety.

Worked with neighbors and LADOT on pedestrian safety improvements through the installation of all-way stop signs at Clinton Street and Hoover Avenue, Clinton and Berendo Streets.

Completed over 80 small-scale cleanup requests for bulky items, as well as weed and litter abatement.

Worked closely with City Departments and CalTrans to secure proper authorization to begin work on the Little Armenia Gateway Project on the state right-of-way.

ECHO PARK

Worked with local residents and LADOT to address cut-through traffic and other safety concerns along Baxter Street, between Alvarado Boulevard and Lake Shore Avenue.

 

Requested new signal at Portia Street at Sunset Blvd and identified funds for the installation.  

Advocated on behalf of the community for a left turn signal at  Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue.

Identified funding to start construction on the first phase of the Sunset Boulevard Hillside Slope Stability Project, which includes the construction to secure slopes from further erosion.

Initiated the process to work with the community to build homeless supportive housing at a city-owned lot off Glendale Boulevard next to the Foursquare Church.

Identified funding to improve restrooms, lighting, security features, and fencing along the Tennis Courts and Baseball Fields at lower Echo Park Recreation Center.

Collaborated with residents and stakeholders, as well as Recreation and Parks, on improvements to the historic Victory Memorial Grove.

Extended funding to provide portable toilets and a safe needle drop off for the homeless along Alvarado and the 101 Freeway to ensure unsheltered individuals have access to restroom facilities.

Worked with community partners to identify Edendale Library as a Safe Parking Location to ensure our vehicular homeless community members have a safe place to sleep.

Partnered with Department of Transportation to provide 6 BlueLA electric car sharing stations at City Lot 679, 1711 Sunset Blvd.

Worked to keep $12.5 Million in Elysian Park, utilizing a portion of the funding to hire two additional rangers at the park, which is one of the largest in the city.

Partnered with Recreation and Parks and community members to restore the flagpole and add a solar light to keep the flag lit at night at the Victory Memorial Grove in Elysian Park. Also planted 12 new Oak Trees in celebration of Armistice Day.

Working with Metro to extend the highly succesful bike share stations.

ELYSIAN VALLEY

 

Partnered with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on the  grand opening of the LA River Recreation Zone through Elysian Valley.

Worked with our Housing and Community Investment Department to establish $400,000 in funding to continue the installation of street lights through Elysian Valley.

Implemented funds with Bureau of Street Services to properly slurry Shoredale Avenue, Harwood Street, and a number of sections of Blake Avenue to ensure these streets remain in excellent condition.   

Sponsored the 2018 Frogtown Artwalk in partnership with the Elysian Valley Arts Collective.

Cultivated repairs with  Department of Transportation in order to clean and resurface the LA River Shared Path through Elysian Valley.

GLASSELL PARK

Opened the new and improved soccer field at Irving STEAM Magnet School, with funding identified through the Council office and the federal Community Development Block Grant.

Dedicated the long-awaited splash pad facility at Juntos Park, a collaboration with Bureau of Engineering, Department of Recreation and Parks, and the community.

Removed tree stumps and repaired the sidewalk on Avenue 35, making it easier, safer, and more accessible to local residents.

Collaborated with the Bureau of Street Services Division to install a new bus shelter for riders near the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Verdugo Road.

Approved funding for closing Fletcher Drive Elementary School tunnel, due to complaints from parents of blight and trash in the long closed stairwell.

Partnered with our Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation to restrict oversized vehicle parking on several streets to help deter crime in the area.

Hosted our first Community Conference at Irving STEAM Magnet school in order to hear from residents, provide updates and access to free City services.

Partnered with Bureau of Street Services to slurry portions of Chapman Street and Andrita Street to ensure that these streets remain in working condition.   

Hosted our monthly Councilmember In Your Corner community walk and community clean up in partnership with the Glassell Park Improvement Association.

Worked with our Urban Forestry Division to trim a number of trees along Ave 35 between Fletcher Drive and Marguerite Street.

Presented the 3rd Annual ‘Noche Bajo Las Estrellas’ movie night, featuring Disney’s Coco, at Juntos Park in partnership with local groups and neighborhood stakeholders.

Partnered with our GRYD contractor Breaking Through Barriers to Success to host an annual Peace March and Resource Fair on Drew Street.

Collaborated with a number of community based organizations for the annual Noche De Paz event in celebration of the Holidays.

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN

Committed $152,000 to help with the design, fabrication, permitting, and installation of a cultural gateway marker on the Eastern end of Historic Filipinotown along Glendale Blvd and Temple St.

Worked with the Department of Transportation and community members to install speed humps on Parkview St Between Temple St. and Council St as well as Vendome St between Beverly Blvd and Council St.

Working with Safe Routes to School on a walking assessment for Lake Street Primary School to improve pedestrian safety for students and parents.

 

Partnered with the Department of Transportation on BlueLA electric vehicle car sharing program, installing 15 stations that are  located at Glendale Blvd. and Rockwood St, Temple St and Alvarado St, and Beverly Blvd and Occidental Blvd.

Identified $1.37M in funding for the Beverly Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Project currently under construction to enhance pedestrian safety and improve the overall user experience: new curb extension, replacement of curb ramps, and new trees planted.

HOLLYWOOD

 

Led City Council to approve construction of bridge housing facility on City parking lot at 1533 Schrader Blvd;  facility to house 70 people, and provide case management and supportive services.

Supported the opening of 60-bed bridge housing facility for women at the YWCA's Hollywood Studio Club. The project included the replacement of a broken sidewalk in front of the building.

Installed a pedestrian "scramble" crosswalk at the iconic intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street, creating a safer crossing for all modes of transportation.

Completed streetscape improvements on Hollywood Blvd between Gower Street and Western Ave; new traffic signal, upgraded crosswalks, curb ramps, benches, and street trees.

Completed a "Safe Routes to Schools" pedestrian safety project on Selma Avenue between Highland Ave and Cahuenga Blvd; new traffic signal, upgraded crosswalks, and curb ramps.

Installed a new traffic signal at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and McCadden Pl, eliminating the only remaining un-signalized crosswalk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Initiated ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame Master Plan,’ which will use funding from former Community Redevelopment Agency for improvements and planning the world-famous city sidewalk.

Broke ground on bus stop improvement project, enhancing 14 bus stops on Highland Ave, Sunset Blvd, and Vine Street.  The project includes better lighting and upgraded bus shelters.

Supported public art projects throughout Hollywood including murals at Hollywood High School, Hollywood Pool, and Project Angel Food, as well as utility box art project in Entertainment District.

Eliminated old "Tow Away" restrictions on multiple side streets around Hollywood Blvd, bringing relief to stakeholders who need a place to park their cars.

Supported local film and television production jobs with expansion of statewide tax credits; co-hosted Made In Hollywood Honors for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated productions shot in California.

Supported community efforts to establish new or expanded permit parking districts including residential neighborhoods adjacent to Paramount Pictures, Western Ave, and commercial hubs.

In partnership with the Fountain Theatre, co-hosted the reading of All the President's Men at City Hall, featuring well-known actors and celebrated the importance of the First Amendment.

 

MID-WILSHIRE KOREATOWN

Partnered with LAPD Olympic Division as well as adjacent Council Districts, stakeholder organizations, and neighbors, on a large-scale, two-mile cleanup of the Vermont Corridor.

Worked with LADWP and City Attorney's Office to install additional lighting around Alexandria Elementary.

Collaborated with the Department of Building and Safety to identify properties that were abandoned, blighted, and a public safety hazard along the Vermont Avenue corridor.

Approved an additional BlueLA electric vehicle car sharing location on Oakwood and Vermont Avenues and along 4th St and Vermont .

Coordinated with Koreatown Youth and Community Center, neighbors, and numerous volunteers on my  Councilmember in Your Corner event, which featured a beautification project.

SILVER LAKE

Opened the Silver Lake Reservoir South Dam Walking Path, revealing one of the best views of the city and improving pedestrian mobility. This was the final element of the 2000 Master Plan providing community benefits.

Supported and worked with Bureau of Engineering to embark on a two year, community-driven process to develop a new Master Plan for the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex.

Worked with the Department of Transportation to Improve pedestrian safety with installation of crosswalk and pedestrian activated signal at Silver Lake Boulevard and Van Pelt Place.

Continued the beautification initiative along the Silver Lake Reservoir Walking Path by planting 29 new trees along West Silver Lake Drive, with Australian Willow and Chinese Flame trees.

Partnered with community and Recreation and Parks to install brand new fencing around Silver Lake Dog Parks, along with fountain grass, for all park-goers to enjoy.

Replaced four playground structures at both Bellevue Recreation Center and Silver Lake Recreation Center, including new shade elements to keep children and parents cool.

Partnered with Bureau of Engineering to begin $3M street improvement project to address crumbling infrastructure along the 3200-3300 block of Descanso Drive. Project includes: upper and lower roadways; new sidewalks; landscaped median; 35 new trees and street lighting.

At the request of residents, worked with Bureau of Street Services to resurface Glendale Boulevard between Silver Lake Boulevard and Deane Street, and seven other local streets.

Partnered with Urban forestry to trim overgrown trees on numerous streets: Fletcher Dr between Riverside Dr/Glendale Blvd; Silver Lake Blvd. between Sunset Blvd/London St; Parkman Ave. between Silver Lake Blvd/Sunset Blvd; and Myra Ave. between Fountain Ave/Hoover St.

Collaborated with local residents, CD13 Clean Team, Urban Forestry, and DOT on major beautification and pedestrian safety project at Parkman Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard.

Installed new stairway lighting between Lucile and Maltman Avenues to improve safety for the local residents and those who utilize Esther’s Steps at the Landa Street public stairway.

Installed new speedhumps on Allesandro Way between Lake View Avenue and Oak Glen Avenue; Micheltorena Street between Descanso Drive and Marathon Street; and Occidental Boulevard between Bellevue Avenue and Marathon Street.

Installed new sidewalk on Lucile Avenue, between Melrose Avenue and Clinton Street, as well as Hoover Street between Lucile Avenue and Clinton Street.

 

RAMPART VILLAGE

Partnered with the Department of Transportation to provide BlueLA electric vehicle car sharing service, installing 5 electric stations at Beverly and Occidental Boulevards

Identified $1.37M in funding for the Beverly Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Project currently under way to enhance pedestrian safety and improve the overall user experience.

Worked with city departments on pedestrian safety project along Temple Street. Improvements include: approving a signal, crosswalks with flashing beacons, and reducing the distance between corners for pedestrians crossing major intersections.



WESTLAKE

Implemented funding for the design, engineering, and construction of various pedestrian safety improvements along 3rd St between Lucas and Alvarado Blvd.

Worked with Department of Public Works to create funding for the retrofit of the First St Bridge to meet new seismic requirements and increase safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Working with Safe Routes to School on pedestrian safety improvements at Union Avenue Elementary School, as well as identified $500,000 to improve crosswalk and sidewalk conditions.

Partnered with Department of Transportation to install a speed hump on Union Avenue between Beverly Blvd and 3rd Street.