A New Way Forward

City Hall
Friends,

Change is coming.

Earlier today, I signed onto an initiative that develops an unarmed model of crisis response, diverting non-violent related emergency calls for service away from police officers and to the appropriate social service agencies.
 
As policy makers, we are taking a fresh look at the role law enforcement plays in keeping our neighborhoods safe for all Angelenos. I am committed to this reform. I am also part of the resolution in support of the federal Justice in Policing Act. In addition, we will be focusing on the significant role institutional racism has played in poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles. In the coming weeks, we will hear a follow-up report generated from last year’s Summit on Poverty, and take a forensic look at the data. This will help us identify funding priorities to invest in historically neglected communities.

The movement is underway, and the peaceful protests against racism across the country underscore the need for us to focus on the tasks at hand.

This is the first of many steps forward.

Kind regards,


MITCH O'FARRELL 
 

HEADLINES

[Eastsider] Plans unveiled for $452,000 gateway to Historic Filipinotown

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[Beverly Press] Relaxed parking enforcement continues in L.A. until July 6
 

MARCHING FOR ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER

HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember O'Farrell marched in the All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March in Hollywood with  Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Gabrielino-Tongva friends, the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund, and thousands of others. Thank you Black LGBTQIA Activists for Change (B.L.A.C.) for organizing this wonderful event of LGBTQIA+ unity and calling for an end to violence and systemic racism against Black lives.
 

'SAY THEIR NAMES' MEMORIAL

SILVER LAKE - Eli Caplan and Micah Woods created a 2.2-mile memorial called ‘Say Their Names.’ The ribbon installation along the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex honors the numerous unarmed Black Americans who have been killed in recent years. Hundreds gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil, which began in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, followed by a march around the complex.
 

HI-FI GATEWAY RENDERING UNVEILED

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - The Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway project represents a continuation of creating landmarks celebrating the diversity of the 13th District and the City. Once completed later this year, Historic Filipinotown will have a permanent reminder that showcases the beauty and storied history of the Filipino community.

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PRIDE, PANDEMIC, AND PROTEST

LOS ANGELES  - Community member Robert Ward shared his personal thoughts on the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic in his essay For the Bane and Enlightening of Humankind.

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