Public Safety

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is taking action on the Los Angeles City Council to make our neighborhoods cleaner, safer, and more inviting.

During his first 30 days in office, Councilmember O’Farrell contracted with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to create two CD13 Clean Teams.  The crews go to every neighborhood in the district, including the Los Angeles River, five days a week, to pick up bulky items, remove debris, and perform light trimming of overgrown trees that might be blocking sidewalks and line-of-sight for vehicles.

Here are some additional highlights:

-During his first term in office, the Councilmember organized 40 community walks throughout the 13th District. The monthly ‘Councilmember in Your Corner’ events bring City Hall and its resources to residents.  The Councilmember also used the opportunity to introduce local Senior Lead Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department to his constituents.

-Around the district, O’Farrell worked closely with LAPD and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to install utility lights in several neighborhoods with poor lighting to illuminate the streets and prevent crime and vandalism.  

-In Hollywood, the Councilmember worked with the LAPD and the Department of Building and Safety to address recent permit violations at some nightclub venues, and demanded that all nightlife establishments manage their own safety and security.  

-O’Farrell also addressed the safety of our local tour bus industry, and introduced a motion directing departments to develop a regulatory framework for sightseeing bus operations to address the myriad public safety and quality of life concerns surrounding these operators.

-In an effort to decrease response times to critical patients and other emergency situations, O’Farrell worked with the Los Angeles Fire Department to acquire a Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) that will service the Central City/Westlake/Echo Park area during peak hours.

-A citywide Excessive Storage Task Force was created at O’Farrell’s direction and in partnership with the LAFD and the Department of Building & Safety, to consolidate City efforts to address excessive storage (hoarding) and improve interdepartmental communication on the issue.

-O’Farrell joined his colleagues to make a historic commitment to invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to fix sidewalks around the City and make them accessible to everyone, while at the same time looking to preserve and expand the City’s street tree population.

For more information on Councilmember O’Farrell’s policy initiatives regarding public safety, please contact our Legislative Deputy Angelo Yenko at or 213-473-7013.