EAST HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Department of Cultural Affairs are seeking to commission an artist to create a Public Art project that will serve as the official gateway to Little Armenia, one of the many vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in the 13th Council District.
The permanent gateway will serve to acknowledge the contributions of one of the largest Armenian populations in the entire country, and to celebrate the cultural heritage and diversity of the Armenian people in the City of Los Angeles.
“This Public Art project will be a beacon of pride for the Armenian community that calls Los Angeles home,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “My staff and I have worked alongside local residents to bring this project one step closer to reality, and I want to thank the Department of Cultural Affairs for moving the ball forward on this public art initiative.”
HOLLYWOOD - Angelenos who enjoy recreation at the Hollywood Pool will be pleased to hear the City is extending the season through the month of September, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) announced today.
In a Council motion introduced this week, Councilmember O’Farrell secured funding for an extension of the Hollywood Pool hours, on weekends from 1-5 p.m., through October 1. The pool season was originally scheduled to close for the year after Labor Day weekend.
“This is the second year that my office has partnered with the department to provide even greater accessibility as the days of summer wind down” said Councilmember O’Farrell, who is also Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee. “The pool facility is becoming a point of pride for the community, and I am proud of our efforts to provide even more recreational opportunities to this part of my district.”
The entire cost to keep the pool open is $12,000 which accounts for staffing, utilities, maintenance, and supervision.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Animal Services Department (LAAS) is encouraging Angelenos to foster or adopt dogs and kittens in order to combat a foreseeable overflow in shelter capacity during the Fourth of July weekend. The increase of animals in shelters is caused by fireworks and the loud sounds they emit which often scare dogs and cats, causing them to run away from their homes.
The Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department want to remind constituents that fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and those who are found transporting or in possession of fireworks may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Public safety officials encourage people to attend professional fireworks shows as they are the safest way to celebrate the 4th of July. The following is a list of locations and schedules for 2016 public fireworks shows in the Los Angeles County area.
LOS ANGELES RIVER - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, along with park rangers from the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA), announced today the start of the LA River Recreation Zone beginning May 30.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is permitting two recreation zones: one in the Glendale Narrows section in Elysian Valley (May 30 through September 25), and the other in the Sepulveda Basin at Lake Balboa (May 30 through September 30).
This is the third straight year for two separate recreation zones at the Los Angeles River, thanks in part to council action and support from Councilmember O’Farrell who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee.
“The Los Angeles River is so much more than a concrete channel to the ocean,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “More people will enjoy the natural beauty of our urban waterway during the summer months, and I encourage Angelenos to become better acquainted with the river ecosystem and imagine its future possibilities as we prepare to restore the river to its original glory. ”
CITY HALL - Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell shined the spotlight this week on the collaborative efforts to improve, preserve, and revitalize the Los Angeles River, as well as bestowed the honor of LA River Hero to Lewis MacAdams, during a special City Council presentation.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee, praised the work City staff is doing on his key initiatives to restore the river as well as protect neighborhoods. Since taking office in 2013, O’Farrell has worked to establish a permanent revenue stream that will allow the City to improve infrastructure, restore habitat, help clean up brownfields, and provide a more livable community, including the production of low and moderate income housing.
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SILVER LAKE - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced on Wednesday his ‘Open For Business’ reform initiative which aims to streamline the way entrepreneurs obtain permits, cut the bureaucratic red tape associated with opening a business, and reduce the upfront costs for mom-and-pop operations to open their doors.
“We need to change the culture of indifference at City Hall and enact policy that serves our small business community,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The City has a reputation of being hostile to neighborhood serving businesses, and I want this initiative to change that perception of City Hall.”
CITY HALL - Due to the comments received during the public hearing and outreach process, the Department has taken additional time to further refine the language of both the Small Lot Code Amendment and Design Standards. Additional documents have been added such as a Summary Sheet, Revised Frequently Asked Questions, and an Overview of the Draft Map Standards. The latest draft of the Code Amendment and Design Standards includes refinements that are in response to the comments received.
HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell recently announced that the Department of City Planning (DCP) is starting the public process to update the 1988 Hollywood Community Plan.
After a legal challenge to the 2012 Hollywood Community Plan Update (HCPU), the Los Angeles Superior Court directed the City to rescind its approval of the HCPU and prepare, circulate and certify an environmental impact report (EIR) consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - the State’s statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. To address the court’s order, the City will move forward with a new EIR.
SILVER LAKE -- City officials, members of the Silver Lake community, and a group of local students dedicated the completion of a Safe Routes to School Project that will provide greater accessibility to sidewalks, more visible crosswalks, and improve the overall look and feel of the streets around Micheltorena Elementary School on Sunset Boulevard.
The scope of the project, which aims to enhance the pedestrian experience, includes the installation of four sidewalk ‘bump outs’ and upgraded curb ramps for improved ADA access, the installation of 17 tree wells and planting of street trees, and the addition of a bike corral on the campus of Micheltorena Elementary. This is the third streetscape improvement project in Silver Lake in as many years.
“I am so proud of the work we are doing to make Los Angeles more walkable, more pedestrian friendly, more accessible, and most importantly even safer for everyone,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell during the ribbon cutting event “I want to thank all the departments for their service to our constituents, as well as Micheltorena Principal Susanna Furfari for helping the city move the ball forward on this project.”