First Year Highlights

The office of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell released this list of highlights and community improvements in the 13th Council District that have taken place since July 1, 2013.

LA RIVER
-Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and Los Angeles River committee, oversees all policy that guides future of the LA River.

-Officially supported the United States Army Corps of Engineers ARBOR Study Alternative 20 to rehabilitate the Los Angeles River.

-Introduced a Motion in support of Alternative 20, unanimously approved by all council colleagues.

-Joined the Mayor and the LA River delegation in Washington, D.C. to lobby support among the California Congressional delegation for Alternative 20.

-Won the support of the United States Army Corps of Engineers for Alternative 20 as the preferred choice.

-Under the direction of the Council Office, LADOT installed wayfinding signs along the Los Angeles River.

-Initiated pilot program to address safety for all users along the Los Angeles River bike path.

-Created two LA River recreation zones, one in Elysian Valley and another in the Sepulveda Basin, which will allow more Angelenos to get closer to our precious natural resource.

-Hosted the inaugural LA River Day at City Hall to raise awareness about the community improvement projects taking shape along the river.

-Led the way on the Council’s final authorization of the RIO (River Improvement Overlay) Ordinance, which provides regulations in support of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.

-Introduced a Resolution requesting that the National Park Service designate the Los Angeles River the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and open the River to further grant opportunities.

-Dedicated the Los Angeles - Glendale Water Treatment Facility’s new open space greenway in North Atwater.

-Introduced a council motion to conduct a feasibility study of the consolidation of the 24.6 acre riverfront property known as the Central Service yard to optimize the use of it’s river frontage.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
-Authored two motions that address affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles.

-Through the FY 14-15 Budget process, laid the groundwork to identify a permanent source of funds for more affordable housing projects

-Penned and published Op-ed on efforts to increase affordable housing it was published in Daily News and featured in Huffington Post video

-Introduced a motion directing staff to review existing ordinances that the City can improve or modify to create more affordable housing opportunities.

-Won council support to approve 400 affordable housing units in key areas of the 13th District: Westlake, Historic Filipinotown, East Hollywood, and Beverly Junction.

 

EDUCATION & NEIGHBORHOODS
-Council President appoints O’Farrell to serve on Education and Neighborhoods and Public Safety committees.

-Joined council colleague Paul Koretz in directing policy that regulates e-cigarettes the same way as tobacco products, which gives educators the tools to crack down on their use in schools.

-Directed funds to finally open the Echo Park Senior Center.

-Led the effort to provide a free summer meals program for children under the age of 18 at City parks and recreation centers during the summer months.

-Established a $750,000 fund to restore and maintain the city’s iconic collection of culturally significant street murals.

-Officially welcomed fresh, healthy food to Glassell Park with the new Farmers Market which had been years in the making.

-Assisted with funding and logistics for an expanded Echo Park Farmers Market.

-Joined LAPD to break ground on new, state of the art Northeast Division facility in Glassell Park.

-Paved the way for crews to start a $300,000 sidewalk improvement project at Echo Park Lake.

-Joined Council President Herb Wesson in directing policy that targets possible fire hazards such as hoarding, for greater oversight by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

-Directed the LAPD to report on it’s Senior Lead Officer Program, which had not been done since the program was restarted by Chief William Bratton.

-Authored a Motion directing the Los Angeles food Policy Task Force to report to Council on the City’s food purchasing guidelines, with an emphasis on departments that feed children and families.

 

ANIMAL WELFARE
-O’Farrell appointed as vice chair of Personnel and Animal Welfare committee.

-O’Farrell helps move motion to ban the use of elephant bull hooks, and wins support of council colleagues on ordinance.

-Directed policy that bans snares and traps that maim or kill our urban wildlife.

-Worked with Animal Services on a pilot program for free spay and neuter vouchers in the 13th District

-Directed the Department of Animal Services and the LAPD to present an updated report on the Animal Cruelty Task Force.

-Agendized an item in APHAR to talk about P-22, the recent case of mange, and raise awareness about household rodenticides. Directed RAP to report back on banning poisons that are known to harm domestic and wild animals.

 

Policy Highlights

-O’Farrell introduces over 90 Motions directing City Policy and improving the quality of life for the residents of the 13th District

-Appointed to the ad hoc committee on Film and TV Production Jobs, enabling the Councilmember to continue his fight on a higher level to keep entertainment and small business jobs in Hollywood and the City.

-Joined Councilmember Felipe Fuentes to introduce multiple motions calling for greater oversight of the DWP Joint Trusts, to ensure that the Ratepayer’s funds are being managed well

-Joined Council President Herb Wesson and Budget Chair Paul Krekorian to ensure that fiscally sustainable policies are maintained; from union negotiations to fiscally responsible budgets.

-Joined Council President Herb Wesson and Budget Chair Paul Krekorian in voting for a fiscally responsible budget that set the City on track to erase it’s debt by 2018.

-Fought for and won funding for continued service in the Department of Disability’s AIDS coordinator position during the City Budget process.

-Fought for a tool that will give the communities surrounding Dodger stadium increased oversight over congestion issues during game days.

 

JULY 2013

-Revived a motion that directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tour bus tickets on public rights-of-way along the Historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.

-Proposed a 1L Height District Reduction for Historic Downtown Echo Park that will reduce the allowed height of buildings from 75 feet to 45 feet and make the area more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

-Initiated a motion to develop slope/density regulations in the Silver Lake, Echo Park and Elysian Valley Community Plan area. The goal of the motion is to preserve the look and feel of our hillside communities.

-Worked closely with the community and City departments to save the Glendale & Deane crosswalk and create a safer environment for pedestrians and neighbors in the area.

-Council President names O’Farrell the chair of the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and LA River Committee.

-Created the Councilmember in Your Corner -- a monthly canvassing event that aims to better connect constituents with City services, as well as introduce members of Team Mitch to residents. The first event took place in Historic Filipinotown.

AUGUST 2013

-O’Farrell led the City Council in unanimous support of Alternative 20 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The study includes a series of short and long-term proposals to revitalize the Los Angeles River, and is the first major opportunity to make large-scale change to the waterway’s concrete channel in decades.

-Introduced a motion to create a policy that would require public notification when structures are being proposed for demolition.

-Convened a working group with the neighborhood council, City departments, and state agencies to begin the process of improving transportation around the 2 and 5 Freeways. This group was organized in the wake of the fiery tanker crash that happened in July,

-O’Farrell joined Councilmember Mike Bonin, City Controller Ron Galperin, and members of the local LGBT community to protest anti-gay laws in St Petersburg.

-Canvassed the Virgil Village neighborhood for the second Councilmember in Your Corner event.

SEPTEMBER 2013

-Advocated for Alternative 20 in the US Army Corps menu of options to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Team River started an online signature campaign that collected more than 8,000 signatures in support of the plan.

-Won full council support for the No Solicitation ordinance that will help calm the circus-like atmosphere on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department to increase foot patrols by 60 officers in the Hollywood Entertainment District.

-Secured funding to start the process for a Business Improvement District along the historic Route 66 on Santa Monica Boulevard that runs through the 13th District. This effort will bring increased economic development and services to an underserved section of the City.

-Collaborated with community stakeholders and City staff to start a transportation improvement project in Virgil Village. The plan calls for a more pedestrian friendly environment that will create opportunities for all modes of transportation, including bicycles.

-Team Mitch joined volunteers in Glassell Park to canvass the neighborhood for this month’s Councilmember in Your Corner. During the event, Councilmember O’Farrell commissioned a mural for the local community garden that he helped establish.

-Worked with City Attorney Mike Feuer on the Glendale Corridor Gang Injunction that affects Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Historic Filipinotown and a portion of Silver Lake. The injunction provides additional tools to improve community safety.

-Team O’Farrell formed a Lunch Bunch in support of small businesses across the district. The group spends one lunch hour a month at a local and independently owned dining establishment to shine a spotlight on their business.

-Launched a new CD13.com website that provides even greater transparency, better connects constituents to City services, and celebrates the culture and diversity of the 13th District.

-Introduced a motion to ban all wildlife animal traps or snares that maim, kill or cause inhumane suffering.

OCTOBER 2013

-Organized a group of local, county, and state leaders for a news conference to show broad support for Alternative 20 in the US Army Corps plan to revitalize the river.

-Created multimodal access over the Los Angeles River at the Red Car uprights to improve the pedestrian experience along the crown jewel of the City of Angels.

-Led the Hollywood business community and City staff on a walking tour of the Hollywood Walk of Fame to notify tour bus operators about a new policy that would prohibit ticket sales on the iconic walk.

-Partnered with City Planning to establish a process to create design guidelines for Temple Street, Beverly Boulevard, and 3rd Street to help preserve the look and feel of one of our great Los Angeles neighborhoods. This effort will involve stakeholder involvement and should kick-off early 2014.

-Revived a motion that secured $200,000 from the Board of Public Works for rehabilitation of the terrazzo sidewalk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

-Joined Mayor Garcetti to lead a delegation in Washington D.C. that lobbied federal lawmakers to support Alternative 20 in the US Army Corps proposed plans for River revitalization.

-Celebrated 100 days in office with a community cleanup in every corner of the district: Silver Lake, Elysian Valley, Mid-Wilshire Koreatown, and Hollywood. The Councilmember also held a community BBQ at Echo Park Lake where he collaborated with Million Trees LA to adopt 100 trees.

-Secured unanimous support for a motion that aims to ban the use of bullhooks, making Los Angeles the largest City in the nation to have such an ordinance.

-Won unanimous support from his Council colleagues for an ordinance that will regulate valet parking operators and create a better experience at dining and entertainment districts in the City.

-Worked in partnership with the Police Commission to hold entertainment venue owners responsible for promoter events that take place at their venue.

-Held a Councilmember in Your Corner event in Atwater Village.

NOVEMBER 2013

-Introduced a motion that will start the process to bring more affordable housing to our communities across the City. The motion will assist homeless, veterans, seniors and working professionals through the development of policies that will encourage the development of affordable housing by established transit corridors and securing a permanent source of funding to support affordable housing.

-Invited Filipino community members to take part in a moment of silence during a Council meeting in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda. The 13th District has one of the largest populations of Filipino-Americans in the City.

-Worked with community stakeholders on a Fletcher/Glassell Park Streetscape plan. The streetscape is being funded by $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) as well as an additional $350,000 in CD13 funds. Community input meetings have been completed and work is expected to begin by the end of 2014. This project includes medians, sidewalk repair, trash containers, 50 street trees, and other amenities like bike racks and benches.

-Team Mitch canvassed the Little Armenia neighborhood in East Hollywood to bring City Hall and its services to constituents for this month’s Councilmember in Your Corner.

-Supported the $50-million Glendale Hyperion Bridge retrofit project, and asked that an advisory committee be created made up of stakeholders and City Staff. The City and the advisory committee are currently reviewing ways to make the bridge serve multi-modal uses including pedestrians and bicyclists.

-Climbed the first set of public stairs built in the City since the 1940s. The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and stair climb took place next to the recently constructed, contemporary-style ARTIS community at 2400 Alessandro Street in Echo Park.

-Team Mitch, along with the LA Dodgers, assembled 120 Thanksgiving dinners for families throughout the 13th District.

DECEMBER 2013

-Responded to calls for help from school leaders to draft policy through his Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and Los Angeles River committee to regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

-Secured funding for four new affordable housing developments in Council District 13 that will provide 215 new units of affordable housing.

-Directed the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to install new markers --or wayfinding signs-- at numerous points along the River's bike path between Atwater Village and Elysian Valley. The markers identify nearby City streets that end at the banks of the LA River.

-The sixth Councilmember in Your Corner took place in Virgil Village

-Introduced a motion in the City Council for a study to develop policies that would encourage opportunities for affordable housing in the City and to identify funding to support those initiatives.

-Introduced a motion that will start the process to bring more affordable housing to our communities across the City. The motion will assist homeless, veterans, seniors and working professionals through the development of policies that will encourage the development of affordable housing by established transit corridors and securing a permanent source of funding to support affordable housing.

-Worked to secure Los Angeles Promise Zone designation. The Obama initiative will help pump as much as $500-million could flow into the Hollywood area over the next five years

JANUARY 2014
-Joined the Mayor to announce Promise Zone for East Hollywood and part of Koreatown, which brings federal funds to community improvement projects

-Gave first State of Hollywood speech, announced vision for a livable and walkable Hollywood that supports small business owners and a thriving entertainment industry

-Under the direction of the Council Office, LADOT installed wayfinding signs along the Los Angeles River

-Won support of his council colleagues to place several affordable housing projects in a managed pipeline to ensure delivery of approximately 215 affordable housing units in CD13.

-Held Glassell Park “Voices United” Town Hall with LAPD Captain Bert

FEBRUARY 2014
-Attended first meeting as member of the Ad Hoc committee for Film and TV Jobs

-Unveiled the latest improvements to Temple Street and the gateway to Historic Filipinotown, a collaboration between City and federal partners

-Led colleagues in a unanimous vote that will clear funds for Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood and its supportive service program for the homeless.

-Directed the Department of Animal Services and the Los Angeles Police Department to provide an updated report on the Animal Cruelty Task Force, which had not been done in over 7 years

MARCH 2014
-Worked with LADOT and Echo Park constituents on a plan to mitigate traffic during Dodgers home games

-Hosted a beautification event in Rampart Village to plant white roses and birds of paradise in the rounders on Occidental Blvd

-Directed policy that will help the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) improve services for homeless youth.

-Secured funding that will go toward renovating the restroom facilities at the Lake, which were not included in the massive $45 million Prop O stormwater project.

-Organized a community event in Glassell Park to trim trees and remove bulky items around the Drew-Estara neighborhood

-Identified funding for the Bureau of Street Services to repair sidewalks in parts of Atwater Village.

-Authored a Motion directing an earmark for tax revenues formerly earmarked for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to be used for Affordable Housing

APRIL 2014
-Worked with the chair of Housing committee to schedule two affordable housing motions on committee agenda, which moved this priority further through the process.

-Authored and passed a Council resolution urging the Federal government to take administrative or legislative action to designate the Philippines under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of the Philippines to be eligible for Temporary Protected Status in the United States.

-Installed one of the first bike repair stations in the City, at Polka Dot Plaza in Silver Lake.

-Broke ground on $853,000 Sunset Streetscape project, which includes 120 new street trees and installing nine solar powered trash receptacles, 13 benches, seven bike racks, and high visibility crosswalks.

-Directed policy that bans the use of animal traps and snares

-Secured funding to jump start a cafe at Step Up on Vine, establishing a job training program for the formerly homeless residents.

-Authored a Motion directing the Los Angeles food Policy Task Force to report to Council on the City’s food purchasing guidelines, with an emphasis on departments that feed children and families

-Authored a Motion directing the Department of Recreation and Parks to evaluate it’s Central Service Yard (CSY) so that the community can benefit from dedicated park land adjacent to the LA River.

-Authored a Motion establishing the “Los Angeles River Bank Trust Fund” in order to efficiently maintain a funding mechanism dedicated to the communities around the Los Angeles River

MAY 2014
-O’Farrell joins the grand opening of Goodwill Flagship store and job training center.in Glassell Park, a move he helped facilitate when he first took office.

-O’Farrell joined the launch of the Glassell Park Farmers Market, an event that had been years in the making to bring fresh, healthy food to local residents.

-Assisted with funding for an expanded Echo Park Farmers Market

-Won support to finally open the Echo Park Senior Center with the City Council approving $450,000 for the project

-Through the City’s budget process, O’Farrell laid the groundwork to identify funds for more affordable housing projects

-FY 14-15 Budget: won council support to add positions in the Department of Transportation’s permit parking section to cut down on the backlog of requests

-FY 14-15 Budget: won council support to restore $300,000 to the Arts and Culture Trust Fund for the continued support of the arts in LA;

-FY 14-15 Budget: won Council support to grant the Bureau of Engineering’s River Office two permanent positions.

-Launched cd13.com in three languages (English, Spanish, and Armenian).
-Co-hosted the fourth annual LGBT Heritage Month event at City Hall

JUNE 2014
-Announced return of the Lotus Festival and free community event to kick-off the festivities

-Launched a free summer meals program for Angelenos under the age of 18. Program will take place at Recreation and Parks facilities and LAUSD schools.

-Announced a partnership with the LA Conservation Corps to enlist volunteers for community cleanup projects in each part of the district every week.

-Won council support for funds to restore and maintain culturally significant murals in Los Angeles.

-Special Event Parking Districts for Dodgers Stadium

-Fought for a tool that will give the communities surrounding Dodger stadium increased oversight over congestion issues during game days

-Established a $750,000 fund to restore and maintain the city’s iconic collection of culturally significant street murals

-Led the way on the Council’s final authorization of the RIO (River Improvement Overlay) Ordinance provides regulations in support of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan

-Worked with the Planning and Land Use Management Committee members to bring the Echo Park Community Design Overlay District, which regulates height, into compliance with the surrounding community

-Directed the Los Angeles Police Department to report on it’s efforts at initiating the “Counter Violence and Extremism” or CVE program which is aimed at keeping communities safe

 

OTHER STATS

CLEANUPS: 66

POTHOLES: 323

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