Back in 2013, I introduced constituents in the great 13th Council District to The Mitch Plan.
The Mitch Plan is a set of goals to improve the look and feel of our neighborhoods and make our district the very best: improving our quality of life and providing a safe, enjoyable visitor experience to some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles.
My 33-year history with the 13th District, and my experience working with boots-on-the-ground as a volunteer and public servant, informed my approach. I’ve only been in office for two years, and we are already seeing much of our plan realized, and are prepared to push ahead in the coming year.
Here’s a list of what we accomplished together since I took office. Moving forward, you can also sign up for my weekly updates that will be sent directly to your inbox.
I want to thank you for your support and with your help, we will accomplish even more as we round out the year!
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
JUNE 2014 -Launched a free summer meals program for Angelenos under the age of 18. Program takes place at Recreation and Parks facilities and LAUSD schools. The program is currently in its second year.
JUNE 2014 -Established a $750,000 fund to restore and maintain the city’s iconic collection of culturally significant street murals.
JUNE 2014 -Directed the Los Angeles Police Department to report on its efforts to initiate the “Counter Violence and Extremism” -or CVE program- which is aimed at keeping communities safe.
JUNE 2014 Fought for, and won funding for, continued service in the Department of Disability AIDS coordinator position during the City Budget process.
JULY 2014 - Curbed the illegal sale of tobacco to children in the city in partnership with the City Attorney, and established e-cigarette regulations in the City of Los Angeles. The new ordinance regulates the usage of electronic smoking devices where smoking is prohibited by law.
AUGUST 2014 Joined Councilmember Felipe Fuentes to introduce multiple motions calling for greater oversight of the DWP Joint Trusts, and to ensure that the ratepayer’s funds are being well managed.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - O’Farrell engaged with small business owners across the City as he and his colleagues started the process of crafting a minimum wage ordinance. O’Farrell sought to raise the wage, while including protections for the small business owner and non-profit organizations.
SEPTEMBER 2014 -Introduced a resolution calling for the Federal government to end the discrimination of gay men giving blood at donation drives.
OCTOBER 2014 - Supported a resolution that endorses Proposition 1, a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to provide $7.55 billion in support of water quality, water supply and infrastructure projects consistent with the City's local sustainability objectives.
OCTOBER 2014 -Introduced a motion that directs staff to procure an economic analysis on the unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage, especially as it relates to small business and nonprofit sectors.
JANUARY 2015 - Won full Council support for policy that requires public notification when certain historic structures are being proposed for demolition.
APRIL 2015 O’Farrell worked with the LA City Human Relations Commission to declare April 21 as the first ever official Day of Religious Pluralism in the City of Los Angeles.
JUNE 2015 Co-hosted the fifth annual LGBT Heritage Month celebration at Los Angeles City Hall
-THE LOS ANGELES RIVER-
JUNE 2014 - Hosted the inaugural LA River Day at Los Angeles City Hall, and honored former LA City Councilmember Ed Reyes for his stewardship of the River.
JULY 2014 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.
OCTOBER 2014 - Worked with LADOT to install wayfinding signs on the overpass along the LA river. The signs enhance public safety by alerting people to the intersections crossing the River.
FEBRUARY 2015 - After the passage of State Bill 628 (Beall), O'Farrell introduced a motion that will look into creating an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District along the Los Angeles River. The new policy would allow local officials to direct a portion of future property taxes for community improvement projects along the River, such as affordable housing, habitat restoration, and improved infrastructure. The motion won full Council support and is now being adopted City-wide.
MARCH 2014 - 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.
NOVEMBER 2014 - Initiated efforts for the City to solicit developer proposals for a new affordable housing and parking replacement project at the Wilcox-Schrader public parking lot. The project will include at least 60 housing units, 50% of which will be affordable.
FEBRUARY 2015 - O’Farrell led his colleagues in voting to release $1.5 million in funding to renovate the Center at Blessed Sacrament to support its homeless services and transitional housing program.
MARCH 2015 - O’Farrell signed a two-year contract with People Assisting the Homeless for $75,000, effective 03/31/14-03/31/16. The purpose of the contract is to provide street outreach, emergency response, assistance in discharge planning, housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness in the 13th District.
-MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING NOTES IN CD13-
-457 units of affordable family, senior, and supportive housing in the 13th DIstrict in the HCIDLA development pipeline, plus many more affordable units included in mixed-income projects. The most of any council district!
-O’Farrell supports proposal to dedicate 50 percent of AirBnB Transient Occupancy Tax revenues for affordable housing.
-Modified Parking Requirements District in Hollywood to allow for projects to reduce parking construction costs in transit areas.
-PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS-
JUNE 2014 -Announced a partnership with the LA Conservation Corps to enlist volunteers called the CD13 Clean Team for community cleanup projects in each part of the district, five days per week.
JULY 2014 -Created an interactive map on the CD 13 website that displayed the location of more than 40 community cleanups sponsored during the first year in office.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Worked with staff and other city departments to lead clean ups across every neighborhood in the 13 district. These cleans ups included sweeping of sidewalks and gutters, graffiti removal, light tree trimming, removal of bulky items and debris, and other maintenance to help beautify the neighborhood.
NOVEMBER 2014 - O’Farrell introduced a Motion instructing the LAPD to report on its efforts at countering violent extremism (CVE). CVE is a White House strategy to combat extremism through community engagement, and Los Angeles has been identified by President Obama as one of three model CVE cities in the United States.
DECEMBER 2014 - O’Farrell facilitated the donation of a bronze sculpture of the world-renowned author and poet Khalil Gibran to the City of Los Angeles by the World Lebanese Cultural Union, and its installation at the Los Angeles Central Library.
MARCH 2015 - O’Farrell worked closely with Councilmembers Englander and Blumenfield to bring Online Police Reporting to the City of Los Angeles. As part of the City’s new Innovation Fund, the public will soon be able to file a police report online at LAPDonline.org.
APRIL 2015 - O’Farrell introduced a motion to address, evaluate and improve fire safety protocols regarding excessive storage (hoarding).
MAY 2015 - O’Farrell introduced a Motion to improve the recruitment and hiring practices of the LAFD, given multiple challenges the department continues to face.
JUNE 2015 – A citywide Excessive Storage Task Force was created at O’Farrell’s direction and in partnership with the LAFD, to consolidate City policy on excessive storage and improve interdepartmental communication on the issue.
JUNE 2015 - O’Farrell worked with City staff to provide free wifi at neighborhoods, parks, as well as to the entire City of Los Angeles, culminating in the CityLinkLA initiative.
-LAFD STATIONS SERVING CD13-
|CD 13||6||213-485-6206||326 North Virgil Avenue||Angeleno Heights|
|CD 13||20||213-485-6220||2144 West Sunset Boulevard||Echo Park|
|CD 4||27||213-485-6227||1327 North Cole Avenue||Hollywood|
|CD 4||35||213-485-6235||1601 North Hillhurst Avenue||Los Feliz|
|CD 13||50||213-485-6250||3036 Fletcher Drive||Glassell Park / Atwater Village|
|CD 13||52||213-485-6252||4957 Melrose Avenue||Hollywood (Southeast)|
|CD 4||56||213-485-6256||2759 Rowena Avenue||Silver Lake|
|CD 13||82||213-485-6282||5769 Hollywood Boulevard||Hollywood (Hills & Northeast)|
JULY 2014 - Established the first Los Angeles Animal Services Adoption and Resource Fair at the annual Echo Park Lotus Festival.
IMPROVING THE LOOK AND FEEL OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
JULY 2014 - O’Farrell partners with the LA Conservation Corps and dedicates funds to hire a LA River Clean Team, which performs maintenance along the banks of the River, and the cul-de-sacs of Atwater Village and Elysian Valley.
AUGUST 2014 - O’Farrell organizes Public Safety Town Hall at Chevy Chase Recreation Center to discuss the concerns of the local residents.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Presented Club Tee-Gee owner Betty Bartlotta with a plaque to identify her establishment as a local historic point of interest in the business corridor of Glendale Blvd.
NOVEMBER 2014 - O’Farrell partnered with Northeast Trees, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ River Team, and the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council on a small maintenance grant received by Northeast Trees to remove invasive plants and weeds along the river bank and distribute mulch near the Acresite Street cul-de-sac.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Collaborated with Friends of Atwater Village and Atwater Village Neighborhood Council to install a history display case at the community library.
MAY 2015 - Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge announced plans for a permanent infrastructure project across the Los Angeles River that will provide greater connectivity between Silver Lake and Atwater Village. The $5 million Red Car Footbridge project will utilize the existing trestles that were once used by the Red Car Trolley to cross the Los Angeles River. The bridge will connect the pedestrian and bike trail along the LA River to the Red Car Park on the eastern banks, while providing access to the small business and residential community in Atwater Village.
JUNE 2015 - Won full council support to approve plans for the seismic retrofit of the Glendale Hyperion Bridge Complex.
JUNE 2014 - O’Farrell worked with the Bureau of Street Services, Department of Transportation, and MTA to relocate a crosswalk on Fountain Ave and Lyman Pl in order to create space for wheelchair accessible curbs for the patrons of Ronald McDonald House. This allows them easier walkable access to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
JUNE 2014 - Via a motion introduced by O’Farrell, the City Council instructed the DOT to install “No Cars for Sale Parking” signs along Virgil Ave, between Fountain Ave and Burns Ave; and Hoover St, between Santa Monica Blvd and Temple St, due to the large number of for sale vehicles that occupied these streets and created an adverse effect on the quality of life for the residents.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Council District 13 received an Active Transportation Program grant for a pedestrian improvement streetscape project along Hollywood Blvd, between Gower St and Western Ave. The project will include new sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, several curb extensions, crosswalks, bike racks, and general landscaping.
OCTOBER 2014 - Worked with Department of Transportation to install all-way stop signs at the intersection of Carlton Way and Serrano Ave; and a new stop sign at De Longpre Ave and Virgil Place.
OCTOBER 2014 -Working with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to offer a $50,000 reward to help generate leads in a fatal shooting case out of East Hollywood.
2014 and 2015 - Allocated $50,000 to the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA for two consecutive years to serve the social, health, and welfare needs of the general public in East Hollywood.
JANUARY 2015 - Worked closely with Youth Policy Institute to receive a federal grant from the Justice Department as part of the Promise Zone for security improvements at the Lemon Grove Park and Kingsley Tunnel--Including a high-tech camera.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Worked with Department of Transportation to install an all-way stop sign at the intersection of Oxford Ave and Lemon Grove Ave.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Partnered with numerous City agencies to bring the $4.5 million Hollyhock House renovation to completion. The house officially opened its doors to the public on February 13, 2015 to a crowd of thousands of Angelenos.
APRIL 2015 - Through a unanimous City Council vote, O’Farrell established the Armenian Genocide Memorial Square at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Western Ave. The square served to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide and the annual marches for justice conducted by the Armenian community in Little Armenia. O’Farrell also landed considerable support to the City agencies and march organizers to minimize the impact of the large march on the city.
MAY 2015 - Worked with Recreation and Parks and the Barnsdall Arts Park Foundation to add improvements to Barnsdall Park. Security improvements will be made in the form of additional fencing and gates on the south and southwest sides of the park to secure the park once it closes at night.
MAY 2015 - Passed a motion in City Council to allocate $40,000 in matching funds for the creation of the Hollywood and Western Business Improvement District. The BID will extend from the 101 Freeway to Edgemont St on Hollywood Blvd; and from Franklin Ave to Santa Monica Blvd on Western Ave. It will also include Sunset Blvd between Western Ave and the 101 Freeway.
JUNE 2015 - The East Hollywood Los Feliz Homeless Coalition (EHLF) met its goal of raising $150,000 to fund a PATH team and van for regular outreach in the two neighborhoods. Per O’Farrell’s pledge, CD13 is in the process of transferring $25,000 to PATH for this specific program.
JUNE 2014 - Fought to give the communities surrounding Dodger stadium increased oversight over congestion issues during game days.
JULY 2014 Hosted the return of the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake. The annual event went on a hiatus following a $45million Prop O stormwater project.
AUGUST 2014 -Established a new building height limit that ensures future development is compatible with the existing historic structures along the Sunset Blvd street corridor. The policy establishes a new limit of 45 feet and will help to maintain the character of the commercial district. The action will encourage development that is an appropriate scale to the street and the surrounding neighborhood context.
OCTOBER 2014 -Honored Echo Park artist Patssi Valdez during a special ceremony Tuesday at City Hall to honor Latinas in the Arts.
DECEMBER 2014 - Constituents in the 13th District now have even better access to the City of Los Angeles and its services thanks to the opening of O’Farrell’s new district office on Sunset Blvd and Lemoyne St.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Hosted the Los Angeles Police Commission for its regular meeting, providing an opportunity for Angelenos in this part of the City to take part in the public process.
MAY 2015 - At the request of local residents, O’Farrell worked with the LADOT to create a special event parking district along Scott Ave. The solution is helping mitigate the parking and traffic concerns associated with game day at Dodger Stadium.
JUNE 2015 - O’Farrell, local artist Katrina Alexy, and the Echo Park community unveiled a new public art installation on Logan Street just south of Sunset Boulevard, a public-private art collaboration that will now serve as a model for other art displays around the City.
JUNE 2015 Met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and TPL to discuss funding for the Red Car Property acquisition.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Worked with City departments and installed speed bumps on Rosanna Street, which improved traffic safety when the second phase of Marsh Park opened.
SEPTEMBER 2014 -Installed stop signs at four intersections throughout the neighborhood to help with traffic safety and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Sponsored the annual Frogtown Art Walk for the second consecutive year.
OCTOBER 2014 -Worked with the Department of Urban Forestry to Iimprove the look and feel of Meadowvale at Dorris Place by trimming trees.
JUNE 2015 -- Worked with the Department of City Planning on revising the Qualifying Conditions --or Q conditions-- along the commercially zoned areas that front the Los Angeles River. Q conditions are the set of guidelines used to inform development, and include preference for adaptive reuse and affordable housing. The conditions allow the neighborhood to maintain its established character, while discouraging out-of-scale developments.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Partnered with School Board Member Bennet Kayser to get screens installed in Washington Park
FEBRUARY 2015 - Fought for the community to be able to maintain use of the soccer field at Washington Park.
JUNE 2015 - The streetscape improvements on Fletcher Drive started, with the planting of new trees.
JUNE 2015 - Partnered with the Discovery Channel to highlight the Drew/Estara Community Garden, which is a site that O’Farrell championed during his work with former Council President Eric Garcetti.
JUNE 2014 - Installed a new all-way stop sign at Belmont and Cortez in Historic Filipinotown.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Installed a new utilitarian light on Palo Alto, east of Union Ave to increase visibility for pedestrians
OCTOBER 2014 - Deployed 20 new Automated Litter Bins on Temple St between Glendale and Hoover in Historic Filipinotown
JANUARY 2015 - Installed 5 new utilitarian lights in the alley rear of Rockwood St and Belmont Ave in Historic Filipinotown to deter illegal dumping and tagging.
JULY 2014 -Organized a summit with 26 tour bus companies to discuss resident and visitor safety in Hollywood.
AUGUST 2014 -Honored the exceptional talent of locally produced shows at the bi-yearly Made in Hollywood award ceremony.
AUGUST 2014 - Announced a Wi-Fi pilot program, sponsored by Toyota and Oh Ranger, that would provide free Internet access to Echo Park Lake.
AUGUST 2014 - Planted 64 trees in the vicinity of Helen Bernstein High School, aided by the Los Angeles Beautification Team, as part of an initiative to plant over 500 trees on ten streets surrounding the location of the future Hollywood Central Park over the 101 freeway.
AUGUST 2014 - Partnered with Controller Ron Galperin on a forum at Emerson College to provide constituents with information on the new “Control Panel” feature through the Controller’s website. Control Panel provides citizens with more detailed and transparent access regarding the City’s finances.
SEPTEMBER 2014 -Introduced the LAX Flyaway Bus service as a new alternative for residents or visitors in Hollywood traveling to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Joined Governor Jerry Brown, State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, and Mayor Eric Garcetti to celebrate passage of the landmark bill AB 1839, which triples the incentives available to film and television productions in the state of California over the next five years.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Joined Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and others to celebrate the opening of the Los Angeles Youth Network’s new emergency shelter for foster youth on Taft Avenue in Hollywood.
OCTOBER 2014 - Raised pedestrian safety by leading students and parents of Selma Avenue Elementary School on a walk of the neighborhood and discussed safety improvements as part of a $3.1 million dollar grant from the Safe Routes to School Program.
OCTOBER 2014 - Unveiled new traffic safety improvements at the corner of Fountain and Bronson Avenues, adjacent to Le Conte Middle School and Citizens of the World Charter School Hollywood. O’Farrell also announced the creation of the first-ever “Safe Passages” Volunteer program in Los Angeles, in partnership with the City Attorney, LAUSD, Youth Policy Institute and Sunset Gower Studios. This program will allow parents to train and volunteer as guides to help students cross area streets safely to and from school.
NOVEMBER 2014 - Held the first-ever Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of Hollywood’s underprivileged youth and families at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. Participating organizations included the Boys & Girls Club, LAPD Hollywood Police Advisory League, My Friend’s Place, Salvation Army The Way In, Visionary Youth Center, Covenant House of California and Los Angeles Hollygrove.
DECEMBER 2014 -Announced an analysis of parking fees at two Hollywood garages to reduce parking costs at City-owned facilities.
DECEMBER 2014 - Unveiled the renovated Smith Park in Hollywood, which was made possible by the design team at the Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as funding from the Department of Water and Power.
JANUARY 2015 - Gave second State of Hollywood speech and announced several accomplishments and initiatives, including new traffic signals that will be installed in Hollywood over the next couple of years: Sunset/Las Palmas, Vine/Waring, Hollywood/McCadden, Selma/Gower.
JANUARY 2015 - Participated in the 2015 LAHSA Homeless Count in Hollywood, personally canvassing an area in the heart of Hollywood.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Introduced a motion that City Council unanimously to declare the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue as “Hollywood Theatre Row”
FEBRUARY 2015 - Worked with the Bureau of Street Services on a special project to trim trees on El Centro Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Held the second Made in Hollywood Awards
MARCH 2015 - Initiated the Walk of Fame Restoration Project that began on Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue. The project is administered by the Hollywood Historic Trust in partnership with the City of Los Angeles
MAY 2015 - Opened the brand new Fire Station 82 Annex on Bronson Avenue. The facility was designed by the Bureau of Engineering to LEED standards. It is home to LAFD’s West Bureau headquarters and also includes a meeting space that can be rented free of charge by community organizations.
JUNE 2015 - Officially designated Santa Monica Boulevard at Wilcox Avenue as “Hollywood Theatre Row.” This area is home to the largest cluster of intimate theatres in the City of Los Angeles.
JUNE 2015 - Initiated a Summer 2015 pilot project on parts of Hollywood Boulevard and surrounding streets in the Hollywood/Highland area to better address tour bus parking issues in Hollywood.
JULY 2014 - Deployed 20 Automated Litter Bins along the Beverly Blvd commercial corridor in Historic Filipinotown and Wilshire Center-Koreatown
AUGUST 2014 - Installed new all-way stop signs at the intersections of Clinton/Hobart and Clinton/Harvard in Wilshire Center-Koreatown
NOVEMBER 2014 - Organized a Wilshire Center-Koreatown Community Cleanup with partners: Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council, KYCC, Hollywood/LA Beautification Team, United Disabled Latin Americans and Harvard Elementary School. More than 70 volunteers attended and helped pick up litter and bulky items in the neighborhood.
AUGUST 2014 - Installed a new all-way stop sign at Benton Way and Council St.
DECEMBER 2014 - Hosted the first CD13 Toy Giveaway at Fire Station 6. More than 1000 toys were given to kids and families in need.
FEBRUARY 2015 -Worked to to bring 95 Affordable Housing units to Rampart Village, which were within:
- PATH Metro Villas, 335 N Westmoreland Ave., consisting of 72 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals.
- Rampart Apartments, 252 S Rampart Blvd., consisting of 23 units of homeless senior housing.
MARCH 2015 - Installed a new utilitarian light in the alley rear of 3700 Beverly Blvd in Rampart Village to deter illegal dumping and tagging.
APRIL 2015 - Removed two abandoned donation bins on Miramar St at Alvarado St that were used for illegal dumping.
APRIL 2014 - Installed one of the first bike repair stations in the City, at Polka Dot Plaza in Silver Lake.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - O’Farrell worked with the Silver Lake community to make improvements at the Silver Lake Dog Park, including the addition of shade structures and new signs that encourage dog owners to pick up after their pooch.
DECEMBER 2014 - Worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to install additional lights and improve public safety in Silver Lake in a neighborhood where over 20 tires were slashed.
JANUARY 2015 - Unveiled the five sign designs that will help the City of Los Angeles promote responsible dog etiquette at the Silver Lake Dog Park, which is one of the most popular RAP off-leash dog parks.
FEBRUARY 2015 - Councilmember O’Farrell and the City’s Bureau of Street Services broke ground on 1.75 million dollar streetscape improvement project which aims to fix broken sidewalks and add more trees along Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake.
MARCH 2015 - The Department of Transportation refreshes the Sunset Triangle’s Polka Dot Plaza with new paint, planters and signage.
APRIL 2015 - O’Farrell worked with constituents on Maltman Ave and LADWP to install five additional utility lights to improve public safety in the neighborhood.
MAY 2015 - O’Farrell works with DOT, BOE to utilize Safe Route to School grant funding to continue improvements at Micheltorena Elementary School that will help improve pedestrian safety on the public sidewalks and streets around the campus, including the addition of bump outs, crosswalks, and more trees.
MAY 2015 - O’Farrell and the Board of Public Works identified $1 million in funding for the Descanso Drive reconstruction, which includes two road ways and a center median.
JUNE 2015 - Deteriorating retaining wall alongside the Micheltorena stairs & Sunset Blvd. was replaced by the Bureau of Engineering to stop dirt run-off and debris from running into the storm drains and allow for new drought tolerant landscaping.
SEPTEMBER 2014 - Organized a Westlake Community Cleanup with partners: Para Los Ninos, Westlake Royal Palms Recovery Center, Westlake North Neighborhood Council and Belmont High School. The cleanup brought out over 200 volunteers that removed weeds and picked up litter and bulky items.
DECEMBER 2014 - Organized a Westlake Community Cleanup with partners: New Economics for Women and Alliance Charter High School. The cleanup brought out over 100 volunteers that removed weeds and picked up litter and bulky items.
MAY 2015 - Installed a continental crosswalk to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Crown Hill Ave and Loma Dr
JUNE 2015 - Trimmed an overgrown tree at the corner of 3rd St and Union Ave that damaged private property and completely impeded pedestrian access of the sidewalk