As many of you have already noticed, work is well underway on the Fletcher Streetscape Project in Glassell Park. The project will not only beautify the area; it will make for a safer environment for children walking to school, and for the increasing number of bicyclists who ride through this corridor. Commuters traveling through the area will experience some temporary inconveniences due to the improvements we are making, however this is an exciting time for the community watching our street transform and reach its full potential.
As many of you know, the sharing economy has been a blessing for some, and a challenge for others.
Thanks to advancements in technology, and the introduction of websites like AirBnB, Homeaway and VRBO, entrepreneurs have created rental opportunities that in some cases help households make ends meet, but in other instances create a more transient atmosphere in neighborhoods. Then there are others who are marketing multiple units and renting their living spaces as if they were hotels.
My colleagues and I voted this week on the City’s Budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. The Budget provides funding for several key initiatives which I fought for, as well as establishes the framework to increase some city services in our neighborhoods and address our homelessness crisis.
I helped secure funding for projects that will benefit the quality of life through safer streets, increase recreational opportunities, and celebrate our communities across the city. Here’s a complete list of the funding I secured for the 13th District:
The Los Angeles area is bracing for several rain events in the coming weeks, and I want to be sure you have the most up-to-date information available on how the City is preparing for the wet weather, as well as provide you with some tips on what to do around your home to protect your family and companion animals.
Each year, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) prepares itself and Los Angeles residents and businesses for the rainy season. This year, we are anticipating El Niño, which will likely cause higher-intensity storms and potential flooding.
On July 1, 2015, I introduced a motion [LINK] instructing the Planning Department to report back on updating the Small Lot Ordinance. I want to give the ordinance some teeth and make the guidelines enforceable, as well as encourage adaptive reuse, require onsite trash collection, and provide guest parking.
LA’s historic gem, the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park, has seen tremendous success lately. We recently restored this architectural masterpiece, and there has been a significant increase in attendance. The latest news is that my colleagues on the City Council and I took steps to make the facility even more sustainable. We passed an ordinance that ensures the revenue generated from ticket sales at the facility are reinvested back into the House for maintenance and upkeep. Now that it's sparkling again, we need to keep it that way indefinitely. This is important moving forward, especially since the UNESCO World Heritage organization is considering designating the landmark as a notable cultural and historic site. PHOTO: Joshua White
-Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
City unveils newly renovated Hollyhock House to the world
Dear parents, students, and educators:
I would like to extend a heartfelt best wishes as we start a new school year in the City of Los Angeles. Nelson Mandela once said “education is the most powerful weapon to change the world,” and this month young Angelenos will begin the process of arming themselves with knowledge and reaching new heights in their scholastic achievements.
I have an update on a planning item that has been an area of great concern in Elysian Valley.
Early last year, I introduced a motion to direct the Department of City Planning to provide tools to protect the unique fabric of Elysian Valley and it’s frontage along the Los Angeles River. I proposed an update to the Qualifying Conditions --also known as Q Conditions-- that overlay the area. My office held several community meetings over the past year, and on Thursday this item came before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.
I am pleased to announce the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed Q Condition updates. The Q conditions are a set of guidelines used to inform development, and include preference for adaptive reuse, reduced lot coverage and height limitations. The conditions allow the neighborhood to maintain its established character, while discouraging out-of-scale developments.
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
Today in Council, my colleague Councilmember Mike Bonin and I introduced a motion to address multiple issues in regard to small lot subdivisions in the City of Los Angeles. At issue: needed reform for infill development requirements in residential neighborhoods.