Making It Happen in 2013

The Office of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell just released a monthly snapshot of his activity in the 13th District. This summary of events includes community improvements and policy initiated by the Councilmember since he took office on July 1, 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 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.

-Convened a meeting of small business owners in a roundtable discussion to talk about issues important to entrepreneurs in the 13th District.



-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 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.


-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 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.  



-Organized a group of local, county, and state elected officials 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.



-Invited Filipino community members to take part in a moment of silence during a Council meeting in the wake of Hurricane Yolanda. The 13th District has one of the largest populations of Filipinos 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 $250,000 in CD13 funds. Community input meetings have been completed and work is expected to commence in late spring 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.

-Worked with the Dodgers to distribute 120 vouchers to provide turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners to low-income families in the 13th District.



-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 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 PromiseZone designation. The Obama initiative will help pump as much as $500-million could flow into the Hollywood area over the next five years.

-Secured toy donations from the Los Angeles Fire Department and Paramount Pictures to host a toy distribution event for low income families in the 13th District. 









Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell proudly represents the constituents of the 13th District, which includes Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Rampart Village, and Silver Lake.

Daily updates from the Councilmember can be found on his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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commented 2013-12-26 17:06:28 -0800
Awesome! Go Mitch!
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