As we mark the first 100 Days in office as your Councilmember, I want to thank you for your help in laying the groundwork for great things to come in the 13th District.
We have already achieved so much in so little time, and I want to share with you a progress report of what has taken place since July 1st.
I’ve worked with City departments to create multimodal access over the Los Angeles River at the Red Car uprights that will improve the pedestrian experience at what is shaping up to be the crown jewel of the City of Angels.
I worked closely with community stakeholders and staff to start a transportation improvement project in Virgil Village. The plan calls for creating a more pedestrian friendly environment that will create opportunities for all modes of transportation.
I proposed a 1L Height District Reduction for downtown Echo Park that will reduce the height of buildings from 75 feet to 45 feet, and will make the area more compatible with the rest of the neighborhood.
We convened a working group with the Neighborhood Council, as well as City departments and state agencies to begin the process of improving transportation around the 2 and 5 Freeways. This was organized in the wake of the fiery tanker crash that happened in July,
I am working with constituents to create a streetscape plan for Fletcher Ave and will hold community meetings about this during the first week of November.
We directed staff 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.
We won full council support for the No Solicitation ordinance that will help calm the circus-like atmosphere on the boulevard. We also have a promise by the Los Angeles Police Department to increase foot patrols in the Entertainment District.
We worked with City departments and the community to save the Glendale & Deane crosswalk and create a safer environment for pedestrians and the neighbors in the area.
As Chair of the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and LA River Committee, I am committed to revitalizing our natural resource that is the Los Angeles River. I am working with City staff and our Mayor to push for a plan that will pump $1 billion dollars worth of improvements along the waterway. See Angelenos Deserve the Very Best for the LA River.
In addition to initiating policy that will improve our communities, my staff as well as teams of volunteers continue to work to cleanup our neighborhoods. You can read about those stories on my blog, and read about the policy I’ve been directing on my website cd13.com.
I want to share in the celebration of our first 100 days together, and I am organizing a district-wide community cleanup on October 19. I encourage you to start one in your neighborhood on that morning, and then later, join me for a community picnic at Echo Park Lake starting at 11am. Please RSVP here.
Folks, we’re off to a great start and this is just the beginning. I’m looking forward to building an even better 13th Council District over the next four years.