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Dear <<First Name>>,

My team and I are always at your service, working to improve the quality of life in the 13th District, every day of the year.

Although City Council meetings have been on pause in July, our work never stops. This past month, my team and I spearheaded a series of initiatives and improvements spanning the 13th District, from Atwater Village to Greater Wilshire and everywhere in between. Here's a recap of our July recess activities:

Breaking Ground on Public Works Projects: My team and I broke ground on a $720,000 beautification project, funded by my office, at the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Alessandro Street in Echo Park. The project will transform the median with native landscaping, helping local efforts to protect our environment. Leading up to this groundbreaking, we also successfully placed seven people into transitional housing - another example of our compassionate, balanced approach to addressing homelessness.

Constituent Services: Team Mitch is laser-focused on providing quality constituent services - big and small. In July, working with local residents, we partnered with the Bureau of Street Lighting to repair broken street lights in St. Andrews Square, enhancing public safety; completed two major tree trimming projects in Silver Lake and Atwater Village; and repaired a broken guard rail along Wilton Place in Greater Wilshire, protecting pedestrians along this busy corridor. 

Community Beautification: Working with local residents, our Council District 13 Clean Team beautified the Parkman Avenue median in Silver Lake, removing overgrown weeds and other dead vegetation. If you have a beautification project in mind, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.

Enhancing School Safety: In partnership with local parents, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Isana Octavio Academy, we installed student drop-off zone signage along Marguerite Street in Glassell Park. As we get ready for the new school year, this signage will keep students safe by preventing vehicles from dropping off students directly into the street. 

Fighting Hunger: We kicked off our weekly summer food distribution for food-insecure 13th District residents in partnership with the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund. (SALEF) This partnership provides healthy, nutritious food for families who need it, helping to fill a critical gap as COVID-19 cases rise and families struggle with everyday expenses.

Our service on behalf of the 13th District will not stop, and we’ll continue to update you about impactful projects in your neighborhood.

Be safe and well,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Pressure rises on Soon-Shiong to reopen St. Vincent Medical Center [LA Business Journal]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

RAMPART VILLAGE - The Council District 13 Clean Team completes more than 900 projects each year, using office funds to enhance existing City services. This week, the Team targeted a parkway at Westmoreland Avenue and First Street, where we removed illegal dumping, trash and other debris. If you know of an area in need of a similar effort, please contact us at (213) 207-3015. We're at your service!
BRINGING DIGNITY TO THE UNHOUSED
WESTLAKE - A clean set of clothes can make a world of difference. This is why, since last year, Team Mitch has partnered with the Laundry Truck LA to provide supplemental laundry services to formerly unhoused individuals living at transitional housing sites across the 13th District - first at our Safe Sleep site in Rampart Village, then at our Tiny Home Village in Westlake. Since January of this year, more than 1,000 loads of laundry have been completed, bringing a greater sense of stability and dignity to people facing trauma. This is just one more example of our compassionate, balanced approach to homelessness that brings services, wellness and housing to the unhoused, while ensuring our public places are safe, clean and accessible.
KEEPING FOOD ON THE TABLE IN THE 13TH
ECHO PARK - Team Mitch wrapped our fourth food distribution of the summer on Friday, this time at our District Office. Held every Friday at a different location in the 13th District, these food distributions are filling a critical gap and helping to keep food on the tables of our most vulnerable residents. If you are a CD13 resident struggling with food insecurity, you can call (213) 480-1052 or text (213) 805-8012 to register for our next food distribution.
SHAPE THE FUTURE OF HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
HOLLYWOOD - Join us next Wednesday, July 27 at 6pm for a virtual community open house about the Hollywood Walk of Fame Master Plan. The Master Plan aims to move this iconic corridor forward into the 21st century, respecting its rich history, while establishing a holistic and long-lasting vision. This includes the creation of an inclusive space with wider sidewalks, additional shade trees, a protected mobility lane, and pedestrian safety enhancements. Please visit www.zoom.us/join to participate in Wednesday's meeting and enter Webinar ID: 868 8082 2194, as well as Passcode: 080284.
SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT SERIES RETURNS!
GLASSELL PARK - Team Mitch is kicking off our summer movie nights series next Friday, July 29 at Juntos Park with a favorite of ours - Encanto! Bring your family, friends and a picnic blanket as we follow the incredible journey of Maribel and the Madrigal family, with a song or two to sing along the way! The movie begins sharply at 7:30pm at Juntos Park - 3135 Drew Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065. We can’t wait to see you next Friday!
 
MONKEYPOX: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
LOS ANGELES - As of July 20, 132 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Los Angeles County. Here's what you need to know, per LA County Public Health: 1) the risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low; 2) anyone can get monkeypox, which can spread by close or intimate contact with an infected person, or by touching contaminated materials; 3) If you think you have Monkeypox, speak to your primary healthcare provider or call 211 for assistance. 
MORE INFORMATION
COVID-19: THE LATEST
LOS ANGELES - On July 15, 2022, Los Angeles County entered into the high COVID-19 Community Level for transmission. If the County remains at this level for two consecutive weeks, indoor masking will be required effective July 29. Wearing a high quality, well-fitted respirator helps limit the spread of the highly transmissible BA.5 variant. Please visit LA County Public Health to schedule a COVID-19 test or get vaccinated today.

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