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Dear <<First Name>>,

After many years, countless meetings, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, I’m proud to share that the Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway will be installed and unveiled this Spring, just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

The project, which will rise 30 feet high and span 82 feet across the width of Beverly Boulevard, at the eastern entrance into Historic Filipinotown, has been in the works for nearly two decades, beginning with a community study of Historic Filipinotown improvements commissioned in March 2003 by then-Councilmember Eric Garcetti. 
 
After taking office in 2013, I worked with the Filipino American community to secure funding for its completion, in addition to other improvements advocated by local stakeholders. These included: 
 
✅ The restoration of the “Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana (A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy)” mural at Unidad Park
✅ HiFi Highlights
✅ The beautification of the HiFi Western Gateway
✅ Identify funding  for the Eastern Gateway. 
 
In 2018, I introduced, via Council motion, an initial commitment of $152,000 for the Eastern Gateway Project and then identified additional funding that would pave the way for completing this historic landmark. With full funding finally secured, the community helped guide the process which led to design renderings that were  released in June 2020. Construction began in March 2021.
I’m thankful to the countless community leaders and community-based organizations who worked with my office to bring this project to fruition, including longtime legacy non-profits in Historic Filipinotown such as the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), and Filipino American Service Group Inc (FASGI).
 
In addition to the photo above,  you can also view a 3D model of the installation, which is on display in my District Office at 1722 Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. 
 
More updates to come!
 
Be safe and well, 
 

MITCH O'FARRELL

WEEKLY HEADLINES

O'Farrell meets with Gardner Street shelter residents [Beverly Press]

O'Farrell delivers State of Hollywood address [Beverly Press]

LA County's relaxed indoor mask mandate is now in effect. Here's what you need to know [ABC]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HOLLYWOOD - The Council District 13 Clean Team hit the streets of Hollywood this week to remove illegal dumping, trash and other litter. Ensuring our sidewalks are safe and accessible for local residents is a top priority of our team and we’re always here to help. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact us at (213) 207-3015.

IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

CITY HALL - Critically needed mental health and substance abuse services, coordinated and provided by the County, are not reaching homeless Angelenos living at interim housing sites and shelters. With no Health Department of our own as a result of a nearly 60 year old agreement with Los Angeles County, we need to know why. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved Councilmember O'Farrell's motion demanding answers so that we can improve the delivery of these services and get people experiencing homelessness on the pathway to wellness, stability, and permanent housing as quickly as possible. More to come on this.

EVERYONE COUNTS

HOLLYWOOD - Team Mitch was out late into the night in Hollywood and Greater Wilshire on Thursday for the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. These population counts are critical to helping Los Angeles and the 13th District get their fair share of resources to address the homelessness crisis and deliver services where they are most needed. While 2021 saw a 12% drop in Hollywood’s homeless population, we’re continuing to double down on what we know works - permanent housing, interim housing options, and unarmed mental health and substance abuse services, while ensuring public rights of way are safe and accessible. This is what compassion in action looks like.

BACK IN-PERSON FOR THE STATE OF HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember O'Farrell returned to Hollywood on Thursday for his first in-person State of Hollywood address since the start of the pandemic. While Hollywood has seen its share of challenges, which have become even more acute during the pandemic, the neighborhood is resilient and on a road of recovery. Special thanks to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for safely organizing Thursday's event, as well as the Taglyan Cultural Complex for hosting us. The future is bright if we work together.

NEW TREES ON THE WAY IN ATWATER VILLAGE

ATWATER VILLAGE -  Increasing our tree canopy is an effective and easy tool to create cleaner air and reduce carbon emissions at the local level. And that's just what we're doing on Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village, where work is now underway to plant *41* new trees. The LA Conservation Corps just completed 40 new concrete cuts for tree wells with planting expected to begin in the next month. Thank you to the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council's Community Greening Committee, LA Sanitation and Environment, the LA Conservation Corp and Urban Forestry for working with our team on this environmental initiative. Efforts like these are critical to achieving a Greener LA. 

CELEBRATING ECHO PARK DONUTS

ECHO PARK - The 13th District is home to many great pastry shops, including Echo Park Donuts - one of 179 businesses that our team financially assisted during the height of the pandemic. Owned and operated by Vong Saly, Echo Park Donuts has been satisfying the neighborhood's sweet tooth since 2012. Please support small businesses like Echo Park Donuts, which add so much to our local economy and culture.

NEW MASKING GUIDELINES NOW EFFECTIVE

LOS ANGELES - Effective now, establishments, businesses, and venues verifying vaccination status can make masking indoors optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's website to learn more. 

STANDING WITH UKRAINIANS EVERYWHERE

LOS ANGELES - We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian people everywhere during this tragic and challenging time. The 13th District is home to several places of significance to the Ukrainian-American community, including the Ukrainian Cultural Center (UCC), which has been a partner and stakeholder in the East Hollywood area since the 1960s, and for decades has hosted events that bring Angelenos closer to the rich culture and history of Ukraine. Our culturally diverse district is also the proud home of the first Ukrainian Orthodox Church in California, located on Melrose Avenue in East Hollywood, and the golden-domed cathedral perched atop a hill in Echo Park. We stand with the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community in condemning the murderous and unjustified invasion of a sovereign nation. This is an attack on Democracies everywhere. We pray for peace and we demand an end to this barbaric aggression.

13TH DISTRICT RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

LAHD: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19

VACCINATIONS: Vaccine Appointments

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

SHELTERS: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Support
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