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Dear <<First Name>>,

There is nothing compassionate about enabling people to live or die in squalor on streets and sidewalks.
 
Every day, my team and I are laser-focused on bringing unhoused Angelenos into safe, secure, managed environments, and ensure that public spaces, sidewalks, and streets are safe, clean, and accessible for all.
 
This week in Hollywood, we made huge progress on this front.
 
Working with a number of partners on Selma Avenue, we placed 18 people into safe, transitional housing, reducing the encampment there by more than half, providing a path to wellness and stability for the unhoused residents, and addressing safety and accessibility concerns along this important corridor.
 
 
I can’t overstate the significance of this progress. That’s 18 more people who were living in deplorable conditions and who now have a roof over their heads, 24/7 access to restrooms and hygiene facilities, meals, and focused attention from caring, dedicated service professionals.
 
Two of the people we helped this week are Nallely and Larry, who had lived on the sidewalk for a year, and are now living at the Tiny Home Village my team and I opened in Echo Park last year.


The other 16 from the encampment have been matched to Project Roomkey or are now living at transitional housing solutions I’ve opened across the district over the past few years. We expect more successes in the days to come.
 
Included in our comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness, I fund two homeless outreach teams that are solely dedicated to the 13th District. They supplement existing services provided by many of our partner agencies, and make sure our district gets the focused attention it deserves.
 
Also, the 13th District now has more permanent housing units for formerly homeless people, and has produced more affordable housing units, than anywhere outside of the downtown Los Angeles area.
 
This is compassion in action. As we bring more people into transitional and permanent housing, we can and will balance that need with everyone’s right to have a clean, accessible sidewalk and safer neighborhoods.


 
This can be done, because we are doing it — and, this week, we took a huge step forward in Hollywood.
 
Count on me to stay focused on improving the quality of life, health, and safety for all.
 
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

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O'Farrell brings community up to speed on current state of Hollywood [Beverly Press]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - The Council District 13 Clean Team made a huge difference this week for local residents in Historic Filipinotown, where they targeted an alley that’s prone to illegal dumping. In partnership with LA Sanitation, mattresses, bookcases and other trash were quickly removed. We’re always here to be of service to you. Please contact us if you know of an area in need of attention - (213) 207-3015.

CANCELING UTILITY DEBT FOR MANY ANGELENOS

CITY HALL - The City of Los Angeles is still leaning in to help Angelenos who continue to struggle from the pandemic. On Wednesday, Councilmember O’Farrell was proud to announce that we have assisted more than 100,000 Angelenos cancel their utility debt or decrease it substantially with more programs available to help. Please visit ladwp.com/cares to learn more.

L.A.'S FIRST WOMAN FIRE CHIEF!

LOS ANGELES - There was no better way to kick off Women’s History Month than by making history. On Tuesday, Los Angeles appointed Kristin Crowley as the new Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, the FIRST woman and FIRST openly LGBTQ+ Chief in the department’s history. Chief Crowley is also a remarkable leader and firefighter in her own right, representing the best of the best. All Angelenos should feel proud of this historic moment.

OBSERVING BULGARIAN LIBERATION DAY

CITY HALL - On Thursday night, Los Angeles’ skies were illuminated in celebration of Bulgarian Liberation Day, which commemorates the reestablishment of Bulgarian Statehood at the end of the Russo-Turkish War in 1878. May we continue to stand in solidarity with all freedom-seeking people everywhere.

CELEBRATING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

HEART OF HOLLYWOOD - A sunny day was a great way to welcome Benedict Cumberbatch to the Hollywood Walk of Fame! From his Oscar-nominated performances in The Imitation Game and this year’s The Power of the Dog, to his faithful portrayals of beloved characters like Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch has left an indelible mark on film and in modern culture. Congratulations, Benedict, on this well-deserved honor!

HOME COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS

LOS ANGELES - LA Sanitation & Environment is hosting four workshops to teach you how to turn kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment; each workshop will also focus on the following monthly urban gardening topics:

  • March - spring vegetables
  • April - soils, compost, and worms
  • May - roses and trees
  • June - cactus and succulents

Compost bins ($20), Wing Digger aeration tools ($8), and worm bins ($20) are available to City of Los Angeles residents for purchase at these discounted rates, while supplies last. All locations accept checks and Griffith Park also accepts credit cards. All sales are final. Proof of City of Los Angeles residency is required such as a recent utility bill or a valid state-issued ID with your current home address.

Free mulch and compost are available for residential use. At Griffith Park and Lopez Canyon, LA Sanitation is offering free compost and mulch in bulk; please bring your own shovel and container to take as much as you need for your residential gardening project. At South LA Wetlands and Gaffey Nature Center, bagged mulch and compost are available free in limited quantities.

Click here to register.

SPRING CLASSES AT CHEVY CHASE REC CENTER

ATWATER VILLAGE - On Monday, March 7, registrations open for spring classes at Chevy Chase Recreation Center, one of the wonderful community spaces in Council District 13. Classes begin in April, and are $10 for 8 sessions. For more information, please call 818-550-1453.

APPLY TO JOIN THE LA CONSERVATION CORPS

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Conservation Corps is looking for dedicated team members who would like to invest in their personal growth and make a difference. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 26 can join the corps and receive help with their high school diploma; career certificates; job opportunities and career pathways. The LA Conservation Corps has been an integral part of our team's work to be of service to you. Please visit www.lacorps.org/opportunity to attend an orientation and learn more. 

13TH DISTRICT RESOURCES

RENTER ASSISTANCE

HOUSING IS KEY: COVID-19 RENTAL ASSISTANCE

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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