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Dear <<First Name>>,

Los Angeles will always stand in support of reproductive freedom and reproductive rights.

On Tuesday, I was proud to join Planned Parenthood, Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmember Heather Hutt to introduce a Resolution in support of Proposition 1, which will officially enshrine abortion rights in California’s State Constitution if passed by voters in November. 

Our Resolution will send a clear message that America’s second largest City will remain a beacon of reproductive freedom. 

Tuesday’s action builds on my past work to safeguard reproductive rights in Los Angeles. This includes my motion with Council President Martinez directing the City’s Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD), in partnership with Planned Parenthood and other family planning nonprofits, to host a citywide summit to improve reproductive healthcare access for women, girls and transgender individuals in Los Angeles. 
This work is critical and also personal for me.

As an openly gay man, the LGBTQ+ community knows the efforts to restrict access to reproductive healthcare opens the door to the elimination of our rights to privacy and marriage equality; rights that were earned through the incredible sacrifice of so many over the decades.

The extreme U.S. Supreme Court has signaled to radical right-wing state legislatures and governors across the country that these rights can and will be taken away. 

We will not let this happen and will continue to fight for protections across the nation, starting here with the passage of Proposition 1 in California. 

We will lead the way.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Mental health crises should be handled by unarmed pros, says Mitch O'Farrell [KCRW]

LA supports ballot measure codifying abortion in California [Beverly Press]

Hundreds supported Hope-Net's Taste of Larchmont Monday Evening [Larchmont Buzz]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

SILVER LAKE - The Council District 13 Clean Team is at your service and ready to help you with your beautification projects, big and small. This week, their work included litter abatement at Silver Lake Boulevard and the 101 Freeway. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015. 
SUPPORTING FOOD INSECURE SENIORS
WESTLAKE - In the later years of her life, Mitch's mother faced food insecurity, which is why he's always worked to prioritize this issue, as it affects so many seniors in Los Angeles and beyond. On Thursday, we were proud to join St. Vincent Meals on Wheels to announce $261,000 in funding our team is providing that will feed 145 food-insecure, homebound seniors for SIX months. That’s more than 26,000 nutritious meals for people who need them. This additional assistance will help our vulnerable senior population live in greater comfort and dignity. If you would like to volunteer with this great 13th District non-profit, please visit svmow.org.
UNVEILING YMA SUMAC SQUARE!
HOLLYWOOD - In celebration of her centenary, Mitch was proud to honor the trailblazing Peruvian American singer Yma Sumac by dedicating a square in her name on Thursday. Located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, Yma Sumac Square will be a lasting recognition of her unmatched talent and incredible legacy.
WELCOME BACK TASTE OF LARCHMONT!
LARCHMONT VILLAGE - After a hiatus due to the pandemic, Mitch had a tasty time welcoming the Taste of Larchmont back to its namesake neighborhood. Now in its 30th year, we were proud to support this iconic event - our first one after last year’s redistricting! - which raises funds for local food pantries, supports our local restaurants, activates our commercial corridors and brings the community together. Thank you Hope Net for organizing Monday's festivities and your work to fight food insecurity. Thank you too to the Larchmont eateries who shared their delicious offerings and all the volunteers who made this event so special.
AT YOUR SERVICE: WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
ECHO PARK - Team Mitch was busy last weekend being of service to local residents. This included tree trimming funded by our team along Scott Avenue between Elysian Park Drive and Portia Street. Maintaining our tree canopy is a critical component of a healthy urban forest, ensuring that our trees live long, healthy lives and provide lasting shade for Angelenos. A BIG thank you to our Urban Forestry Division who go above and beyond each and every day. 
APPLY: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
LOS ANGELES - Applications are now open for the California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program. The program provides grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations to encourage workforce development, including theater companies and dinner theaters; dance companies; musical groups and artists; and other performing arts companies. Visit
bit.ly/CAperformingarts to learn more about eligibility and apply.
APPLY
CELEBRATING OUR FIRST AMERICAN IDOL
WALK OF FAME - The first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For two decades and counting, Kelly has entertained and inspired audiences with a career spanning song, television and film. Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your talents and gifts with all of us!

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