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Dear <<First Name>>,

Despite the challenges posed by the climate crisis, there are many reasons to be hopeful. Today, I’m reflecting on this past year’s historic efforts to achieve a Greener LA. 

While we are doing more than ever, there is still much unfinished work. And as Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee on the Los Angeles City Council, I’m proud to be leading the charge.

Here’s what we’ve done and where we’re headed:

A Future Powered by Wind and Solar
We’re on our way to *100% renewable energy by 2035* - 10 years ahead of California’s goal. This means a Los Angeles that is no longer powered by fossil fuels. Our initiatives include:

Decarbonizing our public buildings with $30 million in funding already secured 
✅ Launching the Light Up Navajo partnership with the Navajo Nation, a groundbreaking mutual aid agreement that will bring power to all corners of Navajo country, while equipping LADWP lineworkers with new skills to build out our LA100 electrical infrastructure
Electrifying the City’s entire vehicle fleet, combined with the installation of charging infrastructure across the City - regardless of geography or income

These efforts will result in cleaner air; uplift historically marginalized communities; and result in good-paying jobs as we transition away from an economy powered by fossil fuels. 

Ending Plastic Pollution
The latest Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change predicts that, by 2030, plastics and waste handling will exceed the carbon footprint of coal. We need to do more. Building on my straws-on-request ordinance, last April I helped lead the passage of our utensils-on-request ordinance - think coffee lids and sleeves; plasticware; and more. Today, this ordinance goes into effect for all food and beverage facilities in Los Angeles, regardless of size.

And we’re still not done. Next week, I’ll lead a City Council vote on the *full phase out of single use plastics and utensils* at City facilities and City-sponsored events. All of this sets the table for ending our dependence on plastics in Los Angeles. 

Investing in Mobility
In addition to ditching gas-powered vehicles, we must invest in alternative, more sustainable modes of transportation. This is why we:

✅ Opened bus-only lanes along Alvarado Street, reducing commute times and creating a more reliable, bus riding experience
Expanded Metro Bike Share into Hollywood with 12 new stations, providing a network across the 13th District
✅ Opened the new Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, connecting the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park
✅ Added to the 500+ crosswalks that my team has installed since taking office, including new pedestrian islands and other safety features. 

Thinking Local - Big and Small Actions
We’re also focused on climate resiliency improvements at the neighborhood-level like more shade trees on our residential streets, helping to mitigate extreme heat days; and replacing our concrete medians with native landscaping

This has been a year of action, not platitudes; work plans, not aspirations. 

None of this is easy but we are leading the way and setting an example for the state and nation. 

I know we can do this. 

Happy Earth Day!

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

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