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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Angelenos have sacrificed and stepped up like never before to address homelessness - they’ve taxed themselves to build housing and bring more services to people living on our streets; they’ve supported permanent and interim housing in their neighborhoods; and they’ve been more than patient as we work to move people indoors. 

Yet, one Angeleno has been conspicuously absent: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles’ richest resident, who also owns St. Vincent Medical Center - a nearly 400-bed facility in the 13th Council District that has sat empty for two years, while people live and die in squalor on our streets. 

This is unacceptable.

Worse, this isn’t for our lack of trying. For over two years, the City has sought to sit down and directly engage with Dr. Soon-Shiong so we can put this hospital back into service.

And for over two years, the richest person in Los Angeles, a multi-billionaire, has waited us out hoping to sell the facility for a profit.

There is no more time to waste. The need is too great and there are simply too many lives at stake. It’s time to reopen St. Vincent Hospital as an acute care medical facility for people experiencing homelessness. 

To help bring attention and build support, I have created a public petition, urging Dr. Soon-Shiong to finally respond to the City and reopen St. Vincent Hospital.  

If you would like to get involved, here’s how you can help:

✅Sign our petition
✅Share our petition on your social media channels, using the hashtag #openstvincent
✅Email our petition to your friends, family and love ones
 
SIGN THE PETITION

We must all work together and use every resource at our disposal to move people experiencing homelessness onto a pathway to wellness and stability. 

This is why I will be going to Sacramento in the coming weeks to fight for funding from California's historic budget surplus for the purchase of St. Vincent.

We’ve all done our part. It’s time for Dr. Soon-Shiong to do the same. 

I look forward to sharing more updates.

With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Los Angeles City Councilmember calls for billionaire to reopen vacant St. Vincent Medical Center for homeless care [ABC]

LA Pride celebrations span city [Beverly Press]

May Motions from City Councilmember O'Farrell [Larchmont Buzz]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

RAMPART VILLAGE - The Council District 13 Clean Team was hard at work this week, tackling projects of all sizes. This included areas like Westmoreland Avenue, south of First Street, where the team removed illegal dumping, trash and other items. If you know of a parkway in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.
ADDING TO OUR TREE CANOPY
EAST HOLLYWOOD - Effectively addressing the climate crisis means taking big and small actions at the local level. On Thursday, Councilmember O'Farrell joined the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, the LA Parks Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Recreation and Parks to plant 40 new olive trees at Barnsdall Art Park. In addition to restoring the historic olive grove campus, the trees will help capture carbon and reduce air pollution in the surrounding community. 
ANOTHER WIN FOR A GREENER LA
CITY HALL - We took another big step toward decarbonizing our buildings this week when the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and LA River Committee approved Councilmember O'Farrell's initiative that would END the City's purchase of ALL gas-powered vehicles, building appliances and equipment. This policy will help eliminate harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. For instance, in 2020, the City contributed 7.709 million metric tons of various greenhouse gases from a variety of public infrastructure including buildings, facilities, streetlights, traffic signals, LAX, the Port of LA, vehicles and power generation. Councilmember O'Farrell's work will one day bring this number to zero.
PRIDE RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD!
HOLLYWOOD - Team Mitch had an incredible time welcoming Pride back to its historic roots in Hollywood, where the world's first permitted pride parade was held in 1970. The event was authentically Los Angeles, reflecting the City's spirit, diversity and people. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate and fill Hollywood's streets with pride. We'll see you next year!
THANK YOU MIKE SHULL!
CITY HALL - On Wednesday, Team Mitch shared a heartfelt goodbye with Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager, Mike Shull, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service to Los Angeles and its residents. Mike was a leader, pulling the levers of government to make a real difference in the everyday lives of Angelenos. This included the addition of 74 new parks and expansion of 14 others while Mike was with the department. Mike, we celebrate you; we honor you; and we thank you. Congratulations!
OBSERVING JUNETEENTH
CITY HALL - In observance of Juneteenth, Team Mitch's offices will be closed on Monday, June 20. We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, June 21. Have a restful, safe holiday!

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