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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Angelenos deserve to feel safe where they live and work. 

This is why I’ve taken a holistic, balanced approach to public safety - one that involves communities affected by crime; nonprofits; service providers; the police; nonprofits; and city leadership. 

Two events this week illustrated my approach in action. 

In response to a troubling rise in crime in Hollywood over the last seven months, including homicides, theft and shots fired, I gathered with unarmed service providers, residents, businesses and LAPD to announce the addition of more LAPD shifts in Hollywood. Using funds from my office, our action on Wednesday not only sent a strong message that crime has no place in Hollywood but illustrated the all-hands-on-deck approach needed to make our communities feel safer. 

This includes my work with local businesses to bring more lighting to Hollywood Boulevard, in addition to piloting the City’s *FIRST* unarmed model of crisis response for non-violent calls for service. Known as the CIRCLE Program, it has already diverted hundreds of calls away from LAPD to outreach workers trained in de-escalation techniques and mental health services, allowing LAPD to focus on their primary responsibility - preventing and addressing crime. 

Tuesday also marked National Night Out (NNO), an annual event designed to create safer communities by bringing neighbors and the police together. My team and I were present at NNO events across the 13th District, including Hollywood, Rampart Village and Greater Wilshire, where we celebrated community and reinforced the importance of collaboration to build stronger, safer neighborhoods. I’m thankful to LAPD and all of our partners who made the night a success. 

These are just two recent examples of this approach, which also includes other efforts in Hollywood and beyond. Another - the Midnight Stroll - is a program I launched in partnership with LGBTQ+ outreach organizations and LAPD to assist unhoused individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, connecting them with services and housing. 

If you would like to learn more and partner with my team to make your community safer, please reach out. We want to help - (213) 207-3015. 

With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

WEEKLY HEADLINES

City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell calls for increased police presence in Hollywood to promote public safety [CBS]

O'Farrell calls for Echo Park community needs assessment [LA Downtown News]

200-unit affordable housing development planned at Hollywood and Western [UrbanizeLA]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HOLLYWOOD - Is there illegal dumping that needs to be addressed in your neighborhood? Our Council District 13 Clean Team is here to help. This week, the Team removed abandoned mattresses at Virginia Avenue and Wilton Place - just one of the many big and small projects they complete across the 13th District. If you have a location in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015
COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS OF PRIDE
HOLLYWOOD - Work is now underway on a new mural celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pride Parade in Los Angeles, in addition to its historic roots in Hollywood. The mural features trailblazers from Los Angeles' LGBTQ+ movement, including individuals like Mother Karina Samala, an advocate for transgender rights who helped paint her likeness this week. Designed by David Puck and painted by Ian Robertson-Salt, we can't wait to unveil Los Angeles' latest cultural marker in the coming weeks. More to come!
GET READY TO RECYCLE YOUR FOOD SCRAPS
ATWATER VILLAGE - Last weekend, Mitch went door-to-door to educate local residents about the City's expansion of its food scrap recycling program. The result of Mitch's leadership as Chair of the the City Council's Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and LA River Committee, the program will help Los Angeles cut its methane emissions - a potent green house gas - by diverting organic waste away from our landfills. To learn more about the pilot and when your household may be eligible, please visit Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment's website.
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WELCOMING OUR YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS
CITY HALL - On Friday, Mitch celebrated the inaugural class of the Olivia Mitchell LA City Youth Council. The council seats 30 empowered youth from across the City who will serve a one-year term. During their term, members learn about the inner working of local government, drive special community projects and civic events, and make policy and budget recommendations to elected and civic leaders of the City to improve the well-being, safety and achievement of young Angelenos. Team Mitch is proud to welcome Charlie Cea and Christine Coe as our 13th District youth representatives. 
KICKING OFF OUR SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS
GLASSELL PARK - Team Mitch had a fantastic time kicking off our annual summer movie nights at Juntos Park with a favorite of ours - Encanto. This is what our community is all about. Thank you to all of our partners who provided resources and made the night so special.
WORKING TOGETHER TO BEAUTIFY THAI TOWN
THAI TOWN - Having cut his teeth as a community activist before beginning his journey in public service, Mitch is always ready to lend a hand and support communities with their neighborhood cleanups. Last week, he joined Thai CDC, the Royal Thai Consulate, Thai Town Council and Thai Rotary at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue for a morning of litter abatement and beautification. If you'd like to host your own clean-up and need help with supplies, please contact us at (213) 207-3015.  

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