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Dear <<First Name>>,

Historic preservation is important.  I’m proud to represent four amazing communities that are official Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) - Melrose Hill, Spaulding Square, Sunset Square, and Windsor Square.  I have always made historic preservation a priority in my decision making, and I am proud of our accomplishments, which include:

Worked to designate Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Hollyhock House, the centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park, as the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the City

Secured funding for restoration of Residence A at Hollyhock House

Spearheaded the effort to repair, maintain and enhance the Hollywood Walk of Fame by creating a Master Plan to protect this Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM)

Approving the designation of 30 HCMs in our district since taking office

The City has a number of resources to help stakeholders preserve our collective history. One such program is the Mills Act, available to designated HCMs or properties that are contributors to an HPOZ. There are currently 951 Mills Act contracts across the City, and when a participant enters into this agreement, it’s imperative that the contract be followed.

Here’s how the Mills Act works: Participants enter into a contract with the City that allows them to get a reduction in property taxes provided they invest those funds in the maintenance, restoration, and rehabilitation of their historic resource.

Failure of a Mills Act participant to maintain, restore and rehabilitate their historic property is a violation of the contract, as well as a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars that could otherwise be redirected to others wanting to participate in the Mills Act program. 

On Friday at City Council, I introduced a motion to take potential action against two properties that appear to be in violation of the terms of their Mills Act contracts: the Little Country Church of Hollywood (HCM #567) and the Jardinette Apartments (HCM #390), both located in Hollywood.

After a 2007 fire destroyed the main building, the Little Country Church, the historic gardens at the property have since deteriorated. The Jardinette Apartments, designed by master architect Richard Neutra, is a vacant four-story apartment building, subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance; the property has significantly deteriorated and there is active code enforcement to deal with unpermitted construction work at the location.

Here’s the deal: if Mills Act participants of sites like these get tax breaks from the City, they must follow the rules. Otherwise, it’s a loss not only of our historic treasures, but a misappropriation of public funds, which the City has a civic responsibility to ensure are used to the highest and best use to build - and preserve - a city that’s fair and equitable for all.

I am expecting recommendations from City staff in a matter of weeks, so there will be more to come on this topic very soon.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

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HOLLYWOOD - Pride doesn't just begin and end in June. It's a never-ending, ongoing commitment and a continuous fight to ensure dignity, visibility, and representation for the LGBTQ+ community. But LA Pride - the world's first permitted pride parade - did start in Hollywood, back in 1970. In celebration of Pride's return this year to its historic roots in Hollywood, in recognition of the first 50 years of the organized Pride movement in Los Angeles, and to honor the incredible trailblazers who have helped light the way, my office partnered with the Department of Cultural Affairs to install a beautiful new Pride mural just off of Hollywood Boulevard, near the location where the very first Pride Parade took place. This new mural, designed by David Puck and painted by Ian Robertson-Salt, will serve as an inspirational and ongoing reminder that this work continues. But as the fight goes on, we also have a lot to celebrate. I hope you will join me, DCA, and some incredible community partners for our official ribbon cutting and block party to welcome this beautiful new mural to Hollywood. Hope to see you on September 3rd!

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GLASSELL PARK - Think we’d take a Saturday off? Never! 👊
Team Mitch had an early start to the weekend to complete another major tree trimming 🌳 project my office coordinated with the City's Bureau of Street Services — this time on Drew Street in Glassell Park. Councilmember O'Farrell's work in this historically underserved area goes back decades, and our team is proud to continue this work. It was great to see so many neighbors and constituents this morning — we are always #AtYourService!
NON-PROFIT MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
COUNCIL DISTRICT 13 - Silverlake Conservatory of Music, proudly located in the 13th District, is seeking qualified and eligible students for its scholarship program. SCM's scholarship students receive weekly private music lessons in a variety of instruments. Instruments and supplies are provided. SCM scholarship students may also enroll in a variety of ensemble instruction as well. Eligible students are from low-income families who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program through LAUSD and other similar programs. For more information and to find SCM's scholarship application please visit: silverlakeconservatory.org.
HELPING NEIGHBORS IN ELYSIAN VALLEY
ELYSIAN VALLEY - Our weekly food distribution continued last week, this time at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center! Held every Friday at a different location in the 13th District, these food distributions are filling a critical gap and helping to keep food on the tables of our most vulnerable residents. I’m thankful to the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) for continuing to partner with my team in this effort, which has resulted in tens of thousands of pounds of nutritious foods and groceries for lower-income households! If you are a CD13 resident struggling with food insecurity, you can call (213) 480-1052 or text (213) 805-8012 to register for our next food distribution.
NEIGHBORHOOD BACKPACK GIVEAWAY
SILVER LAKE - This past weekend, Team Mitch was proud to partner with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council on a successful backpack giveaway at Bellevue Recreation Center! It was wonderful spending a Saturday morning with so many local families and young students as they embark on a new school year. Thank you, SLNC, for a successful partnership, and to all the neighbors who joined us for this fantastic event!
OPEN ST. VINCENT - SIGN OUR PETITION!
It’s time to reopen St. Vincent Hospital in service of the greatest crisis of our time - homelessness. Owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest person in LA, St. Vincent has been sitting VACANT for two years! During that time, the City has tried to work with Dr. Soon-Shiong, but despite our best efforts, the facility is still empty. That a medical facility with nearly 400 beds sits empty, while people live and die in squalor on our streets, is unacceptable. We urge Dr. Soon-Shiong to come to the table and work with the City. There are too many lives at stake. Sign our petition to reopen St. Vincent - bit.ly/openstvincent to help people in need. The time for action is now!

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