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Dear <<First Name>>,

Addressing the climate crisis requires more than just words and aspirational goals but immediate, aggressive action to mitigate its worst impacts.

We did that this week.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved my and Councilmember Krekorian’s initiative to get Los Angeles to 100% carbon neutral power by 2035, along with an equitable workforce hiring program

What does this mean in practice?

✅ 100% of the energy that powers your home will come from renewable energy sources like solar and wind
✅ The creation of nearly 9,500 green jobs, with a focus on equity and communities disproportionately impacted by dirty energy
✅ Cleaner air in our communities
✅ Reliable and consistent energy
✅ Regular reporting to make sure we stay on track

In addition to this historic action, this week the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and LA River Committee - which I have the honor of chairing - approved two of my environmental initiatives relating to water conservation and our ongoing work with the Navajo Nation. 

The first, introduced with Councilmember Paul Koretz, will strengthen the City’s water conservation efforts to prevent climate-change induced impacts to our water supplies, as well as power generation. The need for action is imperative, as the water supplies we have depended on for decades are seeing record-low levels. We must do everything we can to mitigate these effects.

The other initiative - ‘Light up Navajo’ - is a mutual aid program that would help bring power and infrastructure to all corners of the Navajo Nation, while giving workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power invaluable on-the-job-experience that will ultimately help our own efforts to transition to 100% renewable energy.

The scale of recent disasters - Hurricane Ida in the East, the Caldor Fire in Northern California - underscores that we do not have a moment to waste. 

Let's get to work.
 
Be safe and well, 

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Council votes for 100% renewable LADWP energy by 2035, a decade sooner than planned [LA Daily News]

New rent relief in L.A.: Who’s eligible and how to apply [KTLA]

All California national forests to temporarily close due to "wildfire crisis [CBS]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

SILVER LAKE - The Council District 13 Team is ready to work with you on your beautification requests. Recently, the Team removed debris from Vendome and London Streets, enhancing the pedestrian experience for local residents. If you know of an area in need of attention, please contact our District Office at (213) 207-3015

APPLY: RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE 

LOS ANGELES - Angelenos can now apply for rental and utility assistance through California's 'Housing is Key' program. The result of Councilmember O'Farrell's efforts at the local level to bring this pool of resources to Angelenos, this latest round of assistance will help thousands of residents keep a roof over their heads. Renters and landlords can apply at HousingIsKey.com or call (833) 430-2122 with additional questions.
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MOTION OF THE WEEK: HHH HOUSING

CITY HALL - On Wednesday Councilmember O'Farrell introduced a motion that will help keep the production of permanent supportive and affordable housing projects on track by ensuring timely payments to contractors, especially small businesses, who are partnering with the City to construct these units. Although the City is working around the clock to bring these projects online, the large number of HHH projects, in addition to staffing shortages, have caused delays in some instances. Councilmember O'Farrell's motion addresses this by calling on relevant departments to report and provide recommendations on how to improve the timing of processing of payments.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

LOS ANGELES - September is National Preparedness Month, an  opportunity for all Angelenos to ensure that their family and neighbors are prepared for the next emergency. At Ready Your LA Neighborhood, you can access FREE emergency training, resources and much more. Don't wait for the next time disaster strikes!
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LABOR DAY HOLIDAY HOURS

CITY HALL - As we observe Labor Day and recognize the contributions of the American labor movement, our City Hall and District offices will be closed on Monday, September 6. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 7. Have a restful and safe holiday weekend. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

HCIDLA: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19

VACCINATIONS: Vaccine Appointments

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

SHELTERS: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Support

PARKING CITATION ASSISTANCE

LADOT: Payment Relief Options
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