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Dear <<First Name>>,

In the summer of 2020, following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles City Council voted to redistribute $150 million in funding previously intended as an increase to the budget for the Los Angeles Police Department, and instead invest it in underserved communities across Los Angeles.

Last week, this vision came to fruition when I joined civic and community leaders to announce a historic $2.25 million investment in the Bresee Foundation, a beloved non-profit in the 13th District which works to lift Angelenos out of poverty.

Bresee is an absolutely incredible, inspiring organization, and it’s exactly the kind of place that deserves investment. Now in its 40th year, Bresee battles poverty by empowering youth and families in Los Angeles with a comprehensive and diverse slate of resources and services including: after-school education, social services, mental health counseling, gang prevention, job training, English as a Second Language (ESL), food distributions, housing resources, and more. 
 
This landmark investment  will help Bresee serve an additional 10,000 (!) low-income youth and families over the next few years, transforming lives in the process:

✅Emergency support services for families in crisis, including emergency rental assistance, biweekly food distributions and transportation 
✅Services that promote long term self-sufficiency for families - adult ESL, computer class, financial literacy, immigration services and tax prep
High quality after-school programs like gang prevention, paid internships, college prep, dance, art, theater and athletics
 
This investment reflects the holistic, balanced approach to public safety that I’ve taken since taking office - one that prioritizes unarmed services for individuals in distress, builds relationships between community members and the LAPD to smartly prevent and address crime, and makes investments in our youth so that they have the support they need to lead long, productive, fulfilling lives that in turn benefit all of society. 
 
Our work to create a more just, equitable Los Angeles doesn’t end with this one investment - it’s an ongoing commitment. I know we can do it.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Cool Streets project comes to Hollywood [Beverly Press]

Mientras el condado de Los Ángeles aumenta en su número de personas sin hogar, el Distrito 13 de la ciudad [La Opinión]

Fundacion Bresse recibe fondos de la ciudad de Los Ángeles [Telemundo]
HOMELESSNESS DROPS 23% IN THE 13TH
13TH DISTRICT - Homelessness decreased 23% in the 13th District since 2020 - the result of Team Mitch's comprehensive approach to housing, services, outreach, unarmed response, and more. Though we still have work to do across Los Angeles, and though the size of encampments grew due to pandemic protocols, our success in reducing homelessness in the 13th District proves that our comprehensive approach works. Let's replicate this across the rest of Los Angeles!
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BREAKING GROUND ON HOMELESS HOUSING
EAST HOLLYWOOD -  On the same day we learned that homelessness dropped by 23% in the 13th District, we were breaking ground on yet another housing solution - the conversion of an existing hotel into homeless housing. Purchased using funds from Governor Newsom’s Project Homekey, this project will provide 75 units of housing with wraparound services, the kind of initiative that we know works - and is already working across our district. This is what an all-hands-on-deck approach to homelessness looks like, and why we’re seeing such a significant reduction in the 13th District.
CELEBRATING 50+ YEARS OF PRIDE
HOLLYWOOD - Over the Labor Day weekend, Team Mitch gathered at Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place to cut the ribbon on a new mural celebrating more than 50 years of Pride and Los Angeles' LGBTQ+ history. Commemorating the LGBTQ+ icons who have paved the way, fighting for a more just City, the mural is an inspirational and ongoing reminder that this work continues. Special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs for partnering with our team on this effort, as well as artist David Puck and painter Ian Robertson-Salt for your vision. Love and PRIDE to all. 
CELEBRATING FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE
MACARTHUR PARK - Mitch is proud to represent Historic Filipinotown on the Los Angeles City Council and work with great organizations like FilAm ARTS to elevate Filipino-American arts and culture each day. Last week, we had a wonderful time celebrating and welcoming Angelenos to the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture with FilAm Arts at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. The longest running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California, FPAC showcases multidisciplinary artists of Filipino and Filipino American heritage, keeping cultural traditions alive. Mabuhay!
WORKSHOP: RENTING OUT AN ADU
LOS ANGELES - Throughout September, the Los Angeles Housing Department will host a series of webinars for homeowners who may be interested in renting out an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on their property. ADUs are attached or detached accessory dwellings that are an accessory to a primary residence, located on the same lot, and provide complete independent facilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation. Attendees will learn about RSO and/or SCEP fees for ADU additions to their properties and an overview of housing inspections.
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JOIN THE LA BIOBLITZ CHALLENGE
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Public Library, in partnership with LA Sanitation and Environment, is launching the second annual LA Bioblitz Challenge, which runs September 1-30. To help protect and support wildlife in the City of Los Angeles, participants are encouraged to crowdsource photographs of animals, insects and plants around their homes, neighborhoods, parks and other areas across the city using the iNaturalist app. The observations contributed to the challenge will help map the city’s existing native biodiversity, and assist researchers in determining the distribution of wildlife and health of the environment.
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IN REMEMBRANCE AND GRATITUDE
ELYSIAN VALLEY - On the 21st anniversary of September 11, Councilmember O'Farrell joined the Los Angeles Fire Department at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Center to remember the victims and first responders who we lost on that tragic day. We will never forget their bravery and selflessness.

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