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Dear <<First Name>>,

Our parks are for everyone, regardless of accessibility needs, geography or income.

This week we furthered this goal when the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved my and Councilmember Krekorian’s motion to expand the citywide adaptive sports program at our Los Angeles Recreation and Parks facilities - a win for inclusivity, equity and Los Angeles’ next generation of athletes.

Our action means that Angelenos of all ages will have greater access to sports and recreation programming

This issue is personal for me. Growing up, I participated in athletics and competitive team sports. We know that exercise and sports activities improve academic skills for our youth while teaching the importance of team work and collaboration. These are values and skills that I strive for every day as your Los Angeles City Councilmember.

And, as the Chair of the Los Angeles City Council's Ad Hoc on the Olympics and Paralympics Games Committee, I’m fighting to ensure that every Angeleno benefits from the 2028 games TODAY. Already, we’ve secured funding for Los Angeles’ “Play LA '' series, a unique, free-to-low-cost youth sports initiative that includes adaptive sports and activities including sitting volleyball, para equestrian, adaptive swimming and more.

Wednesday’s action also means we’ll see more young Angelenos grow into athletes like Ignacio “Nacho” Medrano, who attended Wednesday’s vote and is the Assistant Coach for the US National Amputee Soccer Team. He’s also an amputee. As a teenager, Ignacio lost his leg to cancer, but  with support, tenacity and grit, he overcame these challenges and is now a four-time World Cup veteran!

We need to create a City with more stories like Ignacio’s. This is what public service is all about and what I’m committed to each and every day. 
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

City offers relief on unpaid bills [Beverly Press]

L.A. City Councilmember O'Farrell meets with Hollywood community leaders [Asbarez]

Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway makes its debut [UrbanizeLA]

LA City Council votes to expand City's adaptive sports programming [mynewsLA]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

EAST HOLLYWOOD - The Council District 13 Clean Team is at your service and ready to help you beautify your neighborhood in big and small ways. This week, the team removed illegal dumping from Burns Place between Madison and Virgil Avenues. The result enhances the pedestrian experience for local residents. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.
UNVEILING THE HIFI EASTERN GATEWAY!
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Last Saturday's unveiling of the Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway was one for the ages. Team Mitch thanks everyone who came to celebrate with us and elevate our Filipino-American community. It took a village to make this project happen, from gateway designer Eliseo Art Silva’s artistic vision to our staff and City departments who worked tirelessly to make this 20-year vision a reality. Thank you especially to the community for its partnership and perseverance. We're privileged and honored to represent you. Mabuhay!
ANNOUNCING NEW CONSERVATION EFFORTS
GLASSELL PARK - There’s no time to waste as we confront the climate crisis and severe drought - challenges we are facing NOW. On Tuesday, Councilmember O'Farrell joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to announce new conservation efforts that will reduce the number of outdoor watering days from three to two days each week. These changes will go into effect June 1 for all Los Angeles businesses and residents, pending approval from the City Council. LADWP customers will also have expanded rebate and incentive programs aimed at curbing water use. The time is now to upgrade water-hungry amenities! To learn more about how you can help in our efforts to conserve water, please visit LADWP.
WELCOMING JAMES HONG TO THE WALK OF FAME!
HOLLYWOOD - It was truly an honor to welcome James Hong to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday as we continue to celebrate AAPI Heritage month. One of the most prolific actors on both the silver and small screens, Mr. Hong has starred in classic films like Chinatown to television hits like Seinfeld, to his most recent critically acclaimed film Everything Everywhere All At Once. At 93 years young, Mr. Hong is still keeping audiences entertained and is the oldest person to receive a star on the Walk of Fame! Thank you James for carving your own path and, in doing so, paving the way for so many AAPI artists. For this and so much more, we thank you and honor you!
SENIOR MEALS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE!
13TH DISTRICT - We're still here to help Angelenos who are struggling with food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. This week, the City launched an emergency supplemental meal program for older adults who are 60+ and reside in Los Angeles. Eligible individuals may receive up to (2) delivered meals per day until June 2022. If you are a senior or know a senior who could use this assistance, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015,
CELEBRATE OUR HERITAGE AT LAPL!
LOS ANGELES - As we continue to observe AAPI Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month, libraries across the city are planning events for children, teens and adults. Many of the events are online and easily accessible, including book discussions, cooking demonstrations, music, craft projects, and more. Visit lapl.org to learn more and find a library near you!

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