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Dear <<First Name>>,

Public safety is the foundation of strong communities, because everyone deserves to feel safe in their home, their neighborhood, and their City.

My passion for safer communities is what led me into public service - first as a local activist, then as a City staffer, and ultimately as your Councilmember. Back in the 1990s, in my neighborhood, crime was much higher than it is today, and residents didn’t feel safe. So we worked to bring attention and resources to our community by working with the LAPD, gang prevention specialists, and the City Attorney’s office. This community-based approach to making neighborhoods safer is key.

As your Councilmember, my top priority has always been ensuring public safety, and my team and I have approached this in various ways - from making streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, especially students and seniors; to bringing more lighting to areas that need it; to my efforts on behalf of vulnerable communities; to supporting Neighborhood Watch groups across the 13th District. One of my office’s signature initiatives has been our work to uplift the LGBTQ+ community, especially the safety and dignity of my Trans and non-binary friends.

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and last year’s movement for social justice and equity, many cities around the country began to identify improvements and innovations to public safety. As the world evolves, it’s important that leaders are attuned to the needs of all communities, and are working to ensure everyone’s fundamental right: feeling safe where you live.

This year, I’ve been proud to lead on bringing an unarmed crisis response model to Los Angeles.

This program - Crisis and Incident Response through Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) - is taking an innovative and necessary approach in our response to the homelessness crisis. The CIRCLE program is currently being piloted in two communities in Los Angeles, one of them being in the Hollywood area of the 13th District. Once again, our district leads the way on an issue of great importance to the City.

Because people experiencing homelessness often struggle with mental health issues and/or substance abuse, CIRCLE works to divert non-violent calls for service involving homelessness to unarmed service providers, including mental health practitioners. Not only does this ensure that trained professionals can deliver help to those who need it the most, it also provides a resource to the police to stay focused on their core mission: preventing and suppressing crime.

To achieve a safe, equitable City where everyone feels safe, it’s important that we respond to homelessness and mental health in a compassionate and effective way, while also deploying police in an appropriate fashion. This is the balanced, reasoned approach toward public safety that Angelenos expect - and that leaders must work to deliver.

As we move into 2022 and beyond, I am committed to ensuring that the CIRCLE program, as well as other innovative models of public safety, are developed thoughtfully and effectively so that all Angelenos are safe in every neighborhood across our City.

There will be more to come on this and other related efforts, and I encourage you to stay in touch with my team so that all our work can continue to be developed in a collaborative way. We are always at your service and here to help in any way we can.

Be safe and well,
 

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Frank Lloyd Wright landmark in East Hollywood celebrates restoration project [ABC7]

O'Farrell helps families with food distributions during pandemic [Beverly Press]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HOLLYWOOD - This week, our Council District 13 Clean Team, in partnership with LA Sanitation and Environment, successfully tackled another illegal dumping location, removing more than *one ton* of trash and other debris from Harold Way between Taft Avenue and Wilton Place. For local residents and families, this is everything. Please contact our team if you know of an area in need of similar attention - (213) 207-3015. We're always ready to help!

PRESERVING OUR HISTORIC RESOURCES

BARNSDALL PARK - On Wednesday, Councilmember O'Farrell officially “unwrapped” the exterior restoration of Frank Llloyd Wright's Residence A , the extant guest house of Wright's Hollyhock House - Los Angeles' first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Preserving Los Angeles’ cultural treasures has always been a top priority of Councilmember O'Farrell and we'll continue to lean-in to see this restoration through to its end so that all Angelenos can fully access, enjoy and learn from the priceless piece of L.A. history that is Residence A. Thank you to all of our City partners who helped us reach this milestone, including the Department of Cultural Affairs, the General Services Department, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Project Restore and the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources.

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES

RAMPART VILLAGE - Our small businesses are the backbone of the local economy, which is why Councilmember O'Farrell created a small business grant program during the height of the pandemic that ultimately helped 179 businesses keep their doors open. One of them is Maze Rooms. Owned and operated by Armen Khalatyan, Maze Rooms brings friends, families and groups together for adventures in clue finding and puzzle solving. Please continue to support local businesses like Maze Rooms, which contribute so much to our district's character. 

CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS

HOLLYWOOD - Our 13th District seniors have so much talent! After a one year hiatus due to the pandemic, it was great to be back in-person at the Las Palmas Senior Center on Thursday for their annual holiday talent show. Thank you to our Las Palmas seniors for making the holidays feel more special this year!

HIFI HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - The holidays were in full swing at last week's Historic Filipinotown Holiday Festival and Toy Distribution. Together, we distributed toys to more than 300 families and enjoyed holiday caroling from the world-famous FASGI ladies. A big thank you to all of last week's sponsors and community partners for bringing joy to local children and their families this holiday season.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

HOUSING DEPARTMENT: 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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