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Dear <<First Name>>,

If our City budget is a reflection of our values and priorities, then this week we sent a crystal clear message to Los Angeles: that we’re committed to creating safe, healthy communities that uplift every Angeleno.  

The budget that we adopted on Wednesday does this by making an unprecedented investment to reduce homelessness; prioritizing safe neighborhoods; addressing the climate crisis head-on; and, in the 13th District, funding improvements that will help the everyday lives of local residents. 

Here are just some of the highlights
 
✅ Compassion in Action - Addressing Homelessness

My team and I successfully secured a CARE+ Team solely dedicated to Hollywood. This will help us bring more sanitation service days to the neighborhood so that we can strengthen public health along our public rights of way, while ensuring that our sidewalks remain safe and accessible for everyone. When coupled with new funding for the Circle Program - an unarmed model of crisis response for individuals experiencing mental health episodes in Hollywood - as well as money for more interim and permanent housing options, we’re taking the holistic, compassionate approach that’s needed to move people experiencing homelessness along a pathway to wellness and stability. 

Creating a Greener Los Angeles

We locked-in nearly $20 million to help us implement our Electric Vehicle Master Plan and building decarbonization initiatives. This is in addition to six new positions to implement Los Angeles’ Comprehensive Plastics Reduction Program, helping us to create zero-waste City facilities and phase out polystyrene products citywide. In doing so, we aren’t just talking about cleaner air and a healthier environment for all Angelenos, we’re backing it up with action.

Other 13th District Highlights
  • Funding to replace the outdated gymnasium at the Hollywood Recreation Center
  • Nearly $2 million for the interior restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Residence A, part of Barnsdall Art Park’s Hollyhock House campus – the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Los Angeles
  • Investments in critical public works projects that will enhance safety for 13th District residents
  • Funding for critical CD 13 community-serving organizations like the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Clinica Romero (Federally qualified health clinic)  for augmented services to CD13 residents (especially unhoused neighbors) and the Midnight Stroll outreach program to unhoused LGBTQ+ Angelenos (with an emphasis on trans women).

If you have questions about the adopted budget, or what it may mean for your community, please contact my team
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

All-electric fire engine energizes Station 82 [Beverly Press]

Los Angeles to apply for federal support to create regional green hydrogen hub [mynewsLA]

April motions from City Councilmember O'Farrell [Larchmont Buzz]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ECHO PARK - Maintaining our street medians is a top priority of ours. This week, the Council District 13 Clean Team removed trash and litter from the median running along Glendale Boulevard between Alvarado Street and the 2 Freeway, enhancing the travel experience for local residents. If you know of a median in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.
SAY HELLO TO OUR FIRST ELECTRIC FIRE ENGINE!
EAST HOLLYWOOD - Team Mitch had an electrifying weekend welcoming the nation's *FIRST* all electric fire engine to Los Angeles and the 13th District. The engine is just the latest example of our work to create a Greener Los Angeles and builds on Councilmember O'Farrell's efforts to electrify the City's entire fleet of vehicles, in addition to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035. Los Angeles and our Fire Department are truly leading the way and setting a continental example for other cities to follow. Be on the lookout for our new friend as it keeps 13th District residents safe. 
CREATING A STRONG, RESILIENT ENERGY GRID
CITY HALL - Breathing clean air and mitigating pollution is an imperative for a healthier, cleaner Los Angeles powered by renewable energy. On Tuesday, we took a big step in this direction when Councilmember O'Farrell led a unanimous vote to apply for federal funding that would designate Los Angeles as a Green Hydrogen Hub. Green hydrogen, when powered by renewable energy, has been identified as a key strategy to transition hard-to-electrify industries away from fossil fuels, while cleaning air in historically underserved communities and helping Los Angeles meet its 100% renewable energy goal by 2035. As a job center and capital of innovation with a diverse renewable energy portfolio, Los Angeles is well positioned to become a leader in this technology. We're not going to stop and will keep moving forward in collaboration with community stakeholders, including environmental advocates and our partners in labor.
CELEBRATING ALOHA CATERING
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - As we continue our celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we're excited to highlight one of the great AAPI-owned businesses in the 13th District - Aloha Catering. Owned and operated by Eugene Hong, Aloha Catering has been preparing tasty, affordable Hawaiian barbecue recipes for nearly 20 years - first at the City Hall Farmers Market, then at its first brick and mortar storefront in Chinatown, and now at its new location in Historic Filipinotown. No menu item will disappoint, but be sure to try their marinated chicken, shoyu chicken, kalbi, mac salad, musubi or huli-huli chicken. Get ready, too, for Aloha Fridays, their Friday musical series featuring slack-key guitar, expected to launch soon! Thank you, Eugene, for bringing the flavors of Hawaii to the 13th District and all you do to add to our local economy and culture. Please support our AAPI businesses, not just today but every day. Mahalo!
AT YOUR SERVICE: WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
SILVER LAKE - Maintaining the integrity of our streets and infrastructure continues to be a top priority of our team with projects completed, underway or in the works. Recently, in partnership with StreetsLA, we successfully completed the resurfacing of Reservoir Street between Coronado Terrace and Benton Way, creating a smoother experience for local residents who travel these streets regularly. Please contact us if you have a street in need of resurfacing - or if there’s any other way we can be of help.

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