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Dear <<First Name>>,

This week, Los Angeles took a big step forward in the name of equity, the environment and local ratepayers.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved my groundbreaking initiative to join ‘Light Up Navajo’ -  a mutual aid program that will help bring power and infrastructure to all corners of the Navajo Nation, while giving workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) invaluable on-the-job-experience that will ultimately help our own efforts to transition to 100% renewable energy.

Why are we doing this? 

Since the 1970s, the City of Los Angeles purchased electricity from a now-closed power plant located on Navajo land. While we bought this power at little cost, it came at great expense to the Navajo people. This power was not only dirty and coal-fueled; it came with little economic benefit and polluted the environment with carbon emissions. In fact, as this electricity powered our local economy here in Los Angeles, 15% of Navajo families still live without electricity - no lights, no running water, no internet and mobile service. 

By entering into a mutual aid agreement like ‘Light Up Navajo,’ LADWP linewomen and men - the very best in our country - will volunteer their services and expertise, helping to build the infrastructure that will bring light to all Navajo citizens. In doing so, they will gain invaluable on-the-job experience that will help Los Angeles better maintain its LADWP assets and standup infrastructure more efficiently as part of our plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035. 

This isn’t just about mutual aid and pursuing collaborative partnerships between jurisdictions to further similarly beneficial goals. This is about building a stronger spiritual bond with the Navajo Nation so we can help save the planet for this and future generations. We are also working on other partnerships with the Navajo that will help us move toward our renewable energy future - and I look forward to sharing more on this soon.

Now is the time to act purposefully without hesitation, and to help one another. There is not a moment to spare. 

Be safe and well, 

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

City Council votes to have LADWP help bring power to Navajo families [Spectrum 1]

L.A. County begins COVID booster shots for teachers, healthcare workers [LA Times]

Tom LaBonge Day of Service planned [Beverly Press]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ATWATER VILLAGE - The Council District 13 Clean Team recently partnered with the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council's Homelessness Engagement Committee to remove discarded debris nearby the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge and the Los Angeles River, helping to maintain the integrity of our waterways. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our District Office at (213) 207-3015.

STANDING WITH IATSE MEMBERS

SLOWING DOWN TRAFFIC ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE

ELYSIAN VALLEY - Huge improvements began this week to enhance pedestrian safety and slow down speeding traffic in Elysian Valley.  A top priority of Councilmember O'Farrell and the community, our office helped shepherd this project to the finish line, in addition to providing its funding. In partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, this week we began installing two new speed tables on Riverside Drive between Glover Place and Meadowvale Avenue. This is one of many ongoing improvements to make Riverside Drive safer for local residents. 

COUNCIL DISTRICT LINES BEING REDRAWN

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council's Redistricting Commission meets again this Monday, September 27 at 4pm to review draft maps of updated City Council District Lines. There is still time to make your voice heard and inform this important process. You can review Monday's agenda HERE and click the link below to participate. 
PARTICIPATE

ASSISTANCE FOR SIDEWALK VENDORS

LOS ANGELES - If you are a sidewalk vendor in the City of Los Angeles, we are here to help you with obtaining permits, understanding vending regulations and growing your business. Please visit a Los Angeles Economic Workforce and Development Department Business Source Center to get assistance and have your questions answered. 
FIND A BUSINESS SOURCE CENTER

SAVE THE DATE: TOM LABONGE DAY OF SERVICE

LOS ANGELES - Join us on Saturday, October 9, at 8:30am, for the inaugural Tom LaBonge Day of Service! Former Councilmember Tom LaBonge was often known as "Mr. LA" for his love for LA and his tireless work on behalf of Angelenos. To honor his life, legacy and what would have been his 68th birthday, we are partnering with other council offices and City Departments to host five cleanups across the City. Join city leaders, volunteers, neighbors and friends to make our communities shine a little brighter and show our LA love. Tools will be provided, and masks will be required.
REGISTER

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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