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Dear <<First Name>>,

More Angelenos will soon have an easier time recycling their food scraps as a result of a unanimous vote that I led last week at City Council.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Under new State rules, cities are required to recycle 90% of their organic waste by 2025, including food scraps like apples, egg shells and chicken bones. When this waste ends up in landfills, it releases methane - a huge contributor to climate change. 

While 2025 is right around the corner, we are well underway toward achieving our diversion goal. This past summer, Los Angeles already increased the number of households participating in the existing program from 18,000 to 40,000 households - and by the end of the calendar year, 750,000 households will be enrolled in the City’s organic waste disposal efforts

Earlier this summer, I went door-to-door in the 13th District to inform and educate Angeleno households about this exciting program.

Our action last week asks the City Attorney to write new rules that will require all single-family homes, apartments and businesses to recycle their organics, and will bring the City into alignment with the State rules outlined in SB 1383.

Like you, I care deeply about the environment and want to make it easier for Angelenos to do their part to divert waste and create a healthier, Greener Los Angeles.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

O'Farrell offers constituents help with rent [Beverly Press]

L.A. City Planning Commission signs off on office tower at 6450 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood [UrbanizeLA]

LA Councilman Mitch O'Farrell seeks public matching funds for LAUSD candidates [mynewsLA]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Our Council District 13 Clean Team made a huge difference last week for local residents on Court and Lake Streets, where they removed illegally dumped boxes and furniture that were obstructing the sidewalk. Our team is here to help you, too. If you know of a parkway in need of service, please contact us at (213) 207-3015. 
APPLY: RENTAL AID FOR 13TH DISTRICT RENTERS
13TH DISTRICT - Renters in the 13th District can now apply to Councilmember O'Farrell's $3 million rental aid program to help struggling renters and their small "mom and "pop" landlords catch up with unpaid rent accumulated during the pandemic. If a tenant or landlord does not have access to a computer, applications can be submitted by calling the CD13 Rental Subsidy Hotline at (855) 490-3481. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tenants and their  "mom and pop" landlords can also visit our Echo Park District Office to get assistance with their applications, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
APPLY NOW
MAKING OUR STREETS SAFER
GLASSELL PARK - We're creating a safer pedestrian experience along Verdugo Road. Last week, we completed the installation of four new speed tables in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. A longtime priority of local residents, we began working on this project immediately after newly representing this area of Glassell Park as a result of redistricting. If you have a street where you would like to see similar safety improvements, please contact our team. 
UPLIFTING THE LIFE OF LARRY ITLIONG
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Mitch was proud to stand with the Pilipino Workers Center last week to celebrate the life and legacy of Larry Itliong - a great Filipino American who fought on behalf of all working people. As the son of a Teamster, Mitch understands how important people like Larry have been to creating a more just and equitable Los Angeles. We're proud to uplift his legacy each year and advance his work every day. May we continue to follow Larry’s example.
STANDING WITH THE COMPLEX THEATRE
THEATRE ROW - We stand with the Complex Theatres and Studios, Hollywood Theatre Row, and all of Los Angeles’ small theatres, which are integral to our City’s culture and fabric. They're also where Mitch got his start when he first came to Los Angeles forty years ago. When we learned that the building that the Complex Theatre and Studios is located in was on the market, we wanted to protect it from the potential threat of demolition, which is why we introduced a motion initiating the process to consider it a Historic Cultural Monument. We must preserve our history and venues like the Complex Theatres that have trained generations of performers.
CELEBRATING OUR LIBRAS AND SCORPIOS
GLASSELL PARK - Our senior Libras and Scorpios were out in force last week at the Glassell Park Senior Citizen Center, where we helped celebrate a number of October birthdays! Improving quality of life for local seniors has always been a top priority for Mitch, which is why we've worked with the community to open multiple senior centers, including this one. A big thank you to Andy Montealegre, Gladys M. Pinto-Muños, and Emi Valino for organizing these festivities, as well as your long history of advocacy on behalf of seniors.

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