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Dear <<First Name>>,
 

This week brought more actions from our City Council to create a healthier and greener Los Angeles. 
 

✅ Modernizing Los Angeles’ Power Grid

While our LA100 plan outlines the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035 - for example, investments in wind, solar and battery storage technologies - action must be taken right now to implement these policies.

On Tuesday, we took the first of these steps when the Council unanimously approved my motion directing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to identify the improvements that are needed to prepare for this clean energy future.

The infrastructure that our fossil-fuel powered economy depends on, like coal plants and transmission lines, didn’t happen overnight but were the result of deliberate, coordinated action. My motion takes this same approach as we get ready for a renewable future. 

 

✅ Ending Fossil Fuel Purchases

Building on my work to electrify the City’s public building stock, the Council also approved my initiative, introduced with Councilmember Paul Krekorian, that will end the City’s purchase of fossil fuel-powered equipment. This includes items like heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems (HVAC); City vehicles; and all equipment that could use fossil fuels, such as natural gas or diesel, across all City departments, including all concessionaires at City-owned facilities.

In doing so, the second largest City in the nation is using its purchasing power to divest from fossil fuels and incentivize the private sector to create clean energy products that can be used by municipal governments, not just here in Los Angeles but across the nation. With this action, Los Angeles becomes the largest city in the world to announce and begin the process to end fossil fuel usage citywide.

 

✅ Improving our Response to the Drought

In addition to reducing our carbon emissions, we also took action that will help us respond to one of climate change’s most obvious impacts - the historic drought that is affecting all of California. It is critically important that the Los Angeles City Council ensure all ratepayer dollars are put to work on the unprecedented need for investments in water conservation.

My motion approved by the Council will help us meet the moment by directing LADWP, the Metropolitan Water District, and the Bureau of Sanitation to recommend steps, policies, and actions to face this urgent issue head-on. Infrastructure needs funding, careful planning, and a focus on spending ratepayer dollars intelligently.
 

Much of this work is granular - and may even seem incremental - but taken holistically, it will make a huge impact in our City and beyond. 

 

Be safe and well, 


MITCH O'FARRELL
 

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