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Dear <<First Name>>,

The City Charter states that, each April, the Mayor must propose a budget which is then reviewed and approved by the City Council in advance of June 30, which marks the end of the current fiscal year.

Last week, the Mayor proposed his budget for the upcoming 2022-23 fiscal year. Over the next several weeks, the City Council will review the proposal prior to final adoption. 

While there’s a lot to still review, my team and I have begun going through the proposal, and I’m pleased to see significant or unprecedented investments toward homelessness, public safety, environmental protection, and core municipal services.

Here are some of the highlights, proposed by the Mayor, that my colleagues and I will review:
 
  • Increased funding for programs and personnel related to homelessness and public safety
  • A significant funding increase for the landmark CIRCLE unarmed response program, which sends unarmed mental health practitioners to respond to 911 calls related to homelessness, and which we are currently piloting in our district (in Hollywood)
  • Hundreds of positions for sanitation workers, who provide services needed to keep communities safe, clean, and accessible
  • Additional funding to electrify the City’s vehicle fleet and related infrastructure
  • Funding for important projects here in the 13th District, including:
  • Replacement of the outdated gymnasium at the Hollywood Recreation Center
  • Restoration of the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Residence A, the exterior of which was completed last year, part of Barnsdall Art Park’s Hollyhock House campus – the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Los Angeles
  • Maintenance and support of the world-class bridges in our district, including the new multi-modal bridges over the Los Angeles River
  • Critical community-serving organizations like the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Clinica Romero, and the Midnight Stroll outreach program to unhoused LGBTQ+ Angelenos, with an emphasis on trans women
  • Public works priorities like streets, sidewalks, and trees
Over the coming weeks, as we review the budget, my team and I will do so with an eye on you, your neighborhood, and how we can best provide exceptional constituent services to you, the district, and the City as a whole.

If you have questions about the proposed budget, or what it may mean for your community, please contact my team. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

More to come soon!
 
Sincerely, 
 

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

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FIGHTING FOR OUR FAIR SHARE
SACRAMENTO - Last week, Councilmember O'Farrell travelled to the state capitol to advocate for Los Angeles' fair share of resources as legislative leaders prepare to consider the annual state budget. Comprising nearly $300 billion in state spending, Team Mitch is fighting for every penny to help address the most urgent issues facing the 13th District and the City: homelessness; affordable housing; and climate change. We're leading the way on each of these challenges and we need our state leaders to double down on this work. We'll share more with you each step in the process.
BIKING INTO A GREENER LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES RIVER - Team Mitch spent Earth Day on a bike ride with immigration, tenant and social justice advocates along the Los Angeles River. As we ride toward a Greener Los Angeles, we can’t forget that our work is as much about equity and environmental justice as it is about protecting the environment. We take this mission seriously, which is why Councilmember O'Farrell is taking steps to ensure all Angelenos - especially residents living in historically marginalized communities - share in the benefits of a cleaner, healthier Los Angeles powered by green energy.  
RESTORING THE MICHELTORENA STEPS
SILVER LAKE - Last week, our team was made aware that someone whitewashed the beloved Micheltorena staircase mural. This *was not* done by the City, and we are working to get to the bottom of what happened so that we can fix it. We have also reached out to the artist who painted the original mural and will work collaboratively on its restoration. We'll share more updates soon. 
HELPING FOOD INSECURE SENIORS
WESTLAKE - The 13th District is blessed with many community partners who make a difference each day. On Good Friday, Councilmember O'Farrell volunteered with one of these partners - St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW), which helps feed some of our most vulnerable seniors. Together, we packaged nutritious meals and delivered them to 13th District seniors living in Westlake. With demand for meals increasing by 60% since the pandemic, STVMOW has been key to our efforts to fight insecurity and keep residents fed. If you would like to volunteer and learn about their mission, please visit svmow.org.
SUPPORTING FAMILY-RUN BUSINESSES
GREATER WILSHIRE - The 13th District has no shortage of businesses specializing in fitness and body wellness. This includes karate studios like Knowles Karate Academy, which now calls the 13th District home as a result of redistricting. Founded by husband and wife team, Michael and Kathy, Knowles Karate Academy has been imparting confidence, discipline, fitness and other invaluable lessons to residents of all ages since opening their doors nearly seven years ago. Thank you Michael, Kathy and Logan for adding to the 13th District’s fabric and, through karate, teaching us to be healthier, kinder and more peaceful to one another.

APPLY: SMALL BUSINESS RENTAL ASSISTANCE

LOS ANGELES - Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for rental assistance through the City’s Small Business Rental Assistance Program. Eligible businesses within the City of Los Angeles may receive grants of up to $15,000 or six months of backrent, whichever is less. To learn more and apply, please visit bit.ly/lasmallbizgrant.
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