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Dear <<First Name>>,

Like many of you, I am passionate about the environment and deeply concerned about the world we are leaving for future generations. 

With extreme weather events becoming the new normal and scientific leaders warning that humanity faces a code red unless we take meaningful action to reduce and eventually eliminate our carbon emissions, Angelenos want and deserve action from all levels of government.  

As Chair of the Los Angeles City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River (E3&R) Committee, I am prepared to deliver. My committee has been responding urgently to the climate crisis with a series of initiatives that move Los Angeles toward a sustainable and equitable future powered by clean energy.

Our city is a global leader in our work to fight the climate crisis, which includes:

Ensuring a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035.
Building a citywide network of Electric Vehicles.
✅Creating a green economy that will uplift thousands of workers in communities that have been historically impacted by our dependence on dirty energy.
✅Reducing - and ultimately eliminating - plastic waste.
✅Restoring our natural ecosystem; and much more.

I want every Angeleno to have the opportunity to stay updated on this work, and to make it more accessible, I am launching a regular newsletter that will follow each E3&R Committee meeting.

Accordingly, welcome to “Greener L.A. Updates!

Greener L.A. Updates will include brief recaps of our committee’s work; resources that can help you; profiles of community leaders who are making a difference at the neighborhood level in relation to the climate crisis; and other critical information. 

With that, here’s what we discussed at this morning’s E3&R committee meeting - our first of the year: 

Expanding the Skid Row Cleaning Program Citywide: The homelessness crisis isn’t just a humanitarian crisis but a crisis for our environment, which is why in 2019 the City launched the Skid Row Clean Team. This program compassionately addresses the needs of unhoused individuals living in Skid Row, while reducing public health and environmental risks associated with various hazards including public human waste. In addition to providing job opportunities to individuals who were formerly incarcerated or unhoused, the Skid Row Clean team has collected nearly 80 tons of trash and 2,000 needles

There is a need for a citywide version of this program - so I introduced a motion with Councilmember Kevin de Leon directing the Board of Public Works to look into its feasibility. This morning, our committee moved forward a series of instructions that will provide further analysis of the program on Skid Row, and recommendations for how the program could be expanded citywide. There will be further updates in the coming weeks and months. 

Relief from recycLA Rate Increases: The pandemic and resulting job losses have made it difficult for many Angelenos to keep up with everyday costs of living, which is why I introduced a motion last year that successfully provided relief to residents and small businesses impacted by recycLA’s annual waste hauling increases. The program included flexible payment plans; proactive communication with customers; and adjusting levels of service. With Angelenos still struggling, I introduced a motion with Council President Nury Martinez that directs Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment to work with recycLA’s waste haulers to extend this relief program. Our committee approved this motion, including additional instructions to the City Attorney, and it now goes to the City Council for approval. 

I hope you will enjoy our regular Greener L.A. Updates. To provide feedback, please respond to this message or call our team at (213) 207-3015. In addition, please remember you can subscribe to our E3&R Committee agendas. 

I look forward to sharing more about these efforts and working with you to create a Greener L.A. We do not have time to wait.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

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