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Dear <<First Name>>,

It's been gray in Los Angeles lately, but that didn't stop us from historic progress this week in the field of solar energy.

On Monday, I joined Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Krekorian and other City leaders to announce a groundbreaking $30 million investment in our efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035 in Los Angeles. Originally allocated in this year’s City budget, the motion I introduced with Councilmember Krekorian puts this funding to use by creating opportunities for solar and solar storage on public facilities across Los Angeles.

Put simply, if we are serious about eliminating carbon emissions and getting the worst impacts of climate change under control, we have to exponentially increase our local efforts and lead by example. 

So what does our motion do? It directs City departments to:

Examine how to add solar to municipal facilities, with a goal of identifying 25 facilities per City department

Recommend a lasting work plan for a year-to-year municipal solar and solar storage program

Identify the existing infrastructure for solar and solar storage

✅ Identify the staffing needs to make this program a reality; this is yet another opportunity for L.A. to ensure diversity and equity in the hiring process 

It takes leadership to steer the second-largest U.S. city and economy, and this initiative sets the standard for how municipal governments must address the climate crisis. 

I look forward to advancing this work as Chair of the City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and Los Angeles River Committee.

Let’s get to work. 
MITCH O'FARRELL


 

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

SILVER LAKE - Our Council District 13 Clean Team continues to work with local elementary schools to ensure the surrounding sidewalks are free of litter, trash and other debris that inhibits accessibility. Recently, the Team removed trash and other large items from Glendale Boulevard and Waterloo Street, making it easier for local students walking to Saint Teresa of Avila School. If you know of a location in need of service, please contact our District Office at (213) 207-3015.

REDISTRICTING MEETING THIS THURSDAY

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council's Redistricting Commission meets again this Thursday, September 30 at 5pm to adopt a final draft map for updated City Council District lines. There is still time to make your voice heard and inform this important process. You can review Thursday's agenda, instructions for participation, as well as the draft maps up for adoption by clicking the link below.
REVIEW DRAFT MAPS

CELEBRATING A LOCAL FAVORITE - CAFFÉ ETC. 

HOLLYWOOD - Of the 179 small businesses Councilmember O'Farrell assisted with a small business grant, nearly 100 were women-owned businesses, like Caffé Etc. Owned and operated by Viviana Benharoche, Caffé Etc. has been keeping Hollywood residents and creatives fed and caffeinated since 2004 with a wide menu of healthy food options. Be sure to support local businesses like Caffé Etc. - the backbone of our local economy.

AT YOUR SERVICE IN HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD - On Saturday, Councilmember O'Farrell hosted his 74th Councilmember in Your Corner (CYC). Thank you to the many volunteers, city departments and community organizations who joined us to beautify the neighborhood and bring critical services to people's doorsteps. 

CATCHING A MOVIE AT ECHO PARK LAKE

ECHO PARK LAKE -  Friends, family and loved ones gathered for another memorable night at Echo Park Lake, where they enjoyed the movie Minions. A big thank you to the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund and Clínica Romero who were on-site to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Please join us again on Friday, October 29 at 6pm, when we will conclude this beloved tradition with Coco!

O'FARRELL ELECTED PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

CITY HALL - Councilmember O'Farrell is grateful and honored to have earned the confidence of his colleagues to serve as the President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. You can watch Councilmember O'Farrell's remarks at City Council here

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, STEVE CHEN!

13TH DISTRICT - Team Mitch is sad to say goodbye to a truly great public servant: Steve Chen, Principal Engineer with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering who retired after 32 years of service to the City of Los Angeles and its residents. Even if you've never met Steve, you have definitely encountered his work across the 13th District, where he led many capital improvement projects that have greatly improved the quality of life of its residents and made Los Angeles a more livable city. Steve, we celebrate and thank you for your tireless work to make a difference in the lives of Angelenos. Though we're sad to see you go, we wish you a happy retirement. You’ve earned it!

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