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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Unprecedented drought, historically low snowpacks and depleted water supplies; wildfires that caused greater destruction; and more intense weather events like the tornadoes that struck Kentucky this week  - 2021 was another sobering reminder that the climate crisis is with us now, and decisive action must be taken to prevent its worst impacts. 

This issue is personal for me. Growing up in Oklahoma, I lived near oil extraction sites and saw firsthand the negative impacts that fossil fuels have on our health and environment. 

These experiences helped shape my work and priorities as your Councilmember. This included leading efforts to reduce our plastic waste and restore the Los Angeles River, in addition to championing a carbon neutral transportation plan.

Since being appointed to chair the City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and LA River Committee, my team and I have worked with urgency and purpose to ensure we’re not just fighting the climate crisis at the local level, but that Los Angeles leads the nation and the world in this effort.

Here are some of our groundbreaking environmental initiatives from 2021:

✅I led on our LA100 work plan, which puts Los Angeles on a pathway to 100% carbon neutral power by 2035. In addition to creating thousands of new green jobs, I ensured that this initiative will focus on equity, including in communities that have been historically impacted by our dependence on dirty energy.
✅As a City, we must create more opportunities for the generation of solar energy and lead by example, which is why we secured a historic $30 million investment in this year’s City budget to add solar panels and solar storage to all current and future City-owned buildings. Unlike other efforts to decarbonize our City buildings, this initiative is already funded, helping us to achieve our goal of 100% carbon neutral power by 2035. 
✅Building on my straws-on-request ordinance from 2019, I shepherded the approval of a plastic utensils-on-request ordinance that is now in effect for businesses with more than 26 employees. This initiative will help us divert plastic waste from our landfills and protect our waterways from plastic pollution
✅We took historic steps to restore the Los Angeles River. This year, we tasked key City Departments to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to fund the restoration of an 11-mile segment of the Los Angeles River between Griffith Park and Downtown Los Angeles.  
✅We must decarbonize our transportation sector immediately - the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. This is why I am leading the charge to create an Electric Vehicle Master Plan that tasks City Departments with the implementation of a citywide electric vehicle charging network.  

Taken together, these initiatives aren’t just aspirational; they are a roadmap for a world in trouble - with real-world results.

This work will continue with even greater urgency in 2022 as we work together to create a Greener Los Angeles that is livable, sustainable and equitable. I will not let up in this fight.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HOLLYWOOD - Rain or shine, the Council District 13 Clean Team is out in the 13th District each day, working to beautify your neighborhood. Recently, the Team removed illegal dumping from Lexington Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Wilton Place. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our Team at (213) 207-3015.

KEEPING FAMILIES FED DURING THE HOLIDAYS

RAMPART VILLAGE - On Saturday, Councilmember O'Farrell was proud to join the Bresee Foundation at their annual Navidad en El Barrio food distribution. Together, we provided holiday meals and food to more than 600 families in need. During this holiday season, please be sure to support our 13th District community partners like Bresee who are always meeting the moment. 

SUPPORTING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

ATWATER VILLAGE - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Atwater Village, where our team helped celebrate the 30th annual lighting of the Atwater Village Tree on Sunday. For eight years and counting, Team Mitch has been proud to provide funding for this beloved neighborhood tradition. Thank you to the Atwater Village Tree Lighting Committee for organizing Sunday's event and your ongoing partnership.

NOCHE DE PAZ IN GLASSELL PARK

GLASSELL PARK - Join Team Mitch and community partners this Friday, December 17, at 5pm at Juntos Family Park - 3135 Drew Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065 - for Noche De Paz - a night of peace, free gifts and holiday activities. We hope to see you there!

SUNDAY: TOY GIVEAWAY AT DODGER STADIUM

DODGER STADIUM - Join our first responders on Sunday, December 19, at 9am at Dodger Stadium - 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 - for their second annual Drive-Thru Holiday Toy Giveaway. The morning will be filled with toys, candy and holiday cheer!

REMEMBERING VICENTE FERNÁNDEZ

HOLLYWOOD - Tuesday's rains could not wash away the continued outpouring of love and appreciation for the late Vicente Fernández, the King of Rancheras, whose music touched the lives of so many Angelenos. His songs reflected the pride of being Mexican and made a lasting impact on our spirits. His legacy will endure forever, and his words will live on in the hearts of millions. Rest in peace, El Rey.

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