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Dear <<First Name>>,

Three years ago, I announced the HEART of Hollywood  initiative - an ambitious set of proposals that seek to transform Hollywood Boulevard into a corridor that reflects its global reputation as a center of culture, diversity and entertainment. 

A critical piece of HEART of Hollywood is the Walk of Fame Master Plan, which re-envisions the boulevard with wider sidewalks, protected bicycle lanes, additional shade trees, and pedestrian safety enhancements.

Despite the challenges brought by COVID-19, we continued to move the Master Plan forward, and I’m proud to share that “quick-build” streetscape improvements to the Hollywood Walk of Fame will break ground in summer 2023.

These latest pedestrian focused improvements are funded by a $7.2 million grant that I helped secure from the LA Metro Board of Directors via their Measure M Metro Active Transport (MAT) program. This is in addition to $4 million budgeted from the City in 2019, as well as other funding sources my team and I are actively pursuing.
 
This quick-build streetscape will include: 

The conversion of most of the parking lane on Hollywood Boulevard, between Orange Drive and Gower Street, into an expanded pedestrian zone
✅A cohesively designed system of street furnishings, including tables and chairs for sidewalk dining, bus shelters, bicycle racks, transit kiosks, benches, and waste receptacles
✅Planters and landscaping, including additional shade trees
✅Bus boarding platforms and consolidated bus stops in accordance with Metro’s “NextGen” program
✅More space for activities including sidewalk vending, temporary art installations, music and culture performances

If you’ve participated in the robust community process or one of the 65 roundtable discussions that helped us reach this milestone, THANK YOU. Your voice matters and has played a critical role in shaping the future of Hollywood Boulevard.

And - there’s still time to get involved as we work together to move Hollywood Boulevard into the 21st Century. Please follow our Heart of Hollywood Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates. 

We have many exciting things in store!
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Construction on Hollywood Walk of Fame will begin summer 2023 [NBC]

Amid water restrictions, L.A. residents can get free recycled water for lawns [LA Times]

Four-story, 62-unit senior supportive housing complex rising in East Hollywood [UrbanizeLA]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ATWATER VILLAGE - The Council District 13 Clean Team stands ready to rapidly respond to your beautification requests, from illegal dumping to overgrown vegetation. This week, the Team answered a constituent request at Appleton and Edenhurst Avenues, removing trash, litter and other items. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015
CHAMPIONING WATER CONSERVATION
13TH DISTRICT - As California and the West continue to battle a historic drought and the escalating damage of the climate crisis, the City of Los Angeles is expanding its recycled water fill station program. Team Mitch is proud that the 13th District hosts one of the two fill stations at the Los Angeles - Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, where Angelenos can bring their own reusable containers and fill them with recycled water every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Visit the link below to learn about eligibility and how you can participate.
LEARN MORE
CICLAVIA RETURNS TO THE 13TH DISTRICT!
HOLLYWOOD - CicLAvia is returning to Hollywood and East Hollywood on Sunday, August 21! As we get ready to welcome this beloved community event back to the 13th District, CicLAvia is hosting a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, August 2, at 5:30pm, where neighbors can learn about street closures; business opportunities; family-friendly activities; volunteer positions; and more.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
AT YOUR SERVICE: WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
13TH DISTRICT - Team Mitch is at your service and laser focused on providing constituent services that enhance your quality of life. Two examples this week include a street resurfacing project in partnership with StreetsLA at Gilbert Place and Kingsley Drive - a segment that had not been resurfaced in nearly twenty years. Another project, in Atwater Village, involved the replacement of a sidewalk that had fallen into disrepair along Larga Avenue between Fletcher Drive and Carillon Street, enhancing safety for pedestrians and seniors who walk these streets regularly. 
SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CAR SHARING
13TH DISTRICT - The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation (LADOT), in partnership with car sharing operator Blink Mobility, is expanding the BlueLA electric vehicle car sharing program that serves historically marginally communities across Los Angeles, providing access to electric vehicles for essential transportation needs at an affordable cost to residents. Please take the survey below to ensure you play a role in where future stations are located. 
TAKE THE SURVEY

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