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Dear <<First Name>>,

Angelenos have now had a full week to digest the racist, hateful audio recordings of three Councilmembers as they participated in a secret meeting about redistricting. 

These transgressions were a violation of the public’s trust and struck at the soul of who we are as a city - a place that celebrates our diversity, including our Black, Latino, Indigenous, Armenian, AAPI, Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities, and all who call Los Angeles home.

Since the former Council President resigned, I have assumed the role of acting Council President - a role I never sought, and a role I am not interested in retaining long-term. While my ambition is no greater than serving the residents of the 13th Council District, I must answer the call to lead the governance of this body during this fraught time.

In this role, my number one priority has been leading the city through this moment with resolve and determination, and my focus in the 13th District remains as strong as ever.

The only way forward toward healing and reconciliation is for Councilmembers de Leon and Cedillo to resign. As we wait for their resignations, I have appointed five Councilmembers to an ad hoc Censure Committee, and this morning I announced that I have removed Councilmembers de Leon and Cedillo from their committee assignments.

In the Sixth District, formerly represented by Councilmember Martinez, I have appointed a nonvoting caretaker to temporarily oversee the office, so that residents’ everyday quality of life issues are addressed as next steps are determined. We’ll then need to hold a special election in the Sixth District as soon as possible.

The people’s business must not wait and cannot happen without resuming City Council meetings, where this week we will vote on important electoral reforms, including the creation of an independent redistricting commission to take redistricting power out of the hands of local elected officials once and for all. 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18th, the City Council will move forward. Due to a COVID-19 exposure within Council chambers last week and in anticipation of additional possible infections, our meeting will be held virtually, as we did for over a year during the height of the pandemic. 

Let me be clear - we want to hear from each and every Angeleno. If you would like to participate and give public comment during Tuesday’s meeting, please:

  1. Call (669) 254 5252. 

  2. Use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 and then press #. 

  3. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. 

  4. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak. 

The recordings revealed the worst of what people in leadership are capable of, but the devastation their actions caused can help us chart a path forward toward reform, healing, and building a stronger, more equitable City for everyone. 

I stand with you and the people of Los Angeles.

With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Mitch O'Farrell on LA City Council controversy [Fox11]

Acting President Mitch O'Farrell on the latest with LA City Council [KPCC]

O'Farrell appoints caretaker after Martinez resigns [Hey SoCal

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

EAST HOLLYWOOD - The Council District 13 Clean Team was hard at work last week across the 13th District, removing illegal dumping, overgrown vegetation and litter. One example includes Clinton Street and Virgil Avenue, where the team removed bulky items strewn in the parkway. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015. 
UPLIFTING INDIGENOUS VOICES
GRAND PARK - Our fifth Indigenous Peoples Day was a *celebration of indigenous people everywhere* and a rejection of hate, wherever it may be found. Thank you to all of our performers, the Los Angeles City/County Native American Commission, and all of the tribal and Indigenous nations who made our celebration possible, including the Tongva and Tataviam! We couldn't have done it without you!
COOLING DOWN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
EAST HOLLYWOOD - As the chair of the Environmental Justice Committee, Mitch is working each day to build a Greener Los Angeles. In partnership with StreetsLA, we just finished applying “Cool Streets” pavement and planting shade trees along 14 streets in East Hollywood - the first of many across the district and City. This coating reduces neighborhood temperatures by reflecting sunlight, and is one of the many creative tools we are using to aggressively fight climate change. Mitch is proud to have supported the expansion of Cool Streets in this year’s budget and looks forward to implementing similar innovative climate solutions in our neighborhoods. 
RIDING THROUGH THE HEART OF L.A.
13TH DISTRICT - Mitch had a fantastic time welcoming our 41st Ciclavia back to the Heart of Los Angeles. A longtime supporter of CicLAvia, since taking office Mitch has championed pedestrian safety improvements and alternative modes of transportation. This includes Metro bikeshare stations, three multi-modal bridges along the Los Angeles River, the Sunset4All concept and protected bike lanes along Riverside Drive. We look forward to seeing you at the next one.
TODAY: SECTION 8 OPENS
LOS ANGELES - The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is now accepting applications for its Section 8 Waitlist Lottery. Angelenos can apply until October 30. If you need help with your application, please contact us at (213) 207-3015.
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