Earth Day 2016: Keeping District 6 Clean

Luis picking up trashMy strike team, led by Luis Hurtado is out picking up bulky items and trash throughout the district every day.  However, we put things in high gear for Earth Day on April 22nd and scheduled a weekend full of clean-ups throughout the district, in conjunction with hundreds of volunteers!  On Friday the 22nd, Luis led a group of over 120 students from St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, and together they collected over 100 bags of litter and debris from our neighborhood streets.

Mayor Garcetti signing Clean Up Green Up

One of my proudest moments yet in this role came on Earth Day, when I stood with Mayor Garcetti as he signed the “Clean Up Green Up” ordinance into law.  Prior to joining the Council, I stood with Councilmember Jose Huizar as the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, and made the case for this ordinance, so it was full circle to be able to join my Council colleagues votin
g for the final passage of the ordinance.  Clean Up Green Up is landmark environmental legislation that will clean-up our communities, by having business and residents working together to get environmental justice at the same time the hard working people of District Six can seek economic justice.  Read more in the Los Angeles Times, or hear me discuss this on KRCW’s “Olney in L.A.” 

Over Earth Day weekend we had several additional clean-ups.  In Sun Valley we picked up over 3 tons of litter, weeds, bulky items and shopping carts.  We also led over 60 volunteers to help plant two dozen trees at Woodley Park!

Luis, is based out of my Sun Valley office.  As the point person for my Sixth District Strike Team, he’s out in our neighborhoods every day coordinating clean-ups, picking up bulky items, and helping make our neighborhoods safe for families and kids.  If you need clean-up assistance from my office, please contact my Sun Valley office at 818.771.0236

Woodley_Park_Earth_Day_2016.jpgI’d like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers, including: Saint Genevieve High School and their staff leader organizer Mr. Patrick "P" Palmeter, missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sun Valley Neighborhood Council, Pacoima Beautiful, El Nido Family Centers, Sun Valley Graffiti Busters, Sun Valley Recreation Center, Servera & Sweet Families/Ratner Street Property Management, Congressman Tony Cardenas' office, and the many, many additional volunteers who assisted!