Homeless "HOPE Teams" are Showing Success in Council District 6

Last year, the City developed new HOPE Teams which will bring LAPD and homeless service providers together with the other City departments to help provide services to homeless people in our City, as well as clean-up unhealthy and dangerous encampments.  This new approach creates dedicated teams that can develop relationships of trust with our homeless community, and they’re seeing incredible results.  I worked to bring the City’s first HOPE Team to the Valley, and I continue to be impressed with their work.  I recently received this note from LAPD Sergeant Padilla from the HOPE Team, that really demonstrates the impact of the work we’re doing: Continue reading

Neighborhood Improvements at Wingo Street

In mid-2015, residents on Wingo Street in Arleta contacted my office to let us know that there were massive encampments building up and causing a serious health and safety issue in the alley immediately abutting some residential properties.  This walkway was completely blocked by garbage and debris.  Neighbors were particularly concerned with the illegal activity happening at in this alley at night, as well as the serious fire hazard.  In addition, the accumulation of trash and waste had created an awful smell for the neighborhood, and potential bio-hazard concerns.  These conditions were right outside the windows of the people’s home, and put kids in danger as well. Continue reading

Resurfacing Streets in CD6

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services has been working hard in CD6 again this last month, coordinating with my office on repairing some of our neighborhood streets. They have resurfaced more than 109,000 square feet of roads in North Hills East and 94,000 square feet in Panorama City. Recently, they were working along Chase St., Marklein Ave and Napa St. in North Hills East, and along Burton Street in Panorama City. They've also started work Willis Ave. between Nordoff Street and Roscoe Blvd. I will continue to bring our fair share of city services to the San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

CD6 Strike Team

My “Strike Team” is busy in the District nearly every day.  Recently when winds blew down many trees throughout the City, there were too many issues for the Urban Forestry Division to handle, so my Strike Team assisted in clearing some local CD6 roads from fallen tree debris. Most days, my Strike Team is assisting with picking up bulky items and cleaning up dumped trash throughout the district.  This team is able to do more than if we simply relied exclusively on our regular crews. My Strike Team places a priority on public safety issues (i.e. blocked roads and sidewalks) as well as cleaning near schools.  However, if you have an issue that isn’t being addressed by the City’s crews quickly enough, or have an immediate need, please contact my Sun Valley office to see if the Strike Team can help.  We are looking to keep CD6 clean and safe for everyone!

Tree Trimming in Council District 6

Over the past few months, my team has been working extensively with the City’s Urban Forestry Division to coordinate much-needed tree trimming throughout the district.  Recently (pictured) trees were trimmed in Panorama City East, specifically 19 trees on Stansbury Avenue.  Over the previous few months, however, crews trimmed over 500 trees in the area (Roscoe Blvd.  from Woodman Ave. to Van Nuys Blvd.). If you live in a neighborhood that could use tree trimming, please call my office and let us know! Sun Valley: 818.771.0236, Van Nuys: 818.778.4999

An Environmentally Friendly Zero Waste Franchise System

As the new Chair of the Environment & Energy Committee of the City Council, I was proud to lead the way to final passage of a new franchise system in the City of Los Angeles. First introduced by Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz in 2010, the policy was a long time coming.  This new Franchise System was championed by both workers and environmental leaders.  It will divide the City up into 11 exclusive franchise zones for waste hauling from commercial and apartment buildings. Continue reading

Family Health & Resource Fair

Last weekend in Arleta, I hosted a Family Health & Resource Fair.  Over twenty service providers were on hand to provide  free flu shots, health screenings (including cholesterol, blood sugar, vision, nutrition and more).  Residents also learned about health care options available to them and their families.  Certified Covered California counselors were on site for enrollment.  I appreciate Walgreens for participating and letting us set up in their parking lot.  I also want to thank Congressman Tony Cardenas for co-hosting with me.  I’m glad so many people showed up and learned what they can do to keep themselves and their families healthy!

Safer Intersection at Cedros Ave & Rayen St.

Last month, working with my office, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services installed access ramps on each corner of the Rayen St. and Cedros Ave. Families are now able to safely travel along the walkways without having to struggle to climb curbs.

Lake Balboa Clean Up

In early October, we held a clean-up in Lake Balboa. Together, we cleaned the area around Bassett Street Elementary. We filled up an entire 40 square foot bin with trash and bulky items! We had 55 volunteers. Thanks goes to the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council for providing lunch, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and from students from local high schools in the area and community members who came. It was a great event!

Arleta Clean-Up

In mid-October we cleaned Arleta Avenue near Sheldon Street. We collaborated with Arleta Slugz Run Club, a new group that wanted to clean the streets where they run every Thursday evening. We were also joined by Arleta Neighborhood Council, Walgreens, and Pacoima Beautiful who brought high school volunteers. Thanks to all everyone who showed up to help clean-up the neighborhood!