Recently the City Council passed the 2016-17 city budget. I supported the increased funding for basic quality of life services like sidewalk repair, tree trimming, and street repair, and will work to bring those services to the Sixth District. We also put substantive funding towards addressing the homelessness problem in our city. Specifically, I was able to secure $1million to continue the incredible work of the Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force!
Since October, the Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force has issued 1,442 citations, impounded 52 vehicles, arrested 117 “Johns” and 19 pimps, and had 38 other miscellaneous arrests.
Some of the other highlights of the 2016-17 budget include:
- $138 million for the City’s Comprehensive Homeless Strategy
- $17.3 million for LA Fire Department to hire 230 new firefighters
- $1.4 million for Phase I restoration of the Department of Recreation and Parks park ranger program
- $484,000 for Girls Play Los Angeles Sports program to increase girls’ participation at Recreation and Parks sports leagues
- $750,000 for restoration of the Day Laborer Program for seven day laborer sites
- $150 million for street and pothole repair
- $31 million for sidewalk repair
- $9.3 million for Clean Streets and Alleys to clean up abandoned waste and illegal dumping citywide
- $7.4 million for tree trimming
- 15% increase for graffiti removal
- $540,000 for restoration of the speed hump program
- $2.6 million for the Office of Wage Standards to enforce minimum wage and wage theft laws
- $17.7 million for the Library Department to buy new books, computers, e-books, and other technology
- $300,000 for new signal construction at Fillmore Street and Arleta Avenue
I will work tirelessly to bring all of these services to our district!