DISTRICT 4 Newsletters
The future of LA is on the ballot | 11/2/22
In my last message to you, I reflected on the release of the leaked tapes and how, along with several recent FBI indictments on the Council, Angelenos’ faith in their government has been rightly shattered.
As we recover from the fallout of this shameful incident, we are moving forward with making real, concrete changes to our governing structures to rebuild trust between the Council and the constituents that elected us. In this last week, we did two things that I hope will move us in that direction.
First, I introduced a motion to make long overdue updates to the City of LA’s Municipal Lobbying Ordinance in order to provide greater transparency about those who are attempting to influence City decisions. Over six months ago, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission conducted a review of the ordinance and presented its findings to the City Council, but the item was never formally agendized for a vote either in the Rules Committee or in full Council – a power that lay with the former Council President. In fact, the Ethics Commission has provided three separate reviews of the ordinance after it was adopted in 1994 – in 2008, 2016, and in 2022 – and the Council has *never* taken action. I am hopeful that in a moment where all eyes are on Council governance, that we will move quickly to finally adopt these much needed changes.
The Council also adopted my motion to create an Ad-Hoc Committee on Governance Reform, charged with implementing reforms to increase transparency and limit corruption on the Council. Establishing a separate committee that is explicitly focused on governance reform and tasked with making real, concrete changes to our governing structures will help to rebuild trust between the Council and the constituents that elected us.
We will continue to do the work of improving LA’s government – building safer, healthier communities through mutual support and accountability, not racial division.
However, these recent events have underscored how important your voice is in ensuring that we have City leadership who is responsive to your needs. From NOW until November 8th, you have the opportunity to vote in critical elections for Mayor of Los Angeles, City Attorney, LA County Supervisor, and Congress.
If you are already registered, you can vote in person or drop off your mail-in ballot at any Voting Center.
I urge you to use your voice to vote for leaders and policies that will shape the Los Angeles you want to see.
I. Public Meetings & Comment Period — Sepulveda Bus Lane Project (Line 234), Wildlife Ordinance
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING FOR THE SEPULVEDA BUS LANE (LINE 234) BUS LANES PROJECT | NOVEMBER 10 @ 6 PM | REGISTER
The project is an important step toward building a safer and faster multi-modal transit network in Los Angeles. Bus lanes are being proposed for Metro Line 234 along a 5.5-mile segment of Sepulveda Bl from Ventura Bl to Rayen St, and a 0.9-mile segment along westbound Ventura Bl from Vesper Av to Sepulveda Bl. For more information on the project, visit metro.com/sepulvedabus
WILDLIFE ORDINANCE COMMENT DEADLINE + COMMISSION HEARING | NOVEMBER 14 & 17 | MORE INFO
While an official CPC agenda will be released no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting date, City Planning has prepared materials for public review in advance:
City Planning has revised the ordinance following the staff-level public hearing in July to incorporate constituent feedback — key changes to the proposed ordinance are provided in the Summary of Ordinance and Revision. The Staff Report details these changes, and includes information regarding the background of the project, the basis for the proposed regulations, summary of outreach and engagement activities, and more.
Comments on the revised draft ordinance can be emailed to email@example.com by 4 PM on November 14, 2022.
TONIGHT! ZOCALO SQUARE X KCRW “DO WE EVEN NEED A CITY COUNCIL?”| NOVEMBER 3 @ 7 PM | RSVP | Flyer
WATCH ENCANTO AT HUNC MOVIE NIGHT | NOVEMBER 11 @ 3:30 PM TO 7:35 PM| INFO + RSVP | Flyer
The event will begin at 3:30 with snacks and giveaways. There will also be a presentation by Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Urban Ecologist Courtney McCammon before the movie. Friendship Auditorium has free parking off of Riverside Drive. We look forward to seeing you there!
GREATER LA SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS FAIR | NOVEMBER 13 @ 10 AM-4PM| MORE INFO | Flyer
CORITA DAY | NOVEMBER 19 @ 1 PM-4PM | RSVP
THE “REAL DEAL ON FENTANYL” — LEARN THE FACTS AND HOW TO REDUCE RISK | MORE INFO
Visit the campaign website to learn the basics about fentanyl and how it can affect you, how to reduce risk and help yourself and others, and to access materials to help spread the word.
LAHD ALLOWABLE RENT INCREASE WEBINARS | WEDNESDAYS @ 3 PM | More Info
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR MURAL CONSERVATION CONCEPTS | DEADLINE TO APPLY: NOVEMBER 13 | More Info
FREE PET FOOD PANTRY EVERY SUNDAY | MORE INFO
CALTRANS DISTRICT 7 HIRING FAIR | MORE INFO | Flyer
APPLY FOR HOLLYWOOD UNITED NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL’S BOARD| MORE INFO| Flyer
ONGOING PROJECT OCT-NOV 2023: LOS FELIZ WATER MAINLINE REPLACEMENT | Fact Sheet
Contact: District Engineer: Nathaniel Bautista / (213) 367-3994 / Nathaniel.Bautista@ladwp.com
Project Manager: Oscar Rodriguez / (213) 367-5682 / Oscar.Rodriguez@ladwp.com
Construction Supervisor: Dan Kirksey / 818-771-5027 / Daniel.Kirksey@ladwp.com
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