DISTRICT 4 Newsletters
2022 highlights and looking forward | 1/14/23
It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since I was sworn in to represent Council District 4 – a place I love and care about so deeply. So much has happened in that time, from welcoming new neighborhoods into the district (Hello Reseda, Encino, and Studio City!), to enacting some of the boldest climate legislation in the country and decarbonizing all new building construction in the City of Los Angeles. For the past two years we’ve been building the kind of office that looks really different from how the rest of the City has traditionally operated. We’ve been setting the pace for change.
Following the accomplishments of our first year, our remarkable team worked tirelessly to build a Los Angeles we are proud to call home. This year, our experts on housing and tenant policy moved the needle to create some of the strongest tenant protections in decades, using the lessons learned from the City’s eviction moratorium. Our homelessness team complemented that work, bringing hundreds of people indoors through our encampment-to-home projects and through the establishment of a permanent interim housing shelter. And via our legislative work, we introduced new policies to build more affordable housing and build it faster than ever before.
We suffered some difficult losses this year, particularly the passing of Andrew Jelmert – an avid cyclist who lost his life after being struck by a vehicle in Griffith Park. With renewed urgency, my team and I set in motion a transformative plan to implement safety improvements across the district, and we saw the first of these come to fruition this summer with the permanent closure of a stretch of Griffith Park Drive to personal vehicle use. Cycling, walking, and rolling in this City should never be a life or death calculation, and we will continue to work to prevent tragedies like this from occurring.
We also attended to constituents across the district, repairing damaged sidewalks, installing new traffic lights, removing hazardous waste, and trimming trees. We hosted food giveaways and backpack drives, family movie nights and summer gatherings. We knocked on hundreds of doors to inform you of upcoming events, your rights as a renter, and how the city can best serve you.
This is an office in a city on the precipice of major change. After a year rocked with scandal, we have been at the forefront of the movement to change how the City Council operates and to hold its members accountable. I know that together we can achieve these goals.
I invite you to read through our 2022 Annual Report for a full look into our work of the last year.
With love and hope in this new year,
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