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June 2018 Recap

In June we focused on a wide range of issues and causes, including fighting for immigrant children and families, building the Civic Center our City deserves, quality-of-life battles in our neighborhoods and honoring the class of 2018!

I joined my wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, to urge the Trump administration to keep immigrant families together, and then days after that bad policy was retracted, I issued a City of Los Angeles resolution with Councilmember Cedillo to ensure the City supports legislation and/or court actions that reunite families to end this horror.

In other actions, my Civic Center Master Plan will save hundreds of millions of dollars by centralizing City employees and services in one location. It will also turn the Civic Center into a 24-hour destination with housing and retail space, and it will reconnect to Little Tokyo with a new tower and open paseos after a quarter of Little Tokyo disappeared forever when Parker Center was built with its back turned to that community. Watch our Civic Center Master Plan video here.

We used our Chair position in the City’s Planning Committee to put legal restraints on an El Sereno liquor store that has been a nuisance for far too long. We also held a committee meeting to hold the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director, Barbara Lee, accountable for her agency’s slow Exide Cleanup, and to get Lee to publically discuss her agency’s plan, which is like no plan at all, to have Exide pay for the remaining and large majority of contaminated properties that still need to be funded and cleaned up.

We also took actions to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness and prevent others from falling into homelessness. In Boyle Heights, we hosted another Team Huizar Homeless Connect Day with our partners at Exodus Recovery. In Northeast LA, we held a "Know Your Renter's Rights" housing workshop to educate people on their rights under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. We also celebrated the Downtown Women's Center Advocate Program graduates in DTLA. This great program empowers formerly homeless women to become successful advocates for themselves and other women experiencing homelessness.

In Highland Park, the Arts Development Fee program that I championed in City Council with Councilmember O'Farrell is paying dividends. A new mural is going up by talented artist Pola Lopez on the Starlite Glass Building next to York Park. The Department of Cultural Affairs is also creating a pre-qualified list of artists for future projects in the City and we want to see as many CD14 artists as possible. Apply here.

We also celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in graduation/promotion ceremonies across CD14, and at our 15th Annual Adelante Awards, recognizing the top boy and girl from 63 schools across our district for their outstanding academic achievements. Congratulations to all our graduates. We wish you well. Go out and make the world a better place!

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. As always, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns. And please follow me on social media on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José


 

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Adelante Photos 2018

The top boy and girl from 63 schools in Council District 14 were honored on Saturday, June 2, along with their families, at an annual brunch and awards ceremony in Downtown Los Angeles.

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May 2018 Recap

This month, we adopted the City's $9.9 billion budget, providing more funding to address our homelessness crisis, creating more temporary emergency shelter and funding more encampment cleanup teams. Meanwhile, the State has nearly $9 billion in surplus funds and I joined our Mayor, County and State elected officials demanding more funding from the state to address our homelessness crisis. While we’re doing more than ever before on the City and County level, it's time for the State to treat homelessness like the moral crisis it is.

On a local level, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released their 2018 Homeless Count, which showed people experiencing homelessness declined 5% in the City and 3% in the County. While this is good news, the overall population is way too high still and challenges remain, even neighborhood by neighborhood. But we’re doing better overall as a City/County and our efforts are starting to take hold.

The fight continues to protect families and our children from contaminated soil from the Exide Technologies debacle. In May, I issued legislation calling on Barbara Lee, the Director of the State's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), to come before the City’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which I chair, to explain the agency’s incredibly slow cleanup efforts. It is unacceptable that only 270 parcels of the initial 2,500 most contaminated sites identified by the DTSC have been cleaned and I will continue to fight against this environmental injustice.

In May, we also celebrated an amazing amount of community improvements completed and underway throughout CD14. In El Sereno, we are improving Soto Street, Eastern Avenue and Alhambra Avenue with great community support and participation. In Boyle Heights, we broke ground on safety improvements to protect children and families walking around Breed Street Elementary, Sheridan Street Elementary and the Soto Street Corridor. In Northeast LA, we joined students from San Pascual Elementary to celebrate improvements at San Pascual Park, and had a blast with dog lovers for a groundbreaking on the new Eagle Rock Rec Center’s Dog Park. And in, DTLA’s Fashion District, we cut the ribbon on $2 million in street improvements, part of our DTLA FWD initiative. Finally, I introduced legislation to completely overhaul construction traffic management in our city. Pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters need real-time and up-to-the-minute info on street and sidewalk closures due to construction, filming and other uses. My motion will create a real-time, online citywide site where Angelenos can check for new construction closure notices.

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. As always, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns. And please follow me on social media on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José

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Huizar Calls Out State for Unbelievably Slow Response to Exide Cleanup

Councilmember Huizar issued legislation via a motion Friday calling on the Director of the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to come before Huizar’s City Planning Committee to explain the agency’s incredibly slow response to the largest toxic cleanup in state history related to violations by Exide Technologies in Vernon. Exide, a battery recycling center, which polluted Boyle Heights and surrounding communities with lead and other contaminants for decades, was allowed by the DTSC to operate without a full permit for more than 30 years.

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