This month, we worked to finally move forward with two key issues the City has been grappling with for some time: home sharing and sidewalk vending. In my Planning Committee, we approved a framework for home-sharing for primary residences that will close down bad operators and cap use at 120 days, with the opportunity for good operators to extend beyond that. The item now goes to the City Council.
And five years after Councilmember Curren Price and I first proposed legalizing sidewalk vending, an ordinance is finally being prepared. The City Council approved our plan to bring vendors out of the shadows and regulate an industry that is entrenched in our City culture and underground economy.
Also happy to note that Mayor Garcetti signed three key homeless housing ordinances that my office led the effort to implement on the City Council to help bring down homeless housing costs while allowing us to approve, build or convert, potential housing sites, quicker.
While we implement our housing programs, the City has more than 6,000 requests for encampment cleanups. Three districts, including CD14, make up the majority of those requests. In November, I introduced a motion requesting more Clean Streets and HOPE crews to the areas that need it most. An extra team has been assigned to cover CD14, CD13 and CD9 but we need more and I will ask for more funding in the City's budget.
During my time in office, I have prioritized major streetscape “Complete Streets” renovations throughout CD14 to improve pedestrian, bicyclists, public-transit and auto use, so our thoroughfares are safe and accessible, but are also destinations for our local community. That work continues in El Sereno, Little Tokyo and Eagle Rock.
In Boyle Heights, we celebrated the opening of a new Housing Department Office that is available to all, including RSO renters who need to ask questions or file complaints. We also reflect on a pretty remarkable accomplishment we met this month. Our first for any Council Office door-to-door “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign in Boyle Heights, resulted in walkers making contact with residents in about 15,000 units. Knowledge is Power.
And on Earth Day, we celebrated our earlier efforts to help LA become No. 1 in Solar Power, our Kite Festival at Ascot Hills Park, and cleanups in Boyle Heights and El Sereno. And we continue to fight to protect our local environment in Eagle Rock and Boyle Heights in battles against gas-burning expansion in Glendale, and to limit contamination from Exide Technologies for Boyle Heights.
Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on, often with your friends and neighbors (and maybe even you!). As always, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns. And please follow me on social media on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
Table of Contents
- Council Adopts Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
- Huizar Committee Adopts Home Sharing Ordinance
- Mayor Signs Huizar Led Homeless Legislation
- Huizar Motions Gets CD14 Extra Clean Streets Crew
- #EnvisionEastern Kicks-Off in El Sereno
- New Housing Office Opens in Boyle Heights City Hall
- Huizar Bringing $5.3M in Street Improvements to Little Tokyo
- Team Huizar Women's Donation Drive Huge Success
- Los Angeles is #1 in Solar Power
- Glendale City Council Votes to Study Alternatives
- Huizar Continues Protecting Boyle Heights Exide Contamination
- CD14 Pics
The City Council voted to give instructions to write a citywide sidewalk vending ordinance. The framework seeks middle ground in creating a fair system to allow thousands of hardworking mostly immigrant, low-income workers come out of the shadows and feed their families while ensuring public health, safety, regulation and enforcement.
The City Council voted to create an appeal process for local businesses based on health and safety concerns.Councilmember Huizar and Councilmember Price first introduced the motion to legalize sidewalk vending in 2013. The City Attorney's Office will draft the ordinance before presenting it to the full City Council.
The City’s current zoning regulations do not allow for home-sharing and Huizar, as Chair of PLUM, has been pushing for an ordinance that addresses concerns and goals from all perspectives on this issue, with some saying bad operators hurt communities and home-sharing limits affordable housing, while others argue home-sharing is a source of income that allows them to keep their homes. The policy also creates a ban on home-sharing use in Rent Stabilization/Covenanted Affordable units.
“This vote strikes a balance between the different sides of this issue, “said Councilmember Huizar. “This ordinance allows the City to protect our housing supply, as well as the quality-of-life of our residents from bad operators, while ensuring the home-sharing rental industry is fairly regulated and contributing to Los Angeles’ economy.”
The PLUM Committee approved establishing a 120-day yearly cap for home-sharing, a general framework, options to allow qualified hosts who are in good standing with the City to go above the cap, and the financial implications of imposing a pass-through fee to cover administrative and enforcement costs related to home-sharing.
The ordinance sets up a streamlined permitting process for good operators. And it defines what constitutes a violation, which is any enforcement from an agency or department of the City of Los Angeles. Two such violations and an operator’s home-sharing permit is revoked. Likewise, those operators seeking to continue past the 120-day limit, may do so with added city oversight and approval. During that approval process, the city will take into consideration the administrative record of the property to see if any violations exist – which could result in that extension being denied.
Finally, the policy sets up a process for annual renewals, similarly based on the administrative record review.
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Mayor Garcetti signed three ordinances this month to help those experiencing homelessness. The Shelter Crisis Ordinance, which Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion for in March, makes it easier to establish new emergency shelters on public property, like the temporary shelter program Councilmember Huizar proposed at El Pueblo.
The Permanent Supportive Housing and Motel Conversion Ordinances, which Councilmember Huizar helped lead in Council, provide new tools to speed up desperately needed housing and streamline our approval processes, meaning Measure HHH housing will get built quicker. Our work continues, but we are making progress.
“These two ordinances expedite our previous practices to provide new tools to speed up desperately needed housing to assist our homeless population,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance will mean Measure HHH housing will get built quicker. The Motel Conversion Ordinance gives greater flexibility and incentives to motel and hotel owners to convert their operations into homeless housing. The bottom line is we have to accelerate our efforts to provide more long-term supportive housing and temporary, emergency housing. The need is great on both ends and we simply must do more to meet that demand. I applaud my City Council colleagues for their support.”
The City has a large backlog of encampment requests and we need more crews to handle it. In response to a motion Councilmember Huizar introduced in November, Council approved directing the newest Clean Streets LA and HOPE team to areas that need it most, including CD14.
While this is a good first step, we need much more. Councilmember Huizar is calling for funding for more crews in the budget. If we continue at our current rate, encampment requests will grow by 200 per month - an unacceptable situation.
We built the Valley Blvd Bridge, completed Phase I of our Soto/Mission improvements (with two more Phases coming soon), and work on Alhambra Avenue is underway. Now we're focusing on making Eastern Avenue safer, more accessible and a nicer experience for pedestrians, bikes and cars. Through community planning meetings, you'll have the opportunity to provide feedback and help us develop the improvements the community wants to see on Eastern.
We had a fantastic turnout for the first #EnvisionEastern meeting where residents shared their thoughts and concerns with CD14 staff and planners working on a scope to improve Eastern Avenue. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Your voice is important, please join us and share it.
Councilmember Huizar’s office completed our “Know Your Rent Control Rights” door-to-door campaign, which Councilmember Huizar began in April 2017. Since that time, we have successfully contacted nearly 15,000 Boyle Heights’ households about their rent control rights. It is a first-of-its-kind effort for a Council office in the City of Los Angeles, and more like this are needed across the City to inform RSO residents that they have considerable rights and they should exercise them.
As part of our campaign, Councilmember Huizar worked with the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCID) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to open a new Housing Department Office in Boyle Heights to serve the 75% of residents in Boyle Heights who are renters, with the large majority of those living in Rent Control units.
The City’s Housing Department Office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Boyle Heights City Hall, on the corner of East 1st Street and Chicago Street and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Thanks to our partners, Inner City Struggle, Casa 0101, Self Help Graphics & Art, and especially our walkers who knocked on all those doors, for their work on our “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign.
Councilmember Huizar, Chris Komai, chair of the Little Tokyo Community Council, the Bureau of Engineering, the City's Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Street Lighting and community members broke ground on $5.3 million in street improvements coming to Little Tokyo!
The improvements are part of Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA FORWARD initiative and include extending the pedestrian plaza by the Japanese American National Museum and connecting it to the Go For Broke Monument. Additional enhancements will close the slip lane at 2nd Street and Alameda Street for public art.
The scope of the project encircles Little Tokyo, from Alameda on the east, 3rd Street and San Pedro to 4th on the south, to Main Street and Judge John Aliso Street on the west, and First Street and Temple Street on the north.
Once completed, the upgrades will include 50 curb ramps, 56 pedestrian lights, continental crosswalks at six intersections, two new traffic signals and more than 22,000 square-feet of sidewalk repairs throughout the historic Little Tokyo community.
Richelle Huizar, Councilmember Huizar and Team Huizar thank all who donated to our 2nd Annual CD14 Women's Donation Drive! Your donations have touched the lives of women experiencing homelessness at the Downtown Women's Center in DTLA and Proyecto Pastoral in Boyle Heights. It was a wonderful and compassionate response to assist women living on our streets.
Los Angeles is the #1 Solar City in America, with the most installed solar power in the U.S. As the former chair of the City's Energy and Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar approved two of the largest solar projects in America that now help supply 5% of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's power and launched a "Feed-in Tariff" rooftop-solar program, the largest in the country. Way to go LA!
Read the full report here.
Councilmember Huizar's staff joined Eagle Rock and NELA residents at a nine-hour Glendale City Council meeting considering the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Grayson Power Plant Repowering.
Northeast LA community members, Sierra Club, Earth Justice, the Glendale Environment Coalition and Councilmember Huizar's staff all testified against the project. At 3:15 a.m., the Glendale City Council voted 4-1 to ask Glendale Water and Power to solicit, for 90 days, green alternatives to a Gas Burning Power Plant! The landfill gas produced by the Scholl Canyon landfill is currently being piped to Grayson and converted to energy.
The Councilmember's staff asked the Glendale Council to support the recommendation of the Glendale Water and Power Commissioners, pause the project and solicit green alternatives to a gas powered plant.
For decades, the Exide battery plant dumped lead and other pollution onto Boyle Heights. In response to a motion from Councilmember Huizar, the City's Department of Building and Safety promised to help protect against potentially contaminated soils in the area being stirred up by construction activity and turned into an airborne hazard or spread to neighboring properties. Now, every property in the City within a 1.7-mile reach of Exide's legacy of lead pollution will be flagged so that any application for construction or demolition in the area will be given additional warning to reduce dust and relevant information about dust suppression protocols and worker protection.
The City's current laws prohibit any dust, sand or dirt to be blown or deposited over any inhabited area, but within this area of known contamination, the release of hazardous materials into the air is of particular concern, and Councilmember Huizar believes construction activities in this area should take particular and specialized care to prevent dust which could carry lead and other hazards.
Councilmember Huizar celebrated his daughter Aviana’s First Holy Communion with his wife Richelle Huizar and family.
Councilmember Huizar joined with Fox 11's Hal Eisner and Councilmembers Ryu and Rodriguez to talk about LA's #1 issue, homelessness. Watch In-Depth on Fox 11 this Sunday, April 29, at 9 a.m. to learn about our efforts to help the homeless.
Photo by Gary Leonard
Councilmember Huizar's CD14 staff toured the construction site of the new 6th St. Bridge. Councilmember Huizar has fought to ensure this $482 million bridge is as iconic as the first. The Councilmember led the effort to secure $28 million for the green space below the bridge, so the PARC (Park, Arts, River and Connectivity) will serve the unique needs of the Arts District and Boyle Heights. We're also bringing $25 million in transportation improvements to both sides of the bridge!
Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, Congressmember Jimmy Gomez and the East LA Community Corporation celebrated the grand opening of the Cielito Lindo Apartments in Boyle Heights, welcoming families into quality affordable housing. Phase II of this ELACC project includes more affordable units, as well as supportive housing units for aimed at transitional youth housing for young people experiencing homelessness.
Thank you to the CD14 delegates for Arts for LA! Councilmember Huizar is proud to support the arts, which are integral to our lives, culture and history. We look forward to working with more talented artists in 2018 and beyond!
Councilmember Huizar was proud to help Malabar Elementary School's get brand new ECO Learning Center! Students will use innovative tools like virtual reality to learn about sustainability and protecting the environment. Special thanks to teacher Mrs. Serrano-Overstreet (pictured above with Councilmember Huizar's wife, Richelle Huizar) and Mr. Carlos Rodriguez of Virtual Space LLC for teaching our students the magic that can happen when we work together toward a common goal.
Thanks to all our partners and non-profits for making our Homeless Connect Day in Highland Park a success! The event provided a one-stop shop for those experiencing homelessness to access resources in one area.
Councilmember Huizar, his wife Richelle Huizar, and their kids, accompanied their dog “Beau” for the 88th Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo in DTLA. Since 1930, people across Southern California have brought their pets to Downtown to be blessed. Thanks to the Olvera Street Merchants & commissioners for keeping this wonderful tradition alive!
Congrats to the newest members of the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce! Thank you for making our community and businesses thrive and creating opportunities and services for the people of Boyle Heights!
Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton celebrated the new 'Sound Body Sound Mind' Fitness Center at El Sereno Middle School! Thanks to Principal Dara and her staff, UCLA Health, the Los Angeles Lakers and LAUSD for their partnership. Go Jaguars!
Councilmember Huizar's office partnered with Mom’s Club NELA and Yosemite Rec Center for the first Elementary School Meet and Greet - a great way for parents to meet with the 21 Elementary schools in NELA and see what each school offers.
Congrats to the new officers of the Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA). Councilmember Huizar was honored to celebrate their 35th anniversary. In 2008, Councilmember Huizar officiated 5 marriages held by Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance- including prominent members Carl Matthes & Carl Johnson.
A great time was had by all at the five-year anniversary celebration of the El Sereno Arroyo Playground! Building the park, along with major improvements currently underway on Alhambra Ave., are part of larger upgrades in El Sereno.
Thank you Gasol Foundation, created by Pau and Marc Gasol, for bringing your VIDA! Health and Wellness Program to Boyle Heights and partnering with Weingart YMCA to reduce childhood obesity!
Councilmember Huizar was honored to share the stage with the eloquent and passionate advocate Sinai "Frenchy" Mbella (pictured on Councilmember Huizar's left) to accept the LA Downtown News Downtowners of Distinction Award for our Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot bathroom and shower trailers in Skid Row bringing service and dignity to those experiencing homelessness in Skid Row. Other projects/initiatives that were honored included the Return of Angels Flight and the opening of the Wilshire Grand Project.
Photo by Herb West
Thank you to the Eagle Rock Association (TERA) for organizing and hosting Councilmember Huizar’s Annual State of the Town address. This year the Councilmember, who was joined by his wife Richelle Huizar, spoke about working on homelessness, improving Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevard with TERA and the community, and standing up to Glendale’s expansion in Scholl Canyon.
Councilmember Huizar's office helped community groups clean Cesar Chavez Elementary School in El Sereno (top photo) and Wabash Recreation Center in Boyle Heights (bottom) celebrate Earth Day with a neighborhood cleanup. Great way to get our kids involved with community service.
Councilmember Huizar thanks all the community members who came out to the Walk With the Captain event hosted by the South Park BID - a great way to spend some time with LAPD Central’s Commanding Officer Capt. Reina and Capt. Chandler and all our Senior Lead Officers. It was a perfect opportunity to get to know one and another and discuss issues in our neighborhoods.
Councilmember Huizar threw out the first pitch to kick off baseball and softball season at El Sereno Park! Councilmember Huizar helped upgrade the baseball field by adding new benches, batting cages, irrigation system, new grass and sand. We’re also adding a new skate park, restroom, fitness zone and more!
Thank you Clube Los Angeles for a great open house and congrats on your one-year anniversary of offering Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Boyle Heights!
Thank you to all who attended our #RockTheBlvd meeting, another Complete Streets improvement in NELA! We're partnering with the community to transform Eagle Rock Blvd. into a safe and accessible street for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles.
The El Sereno Hilos De Plata Senior Group celebrated the installation of its new 2018 Board. The retiring President, Mrs. Salazar, requested the assistance of Councilmember Huizar's El Sereno office during the swearing-in process. Congratulations to the new board members!
Councilmember Huizar spoke on a Policy Advances & Challenges panel at USC focused on homelessness in Los Angeles. Thank you USC and panel members for dialogue - change starts when we share ideas and strategies - we can end homelessness!
Councilmember Huizar and his wife Richelle Huizar celebrated Earth Day at the 8th Annual Kite Festival in El Sereno at one of the City's best parks, Ascot Hills.
Councilmember Huizar presented the Jose Huizar Distinguished Public Service Award at his alma mater Salesian High School's 10th Annual gala to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Pictured with (left to right) Bishop Mora Salesian High School Director Fr. Jim Nieblas, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard and Bishop Mora Salesian Principal Alex Chacon.
Councilmember Huizar spoke at Loyola Marymount University ‘s Forecast LA conference and discussed the #1 issue in the City, homelessness, and the steps we're taking to address mental health, affordable housing and permanent supportive housing.