As we celebrate the holidays, we have much to be thankful for. In Council District 14 and throughout the City of Los Angeles we've had big wins to assist those experiencing homelessness, increase our affordable housing, protect the environment and expand our transportation options. Read on for more information.
As we celebrate the holidays, we have much to be thankful for. In Council District 14 and throughout the City of Los Angeles we've had big wins to assist those experiencing homelessness, increase our affordable housing, protect the environment and expand our transportation options. I’m thankful for the opportunity to represent you every day at City Council.
I’m thankful we opened a $1.8 million Skid Row Hygiene Center, called The ReFresh Spot, which will eventually be open 24/7 providing Skid Row residents access to clean public toilets, showers and laundry service. I'm thankful we’re advancing a number of affordable housing opportunities in Downtown, Boyle Heights and Eagle Rock.
I'm thankful our Know Your Renter's Rights campaign is informing thousands of tenants of their rent-control (RSO) housing rights.
I’m thankful we’re taking steps to protect our most treasured resource, our planet. We continued our fight to protect our environment in Eagle Rock by pushing back against a proposed power plant by the City of Glendale. We also led an effort to transition the City’s bus fleet to zero-emission technology.
And I’m thankful that we continue to upgrade our local infrastructure in El Sereno and elsewhere to include multi-modal transportation - assisting pedestrians, bike riders and auto users.
That’s a lot to be thankful for. I’m also thankful to all in CD14 and the City who donate time and money to assist the less fortunate in our communities – even more thankful to those who assist our neighbors year round. They are truly angels in our midst in the City of Angels.
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 follow me on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
In This Issue:
- Huizar, Mayor Open Skid Row ReFresh Spot
- Huizar Provides $825,000 to Help Self Help Graphics Purchase Boyle Heights Home
- Huizar Utilizes CD14 City Property for Homeless/Affordable Housing
- Bringing Housing & Affordable Units to Arts District
- Know Your Renters Rights Campaign Grows
- Infrastructure Improvements Continue In El Sereno
- Council Adopts Huizar-Bonin Motion for Zero-Emission Bus Fleet
- Union Station Opens LA's Newest Bike Share Hub
- Bicycle Safety School Motion Moves Forward
- Huizar Hosts Pershing Square Renew Community Meeting
- City of Glendale Needs to Listen to Eagle Rock Concerns
- Huge Victory to ‘Get the Smell Out of Boyle Heights’
- Huizar Fights Against Republican Tax Plan
- Night On Broadway Returns In January
- Around CD14
Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, Councilmembers Harris-Dawson and Price, joined with the Skid Row Community Improvement Coalition to open the ReFresh Spot, a personal hygiene center in Skid Row. The facility provides public toilets, showers and laundry services as wells as supportive and community engagement services to the residents of Skid Row. The ReFresh Spot is located at 557-559 Crocker Street, a City-owned property scheduled for development as permanent supportive housing by the Weingart Center.
The center is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. As staffing increases, the hygiene station will be open 24/7. The project will be managed by Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles with assistance from Goodwill Industries, Social Model Recovery Systems, and We Team Security Services.
For more on this story, check out Downtown News, Daily News and NBC4.
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The Los Angeles City Council voted last Friday to approve a plan by Councilmember Huizar that will allow for the $3.625 million transfer and sale of CRALA property in Boyle Heights to longtime eastside arts organization, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG).
On last Tuesday, the City Council voted to approve Huizar’s item to provide $825,000 in CD14 CRALA excess bond proceeds, which will allow SHG to fill a critical funding gap that will allow them to purchase the City property located at 1300 E. 1st Street that they currently rent.
The City-provided funding from Huizar comes as a community benefits loan with a commitment from Self Help Graphics and Art to provide community benefits in arts services and programming to the local community – something they’ve done for 47 years.
SHG is a seminal and groundbreaking arts organization that was founded in Boyle Heights in 1970, and later had to move from their long-time home in East LA, before moving back to Boyle Heights in 2011.
“This vote is about honoring an arts organization that has never faltered in its commitment to our eastside artists, youth and communities for 47 years,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Since the day Self Help Graphics & Art first opened its doors in Boyle Heights in 1970, they have made our burgeoning Latino artists and the youth and families of our community feel at home. And today, we are saying thank you by making sure Self Help’s ‘home’ remains in Boyle Heights for years to come.”
The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan last week by Councilmember Huizar to develop four City properties in CD14 for homeless and affordable housing development. Three of the properties are in Boyle Heights - two at parking lots located at 318 N. Breed Street and 249 N. Chicago Street, which will be developed for affordable housing, while also retaining public parking.
The third is a "triangle" shaped property being transferred to Jovenes Inc., on Pleasant Avenue, to allow the non-profit to better serve homeless youth on the same block as their headquarters. In October, Councilmember Huizar, along with Jovenes Inc., announced a new housing development in Boyle Heights for formerly homeless college students.
A fourth city property is located in Eagle Rock at a vacant lot at the intersection of Genevieve Avenue and Monte Bonito Drive. The City will put out a notice for Request for Proposals (RFPs) to develop the Eagle Rock site as an affordable home-ownership opportunity, with a size and scope consistent with the existing neighborhood.
Councilmember Huizar’s Planning Committee, where he serves as Chair, approved a new Arts District development recently, which included recommendations by Huizar to increase affordable housing on the development and to create a strategy to ensure eligible artists apply for the affordable units.
Camden Property Trust will provide 344 live/work units, 24,000 square feet of non-residential/creative office space, a production/art gallery space, 450 construction jobs and 124 permanent jobs. Councilmember Huizar also asked the developer to include more workforce housing units. Also, 8% of the units will be affordable for very low income and workforce housing.
Additionally, Councilmember Huizar introduced two amendments to the project. The first instructs Camden to provide a leasing preference for artists with respect to any restricted affordable units and all live/work units within the Project.
The second amendment implements an Affirmative Marketing program for artists that includes the designation of an Artist Affordable Housing Outreach Coordinator whose primary function is to coordinate with artist-oriented nonprofit organizations for to establish and maintain the Affirmative Marketing program.
Huizar’s Planning Committee also approved a separate motion by Huizar to create an Artists Affordable Housing policy – instructing City staff to come back with a report on best practices on how such a program could be implemented.
Councilmember Huizar recently walked door-to-door with our non-profit and community partners to ramp up efforts to make sure residents know their renter's rights! With our partners help we've contacted residents at about 6,400 units - with the remaining units expected to be contacted in the next few months.
Wondering if you live in a rent-controlled apartment? Simply click here, and then follow the prompt. Click on the Planning and Zoning tab in the left corner, and more information will appear. Towards the bottom, it will say 'yes' or 'no' for Rent Stabilization Ordinance. If it says 'yes,' your apartment is rent-controlled. Your landlord can only increase your rent, in most cases, 3% annually, and you have several protections.
For more on our outreach, watch this video by LA This Week.
Councilmember Huizar's El Sereno Field Office held a community meeting for input on the proposed upgrades for Alhambra Avenue. The upgrades include a traffic signal at Lowell Avenue, a first-time sidewalk adjacent to El Sereno Arroyo playground, radar speed signs, traffic lane re-configurations to allow for dedicated center turn lanes, bike lanes and an art wall.
These improvements are part of a broader effort to transform the Soto Street Corridor into a safer, more accessible thoroughfare for walkers, bicyclists and motorists.
What transportation improvements would you like to see in CD14?
The L.A. City Council adopted Councilmember Huizar and Councilmember Bonin's motion transitioning the City’s bus fleet to zero-emission technology.
"I’m proud to have worked with Councilmember Bonin to establish another important clean-air policy,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Shifting the 350 transit buses that are in the City’s fleet to zero-emission technology by 2030 means we start today with implementation plans: procuring buses, replacing fossil fuels with renewables, and installing electric charging infrastructure. To respond to the dangers of smog and the climate crisis, the City of Los Angeles must use the cleanest technologies available and make the shift as quickly as possible."
What steps would you like to see the City take to protect our environment?
There's a new Metro Bike Share hub at Union Station featuring secure indoor bike parking, repairs, bike rentals, gear and bike tours. The hub has space to park nearly 200 bikes! Councilmember Huizar is leading the fight to bring more complete streets, pedestrian and bike use to the City. To learn how you can rent bike parking space and use more of the services available at the hub, please click here.
Councilmember Huizar's motion to create a Bicycle Traffic School took a significant step forward with Council voting in favor of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation reporting back on details so cyclists can attend classes to reduce or cut moving violation fines, just like auto drivers. This is a great opportunity for the City to increase bike safety.
Share your feedback on what improvements you'd like to see for bicycles in the City with us here.
Councilmember Huizar, Pershing Square Renew and Agence Ter/Gruen Associates held a Pershing Square community meeting where the latest conceptual designs for Pershing Square were unveiled. Councilmember Huizar wants to transform this important and historic plaza into a vibrant, open and accessible green space serving DTLA & the City.
“As the design team, Agence Ter/Gruen Associates, executes its detailed feasibility design analysis, a picture is starting to emerge about what’s possible at Pershing Square, and it is a conceptual design that honors the original, while introducing us all to ‘Radical Openness,’” said Councilmember José Huizar. “In the coming months, we will continue to focus in on this essential first-phase of design so we can work toward a final design concept that will allow us to begin transforming this important and historic plaza into a vibrant, open and accessible green space that serves the DTLA community and all Angelenos.”
Councilmember Huizar wrote a letter to the City of Glendale in response to the proposed landfill gas power plant at the Scholl Canyon dump in Eagle Rock.
His comments raised concerns about the power plant, its four 40' high smokestacks, the daily release of 900,000 pounds of carbon monoxide, and potential impacts to environmental quality and emergency response.
The only active entrance to the site is through Eagle Rock. This access point is adjacent to homes, schools, a childcare facility, a major City park, and historic cultural monuments – all in the City of Los Angeles. As such, City stakeholders bear a significant burden from the operation of the landfill.
Councilmember Huizar demanded a more comprehensive and inclusive analysis through a full Environmental Impact Report.
In a major community victory, on Nov. 3, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board unanimously adopted Rule Proposal 415 (RP415), which will greatly reduce foul odor pollution in Boyle Heights from five animal rendering plants in and around Vernon!
In October, Councilmember Huizar requested representatives of the AQMD come to a meeting in Boyle Heights at Resurrection Church so that Huizar, Monsignor Moretta and residents could voice their displeasure and the need for change regarding the horrible smell that comes out of the rendering plants.
The rule change was first proposed several years ago, but stalled for two years. Councilmember Huizar alerted the media about the proposal’s delay, the upcoming meetings and the unfair environmental treatment that Boyle Heights has endured for decades.
With the affirmative vote by the AQMD, RP415 sets new operational standards to reduce odors and provide immediate relief. Part of AQMD’s proposal includes permanently enclosing these facilities in the next two to four years.
Councilmember Huizar is glad the added publicity and public support for this rule change will have positive results for Boyle Heights and the surrounding communities who have been affected by the odor for decades. Thank you Resurrection Church, community members and all the organizations who have fought for this change for years!
The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Huizar's resolution to reject the Republican-led Tax Reform bill. This bill rewards the rich and punishes the poor - it will remove incentive programs that will make it much more difficult to build affordable housing and eliminates property tax deductions. If Congressional Republicans have their way, tax giveaways for large corporations would be paid for by middle-class and lower-income families.
Night On Broadway, DTLA's premier street festival filled with art, music and culture, is back on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Are you ready? Visit nightonbroadway.la for more information.
A moment of great pride for Councilmember Huizar and the Huizar family as his wife, Richelle, was appointed recently by Mayor Garcetti to the City’s Commission on the Status of Women. Richelle Huizar has and will continue to be a strong advocate for gender equality and women empowerment for all women in the City.
Richelle and Isabella Huizar joined volunteers in the Holiday spirit serving El Sereno residents dinner at the Annual Barrio Action Turkey Dinner at our El Sereno Constituent Center. This year we fed more than 200 families. Thanks to all who make this great community event possible!
Councilmember Huizar joined retired Senator & Weingart Center President/CEO Kevin Murray at the annual Weingart Gala honoring Changemaker honorees Amy and Neal Fraser for their incredible generosity in assisting people experiencing homelessness and others in need.
We thank all our veterans for their service, including Council District 14 Veteran of the Year, Mr. Apolonio Gomez, a WWII Army veteran from El Sereno.
When Councilmember Huizar started Bringing Back Broadway ten years ago, this is what he envisioned - live theater back on Broadway. The groundbreaking musical Hair will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a run at Broadway's Palace Theatre starting April 24!
In City Council, Councilmember Huizar honored The Latino Theater Company for performing La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin for 15 years at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles - one of the City's treasured traditions.
Councilmember Huizar was proud to support the City's Recreation and Parks and Skid Row community members in installing new park benches in Glady's Park.
Councilmember Huizar was honored to join LAPD Police Chief Beck and other LAPD Officers at Hollenbeck Station in Boyle Heights for their Formal Uniform Inspection, an old police tradition. Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day to keep us safe.
Working with our non-profit and local community group partners, Councilmember Huizar was once again happy to sponsor a successful turkey giveaway in Boyle Heights!