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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Huizar, to urge the Trump administration to keep immigrant families together, and then days after that bad policy was retracted, I issued a City of Los Angeles resolution with Councilmember Cedillo to ensure the City supports legislation and/or court actions that reunite families to end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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City Committee Approves Financial Plan for New Tower at Parker Center Site

Plan to demolish and build a 27-story tower at Parker Center Site as part of Councilmember Huizar’s Visionary Civic Center Master Plan to revitalize DTLA’s Civic Center over the next 15 years.

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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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Community Breaks Ground on $5 Million in Major Safety Improvements around Boyle Heights Elementary Schools

Councilmember Huizar works with City to bring $5 million in safety improvements for ‘Neighborhood Friendly Streets’ around Breed Street and Sheridan Street Elementary Schools.

 

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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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April 2018 Recap

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 TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José

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March 2018 In Review

In March, we introduced legislation to create a Youth Development Strategy to help our kids across the entire City – the motion  which I co-introduced with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino, asks for, among other things, the creation of a department, commission or office dedicated solely to assisting our youth with targeted services, jobs and opportunities to succeed. Our youth are our greatest resource and we must put them first.

We also broke ground on a historic monument honoring the millions of Mexican nationals, including my father, who served in the Bracero Program, a US work program that assisted the US to meet work-shortage needs from 1942 and 1964.

And our efforts to address the City’s homelessness crisis continue as the City Council approved a full report to my motion calling for a triage-like response equal to the scale of the crisis in Skid Row – where more than 2,000 individuals sleep on the streets unsheltered nightly – the largest such encampment in the nation.

Read my call to action here.

While housing from Measure HHH is being built, those experiencing homelessness need shelter now. The City Council also approved my El Pueblo shelter motion, establishing trailers along with support services to house our homeless population around El Pueblo at a City-owned parking lot.

We need similar emergency programming and housing implemented in Skid Row and throughout the entire City. I am thankful that a motion by two colleagues that I work with closely on homeless issues, Councilmembers Bonin and Harris-Dawson, will also study an emergency housing plan in all neighborhoods throughout the City.

While CD14 is home to the most supportive housing units for homeless individuals in the City, I was proud to join my colleagues in pledging at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing every three years in each council district. Measure HHH, which I co-authored, ensures that we pay for homeless supportive housing together, and the 222 pledge ensures that we all build housing together throughout the City – including areas with little to no such housing currently.

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 TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José

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Huizar Introduces Youth Development Motion

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino to introduce a motion asking the City to invest in our future: our youth.

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Councilmember Huizar's Call To Action on Homelessness

See my call-to-action plan below and ways you can help.

 

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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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City Committee Approves Financial Plan for New Tower at Parker Center Site

Plan to demolish and build a 27-story tower at Parker Center Site as part of Councilmember Huizar’s Visionary Civic Center Master Plan to revitalize DTLA’s Civic Center over the next 15 years.

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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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Community Breaks Ground on $5 Million in Major Safety Improvements around Boyle Heights Elementary Schools

Councilmember Huizar works with City to bring $5 million in safety improvements for ‘Neighborhood Friendly Streets’ around Breed Street and Sheridan Street Elementary Schools.

 

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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.

Read more
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April 2018 Recap

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 TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José

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March 2018 In Review

In March, we introduced legislation to create a Youth Development Strategy to help our kids across the entire City – the motion  which I co-introduced with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino, asks for, among other things, the creation of a department, commission or office dedicated solely to assisting our youth with targeted services, jobs and opportunities to succeed. Our youth are our greatest resource and we must put them first.

We also broke ground on a historic monument honoring the millions of Mexican nationals, including my father, who served in the Bracero Program, a US work program that assisted the US to meet work-shortage needs from 1942 and 1964.

And our efforts to address the City’s homelessness crisis continue as the City Council approved a full report to my motion calling for a triage-like response equal to the scale of the crisis in Skid Row – where more than 2,000 individuals sleep on the streets unsheltered nightly – the largest such encampment in the nation.

Read my call to action here.

While housing from Measure HHH is being built, those experiencing homelessness need shelter now. The City Council also approved my El Pueblo shelter motion, establishing trailers along with support services to house our homeless population around El Pueblo at a City-owned parking lot.

We need similar emergency programming and housing implemented in Skid Row and throughout the entire City. I am thankful that a motion by two colleagues that I work with closely on homeless issues, Councilmembers Bonin and Harris-Dawson, will also study an emergency housing plan in all neighborhoods throughout the City.

While CD14 is home to the most supportive housing units for homeless individuals in the City, I was proud to join my colleagues in pledging at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing every three years in each council district. Measure HHH, which I co-authored, ensures that we pay for homeless supportive housing together, and the 222 pledge ensures that we all build housing together throughout the City – including areas with little to no such housing currently.

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 TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José

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Huizar Introduces Youth Development Motion

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino to introduce a motion asking the City to invest in our future: our youth.

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Councilmember Huizar's Call To Action on Homelessness

See my call-to-action plan below and ways you can help.

 

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