December 2018 Recap

As December and 2018 comes to a close, I want to wish you and yours a Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year.

In December, the Los Angeles City Council adopted our City’s first home-sharing ordinance. I’m proud to help shape this critical policy and allow Angelenos to earn income, including those who need to in order to stay in their homes, and at the same time protect our existing housing stock, as well as our much-needed rent-control units to ensure those who need affordable housing have access to it.

I’ve also continued my efforts to create a clean-energy city. The largest source of global warming pollution in the US is from the burning of fossil fuels, and in California, transportation accounts for more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. This month I introduced a motion calling for a pilot electric-vehicle charging program. While the City has developed programs to install EV charging stations in the City’s public right-of-way, there is no opportunity for private entities to deploy EV chargers in the public right-of-way. Ensuring a broader deployment of curbside EV chargers is an important step in the City’s electrification efforts.

In other efforts, neighborhoods with high concentrations of blighted vacant lots typically have limited access to open spaces, healthy food options, cultural features, and other community-serving public spaces. Thanks to a motion by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, a vacant lot in El Sereno will soon be transformed into a space for the community – something we’ve had great success with in the past in CD14. The “who, what and how” for this pilot will be determined by dialogue with the community and we all look forward to those discussions.

And way back in 2010, I was glad to help CicLAvia – which has become one of the country’s biggest open streets events – kickoff in Los Angeles in Boyle Heights and DTLA. In December, CD14 hosted the last CicLAvia of 2018 in those same neighborhoods. Tens of thousands once again enjoyed open public space and interaction with their fellow Angelenos in car-free streets. Almost sounds too good to be true! CicLAvia has become the realization of our most ambitious complete-streets dreams – a place where we prioritize pedestrians, bicyclists and public-transit users as much as we do automobiles in car-centric Southern California.

And in December throughout Council District 14, our neighborhoods celebrated the holidays with our annual tree and candle lighting ceremonies and community events – a place where neighbors come together to enjoy our communities and each other’s company. And that is the true holiday spirit!

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

José
IN TODAY’S LETTER:
  • Holiday Office Closings
  • Council Approves City’s First Home-sharing Ordinance
  • Huizar Introduces Electric Vehicle Charging Motion
  • Empty El Sereno Lot Will Transform Into Community Space
  • Donate to CD14’s Annual Blanket Drive for the Homeless
  • CicLAvia Returns to DTLA and Boyle Heights
  • CD14 Celebrates the Holidays
  • Enter By 12/31 For A Chance To Win Free DTLA Office Space!
  • CD14 Pics
Holiday Office Closings

Happy Holidays from Councilmember Huizar and CD14!

 

Please mark your calendars. Our offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Mon. Dec. 24 & Tues. Dec. 25), and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Mon. Dec. 31 & Tues. Jan. 1). We will be open during regular business hours all other weekdays.

Council Approves City’s First Home-sharing Ordinance

This month, the Los Angeles City Council approved the City’s first home-sharing ordinance. Councilmember Huizar helped shape and oversee many of the key provisions of the ordinance over the last few years.

 

“This home-sharing ordinance protects our existing housing stock and the quality-of-life in our neighborhoods, ensures the short-term rental industry contributes its fair share of taxes and enacts a policy that, once fully operational, will reward good hosts and limit bad operators,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Our goal in crafting this ordinance was to allow Angelenos to earn income, including those who need to in order to stay in their homes, and at the same time protect our much-needed rent-control units to ensure those who need affordable housing have access to it.”

Many thanks to Councilmembers Bonin and Wesson for introducing the motion calling on the need for a home-sharing ordinance in 2014 and Councilmember Harris-Dawson for his assistance in ushering the legislation through City Council. The ordinance will become effective July 2019.

Huizar Introduces Electric Vehicle Charging Motion

Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion calling for a City pilot electric-vehicle charging program, including rules and guidelines that would allow private entities to install vehicle charging stations for on-street parking.

 

The largest source of global warming pollution in the United States is from the burning of fossil fuels, and in California, transportation accounts for more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the solutions to air pollution is to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles, such as plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

The City has already developed programs to install EV charging stations in the City’s public right-of-way. There is, however, no opportunity for private entities to deploy EV chargers in the public right-of-way. The Huizar motion would explore those options.

Ensuring a broader deployment of curbside EV chargers is an important step in the City’s electrification efforts, particularly in dense neighborhoods with many multi-family structures where it is challenging to install a sufficient number of residential charging stations.

Empty El Sereno Lot Will Transform Into Community Space

This month, the Los Angeles City Council approved the “Adopt A Lot” program for 10 City-owned lots across Los Angeles, including one in El Sereno. The goal of the pilot program is to re-imagine the potential of vacant lots as productive community assets, promote community interaction, enhance environmental quality, improve quality of life and maximize the use of public land for public benefit.

 

The lots may be used as a community hub, recreation space, urban agriculture, and a community marketplace. The vacant lot in El Sereno is located at 5154 E Wadena Street. The details of what will occur there will be explored with community input a key component moving forward.

Councilmember Huizar and his staff have been very successful in working with local communities to convert vacant lots into public spaces in the past, most notably at the El Sereno Arroyo Playground in El Sereno, and York Park in Highland Park.

Donate to CD14’s Annual Blanket Drive for the Homeless

Start 2019 right assisting our homeless neighbors through Councilmember Huizar’s CD14 blanket drive. All donations will benefit Recycled Resources, an all-volunteer organization that assists those experiencing homelessness in Northeast Los Angeles.
CicLAvia Returns to DTLA and Boyle Heights

Fun times were had at the last CicLAvia of 2018! The “Heart of the City” event closed streets to vehicles and created open space for bicycles, pedestrians, and skaters throughout Boyle Heights and Downtown LA.

Councilmember Huizar is a huge supporter of CicLAvia and is helping improve public space for pedestrians, bicyclists and public-transit users, as much as automobiles, throughout Council District 14 and the City of Los Angeles.

CD14 Celebrates the Holidays

Councilmember Huizar’s Boyle Heights Office held the 11th Annual Winter Wonderland event where families enjoyed
snow, holiday music, delicious treats, took pictures with Santa and received toys for the kids.

Pershing Square celebrated the holidays with DTLA community leaders by lighting the Menorah and Christmas Tree. Stop by the park to see the beautiful lights and decorations!

Thanks to the Comite Navideño, Grifols, CD14 staff, and community members for making the annual CD14 El Sereno Winter Jubilee an amazing event!  Santa was on hand to deliver presents to our local children!

The Hermon Tree Lighting was a glowing success and got everyone into the holiday spirit. Thanks to our volunteers and community organizations for a great event.

 


Councilmember Huizar’s Northeast Field Office organized two tree lightings and toy giveaways in Eagle Rock and Highland Park. In total, more than 700 toys were handed out to Northeast LA children.
CD 14 Photos
The last City of LA Homeless Connect Day of 2018 was a great success. More than 500 individuals experiencing homelessness were connected with information on housing, shelters, and employment programs, along with free haircuts, hygiene kits and food.
Our CD14 DTLA Field Team provided participants with backpacks, undergarments and blankets, as well as critical service info.
Councilmember Huizar’s El Sereno office joined students from Wilson High School’s Fire Cadet Program to receive proceeds from the Ascot Hills 5k Challenge. Special thanks to Troy Carbajal and Marlene Fonseca, LAFD, and Grifols for their assistance.
Congratulations Wilson Mighty Mules!
Councilmember Huizar honored Fukui Mortuary for 100 years of business with a City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition celebrating and honoring Fukui Mortuary’s century-long commitment and service to Little Tokyo.
 Congratulations!
The Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce celebrated their Annual Holiday Breakfast and Giving Tree, collecting grocery gift cards for Angel Interfaith Network to distribute to families in need.
A special thanks to the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce for their continued service!
A very thankful farewell to Jonathan Wong, who volunteered with Councilmember Huizar for more than four years. Jonathan started in City Hall, assisting with planning and policy issues. He then transitioned to the Northeast Field Office where he assisted with case work and events.
CD14 thanks Jonathan for his great work and commitment to our City. Best of luck to him in all future endeavors!
Councilmember Huizar and the El Sereno Field Office were proud to support El Sereno Elementary School’s “Family Night Out” event!
With more than 100 families in attendance, the event was a smashing success as students and their families enjoyed an outdoor movie, good food and good times. Congratulations to all for an incredible community event!
Thanks to everyone who donated to Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Holiday Toy Drive. Over 800 toys were donated to kids, ages 1-14, at schools and shelters in DTLA to bring cheer to their holiday season.
Councilmember Huizar, CD14 and kids from Para Los Niños Elementary School are thankful for your generosity!
Ramona Gardens held their annual toy giveaway at the Boys & Girls Club, which brought community partners together to provide toys and holiday cheer to children and their families.
Attendees also enjoyed playing in the snow, a Wienerschnitzel food truck, pictures with movie characters and snacks galore!
Councilmember Huizar thanks Bill Kilgore for spreading holiday cheer as Father Christmas at the Eagle Rock and Highland Park holiday festivities.
Thank you Bill for your commitment and the smiles you bring to countless Northeast LA children.
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