Environment & Parks2018-09-05T23:41:26+00:00

During a short tenure when he was appointed to Chair the City’s Energy and Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar took bold steps to set Los Angeles forward on a path of environmental protection in the face of rapidly expanding climate change. Despite efforts by the current federal government to eliminate sound policies to protect our planet, including supporting a coal-focused policy that will lead to 1,400 Americans dying early, the City of Los Angeles remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainable clean energy and protections.

“In today’s political climate, it is critical that the City of Los Angeles continue to lead the way in environmental protections. The rest of the nation will follow,” said Huizar. Some of the policies Huizar led include:

  • He successfully eliminated plastic bag use in the City and pushed the transition to renewable energy.
  • Oversaw the largest solar power grid expansion in the City’s history.
  • Committed the City to become coal-free by 2025.

More recently, Huizar has joined with local communities to fight back and close Exide Technologies in Boyle Heights and is now imploring the state to execute its lead contamination cleanup over 10,000 properties faster and more thoroughly. Huizar worked with Eagle Rock and Northeast LA residents to fight back efforts to expand Scholl Canyon Dump and another site that would affect our local Northeast LA communities

And throughout his terms in office, Councilmember Huizar has promoted a “complete street” road model that prioritizes bike, pedestrian and public transit-friendly policies. By furthering the availability of alternative transit options, which includes bringing the electricity-powered Streetcar back to Downtown Los Angeles, Huizar is promoting cleaner air alternatives and reducing pollution in the City of Los Angeles.

In an effort to dramatically increase park space and improvements across the entire city, councilmember Huizar led an effort to charge developers more money when they build new development in the city of Los Angeles.

The so-called revamped “Quimby Fee’s” legislation that Huizar introduced and led, will provide about $30 million more annually for park improvements. This park developer fee had not been updated since the 1970s and its overall effect on our park system in the City of Los Angeles will be profound.

Despite representing one of the most densely populated and urban Council Districts in Los Angeles, José Huizar has created more than 100 acres of open space and new parks in his district, finding creative ways to work with our local communities in Downtown, Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Northeast LA, to create new gathering open spaces, large and small, for children and families to enjoy for generations to come.

PERSHING SQUARE

Pershing Square Renew continues to move forward with work from world-renowned architects Agence Ter. Councilmember Huizar is committed to bringing a true Center to our City. Agence Ter’s “Radical Openness” Phased Redesign will set Pershing Square on everyone’s “must stop” list for locals and tourists alike.

FIRST & BROADWAY PARK

Councilmember Huizar is committed to bringing new parks throughout CD14. First and Broadway Park, or FAB Park as it is known, will be the Civic Center’s next crown jewel. The city hosted a design competition to select a team to design the new park. The winning team, Mia Lehrer + Associates, proposed a design that focuses on sustainability, shade, and public gathering space. The new park will feature a restaurant, ample space for public art, and areas for the public to relax and get out of the Southern California heat.

SPRING STREET PARK

As part of DTLA Forward, Councilmember Huizar secured 35 raised beds and opened Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core’s first community garden. The Community Garden builds a stronger Downtown community by encouraging healthy eating and social interaction among neighbors.

EAGLE ROCK DOG PARK

Councilmember Huizar broke ground on what will be the first dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 13 years! This effort started with 2,000 signatures collected by the community based “Dogs of the Rock,” then Councilmember Huizar fought to include the funding of the park through $768,000 in the City’s 2016-2017 budget. The Eagle Rock Dog Park is a great win for Northeast LA and man and woman’s best friends! The City’s Department of Recreation and Parks estimates the dog park will be completed by Spring 2019.

EL SERENO ARROYO PARK

Once slated for development as a freeway addition, this 1-acre vacant lot was transformed into a vital and vibrant park and playground for the El Sereno neighborhood through a massive partnership effort led by Councilmember Huizar. Completed in December 2012, the park provides the community with an attractive, safe space for outdoor play and recreation.