Year Three Report Serving the San Fernando Valley Communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills.
July 2016 1
From the Desk of
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield It has been my honor to serve the West Valley on the Los Angeles City Council since 2013, and to have previously served the district in the State Assembly. Each community I represent, Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills, is a unique area with its own local culture, struggles and triumphs and it is my privilege to work closely with constituents, organizations and leaders to make our communities even better. I have worked hard to preserve the special character of our neighborhoods while at the same time growing jobs, encouraging economic activity and ensuring that we are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. From technological infrastructure, to public safety, to helping those who need it most, I have been focused on how to find smarter solutions, not just funding programs more. We are moving in the right direction, but we have more to do. Together we will continue this journey, to make Los Angeles the best it can be. Together we will work to improve public safety and emergency preparedness, address the increase in homelessness in our region, and build on our environmental and quality of life successes. I never forget who I serve. If I can be of help or answer questions about your government, please reach out to me or my office. Your voice and your opinion are vital to writing the next great chapter for the San Fernando Valley and our whole City. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve.
Table of Contents Greening the Valley
Modernizing Digital, Physical, and Transportation
Infrastructure Celebrating Animals and Saving Lives
Jobs and Opportunities
Bringing City Hall to the West Valley
Our Budget and Accountability â€“ Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems
Delivering for You
Justice, Fairness, and Human Rights
Blumenfield in the Community
Greening the Valley Opening August 2016: LA River and Aliso Creek Confluence Park Councilmember Blumenfield has worked for more than six years on the Aliso Creek Confluence Park and is thrilled that it will open in August 2016. He pursued funding as a State legislator and then, when elected as a City Councilmember, shepherded the project, with the help of the Trust for Public Land. This new community open space includes a twoacre park, one mile of walking paths, threequarter miles of bicycle path and greenway, 14 decorative entrance gates and a 100-foot long mural. The project transforms a vacant lot alongside the LA River into a natural space that will provide habitat for wildlife and recreational green space for the surrounding community in Reseda. In total, the park will bring nearly seven acres of new open space to the neighborhood. Additional benefits of the project include capturing, cleaning, and infiltrating storm water before it enters the LA River and ultimately, the Pacific Ocean.
Above: One of the on-site storm water infiltration basins.
Ensuring the Health and Beautification of the LA River In May, Councilmember Blumenfield addressed this year’s graduating class of the River Ambassador program. Organized by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), this program teaches young people about how to protect the river while also learning about its rich history, dating back long before channelizing in the mid -1900’s.
Blumenfield honors MRCA graduates and Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Joe Edmiston.
Blumenfield is working with the MRCA on the Caballero Creek Park on the border of Tarzana and Reseda, offering the public an even closer look into the beauty of the LA River. In this year’s budget he secured $750,000 to move forward on this project which will provide additional green space and river access. 3
Blumenfield Transforms Lot Into Unique New Costanso Fire Station Park In August 2015, Councilmember Blumenfield was joined by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Costanso Street neighbors and West Valley residents to celebrate the opening of the new Costanso Fire Station 84 Park in Woodland Hills. In a brief ceremony, Blumenfield, LAFD officials, and community members dedicated the park to honor the brave men and women who served the San Fernando Valley from the small firehouse at the corner of Canoga Ave. and Costanso St. for more than 60 years.
Blumenfield is joined by representatives from the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council as well as the Department of Recreation and Parks to help dedicate the new Costanso Fire Station 84 Park, on August 29, 2015.
Fire Station 84 operated at the corner of Canoga Ave. and Costanso St. from 1949 until being relocated to a new location in Warner Center in 2007. The vacant fire station remained unused and became blighted, overgrown with weeds and a place where illicit activity occurred. ln 2013, shortly after Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, he undertook a massive community outreach effort to determine the future use of the site and began working feverishly to transform the area. Blumenfield said, “After two years of hard work and community input, we have transformed what was a blighted piece of land into an incredible and unique neighborhood resource that makes the whole City proud.”
Fighting Drought with the DWP Water Conservation Unit Throughout the last few years, Angelenos have been asked to lower their water use and adjust their lifestyles to help reduce the impact of the drought. In April, Councilmember Blumenfield went on a ride along with the DWP Water Conservation Unit to see firsthand how the West Valley has been taking advantage of City incentives altering water use and adapting to the current drought situation. The Water Conservation Unit serves as an educational wing of the DWP and helps residents through information and free conservation tools such as high pressure hose nozzles.
Blumenfield Celebrates Earth Day in Tarzana Left: Blumenfield with the Chair of Tarzana Neighborhood Council’s Animal Welfare Committee Jeffery Mausner. Below: Blumenfield with some of the organizers of the Earth Day event.
Blumenfield’s A/C Tune-Ups Saving Angelenos Money and Energy In the San Fernando Valley, air conditioning is a necessity, not a luxury. During the hottest months of the year, homeowners and businesses use significantly more electricity due to running their air conditioners more frequently and for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, many homes and businesses also have poorly maintained units and end up paying for wasteful usage. In response, Councilmember Blumenfield initiated a program to help ratepayers save money and energy through complementary diagnostic and maintenance services that will increase efficiency, extend the life of an A/C unit, and help lower electric bills. This program is estimated to save participating ratepayers up to 30% on an overall energy bill. As of July 1, 2016, LADWP has implemented this program by providing both residential and commercial customers with the following services free-of-charge: air filter replacements, cleaning of outdoor coils, refrigerant charge check and adjustment, air flow check and adjustments as well as an incentive of up to $150 for the purchase and installation of a programmable thermostat with HVAC replacement. To sign up, please go to www.ladwp.com/acopt or call (877) 427-0418. 5
Modernizing Digital, Physical and Transportation Infrastructure Internet Access for All to Promote Jobs and Bridge the Digital Divide Councilmember Blumenfield has advanced his vision to transform Los Angeles into the most connected City in the nation as Chair of the committee that oversees technology and innovation. He pushed the City off of its mainframe and into the Cloud; advanced its Open Data movement; and a number of apps (including an enhanced 311 system) to allow digital access to City services. To fulfill Councilmember Blumenfield’s signature initiative, CITYLINKLA, the City issued a “Request for Blumenfield and Mayor Garcetti announcing Google Fiber expansion, December 2015. Participants” (RFP) to identify one or more private sector internet providers that would commit to deploying advanced wireline and wireless networks with one gigabit broadband speed or more to residents and businesses, and wireless service throughout Los Angeles to provide free basic internet access to all. The goal is to destroy the digital divide that is holding back Angelenos and to make our internet access a magnet for businesses--some of which have fled the City in the past because of poor access. In a unique public-private partnership model, this RFP sought out partners to invest substantial amounts to build, operate, own, profit from and maintain the needed infrastructure while fulfilling the City’s mission of free basic wireless service for all and prohibiting ‘redlining’ or cherry picking regions. The City would contribute use of its assets including: the DWP’s existing in-ground fiber; light posts and power poles; bulk contracting with city facilities for the physical boxes and infrastructure; expedited permitting and more. Several major companies responded to the CityLink RFP with their own proposals. 2015/2016 saw the completion of the RFP issuance and responses. 2016/2017 will see the final negotiations and the initial build-out. CityLink has the potential to be truly transformative. This focus on technology and innovation has spawned a renewed interest and commitment by the private sector in investing in Los Angeles’s digital infrastructure. Councilmember Blumenfield joined Mayor Garcetti, AT&T and Google fiber to announce their billion dollar intentions for fiber investment in Los Angeles and their desire to utilize some of the expedited permitting designed for the RFP.
OurCycleLA Continues to Bring Computers to Those in Need In 2014, Councilmember Blumenfield and City Council President Herb Wesson instituted OurCycle LA, refurbishing old and broken City computers for students in underserved communities. With about 1,500 computers distributed thus far, the Council voted in July 2016 to support Blumenfield’s measure to expand the program to serve more areas of Los Angeles.
This program links students with educational resources they need to thrive and succeed and is part of Blumenfield’s overarching plan to bridge the digital divide.
Fixing the Sidewalks in a Smarter Way The debate about the condition of sidewalks in Los Angeles is not about if there is a problem, it’s about how to fix the problem. In March 2016, the City Council took a major step forward to begin to fix and maintain sidewalks. Sidewalk repair has been deferred for a variety of reasons including pending litigation, liability ambiguity and the economic recession. This log jam was broken when Councilmember Blumenfield and the City Council settled a lawsuit and passed a new “fix and release” program. The City will spend at least $31 million every year for the next 30 years to fix damaged sidewalks with a 20 year warranty. But An example of alternative sidewalk materialonce that time frame ends, the responsibility for fixing sidewalks light, sturdy, and with the ability to be removed returns to the homeowner. This will bring Los Angeles in line with for repairs. how most of California’s cities manage sidewalks. One of the innovative ideas that Blumenfield is fighting for is utilizing alternative building materials for streets and sidewalks when appropriate. Blumenfield authored several measures incorporating alternative materials for sidewalk repairs on City properties and to investigate their feasibility for use in the City as a whole. Some alternative materials appear no different than standard concrete. The real difference is long term stability, environmental sustainability, less cost and reduced need for maintenance over time. Some have a slight bend that allows tree roots to physically mold underneath and water to seep through to irrigate the land below. These are just a few advantages to help stretch taxpayer dollars for maximum sidewalk repairs.
Blumenfield Kicks Off $5 Billion Modernization Plan at LAX In February, Councilmember Blumenfield, who chairs the committee that oversees the airport, addressed over 900 executives from local, national and international companies as he, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mike Bonin, and the LAX leadership team kicked off the $5 billion Landslide Access Modernization Program (LAMP). LAX needs to build a world-class transpor- Blumenfield addressed over 900 executives from local, national and international companies at an industry forum on the LAX plan. tation system and this program puts us on the pathway to make that happen. It is one of the largest construction programs in the history of the City of Los Angeles. LAMP consists of four primary components: an Automated People Mover system, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, two Intermodal Transportation Facilities, as well as roadway improvements to enhance access to other facilities. LAMP is designed to relieve traffic congestion within the Central Terminal Area and on surrounding streets, improve access options and the overall airport guest experience for travelers, and connect to Metro’s light rail system. 7
The Orange Line Turns 10 and Needs More Resources Since opening in 2005, the Orange Line has shattered ridership expectations; with daily boarding nearing 30,000 it ranks as Metro’s 2nd most popular bus, running at or near capacity each workday. Councilmember Blumenfield, who attended the Orange Line’s inaugural celebration 10 years ago, continues to push for capacity and speed improvements.
Blumenfield is joined by (L-R) Hon. Richard Katz, Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Councilmember Nury Martinez, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in November, 2015.
“The Orange Line has seen unmatched success over the last 10 years, but with new jobs headed to Warner Center and renewed economic development energy in other West Valley communities, the Orange Line must meet the Valley’s needs in the next 10 years,” said Blumenfield.
Throughout Blumenfield’s career, public transportation has been a top priority and he continues to work hard to make the Orange Line even better. From successfully raising the speed and efficiency of the Orange Line to fighting for long term upgrades, including grade separation and ultimately rail, Blumenfield finds creative solutions to make life better for Valley riders.
Grand Opening of Canoga Orange Line Pedestrian Access After several years of working closely with Metro and the Warner Center Association and advocating for better access, Councilmember Blumenfield led the grand opening of the new Canoga Orange Line Access walkway. Before this project was completed, thousands of local residents had to walk over a ½ mile to the station, even though they could see the station from their balconies and windows. There was a gate blocking access to the bus station, surrounded by shrubbery and no TAP card reader or ticket vending, further complicating the situation.
Blumenfield with Gary Spivak from Metro and David Allison from the WCA, at the ribbon cutting at the Canoga Station, May 2016.
“This new pedestrian connection shows that when Metro and Los Angeles work together, we deliver common sense solutions that help our community,” said Blumenfield. “The Orange Line is vitally important for the West Valley, and I am very proud that we made it easier to use public transportation, connecting the entire city.” The connector is a prime example of how strategic infrastructure improvements can make a big difference for many residents, employees, students, and consumers.
Blumenfield Leads Effort to Allow Safe Use of Uber/Lyft at LAX As Chair of the committee that oversees the airports, Councilmember Blumenfield held exhaustive hearings on whether to allow Uber and Lyft at the airport and ultimately advanced a successful plan to permit them in such a way that would ensure safety, reduce congestion, and help consumers. “Angelenos and visitors to our city have been using services like Uber and Lyft to get to and from the airport in a manner that is unregulated, unmonitored, and inconvenient. Our challenge has been to meet the demands of a changing marketplace to ensure safety, transparency, and accessibility,” said Blumenfield. Blumenfield made a series of passenger safety and accountability recommendations that shaped the final agreement.
Celebrating Animals and Saving Lives Blumenfield Honors LAX PUPS Therapy Dogs In November 2015, Councilmember Blumenfield honored 20 therapy dogs and their handlers as part of LAX’s Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program and recognized the special program for providing travelers with a calm and exceptional travel experience. Blumenfield with volunteers, Councilmember Paul Koretz and some furry friends. The PUP program, launched in April 2013, was created to help reduce travel anxiety for guests waiting at boarding gates. Since the program’s inception, it has grown to 40 PUP volunteers. Heidi Huebner, Director of the PUP Program, has been instrumental in paving the way for other airports and helped 31 airports nationwide and four in Canada start a therapy program.
Finding Foster Homes for Animals Over 4th of July Just before the July 4th holiday, Councilmember Blumenfield brought representatives from the West Valley Animal Shelter into City Council to discuss the importance of foster homes for animals. Blumenfield and his family have fostered dogs in the past so he spoke with firsthand experience. Dogs and cats are often frightened by fireworks, and many animals run away from home simply to try and escape the noise. Though most of these animals are reunited with their owners, overcrowding in shelters, even temporarily, may cause animals to be put down simply and sadly due to lack of space. Following the presentation, city employees and others volunteered to provide temporary homes for shelter pets to ensure available space for incoming lost pets. A total of 400 animals were adopted and 160 were fostered from LA animal shelters.
Blumenfield encourages fostering of kittens from the West Valley Animal Shelter. 9
Jobs and Opportunities Reseda is Rising “Reseda Rising” is Councilmember Blumenfield’s multi-front initiative to reinvest in the community and help Reseda attain its former glory as a center for entertainment and small business. Recognizing the challenges presented by the dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 2011, Blumenfield launched this initiative to develop a shared community vision for Reseda and to support the commercial activity that will make Reseda once again into a destination for commerce, art and culture. What were derelict buildings, and are now vacant lots, one day will become quality retail for the community, apartments for residents, and a family-friendly attraction bringing people to Sherman Way, Reseda’s “Great Street.”
Future of the Reseda Theater
In June 2016, Councilmember Blumenfield secured a unanimous vote to pursue an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Thomas Safran and Associates (TSA) to redevelop the old Reseda Theater. TSA was selected via a Request for Proposal (RFP) that Blumenfield ensured would specifically seek an entertainment use for the historic site, consistent with the community’s vision. TSA’s plan proposes to incorporate a new Laemmle multi-plex with new affordable senior housing. Blumenfield ensured that as part of the plan the old marquee will be restored, welcoming a new generation of movie goers.
Reseda Town Center
The old Reseda Theater sign and marquee.
Another project in the works, the new Reseda Town Center, is envisioned to be developed, inpart, as a public-private partnership on Sherman Way. While strategizing about how to best serve the community, and turning over every rock to find the resources to do it, Councilmember Blumenfield found Proposition K funds that were put aside in the 1990’s specifically for an ice rink. However, the funds were not sufficient to build out a first class rink. Consequently, Blumenfield sought out and has partnered with the Los Angeles Kings to develop a proposal to build and operate the rink. This will leverage the Prop K funds and create a unique recreational center for the Valley. At present, the vision for Town Center will add retail to Sherman Way at the street level, residential apartments, and entertainment in the form of an ice skating / roller skating rink. Much of the property for these projects is former CRA-owned property which makes the process complicated, the opportunities time-limited, and the revitalization possibilities all the more important.
Reseda Art Walk Recently, Councilmember Blumenfield and his Reseda Rising partners co-sponsored the Reseda Art Walk along Sherman Way. Thousands of people from all over the City flocked to Reseda for art exhibitions, live music, craft food, and live art displays. LA Weekly said, “The Reseda Rising Art Walk proved once again that the Valley is cool.”
Above: An old postcard of Reseda courtesy of the LA Public Library, and Reseda today with people enjoying the Art Walk.
The 3rd Blumenfield Community Bike Ride and Reseda Visioning Councilmember Blumenfield and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative explored neighborhoods and held the 2nd Sherman Way concept plan workshop at his 3rd annual Community Bike Ride. The workshop gathered community input toward the development of a concept plan for Sherman Way from Lindley to Wilbur.
L Councilmember Blumenfield and community members enjoying his annual community bike ride through the West Valley. 11
Village at Topanga Opens Doors for New Retail, Entertainment Venue in West Valley In September 2015, Blumenfield joined Westfield CoCEO Peter Lowy, neighborhood council members, City workers who helped with permitting approvals and construction, and thousands more community members to celebrate the opening of the new Village at Westfield Topanga, a $350 million shopping destination for the West San Fernando Valley. Following his election to the City Council, Councilmember Blumenfield worked with Westfield to finalize a financial partnership that allowed the social and economic benefits of The Village to be realized today, rather than being deferred years or decades down the line. As part of the conditions of that agreement, Westfield guaranteed The Village’s opening in 2015. It is already proving to be an important and loved amenity for the community.
Blumenfield speaks at the gala opening of the new Village at Westfield Topanga,.
The Village project generated 2,000 construction jobs and is anticipated to create more than 2,000 permanent jobs. Overall, The Village means an additional $458 million in economic output for the San Fernando Valley's regional economy over the next 25 years.
Blumenfield Promotes Business Opportunities at the TRADE XTrade Connect Conference In March 2016, Councilmember Blumenfield participated in the Valley Economic Alliance and the Valley International Trade Association Trade X-Trade Connect, a conference on manufacturing in the global market using economically and environmentally sustainable methods.
Blumenfield addressing the TradeX-Trade Connect Conference.
As a featured speaker, Blumenfield spoke on the role of government in manufacturing, the importance of keeping pace with technological advances, and public-private sector partnerships, which are vital for the economic interest of Los Angeles. “Increasing exports by even a small percentage can have a dramatically positive impact on our local economy,” said Blumenfield. As chair of the committee which oversees the Port of Los Angeles and airports, Blumenfield actively promotes business and trade opportunities that help create jobs. 12
Bringing City Hall to the West Valley Councilmember Blumenfield Convenes Town Hall with New Director of the Department of City Planning Vince Bertoni In April, Councilmember Blumenfield welcomed Vince Bertoni, the new Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP), to the West Valley.
Blumenfield and Vince Bertoni, new Director of the LA Department of City Planning.
They discussed pressing issues and fielded questions from the audience. A few of the topics discussed were community plans, development impacts, and how state land use legislation affects development. Also highlighted was LADCP’s Re:Code LA effort, an initiative focused on revising LA’s aging zoning code.
Blumenfield said, “The Department of City Planning plays a lead role in the development and character of the Valley and I’m grateful that Vince enthusiastically engages with our community.” The event served as an opportunity to introduce Bertoni to residents and gave a forum for the LADCP to share ideas and new initiatives regarding planning across the city and specifically the West Valley. It was part of Blumenfield’s ongoing effort to bring City officials to the West Valley. Previous Blumenfield Town Halls have featured Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of LADOT; Marcie Edwards, General Manager of DWP; and Chief of Police Charlie Beck.
Blumenfield leading the town hall on city planning.
Blumenfield Hosts Public Safety Telephone Town Hall Nearly 1,000 West Valley residents joined Councilmember Blumenfield to discuss Public Safety at a telephone town hall. Blumenfield hosted the discussion with LAFD Valley Chief Daryl C. Arbuthnott, LAPD Operations Valley Bureau Commander Kris E. Pitcher, and LAFD Captain Stacy Gerlich. Topics discussed included crime prevention, safety services, and emergency preparedness. Residents were invited to ask questions on the issues important to them. Questions covered a wide range of topics including: noise abatement, public safety concerns for at-risk communities, graffiti removal, and more.
Blumenfield hosting the public safety telephone town hall on July 2015. 13
Blumenfield Hosts Building and Safety Town Hall In April, Councilmember Blumenfield welcomed officials from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) for his latest “Bringing City Hall to You” town hall discussion in Woodland Hills. They discussed a wide array of topics including code enforcement, permitting and inspections, and nuisance abatement. “It is important that every resident knows what each city department does and how they can help,” said Blumenfield. “Events like this bridge the gaps between City Hall and West Valley constituents.”
Blumenfield at the Town Hall with LADBS Executive Officer Frank Bush, Eric Jakeman, Kim Arthur, and Luke Zamperini.
Blumenfield convenes these meetings with key Departments and City officials based on the interests and concerns of his constituents.
Blumenfield speaking about the LADBS and how they help the city.
Animal Services Holds Community Meeting at Blumenfield’s Office In April, the Department of Animal Services held a community meeting at Councilmember Blumenfield’s district office in Reseda. With General Manager Brenda Barnette at the helm, residents came to voice their questions and concerns. Constituents came to Councilmember Blumenfield’s office to discuss the Department of Animal Services. 14
Our Budget and Accountability– Innovative Solutions to Complex Issues Addressing Homelessness Earlier this year, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducted their annual homeless count, with Councilmember Blumenfield and his staff leading the effort in Canoga Park. Their results concluded there was an 11% increase in the number of homeless city wide, but there was a marked increase of 35% throughout the Valley. The Mayor and Council have now approved a Councilmember Blumenfield joined by Budget Chair Paul Krekorian, multi-tiered holistic program to target homeless- and Councilmember Paul Koretz in committee. ness in a new way, starting with reanalyzing how the City, County, and nonprofits coordinate their efforts. The City will invest $138 million over the next year, targeting CD 3 By the trends that lead people to homelessNumbers: ness as well as building affordable housing and support services. The Blumenfield takes his role on the budget com- Council will also place a bond meas 3,594 trees mittee incredibly seriously and always listens to ure on the November 2016 ballot to trimmed his constituents on what issues are important fund the comprehensive homeless to them. 64 miles of street strategy.
New DWP Reforms on Your November Ballot Councilmember Blumenfield and his colleagues put together a ballot measure for the voters to consider in November to reform the Department of Water and Power (DWP), making it more accountable, autonomous, and transparent. These changes require a vote of the people because they involve changes to the City Charter, something that cannot be altered by the Council alone.
175 miles of slurry seal
48 new access ramps
Some of the reforms include:
Giving the Board of DWP more autonomy over day to day decisions, i.e. many routine permits and contracts will no longer have to be approved by the City Council, expediting what has traditionally been a long sluggish process while preserving the Council’s right to selectively engage. This new autonomy comes with accountability.
Improving how Board Members are nominated and confirmed. Members would serve for four year terms, need to have appropriate expertise, and could not be removed for arbitrary, capricious or political reasons.
Hiring would be expedited and more efficient because the Department would no longer have to rely on the City Personnel Department and civil service requirements would be subject to collec15 tive bargaining.
Ensuring Public Safety is Well Funded One of the biggest concerns in the West Valley, based on Councilmember Blumenfield’s annual community budget survey, is public safety, with 70% of respondents stating that funding police and firefighters are one of their top priorities. In the Budget and Finance Committee hearings, Blumenfield discussed a wide array of issues with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck regarding the budget. Overall the LAPD received about a $50 million increase to their annual budget to help fund new programs such as a $500,000 to aid their human trafficking enforcement detail, a new training facility, and a computer aided dispatch system. As a result this will be the first time in years that the LAPD will have over 10,000 officers on the street. They will hire over 300 civilians to take over administrative jobs from sworn officers, freeing them up to do the job they signed up to do. Additionally, the LAFD received about a $7 million increase in funding for new programs such as GPS services that will help firefighters coordinate efforts, utilizing technology in ways they had not before. Also, Blumenfield is continuing to fight for additional staffing at Fire Station 73, which would further build public safety infrastructure in the West Valley.
Delivering for You Working with Neighborhood Councils Councilmember Blumenfield never forgets that he is in office to serve his constituents. Knowing and understanding the issues facing each corner of the district and City are vital to developing new policies and making the City better for everyone. At the front line are the neighborhood councils. Blumenfield works closely with each neighborhood council to help fix problems large and small. At every session of each neighborhood council meeting, a member of Team Blumenfield is there to update the community and answer any and all questions people might have. Woodland Hills
Meeting with the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council in May.
Blumenfield with the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council in May.
Blumenfield with members of the Reseda Neighborhood Council at his Bike Ride.
Blumenfield addressing Winnetka members of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council in February.
Blumenfield swearing in and meeting with the Tarzana Neighborhood Council in April. 16
Justice, Fairness, and Human Rights Strengthening the Los Angeles-Israel Relationship and More Councilmember Blumenfield has been a leader on issues of critical concern to the Jewish community for many years. Since joining the City Council, Blumenfield established the LA-Israel Taskforce, fostering investment, business development and research opportunities in clean technology, water resources, solar energy, and environmental technologies. It is also designed to promote the exchange of ideas, innovation and mutual benefits. The Task Force members represent the Israeli government, Israeli companies, Southern California business and education communities, non-profits, the Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles. It has produced and promoted projects and ideas that help Los Angeles save money and our environment.
Blumenfield leading discussion on the partnership between California and Israel at the Milken Institute, May 2016.
Blumenfield with Consul General of Israel David Siegel.
In May 2016, Blumenfield led a discussion at the Milken Institute's Global Conference on the partnership between California and Israel and focused on Financial Innovation Labs in Israel. The distinguished panel, including former California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown and Consul General of Israel David Siegel, also discussed ideas and paths for California and Israel to lead on a variety of issues including food security, green energy, and health.
Recently, Blumenfield secured a unanimous vote in the City Council to stand in solidarity against anti-Semitism and strengthen AB 2844, a State bill that would prohibit California from participating in contracts with businesses who violate discrimination laws by supporting the BDS movement.
West Valley Welcomes Special Olympics In July 2015, Los Angeles welcomed more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games—the largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Blumenfield joins Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas to welcome the Flame of Hope.
Proving once again that Councilmember Blumenfield’s West Valley constituents Blumenfield presents medals to winning athletes are extremely generous with their time, competing in equestrian events at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games. energy, and spirit, not one, but four communities and their chambers of commerce stepped up to the plate to serve as host towns—welcoming the world’s Special Olympics ath17
letes into West Valley neighborhoods as they compete on the global stage. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to President John F. Kennedy, the first Games were held in 1968 in Chicago. Since that time, the Special Olympics have grown into the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.4 million athletes.
Blumenfield, staff, and interns join Special Olympics athletes at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg at SWAT Officer Randal D. Simmons Park in Reseda, on July 23, 2015.
Blumenfield has a long history of advocacy on behalf of persons living with intellectual disabilities. As Chair of the California State Assembly’s Budget Committee from 20092013, Blumenfield worked to protect service providers from painful budget cuts and co-sponsored the landmark “self-determination” bill that gave families more control over their loved ones’ treatment decisions. Also, Blumenfield led the effort to allow certain nonprofits, including many that serve the intellectually or developmentally disabled, extra time to adjust budgets to citywide increases in the minimum wage.
Haven Hills Honors Blumenfield For His Work to Combat Domestic Violence In May 2016, Councilmember Blumenfield was honored by Haven Hills with their prestigious Betty Fisher Award for all of the work he has done to combat domestic violence and human trafficking. For 35 years, Haven Hills has provided shelter, safety, and support to victims of domestic violence, inspiring change and empowering survivors. Blumenfield has led legislation and solutions to combat domestic violence at both the State and Local levels. In 2012, then Assemblymember Blumenfield authored AB 2466, which authorizes law enforcement to freeze and seize assets of individuals accused of human trafficking Blumenfield receiving his award at Haven Hills’ Evening of so that the funds remain available for victim restitution Hope. upon potential conviction. Also in 2012, Bob authored AB 2483, helping stalking victims get the privacy protections provided by the Safe at Home program to victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault. After being sworn in as Councilmember, one of his first City motions was to push city departments to examine city coordination on domestic violence and he has continued to push for better funding and collaboration on these issues ever since. As a member of the City Council Budget Committee, Blumenfield helped to creatively bridge the financial gap for domestic violence shelters when federal funding was cut. 18
Blumenfield in the Community Building a New Fence at Winnetka Rec Center Left: Blumenfield with children from Winnetka Recreation Centerâ€™s childcare center celebrating the completion of a new, 10 foot tall fence in February 2016. The fence will provide peace of mind for the neighboring residents and childcare center.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Leonis Adobe Museum
Delivering the Commencement for Magnolia Science Academy
In May, with other elected officials and neighborhood leaders celebrating this special museum.
Councilmember Blumenfield delivered the commencement address for the graduates at Magnolia Science Academy-1.
Riding in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
Blumenfield Holiday Toy Drive
In December 2015, hundreds of community members, Council President Herb Wesson, Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso, police and firefighters joined Blumenfield and his staff for his annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive.
ONEgenerationâ€“ Senior Symposium
Blumenfield riding in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade with his father Michael (a veteran) and his children Nia and Obi.
Blumenfield with Carol Zimring at the 2016 ONEgeneration Senior Symposium. 19
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