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MONICA RODRIGUEZ LOS ANGELES CITY  COUNCILWOMAN 7TH COUNCIL DISTRICT 

SYLMAR

MISSION MILLS

LAK E VIE W TE RRA CE

PACOIMA

SUNLAND

SHADOW HILLS

TUJUNGA

NORTH HILLS

SUN VALLEY

ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019


COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ

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MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCILWOMAN 

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YEAR IN REVIEW

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PRIORITIZING PUBLIC SAFETY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FIGHTING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES and Improving the Quality of Life

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IMPROVING NEIGHBORHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDING A PROSPEROUS CITY

12 CELEBRATING ARTS, CULTURE, AND HISTORY

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COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ

MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCILWOMAN

Dear Neighbors,

It is an honor to serve as your City Councilwoman representing the Seventh Council District, a diverse and engaged community made up of residents who care deeply about their neighborhoods. From building new parks, repairing sidewalks, bringing in cultural celebrations, to putting more officers on our streets, my second year in office has been nothing short of exciting. As the first Latina and first woman in fourteen years to serve as Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee, I have the incredible responsibility to oversee nearly two-thirds of the City’s budget and ensure that all of our communities receive the public safety resources they deserve. This year, I’ve secured $26 million in capital and public service investments, led the City’s enforcement efforts on combating illegal cannabis, launched a package of services to support homeless families (resulting in a 28% decrease in homelessness in the 7th District), delivered on new parks and recreation facilities across the District, and adopted a $10.5 billion budget, the largest in the City’s history.

ANNUAL REPORT 18-19to I will continue fighting for our neighborhoods to improve the quality of life and bring new resources our community. Progress can be accelerated with collaboration and strong partnerships, and I look forward to our continued work together to ensure our neighborhoods achieve their greatest potential.

Sincerely,

Monica Rodriguez Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 7th District ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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A YEAR IN REVIEW COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ

JULY 2018:

Restored engine services to Fire Station 75 in Mission Hills, expanding services to Mission Hills and Sylmar -- bringing twelve new fire personnel positions to a station that had been operating with reduced capacity since 2011 budget cuts

AUG. 2018:

Hosted the Ritchie Valens Festival in Pacoima and 11 free movie nights across the Northeast San Fernando Valley

SEPT. 2018: NOV. 2018:

Served as the Chair of Latino Heritage Month and hosted the largest El Grito celebration in the City's recent history Launched the City’s first and only Safe Parking site to allow RVs and introduced legislation to support the expansion of the California hate crime law protections to individuals experiencing homelessness 

DEC. 2018:

Secured $23 million grant from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program for Sun Valley and Pacoima

JAN. 2019: 

Appointed Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee, becoming the first Latina and the first woman in fourteen years to serve in this position

FEB. 2019:

Hosted the second annual Valentine’s Senior Ball for over 400 seniors in the 7th Council District

MAR. 2019:

Delivered over $2.2 million to upgrade the Pacoima Youth Source Center, a central hub for youth job training and services

APRIL 2019:  Led the adoption of an ordinance to enable the City to shut off utilities at illegal   MAY 2019: 

cannabis shops and followed up with legislation to allow City agencies to recover the full costs associated with illegal cannabis enforcement Introduced legislation directing the City to fund a door-to-door grassroots outreach and education program to ensure that historically undercounted communities like Sylmar, Pacoima, and North Hills are counted in the 2020 Census

JUNE 2019:

Launched the Homeless Family Resource Hub, a one-stop shop for homeless and housing services, coordinated through a partnership with the City, LAUSD, and service providers

JULY 2019:

Approved a $10.5 billion budget, the largest in the City’s history and secured $26 million in capital and public service investments for the 7th District to expand park space, fix decades-old infrastructure, and improve the quality of life

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Prioritizing Public Safety Appointed Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee

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Appointed Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee, becoming the first Latina and the first woman in fourteen years to serve in this position. The Public Safety Committee oversees policy regarding fire and police resources, emergency services, crime, and quality of life, which represents nearly two-thirds of the City’s budget.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Restored Engine Services at Fire Station 75 in Mission Hills

Fighting for a New Fire Station and Public Safety Resources for Sylmar 

Secured funding and restored engine services to Fire Station 75 in Mission Hills, bringing twelve new fire personnel positions to a station that has been operating with reduced capacity since 2011 budget cuts. This helps reduce response times in Mission Hills and Sylmar.

Allocated $200,000 to begin a study and process to secure a fire station in Sylmar -a very high fire risk region and one of the largest service areas in the City. Also, secured additional resources for Fire Station 91 (Sylmar), including a Fast Response Vehicle and the resurfacing of the Olive View Helispot to support air operations. ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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Los Angeles Police Department Introduced and Adopted Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Cannabis  Spearheaded efforts to increase enforcement and shut down illegal cannabis operators. Introduced legislation, which was adopted by the City, to shut off utilities at illegal cannabis shops -- resulting in 50 unlicensed cannabis shops with utilities shut off in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. In addition, introduced legislation to enable City agencies to recover the full costs associated with illegal cannabis enforcement 

Increased LAPD Patrols in Our Neighborhoods Secured funding for increased police patrols for LAPD Foothill and Mission Division to enhance public safety and help curb crime in our neighborhoods.

Modernizing LAPD Operations to Increase Efficiency Partnered with LAPD to launch the online police reporting system for hit-and-run collisions where no injuries are involved. The new program puts more officers back on the streets and helps prioritize public safety resources in our community. ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS   Implemented Safety Measures to Prepare for Fire Season Attained $1.25 million to increase brush clearance services for the 7th District and directed City agencies to establish a pilot program to restrict parking in high-risk mudslide areas to protect our hillsides during emergencies. In addition, the 7th District staff completed the LAFD Community Emergency Response Team training to better prepare for and respond to disasters. 

Funded Wildfire Clean Up Crews to Clear Debris in Fire-Prone Areas Secured and coordinated a $1.5 million dollar grant for wildfire debris cleanup for areas affected by the La Tuna and Creek Fires. The grant provided 70+ full-time jobs, prioritized hiring those affected by the wildfires, veterans, and those who were long-term unemployed. The crews cleared 40-yard roll-off bins worth of debris and repaired 25 miles of trails damaged by the fires.

Canvassed High-Risk Fire Areas

Partnered with the LAFD and MySafeLA to canvass high fire risk areas, shared fire safety resources, and installed over 150 smoke detectors in local homes.

Procured an Earthquake Warning System

Introduced legislation for the design, creation, and deployment of the Earthquake Early Warning System Mobile Application. The mobile app will be designed to provide advance notice that an earthquake is about to strike through a text or other electronic means.

Launched the First Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in Armenian Sponsored and launched the first CERT training in Armenian to reduce the barriers to public safety resources. The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic response skills.

Organized Ongoing Cleanups in the Big Tujunga Wash and High Fire Risk Zones

Convened partners from multi-jurisdictions to organize ongoing cleanups in the Big Tujunga Wash and in high fire risk zones. The City removed over 255 tons of broken concrete, construction debris, and other items that were illegally dumped. Also, coordinated cleanups to conduct weed abatement along Foothill Blvd at Wentworth, the route along La Tuna Canyon between Tujunga Canyon and 210, and at the Little Tujunga Wash. Added over 70 new Automated Litter Bins throughout the 7th District.

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Fighting for Healthy Communities AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE Worked Proactively to Address Homelessness Secured $115,000 for shower and meal services for homeless individuals. Supported Women's Bridge Housing at the Sylmar Armory,  a facility to care for homeless women. Continued to lead the 7th District Homelessness Task Force, an inter-agency group, to proactively coordinate outreach efforts & services

2019 LAHSA Homeless Count Results 28% DECREASE in people experiencing homelessness in the 7th Council District

Launched a one-stop shop for homeless services with LAUSD & North Valley Caring Services. The Hub will have inhouse case managers, housing navigation services, a food security program, shower services, activities for children living in motels, workforce development, and child care. In January 2019, secured $450,000 through the State’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program to establish the Hub. Launched the first safe parking site in the City to allow RVs. The program is designed to provide a stable and safe parking environment for individuals and families living in their vehicles and connect participants to housing and supportive services.  Since the program's launch in October 2018, 28 participants have been housed. Introduced legislation to expand hate crime laws to protect individuals experiencing homelessness.

Coordinated on a weekly basis with the LAPD Hope Team and the Bureau of Sanitation for the Clean Streets LA program -- services dedicated to cleaning up encampments in our communities. Reopened the Pacoima Winter Shelter, the only winter shelter serving the San Fernando Valley. Implemented the “Good Neighbor Policy” to upgrade the standards of the shelter’s operations, which resulted in minimal impacts to the community and maximized the number of homeless individuals served. Worked closely with LA Family Housing and other service providers to secure interim and permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. Worked proactively with service providers to help those living in RVs find housing and supportive services and with LAPD to keep our streets safe. COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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Fighting for Healthy Communities

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AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE

ENHANCING GREEN SPACE Secured $1.4 Million for Renovations at Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima Secured funding to enhance this park space in Pacoima. The renovations include a new playground, revamped public restrooms, and an improved community recreation space. 

Delivering Parks for Sylmar Opened the San Fernando Road Park in Sylmar and obtained funding in partnership with our State leaders and broke ground on the eleven-acres West Lakeside Street Park in Sylmar which includes playfields, walking path, amphitheater, and picnic area. 

Protecting Public Trails & Enhancing the Safety for Equestrians Broke ground on the Lopez Canyon Equestrian Trailhead -- a 1.5 mile two way trail and over 4 acres of land (picnic areas, parking for cars and horse trailers, water stations, and a bioswale). In addition, created guidelines to notify horse and ranch owners during emergency evacuations and introduced a crowdsourcing web app to help identify existing horse trails in the public right-of-way.

Helped Secure $23 Million For Environmental Initiatives & Workforce Development Programs in Pacoima & Sun Valley Worked in partnership with the Green Together Collaborative to advocate for and secure funding to support environmental and sustainability initiatives, lowemission transportation projects, and workforce development programs in Pacoima and Sun Valley. The programming includes park renovations, 2.4 miles of complete street enhancements, planting of 2,000 trees, implementation of new public transit routes with 14 electric DASH buses, and a local training component to install solar energy systems for 175 residential properties. 

Upgrading Our Community Recreational Spaces  Implemented upgrades, including new lighting, renovated equipment, and improved infrastructure, at recreation spaces across the 7th District. Unveiled fourteen renovated outdoor courts and seven renovated indoor basketball courts throughout the District. Added new exercise equipment area at Sunland Park, as well as repairing drainage issues and broken fencing at the Recreation Center there. Secured $137k in funding for a new swing set and shade structure at Sunland Park. Secured $362k in funding for brand new playground equipment at Lake View Terrace Recreation Center. ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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improving Neighborhood Infrastructure Trees Trimmed  2450 Dead Trees removed  289  Trees Planted 95  Tree Stumps Removed 325                      36,932 sq ft  of  Small Asphalt Repairs                   8,911 miles of Curb Swept Slurry Seal Lane Miles Completed             121 miles Lane Miles Resurfaced             39 miles   . 

Installed Cool Pavements to Beat the Valley Heat Installed cool pavements in Pacoima, North Hills - near Lassen Street Elementary School, and at Lopez Canyon Community Center. The cool coating reflects rather than absorbs the sun’s heat and reduces the temperature by nearly ten degrees.

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improving Neighborhood Infrastructure Delivered Over $2.2 Million to Upgrade the Pacoima Youth Source Center Secured funding to renovate the Pacoima Youth Source Center, a central hub for youth job training, college prep, and services central community hub for youth services. The renovations on the 13,000 sq ft lot include: new sewage lines, redesigned parking lot, new roofing infrastructure, addition of an ADA ramp, and upgrades to the interior classroom spaces, restrooms, and offices.

Delivered on Overdue Street and Sidewalk Repairs in Sylmar Delivered over $1 million for the North San Fernando Road Widening Project in Sylmar. The project included planting trees, widening sidewalks, repaving roads, installing new pavement, and fixing the curbs to improve commutes for all. Also, advocated for the creation of new sidewalks and ADA accessible curb cuts throughout the 7th District.

Increased Lighting at Schools Throughout the 7th District

Upgraded LED lighting and installed trash cans around schools at Pinewood Elementary School, Sunland Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Plainview Academic Charter Academy, Sylmar Charter High School, Hubbard Street Elementary, Evergreen High School, and Osceola Elementary School.

Installed an Equine Smart Crosswalk in Sylmar Installed continental-style high visibility crosswalk, yield to equestrian signage, flashing yellow beacons, curb ramps, and additional safety measures. The new improvements will reinforce pedestrian, cyclists, and equestrians’ right-of-way and help ensure a safer passage to Saddletree Ranch Trailhead and Stetson Ranch Park.

Implemented Infrastructure Improvements on La Tuna Canyon Road Secured $3.9 million for infrastructure improvements after heavy rains caused a landslide on La Tuna Canyon Road and impacted a storm drain running beneath the road. The COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ funding will be used to replace the storm drain pipe and stabilize the road in response to the slope failure.

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improving Neighborhood Infrastructure Secured Funding to Renovate North Valley City Hall in Sunland-Tujunga Secured funding to renovate North Valley City Hall, a hub for constituent services and community events in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood. The improvements include facade restorations, enhancements to the community room, and a revamp of the public space. Construction begins Summer 2019. 

Worked to Improve Traffic Safety Secured $4 million in funding for LADOT engineering projects throughout the 7th District that include traffic signals, left-turn phasing traffic lights, pedestrian/emergency hybrid beacons, speed feedback signs, sidewalks, and bus stop relocations.

Installed Crosswalks and Stop Signs Throughout the 7th District Installed 18 stop signs across the District to help slow traffic in residential neighborhoods. In addition, worked with the Department of Transportation to identify and deliver new continental crosswalks along a 3-mile stretch of Sepulveda Blvd in Mission Hills and North Hills, and a 4-mile stretch of Foothill Blvd in Sunland-Tujunga, both of which are High Injury Network streets. These new crosswalks will help improve the visibility and safety of pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists at these busy intersections.

La Tuna Canyon Road Safety Project Directed LADOT to update speed surveys on High Injury Network streets in the 7th District to enable speeding enforcement and requested additional enforcement by the LAPD Valley Traffic on Foothill Boulevard. In addition, led community meetings in partnership with LADOT to identify solutions to address public safety concerns along La Tuna Canyon Road. The community process resulted in: road repavement, buffer lanes for cyclists, shared shoulder for cyclists and equestrians, and new measures to help prevent serious collisions and provide efficient travel for users on the busy corridor.

Grew Economic Opportunity for our Community

Fought to keep a Worksource Center in Pacoima, representing an annual investment of $1 million in workforce training for our community. Invested $7.6 million of former Redevelopment Agency funds to expand access to business opportunities for local residents, including capital expenses for the development of a culinary incubator program, and expanding community beautification efforts through apprenticeship programs.

Enhanced Safety & Increased Connectivity Around the Pacoima Wash As Chair of the Upper LA River and Tributaries Master Plan, leading efforts to prioritize the natural and recreational revitalization of the Pacoima and Tujunga washes and tributaries. Secured funding to build a multimodal bridge at Telfair Avenue overcrossing the Pacoima Wash to increase connectivity and link two neighborhoods together in Pacoima and provide access to a future park planned at El Dorado Avenue. Working proactively on a multijurisdictional effort to lead clean-ups, secure access, and increase patrol around the wash.

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Building a Prosperous City Approved a Historic $10.65 Billion Budget Joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council in approving a $10.65 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the largest in the City’s history. About 8 percent of the City’s budget is saved in reserves to provide flexibility to address ongoing concerns for revenue and expenditure shortfalls. Secured funding to prioritize public safety, improve parks and recreation space, support local arts and culture programming, and repair public infrastructure like sidewalks and roadways in the 7th District. 

Fought For Greater Resources, Representation for Chronically Undercounted Communities in US Census 2020

Introduced legislation and led a coalition of community groups and leaders to fight for a comprehensive outreach and education Census 2020 plan targeting chronically undercounted communities in the City. Los Angeles is home to the largest hard-to-count population in the nation, and an undercount can cost the City millions of dollars in public safety, infrastructure, and quality of life resources.

Leading the Effort to Support Our Youth 

Introduced legislation calling for the creation of a task force to develop a comprehensive strategy to foster opportunities and support youth in our City. Advocated for increased funding for after school programs that was ultimately included in the Governor's budget.  

Bridging the Housing Gap & Helping First Time Homebuyers Introduced legislation instructing city agencies to report back on the feasibility of establishing an Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program -- matched savings accounts provided to low and moderate income earners to save toward purchasing a home. The IDA program will complement existing City resources for first-time homebuyers and support a pathway for working families to purchase a home. 

Advocated for Procurement Reform and Supported Women and Minority Business Owners During her tenure on the Board of Public works, then-Commissioner Rodriguez spearheaded the overhaul of the City’s business portal (Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network LABAVN) and created the City’s highly acclaimed Small Business Academy. As Councilwoman, she continues to expand on these efforts to reform the citywide procurement process to make working with the City more streamlined, efficient, and accessible for small, women and minority owned businesses. 

Working to Improve the City’s Hiring Process

Worked with the Police Department to automate their hiring process by integrating an online candidate portal to assist in the recruitment and management of LAPD candidates during the hiring process.

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Celebrating Arts, Culture and history IN THE 7TH DISTRICT Hosted Dia de los Muertos  in Pacoima  Hosted the 2nd annual threeday street festival featuring community altars, live performances, community art, and food to celebrate a traditional Mexican holiday and honor the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Brought Holiday Festivities to Pacoima Hosted the inaugural holiday celebration at Pacoima City Hall, delivering free Santa photos and gifts for over 1,000 7th Council District residents. 

Declared ‘The Specials Day’ in Los Angeles Declared April 29th as The Specials Day in the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the legendary British ska band.  At a time of anti-immigrant sentiment, this band encouraged racial harmony while celebrating our many differences.   ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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Celebrating Arts, Culture IN THE 7TH DISTRICT and history Hosted Fun Summer Movie Nights Across the 7th District Hosted the Ritchie Valens Festival and eleven free movie nights across the 7th District and activated the recreation space with food trucks, music, and activities. 

Honored Our Veterans at the ‘Salute to Veterans’ Reception Hosted a breakfast reception to honor those who have made the selfless sacrifice to serve our country. 

Celebrated Our Seniors at the Valentine’s Senior Ball Hosted the second annual Valentine’s Day Senior Ball for 400+ seniors from the 7th District. Provided resources about city services, housing, and health care.

Chaired Latino Heritage Month and Hosted El Grito Served as the Chair of Latino Heritage Month and hosted the largest El Grito celebration in the City's recent history. El Grito is a citywide cultural celebration that highlights Los Angeles’ vibrant Latino community as well as showcasing the immense contributions Latinos have made to the City’s culture, history, and economy. ANNUAL REPORT 18-19

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3-1-1 OR (213) 473-3231 DOWNLOAD: "MyLA311" from your mobile app store  WEBSITE: www.myLA311.lacity.org

Contact 3-1-1 3-1-1 is a FREE citywide resource that links you to the services and information you need to beautify your neighborhood and stay connected to City Hall

City services include: Graffiti removal Bulky item and illegal dumping pick up Park and tree maintenance Homeless encampments report Street repair Potholes repair Public meeting schedules

Resources & How to Make an Outreach Request for Someone Experiencing Homelessness Do you see someone experiencing homelessness who needs help? LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness with outreach services. Visit: www.la-hop.org For crime or illegal activity, please contact LAPD, either through 9-1-1 for emergencies or through 877-275-5273 for non-emergency calls. If you come across a family with minor children experiencing homelessness, please call 2-1-1.

NOTIFY LA

Notify LA is Los Angeles' official mass notification system used to send voice, text, and email messages to residents during times of emergency and disaster.

Alerts include: Evacuation warnings Disaster Updates Shelter Information  

How to access Notify LA:

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"READY" to 888-777 WEBSITE:

www.NotifyLA.org

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