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I love the San Fernando Valley. It's where my wife and I are raising our children, where my parents are enjoying their golden years and home to the best people in the nation. It is an honor to serve and a privilege to represent the Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.

Please explore the resources offered on this website and remember that my staff and I, whether based out of my district office in Reseda or at City Hall, are here to serve you above all else. Please feel free to stop by – we are ready to help. Together we will work to achieve our shared goals and create the Los Angeles it should, can, and deserves to be. 

Thank you.

 

BOB BLUMENFIELD

Councilmember, Third District

Councilmember.Blumenfield@lacity.org

 


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    Statement on LAPD Topanga Station Rumors

    A few individuals have started to spread false rumors about the LAPD Topanga Police Station. I absolutely will do everything in my power to prevent station closures and ensure that first responders have the resources they need to keep our communities safe. I continue to be a steadfast supporter of all three of the stations in my district — Topanga, West Valley and Devonshire — and am extremely grateful to the brave men and women who protect and serve our community every day.   Indeed, we are in financially perilous times right now and it’s important to understand what is and isn’t happening with regard to the Police budget and other City Departments budgets.    - The City is currently facing a $675 million deficit. LAPD Chief Michel Moore has said that if draconian cuts happen, some stations could face closure. This would be awful and must be avoided, and I’ll continue to fight to prevent closures.   - The City Administrative Officer (CAO) recommended beginning to prepare for a worst-case scenario, which in their view could mean laying off more than 900 police officers. This is not acceptable, even during our current budget crisis.   - I’m fighting for far less drastic cuts in the Budget Committee. I instructed the CAO to look for other alternative cuts, and to limit even the possibility of layoffs to far fewer officers. While I’m very concerned about even considering these layoffs, the budget shortfall is too dire to ignore options.   - I strongly opposed a proposal to spend $90 million of the unallocated funds set aside during the June budget process on a series of Council directed projects. I refused to support new spending when we’re considering layoffs, especially when those funds could help preserve jobs and services. Though the full Council passed the spending proposal over my objections, I was pleased that the Mayor vetoed it.   - I’ll continue to urge our State (which currently has an upwards surplus of $26 billion) and Federal governments to offer relief to prevent layoffs of police, firefighters, and other city workers. I urge everyone to reach out to our State and Federal representatives to let them know we need emergency funding to prevent serious cuts.    I want to be clear: while I support creating alternative 911 non-armed responses for certain non-violent situations, I do not support and have never supported extreme “defunding of our police.” Alternative interventions can allow police to focus on real crime, can save money, and can produce better outcomes. I’ll strongly fight against any closure of the Topanga, West Valley, and Devonshire Police Stations – and I’ll keep the community informed.  
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    New Stay at Home Orders

    This week there was some confusing news around the Mayor’s announcement of the modified COVID-19 ‘Stay at Home’ order. Essentially all his new order does is bring the city in-line with the LA County guidelines that took effect on Monday. On Thursday, the Governor issued a new order which will be applicable soon for regions with high strains on health care services including eleven counties in Southern California. LA is in a dire situation right now. More people are testing positive and being hospitalized than any other time during the pandemic. The Governor and County have been clear that if these rates continue to go up more restrictions will go into effect, especially in areas where health care services are under significant pressure. Health officials are asking us to stay at home as much as possible and to continue to abide by physical distancing and following hygienic guidelines. Though many of my colleagues and I voiced our serious concerns about the impacts of recent closure of outdoor dining, most of these decisions are in the hands of our County Health Commissioner and the county supervisors. But it’s up to all of us to do what we can to stop the spread, bring the positivity rate down and keep ourselves, our families, and community safe. So, what does this new order actually mean? Below are some key points from the Mayor’s and County’s health orders: -All public and private gatherings of any number of people from more than one household are prohibited, except for outdoor faith-based services and people participating in an outdoor protest. -People stay home as much as possible except for essential activities. -If you can telecommute from home, please do so to avoid leaving your home. Beyond essential businesses, the following will remain open: -City Parks and Trails -Beaches for active recreation Here are the key issues in the upcoming order from Governor Newsom:   -For the next three weeks personal services including hair and nail salons will be closed and restaurants will be required to return to take-out service only. -Retail businesses must operate at 20% of capacity inside at any one time. There is a lot of hope on the vaccine horizon but over the next few weeks we need to do what we can to lower the positivity and hospitalization rate. Please stay home when possible, continue to physically distance, and help mitigate unnecessary risks. To learn more about the Mayor’s order, go to https://www.lamayor.org/sites/g/files/wph446/f/page/file/20201202%20Mayor%20Public%20Order%20Targeted%20SAH%20Order_1.pdf.  
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