LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield led a discussion in the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee to explore how to combat gang activity in the West Valley. Last month, per Blumenfield’s request, the Police Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) released a comprehensive report focusing on the rise of gang activity in West Valley communities and what is being done to intervene.
“The report was the first step,” said Blumenfield. “Now we need to use that data and find creative ways to fight gangs that have grown in the West Valley.”
Further Scrutiny is needed on financial interests and conflicts
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a resolution to put pressure on the United States Congress to investigate whether President Donald J. Trump has violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution or committed any other high crime or misdemeanor sufficient to warrant commencement of impeachment proceedings.
“It is important for the City of Los Angeles to tell this president that no one is above the law and that his sole allegiance must be to our constitution and the American people,” said Blumenfield. “Every day there are new allegations about where his business holdings lie and it becomes increasingly obvious that he is financially connected to some of the most corrupt governments and institutions throughout the world.”
Following the passage of Measure M in November, Blumenfield has put forward a motion to ensure all regions get benefit of Local Return funds
LOS ANGELES – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a motion that would protect the equality of Measure M Local Return funding and ensure the fair distribution among all fifteen council Districts and regional areas.
“When Angelenos went to the ballot box and voted for Measure M they were not only voting to improve and upgrade our public transportation, they were promised that part of the revenue raised would go to local projects that would make a direct impact in their day-to-day lives,” said Blumenfield. “We must make sure that the West Valley, and all of our communities, gets their fair share.”
This past November, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure M, which increases local sales tax to fund dramatic transportation infrastructure improvements across Los Angeles County. But each of the fifteen Council districts has a population greater than 86 of the other 87 cities in the county so it is vital to allocate those funds based on population. Without a City Council driven policy to guarantee that all areas of Los Angeles benefit from Local Return funds, a disproportionate allocation could leave some areas severely shortchanged.
Committee hearing reveals new details about impact of Immigration Executive Order on LAX and communities
LOS ANGELES – Following an intense committee hearing regarding the impact of President Trump’s executive order on immigration ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States") on LAX, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and members of the Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce, and Trade Committee expressed outrage and disbelief and affirmed the City of Los Angeles’s commitment to human rights and fair treatment of refugees and immigrants. During the hearing, representatives of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the ACLU, and immigrant communities provided new insights into the experience of travelers detained during the period of January 27-February 5 while the Executive Order was in place and later stayed by federal judges.
“What happens at LAX effects our economy and our reputation as a welcoming City that values its diversity and what happened to our visitors following the executive order severely damaged both,” said Blumenfield. “It is shameful and unacceptable.”
Record storms have wreaked havoc on city's roads and highways
LOS ANGELES – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield took steps to ensure urgent repair of the City's roadways following a series of storms that have created unprecedented numbers of potholes. His motion directs the Bureau of Street Services to report on their ability to make all needed repairs in a timely manner, and instructs City departments to work with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to make needed repairs on freeways and state highways that include many of the city's busiest streets.
“Everyone who drives in Los Angeles knows that we have an alarming number of potholes and with the recent storms the problem has gotten worse,” said Blumenfield.
Blumenfield moves to identify and intervene in West Valley gangs and fully fund Fire Station 73 in Reseda
LOS ANGELES, CA – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced two motions today focusing on public safety in the West Valley. The first, targeting gang violence, and the second, restoring a full engine company at Fire Station 73 in Reseda, are designed to help ensure the safety and well-being of West Valley communities.
“Public safety is at the core of the health and vitality of our City,” said Blumenfield. “Our police and firefighters do a great job keeping my district safe, but the West Valley must be assured that sufficient resources and attention are given to our local needs.”
Blumenfield’s gang violence motion directs the Police Department (LAPD), with the assistance of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD), to provide a written report on gang issues in the Western San Fernando Valley. In recent years, the City has pioneered new efforts to address gang violence and intervene to give youth alternatives to gang life. However, very limited resources are allocated to the West Valley. This report will give an in-depth analysis on what types of crimes these gangs engage in, as well as information on intervention efforts and examples of the challenges and successes that the LAPD and GRYD have had in addressing gang crime in the West Valley.
After 22 years of deterioration, the Reseda Theater site will be a new force in the Valley’s entertainment and business community.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield took a huge step toward revitalizing the Reseda Theater site with a measure instructing city departments to proceed with an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement for the redevelopment of the site. Following an RFP process, Thomas Safran and Associates (TSA) was selected as the best candidate for this location. TSA’s proposal includes a brand new mixed-use development consisting of a multi-screen Laemmle Reseda Theater with affordable housing.
“The decline of the Reseda Theater mirrors the loss of the street life and culture in Reseda, but with this opportunity we can turn this location into the top flight entertainment and quality housing destination that Reseda deserves.” said Blumenfield. “This is a great step in my ‘Reseda Rising’ initiative, rethinking and rebuilding Reseda to make it the best it can be.”
Recognizing the challenges presented by the dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA), Councilmember Blumenfield created his “Reseda Rising” effort to develop a community vision for Reseda. Taking advantage of former CRA properties as catalytic opportunity sites, Blumenfield is returning Reseda to its former glory as a center for entertainment and small business.
Los Angeles – The Los Angeles City Council unanimously weighed in to support strengthening AB 2844 that would prohibit California from participating in contracts with businesses who engage or support the BDS movement. The original version of the bill did this but the current version has been significantly weakened. BDS, which stands for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, is a global movement designed to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel; the only democracy in the Middle East, a stalwart ally of the United States and a critically important trading partner with California.
Councilmember Blumenfield stated, “My resolution shows that the City of Los Angeles supports restoring AB 2844 to its original form. The unanimous vote and the outpouring of public support sends a strong message that Los Angeles does not want to be complicit in the BDS anti-Semitic movement.”
A diverse group of supporters came forward to advocate for this motion including the teamsters, religious leaders and other Councilmembers.
Angelenos can save dollars and energy thanks to a free air conditioning tune-up program beginning this summer.
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today to announce a new money-saving energy incentive package that will be available to Angelenos starting July 1.
The new AC tune-up program will include maintenance efficiency checks for residential and commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems at no cost to the ratepayer — as well as up to $150 toward the purchase and installation of cutting-edge programmable thermostats. It also provides air conditioning tune-ups free of charge.
“Our city is becoming more sustainable every day, because we're committed to innovative policies that help Angelenos save energy and cut their utility bills,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This incentive program will make home heating and cooling upgrades more affordable in L.A. — especially for residents in the Valley, where the summer heat can be so punishing. I commend Councilmember Blumenfield for his hard work to make this valuable City program a reality."
Projections suggest that the program could reduce a household’s cooling and heating costs by 30 percent, an amount likely to outweigh any rising costs from LADWP’s proposed rate increase. The new incentive program was proposed by Blumenfield and approved by the City Council last month.
“For residents across much of Los Angeles, and especially in the Valley, air conditioning is a necessity and a public health issue, not a privilege,” said Blumenfield. “Our new AC tune-up program will give residents the tools to lower their bills, reduce their energy usage, and keep cool this summer.”
LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today led the Los Angeles City Council in creating a new energy incentive program to help Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) ratepayers lower their bills and reduce energy usage. The new incentive, which provides air conditioning maintenance and tune-ups free of charge, was approved ahead of the Council’s forthcoming deliberations on proposed LADWP rate increases.
The new AC tune-up program would include maintenance efficiency checks for residential and commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems at no cost to the ratepayer, as well as incentives, up to $150, towards the purchase and installation of programmable thermostats. The proposed energy efficiency incentive package has the potential for reducing cooling and heating costs by approximately 20%-30% and can extend the operating life of the AC unit.
“It’s important to me that the city create something tangible to help our constituents who need relief from the extreme heat and increasing energy costs. This new incentive package does just that,” said Blumenfield, who serves as Vice-Chair of the Council’s Energy and Environment Committee. “Our more vulnerable populations need this relief for their well-being. In the West Valley, air conditioning is a necessity not a luxury.”
Savings for those who take advantage of the proposed incentive package are likely to exceed any increases stemming from the proposed power rate increase.