Proposal would add new pedestrian bridge, improved walking path, enhanced watershed health and increase safety measures
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Councilmember Blumenfield introduced measures to improve connectivity and safety along the LA River and Aliso Creek Confluence Park by investing in much needed bike and pedestrian infrastructure. His motions direct the investment of over $4 million of local CRA/LA Bond funds to build a pedestrian bridge at the Aliso Creek Confluence Park in Reseda, add new bike and walking paths, establish better storm water treatment, and create new cross walks, striping and a traffic signal at Victory and Vanalden.
“This is a massive investment in the neighborhood (local infrastructure) and paves the way for better pedestrian and bike traffic along the LA River,” said Blumenfield. “My dream for the river is that it becomes a safe and beautiful place where all Angelenos can go, get outside and enjoy our City; this is a big step in that direction.”
Effort to curb unnecessary plastic utensils for takeout and delivery
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced legislation that would pave the way for a new ‘Plastic Utensils-On-Request’ ordinance in the City of Los Angeles. In conjunction with the pending ‘Straws-On-Request’ ordinance, Blumenfield is seeking to curtail the impact that plastic utensils are having on the environment and the aesthetic quality of local communities.
“Now more than ever, Los Angeles needs to lead strong environmental efforts and I believe that as the second largest City in the nation, we can make a big ecological difference by thinking twice about how much we need wasteful plastics, such as utensils,” said Blumenfield. “Many people have that special drawer in the kitchen packed to the brim with extra forks and knives from takeout or delivery and I believe it is sensible to ask consumers if they really need more.”
With over 8.8 billion metric tons of plastic in the ocean and over 90% of plastic not being recycled, Blumenfield believes that Los Angeles must continue to curb the use of plastics and incentivize responsible disposal. Cities such as Seattle and San Francisco have passed full plastic straw bans and many other municipalities are adopting new environmental standards to combat similar waste. Companies like Starbucks, American Airlines, Hyatt and the Walt Disney Company have all announced efforts to stop offering plastic straws as well.
Caballero Creek Park will convert a blighted vacant lot into innovative new open space
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield announced a huge step forward in creating the Caballero Creek Park, converting a 1.6-acre underutilized site into a multiple-benefit park, located at the convergence of the Los Angeles River and Caballero Creek in Tarzana.
“I am proud that we are on the verge of creating a brand new park that the West Valley can be proud of,” said Blumenfield. “This park is not only an investment in our community and watershed, but also in the health, wellbeing and future of the LA River.”
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Department of Recreation and Parks, Bureau of Sanitation, and General Services, and Los Angeles County have joined forces to design and complete the Caballero Creek Park. Blumenfield has also partnered with Reseda High School to utilize the new space as an outdoor classroom. The design utilizes innovative methods that lead to watershed protection, including a bioswale and a wetland component for storm water treatment. In 2016-17, a total of $750,000 in City MICLA bond funding was allocated to the Caballero Creek Park Project. After months of collaboration between Blumenfield, his staff and the City and County family, the project is ready to move forward.
LOS ANGELES – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a measure to ban the manufacture and sale of fur products throughout Los Angeles. This motion, co-presented by Councilmember Paul Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, would take effect in January of 2020 and would specifically prohibit the sale of products such as apparel made in whole or in part of fur or any fashion accessory, such as handbags, shoes, hats, earmuffs, and jewelry.
“It is time to move past the arcane practice of killing animals for goods,” said Blumenfield. “Los Angeles must be a leader in this effort, stop the unnecessary killing of animals and finally eliminate this vile market.”
Marc Ching, Founder and CEO of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation said, “In the end the truth is, there is no humane way to skin an animal for its fur. This legislative act is not just about taking a stand. It is about compassion, about morality- and about what it means to be human.”
“The fur trade is senseless and brutal to animals. Today’s motion to stop the manufacturing and retail sales of animal parts is long overdue,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. “These beautiful animals deserve better than the cruel treatment they receive at the hands of fur ranchers, especially if it is to create trivial fur fashion items. The world looks to Los Angeles for fashion trends and this will be one we can be proud of.”
Blumenfield leads effort to clean city of animal tested products while celebrating animal rights organization
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a measure called “Cruelty-Free Los Angeles,” to ensure that the City of Los Angeles will only purchase supplies such as cleaning products and hand soaps that are free from animal testing. As part of the announcement, Blumenfield celebrated the animal rights nonprofit, Rescue + Freedom Project (R+FP), and was joined by middle school student animal advocates from R+FP Kids, and six beagles who were rescued from animal testing.
“Testing cleaning products on animals is not only based on flawed and arcane science, but it is simply despicable and disturbing that major companies in our country treat man’s best friend like a science experiment,” said Blumenfield. “We can do better and we must do better.”
R+FP, previously known as Beagle Freedom Project, is a U.S. based nonprofit founded in 2004 that saves animals all around the globe from laboratory experiments, hoarding cases, the meat trade, unique captivity and cruelty, and death row. R+FP Kids is a great initiative they run to help educate and empower the next generation of animal advocates.
Blumenfield, Mayor Garcetti and Rec and Parks announce major milestone to bring a new year-round ice facility to the West Valley
LOS ANGELES –Yesterday Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Department of Recreation and Parks entered escrow to purchase two key parcels from the former Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Sherman Way for a new community ice rink in the West Valley. With the City exercising the option to buy the land from the former CRA, it paves the way for the final steps to build the City's first ever year-round ice skating/hockey rink.
“Where there’s a will there’s a way and I am proud to announce that we are at the cusp of bringing a new ice rink facility to the West Valley,” said Blumenfield. “This agreement between the former CRA and the City lets us move forward, bring on new partners, and build a facility that will be a cool, fun and active destination for the entire region.”
The project is a central piece of Blumenfield's “Reseda Rising” vision for Sherman Way. This unique recreational facility will be built on the formerly blighted parcels the City is now acquiring. The “Reseda Town Center” is envisioned to be developed as a public-private partnership. These two parcels languished under the ownership of the former CRA and have attracted blight and nuisances to the area.
LOS ANGELES, CA – In an effort to reduce the likelihood of drunk driving and availability of alcohol to minors, the City Council has unanimously passed Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s motion to adopt stricter enforcement of the sale of alcoholic beverages at gas stations.
“This is a strong and rational step to help curb drinking and driving,” said Blumenfield. “We must make it harder for people who are filling up their car to grab a beer and get back on the road- this motion does just that. Gas stations will no longer be overlooked in city regulations governing alcohol sales.”
LOS ANGELES – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and LAPD Topanga Division released new safety guidelines for this year’s Blumenfield 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. Every year an estimated 60,000 residents descend on the park for a day of music, fun and fireworks. To make sure all those who attend remain safe, new security protocols are being introduced. Similar measures are being put in place by LAPD for all large public events.
“It is my honor to host this celebration, but in today’s climate it is imperative that the City takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of all who attend,” said Blumenfield.
The new security measures include additional barriers, fencing and only five entry points into the park. Attendees and their belongings are subject to inspection before entering the event.
LOS ANGELES, CA –Recognizing the importance of a coordinated effort to protect vulnerable seniors, the City Council today passed Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s motion instructing all City Departments to create a protocol for educating employees on elder abuse. The measure instructs the Los Angeles Department of Aging (LADOA) to report back in one year with a comprehensive study on how many cases of elder abuse are referred or filed by the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department. This motion ensures that all City workers are trained to notice the signs of elder abuse and are educated all on how to report these crimes.
“The fact that elder abuse ever happens is despicable and disturbing,” said Blumenfield. “Many in our City family have daily interactions with older Angelenos and it is vital that everyone has the tools to spot and combat elder abuse.”
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.”