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.”
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.”