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Blumenfield Joins Governor Brown, Prime Minister Netanyahu, as California Strengthens Economic Ties with Israel

March 05

Agreement finalizes work Blumenfield began in Legislature.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today joined Governor Jerry Brown as he signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to strengthen trade, research and economic development ties between California and the State of Israel, with an emphasis on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agriculture technology.


“Israel and California share more than culture and climate,” said Blumenfield. “We represent two of the most dynamic high-tech sectors in the world, and it only makes sense that we redouble our efforts to work together for our mutual benefit.”

Today’s MOU evolved from a similar proposal by then-Assemblymember Blumenfield in 2009. That bill, AB1032, would require the Governor to establish a memorandum of understanding to formalize a relationship between the state and Israel to foster technology development, business development, and educational opportunities in solar energy and environmental technology industries.


Council Clears Way for Jobs and Economic Development in West Valley with Village at Westfield Topanga Subvention Agreement

March 04

Major destination retail center opening in fall 2015 will create jobs and revitalize area.

LOS ANGELES – Led by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, the Los Angeles City Council today approved a final subvention agreement to leverage local investment by sharing new City tax revenues with the Village at Westfield Topanga project.  By allowing the project to recoup up to 50% of new City tax revenues generated over 25 years, the City enabled the approximately $350 million private investment to be fast tracked with construction in one phase, immediately creating jobs and economic benefits in the area.

“The Village at Westfield Topanga project will jump start a major economic engine in the West San Fernando Valley and provide substantial benefits to the entire city,” said Blumenfield.  “My communities are excited that we are redeveloping this land to house a first class hub for entertainment and shopping, with a sustainable green and modern design.”

The Village at Westfield Topanga mixed-use development will invest about $350 million in the local economy with upscale retail, boutique specialty shops, personal services, restaurants, a Costco with a member-only fueling station, and a community center.  The project will create middle class construction jobs and approximately 1,500 permanent jobs for local residents as a new major destination for shopping, dining, and investment in the Valley.  

The project is expected to generate tens of millions in net new tax revenue for the City, including new sales tax revenue the City could not realize without such a project.  Indirect City revenue benefits also will result from increasing property tax values, attracting other investments and improving the attractiveness of the West Valley as desirable places to live and do business. 


Blumenfield Pushes for Innovative Alternative Sidewalk Materials

February 26

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield urges City to explore feasibility of rubber and decomposed granite material for Los Angeles’ sidewalks.

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today introduced a measure that instructs the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) to develop a sidewalk repair program using environmentally friendly sidewalk paving materials rather than conventional portland cement concrete.

“Concrete is about as cutting edge as the wheel,” said Blumenfield. “It doesn’t hold up to tree roots; it doesn’t allow for groundwater recharge. If we’re serious about greening the Valley and beyond, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be looking towards a more sustainable and cost effective mix of paving materials as we tackle our City’s unique infrastructure challenges.”

BSS has experimented with alternative materials to cement concrete including rubber panels, recycled mixed plastic materials, poured rubber materials and porous concrete. The City of Santa Monica implemented a sidewalk repair program using rubber sidewalks in 2000 and has since installed approximately 20,000 square feet of rubber sidewalk.

In fact, over 100 cities have rubber sidewalk programs. It is estimated that each square foot of rubber sidewalk diverts one passenger tire from the landfill.

Both decomposed granite and rubber are ADA accessible and allow us easier access to grind tree roots. Sidewalks made from permeable pavers reduce harmful runoff and act as a natural filter for solids and pollutants.


Congressional Leader Joins Blumenfield, Feuer, as Los Angeles Takes Historic Steps on Iran Divestment

February 21

Rep. Eliot Engel, top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joins Councilmember Blumenfield and City Attorney Mike Feuer to urge municipalities to follow Los Angeles’ lead.

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today secured the Los Angeles City Council’s support for his measure that makes Los Angeles the first City to be in full compliance with the Iran Contracting Act of 2010. That law, authored by then Assemblymembers Feuer and Blumenfield, bars persons engaged in investment activities in Iran’s petroleum, natural gas, or nuclear industries from bidding on or renewing contracts with the State and local governments.

“With an economy that ranks among those of major industrialized nations, home to one of the busiest ports in the world, Los Angeles plays an outsized role in ensuring the crucial sanctions designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities are as robust as possible,” said Blumenfield. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that all levels of government work as a team in the interests of maintaining pressure on the Iranian regime.”

Councilmember Blumenfield is joined by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, City Attorney Mike Feuer, and Jewish community leaders as Los Angeles takes historic steps for a municipality in the ongoing effort in preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities.

In 2010, Congress extended US sanctions to parties involved in Iran’s energy sector through the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA). Section 202 of CISADA authorized state and local governments to divest their funds from parties involved in Iran’s energy sector and to bar such parties from state and local government contracts. The Iran Contracting Act of 2010 made California the first state in the nation to enact a law pursuant to Section 202.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was among those who drafted the original language, under then-Chairman Howard Berman.

“There is no greater threat to the United States and our allies than a nuclear-capable Iran.  In recent years the Congress has passed bipartisan legislation designed to cripple the Iranian economy,” said Rep. Engel. “These measures played a major role in bringing Iran back to the negotiating table.  We must continue to work with our partners here in Los Angeles and around to country to keep the pressure on Iran until it verifiably abandons its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.”


Blumenfield Proposes Public-Private Partnerships to Address City's Crumbling Sidewalks

February 04

Takes first step towards bringing City’s 50/50 sidewalk repair program to LA’s commercial corridors.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today introduced a measure that will instruct the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) to prepare and present a citywide pilot sidewalk repair program for commercial properties, similar to the City’s successful 50/50 program, which ended in 2009.

Uprooted sidewalk in Woodland Hills. Bureau of Street Services has previously estimated that 40% of the system or 4,620 miles is in disrepair, with a majority of the disrepair caused by tree roots.
Uprooted sidewalk in Woodland Hills. Bureau of Street Services has previously estimated that 40% of the system or 4,620 miles is in disrepair, with a majority of the disrepair caused by tree roots.

“Public-private partnerships present an innovative opportunity for the City to address critical infrastructure needs while making the most of every available public dollar,” said Blumenfield. “Investments in infrastructure reap tangible benefits to our City, as well as to our business communities. With our sidewalks in disrepair, it’s time to revive this idea in a way that best reflects the changing needs of our City.”


Blumenfield Champions and Secures Council Support for New River Park in the Valley

December 18

The Trust for Public Land will develop critically needed open space in Reseda as part of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.

LOS ANGELES – Taking swift action before an important end-of-the year deadline, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today secured council approval to allow The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, to move forward on the Aliso Creek Confluence Project that will bring critically needed open space to Reseda along the banks of the Los Angeles River. Without today’s council action, funding for the park would have been lost, and its future uncertain.

“I was proud to support this project since its inception and throughout my time representing the San Fernando Valley in the California State Assembly. When I took office in July, I made bringing this project over the finish line one of my top priorities. This project will add open space, improve bike connectivity and is a great opportunity to move forward on a project envisioned both by the LA River Revitalization Master Plan and the newly passed Warner Center 2035 master plan,” said Blumenfield.Renderings of the future Aliso Confluence Park along the LA River


Blumenfield, LAPD, Business Leaders Highlight Efforts to Fight Crime this Holiday Season

December 02

Advise residents to “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It” to prevent theft.

LOS ANGELES – As the holiday shopping season gets underway, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield was joined today by representatives from the LAPD Topanga Division along with members of the San Fernando Valley’s business community to inform residents and shoppers about steps they can take to keep themselves and their belongings safe this holiday season.

In the San Fernando Valley last year there were 9,681 burglary from motor vehicles. You can minimize your chances of being a victim by limiting the criminal’s opportunities.



Blumenfield Statement on State of California November Budget Outlook

November 20

LOS ANGELESCouncilmember Bob Blumenfield made the following statement following the release today of the 2014-2015 California Fiscal Outlook in which the Legislative Analyst’s Office projects a $5.6 billion reserve at the end of 2014-2015:

"When I was sworn in as a freshman legislator in December 2008, the State faced a looming fiscal emergency and a state deficit of $40 billion.

Today's outlook validates the approach we took when I chaired the Assembly Budget Committee, and I'm very proud of the work we did to get California's financial health to this point."

Gov. Jerry Brown hands then-Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield the pen with which he signed the budget on June 27, 2013. Also attending the signing ceremony are Assembly Speaker John Pérez (left), state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

Blumenfield WiFi Initiative Gets First Hearing Before the Los Angeles City Council, Clears Crucial Hurdle

November 05

Council offers support as ITA is authorized to draft RFP for release.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s proposal to bring free citywide wireless broadband to Los Angeles cleared a significant hurdle today as the Council unanimously directed the City’s Information Technology Agency (ITA) to draft a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the service.


Blumenfield Takes Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan Over the Finish Line as Council Gives Final Approval

October 23

Blumenfield changes make Warner Center the “cleanest, greenest” specific plan in the City; represents a transformative opportunity for the West Valley. 


Blumenfield poses with City officials and community members following unanimous Council passage of the Warner Center 2035 specific plan

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield was joined today by City officials and community leaders as the Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval to the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan, opening the door to visionary projects that truly reflect the community’s hopes, values and priorities for development.

“This new plan reinvents a Warner Center that was conceived in the 1970’s as a collection of monolithic structures and expansive parking lots into a modern, pedestrian and transit focused community,” said Blumenfield.

Since taking office in July, Councilmember Blumenfield has actively pushed to incorporate new green building design standards into the plan, including LEED silver or equivalent and green roof or cool roof requirements for new construction.

Alan Bell, Deputy Director of Planning for the City of Los Angeles called the Warner Center 2035 plan the “cleanest, greenest” specific plan in the history of the City of Los Angeles.


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