Tarzana Recreation Center Improvements
Blumenfield has prioritized recreation parks and open space for healthy communities and kids throughout the West Valley. In Tarzana, Blumenfield has focused on much needed improvements to Tarzana Recreation Center. In February 2014, Blumenfield joined Tarzana Recreation Center staff, community members, and children from the Tarzana Recreation Center’s daycare facility to open a new playground.
Blumenfield had led the October 2013 groundbreaking, and noted the incredible transformation that had occurred in just a few short months.
“Projects like these illustrate how the City and community can come together to create a partnership to better our neighborhoods,” said Blumenfield.
In May of 2015, Blumenfield secured the installation of a needed bike rack at the park.
Bringing City Hall to Tarzana
Bringing City Hall to the West Valley is among Blumenfield’s top priorities. Over the course of his first term in office, he has worked to bring City leaders to West Valley neighborhoods to engage directly with communities.
In Tarzana, Blumenfield hosted Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds for a Transportation Town Hall.
Blumenfield and Ms. Reynolds heard from Valley residents about their priorities, problems, and ideas in a lively and informative discussion about transportation in the San Fernando Valley.
Additionally, Blumenfield brought Mayor Eric Garcetti to Tarzana to highlight the thriving Tarzana Village Walk and Business Improvement District.
Celebrating the Arts
The San Fernando Valley is home to a thriving arts community, which now has a home base in Tarzana at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center.
Showcasing the diverse artists of his district, Blumenfield honored Jazz great and Tarzana resident, Arturo Sandoval, declaring March 24, 2015 “Arturo Sandoval Day” in Los Angeles. Sandoval, who grew up in Cuba before immigrating to the United States, is a Grammy-award winning trumpet player and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Blumenfield participated in an oral history of Tarzana for a piece called “Historical Memories of Tarzana,” now housed at the center.
Above: Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval performs a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” at Los Angeles City Hall, on March 24, 2015.
Orange Line Enhancements
In 2005, when Blumenfield helped deliver funds for the Orange Line as District Chief of Staff to Congressman Howard Berman, experts expected 12,000 daily boardings with headway every 8 minutes. Today, service is every 4 minutes with 30,000 daily boardings. At Blumenfield’s urging, the Metro Board is considering long-term enhancements, including:
Also, Blumenfield successfully insisted that Measure M not only include funding for Orange Line upgrades including, eventually, conversion to light rail, but he made sure that grade separation to improve speed for the bus and surrounding traffic would begin in 2019.
Blumenfield is also working with Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds to study ways the City can make improvements right away, including safely increasing speeds along the route.
Above: A young bicyclist speeds down the Orange Line Bike Path during Blumenfield’s West Valley Community Bike Ride, on January 24, 2015.
Tarzana was originally part of the San Fernando Mission, which was established in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries. Tarzana is named after the unforgettable character "Tarzan of the Apes," and is a tribute to his even more unforgettable creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Tarzana contains two country clubs (with golf courses) in the Santa Monica Mountains; EI Caballero Country Club and Braemar Country Club. There are also a number of gated communities, including Mulholland Park and Braemar Estates. Tarzana is well-known for its Persian restaurants, delicatessens, booksellers, and language training institutes.
The street boundaries of Tarzana are Victory Blvd. to the North, Corbin Ave. to the West, Mulholland Drive to the South, and lindley Ave. to the East.
Tarzana Neighborhood Council
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