Once again, it’s wonderful to be partnering with the Valley Cultural Foundation for the annual July 4th Blumenfield Fireworks Extravaganza. On July 4, from 6-9:30pm, please join me and hundreds of Angelenos at Warner Center Park for live music, food from over 15 local restaurants, goods and services from local vendors, topped off with an incredible fireworks show. It’s the best FREE display in the region, so please come out and have a wonderful time with us.
Councilmember Blumenfield joined community members to celebrate the opening of the Reseda Theater Senior Housing project, a 26-unit affordable housing community. This project has been years in the making and is one part of a larger project that will result in the rehabilitation of the iconic Reseda Theater. Still to come will be the greatly anticipated return of entertainment to this site, with a planned movie theater and new food options planned as part of the project.
The Reseda Theater Senior Housing facility is the first of several PSH/Affordable sites opening in Council District Three this year. Well managed supportive housing apartments with services blend into neighborhoods and are a crucial part of the solution to ending street homelessness.
Earlier this week, the City Council voted to elect Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson as President Pro Tempore and Council President Paul Krekorian appointed Councilmember Blumenfield as Assistant Pro Tempore. As a member of the Council’s leadership team, Blumenfield is proud to continue serving the Valley and all Angelenos in helping tackle the many complex problems facing Los Angeles.
In the Fall of 2021, Councilmember Blumenfield launched a partnership with Pierce College to provide a paid internship for a student to work in his Reseda District Office. For four months this year, Pierce Fellow Zachary Washington worked part time to learn about local government and city operations. Zachary was a quick learner who enjoyed providing constituent services to West Valley residents. Team Blumenfield wishes Zachary the best in his future endeavors and thanks him for his great work.
Recently, Councilmember Blumenfield and his family found a dead bird in their backyard and over the next few days, they found a few more nearby. Blumenfield reached out to LA County Vector Control to report it and have the dead bird examined. After an investigation, they confirmed that the bird died of West Nile virus.
While this is alarming, there are critical things you can do to protect yourself and your family. The virus survives in nature in several types of birds and is transmitted by the bites of mosquitoes that feed on infected birds, so it is important to report to the county when you see dead birds as well as make sure you don’t have stagnant water around your home. Click here to learn more.
As you may know, the Madrid Theatre, an anchor site in Councilmember Blumenfield’s designated Canoga Park Arts Hub, is currently undergoing state-of-the-art renovations. As part of this important transformation, the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs’s Performing Arts Division has announced its Madrid Theatre Main Stage Curtain Design Contest. This call for visual artists and designers seeks submissions for a stage curtain design that embodies the unique history and culture of the Canoga Park community.DCA/PERF is offering one (1) $7,000 award to the artist commissioned to create the stage curtain design for DCA’s Madrid Theatre. Two (2) $2,000 awards will also be provided to the finalists to commission alternate choices. Applicants will be chosen by the peer review panel and the winner amongst the three finalists will be decided through a community vote. Applications are due by June 30, 2023. More info can be found here.
Councilmember Blumenfield was honored to join Zawadi Cultural Collective for a celebration where the community came together to learn about the history of Juneteenth, support local small black owned businesses, enjoy cultural performances, and celebrate our diversity.
Happy Pride! As an ally, Councilmember Blumenfield will continue to support and ensure that our community is safe and welcoming for all LGBTQIA+ folks. Blumenfield thanked Senator Caroline Menjivar, Mayor Karen Bass, and Somos Familia Valle for bringing the SFV community together.
This week's photo, taken in 1964, is from the Valley Times Collection of community members gathering to watch the Fourth of July, Freedom Season parade in Woodland Hills.