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Priorities for the

West Valley

Priorities for the

West Valley

Helping Get the Unhoused into Shelters and Services

Blumenfield at an encampment in an underpass to offer services to those living unhoused. 

Message from Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

We must continue to strive for creative solutions to find shelter for every person living unhoused in Los Angeles.  People are dying everyday on our streets and we must act with urgency. Though the West Valley has fewer people living unsheltered compared to the other districts in the City, our community continues to face serious humanitarian and quality of life issues.

I share the frustrations I hear from many of my constituents that change isn’t happening fast enough as we see freeway underpasses become makeshift shelters and RVs lining up on commercial corridors. The fact that we have thousands of people living on our streets is unconscionable and should never be ‘normalized.’ I am saddened by the many broken lives we encounter,and troubled by what  this teaches our children about our society. The human suffering we see on the streets is unacceptable, and we have to do more to end homelessness in our City.

My staff and I spend more time dealing with homelessness than any other single issue. I will continue to work proactively, and constitutionally, to curb homelessness locally within the powers of my office, as well as by partnering with the County and State on a number of efforts.

This page is a glimpse into the efforts I have spearheaded to address homelessness locally, as well as the long and short term strategies I have been able to help lead throughout our City. From building more permanent supportive housing and transitional housing, to job assistance, to making sure the County gets the resources it needs to help the drug addicted and mentality ill, much more work needs to be done for both short and long term solutions, and I remain committed to tackling the crisis.

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PROVIDING SHELTER AND ASSISTANCE

HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

Boosting Economic Development and Jobs

Blumenfield at the ceremonial key exchange for the newest city-owned performing arts center in the West Valley, the Canoga Park Stage Arts Lab (CPSAL).

Councilmember Blumenfield is dedicated to empowering the West Valley through economic development efforts that revitalize commercial corridors and boost business growth.

Local Business Support

Neighborhood Improvement Initiatives

Preparing the West Valley for the Next Disaster

Blumenfield assembles his Emergency BobCAT on Disaster Preparedness and hundreds of West Valley volunteers to rapidly distribute emergency supplies to evacuees of the Woolsey Fire

Emergency Preparedness has long been one of my top priorities — a passion forged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and my extensive work helping the Valley recover. From building a robust emergency preparedness volunteer action committee that has stepped up during disasters, to hosting LAFD CERT trainings at my District Office, to passing legislation designed to bolster readiness --my goal is to make every West Valley resident better prepared for the next disaster. Remember, it's not "if" but "when" the next disaster will strike. Read below to learn more about some of my efforts to expand emergency preparedness.

Learn more about how Councilmember Blumenfield assembled a community action team that has taken unprecedented steps to keep the West Valley safe and well-stocked with essentials for the next disaster, and learn all about how you can be better prepared and look out for your community.

 

Building New Parks, Greening the Valley and Combating Climate Change

Councilmember Blumenfield with the organization Overdue doing community cleanups.

As a longtime conservationist, Councilmember Blumenfield is working hard to build new parks, Green the Valley and combat climate change.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield had a long and widely recognized record as an environmentalist, even before his work at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Also, as a member of the California State Assembly from 2009-2013, protecting our environment for future generations was among his top priorities. 

In the Valley and across the City, Blumenfield is tackling climate change while building beautiful parks and preserving native plantlife. Learn more below.

Greening the Valley

Combating Climate Change

Fighting for Animal Welfare

Blumenfield makes friends with many of the animals at the newly reopened West Valley Animal Shelter

One of the most important responsibilities Blumenfield has as a policymaker is to advocate for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Blumenfield works hard to advocate on behalf of animals, whose cruel treatment often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. From addressing animal cruelty from the fur industry to finding practical ways to deliver more low-cost and free animal veterinary services to pet owners in the West Valley, Blumenfield is strongly committed to fighting for animal welfare in LA. Read below for some of his most crucial measures on addressing animal wellbeing. 

 

Uplifting Animal Services

Fighting Animal Cruelty

Investing in Public Works and Delivering on Street Safety

Blumenfield joins StreetsLA for a tour of the West Valley's Cool Pavement Neighborhood to offset the urban heat island effect.

Councilmember Blumenfield Chair’s the Public Works Committee  and is committed to ensuring that residents across the West Valley have safe, clean streets with fast and reliable City services. From planting more trees to expanding the Metro Orange Line, Councilmember Blumenfield is delivering infrastructure improvements to residents of the West Valley.

 

Ensuring Improved Street Services 

Protecting Urban Tree Canopies

Transportation Priorities

Enhancing Public Safety

Blumenfield and the brave fire fighters of Fire Station 73 welcome kids and members of the community to celebrate the fully restored fire company. 

Since being elected to the City Council, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield has introduced several programs and measures to enhance public safety in our communities and help the LAFD and LAPD do their jobs more effectively. He has also worked hard to make sure that these critical departments were given appropriate funding in the Budget process.  From preventing violent crimes to reducing illegal speeding, public safety affects everyone in the West Valley and it is a top priority to the Councilmember.

Improving Public Safety and Police Services

Advocating for Fire Fighters and Fire Safety Prevention

 

Combating Hate and Fighting for Equity

Blumenfield hosting the Citywide vigil in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

As a former Board Member of the Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League and a former Chair of its Valley Advisory Board, Councilmember Blumenfield has a long history calling out hate of all kinds and passing measures to protect marginalized communities. Blumenfield has also been a critical ally in the fight for equity in the City of LA and has introduced several pieces of legislation to make LA a better City for all.

 

Combating Hate

Fighting for Equity

 

 

Keeping the West Valley Beautiful

Blumenfield posing with the LA Conservation Corps in the District Office after creating a satellite office for their West Valley operations. 

Since entering office, Councilmember Blumenfield has built several partnerships and initiatives to keep the West Valley clean and beautiful. Learn more about Blumenfield's efforts below

 

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