Weekly Newsletter (December 14, 2017): Are you ready?

Responding to the Creek Fire and other natural disasters requires collaboration between local, state, and national partner agencies. I took immediate action following the fire to secure necessary recovery resources for our community. Read more here. 

Responding to the Creek Fire and other natural disasters requires collaboration between local, state, and national partner agencies. We owe a debt of gratitude to our first responders who braved the wildfires to keep our families, community, and property safe. A special thank you to LAFD, LAPD, Mayor Eric Garcetti, CalFire, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and the County of Los Angeles for their coordinated and outstanding work. I also want to thank the City's Department of Transportation for coordinating road closures and traffic, Department of Recreation and Parks for providing shelter locations, and Department of Animal Services for coordinating animal evacuations.

I took immediate action following the fire to secure necessary recovery resources for our community. This week, I introduced two motions to address mitigation work and equine evacuation. My first motion directs City departments to include the damage caused by the Creek Fire to their ongoing mitigation work addressing mud and debris risks caused by the La Tuna Fire. To read my motion, click here. My second motion directs the Animal Services Department, LAFD, and LAPD to report on strategies to increase cooperation and partnership between the City and the equestrian community regarding the evacuation of horses and other large animals during emergencies. To read my motion, click here.


Resources for Residents Returning Home


Photo credit: John McCoy

The City and County of Los Angeles have partnered to open a Local Assistance Center, which is open now until Saturday, December 16th. This is a one-stop shop where families and business owners impacted by the recent fires can obtain information on services and assistance. More information here.

To report fire damage to your property you may submit an Application for Reassessment. This information helps the County of Los Angeles determine the extent of the damage and the level of State and Federal assistance needed. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application, call the Disaster Relief Hotline at (213) 974-8658. The City’s Emergency Management Department also provides many resources for residents affected by the fire: Resources for Residents Returning HomeChecklist for Residents Returning Home, and How to Clean Up After a Brush Fire.


Preparing for Winter Storms

Photo by David McNew

The upcoming rainy season increases the risks of mudslides and debris flow in the aftermath of the fire. Please review the Homeowner’s Guide to prepare for the upcoming rainy season and potential winter storms. I also encourage residents to sign up for NotifyLA, the City's mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages, and e-mail messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies. Sign up for alerts or text "READY" to 888-777.


50th Annual Pacoima Christmas Parade

#TBT to the '85 Pacoima Christmas Parade with my drill team from Sharp Avenue Elementary School

Join us this Saturday for the 50th Annual Pacoima Christmas Parade where I'll be serving as the Grand Marshal. This year, the parade route will be along Van Nuys Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Herrick Avenue. Bring your friends and family! For more information, click here.