Weekly Newsletter (July 1, 2018) A Look Back at My First Year in Office

Here's a quick recap of what's happening in the Seventh Council District this week:

Celebrating One Year in Office

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July 1, 2018 marks my first full year in office as the Councilwoman for the Seventh Council District. From enduring back-to-back natural disasters to bringing cultural events and fighting for our share of City services, I'm working hard to make up for lost time when our communities didn't have a voice. I am excited to share with you the accomplishments we have achieved in this first year.

In my first year, I’ve secured $18.4 million in capital improvements, kept my promise and prioritized public safety through the creation of a Homelessness Task Force, Equine Advisory Council and Strike Team. I also delivered on critical traffic safety measures in Pacoima, Sylmar, Sunland-Tujunga and La Tuna Canyon, and secured funding to begin the process of building a new fire station in Sylmar. I will continue fighting for our neighborhoods to improve the quality of life and bring new resources to our community. Progress can be accelerated with collaboration and strong partnerships, and I look forward to continuing working together to ensure our neighborhoods achieve their full potential. Read my one-year report, here.


Welcoming Police Chief Michel Moore

This week, LAPD Chief Michael Moore was sworn in, becoming the 57th Police Chief to serve one of the most diverse cities in the nation. I look forward to working alongside Chief Moore to protect and serve our neighborhoods. A special thank you to retiring Chief Charlie Beck for his 40 plus years of dedicated service to Los Angeles.


Bringing Light Rail to the Valley

I am thrilled that a 9.2-mile light rail line is coming to the Valley, connecting the Orange Line Station in Van Nuys with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station. For the first time in decades, communities like ours will be connected to the rest of Los Angeles. This level of investment is an incredible win for us and will be transformative for our communities. To learn more about the project, click here.


Curbing Illegal Fireworks

Whether you are planning to celebrate Fourth of July at home or at a park, remember that it is illegal to use, sell, or discharge fireworks in the City of Los Angeles. This misdemeanor is punishable by a fine ranging from $500 to $1000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both. Not only may fireworks cause serious injury, but they may also cause damage to property and even potentially start brush fires. So, please leave fireworks to the professionals.

Looking for a fireworks show? I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this year's FREE fireworks show at Verdugo Hills High School. Bring your family and join us on Wednesday, July 4th. More info, here.


Photo of the Week

Last Sunday, we closed our streets to cars to celebrate the largest open streets event in the nation. CicLAvia in the Valley welcomed thousands of Angelenos from across Southern California to bike, run, walk and skate, along Van Nuys Boulevard from Panorama City to Pacoima. I also activated Pacoima City Hall as a "hub" along the route, bringing in food trucks, artists, and community resources.