NOW HIRING: WILDFIRE CLEAN UP CREWS TO CLEAR DEBRIS IN FIRE-PRONE NORTHEAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

LOS ANGELES - Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez announced new jobs to support wildfire debris clean up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, particularly in the communities impacted by the La Tuna and Creek Fires. The jobs will be prioritized for veterans and individuals affected by these 2017 wildfires.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 9, 2019

Press Contact:
Tran Le, tran.le@lacity.org
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NOW HIRING: WILDFIRE CLEAN UP CREWS TO CLEAR DEBRIS IN FIRE-PRONE NORTHEAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Jobs Will Be Prioritized for Veterans and Individuals Affected by the La Tuna and Creek Fires

LOS ANGELES - Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez announced new jobs to support wildfire debris clean up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, particularly in the communities impacted by the La Tuna and Creek Fires. The jobs will be prioritized for veterans and individuals affected by these 2017 wildfires.

Councilwoman Rodriguez, in partnership with the City’s Economic Workforce Development Department, secured a $500,000 state grant to fund positions and improve the public trails and spaces damaged by the fires. This funding complements current debris clean up efforts in the Seventh Council District -- in 2018, the Councilwoman secured $1 million to fund 70 full-time positions to remove wildfire debris, burned vegetation, and repair trails at several areas burned in the 2017 wildfires: McGroarty Arts Center in Sunland-Tujunga, Lopez Canyon Landfill in Sylmar, Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, City-owned land at Eldridge/Harding in Sylmar, and La Tuna Canyon hillsides. In the 2018 program, brush was cleared along 25 miles of horse and foot trails in La Tuna Canyon, several thousand feet of burnt methane pipes were removed at Lopez Canyon, and debris was cleared in these high fire severity risk areas.

“We don’t want a repeat of the recent devastating fires,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. “This debris clean up is one example of how we can do further preventative work to reduce the risk of these destructive fires.”

For more information on the program and how to apply, please call Noel Khoshabou, Program Manager at (213) 355-5304 or Abigail Portillo, Case Manager at (213) 355-5300.

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Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez is the Chairwoman of the City’s Public Safety Committee and represents the 7th Council District and the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon