Some of the Top Stories From 2018
Westside Neighborhoods Made Progress Toward Solutions to the Homelessness Crisis
Mike worked to create alternatives to sidewalk encampments, and the City Council approved proposals for bridge housing in Brentwood and Venice. Mike additionally advocated for other efforts to help end the homelessness crisis, such as safe parking programs in West LA, Brentwood and Westchester/Playa del Rey, supportive housing proposals in Mar Vista, Del Rey and Venice, and more.
Council Advanced Airport Modernization Projects
Mike championed and the city council approved an automated people mover and consolidated rental car facility, advancing efforts to revolutionize the way people get to and from the airport (and taking cars off the roads of adjacent communities).
Fire Department Bought a New Helicopter
Mike’s work to find the funding needed for a new water-dropping helicopter proved successful, allowing first responders more options as they combat increasingly intense and frequent brush fires.
Neighbors Defeated an Oversized Development in Playa del Rey
Neighbors and Mike partnered to stop a proposal for a massive and out-of-character luxury apartment complex in Playa del Rey.
City Council Finally Approved Short-term Rental Regulations
After more than three-and-a-half years, the regulations Mike proposed to protect affordable housing from becoming short-term rentals, while still protecting people’s ability to rent a room or their home while they are away – were approved by the city council.
Council Approved Rules for Dockless Scooters and Bikes
Mike led the effort to adopt regulations that address concerns about new dockless scooters and bikes (such as Bird and Lime), while still allowing people access to new ways to make short trips around the neighborhood without a car.
Mike Celebrated Opening of Milton Green Street
Mike joined neighbors to celebrate the opening of a new passive park in Del Rey along Ballona Creek, giving kids interactive educational opportunities, as well as a safe way to walk and bike in the community.
New Ambulances Were Added in Mar Vista and Westchester/Playa del Rey
Responding to Mike’s persistent advocacy, Los Angeles Fire Department leaders added life-saving service at Fire Station 62 in Mar Vista and Fire Station 5 in Westchester/Playa del Rey, expanding LAFD service on the Westside to be even greater than it was before the devastating department budget cuts of 2011.
Palisades Village Opened
Mike, Mayor Garcetti, Rick Caruso and neighbors celebrated the opening of Palisades Village – an exciting new shopping center, which completes an effort to revitalize the heart of downtown Pacific Palisades.
More Cops Were Deployed to Patrol Westside Neighborhoods
Mike’s effort toto refocus LAPD deployment on our neighborhoods proved successful, as hundreds of new officers were added to neighborhood patrols, and crime fell throughout Los Angeles.
Planning Department Kicked Off Westside Community Plan Update Process
The Planning Department launched an effort to update community plans for most of the Westside, giving neighbors an opportunity to shape their communities for future generations.
New Park Opened in Venice
Mike joined the Department of Recreation and Parks and neighbors in Venice to open the new Via Dolce Park – a playground that gives families a new place to enjoy in the neighborhood.
Report Showed that the Mar Vista Great Streets Pilot Project is a Success
Mar Vista is moving forward! The Los Angeles Department of Transportation released a report examining the one-year Great Streets pilot project, showing that the street is safe, business is thriving and more people are enjoying the revitalized “downtown Mar Vista” area.
Street Safety Improvements Were Installed in Del Rey and Playa Vista
Playa Vista got important safety upgrades, including new stop signs, crosswalks and a “rest in red” signal near Playa Vista Elementary School; while city crews made walking on Centinela Avenue in Del Rey safer with new crosswalks, sidewalks and pedestrian signals.
Technology was Added to Move Traffic on Sunset Boulevard
Mike announced that his “Sunset Traffic Solutions” initiative took a big leap forward, thanks to the use of technology that syncs city traffic lights with CalTrans freeway ramp meters, which will improve the flow of traffic on the busy Brentwood corridor.
Dog Park Coming to Del Rey
Mike announced that he had identified the funding necessary to repurpose part of Glen Alla Park in Del Rey into a new dog park for the neighborhood. The park will have areas for both large and small dogs and is the result of years of work by neighbors and the Del Rey Neighborhood Council.
Plan for Affordable Housing Near Expo Line Approved
The city council approved a community planning effort, making way for new housing (including massive increases to affordable housing) in West LA, near the only Metro train stop in Council District 11.
Improvements were Added at Stoner Park in West LA
The Department of Recreation and Parks completed renovations at Stoner Park in West LA, refurbishing tennis courts and upgrading park amenities at the West LA recreation area.
Mike was Arrested While Protesting Child Separation at the Border
Mike lived his values and was arrested while protesting the inhumane separation of families at the southern border, joining other parents and human rights activists in an act of civil disobedience.