With the passing of Measures HHH and H, the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County are leading extraordinary initiatives to successfully address the housing and homelessness crisis affecting our communities. Together, we will make significant progress and ensure our most vulnerable constituents are provided with opportunities we all want and deserve. I thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to continuing this dialogue with you.
As we move forward with A Bridge Home in Council District 15, I would like to keep you abreast of the developments for each site. Here are a few highlights from the past couple of weeks:
A Bridge Home, Watts
2316 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles
- October 22: In partnership with fifteen service-based organizations, city and county departments, and the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, we hosted our Information Fair at the WLCAC, providing vital information to dozens of attendees.
- Site Service Provider: We are putting together a committee of stakeholders that will assist with the selection process for the Watts site. We have scheduled tours to their facilities in November and early December. We're excited to go through the service provider selection process and bring community partners to the table that have expressed interest in joining our efforts.
A Bridge Home, San Pedro
515 S beacon Street, San Pedro
- The Bureau of Engineering completed the feasibility study and the site is suitable for this use.
- Join us for our Information Fair on Tuesday, November 27th at 5:30 pm, at the Boys and Girls Club of the LA Harbor at 100 W Harbor Blvd. Meet our local homeless service providers, learn about the site logistics and programming, and get a better understanding of the community benefits package.
A Bridge Home, Wilmington
828 Eubank Avenue, Wilmington
- The site continues to be occupied by the IWLU, however, they hope to move to the ILWU Dispatch Hall on Broad Ave once the renovations are complete by January/ February of 2019.
- The Bureau of Engineering is seeking a right of entry from the property owner to complete the feasibility study.
All sites require a thorough process to ensure they are suitable for this use. Many of you have questions about the operations and services at the site. Here are a few facts:
- Comprehensive full-service programming (mental health workers, substance abuse counselors, resources, and case management) on site, full-time security, provided by LAPD, on-site and patrolling the perimeter.
- Three months prior to the opening there will be heavy outreach to homeless individuals in the surrounding community (1/2 mile radius) as a means of matching people to this facility through the county's Coordinated Entry System (CES). Different outreach teams and service providers, led by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), are working on a collaborative, coordinated outreach approach.
- 30 days after opening, the area will see a significant increase in Sanitation resources, with cleanup services 5 days per week. In addition, each A Bridge Home site will receive a dedicated, 24/7 LAPD unit (car, bike, foot beat, or a combination) to patrol the site and the surrounding neighborhood.
COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO'S HOLIDAY GUIDE
LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink, November 19th through January 8th, Battleship Iowa
Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum, Friday, December 2nd to December 4th, Banning Museum
Candy Cane Lane at Weymouth Corners, Friday, December 2nd, 5pm to 9pm, Weymouth Corners
Port of LA Wilmington Winter Wonderland, Saturday, December 3rd, 11am to 2pm Wilmington Waterfront Park
Watts Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 3rd, 12pm at 104th and Central Ave.
LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade, Saturday, December 3rd, 6pm to 9pm at Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro
San Pedro Holiday Parade, Sunday, December 4th, 1pm to 3pm at 390 W. 7th St.
Wilmington Heart of the Holiday Parade, Sunday, December 11th, 11am to 2pm at Avalon and E. St.
CLEAN AIR ACTION PLAN 2017 DRAFT DISCUSSIONS BEGIN
The Clean Air Action Plan has been a tremendous success since its inception in 2006. Our port complex has been able to grow and increase jobs while decreasing emissions over 80 percent. The industry has invested over a billion dollars in clean air technology and this newest update of the plan addresses greenhouse gasses for the first time and will get us even closer to the goal of zero emissions.
The ports will hold a joint public meeting to discuss proposals for updating the CAAP on Thursday, November 17, 6 p.m., at the Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility, 725 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA, 90802. The public review and comment process extends through February 17, 2017. During this period, written comments can be submitted to email@example.com.
HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH TEAM OCTOBER UPDATE
In the month of October alone, Councilman Buscaino's ERT team was able to connect 7 homeless people from these 6 locations in San Pedro to homeless services as well as one in Wilmington. These people have now been connected with short-term shelters, mental health services, or transportation to a permanent housing location. A study by LAHSA showed that housing homeless individuals decreases the average public cost by 79% as opposed to leaving someone on the street.
311 CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Last week 1,074 requests were submitted for issues in Council District 15! If your request goes unfilled or is closed out without being fulfilled please email your service request number and the issue with the request to amy.gebert [at] lacity [dot] org.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Have you ever eaten at Santa Luna in Wilmington? Stop by Monday through Friday for delicious chicken mole enchilada with a side of garlic rice, homemade beans and watermelon Agua Fresca!
WATCH: WILMINGTON ART WALK AND DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION
Last Friday, Councilman Buscaino participated in the first anniversary of the Wilmington Art Walk, and celebrated Día de los Muertos on Avalon Blvd., where two blocks, between C and E streets were transformed in a night filled with art, music, food and culture. The event included 70 artists and craft boots, a community altar, food trucks and restaurants including Maya Restaurant and Santa Luna. Thank you to the Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance for leading the way and being a great example of what is possible in Wilmington.
WATCH: WATTS COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING
Last Saturday, Councilman Buscaino opened the new Watts Community Garden on 103rd street across the street from Jordan High School in Watts. The garden was created from an empty lot which previously had a lot of dumping issues.
A partnership with a non-profit called From Lot To Spot, which conducted community engagement and created the design for the garden and with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps made the garden a reality.
The garden has 22 new raised beds where the community has planted fruits and vegetables.
“Projects like this can only be successful with dedicated residents like Maryanna Cortez who are committed to the cause. They are the reason this garden was approved, funded, and will be cared for with love for years to come,” said Councilman Buscaino.
CITY CHANGES LAWS GOVERNING LIVING IN VEHICLES
This week the LA City Council voted to change the rules governing living in vehicles in Los Angeles. Councilman Buscaino voted "No" on these changes because his belief that the changes will disproportionately affect Council District 15 due to the district's large amount of industrial areas particularly in Wilmington and the Harbor Gateway. Additionally, these changes also have the potential to reverse the significant progress made in beautifying Council District 15's commercial corridors.
JOIN COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO’S WORKOUT ON THE LA WATERFRONT WITH NEW EXERCISE EQUIPMENT!
Join Councilman Buscaino this afternoon on the LA Waterfront as he leads you in an hour workout! The new equipment has been put in along the LA Waterfront by the Port of Los Angeles.
When: Friday, November 11th at 4:30PM
Where: Plaza Park at 11th and Beacon
What: An hour long workout led by Councilman Buscaino
CLEAN IT UP: 311 CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Thank you to everyone heeding Councilman Buscaino’s call to report issues they see in the District to 311 via a phone call, the app or online. The more reports our district makes the more resources will be assigned us. Here is a great “Before” and “After” picture of an alley clean up in Watts this week! And big thank you to the LA Conservation Corps for both providing jobs and job training and keeping our communities beautiful!
COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL RETURN DOLLARS TO BE SPENT ON REPAIRING CITY STREETS
The overwhelming passage of Measure M on Tuesday means that LA County will continue fast tracking the build out of our public transportation system including a rail line to LAX, a 10-mile high-capacity transit corridor underneath the Sepulveda Pass, and a Purple Line extension to Westwood. It also means each of the 88 cities in the County will receive 17 percent of the total funding in “local return” amounting to millions of dollars each year. As the chairman of the Public Works committee, Councilman Buscaino has an obligation to use local return funding wisely and ensure that Los Angeles’ street infrastructure is healthy. Currently, over a third of our streets are in failed condition. These broken streets cost drivers an average of $1,000 per year in additional car repairs and maintenance. Councilman Buscaino is working with Mayor Eric Garcetti and his council colleagues to make certain that Los Angeles’ allotment of “local return” dollars from Measure M is used to fix our broken streets, respecting the will of the voters. It is imperative that Measure M funding is invested efficiently and that the City gets the biggest bang for each dollar it spends. By doing this the City will create positive results from the investment while earning the public’s trust as it continues to bring a more efficient transportation system to our region.
“I am also very excited by the fact that Measure M will create 465,000 new jobs,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.
VETERANS DAY IN LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL
For Veterans Day, the LA City Council honored our veterans from across the City. Councilman Buscaino was proud to be able to honor Senior Master Sergeant David Larriva as the Council District 15 Veteran of the Year!
RSVP: WATTS WINTER WONDERLAND
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Angelenos passed Measure M which will bring billions of dollars in local return to fund road repairs in the City and Measure HHH which will create 10,000 units for homeless individuals over the next 10 years.
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To address homeless issues, Councilman Buscaino designed a pilot program coupling homeless services with a dedicated LAPD quality of life patrol.
The dedicated Emergency Response Team from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and a new LAPD Quality of Life patrol car is a new partnership that works together with our local service providers to engage the homeless population in the hopes of finding resources and permanent housing first, get homeless individuals reconnected to their families, find treatment if they have an addiction or mental health issues and connect them to the VA if they are veterans
He has also worked to amend 56.11 which will require homeless individuals to take down their tents from 6AM to 9PM and allow LAPD to enforce this rule.
Councilman Buscaino partnered with LA Mas in Wilmington to work on the Avalon Blvd commercial corridor, with the goal of increasing walkability and creating a community-friendly environment for businesses to open and for people to shop and dine.
Councilman Buscaino pioneered the Gaffey St Conceptual Plan which will update this major corridor through landscaped medians, high visibility crosswalks, traffic signal synchronization, coordinated street furniture, public art and landscape enhancements.
Read the plan here.
Watts Civic Center
Councilman Buscaino has pioneered the re-opening of the Watts Civic Center which was refurbished and slated to re-open in 2016.
Following the arrival of Port Director Gene Seroka, Councilman Buscaino helped secure a $50 million commitment for infrastructure improvements necessary for the redevelopment of the LA Waterfront and Ports O’ Call. As a result, the developer has signed a letter of intent with the Port and we are expecting an agreement any day now.
The redevelopment of Ports O’ Call is only the first domino in Councilman Buscaino’s road to an economic Renaissance in the neighborhoods around the Port of Los Angeles.
The newly adopted Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Investment Plan will allocate approximately $400 million over the next decade to the Waterfront. Based on community input, six projects have been identified and will be incorporated into the Port’s planning for its 10-year Capital Improvement Program.
These include: Sampson Way and 7th Street intersection improvements, construction of a Town Square at 6th Street, connecting the new Downtown Harbor to Ports O’ Call, the new LA Waterfront Promenade and parking, the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade and repurpose or demolition of the former Catalina Freight building, Harry Bridges Blvd. beautification between Island Avenue and Avalon Blvd., and the Wilmington Waterfront Pedestrian Bridge.
The investment plan, coupled with the redevelopment of Ports O’ Call and a string of other projects and opportunities create an environment for private investment throughout the Harbor Area.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
To address illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, Councilman Buscaino formed a partnership with the City Attorney and the LAPD to create an effective and sustainable enforcement model.
Councilman Buscaino also voted to close a loophole which allowed pot shops that are illegal under Prop D to obtain Business Certificates. Prop D, which was passed by voters, restricts the number of pot shops in LA and how close the shops can be to schools, parks, etc. Closing this loophole was a common sense solution which furthers the spirit of Prop D and makes both enforcement and closing of illegal pot shops easier.
This is why in the past four years Councilman Buscaino has worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks and its General Manager Mike Shull to build and refurbish a dozen parks in the 15th Council District.
Councilman Buscaino put $2 Million into the Harbor Sports Complex in Wilmington; $6 Million into Rosecrans Park in the Harbor Gateway, $5 Million into Serenity Park in Watts, reconstructed the 109th St. Pool and Gaffey Street Pool, refurbished Leland Park in San Pedro, built Janet Shour Park, a new park across the street from the Drum Barracks in Wilmington and the skate park at Peck Park as well as putting $117 million into the Machado Lake rehabilitation
Councilman Buscaino helped launch Clean San Pedro, Clean Watts and Clean Wilmington which have become a force in the community by cleaning streets and alleys every week and building community in the process.
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My action plan for the immediate future regarding homelessness not only in San Pedro, but also across Los Angeles:
1. Expansion of our LAHSA Emergency Response Team and Adding the Mental Health Street Team
Because of the success of our LAHSA Emergency response team which came online at the at the beginning of 2015 and which is responsible for engaging and matching 76 people with housing options, I will be adding new teams our efforts! Previously we had a two man team. Starting immediately, we will have six interventionists doing the work. Additionally, thanks to support from Supervisor Don Knabe, we will be supplementing the efforts of the expanded Emergency Response Team by adding a two-member Mental Health street team that will engage and work with our homeless population.
UPDATE: Councilman Buscaino released his LAHSA Emergency Response Team statistics which revealed the outstanding work the team has done in District 15 while also highlighting the complexity of providing services. The City cannot force an individual to accept help and these statistic show the effort it takes to build relationships with someone to get them to the place to accept help. SEE THE STATS...
2. Create a downtown San Pedro and Gaffey St. Foot Beat Patrol
In addition to the continued quality of life car, LAPD will be adding a footbeat patrol in downtown San Pedro and on Gaffey St. between 1st and 14th streets.
3. Calling on our South Bay neighbors to develop a comprehensive approach to homelessness
I have written a letter addressed to all of the Mayors in the South Bay including Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Lomita, Carson and Gardena requesting their buy-in for shared responsibility for homelessness issues. Like we are doing here in the Harbor Area, they need to step up their commitment to provide services and housing. We know that decentralization of services coupled with permanent supportive housing is the answer to solving this problem. It is not fair that a few communities in the County house the majority of service providers. In the letter, I am calling for the creation of a special committee within the South Bay Council of Governments focused on homelessness, that will allow us to share experiences, ideas and best practices in our respective cities.
UPDATE: Early this year, Councilman Buscaino held the first South Bay Cities Homelessness Committee meeting. This forum was created for cities to work together, share ideas and experiences to address homelessness across the region and yesterday, the County followed Councilman Buscaino's lead and asked 54 cities to contribute money to a range of countyhomeless initiatives. READ MORE about this exciting effort here...
4. Promoting more public and private and investment into Permanent Supportive Housing
We know that permanent supportive housing is the correct path toward solving this issue. Currently my district has 311 supportive housing units that have recently become available OR are in the process of being built. They include: Vermont Villas, Blue Butterfly Village, 127th Street Apartments and El Segundo Apartments. Because I know that Permanent Supportive Housing is the right path towards a real solution, I will work towards promoting more public and private investment into Permanent Supportive Housing.
UPDATE: San Pedro Chamber of Commerce hosted a workshop educating landlords about Section 8 housing vouchers. In order to fully address homelessness the City must also address its affordable housing crisis and one way to do that is to expand the City and surrounding communities' supply of Section 8 housing, so we can prevent people from falling intohomelessness. If you are a property owner interested in learning more about Section 8 Housing please attend the April 7th Owner Orientation from 10am to 12:30pm at HACLA 2600 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90057 Board Room, Lobby. Please call(213) 252-4249 to RSVP. Learn more about Section 8 Landlord Benefits here. Late in 2015 Councilman Buscaino also helped open the 79-unit Vermont Villas supportive housing project which mainly serves homeless veterans in the Harbor Gateway.
5. San Pedro and Wilmington Homelessness Taskforces
Because there is so much interest and passion in town about the issue of homelessness, I am launching the San Pedro Community Homelessness Taskforce which will be co-chaired by Ray Regalado, San Pedro resident and Senior Relations Specialist at Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. In the next few weeks I will name the rest of the task force members from our community who will will be responsible for shaping community standards related to dealing with homelessness. The first assignment I will give the task force is to create a plan for the coordinated consolidation of food banks in town. We learned tonight that the unintended consequences of the simple act of offering food may enable an individual to continue a negative spiral of substance abuse and illegal behavior. Food should be available to those in need, but it should come from professional sources that have an ability to offer additional services, making the individuals with the highest need more visible to those that can help.
UPDATE: The San Pedro and Wilmington Taskforces have been working in their communities to address each neighborhoods specific problems. The Wilmington Taskforce forces has been meeting for the past couple of months and is working on creating storage for service providers working with the homeless to not only store supplies, but also furniture so when a person is placed into housing the providers can help make it feel like home to help keep the person in housing.
CLEAN UPS: Many of you saw the video of the clean up we did at Ante’s Restaurant. That was a large and high profile encampment and that is why many of you already know about it. However, we do do cleanups every weekend. I will continue cleaning these encampments whenever and wherever they materialize. As we learned tonight, they are unsanitary, illegal, dangerous and are a magnet for drug dealers and rapists. Allowing encampments incentivizes the worst case scenario: a place for drug dealers and gangsters to prey on these individuals.
UPDATE: Throughout Council District 15, the City's Watershed Protection Unit is keeping our public areas and parks safe and clean by routinely removing hazardous waste. SEE THE PHOTOS...
7. Develop City and County Road Maps to Address Homelessness
Mayor Garcetti's State of Emergency regarding homelessness and his homelessness investment plan. Over the past eight months, we have illustrated a proof of concept, and are scaling our efforts. His plan authorizes $100 million which will provide even more resources and our office will take advantage of its offerings to help even more people come off the streets and into housing. Additionally, the County of Los Angeles has committed $600,000 towards this issue in the Harbor and South Bay areas.
COMPLETED: The Los Angeles City Council approved the Comprehensive Homeless Strategy. This strategy lays out the road map for the city's efforts over the next decade to address homelessness. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also approved their homeless strategies in February.
8. Promote Services Providers in Council District 15
Lastly, at the Forum we heard that Harbor Interfaith's services work! We have seen and heard from their most recent clients, we have heard our panelist sing their praises. It is blatantly obvious that we should do all we can to help Harbor Interfaith scale their efforts. So tonight, I am proud to promote the launch of the Harbor Interfaith Go Fund Me campaign.
UPDATE: So far the community has raised over $4,600 for Harbor Interfaith not including in kind donations and volunteer hours. If you would like to donate click here.