Legislative Accomplishments

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Committee Assignments

Councilman Buscaino chairs the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee, where he oversees activity at the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest Port in the United States, Los Angeles World Airports, the second busiest airport in the nation, and the Los Angeles Department of Tourism and Convention Development, which promotes citywide tourism in one of the most visited cities in the nation.

He was appointed as Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee, where he assists in leading efforts to attract development and revenue to the City of Los Angeles.

Councilman Buscaino also sits as an active member of the Public Safety and Public Works & Gang Reduction Committees, and the Ad Hoc Committee on 2028 Olympics.

These Committee appointments guide the Councilman’s legislative priorities in his continued efforts to make the 15th District and the City of Los Angeles a better place for all to live, work, and play.

 

Legislative Accomplishments

  • Open Harbor Jail: In the 2019 / 2020 budget, Councilmember Buscaino secured funding to open the jail at LAPD Harbor Division station. The station opened in 2008, but due to the Great Recession, the jail was never put into operation, forcing arresting officers to transport arrestees 15 miles to 77th Division jail, taking them out of service for hours.

  • Fight for Equal Rights and Pay for Laborers at the Port of Los Angeles: Councilman Buscaino is the leader of the movement taking place at the Port for equal rights and better pay of truckers and warehouse workers, often involved in unfair contract positions by major logistics companies. By asserting his authority under Section 245 of the Los Angeles City Charter and reversing several key votes by the Harbor Commission, his efforts were successful in evicting one of the biggest offenders from the Port.

  • Champion State and Local Legislation for Economic Development: In order to attract private investment for transformative developments at the LA Waterfront (San Pedro and Wilmington), Councilman Buscaino successfully championed state legislation and a ballot measure that amended the LA City Charter to extend lease terms on Port property from 50 to 66 years.

  • Decriminalize and Regulate Street Vending: Councilman Buscaino was instrumental in ensuring that street vendors do not receive misdemeanor violations, providing options instead for penalties like small fines and volunteer requirements through the Administrative Code Enforcement (ACE) program, while establishing a permitting and regulatory system to manage vendors.

  • Limit Personal Property on Sidewalks while Protecting Due Process Rights of Homeless Individuals : Before amended by Councilman Buscaino, LAMC 56.11 violated the rights of homeless individuals by making the storage of any amount of personal property a criminal offense. Today, LAMC 56.11 has been revised so that a fair and reasonable limit of 60 gallons of items may be on an individual at any time, with criminal penalties imposed only for interfering with city workers during a cleanup.

  • Establish Protections for Environmental Compliance Officers: Councilman Buscaino initiated and successfully achieved Peace Officer Status, or civil protections, for LA Bureau of Sanitation’s Environmental Compliance Officers. These Officers are charged with the difficult task of cleaning up items such as abandoned tents and bulky items, and civil protections are critical for them to complete their work in a safe and legal manner.

  • Develop a Citywide Sidewalk Repair Program: Councilman Buscaino led the effort to develop a 30-year, $1.5 billion sidewalk repair program. In the early 1970s, the City took over legal responsibility for repairing sidewalks from property owners, but never developed a repair plan or adequately funding repair efforts. As part of the program, Buscaino proposed the innovative idea of a rebate program for critical sidewalk repairs throughout the City of LA. In this successful program, property owners organize sidewalk repairs by a third party and are partially reimbursed by the City.

  • Modernize Asphalt Plant 1: Councilman Buscaino proposed and secured funding for the modernization of city-owned asphalt plant 1. The project will replace and modernize the existing Bureau of Street Services asphalt plant facility utilizing the latest “drum” mix technology to produce hot mix asphalt at a production rate of up to 700,000 tons per year, or 400 tons per hour. The replacement plant is designed to use 50 % recycled asphalt pavement materials in the final product, reducing the consumption of raw materials and reducing landfill waste. The higher production of HMA will reduce the City’s dependence on outside HMA vendors for new pavement construction and general street maintenance, reducing taxpayer costs and increasing efficiency.

  • Increase Funding for Street Resurfacing - Councilman Buscaino led an effort to increase the fees charged to utility companies when they excavate a street to perform maintenance work, providing a financial incentive to reduce street cuts and coordinate repair work with other utilities. The increased revenue is dedicated to street resurfacing and slurry sealing.

 

In Progress

  • Proposed 2020 Ballot Measure for Parks & Trees: On March 27, 2019, Councilman Buscaino introduced a motion that would initiate the steps necessary to place a measure on the 2020 ballot to secure billions of dollars needed for tree planting and maintenance in the City, as well as creating and maintaining City parks and other green space.

  • Citywide Social Enterprise Program: Councilman Buscaino is working hard to revolutionize the Transitional Job Opportunities Program (TJOP), an incentive for businesses that contract with the City to hire transitional Workers, by developing a Citywide Social Enterprise Program. Once completed, disadvantaged populations with barriers to entering the workplace will have expanded options for employment.

  • Homeless Litter Abatement Pilot Project: Councilman Buscaino proposed an innovative idea to provide homeless individuals with the stability and dignity of work while simultaneously beautifying our City’s public corridors. The pilot project was successfully included in City’s waitlist for funding from forthcoming money set aside in Governor Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget for homelessness.

  • Harbor Area Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD): Councilman Buscaino recently charged the Economic and Workforce Development Department, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Chief Legislative Analyst’s office with establishing an EIFD for the Harbor Area. Once completed, the EIFD will be one of the strongest local economic development tools implemented in the 15th District.