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.