Mitch O'Farrell is an American politician and member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 13th district. O'Farrell was elected on May 21, 2013 to succeed outgoing incumbent Eric Garcetti, the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. O'Farrell was raised in a suburb south of Oklahoma City, he first moved to Los Angeles where he became a cruise ship dancer traveling the world and ending up working as a dancer in a casino in the Bahamas. He moved back to Los Angeles in the 1990s, settling in Glassell Park, he started volunteering for his neighborhood. Eric Garcetti was running for City Council and he did some volunteer work for him, he was elected President of the Glassell Park Improvement Association and helped form the Neighborhood Council. In 2002, he was hired by Councilmember Garcetti to work in his office, he stayed for ten years. He was a field deputy deputy director district director and senior advisor. 13th District Website
California's 44th congressional district
California's 44th congressional district is a congressional district in the U. S. state of California. The district is centered in the Los Angeles Harbor Region, it is represented by Nanette Barragán. The 44th district is composed of the following cities and communities: Carson Compton East Compton East Rancho Dominguez Lynwood North Long Beach San Pedro South Gate Watts Walnut Park West Rancho Dominguez Willowbrook WilmingtonThe congressional district is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County; the district's current borders are delineated by the 110 freeway in its western border. Takes an inward right following the 105 Freeway. Following S. Central Avenue north and zig-zags its way to Florence Ave at its apex, its eastern border runs along the 710 Freeway until reaching the Pacific Ocean. Education The following school districts serve the area: Los Angeles Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District.
California State University Dominguez Hills and Compton Community College are the only institutions of higher education in the district. The high school graduation rate is 63.9% and bachelor's degree or higher 13.4% District created January 3, 1983. As of January 2019, there are five former members of the U. S. House of Representatives from California's 44th congressional district that are living; the most recent representative to die was Al McCandless on August 9, 2017. The most serving representative to die was Sonny Bono on January 5, 1998. What was once the 44th Congressional District is now California's 50th Congressional District. In the 1980s, the 44th District was one of four, it covered some of the eastern parts of San Diego County. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. However, Bates was bogged down in a scandal involving charges of sexual harassment. Randy "Duke" Cunningham won hammered Bates about the scandal.
He won by just a point, meaning that the San Diego area was represented by Republicans for only the second time since the city was split into three districts after the 1960 U. S. Census. In the 1990 U. S. Census, the district was renumbered the 51st Congressional District, much of its share of San Diego was moved to the new 50th Congressional District. Between 2003 and 2013, the 44th district covered an area of Southern California from San Clemente in Orange County on the coast, north-by-northeast inland to Riverside County, including the cities of Corona, Norco and Riverside. List of United States congressional districts GovTrack.us: California's 44th congressional district RAND California Election Returns: District Definitions California Voter Foundation map - CD44
Gilbert Anthony Cedillo is an American politician a member of the Los Angeles City Council for District 1, succeeding Ed Reyes after his election on May 21, 2013. Cedillo was a Democratic member of both the California State Assembly and the California State Senate. Cedillo was a candidate for California's 32nd congressional district seat, vacated by Hilda Solis. A California's 32nd Congressional District Special Election, 2009 was held on May 19, 2009. Cedillo lost the primary to Board of Equalization Member Judy Chu. Cedillo grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, his father worked as a mechanic at American Can in Vernon and was a member of the United Steelworkers of America. His mother was a garment worker at Times-Mirror Press. Cedillo attended Lorena Street and Euclid Avenue Elementary, Stevenson Junior High and Roosevelt High, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1977, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the Peoples College of Law, in Los Angeles, in 1983.
He was a close friend of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The friends both became active in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan and attended the People's College of Law. Cedillo worked for the Service Employees International Union, Los Angeles County's largest union, where he served as general manager from 1990 to 1996. In his years as general manager, he protected youth programs and played a critical role in securing $364 million in federal assistance to ensure that the Los Angeles County Health Care system remained afloat. President Bill Clinton stated that his decision to provide funding "was reached after critical consultations with SEIU". Cedillo was fired from the union after losing a power struggle with Local 660's board of directors. Cedillo won a special election on January 13, 1998, to the California State Assembly's 46th district, served there until 2002. In 2002, he was elected to the State Senate. Cedillo attempted to have driver's licenses to illegal aliens reinstated, was the author of the California DREAM Act.
He worked on increasing and expanding access to health care, developing regional solutions to combat homelessness, encouraging economic development in his Downtown Los Angeles district. Gil Cedillo is a member of the Council of La Raza. Cedillo was re-elected in 2006, defeating a Republican. Cedillo received 71,199 votes, Ten received 18,581 votes, Murray Levy, a Libertarian candidate, received 3,469 votes, he was Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy and was a member of the Senate standing committees on Appropriations, Public Safety and Transportation and Housing. On September 28, 2006, Cedillo was arrested along with 200 others for blocking Century Blvd. in front of LAX, during a protest supporting the right for employees to unionize at the LAX hotels. On January 8, 2009, Cedillo announced his candidacy for the 32nd Congressional District seat, vacated by Congresswoman Hilda Solis. Congresswoman Solis accepted an appointment from President-elect Barack Obama as United States Labor Secretary.
In the blanket primary, Cedillo competed against Judy Chu, a former Monterey Park assemblywoman and vice-chairman of the State Board of Equalization. Cedillo received a majority of other major endorsements, including eight members of California's Congressional Delegation, LA Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, more than 100 current and former public officials, including Senator Gloria Romero, Senator Ron Calderon, Assemblymember Ed Chavez, who all dropped out of the race and endorsed Cedillo. Chu defeated Cedillo with 15,338 votes to Cedillo's 11,244 votes. Following his failed bid for U. S. Congress, Cedillo was elected to the California State Assembly's 45th District seat in 2010; the seat had been vacated by Kevin de León. Cedillo served as chairman of California's Latino Congressional Caucus. In 2010, Cedillo authored California's SRC 113, a resolution for a statewide boycott of the State of Arizona, following Arizona's passage of SB 1070, an illegal immigration enforcement bill.
Cedillo tried nine times, since 1998, to get bills passed in the California State Legislature that would allow illegal aliens in California to obtain driver's licenses. In 2001 and 2002 Governor Gray Davis vetoed two of Cedillo's bills that would have permitted licenses for illegal aliens. In the midst of the 2003 recall election, Davis backed and signed SB 60, Cedillo's driver's license bill. After Davis was recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor, the state legislature, with Schwarzenegger's support, repealed the new law before it went into effect. Senator Cedillo agreed to repeal the law he wrote under the agreement with the Governor to work on a bipartisan bill. In 2004, Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 2895, an identical bill to Senator Cedillo's SB 1160 that stalled in the legislature, saying that it did not meet his security concerns; the governor wanted a "marked license", identifiable. AB 2895 was introduced to the legislature by one of Cedillo's closest allies, Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Núñez.
In 2005, Cedillo authored another driver's license bill. He made new modifications to the proposal, specifying that illegal aliens would not be able to use the driver's license for purposes of identification for boarding airplanes, opening bank accounts, registering to vote, or other rights of U. S. citizens. Again, Schwarzenegger refused to sign the bi
California's 29th congressional district
California's 29th congressional district is a congressional district in the U. S. state of California based in the north central San Fernando Valley, it includes the city of San Fernando as well as the Los Angeles communities of Van Nuys, Arleta, Panorama City and parts of Sun Valley and North Hollywood. The district is represented by Democrat Tony Cárdenas. District created January 3, 1953 As of March 2019, there are three former members of the U. S. House of Representatives from California's 29th congressional district that are living; the most recent representative to die was Augustus Hawkins on November 10, 2007. He was the most serving representative to die. List of United States congressional districts GovTrack.us: California's 29th congressional district RAND California Election Returns: District Definitions California Voter Foundation map - CD29
Mike Bonin is an American politician and the Los Angeles Councilmember from the 11th District. He was Chief of Staff to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's staff. Bonin took office on July 1, 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Bonin won the March 5 Primary for the Council seat with 62% of the vote. City Council elections and seats are non-partisan. Bonin is considered politically progressive, he is gay. Born in Clinton, Bonin is a graduate of Harvard University, he worked as a reporter before entering politics. Bonin worked as deputy chief-of-staff, district director, legislative deputy for the Office of Ruth Galanter from 1997 to 2003, as deputy chief-of-staff to the office of Congresswoman Jane Harman from 2003 to 2004, as chief-of-staff for Councilmember Bill Rosendahl from 2005 to 2013. Bonin graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Massachusetts, in 1985, he served as class president during Senior years. William P. Constantino, Bonin's grandfather, was a state representative and presiding judge in Clinton District Court.
His uncle, William P. Constantino, Jr. served as a state representative. From 1989 to 1996, Bonin worked as a reporter at the Springfield Newspapers in Springfield, Mass. and the Wave Newspapers in Los Angeles, CA. Bonin's began his political career organizing student and community support for the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, which won certification as a union during Bonin's junior year of college. Bonin began working in Los Angeles city politics 1996, joining the staff of Los Angeles City Councilmember Ruth Galanter. During his seven years with Galanter, Bonin held various titles, serving as legislative deputy, district director, as deputy chief of staff. From 2003 to 2004, Bonin worked in the Office of US Representative Jane Harman, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for the Congressional District represented by Harman. In 2005, Bonin managed Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's successful campaign, was appointed chief-of-staff. Bonin helped broker a legal settlement that jumpstarted modernization of Los Angeles International Airport while preventing airport expansion into neighboring communities.
Bonin helped more than 100 homeless people find permanent housing. He helped Rosendahl win passage of a Citywide Bicycle Master Plan, cut taxes for internet-based businesses. After being diagnosed with cancer, Rosendahl chose not to seek a third term and endorsed Bonin to succeed him in the 2013 city election. During the summer of 2012, Rosendahl announced. In October, he decided against seeking reelection. Rosendahl endorsed Bonin and referenced his dedication to public service in the endorsement. Bonin's campaign stressed his long-standing community ties, his track record working for local elected officials, his plans for the district, he campaigned on a theme of "Putting Neighborhoods First," and promised to "move Los Angeles forward, do good, get things done."During the campaign, Bonin received endorsements from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the Los Angeles Times. Bonin was re-elected on defeating Mark Ryavec and Robin Rudisill.
Bonin won District 11 with 71% of the vote. Bonin launched his "Access 11" program shortly after being sworn-into office in order to "bring City Hall to the Westside." The program features "Open Office Hours," where Bonin meets with constituents at Farmers Markets or other community gatherings, "Neighborhood Service Fairs," where Bonin coordinates City departments to come to Westside communities to demonstrate available services, "Hikes With Mike," where Bonin meets with neighbors as they hike in areas around the district, "Neighborhood Coffees," where Bonin hosts small, informal gatherings for neighbors to ask questions about the City and "Neighborhood Canvasses," where Bonin and community volunteers go door-to-door in Westside neighborhoods to ask for ideas and service requests As a candidate for Council, Bonin advocated in favor of Los Angeles Measure D, which allows regulated medicinal marijuana dispensaries, as long as they are not located in residential neighborhoods or schools. In the fall of 2014, Bonin partnered with LA City City Attorney Mike Feuer and neighbors in Mar Vista to oppose the relocation of a large marijuana dispensary in the Mar Vista neighborhood, saying the proposed location did not comply with Proposition D.
In January 2014, Bonin and Feuer announced that they had stopped the relocation of the controversial dispensary. Calling the lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles "a threat to neighborhood quality of life," Bonin has spearheaded changes to zoning laws that allow developers a "density bonus" and a free pass on development standards. In the spring of 2014, Bonin joined with colleagues at the state and local level on three efforts to amend California's "density bonus" law known as SB 1818: Bonin co-sponsored legislation this week with Councilmember Paul Krekorian directing the Planning Department to more enforce SB 1818 provisions and require developers to provide economic data proving that including affordable housing requires additional incentives. Bonin co-sponsored legislation this week with Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell asking for a report on how much affordable housing has been lost as a result of SB 1818, what steps the City is taking to monitor affordable housing covenants. Working with Councilmember Paul Krekorian and state Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, Bonin's planning staff helped craft Assembly Bill 2222.
Sponsored by Nazarian, AB 2222 amended SB 1818 by restricting
California State Assembly
The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature, the upper house being the California State Senate. The Assembly convenes, along with the State Senate, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento; the Assembly consists with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to a combination of the state's large population and small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population-per-representative ratio of any state lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States after the federal House of Representatives. Members of the California State Assembly are referred to using the titles Assemblyman, Assemblywoman, or Assemblymember. In the current legislative session, Democrats enjoy a three-fourths supermajority of 61 seats, while Republicans controls 19 seats; the Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the full Assembly.
Other leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber. The current Speaker is Democrat Anthony Rendon; the majority leader is Democrat Ian Calderon. As a result of Proposition 140 in 1990 and Proposition 28 in 2012, members elected to the Legislature prior to 2012 are restricted by term limits to three two-year terms, while those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years in the legislature in any combination of four-year State Senate or two-year State Assembly terms; every two years, all 80 seats in the Assembly are subject to election. This is in contrast to the State Senate, in which only half of its 40 seats are subject to election every two years; the chamber's green tones are based on the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The dais rests along a wall shaped like an "E", with its central projection housing the rostrum. Along the cornice appears a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a Latin quotation: legislatorum est justas leges condere.
Every decorating element is identical to the Senate Chamber. To run for the Assembly, a candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter in the district at the time nomination papers are issued, may not have served three terms in the State Assembly since November 6, 1990. According to Article 4, Section 2 of the California Constitution, the candidate must have one year of residency in the legislative district and California residency for three years; the chief clerk of the Assembly, a position that has existed since the Assembly's creation, is responsible for many administrative duties. The chief clerk is the custodian of all Assembly bills and records and publishes the Assembly Daily Journal, the minutes of floor sessions, as well as the Assembly Daily File; the chief clerk is the Assembly's parliamentarian, in this capacity gives advice to the presiding officer on matters of parliamentary procedure. The chief clerk is responsible for engrossing and enrolling of measures, the transmitting passed legislation to the governor.
Since 2016, the chaplain of the Assembly has been a Buddhist cleric. The chaplain from 2003 to 2016 was a Greek Orthodox priest; the position of sergeant-at-arms of the Assembly has existed since 1849. The sergeant-at-arms is tasked with law enforcement duties, but customarily has a ceremonial and protocol role. Today, some fifty employees are part of the Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Office; the Chief Clerk, the acting Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, the Chaplains are not members of the Legislature. Elected in a special election Current committees include: Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative review Assembly Committee on Aging And Long-Term Care Assembly Committee on Agriculture Assembly Committee on Appropriations Assembly Committee on Arts, Sports and Internet Media Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance Assembly Committee on Budget Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversight and Program Evaluation Assembly Committee on Business and Consumer Protection Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance Assembly Committee on Education Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization Assembly Committee on Health Assembly Committee on Higher Education Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development Assembly Committee on Human Services Assembly Committee on Insurance Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, the Economy Assembly Committee on Judiciary Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment Assembly Committee on Local Government Assembly Committee on Natural Resources Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection Assembly Committee on Public Employees and Social Security Assembly Committee on Public Safety Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation Assembly Committee on Rules Assembly Committee on Transportation Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs Assembly Committ
Joe Buscaino is an American politician serving on the Los Angeles City Council for the 15th district. Buscaino was elected on January 17, 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Janice Hahn, following her successful bid for the U. S. House of Representatives, he is a member of the Democratic Party. He was re-elected on March 5, 2013, to a full four-year term with 83.09% of the vote, the largest margin of victory since at least 1996 for a Los Angeles city council race in which more than one candidate was listed on the ballot. On March 7, 2017, Buscaino won re-election with 74.85% of the vote. Following his election, Buscaino was appointed by the city council president to serve as chairman of the Public Works Committee; the committee has oversight of the Department of Public Works, its Bureaus of Sanitation, Street Services, Street Lighting and Contract Administration. The Department of Public Works is the city's third-largest department and has a staff of more than 5,000 employees, who are responsible for the construction and operation of City facilities and infrastructure.
The department installs sewers, constructs storm drains, builds the city's streets, as well as public buildings, rights-of-way, service facilities. Other committee assignments include Public Safety, which includes the LAPD, LAFD and Emergency Management. Arts, Health, Aging & River Public Safety Public Works & Gang Reduction Trade, Commerce & Tourism Ad Hoc on Special Olympics On November 10, 2018, Joe Buscaino was named First Vice President of the National League of Cities after serving as the Second Vice President of the NLC. In 2018, the annual NLC City Summit was held in Los Angeles, where Buscaino acted as the host of the event for over 5,000 mayors, city officials, staff members; the City Summit is the National League of Cities’ conference for local leaders to convene and collaborate on solutions to the common challenges facing America’s cities. Each year, the conference is hosted in a different U. S. city – offering fresh and new best practices for government officials to improve the conditions back home.
The National League of Cities is an advocacy organization in the United States that represents the country's 19,000 cities and villages along with 49 state municipal leagues. Created in 1924, it has evolved into a leading membership organization providing education, research and advocacy to city leaders across America. General: Back to Basic Car Plan: In the past 50 years, LA's population has grown by 25% while the LAPD has grown by 30%. Cognizant of the need for more officers patrolling the streets, Councilman Buscaino paired up with Councilman Bonin to produce the Back to Basic Car Plan, a 10 point plan that encourages the LAPD to return to their "Basic Car Plan," a model implemented in 1969 that saw a 1% reduction in crime while nationwide crime rates soared by 55%. Under the Back to Basic Car Plan, the City will revisit the LAPD's deployment formulas in order to establish reasonable minimum patrol staffing levels; the implementation of minimum patrol staff levels, along with other changes that encourage operational flexibility and integration with local communities, ensures that the Back to Basic Car Plan reflects a robust vision to combat crime and establish relationships between the LAPD and the constituents they serve.8-step Homelessness Plan: Councilman Buscaino has a comprehensive plan to address homelessness, both in San Pedro and in LA as a whole.
The first step in the plan was the expansion of the LAHSA Emergency Response Team, which since 2015 has provided nearly 5,000 individuals with either referrals, direct services, or in the case of 235 constituents, a variety of housing placements. The new plan includes the creation of a two-member Mental Health Team, who assist the Emergency Response Team; the second step in the plan was the creation of a LAPD footbeat patrol in downtown San Pedro and on Gaffey St. between 1st and 14th streets. The beat patrol has been in place since 2015; the third step in the homelessness plan was creating the South Bay Cities Homelessness Committee, which enables dialogue amongst the South Bay Cities, many of whom suffer from severe homelessness issues. The Committee provides a forum for collaboration, much-needed if we want to eliminate homelessness on a city-wide basis in LA. Step four in Councilman Buscaino's plan is the promotion of Permanent Supportive Housing, which the Councilman views as a viable means of drastically decreasing homelessness.
By providing Section 8 Housing Vouchers, the city can not only relocate homeless constituents to housing, but moreover, can be proactive in preventing constituents from falling into homelessness. The most recent action regarding step four of the homelessness plan was the construction of the Vermont Villas, a 79-unit supportive housing project which serves homeless veterans in the Harbor Gateway area; the fifth step towards eliminating homelessness was the creation of the San Pedro and Wilmington Homelessness Taskforces. The decision to create the community-specific taskforces was influenced by the presence of 1200 constituents at a lively 2015 community forum on homelessness, held in San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre; the forum reinforced the idea that homelessness is a problem best solved by direct engagement with the local community. Sixth in the Councilman's steps