Text of Motions related to ASNC's Proposed Community Impact Statements:
CF17-0447 Oil & Gas Development,
We support an ordinance to establish a setback separating oil and gas extraction operations from sensitive land uses such as homes, schools, and hospitals and are in agreement with the City Council for the motion passed directing the City Attorney, Petroleum Administrator, and Department of Planning to perform a legal, land use, health, environmental, and economic study of such an ordinance. LA contains the largest and most densely populated urban oil field in the nation. There are over 1,000 active oil wells in the City, and 80 percent of these wells are located within 2,500 feet of a sensitive land use. Oil and gas extraction sites routinely use and emit toxic chemicals, and these emissions are at their highest and most dangerous concentration at the source of pollution. Additionally, more than half of the active wells are located in low-income Latino and African-American neighborhoods, which are already overburdened by environmental hazards. Residents from these neighborhoods have documented serious health problems, in addition to daily disruption from drilling noise and vibrations, odors, and diesel truck traffic. Precedent exists for a health and safety buffer around drilling sites in Los Angeles. The City amended its zoning code in the 1940's, with an express declaration that "oil drilling and production in urbanized areas is detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare." Classifying these operations as non-conforming uses—meaning incompatible with resident neighborhoods—resulted in the closure of hundreds of active oil wells, especially on the West Side. Every Angeleno deserves to live in a safe and healthy neighborhood. Oil drilling operations are wholly incompatible with residential neighborhoods, and we urge swift completion of the legal and land use study.
CF17-0831 Bank of Los Angeles,
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) recommends that the Los Angeles City Council - through the Ad Hoc Comprehensive Job Creation Plan Committee - move forward with the creation of a publicly-controlled “Bank of Los Angeles.” Los Angeles remains in crisis regarding homelessness and a lack of affordable housing. The chartering of a publicly-controlled bank empowers the community to reinvest in the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of housing units. Additionally, the statewide legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use has created a void for the banking needs required within this billion-dollar industry. A state chartered bank would have the ability to provide banking services to the cannabis industry. While multi-national private banks commonly invest in pipelines that endanger the planet as a whole, local opportunities include: rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, transitioning to a green energy grid, and bolstering environmentally-friendly public transportation, among others.
CF17-1038 1050 Montecito Drive,
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) supports the motion for a General Services report aimed at protecting the radio system lease, creating a permanent easement or possible purchase of the KIIS Radio Tower, located at 1050 Montecito Drive, which is critical to Los Angeles Police communications in the Hollenbeck Division, a large portion of which includes ASNC stakeholders. Unfortunately the property was recently sold to a private party who has no intention of maintaining the Police Department usage. City control of the facility and the property is critical to public safety in the region.
CF17-1040 Sanctuary City,
ASNC supports CF 17-1040. Following the example of Santa Ana, CA, officially declaring Los Angeles to be a sanctuary city would send a clear message that would reverberate through California and beyondthat this city welcomes and believes adamantly in the safety and human rights of all inhabitants, regardless of immigration status.
CF16-1320 Immigration & Custom Enforcement
Members of our community have been adversely affected by the presence of ICE (Immigrations andCustoms Enforcement) officers in our neighborhoods, as highlighted by the February 28th detention of a local father,Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, as he was taking his children to school not far outside the boundaries of the ASNC. Webelieve that our city’s leaders must adopt policies that support and ensure the safety of all community members, regardless of immigration status.
CF17-0109 Special Order 40
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) stands in support of all vulnerablestakeholders, both citizens and non-citizens. We support the City Council on actions to defend its status as a sanctuarycity such as standing up for the legal rights of immigrants in Los Angeles; reaffirming its support for LAPD's SpecialOrder 40, which prohibits city employees from participating in any kind of racial or religious registry; exploring freelegal assistance at City facilities; vigorously defend against federal funding cuts based upon its sanctuary city status; and funding an immigration defense fund to ensure proper legal representation in immigration proceedings.