Community Impact Statements

Neighborhood Councils play an advisory role in the Los Angeles municipal government. They gather, vet, debate, and come to a consensus on matters that impact City life and policy, and deliver their official stance on these issues in letters called “Community Impact Statements” (CIS), which are shared with City decision-makers, such as the Mayor, City Council, or City Departments such as City Planning. Below are CIS submitted by ASNC. Links connect to the original City motion.
June 2020
17-0454 Just Cause Tenancie Termination / Eviction and Rent Stabilization Measures
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support of this motion (17-0454) to establish a citywide Just Cause Eviction protection program for non-rent stabilized (Non-RSO) rental units, as permitted under the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482). Assembly Bill 1482 provides modest eviction protections for rental units constructed more than 15 years ago, but permits local jurisdictions to adopt more robust tenant protections on evictions. A stronger Just Cause eviction ordinance will promote stability in our rental housing market and limit the adverse impacts of displacement on long-term residential tenants. These protections were needed when this bill was introduced 3 years ago. Now during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and resulting under-employment, the need to deter arbitrary evictions, and prevent worsening homelessness throughout the City, is more urgent than ever.
20-0600 Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2020-21/People’s Budget
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council opposes the Mayor’s Proposed Budget for FY2020-21 and urges the City Council to revise it to reflect the values of our community by adopting the People’s Budget. At this critical time of converging health, economic, and racial justice crises, our city budget should increase vital social services, not cut them to preserve LAPD’s enormous budget allocation. We appreciate that City Council and the Mayor are moving in the right direction with the recent commitment to cut $100-150 million from LAPD’s budget to reinvest in disadvantaged communities. However, even with this cut, LAPD will still consume over 50% of the City’s unrestricted revenues. City Council should reduce LAPD’s budget by at least the amount necessary to: (1)prevent *any*cuts to social services in the upcoming fiscal year;and (2) allow trained, unarmed civilian personnel to replace police as first responders to calls for help on noncriminal matters such as mental health, homelessness, and neighbor disputes. Even before COVID-19, roughly one in three renters in our city spent more than half their income on housing, and, according to the 2020 Homeless Count, the number of people experiencing homelessness rose 14.2% since last year to 41,290. The pandemic will only make matters worse. This budget cuts $230 million in services, weakening vital programs that many Angelenos rely on and furloughing nearly 16,000 city workers. It cuts housing programs by 9.4%, job programs by 8.9%, and homelessness programs by 6%.And it forces police to be the only responders to calls that would be more safely handled by civilian personnel. It is time to recognize that investments in housing and job security, mental health care, and after-school programs *are* investments in public safety—and are also cheaper than police spending. We understand that cuts must be made, but we urge you to revise the budget so that it meets the needs of this moment. We ask you for a compassionate budget—and, through it, for a more just, equitable, and humane Los Angeles.
20-0692 Los Angeles Police Department Budget Cut / Disadvantaged and Communities of Color Reinvestment
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council will support, if amended, Council File 20-0692.We are in urgent and unprecedented times. As a result, we need urgent and unprecedented action. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council hereby requests the LA City Council increase Neighborhood Councils’ annual budget to $100,000 for the upcoming fiscal year commencing 2020. It is feasible, fair, long overdue and in tune with recent reallocation of funds away from LAPD’s and into the community. The People of our communities have taken to the streets to demand systemic transformation of how law enforcement and institutions treat black people and other communities affected by a history of white supremacy in America. We have demanded that systemic brutality in the hands of the police be addressed by redirecting funds away from the LAPD and directed into community-based programs, jobs, youth enrichment activities, and other basic needs. As a response, Council Members Price, Martinez, Rodriguez and Wesson introduced a motion that explains, “Crime exists where neighborhoods are destabilized because of a system of institutions that produce economic inequity and underfunded schools. But policing is not responsible for, nor can it solve unemployment, poor housing and concentrated poverty.” The motion calls for the City Council to “Instruct the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst, with assistance from the Mayor, work to identify at least $100-$150 million of cuts from the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget”. The motion calls for “recommendations on reinvesting these funds back into disadvantaged communities and communities of color.” Our Northeast LA area has been ground zero for disinvestment over the last decades. The LAPD budget currently stands at over 53% of the city budget accounting for $1,857,330,549 (1.85 billion) in comparison to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment at $2,828,444, (2.8 million) or .006% of the city budget. Neighborhood Council annual budgets were reduced from $42,000 to $32,000. Neighborhood Councils are the most comprehensive systems of self-governance in the country. We have direct links, lived experiences, and connections to the communities we serve. No one is excluded from participating regardless of gender, citizenship, or social status. Funding Neighborhood Councils is funding food pantries, youth literacy, sports, recreational, and enrichment programs; it is funding the healing of our neighborhoods through mental health services, violence intervention and prevention, and other programs the councils have funded in recent and past history; it is funding local park activities, public schools, and after school programs through Neighborhood Purpose Grants and Community Improvement projects. Funding neighborhood councils reduce crime, trauma, and unrest.
14-1738-s2 Body-Worn Video Cameras / All Police Officers / Federal Grant Funds Available / Justice in Policing Act of 2020 The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) supports the motion (14-1738-S2), with amendment. The motion seeks to explore the availability of Federal funding to supply all Los Angeles police officers with Body-Worn Video Cameras. While we do think increased oversight is a worthwhile pursuit, we would note that the 7,000 existing Body-Worn Video Cameras were not sufficient to prevent violence by police officers during the recent civil unrest. We would like to see an amendment to the motion requesting a report from the LAPD on rates of compliance with the existing BWVC use policies, rates of footage review, and whether additional policies need to be drafted to ensure proper use of this equipment.
20-0731 and 20-0729 LAPD use of force accountability during George Floyd Protests
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to these motions (20-0729/20-0731), calling for the investigation by the Inspector General’s office the Department of Civil and Human Right and the LAPD for the LAPD’s use of force tactics in response to peaceful protesters. Including the use of less than lethal weapons such as rubber bullets and other riot control ammunition. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has lead to a world wide public outcry for the rights of African Americans as well as other people of color against a racist system that marginalizes, abuses, and murders those for the color of their skin. In exercising their first amendment rights to speech and protest many Angelenos took to the streets, upset not just at the murder of Mr. Floyd but also by the history of racial violence by the LAPD. The protests, such as the gathering at Pan Pacific Park, contained all walks of Los Angeles life, young and old, families and friends, strangers and allies. They were there in support of each other and to declare, “black lives matter.” It is inconceivable that the LAPD and its commanders on the scene monitoring a protest largely based in opposition to police violence would decide to escalate the situation by firing rubber bullets into the crowd and beating down the bodies of peaceful protesters with truncheons. And yet that is the exact course of action the LAPD has taken. Not only did the LAPD feel it sufficient to try and suppress a peaceful protest they did so in lieu of pursuing those who were looting and burning down buildings. The ASNC denounces this use of force by the LAPD and advocated for a complete and thorough investigation and after action report.
20-0401-s1 COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund / Allocation / COVID-19 Emergency Renters Relief Program
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council supports this motion (20-0401-s2) to allocate $100 million of the COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund to the COVID-19 Emergency Renters Relief Program. Loss of income resulting from the Safer at Home Order has put a significant strain on renters’ ability to pay their bills. Although the council has already enacted protections to allow tenants to defer payments up to 12-months, questions still remain about the ability to make up for lost time. With unemployment at 20.3% in LA County, many residents find themselves on the brink of homelessness. It will save the city money in the long run to provide assistance now, rather than after Angelenos have fallen into homelessness. The LAHSA 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count underscores the urgency of this issue.
19-1204 Community Development Block Grant - Ziegler Estate
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) supports the Community Development Block Grant Program, in particular the proposal of $500,000 in upgrades to the City-owned Ziegler Estate in Mount Washington for continued use as the Southwest Museum Station Community Services Center. This investment is needed to maintain the building’s National Historic Landmark status, and is a direct investment in a city asset that also improves the neighborhood through the nonprofit preschool housed in the building.
20-0643 Scattered Site Homeless Housing Program / Homeless Re-Housing / COVID-19 Pandemic / Unused and Underused / Single and Multifamily Housing / Privately Owned
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council extends its support for this motion (20-0643) exploring the feasibility of implementing a scattered-site homeless housing program. This program would place unhoused individuals in already-existing homes and apartments in the private market and provide ongoing supportive services to prevent residents from falling back into homelessness. A report from LAHSA, released June 12, 2020, of data gathered during the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in January (prior to the novel coronavirus outbreak), showed 41, 290 people experiencing homelessness in the city of Los Angeles, a 14.2% rise over the last year. It is imperative that the city explores all possible solutions to this dire problem. The city should expedite this report, because if utilizing existing housing stock is a feasible solution, it is one we should embark on immediately.
20-0717 Waiving Vehicle Impound Fees for protesters
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0717) calling for the City’s Official Police Garages (OPG) to release all vehicles impounded during the recent civil unrest with costs to be incurred by the OPGs paid by the Los Angeles Police Department and not by the vehicle owners. The regressive nature of paying to get one’s vehicle from impound disproportionately affects those with lesser means, especially during a time of extremely high unemployment. Furthermore, The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council would like the City Council to request that the Office of Inspector General investigate how many vehicles were in fact owned by protesters and what infractions warranted towing in the first place to assure this was not a wholesale towing of vehicles intended to punish those exercising their first amendment rights by protesting police brutality.
20-0718 Dropping charges: curfew & failure to disperse
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0718) calling for the City Attorney to drop all charges against protesters whose crimes are curfew violations or failure to comply with orders to disperse. The protesters in question were exercising their right to free speech, and were not engaged in theft or property damage. By choosing to make these arrests, the LAPD diverted manpower, which could have been used to prevent looting and arson occurring nearby. Protecting freedom of speech is essential to our democracy. Our neighbors need to feel safe to demonstrate peacefully without fear of fine or imprisonment.
20-0600-s39 LAPD Budget Request “Through our Eyes” program
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0600-s39) if amended. This motion calls for an increase in the LAPD budget by $100,000 to expand the LAPD’s “Through our Eyes” program. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood council calls on the city to amend this item to an increase of $0 (Zero Dollars) with the recommendation that the Police Department proceed with their proposal to expand this program. In the spirit of “the People’s Budget” the ASNC cannot endorse any increase to the already bloated LAPD budget. The concept of the program itself is worthwhile enough that the LAPD should be able to find what amounts to .01% of their current budget ($1.189B) from within or from outside partnership as had previously been done with funding from State Farm. Such dedication to a program that helps create a bridge between teens and police by finding their own funding would show that the LAPD does intend to transform itself into a department that cares about the community. All without taking money from other potential programs in the city.
20-0690 Condemnation of the murder of George Floyd
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0690), if amended, calling for the condemnation of murder of George Floyd. We on the ASNC also call on the City of Los Angeles to condemn all murders of people of color by all police departments. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council also uses this moment to extend its support for Black Lives Matter and their allies in their collected efforts to dismantle systemic racism in America. We must not let this tragedy fall into indifference as so many have in the past and instead turn our efforts against a system that allows for “state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism” in our city, as well as those across America. We support BLM in their work “for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.”
20-0636 Rapid-Results Testing Protocols / COVID-19 / Staff and Essential Workers / Hotspots
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) supports this motion (20-0636) calling for the LA County Department of Public Health to report back on ways to implement more robust “rapid-results” testing protocols to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 among staff of potential transmission hotspots, such as hospitals, jails, nursing homes, grocery stores, mass transit and other locations susceptible to outbreaks. The city is starting to re-open in phases, despite our public health data showing 7% increases in new cases. With increased potential for exposure, we will require more frequent and reliable test results.
20-0712 COVID-19 Pandemic / Economy Reopening / Community Health Workers / Contact Tracers / Community Care Corps The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) supports this motion (20-0712) calling for the development of a Community Care Corps, to fill the gaps in our healthcare system while providing meaningful employment to Angelenos that need it. As stated in the motion, the coronavirus pandemic is worsening economic divides and requires a substantial government intervention to support our neighbors who have lost their income. This “New Deal style” hiring plan will create a new kind of essential worker, on the frontline combating the spread of COVID-19, and connecting community members with essential health services.
20-0600 Proposed Budget and 20-0482 to classify as essential emergency services any efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and toxic emissions If there is any lesson many of us in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council have learned over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it is that we have to be forward-thinking and prepare for what we know will come; we ignore predicted crises at our peril. In that vein, we object to the proposed budget as described in Council File 20-0600, and we support Council File 20-0482, to classify as essential emergency services any efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and toxic emissions.
February 2020
20-0103 Feasibility Study of “City Trees” The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0103) calling for the Bureau of Street Services, in conjunction with the Bureau of Sanitation, report to the Council in 30 days on the feasibility of installing “City Trees,” which serve to effectively absorb harmful particulate matter thereby improving air quality as well as report on potential funding sources to support “CityTrees” including grant funds from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and/or the California Air Resources Board. According to the Wired article this motion seems to be based of off (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/citytree-air-pollution-ukpiccadilly) City Trees, is a combination of vertical planter containing moss, a bench, water collection station, wi-fi relay powered by onboard solar paneling. Its creators claim that the 1,682 pots of moss will remove the same amounts of soot and pollutants as that of 275 trees. If these claims are true than this sort of integrated green street furniture could be an important tool in how we shape our city to fight climate change. At the very least it is an idea worth exploring as other major world cities already have. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood council supports this motion and encourages the city to continue to look into innovative ways to combat climate change.
20-0148 Study Use of Eminent Domain to Save Affordable Housing The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0148) calling for the Bureau of Engineering, with the assistance of the Housing and Community Investment Department, and in consultation with the City Attorney, be directed to report in 30 days with recommendations for the acquisition of private property located at 636 N. Hill Place (Hillside Villa Apartments), and on the required procedures to acquire the property through eminent domain, and to report on the use of eminent domain to acquire other similarly situated housing developments whose affordable housing covenants are now reaching an expiration date. The ASNC recognizes and appreciates that this proposal is a drastic departure in policy and if implemented would mean the establishment of a new precedent in how the City handles affordable houses covenants and potentially private property owners whose motives seek to displace those Angelenos of lesser means. We must note that the city through its history has used eminent domain to force working class families from areas such as Chavez Ravine, Boyle Heights and recently in a unanimous vote by the City Council in 2017 to acquire the neighborhood of Manchester Square to build a center for rental car companies to serve LAX. If the city can use its powers to evict working families surely it can use them to protect its citizens during the current housing crisis. It is because of this that the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council supports this council motion.
20-0002-S25 H.R. 5185, The Green New Deal for Public Housing If there is any lesson many of us in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council have learned over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it is that we have to be forward-thinking and prepare for what we know will come; we ignore predicted crises at our peril. In that vein, we object to the proposed budget as described in Council File 20-0600, and we support Council File 20-0482, to classify as essential emergency services any efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and toxic emissions.
January 2020
19-0604 Restrict Idling Parked Cars
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its
support to this motion calling for the City Attorney and LADOT to prepare an ordinance restricting parked vehicle idling to one minute or less with exceptions for emergency vehicles and where idling is needed for the operation of loading, unloading and processing operations. California and Los Angeles have been at the forefront of fighting for the environment though laws and regulations. However California has lagged behind other largely populated states in addressing the amount of pollutants derived from parked idling vehicles. By enacting this proposed ordnance Los Angeles can continue the fight against unhealthy air and set an example for the State of California to follow. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council also encourages the city to look at
best practices from other states to ensure that this ordinance won’t negatively affect low income or people with disabilities who may need idling during extreme temperatures.

20-0053 Oppose Awarding the Los Angeles Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series Championships
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its opposition to this motion (20-0053) Calling for the Commissioner of Major League Baseball to hand over the world series trophies from the 2017 and 2018 World Series to the Dodgers. While we understand the spirit of this resolution, the idea that the Dodgers deserve a victory they have not earned outright cheapens the award overall. It is true and verified by Major League Baseball that the Astros were engaged in a team wide system of cheating, which gave them an unfair advantage over their opponents. The punishments meted out by MLB have been limited and it is true that further action should be taken against the Houston Astros. Invalidating the World Series of 2017, with no
victor, creates a legacy in the record books that can be questioned and learned from rather than glossed over, which would still be the case with a de facto Dodger victory as it is currently by letting the Astros retain their victory. In the case of the Boston Red Sox, Manager Alex Cora is currently being investigated by MLB over a similar scheme with the Boston baseball club. If it is proven that this scandal extended to the Red Sox then they too should have their victory nullified but without awarding the Dodgers a trophy they ultimately did not earn.

20-0043 City Internships for Low Income High School Students
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support to this motion (20-0043) Calling for the creation of a youth internship program for low-income high school students to introduce them to city jobs. The ASNC agrees with this motion as it creates many new opportunities for otherwise disadvantaged youth to explore career possibilities in a manner that can serve the public and their own communities. There is a vast system of inequality in the United States where even progressive cities such as Los Angeles find many low income families lacking in opportunities afforded to those with greater means. Even public institutions such as schools face imbalanced services depending on their zip code. Opportunities like this proposal from the city do not erase this inequality but it is the step in the right direction and a positive service to our youth.
November 2019
19-0002-S185 Exempt Homeless Developments from Environmental Standards
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) does not support the following motion (19-0002-s185). This motion calls for the Los Angeles city legislative agenda to seek legislation calling for exemptions of the California Environmental Quality Act in construction of new developments with 50% or more Homeless housing or 100% affordable/supportive housing. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council through its other motions clearly supports the city’s efforts in addressing the homeless crisis and pushes for more to be done for those either homeless or on the threshold of homelessness. However we on the council feel that you cannot trade one crisis for another. Ignoring the environmental impacts of developments, even those that are beneficial, works
against the city’s push for environmental justice and for addressing climate change. Housing for homeless and low income families should be incentivized. But it should not come at the expense of our environment.
19-1385 Welcome to All Refugees
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support for the following council motion (19-1385). This motion calls for a declaration by the City of Los Angeles that all refugees are welcome no matter their race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or origin. And that the city will continue to work with resettlement organizations to improve refugee integration and finally calls on President Trump to increase the refugee resettlement cap for 2020. A society can and will be judged by how it treats the most vulnerable. Be it homeless, children, elderly, poor or refugees we as Americans must come together and look out for our fellow people. Los Angeles must live up to its reputation as a beacon of progress and lead others down the right path. This motion calls for the city to continue its efforts to help those fleeing disaster, war, persecution and economic hardships. And calls on the federal government to reverse its current course and continue the American institution of taking in the “tired, poor huddled masses yearning to be free.” For this the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council supports this motion.
19-1418 Divestiture and Boycott of Anything Related to Amazon Deforestation
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) extends its support for the following council motion (19-1418). This motion calls for the Bureau of Sanitation and Chief Procurement Officer, in conjunction with the Department of General Services to report in 45 days on policies and procedures the city can implement to eliminate the purchase of products for city use derived from deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest as well as procedures to eliminate contracting, investing in or doing business with companies that engage in deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is a precious natural resource teeming with massive biodiversity in its flora and fauna. It is also the home of a large population of indigenous peoples. The current wholesale destruction of Amazon Rainforest, allowed by the current administration in Brazil and perpetrated by corporations, including American companies cannot be tolerated or supported in anyway. We on the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council therefore support this motion and applaud its efforts of economic boycott.