Celebrating my FIRST anniversary as your Councilman!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I stood with my family, raised my right hand, and took the oath of office, being sworn in as the new councilman for the 15th District. It has been challenging, rewarding, exhausting, frustrating, and incredibly fun all at the same time. Just like a roller coaster, there have been ups and downs, but there is no question, this has been the ride of my life. Not a day goes by where I do not reflect on how humbled and grateful I am by the trust and confidence you have bestowed on me, by electing me as your councilman.

Having spent the prior 15 years in the LAPD, I was used to working within and navigating a large bureaucracy, but there’s really no comparison to the responsibilities and complexity of being a councilman, representing 250,000 constituents in a city of nearly 4 million people. Los Angeles is an incredibly diverse city, with an annual budget of $7.1 billion and varying density, geography, industries and demographics. 

With so many people and such a large bureaucracy, it’s easy to get lost in minutia and get tripped up by the day-to-day obstacles and hurdles that I inevitably encounter. I recognized from the very start that this would not be an easy job, so I committed to focusing on three goals: ensuring public safety, delivering core city services that impact quality of life, and creating jobs through economic development.

In the past year we have achieved some major accomplishments that align with those goals:

We created a new Skateboard Safety Ordinance to help LAPD curb reckless skateboarding, following the tragic deaths of two teens in San Pedro.

We hosted a Neighborhood Watch Summit with the Senior Lead Officers of LAPD’s Harbor Division, to educate residents and business owners on tactics to reduce property crime.

We replaced all low pressure sodium street lights with LED lights, saving the city 60% on its energy bill and creating a safer environment under the whiter light. 

We removed 600 under-utilized parking meters from San Pedro and Wilmington allowing residents to park for free in many places in the two downtowns, while reducing rates at those few meters that remain. 

We solved the longtime pothole problem on Capitol Drive, outside the Target parking lot

We allocated extra funding to fill thousands of potholes in San Pedro, Watts, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Wilmington.

We repaired one of the worst sidewalks in Wilmington even though the city it not funding sidewalk repair. 

We brought the USS Iowa battleship to San Pedro, drawing thousands of visitors from all around the world.

We organized the first-ever Veterans Appreciation Festival at the USS Iowa

We donated surplus computers to families at the Jordan Downs housing devleopment

We passed an employee pension reform package that will save the city millions of dollars

We cleared overgrown weeds and trash from along Grandee Avenue in Watts, and removed hundreds of cubic yards of illegal dumping in alleys. 

We broke ground on the new Downtown Harbor Watercut 

We broke ground on the Plaza Park improvement project

We refurbished an old World War II era warehouse at the Port and opened the nation’s largest indoor craft marketplace - Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

We began stabilization and cleanup efforts of the White Point landslide and selected nearly fifty members of our community to participate on an advisory panel to ensure we have enough input in making a decision on how to repair Paseo del Mar. 

We began a search for a developer to revitalize the 30-acre Ports O Call property in San Pedro. This redevelopment project will generate  thousands of jobs both during construction and after completion and will create a new regional destination for the City.

Focusing on the year ahead, we have several projects that are already in motion.

We secured $2.2 million for a makeover of the sports field at Harbor Park in Wilmington, where young athletes have been playing in substandard conditions for way too long. 

We will be improving traffic flow and parking infrastructure in San Pedro, with the completion of the Gaffey St. bridge, installing angled parking on 5th and 7th streets in downtown, adding new traffic signals on Gaffey at 8th , 10th, 11th and 15th streets, and doubling the number of parking spaces at Field of Dreams.

We will be kicking off the $125 million Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project and water mitigation project in Harbor City, cleaning the entire lake, park and creating a new and thriving destination with a fishing pier, seating area, pedestrian bridge and overlook. This project will be completed by 2016.

 We will create soccer fields in Wilmington from the Union Pacific property and build a new pocket park on Banning Blvd. Watts will get a new skate park and the 109th St. pool will be remodeled. Harbor Gateway will also get a new pocket park while the Rosecrans Park will get a $6 million remodel.

Throughout the district we will be looking for more locations to build parks and increase open space.

We will soon break ground on the BNSF Railroad’s Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project, which will eliminate millions of truck miles each year from our freeways by using rail. Since 1990 the amount of trade has tripled in our ports and by 2030 it will triple again. This project will reduce emissions and create more good-paying local jobs in our communities. 

We repaved two major thoroughfares in San Pedro this year - Gaffey and Western, but citywide, 8,700 miles of streets are in terrible condition due to decades of inadequate funding of street maintenance. Our poor streets increase traffic, cause accidents, lower property values and cost vehicle owners an additional $750 in maintenance every year. That’s why I’m working on a $3 billion bond measure that - if approved by voters - would fix every failed street in Los Angeles within 10 years, creating 30,000 new jobs in the process. 

We have accomplished so much in the past year. I am very proud of what we’ve done, and the cooperation and dedication of my team that made it happen. But I’m not satisfied. 

There is so much more to do, and there are big problems facing the 15th District and the City of Los Angeles. I understand your frustration when it seems like progress is so slow and change takes so long. The glacial and tedious pace of government frustrates me as well, and it’s easy to to get discouraged. But, with an intense focus on my goals, an unwavering commitment to serving my hometown, and a vision of bringing a better quality of life to the 15th District, I know that the future is bright.

Views: 138

Tags: Angeles, Buscaino, City, Gateway, Harbor, LA15th, Los, Pedro, Port, San, More…Watts, Wilmington

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Comment by San Pedro News Pilot on February 4, 2013 at 11:33pm

Impressive - looking back and moving aheadI

Call (323) 200-9052 to learn more or click here to send an email.

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

Profile IconCentral San Pedro Neighborhood Council
EXCITING SAN PEDRO LIBRARY NEWS! The San Pedro Regional Library electrical upgrade is complete and will re-open on Monday, April 20, 2015. The library was closed for 6 weeks to add electrical outlets throughout the library. Library patrons will now have the ability to power-up their mobile devices using standard plugs as well as USB […] See More
7 hours ago
Profile IconCentral San Pedro Neighborhood Council
Upcoming northbound I-110/John S Gibson Blvd. on-ramp closure. Details. See More
9 hours ago
Jilla Senkbeil posted an event
Thumbnail

Tea by the Sea at Point Fermin Lighthouse

May 30, 2015 from 10:30am to 12pm
Annual Tea by the Sea at the Point Fermin Lighthouse.  Enjoy a cup of tea and light snack, stroll through our Victorian flower gardens and bountiful vegetable patch while taking in ocean views from our point.  Free admission.See More
13 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post San Pedro's Danielle Nunez Signs With Loyola Marymount
yesterday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

San Pedro's Danielle Nunez Signs With Loyola Marymount

San Pedro High girls cross-country and track distance runner Danielle Nunez now has one more accolade to cross off her long check list of accolades... her college destination.Nunez signed her national letter of intent to run at Loyola Marymount University on Wednesday, becoming the fourth San Pedro Prep Sports student athlete…See More
yesterday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street and Raul Canjura are now friends
Thursday
Profile IconSan Pedro News Pilot via Facebook
Thumbnail

First Sunday Speaker Series

sanpedronewspilot.com

The San Pedro Bay Historical Society presents “TopSail Youth Program: Learning by Doing” as part of their First Sunday Speaker Series presented by staff member…

FacebookThursday · Reply
San Pedro Bay Historical Society posted an event

First Sunday Speaker Series at Muller House Museum

May 3, 2015 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
The San Pedro Bay Historical Society presents “TopSail Youth Program: Learning by Doing” as part of their First Sunday Speaker Series presented by staff members from the LAMI TopSail Program. The event will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at the Muller House Museum from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Tours of the house will be given at 3 o’clock. The Muller House is located on 1542 S. Beacon Street, San Pedro. For more info go to sanpedrobayhistoricalsociety.org or email…See More
Thursday

© 2015   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service