The First 100 Days
Councilmember Lee joined the LA City Council in August 2019. Since then, he has worked diligently to represent the people of LA’s Northwest San Fernando Valley. John Lee worked to make our neighborhoods safer, listened to constituents, acted on constituent requests, and faced the Saddle Ridge Fire. John Lee is committed to putting the community of CD12 first. Here are some of the Councilmember’s accomplishments to date:
The Saddle Ridge Fire
On the evening of October 10th 2019, the Saddle Ridge Fire ripped through the North San Fernando Valley. During the first 48 hours, while his own home was threatened by fire, John and his staff worked through the night to establish evacuation centers, assist with relief efforts and provide the latest up-to-date information to residents affected by the Saddle Ridge Fire.
Listening to Constituent & Neighborhood Concerns
John and his staff take pride in their expertise and experience in serving CD12’s constituents. John and his staff responded to and resolved 1,089 constituent cases, attended 280 community meetings and introduced 21 motions and resolutions. 7,293 bags of trash were collected; 3,500 graffiti removal requests were fulfilled; 314 abandoned vehicles were addressed and 45 miles of lanes resurfaced.
Transit Solutions That Make Sense for Our Neighborhoods
John prides himself in listening to the concerns and thoughts of constituents and implementing solutions. Two such concerns include the Nordhoff bus line and street vending. As promised, John conveyed Council District 12’s objections to the proposed Nordhoff Bus Line and he was able to successfully persuade the Metro to study alternate routes. John also heard concerns regarding sidewalk food vendors, and introduced a resolution to amend the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act of 2018.
Public Safety & Supporting Our Law Enforcement
Public safety is John’s primary concern for Council District 12. John has experience working with law enforcement and a strong relationship with both the LA Police Department and Fire Department. John secured an additional $120,000 in funding for LAPD’s Devonshire, Topanga and Valley Traffic Divisions. The additional funding allows for more officers on the street to better address crime and increase much-needed traffic enforcement in our Council District.
John has worked to solve homelessness from multiple angles including public outreach, homelessness prevention, and homelessness services and housing.
John allocated additional funds for the LAPD’s HOPE Team and Bureau of Sanitation’s efforts to address homelessness. With additional funding, they are able to reach out to individuals experiencing homelessness, connect them to resources, and engage in community cleanups more frequently.
John believes that it is most efficient and cost effective to work to prevent individuals and families from falling into homelessness. Because of this, John worked to create the Change Reaction Angel Fund to help provide relief to residents in CD12 who are at-risk of becoming homeless due to extraordinary circumstances. This fund provides financial support to individuals in need to help cover basic housing costs.
While John prioritizes homelessness prevention, he understands the need to provide supportive services and housing for individuals who are already living on the streets. However, John has made it a point to only support homeless housing projects that earn the community’s support. When a homeless housing development was proposed on Topanga Avenue in Chatsworth, John fought for the community to be heard in the process.
Shut Down Aliso Canyon
The gas leak at Aliso Canyon caused irreparable damage to the people of Council District 12 and John is a fierce advocate to shut down the facility. John knows firsthand the damage that this tragedy caused. One of the first resolutions that John introduced in City Hall urged Governor Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission to deliver on the State’s promise to permanently close the SoCal Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Underground Storage Facility.