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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Condado de Los AngelesCandidato para Supervisor, Distrito 5

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Mitchell Englander

Councilmember
42,823 votos (12.03%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Strengthening public safety and emergency response across the County to keep our communities and families safe
  • Improving the quality of government services as well as the ability to access those services, particularly for the most remote communities in the county.
  • Working to grow our economy, attract new businesses, and create good family supporting jobs

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:City Councilmember and Reserve LAPD Officer
City Councilmember, City of Los Angeles (2011–current)
City Councilmember, Los Angeles City Council — Cargo elegido (2011–current)

Educación

The Los Angeles Police Academy A graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy (current)

Actividades comunitarias

I am actively involved numerous non-profits , North Valley Family YMCA, the American Diabetes, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, Jewish Home for the Aging, and Devonshire Police Activities League (2000–current)

Biografía

City Councilmember and Reserve Police Officer Mitchell Englander has dedicated his life to making our streets and neighborhoods safer, strengthening our economy, protecting taxpayers, and delivering high-quality constituent services to all residents.

Englander was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2011, representing the communities of Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, North Hills, Reseda, Sherwood Forest, and West Hills. He was elected in a crowded field and won in the Primary Election with nearly 60% of the vote. Two years later he was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as President Pro Tempore of the City Council. He serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and is a member of the committees on Planning and Land Use Management; Executive Employee Relations; Health, Mental Health and Education; and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Comprehensive Job Creation Plan. He was re-elected in 2015 with 100% of the vote.

For over a decade, Englander has proudly served as a sworn Reserve LAPD Officer, having gone through the same rigorous hiring and training requirements as fulltime Police Officers. He graduated first in his class from the Los Angeles Police Academy and regularly patrols our community in uniform. Mitch’s firsthand experience keeping streets and neighborhoods safe has given him a unique understanding and expertise when it comes to public safety issues.

As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, he has consistently delivered the resources necessary for the Police Department to keep more officers patrolling our streets while providing key crime-fighting tools like on-officer cameras, in-car video and new patrol cars and equipment. Through his continued efforts, over $50 million has been restored to the Fire Department to increase ambulance services, provide vital life safety equipment and his FireSTAT LA program has improved the way safety resources are deployed in our neighborhoods.

Because public safety begins with prevention and intervention programs, Mitch helped build the LAPD Devonshire Youth Center, home of the Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) program, which offers crucial after-school programs, sports, education and mentoring to provide at-risk-youth an alternative to crime, gangs and drugs.

As the elected representative for the district that is the furthest from City Hall, Mitch has always been at the forefront of protecting the neighborhoods and quality of life in the Northwest San Fernando Valley.

He has a proven track record of bringing services to his remote district, creating a local Community Service Center where residents can meet with city departments, receive helpful training or pro bono consulting services without having to travel the 30+ miles to downtown City Hall. His Business Roundtables, Conversations With Councils, Interfaith Breakfasts, Non-Profit Summits and Principals Meetings are models of inclusion and accessibility that provide vital information, and create beneficial relationships between community members and their service providers.

A champion for delivering the Northwest Valley’s fair share of City resources, Mitch helped bring together the resources necessary to re-open the Northridge Pool after it was closed for 10 years. He has successfully acquired new parkland, including Aliso Canyon Park, the first public equestrian arena in the Northwest Valley. Mitch also led the effort to protect the North Valley’s vital health and emergency resources by enabling the crucial expansion of Providence Holy Cross Hospital, adding 136 new beds and the first LEED Certified hospital in California.

As Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, he implemented the City’s first Performance Based Budgeting System to utilize strategic planning and performance metrics to measure the effectiveness of City programs and services. Mitch helped implement business tax reform, and conceived of a plan that led to the hiring of 254 new LAPD officers without raising taxes. He also crafted meaningful pension reform, which will save taxpayers billions of dollars over the next 30 years.

Mitch is a member of the National League of Cities Public Safety Steering Committee, the Independent Cities Association, California Contract Cities Association and is the City of Los Angeles’ representative for the Independent Cities Association. He also serves on the San Fernando Valley Coalition of Governments, which represents the City and County of Los Angeles along with the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita.

Before he was elected to the City Council, Mitch served as Chief of Staff to former Los Angeles Councilmember Greig Smith from 2003-2011. Together they led the fight to stop the massive Las Lomas Development – the single largest proposed development in the history of the City. A dedicated environmentalist, Mitch has worked to preserve and protect open space as well as equestrian properties. He co-authored the RENEW LA Plan, to end our dependency on landfills while ensuring our energy sustainability. His own home has a solar roof and he has removed water-dependent turf from his home and replaced it with drought-tolerant landscaping.

Mitch was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Valley public schools and for most of his life, he has been active in civic, philanthropic, and public safety activities. He is the immediate past Chair of the North Valley Family YMCA and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the American Diabetes Association, San Fernando Valley Jaycees, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, West Valley Boys and Girls Club, The Jewish Home for the Aging, Valley Leadership Institute, Devonshire Police Activities League (PALS), New Directions For Youth, New Horizons, Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire (SOLID), and many others.

Prior to entering public service, Mitch was a small business owner. His career accomplishments include helping local businesses expand and guiding community issue campaigns that fought overdevelopment, and prevented the closure of hundreds of Fire Stations throughout Los Angeles County.

A dedicated family man, married to his high school sweetheart Jayne, they live in Granada Hills with their daughters Lindsey and Lauren and their three dogs. One of his proudest achievements was being named Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council in 2006.

 

 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Steve Knight
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Funcionarios electos (24)

  • Lancaster Councilmember Angela Underwood-Jacobs
  • Burbank Councilmember Emily Gabel-Luddy
  • Alhambra City Councilmember Luis Ayala
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
  • Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (Ret.)
  • Assemblymember Dario Frommer (Ret.)
  • Assemblymember Scott Wilk
  • Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
  • Assemblymember Chris Holden
  • Assemblymember Matt Dababneh
  • Congressman Buck McKeon (ret.)

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO and California Counts, a public media collaboration (5)

Homelessness is a major concern in Los Angeles County.  What role can and should the County government play in resolving homelessness? In your answer please specifically address how the county should pay for homeless services.
Respuesta de Mitchell Englander:

Our county must take the lead in creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy to fight homelessness.  This includes not only investing in housing, supportive services, mental health services, and public safety but also coordinating the efforts of every agency in the County and region to maximize our collective efforts.  Funding will continue to be a challenge.  However, in order to implement meaningful solutions we must make a financial commitment to fighting homelessness.  As a County Supervisor, I will focus on identifying federal and state funding sources as well as identify ways to maximize efficiencies in existing programs.  We do need more funding, but I believe that is it paramount that we are doing everything possible to make sure that our current programs are effective and taxpayer dollars are used wisely before anything else. I support rapid re-housing and a “housing first model”. We shouldn’t put strings and triggers up as obstacles to shelter. No strings attached supportive housing is critical.

Many in Los Angeles County cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. How do you propose to make it easier to afford housing?
Respuesta de Mitchell Englander:

One of the primary factors behind rising housing costs has been the lack of supply. In order to stabilize the market and improve affordability, we need to build new housing throughout the County in order to meet the demand at every level of the market.  Separately, the antiquated zoning code has led to a cumbersome and unnecessarily complicated land use and planning process that does not allow us meet today’s land use needs.

 

As a member of the Planning and Land Use Committee at the LA City Council, I have been working to Re-Code LA. This process, currently underway, is re-writing the antiquated zoning code. Additionally, I favor density bonuses to developers to include low income and affordable units, particularly along transit corridors.

 

As Supervisor, I will initiate a Re-Code the County effort and an expedited one-stop-shop permitting process and a density bonus system

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a raise of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for unincorporated areas in the county. Some business owners say the hike in wages will eliminate jobs. What solutions do you propose to encourage job growth in the county?
Respuesta de Mitchell Englander:

Some of my top strategies for job growth include streamlining regulations to make it easier for small businesses to grow, identify tax incentives that help attract businesses that create jobs and keep them in our regions, and continued investment in our regional infrastructure to ensure we remain competitive in the global market place. Now that the Governor has signed the min wage increase for the entire state, the County’s plan becomes less of an island issue.

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in Los Angeles County. What new strategies should the Board of Supervisors implement to ensure that Los Angeles is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Respuesta de Mitchell Englander:

Creating long-term sustainable solutions to satisfy our water needs and protect the environment is one of the greatest challenges facing our county and the region today.  Some of the strategies I would pursue are focused on conservation and maximizing the use of grey/storm water including infrastructure investment in storm water capture for aquifer recharge, Low Impact Development, and water recycling or “purple pipe.”  These strategies are designed to maximize the water resources we currently have and in my view are a cornerstone of any comprehensive water policy.

What steps, beyond a citizens' commission, should Supervisors take in preventing abuses within the Los Angeles Sheriff's department?
Respuesta de Mitchell Englander:

Strong oversight is absolutely critical.  However, I also believe that a change in the culture of the department must take place to root about abuses within the department.  I believe that reforms currently being implemented are helping create that change.  As a Reserve LAPD Officer and Chair of the Public Safety Committee at the Los Angeles City Council, I have the public safety experience needed to help continue ushering new reforms, improve transparency, and strengthen oversight. Furthermore, as the Chair of the LA’s Public Safety Committee, I am the only candidate that has the experience is working directly with a Police Citizen’s Oversight Committee – The Police Commission. With that, together, we have established greater transparency, enhanced community policing programs, and developed additional training and procedures to protect both the public and the officers.

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