Councilwoman Traci Park Powers Through First 100 Days in Office with Unwavering Energy and Determination

Posted on 03/21/2023
Councilwoman Traci Park and Mayor Karen Bass

LOS ANGELES - Councilwoman Traci Park has achieved an impressive milestone in her first 100 days as the representative of the 11th Council District of Los Angeles. Since taking office, she has focused on prioritizing public safety, addressing the homelessness crisis, revitalizing small businesses, rebuilding trust in government and tackling environmental issues.

One of her first priorities was rebuilding communication with community members by attending community events and neighborhood and community council meetings. "Restoring trust between the residents and the Council office has been a top priority from day one," said Park. "We are already making progress, and I will continue to work hard to ensure our community has a strong voice in local government."

The councilwoman also focused on addressing the homelessness crisis, partnering with Mayor Bass to bring two 'inside safe' initiatives to the area, housing almost 100 people from an encampment around the Venice Bridge Home and another 50 people living in an encampment on the Culver median in the Del Rey neighborhood. "Homelessness is issue one, two, and three," said Park. "My team and I will not rest until every homeless person in our District has been offered the opportunity to move inside."

Park has also tackled numerous public safety issues, including seeking funding for LAPD's mental evaluation unit and specialty details like the Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team ("SMART") and Domestic Abuse Response Team ("DART"), exploring new hiring and retention programs for LAPD officers, improving means to keep guns away from violent offenders, seeking solutions to end youth trafficking, fighting to keep law enforcement on public transportation, and working with LAFD on wildfire mitigation and evacuation plans.

Park has been actively engaged with the Westside business community to ensure they can thrive as we emerge from the pandemic. Among other things, she is spearheading an effort to incorporate the feedback of local restaurateurs into the city's permanent al fresco program and working closely with businesses on Ocean Front Walk to address safety and homelessness concerns in advance of the 2023 tourism season.

Park is also advancing environmental causes. She has introduced motions calling for a comprehensive sustainable energy plan to support the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a safe and sustainable plan to potentially convert the Scattergood electrical plant to green hydrogen, streamlined permitting procedures for ground-mounted solar, and a study to assess the damage and loss to the city's tree canopy caused by winter storms.

Councilwoman Park is enthusiastic about her newly appointed committee assignments, which include chair of the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee, vice-chair of the Transportation Committee, member of the Economic and Community Development Committee, Public Safety Committee, and Ad Hoc Committee on City Governance Reform.

Looking ahead to the next 100 days, Councilwoman Park remains determined to continue addressing the most pressing issues in the district, finding solutions, and making progress for her constituents. "A Better 11 is what we're striving for, and we will not stop until we achieve it."