We just received this message from John Darnell, our helpful and hard-working field deputy in City Council member Paul Koretz’s office:
ACE’S TIME IS HERE. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Councilmember Paul Koretz and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have been working together for almost two years to improve enforcement of building and safety, zoning and other City codes. We are all frustrated that violations and citizen complaints frequently go unresolved and often are simply ignored. Thanks to the work and support of dedicated neighborhood activists from around the City, it is time to answer these concerns by adopting the Administrative Code Enforcement (ACE) program. See Los Angeles Council File 10-0085.
The City’s Budget and Finance Committee approved the program in concept back in April, and asked the City Attorney’s Office to draft the final ordinance to create the program. The City Attorney has done its job, and it is time for Council to do its job. The City Attorney’s proposed ACE ordinance will be considered by the Budget Committee on September 26th at 2:00 PM. Letters and speakers in support are needed to forever end Los Angeles’ sad history of non-enforcement.
ACE provides an alternative to criminal prosecution by authorizing police officers, code enforcement officers, and other law enforcement officials to address low-grade “quality of life” violations with real time enforcement. From overgrown vegetation to work without permits to noisy party houses to public intoxication, the ACE program will bring code compliance to our neighborhoods in a cost-efficient manner by fining violators instead of dragging them into the criminal court system which can leave violations languishing for years.
This program brings Los Angeles into the group of cities with effective ACE-like code enforcement and quality of life protections such as San Diego and Sacramento. This program will increase enforcement, bring in revenue and allow the City to do more for neighborhoods all while spending less of taxpayers dollars. The draft ACE ordinance can be found at: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-0085_RPT_ATTY_06-27-11.pdf . If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact David Hersch or Christopher Koontz in Councilmember Koretz’s office at 213-473-7005.
Please plan to make your views known!
Come and testify at the Budget and Finance Committee:
NOTE NEW TIME: Monday, September 26, 2011, at 2:00 PM
Room 1010, City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Contact CD5 for Parking 213-473-7005.)
If you cannot attend the hearing, please send e-mails and letter of support to members of the Budget and Finance Committee below. Please copy Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Bernard Parks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Cardenas: email@example.com
Mitch Englander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Koretz: email@example.com
Bill Rosendahl: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your ongoing support.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0365 fax
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