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75 years of service to the community

We began Tuesday’s meeting by honoring the 75th Anniversary of St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, a respected and important part of the Third District’s healthcare assets.

For those 75 years St. John’s has been more than just a hospital, it has also provided medical care, employment, and education to individuals and families in the community and has maintained a tradition of dedication to quality healthcare, education, and social services since its founding in 1942.

I want to express my sincere thanks to St. John’s for their years of compassionate and personalized care to residents in our district. Thank you!

Say Hello to 69 Bravo!

I am very pleased to report that we passed a motion I authored that will sustain a critical helistop base for firefighting agencies in the unincorporated area of Topanga Canyon.

The “69 Bravo” property (above) helps residents in the communities of Topanga, Fernwood, Calabasas, Malibu and Agoura Hills by providing a reliable way to deliver life-saving fire and emergency medical services. It also supports medical and search and rescue efforts of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. The motion clears the way for the County to purchase the 69 Bravo land and facilities.

I am thrilled that the County is making certain that we do not lose access to this critically-situated land.

Read more: County secures lifesaving 69 Bravo in Topanga Canyon

Mobile Integrated Health Units

In an effort to meet healthcare needs of as many residents as possible, we approved a motion by Supervisor Barger to explore potential models of using Mobile Integrated Health Units (MIH) in the County.

Currently, many patients are forced to seek care in emergency rooms, especially in areas where urgent care centers or primary care options are limited. This can create an unnecessary burden on emergency departments that already function at or over capacity, and is one of the more costly options of care at an estimated $3,000 per case.

MIHs could serve as an innovative option to serve patient needs and bring a “right-sized” medical approach to care. A pilot program in the Antelope Valley that has been in effect since February, 2017 has shown promise in integrating healthcare services, reducing costs, and ensuring that emergency departments are able to handle emergencies, as intended. The motion requests a report back within 90 days on potential models of MIHs, implementation strategies, estimated costs, information from healthcare partners, and funding sources.

Contractor Bonding Assistance Programs

We also approved a motion by Supervisor Solis that requests a report back with recommendations on the implementation of a one-year pilot program for contractor bonding assistance to critical components of our economy: local business, disabled veteran-owned, and social enterprises.

Although this Board has implemented policies that support increased diversity among the County’s procurement of goods and services, current state laws make it difficult to apply the same bond assistance to these enterprises for public works and construction contracts. The passing of Proposition A (Parks) and Measures M and H (Transportation and Homelessness) have created an increase in the number of public works and construction contracts in the County, making this a particularly timely issue.

Bonding assistance would allow the County to build capacity in small and disadvantaged businesses and increase workforce development opportunities, which this Board strongly supports. The motion will explore best practices from the City of Los Angeles on similar programs, as well as funding sources for offering assistance to these types of businesses.

Moving the Grand Avenue Project Forward!

As part of our efforts to support Grand Avenue redevelopment plans, we passed a motion that will move them one step closer to completion.

The project plans to add 100,000 square feet of retail and dining options along Grand Avenue and over 450 residential units, 91 of which will be affordable housing. An earlier phase of the project led to the opening of the Broad Museum in 2015.

I look forward to seeing this grand redesign continue to develop and grow! For current information on the project, timelines, road closures, and more, click here.