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Wishing the happiest of birthdays to @franciscus and thank him for his unwavering example and voice for peace, inclusion, forgiveness and advocacy to protect our planet. I thank you for your beautiful example and the many blessings you bestow to the world.

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Deseo el más feliz de los cumpleaños a @franciscus y le doy las gracias por su extraordinario ejemplo y su voz a favor de la paz, la inclusión, el perdón y la defensa de la protección de nuestro planeta. Le agradezco por su hermoso ejemplo y las muchas bendiciones que otorga al mundo.

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Wishing the happiest of birthdays to @franciscus

As the weather gets colder and days get shorter, it is important that seniors are aware of resources available to them. The Department of Aging is now accepting applications for the Rapid Response Senior Meals Program (RRSMP) which offers 5 home-delivered meals each week to individuals 60 years and older. I encourage you to help your parents and grandparents enroll in this program and contact the Department of Aging for further information.

#DepartmentofAging #OpenEnrollement #RRSMP #SeniorResources #CityofLAResources #TeamMRod

Rapid Response Senior Meals Program

As the weather gets colder and days

Calling all aspiring leaders! Applications for the 2024 EmpowerLA Youth Conference are officially open. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is looking for 50 young people between 14-17 years of age from Los Angeles to participate in a day-long event focused on civic engagement, local government, and community impact.

Those selected to participate will spend the day at Los Angeles City Hall learning from leaders across the city about the Neighborhood Council system, how local government works, and the vital role you can play in shaping the future of your community. Don’t wait – applications close Monday, December 18, 2023. Learn more and apply here: https://empowerla.org/civicyouth/.

2024 EmpowerLA Youth Conference

Calling all aspiring leaders! Applications for the

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our annual holiday mixer, co-hosted with Councilmember Imelda Padilla! It was truly remarkable to see community members and share legislative updates, reflecting on the significant wins for #AD43 in 2023.

The incredible support for the holiday toy drive and baby food donations highlights the genuine spirit of giving back to our community. Your generosity will bring joy to countless families this season.

Thank you for being an integral part of this journey, contributing to the success of our legislative efforts, and spreading cheer through your generosity. Here’s to more shared successes and meaningful connections ahead!

Annual Holiday Mixer

Thank you to everyone who joined us

Last week, I had the honor of welcoming our second Olivia E. Mitchell Youth Council cohort to the City of Los Angeles. 🎉

In 2020, I led the fight to create LA’s Youth Development Department with the goal of connecting our City’s youth to important resources, information and opportunities. Subsequently, I created the Olivia E. Mitchell Youth Council to provide our youth leadership development and teach them the fundamentals of city governance so they can become effective advocates for policy development and become the leaders we need.

Congratulations to the 30 dedicated individuals who are dedicating themselves to serving our city.

Olivia E. Mitchell Youth Council Cohort

#LACityYouthCouncil #YouthDevelopmentDepartment #YDD #OliviaMitchell #FutureLeaders #Youth #YouthOpportunities #LeadershipDevelopment #TeamMRod

Last week, I had the honor of

🎓 Honoring the Legacy of John Brooks Slaughter 🎓

Dr. John Brooks Slaughter’s presidency at Occidental College left an indelible mark on education, diversity, and excellence. From his inauguration in 1989, Slaughter championed the belief that “Quality and equality are inseparable, and diversity is synonymous with what is best in America.”
His legacy is a reflection of his remarkable journey that began in Topeka, Kansas, and included roles at General Dynamics Astronautics, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Maryland, College Park. His influence extended beyond Occidental, as seen in his dedication to diversity and leadership education at USC and his role as president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

I was a proud product of the environment Dr. Slaughter championed at Occidental College. My deepest condolences to his family—may his memory continue to inspire generations to come. 🕊The Occidental College flag will fly at half-staff from December 11-15 in honor of Dr. John Brooks Slaughter.

#LegacyOfLeadership #InMemoriam #OccidentalCollege #Oxy #Tigers #FirstGenerationCollegeStudent #TeamMRod

Honoring the Legacy of John Brooks Slaughter

🎓 Honoring the Legacy of John Brooks

I was honored to participate in the 56th Annual Pacoima Holiday Parade!
The Pacoima Holiday Parade has been a yearly tradition that brings together our community to unite our family, friends, neighbors, organizations, schools, and small businesses along Van Nuys Boulevard to celebrate the holiday season.
Today showcases the importance of unity and how we all continue to push for a brighter future, underscoring the importance of this year’s parade theme “Unity in the Community”.
Thank you to the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce and all dedicated partners for putting on this event year after year.
Wishing all our families in #AD43 a joyful holiday season!

56th Annual Pacoima Holiday Parade56th Annual Pacoima Holiday Parade

I was honored to participate in the

Congratulations to La Sirenita Restaurant on being recognized as #AD43’s Small Business of the Year!

Small business owner Alfredo Gonzalez first opened the doors to his shop in 1994 in Panorama City. For nearly 30 years, the family-owned business has provided quality Mexican food and seafood to its patrons seven days a week and has entertained its customers with live mariachi and Norteño music on the weekends, bringing the musical culture of Mexico to life in a family-friendly atmosphere. They proudly have two locations in the San Fernando Valley.

Thank you to “La Sirenita” for your decades of outstanding service in #AD43.

La Sirenita Restaurant

Congratulations to La Sirenita Restaurant on being

I have always been committed to maintaining clean and walkable commercial corridors for residents and small businesses. It is why I created Operation Bright S.P.O.T (OBS) to focus additional resources that could respond more quickly to locations with discarded furniture, trash, and illegal dumping in our district.
A location in Pacoima on Osborne St. was identified as it had overgrown weeds, vegetation and trash. The OBS team removed the illegal dumping and it resulted in an area that is now fully accessible to pedestrians.
A second location in Sylmar on Sayre St. and Bromont Ave. was identified and OBS helped remove the overgrown vegetation and debris.
I encourage you to report any locations in need of maintenance and repair to MyLA311 by dialing 3-1-1, visiting https://myla311.lacity.org/, or downloading the MyLA311 app. For further assistance, please call my Sylmar District Office at (818) 756-8409, Pacoima District Office at (818) 485-0600, or the Sunland-Tujunga office at (818) 352-3287.

Pacoima on Osborne StPacoima on Osborne St

#TakeoverThursday #OperationBrightSPOT #OBS #TeamMRod #LosAngeles #SanFernandoValley #Pacoima #Sylmar #MissionHills #NorthHills #Sunland #Tujunga #LakeViewTerrace #ShadowHills

I have always been committed to maintaining