Councilman Mitch O’Farrell was named chair of City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee, his office announced Monday.
“The health and safety of our city and its residents is inextricably linked to our stewardship of the environment,” O’Farrell said.
“As the new Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to advance our city’s collective work to protect our most vulnerable residents against the negative effects of climate change, while moving the city along a pathway to a more resilient and sustainable future.”
O’Farrell’s experience working on climate change and environmental initiatives includes his backing of a proposal for all restaurants to stop automatically giving customers plastic straws. The proposal was passed by City Council and went into effect in April 2019. O’Farrell’s office said it has diverted plastic waste from Los Angeles’ waterways.
O’Farrell also proposed an arrangement between the city and the Navajo Nation to place solar- and renewable-energy production on tribal lands. The City Council voted in February 2020 to explore entering into the agreement.
According to O’Farrell’s office, one of his top priorities is the environmental restoration of the Los Angeles River. Upon his request, the river has been added to his committee’s scope.
He was also selected by Council President Nury Martinez to be chair of the Ad Hoc 2028 Olympics and Paralympics Games; vice chair of Public Safety; and a member of Public Works; Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity; Board of Referred Powers; and the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment committees.
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