As your representative in the State Assembly, I am constantly looking for new ways to combat crime through legislation. One major piece of legislation, AB 278, was recently passed and signed into law. AB 278, also known as the Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBoR), resets the course and empowers homeowners with more tools to help them avoid foreclosure. Under the HBoR, homeowners can expect greater transparency in their dealings with banks, including a ban on foreclosure proceedings that were initiated with robo-signed documents. Further, they will have a single point of contact to submit questions and paperwork. I was happy to serve as a co-author on this historic piece of legislation.
While this effort is important, there is much that a community can do to reduce other types of crime. One way is to participate in local observances of National Night Out. On August 7, from 7 to 10 p.m., residents in neighborhoods all across America are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors and police.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and will involve at least 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases all around the world. On a local level, National Night Out includes residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, local businesses, neighborhood organizations, religious groups and local officials.
I am joining with neighborhood groups and councils, and homeowners groups from across the district to support this grassroots effort. Look for my office at one of these events:
Leimert Park National Night Out
5 to 9 p.m.
3939 Marlton, Los Angeles, CA 90008
(Behind Buffalo Wild Wings)
West Los Angeles National Night Out
5 to 9 p.m.
1833 Stoner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
West Adams National Night Out
6 to 8 p.m.
4117 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
(Washington Irving Library Patio area)
Together, we can reduce crime in our neighborhoods!
To find a National Night Out event in your community, click here: (www.natw.org/nno/locator.html)