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Robert J. Blumenfield (born September 13, 1967) is an American elected official in Southern California. Blumenfield is the Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 3rd Council District which encompasses the southwestern San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills. Blumenfield took office on July 1, 2013. Blumenfield previously represented the 45th district in the California State Assembly, which also covers the southwestern San Fernando Valley.
|Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 3rd district|
|Assumed office |
July 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Dennis Zine|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 45th district
40th district (2008–2012)
December 1, 2008 – July 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Lloyd E. Levine|
|Succeeded by||Matt Dababneh|
|Born||September 13, 1967|
Brooklyn, New York
|Residence||Woodland Hills, California|
|Alma mater||Duke University|
University of California, Los Angeles
Prior to his election to the City Council, Blumenfield served in the California State Assembly from 2008 – 2013. He was the first Democratic freshman Assemblymember to serve as the Chair of the Budget Committee.
Early life and educationEdit
From 1989 – 1996, he worked in Washington, DC as a staff person to Senator Bill Bradley, Congressman Howard Berman and as staff designee to the House Budget Committee. He later worked as Director of Government Affairs for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and then as District Chief of Staff to Congressman Berman in the San Fernando Valley.
California State Assembly (2009-2013)Edit
Blumenfield took office as a member the California State Assembly in 2008 after defeating Republican candidate Armineh Chelebian in the general election. During his time in the Assembly, Blumenfield represented the San Fernando Valley in District 40 and, following redistricting in 2012, District 45.
While in the Legislature, Blumenfield authored more than 54 bills which have since been signed into state law. These bills not only stabilized the budget, but improved the environment, increased access to technology in schools, and form the foundation of his ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.
LA City Council (2013–Present)Edit
Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in March, 2013. He represents the 3rd Council District, which spans the northwest portion of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, including the communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
A 2013 study by the Public Policy Institute of California showed that 35% of Angelenos lacked access to the internet or could not afford it. With an emerging tech sector in LA's Silicon Beach and an ever-growing demand for high-speed internet in the LA area, Blumenfield, with support from Mayor Eric Garcetti, began exploring options to expand a citywide broadband network. The goal of this initiative was to ensure that every citizen has access to the internet and that ISPs would support net neutrality.
Blumenfield spearheaded an effort to identify one or more providers to commit to deploying advanced wireline and wireless networks that could provide one gigabit broadband speeds to all residences and businesses in the city of Los Angeles. CityLink LA will also give all Angelenos access to free Wi-Fi at slower speeds. In a public "Request for Participants," the City is currently seeking start-ups and private companies to submit proposals that show potential implementations of a broadband plan.
Blumenfield currently lives in Woodland Hills with his wife Kafi and their two children.
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