Joe Buscaino Biography
Joe Buscaino is an American politician born in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is serving on the Los Angeles City Council for the 15th district. Buscaino is a member of the democratic party. He was elected in January to fill the vacancy left by Janice Hahn, following her successful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Joe Buscaino has lived in the 15th Council District all his life. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, and the San Pedro YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee. Additionally, he served on the Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games. He is a member of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and is active in select Italian-American organizations
Joe Buscaino Age
He is around 45 years old as of 2023. His age is not available as of now, research is ongoing and this information will be updated soon.
Joe Buscaino Education
He graduated cum laude, with a B.A. in communication from California State University, in Dominguez Hills.
Joe Buscaino Height|Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 70kgs.
Joe Buscaino Family
Buscaino parents were Italians Immigrants, who emigrated from Italy over 40 years ago. He has not revealed more information regarding his family. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Joe Buscaino Wife
Buscaino is happily married to Geralyn Buscaino who is a teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District.
Joe Buscaino Children
The couple is blessed with two wonderful children. He has not revealed information regarding his kids. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Joe Buscaino City Career
He was appointed by the city council president to serve as chairman of the Public Works Committee. The committee has oversight of the Department of Public Works, and its Bureaus of Sanitation, Street Services, Street Lighting, Engineering, and Contract Administration.
The Department of Public Works is the city’s third-largest department. It has more than 5,000 employees, who are responsible for the construction, renovation, and operation of City facilities and infrastructure.
The department also installs sewers, constructs storm drains and builds the city’s streets. It is also involved in public buildings, rights-of-way, and service facilities. His other committees include Public Safety, which includes the LAPD, LAFD, and Emergency Management; Trade, Commerce & Tourism, and the LA Convention Center; and Information Technology and General Services, which includes the General Services Department, Information Technology Department, and Los Angeles City Clerk’s office.
Joe Buscaino Committees
- Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River
- Public Safety (Vice Chair)
- Public Works & Gang Reduction (Chair)
- Trade, Commerce & Tourism (Vice Chair)
- Ad Hoc on Special Olympics
Joe Buscaino League of Cities
On November 10, 2018, Joe Buscaino was named the First Vice President of the National League of Cities. This came after he was serving as the Second Vice President of NLC. In 2018, the annual NLC City Summit was held in Los Angeles. Here, he acted as the host of the event for over 5,000 mayors, city officials, and staff members. The City Summit is the National League of Cities conference for local leaders to convene and collaborate on solutions to the common challenges facing America’s cities. Each year, the conference is hosted in a different U.S. city. This is done to offer fresh and new best practices for government officials to improve the conditions back home.
Joe Buscaino Basic Car Plan In the past 50 years, LA’s population has grown by 25% while the LAPD has grown by 30%. However, the number of officers on the street decreased during that time. Cognizant of the need for more officers patrolling the streets, Councilman Buscaino paired up with Councilman Bonin to produce the Back to Basic Car Plan, a 10-point plan that encourages the LAPD to return to their “Basic Car Plan,” a model implemented in 1969 that saw a 1% reduction in crime while national crime rates soared by 55%. Under the Back to Basic Car Plan, the City will revisit the LAPD’s deployment formulas in order to establish reasonable minimum patrol staffing levels.
Joe Buscaino Accomplishments
The first step that he took was to plan the expansion of the LAHSA Emergency Response Team, which since 2015 has provided nearly 5,000 individuals with either referral, direct services, or in the case of 235 constituents, a variety of housing placements. The new plan also includes the creation of a two-member Mental Health Team, who assists the Emergency Response Team. His second step in the plan was the creation of an LAPD foot beat patrol in downtown San Pedro and on Gaffey St. between 1st and 14th streets. The beat patrol has been in place since 2015. The third step in the homelessness plan was creating the South Bay Cities Homelessness Committee, which enables dialogue amongst the South Bay Cities, many of whom suffer from severe homelessness issues.
In his fourth step as councilman, he planned to promote permanent support in housing which the Councilman views as a viable means of drastically decreasing homelessness. By providing Section 8 Housing Vouchers, the city can not only relocate homeless constituents to housing but moreover, can be proactive in preventing constituents from falling into homelessness. The most recent action regarding step four of the homelessness plan was the construction of the Vermont Villas, a 79-unit supportive housing project which primarily serves homeless veterans in the Harbor Gateway area. In the fifth step, he was towards eliminating homelessness and creating San Pedro to the Wilmington Homelessness and Taskforces. The decision to create the community-specific task forces was partially influenced by the presence of 1200 constituents at a lively 2015 community forum on homelessness, held in San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre.
Joe Buscaino Watts
In 2015 Joe Buscaino successfully lobbied for the creation of Watts Serenity Park, a 1.13-acre parcel of land. The land was previously vacant and often crippled by drug use and violent crimes. A $5 million construction project, the land offers the Watts community a safe space for community recreation, complete with play equipment for kids, a Fitness Zone for exercising the area of adults, and a skate park. He also pushed the renovation and re-opening of the 109th Street Pool and Rec Center in July 2016. A $4 million project that created 18 jobs, the area now offers residents the option of using a baseball diamond, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a multipurpose sports field, and the 109th Street Pool, complete with a splash pad for younger children.
Improvements to the streetscape include 5 irrigated landscaped median islands, a gateway monument, access ramps, trash receptacles, benches, bicycle racks, way-finding signage, high visibility crosswalks, and sidewalk improvements. They all enable a better relationship between residents of 103rd St and their community. In his improvements towards the 103rd plan, he planned to part $ 2 million in Green Streets funding given to the 15th District to make improvements to the historic Watts Towers area. These improvements aim to revitalize the area by planting hundreds of new trees, repaving sidewalks, repairing and replacing lights, and investing in the development of the Watts Towers Cultural Crescent. He was encouraged to improve the business to greater heights. This was in order to encourage the councils to involve themselves in the revitalization of Watts.
Joe Buscaino San Pedro
Joe Buscaino the Councilman had collaborated with the LA Great Streets Team and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative to produce the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan. The funding will allow for changes like landscaped medians, high visibility crosswalks, traffic signal synchronization, coordinated street furniture, sidewalk repairs and street sweeping, a solar-powered Soofa bench, landscape enhancements, and public art. The Conceptual Plan will calm traffic, and improve the Gaffey St. pedestrian experience. It will also make the landscape more drought tolerant, and provide more public spaces for the San Pedro community. He helped in the creation and support of Clean San Pedro, a non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning and revitalizing the Pacific Corridor area of San Pedro. CSP was built by residents of San Pedro who were frustrated with the lack of beautification efforts in their city.
These activists now perform a variety of functions. They include daily litter and debris removals, reporting of graffiti, and weekly sidewalk cleaning. See cleansanpedro.net for more information. It has been determined that the councilman did not have anything to do with the formation of Clean San Pedro. He has never donated any monies to the 501c3 non-profit. The san Pedro courthouse helped his office to oversee the search for a developer who could transform the space occupied by the now-closed San Pedro Courthouse. The courthouse closed in January 2013. Since then, the area has been the subject of frequent conversations. This is due to its location in the heart of downtown San Pedro makes it a lucrative property.
Joe Buscaino Prior Service
Joe Buscaino’s successful elections to the City Council helped him to serve as police for over 15 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. His assignments included the Office of the Chief of Police, West Traffic Division, Emergency Operations Division, and senior lead officer for the Harbor area. He created the LAPD’s Teen Community Police Advisory Board. This is an organization that works with teens to problem solve and bridge the barriers between police and teenagers. The program was implemented citywide in 2011
Joe Buscaino Salary/Net Worth
He has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his political career.