May 292016
 

Winner will receive a $25,000 prize.

Visit the official website here – www.lamayorscup.org

Los Angeles Mayor will reward L.A. Entrepreneur for Innovative Solutions to toughest Civic Challenges with a Mayor’s Cup

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is challenging residents to help him find creative solutions to L.A.’s most pressing challenges.

Today, the Mayor announced his first annual Mayor’s Cup competition, which will solicit proposals from student entrepreneurs and local academics to support local economic growth and encourage civic engagement — on issues ranging from beautifying vacant and blighted spaces, to building affordable housing.

“Los Angeles is full of dynamic thinkers who work to improve our quality of life through everything from entertainment and transportation, to clean tech and manufacturing,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Mayor’s Cup will incentivize the creativity of young entrepreneurs across our city. Whether you have a great plan that will help us build more affordable housing, or a brilliant strategy to increase employment opportunities for low-income Angelenos, we want to put your ideas to work.”

Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles invite college students, faculty members, and staff from Los Angeles colleges and universities to enter the competition. Finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of business and government leaders, including Mayor Garcetti. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the opportunity to work with City Hall for eight weeks to bring their idea to life. Technical development, mentorship, and collaboration with City leadership will be guided by the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team (O-Team).

Eligible teams can choose from one of the following challenges:

• How can we better support the enhancement and beautification of City real estate assets and public property?
• What can we do with vacant, blighted, and City-owned properties in your neighborhood?
• How can we build and preserve more affordable housing, including through incentives for public and private investors?
• How can the City better connect everyday small business owners to the professional services and growth opportunities they need to thrive?
• How can we grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in L.A. to increase employment and skill-building opportunities for local workers?

Other partners in the competition include the USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs, University Venture Network, Cal State L.A. Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Loyola Marymount University’s Fred Kriesner Center for Entrepreneurship, Startup UCLA, and L.A. City Partners.

“Mayor’s Cup is an exciting program that brings together government and entrepreneurs in a way to explore how technology can make the city more efficient and productive,” said David Belasco, Co-Director and Adjunct Professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. “We believe that this competition will bring unique ideas to improve the lives of Angelenos.”

Additional information and entry forms can be found at www.lamayorscup.org. The competition will culminate at a live presentation for Mayor Garcetti and select city and business leaders at USC in March.

Important competition dates are as follows:

May 15, 2016: Competition guidelines posted

October 15, 2016: Applications due

November 1, 2016: Finalists announced

November 16, 2016: Finalists will pitch the Mayor, Deputy Mayors, and local business leaders in a live competition

 

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May 282016
 

Burglary Suspect Caught on Video at Hollywood Recording Studio

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Area burglary detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect.

On May 21, 2016, around 3:45 p.m., the suspect entered a recording studio located in the 6600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles. When challenged by an employee, the suspect claimed to be a repair man, picked up a large sound board and placed it in his vehicle. The suspect drove away before the employee could verify his claim.

The suspect is described as a bald male Black in his 30’s, standing 6 feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds. He was driving a dark colored four door sedan.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Burglary Detective Martinez at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Ramirez at (213) 972-2931. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

May 272016
 

LAPD Presented New Bicycle To 8-Year-Old Crime VictimOn Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Captain Ernest Eskridge, Area Commanding Officer, Foothill Area; Captain Elaine Morales, Patrol Commanding Officer, Foothill Area and Burglary Detective III Al Munoz, Foothill Area visited the home of 8-year-old Alejandro Elias in Pacoima to present him with a new bike!

Why? On May 4, 2016, eight year-old Alejandro Elias had his bicycle taken from his fenced front yard. This theft is significant because Elias has a passion for riding bikes and did so with his little brother. His passion made him an instant member in the community of people who ride bikes. Everyone has a story around their first riding experience. Alejandro, right from the start, riding his bike was about freedom and feeling alive, this was taken from him and he was sad.

When Foothill Area Burglary Detectives saw pictures attached to the crime report of Alejandro and his little brother riding their bikes, they took up a collection and notified the local Target Store, who generously assisted with the purchase of a new bike, along with a Target gift certificate.

This act of generosity by LAPD Commanding Officers, a Burglary Detective and Target store certainly helped restore the child’s faith in justice.

 

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May 272016
 

Mayor Eric Garcetti

“We are all painfully aware of the disastrous Aliso Canyon gas leak, which caused the biggest release of methane in U.S. history and affected thousands of Angelenos. Now, testing by the County’s Department of Public Health has detected low levels of foreign metals including barium, vanadium and manganese in dust inside Porter Ranch homes. These metals are known to cause some of the adverse symptoms reported by residents. The County identified the gas leak as the likely source.

This can never happen again. It appears that a broken well spewed these dangerous metals for months, in addition to enormous amounts of greenhouse gas. All contaminated homes must be fully cleaned up by SoCalGas, and we must not allow Aliso Canyon to reopen until the State completes its testing of all wells at the site. At the same time, we must redouble our efforts to reduce our dependency on natural gas and take this opportunity to move to a carbon-free future based on energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.” – Mayor Eric Garcetti

 

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May 262016
 

New option will ease congestion on I-10 freeway

Expo Line Extension Connects Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES: Marking the first time in a generation that passengers can take a train from Downtown L.A. to the coast, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica was officially dedicated today by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and state and local officials.
“For the first time in a generation, Angelenos and visitors from around the world can travel from our skyline to the shoreline without setting foot in a car — bringing needed relief to some of our most congested corridors,” said Mayor Garcetti, who is Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “This extension of the Expo Line — along with the recently-opened Gold Line extension and the Crenshaw-LAX Line that is now halfway complete — will improve quality of life by delivering convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation to more people than ever before.”
As part of the grand opening, Metro will provide free rides on the entire Expo Line beginning at noon Friday and continuing until the end of service. On Saturday, free rides on the Expo Line will be offered the entire service day and there will be community parties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stations:

• Downtown Santa Monica
• 17th St/SMC
• 26th/Bergamot
• Expo/Bundy
• Palms
• Culver City

The $1.5-billion extension is the second Measure R-funded rail project to open this year, following the March debut of the Gold Line extension to Azusa. Almost 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008 approved the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase to fund new transportation projects and programs.

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 27th St/Bergamot, 17th St/Santa Monica College, and Downtown Santa Monica.

The Expo Line now stretches for 15.2 miles between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica, with 19 stations. In Downtown L.A., the Expo Line offers easy transfers to the Blue Line, Purple Line and Red Line at the 7th/Metro Center Station.

The Expo Line extension includes a paved bike path that runs adjacent to the tracks for most of the route between Culver City and the 17th Street/SMC Station. The bikeway includes lighting and landscaping. Each station has secure bike racks and lockers.

There will be parking available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th Street/SMC (67 spaces). As part of a test parking fee program, the daily parking rate is $2 and the monthly fee is $39. Each station has a drop-off area and is served by buses from Metro, Big Blue Bus, or Culver CityBus.

The Expo Line to Santa Monica was built by the Exposition Construction Authority and the project was completed on time and on budget. The project broke ground in 2011 with heavy construction beginning in 2012. In February, the project was turned over to Metro, which will operate the line. Extensive system testing and employee training have been conducted on the line over the past year.
Other Measure R projects under construction include: the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector project, and the first section of the Purple Line Extension.

About L.A. Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

 

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May 262016
 

Metro’s Potential Ballot Measure Tens of thousands of local residents either participated in public outreach forums or commented on Metro’s draft expenditure plan for a potential ballot measure, the agency announced Thursday. Members of the public, key stakeholders and elected officials were involved in the forums.

Nearly 48,000 people participated in 14 Telephone Town Hall meetings in May with 219 people asking questions and 455 leaving voicemail messages about the draft expenditure plan.

During those meetings, 81 percent of respondents said they would support a tax to keep Metro’s system in good working condition. When asked if they would support the proposed sales tax if the election were held that day, 68 percent said yes.

“These Telephone Town Hall meetings are an effective way to reach people who aren’t able to attend a traditional public meeting, but will participate in a live telephone forum from the comfort of their home,” said Pauletta Tonilas, Metro’s Chief Communications Officer. It gives our Board members and staff a chance to educate the public, answer their questions and get feedback in an informal, convenient, ‘live radio program’ format.”

The public input summary was presented today to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors. The outreach efforts included nine public meetings, one virtual online meeting, two co-hosted public meetings and 14 Telephone Town Hall meetings. More than 1,500 written comments were submitted, including 77 letters from elected officials, cities and organizations.

General themes from the input centered on building fewer projects and getting them done faster to support a 50-year sales tax so that more projects could be built. Commenters also called for increasing local return monies for the 88 cites in L.A. County, for better connectivity to transit stations and for more “complete streets” with pedestrian and bike improvements.

In addition, participants wanted to provide more funding for rail and bus projects and programs and less for highways, to continue part of the sales tax after projects are built to keep the system in good working condition and to increase the quality and reliability of both bus and rail service.

The nine Metro hosted public meetings throughout Los Angeles County, one virtual online meeting and two co-hosted meetings drew 563 attendees and 702 written comments. When asked if they would vote for the proposed sales tax measure if the election were held that day, 73 percent of those who attended the meetings said yes.

On the social media front, Metro reached 2.9 million people in L.A. County with information about the potential ballot measure. Posts about the draft expenditure plan and the projects it would fund received 119,117 page views on The Source, Metro’s blog.

On the subject of rail, participants said they wanted to build more rail lines faster, separate more rail lines from road crossings, improve bus-rail connections, provide more parking at stations, upgrade the Orange Line to light rail, improve safety and provide better signage at stations.

Major bus themes by commenters included increasing local service, providing more bus rapid transit lines on major travel corridors that connect to rail lines, improving the quality and reliability of bus service and equipment, improving safety and way-finding signage, expanding DASH and Express bus service and utilizing technology for improved bus/rail integration.

For streets and highways, participants called for funding more carpool and toll lanes, fixing potholes and sidewalks, improving streets for safer pedestrian use by seniors, children and the disabled and spending less money on highways and more on transit.
Under local funding, the major themes from participants included increasing the local return portion to 25 percent to fund street repairs, complete streets, first/last mile connections and active transportation projects for pedestrians and bicyclists. However, some participants support leaving the local funding level as proposed while requiring cities to use some of the funds for street maintenance.

During the public input period that ended on May 20, Metro staff also participated in 84 meetings that were hosted by other groups that included Councils of Governments, L.A. city councils, Los Angeles chambers of commerce / business groups, large institutions, service organizations, civic associations, neighborhood councils, homeowner groups and community groups.

The Metro Board is expected to make a decision on June 23 whether to put a sales tax measure for transportation on the November ballot.

The potential ballot measure would ask voters to increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent and continue an existing tax (Measure R) for an extra 18 years, meaning both would potentially run through 2057 or 2067 if the Board supports a 50-year plan.
The spending plan would generate a projected $120 billion dollars over 40 years for: new transit and highway projects; commuter rail; transit operations and projects to keep buses, trains and facilities in good repair; pedestrian and cycling connections and funding to keep fares affordable for students, seniors and the disabled. The plan would return some revenues to local cities on a per capita basis — money those cities could spend on their own local transportation improvements. To view the plan, got to metro.net/theplan

 

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