Feb 182017
 

Oscars Street Closures

HOLLYWOOD STREET CLOSURES FOR 2017 OSCAR® WEEK

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Wednesday March 1.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 25, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 27. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 19, and Oscar Sunday, February 26, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at http://www.oscars.org/closures.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

 

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Oct 222016
 

New Export Program to Help L.A. Manufacturers

Mayor Garcetti Launches Export Program to Help L.A. Companies Expand Their Business Internationally

Thousands of local manufacturers are getting the boost they need to expand their reach overseas, thanks to a new export initiative from Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The initiative will support local manufacturing by helping L.A.-based companies access international trade opportunities, and prepare their businesses to export products to other countries. Mayor Garcetti launched the program on 10/19/16 alongside a group of dignitaries and local business leaders.

“Los Angeles’ economy is surging — we’re creating jobs, attracting businesses, and making generational investments in a prosperous future for our city,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Increasing exports can make our economy even stronger, by helping local companies grow and create even more good-paying jobs. L.A. is already on the world stage, and this export initiative will give our businesses new opportunities to have global reach.”

A strong export market is critical to the health of our economy, here in Los Angeles and across America. For every $1 billion of exports, the economy creates nearly 6,000 new jobs. And although 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., only one percent of U.S. companies currently export. As a major international trade hub, and the nation’s largest customs district, the L.A. region can play a crucial role in boosting the national export market.

Mayor Garcetti’s new program is designed to guide local manufacturers through the complex export readiness process, help them address key challenges, and connect them with a variety of training and counseling services available through city, state, and federal partners. Mayor Garcetti’s team will also escort delegations of local companies on trade missions to pursue new business opportunities around the world.

The initiative is just one of many efforts by Mayor Garcetti to support international trade in Los Angeles, and across the country. Just last week, he joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to announce a national effort to make America’s supply chains more efficient and competitive in the global market.

Mayor Garcetti’s export initiative is a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Los Angeles Regional Export Council, World Trade Center Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.

 

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Oct 182016
 

Taking Pride In Los Angeles’ Inclusivity

The City of Los Angeles has been recognized as a national leader in advancing LGBTQ rights for a fifth consecutive year, earning a perfect score on the 2016 Municipality Equality Index (MEI) scorecard released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign.

“Everyone in Los Angeles has the right to live freely, openly, and without discrimination — and the City should always be working to make sure that our policies and services reflect those values,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “At a time when other cities and states are passing laws that make life harder for the LGBTQ Americans, L.A. is showing how we can be partners in creating more just and equitable communities.”

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) rates 506 cities across the nation on their inclusivity of LGBTQ people in terms of laws, policies, and services. The score reflects an evaluation of non-discrimination laws within the city, the workplace, and in law enforcement. The MEI also examines the city’s commitment to ensuring full equality for the LGBT community.

 

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Oct 112016
 

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OurCycleLA Distributes Free Computers & Internet to Low-income Families

The OurcycleLA program works to provide thousands of computers formerly used by the City to low-income families for free while also minimizing the city’s electronic waste footprint. The project is possible due to the leadership of Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield as well as Ted Ross, General Manager of the Information Technology Agency (ITA) and Tony Royster, General Manager of the General Services Department.

Councilman Blumenfield hosted a event on October 1 to give out these free refurbished computers and WiFi hotspot devices to 85 students from low-income families in Reseda. ITA’s GM Ted Ross and the GSD’s GM Tony Royster were also present to assist and show support throughout the event.

About OurCycleLA

Under the leadership of the Offices of the Mayor and City Council, the City of Los Angeles has implemented the OurCycleLA program to take advantage of the thousands of salvage computers from the City. The goals of the program are to maximize the use of the computers, provide job training and employment for individuals with high barriers to employment, minimize the City’s electronic waste footprint, and help bridge the digital divide in Los Angeles. The limited supply of free refurbished computers will be distributed to low-income individuals or families in Baldwin Village and Koreatown.

OurCycle LA Processing FacilityQualified participants will be required to attend a digital literacy training program and sign up for low cost internet services. The refurbished computers will also be distributed to non-profit organizations throughout the City that operate public access computer centers serving disadvantaged communities.

OurCycle LA is a collaborative public private partnership between the City, non-profits, social enterprises and large corporate partners. The program was launched February 27, 2015. These computers and the required training will help participants take advantage of available technology, as well as additional digital and financial training. OurCycle LA is also providing job training and career opportunities for individuals with traditionally high barriers to employment – as well as creating local jobs.

Computer LabLonger-term, the City is working to create partnerships with businesses interested in donating computers and other technology they will no longer be using. OurCycle LA will help develop a model for future treatment of the City’s electronic waste that will benefit low-income Angelinos, the environment, the local economy, and help develop the e-waste recycling sector in Los Angeles.

 

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Jul 162016
 

AttackinNiceFrance

LAPD released a statement On The Attack in Nice France:

“As the people of Nice, France work to deal with the tragic and horrific attack, our thoughts and prayers are with them. As a department, we stand united with our French residents all around the world. We at the Los Angeles Police Department send our thoughts and prayers to the families who have been impacted by this tragic incident. We want to ensure the French residents are not alone.

The proud members of the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of the residents of Los Angeles.

While there are no known credible threats to the City of Los Angeles, we encourage our residents and visitors to be vigilant; always be aware of your surroundings. If you See Something Suspicious, Report it to iWatchLA. The iWatchLA App is a free terrorism reporting App that is available for download on Google and also available on Android and IOS. “If you See Something Say Something.”

Jun 122016
 

We Stand With Florida

Anything L.A., the City of Los Angeles and the State of California: we ALL stand with the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Jun 072016
 

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The City of Los Angeles is a Mayor-Council-Commission form of government, as originally adopted by voters of the City of Los Angeles, effective July 1, 1925 and reaffirmed by a new Charter effective July 1, 2000. A Mayor, City Controller, and City Attorney are elected by City residents every four years. Fifteen City Council members representing fifteen districts are elected by the people for four-year terms, for a maximum of two terms. Members of Commissions are generally appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the City Council. General Managers of the various City departments are also appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Most employees of the City are subject to the civil service provisions of the City Charter.

The basic law of the government of the City of Los Angeles is found in the City Charter, first adopted by a vote of the people in 1924, effective July 1, 1925, and subsequently amended from time to time. In 1999, the voters approved a new City Charter that addresses government in this new century. The Charter provides for a mayor-council type of municipal system, the Mayor being the executive branch and the Council the legislative. The governmental machinery consists of approximately 42 departments and bureaus which are headed by General Managers or advisory or controlling Boards or Commissions appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation of the Council. The Board of Public Works is the only full-time board. The new City Charter, effective July 2000, provided for the creation of a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils. The goal of the Neighborhoods Councils is to promote public participation in City governance and decision-making process to create a government more responsive to local needs.

Founding and Incorporation

The first settlers of the City of Los Angeles consisted of 14 families numbering 44 individuals. The ceremonies founding the City took place on September 4, 1781. At that time, Colonel Felipe De Neve, who was then Governor of the Spanish Province of Alta California, officially used the name “El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles” or “The Town of the Queen of the Angels.”

The City of Los Angeles was incorporated on April 4, 1850. At that time, it had a population of 1,610 (U.S. Census) and an area of 28 square miles. It did not have a graded street, a sidewalk, a water system, lights, nor a single public building of its own. Residents on Saturday morning swept or cleaned the street in front of their houses. Street lighting was simple, as owners of houses, which faced streets, were obligated to place a light at the door in front of their houses during the first two hours of darkness each night.
Los Angeles Today

Today, Los Angeles has a population of nearing four million people, an area of 465 square miles, 7,366 miles of streets, water and power brought from mountains hundreds of miles away, and thousands of publicly-owned structures of various types. The friendly lanterns that once hung at the door have been replaced with electrolier lights and utilitarian lights. Adobe houses have been replaced with modern buildings and residences, volunteer police and fire departments have been succeeded by highly trained, properly equipped, and well organized municipal forces, and mud flats have been dredged to become one of the world’s busiest harbors at Wilmington and San Pedro.
Citizens’ Interests

Your City government touches your life at more points more frequently than any other governmental agency, be it federal, state, or county. City government furnishes water, supplies electricity, provides ambulance, police, sanitation, and fire services, maintains streets, maintains parks and provides other essential services to citizens. In a very real sense, the City government is a huge corporation with nearly four million stockholders — the second largest city in the United States. This City, in which you are a stockholder, is engaged in business exceeding several billion dollars a year.

 

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