Feb 242017
 
Los Angeles Metro Will Be Safer

This incredible picture is the property of L.A. Mayor’s office, we simply couldn’t resist it!

 

LAPD officers to patrol Metro buses, trains in the City of Los Angeles

Three law enforcement agencies will provide security services, bringing more officers to public transportation.

 

Los Angeles Police Department officers will soon provide security services on buses and trains serving passengers within city limits, under the terms of a contract approved today by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board.
Beginning July 1, the LAPD will assume law enforcement responsibilities on Metro trains and buses within the City of L.A.; Long Beach Police Department officers will patrol transit services in Long Beach; and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be responsible for law enforcement on public transportation in other areas of L.A. County.

“The safety of our Metro passengers and employees must always be our first priority,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who serves as First Vice Chair on the Metro Board of Directors. “Making local officers responsible for policing the areas they know best means better coverage, quicker emergency response times, and stronger accountability. The Sheriff’s Department provides excellent service to Metro, and they will continue to do so under a contract that will give them expanded access to resources from neighboring agencies.”

More than 60 percent of Metro buses and nearly 50 percent of Metro Rail Lines operate within the City of Los Angeles, and about one-third of the Metro Blue Line operates within the City of Long Beach.

“Our ability to increase our collaboration with additional law enforcement partners will yield an increased safety and security presence,” said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Mayor Pro Tem. “The Metro System is safe today, but we want to make it even safer and more secure as we continue to expand transit options throughout the county.”

The new, multi-agency contract will dramatically increase the number of police officers on the Metro system, providing a more visible law enforcement presence to deter criminal activity on buses and trains. It allocates $369.3 million to the City of Los Angeles, $246.3 million to L.A. County, and $30.1 million to the City of Long Beach for a five-year period. The new contract will also ensure greater contract compliance through clear performance metrics and accountability measures for law enforcement agencies.

“Our overriding goal here is to ensure our transit riders can ride and work safely — without fear — 100 percent of the time” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Increasing our partnership with local law enforcement agencies is one important part of a multi-layered approach that also includes integrating technology and coordinating closely with our federal agency partners to help keep the Metro System safe.”

“Angelenos expect accessible, dependable, and safe public transportation, and the Los Angeles Police Department will now play an integral role in protecting the millions of people using our extensive system,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “This new agreement with the MTA will have far-reaching impacts, well beyond just our rail and buses, with faster response times for emergency and priority calls for service, increased law enforcement visibility throughout the City, and added protections against the threat of terrorism.”
About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

 

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Jan 052017
 
Free LED Light Bulbs Delivered To LADWP Customers

Free LED Light Bulbs Delivered To LADWP Customers
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Free LED Lightbulbs Delivered to over 1 Million Households in Los Angeles
LADWP delivered energy efficient LED lightbulbs to every residential customer to Save Energy LA

 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) completed delivery of two free LED bulbs to 1.2 million residential customers as part of the City’s “Save Energy LA” campaign in December 2016.

“Every Angeleno has the power to help make Los Angeles more sustainable — and with the help of Save Energy LA, people across our city are finding new ways to conserve,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.” We are proud to do our part by giving customers free energy-efficient LED light bulbs, and making it as easy as possible to for Angelenos to save power.”

The door-to-door delivery began in September and was conducted in a rolling fashion, from one community to another over the course of three months, until all LADWP residential customers received a bag with light bulbs and information about ways to save energy. The program completed last week with deliveries in the North Hollywood area.

“This was a huge effort, delivering LED bags to up to 165,000 homes per week,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said. “We encourage our customers to switch from CFL or incandescent light bulbs to LEDs as soon as possible for a quick and easy way to save on your electric bill. This simple change can save customers up to $238 in electric costs over each bulb’s lifetime.”

The LED household distribution program is a cost-effective way to deliver Energy Efficiency (EE) directly to all of LADWP’s residential customers, both in single-family as well as multi-family homes. In addition to the two LED bulbs themselves, the delivery package also contained helpful information on conservation strategies as well as LADWP’s other EE programs.

The LED distribution program is budgeted at $14.8 million for this fiscal year, representing 8.8 percent of the overall annual Energy Efficiency portfolio budget. The program is expected to result in 1,640 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy saved and up to $246 million in customer bill savings over the lifetime of the LED bulbs. Additionally, the avoided cost of generation directly benefitting LADWP is estimated to be $146 million, representing a lifetime return on investment for this program to LADWP of almost ten to one.

Mayor Garcetti announced the Save Energy LA campaign in July to urge Angelenos to conserve electricity to benefit the environment and in response to the increased risk of power outages due to the unavailability of SoCal Gas’ Aliso Canyon Storage Facility following last year’s natural gas leak. The Save Energy LA campaign was created pro bono by Los Angeles-based advertising agency TBWA\CHIAT\DAY in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and LADWP. In addition to designing the reusable bags and LED boxes, the campaign includes prominent ads on bus shelters, bus benches, DASH buses, and in print, as well as a social media campaign.

In addition to the LED bulb give away, LADWP offers many more ways for residential and commercial customers to save electricity, water and money. Go to www.MyLADWP.com for details on LADWP rebates and conservation programs.

 

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