Mar 102017
 
Re-Elected And Full Steam Ahead

Mayor Garcetti signing Executive Directive 19 on Planning and Developing Housing and Transportation. We like and support our Mayor, but the picture looks eerily familiar….

 

Mayor Garcetti signs sweeping Executive Directive to streamline efforts to house homeless Angelenos, build affordable housing and infrastructure, and reform L.A.’s planning process

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti strengthened the City’s commitment to his inclusive, transit-oriented vision for Los Angeles — signing a new executive directive that will streamline transformative infrastructure projects, reform the planning process, and improve transparency at City Hall.

Executive Directive 19 (ED 19) will help L.A. build the transportation infrastructure and affordable housing that voters funded through Measure M and Proposition HHH last fall, while bringing long-awaited improvements to the City’s development process.

“Angelenos sent a clear message that they want a city with affordable housing and improved transportation to help them live more fulfilling lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “That is my vision for Los Angeles, and we can only realize it by working together in trust, transparency, and fairness. This Executive Directive is about making sure we put people before anything else — as we expand opportunity to families that need affordable places to live and better ways to get around, and deliver on our promise to get the most vulnerable off the streets as quickly as we can.”

ED 19 will allow the City to build transit infrastructure and housing more quickly and efficiently by fostering collaboration among City departments, and with the MTA. Under the directive, City departments will each appoint a Transportation Infrastructure Liaison to form a dedicated committee with the Mayor’s Office and the MTA. The Mayor’s Transportation Infrastructure Committee will work together to streamline the delivery of transportation projects across the City.

The directive also reforms the City’s planning process by directing the Department of City Planning to develop a specific program and timeline for updating all 35 of the City’s Community Plans — a process that will take place within six years. ED 19 also establishes a Mayoral Planning Task Force to make these Plan updates as efficient as possible.

In addition, ED 19 addresses long-standing concerns about transparency in the development process by prohibiting Planning Commissioners from holding any private meetings about projects under their consideration.

The directive is part of a broader series of planning improvements and affordable housing policies, which include:

  • Directing the Department of City Planning (DCP) to Accelerate Community Plan Updates: DCP will prepare a schedule and program for the review and update of the General Plan, including Community Plans, and ensure the effective implementation of Measure M and Proposition HHH in preparing these updated plans.
  • Banning Ex Parte Communications with Developers: Private communications with Planning Commissioners on quasi-judicial matters that are under their consideration will be prohibited.
  • Establishing a Mayoral Task Force on Planning: Departments will designate a Planning Liaison to participate in and ensure interdepartmental coordination and cooperation in the development of the General Plan and Community Plans. This Task Force will ensure that plans for the future growth of the City are aligned with infrastructure improvements.
  • Establishing a Measure M Steering Committee: Departments will establish a Measure M Steering Committee focused on improving transportation project delivery. This effort will accelerate project review times and permitting, and increase coordination and cooperation with MTA.
  • Releasing a Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Program: Mayor Garcetti will release a TOC program for consideration by the City Planning Commission. The TOC Program will expand development incentives for mixed-income housing projects located within one-half mile radius of major transit stops. These incentives are currently being drafted by DCP and are required by Measure JJJ.
  • Reforming City Oversight of Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs): The City will expand its oversight of the EIR process by requiring developers to only hire environmental consultants that have been placed on a pre-qualified list by the City.
  • Reforming the General Plan Amendment Process: DCP will implement procedures to batch General Plan Amendments for review together by Community Plan Area.
  • Directing the Department of City Planning to Expedite the Preparation of a Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance: DCP will expedite the preparation of a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) ordinance to reduce regulatory hurdles for PSH projects.
  • Calling on Council to Pass an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee: Mayor Garcetti is calling on the Los Angeles City Council to expeditiously pass the ordinance advanced last month by the City Planning Commission (CPC) to create a permanent stream of funding for affordable housing projects and to greatly expand affordable housing stock.

This new executive directive builds on the Mayor’s efforts to transform the built environment in a way that creates economic opportunity for all Angelenos. That agenda includes making planning reforms, strengthening the City’s stock of rent stabilized housing, expanding the safety net for homeless Angelenos, and fundamentally transforming how the City incentivizes developers to produce affordable housing.

In the next year, the Mayor will roll out a series of new land use incentives, financial tools, and administrative reforms that will more than double the production and preservation of affordable housing, while making the development and planning process more transparent and predictable.

View the full text of Executive Directive 19 here.

 

 

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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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