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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Mar 042017
 

Los Angeles Reacts To Arrests For Anti-Semitic Threats

According to multiple sources, an arrest has been made and a suspect in multiple threats against Jewish Community Centers is in custody. The 31 year old African American man, identified as Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. He is accused of making at least eight threats nationwide.

It appears that the anti-Jewish threats have been made as a part of his campaign to get even with his white ex-girlfriend. Thompson is not suspected of committing any acts of violence but attempting to destroy the ex-girlfriend’s reputation by falsely reporting her as a racist and anti-Semite, creating and carrying out a nationwide campaign of fear by phone and Online which included making anti-Semitic threats in her name.

In response to the arrest (and possibly others which have not been made public, yet), City Attorney Mike Feuer released the following statement:

“We applaud the work of federal law enforcement officials in this morning’s arrest of a suspect in connection with threats made against Jewish community centers. While these threats targeted the Jewish community in particular, they are part of a broader wave of acts of hate that assault our most basic American values.

Here in Los Angeles, my Office, LAPD, federal law enforcement and interfaith leaders are unified in our condemnation of such acts and in strong support of all members of our community.”

In a statement praising the arrest, Mayor Garcetti said:

“The acts of hate and antisemitism that have threatened our Jewish community in recent weeks are an attack on all of us — and they undermine our most fundamental American values. On behalf of our entire city, I thank our federal law enforcement partners for their commitment and hard work to arrest a suspect today in connection with these unconscionable acts.
“Los Angeles has always been a city of kind, compassionate people who stand together, and speak up for one another in the face injustice. I am committed to protecting those values, and we will not stop working until we know every Angeleno can feel safe.”

 

 

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Feb 142017
 

Valentine’s Day: Love NOT Violence

Mayor Garcetti builds on impactful domestic violence awareness campaign

New advertisements reach out to young people during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Will your Valentine’s Day be a romantic celebration of a healthy, loving relationship? Or will the holiday evoke thoughts and messages of “Fear Me,” “I Own You,” or “You Are Nothing”?

Those are the kind of provocative questions at the heart of “Domestic Violence Has No Place Here” — a bold public education campaign launched last fall by Mayor Eric Garcetti and intended to generate awareness and honest conversation about a frequently-hidden crime whose victims often suffer in silence. This week, the campaign debuted new ads aimed at young people for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (attached), with an emphasis on social media. One in three teens is a victim of dating abuse.

Valentine’s Day: Love NOT Violence“Love and abuse never go hand-in-hand. We have to keep shining a light on domestic violence, because it is a crime that lives in the shadows and causes pain that too often goes unnoticed and unreported,” said Mayor Garcetti. “‘Domestic Violence Has No Place Here’ is a thought-provoking campaign that will bring awareness to this crisis and start important conversations in Los Angeles and beyond.”

The campaign, developed in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, pairs romantic tropes — from boxes of chocolates and teddy bears, to hand-scribbled love notes and personalized jewelry — with starkly contrasting messages about control and violence. The juxtaposition sends a powerful message to anyone who has been impacted by emotional or physical abuse in an intimate relationship — including victims, abusers, and witnesses.

The ads include such provocative copy as “You may now hit the bride” on a backdrop of white lace; “Roses are red, violets are blue, don’t tell a soul I hit you” on familiar lined notebook paper; and “If I Can’t Have You, No One Will” nestled amongst rose petals. On another ad, smartphone text messaging streams go from familiar hearts and a friendly check-in to angry icons and controlling messaging demanding to know, “Where are you?”

Advertising agency Quigley-Simpson provided pro bono services to create the compelling and impactful campaign. The ads will be featured on bus benches and bus shelters in English and Spanish. Angelenos can find extensive information about domestic violence, including teen dating abuse and sexual assault, online at www.NoDVLA.org.

About Quigley-Simpson
Established in 2002, Quigley-Simpson is an independently-owned advertising agency, providing clients with full-service creative, media and digital integrated services. Headquartered in Los Angeles and with an office in New York, the agency employs a team of 150 professionals. Quigley-Simpson’s client roster includes leading national brands including those from Procter & Gamble, JPMorgan Chase and Yelp, amongst others. Quigley-Simpson has also been the creative force behind campaigns for major entities in Los Angeles, including Southern California Edison and the Metropolitan Water District. The agency is also deeply committed to causes that Angelenos care about including power and water conservation, and has provided pro bono support to campaigns for the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s women and minorities recruitment initiative and Mayor Garcetti’s campaign to fight domestic violence. More information can be found at www.quigleysimpson.com.

 

 

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Dec 062016
 

Bomb Threat To LA Metro Universal City Station

It isn’t known whether the threat reported on anonymous tip line on Monday 12/05/16 is credible or not. However with a bomb threat to the Universal City Station allegedly scheduled for Tuesday (12/06/16) morning, every precaution has been taken to protect LA Metro stations in Los Angeles area.

In a joint effort, the FBI, LAPD and L.A. Sheriff’s Department will be increase security on LA Metro’s stations.

To assure the public of LA Metro’s safety, L.A. Mayor Garcetti himself plans to ride the Red Line at Universal City on Tuesday morning.

LA Metro released the following statement:

“The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has increased its security presence across the whole Metro system following information received about a potential threat to the transit system. The information was received through an anonymous tip earlier today warning of a threat on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 specifically at the Red Line’s Universal Station.
Metro Security has been collaborating with its law enforcement partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to mitigate the threat, which is being investigated for its validity.
In the meantime, Metro is taking a number of precautions and is increasing law enforcement presence across the whole Metro system.
“At this point, we don’t know if this is a credible threat, but the safety of our passengers, employees and the public is our number one priority, so we take this threat very seriously,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.
“We are relying on multi-agency collaboration between Metro Transit Security, LASD and LAPD to keep the public safe and we ask the public to be one of our partners in enhancing our ears and eyes on the system,” said Metro Chief Security Officer Alex Wiggins. “If you see something, say something. Call our Transit Watch Hotline at 888.950.7233 or notify us through the Transit Watch app.”

LAPD asks Angelenos to call 877-A-THREAT or use the iWatchLA app to report any suspicious activity. Don’t be afraid to be wrong! It’s better to be too careful and alive than careless and…. dead.

 

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