Apr 272017
 
Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

Mark Ballas, who will appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by SMOG design.

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS “BROADWAY AT GRAND PARK” FRIDAY APRIL 28

Free Concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Grand Park Across From The Music Center

“Into the Woods and “Jersey Boys” Casts Perform Hits From Their Smash Broadway Shows

“Jersey Boys” to Perform “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night”

On Friday, April 28, Center Theatre Group will launch the newly created free concert event “Broadway at Grand Park” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with cast members from the Ahmanson Theatre’s “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” performing some of the biggest hits from these popular shows. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mark Ballas as Franki Valli will lead the Jersey Boys for the Grand Park concert with Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines and Cory Jeacoma as Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio, respectively. The Jersey Boys will perform the hits “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night,” “Who Loves You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Cast members from “Into the Woods” will perform a selection of favorites from the hit Sondheim musical.

Ballas will reprise his acclaimed Broadway performance as Frankie Valli in the Ahmanson engagement of “Jersey Boys.” Ballas, known for his Emmy nominated work on “Dancing with the Stars,” made his Broadway debut in the role last fall. “Jersey Boys,” plays at the Ahmanson May 16 through June 24, 2017.

Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

The cast of the Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods,” which plays April 4 through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company’s “Into the Woods” is currently playing at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre through May 14. The Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

“Into the Woods” includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky in this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The award-winning musical has been mounted with boundless imagination: a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Music and lyrics for “Into the Woods” are by Stephen Sondheim, the book is by James Lapine and the co-directors are Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard—and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

The book for “Jersey Boys” is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the music is by Bob Gaudio, the lyrics are y Bob Crewe, the choreography is by Sergio Trujillo and the director is Des McAnuff.

Bank of America is the season sponsor for the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Grand Park Mainstage is located at 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event will also feature a pop-up box office open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grand Park so attendees may purchase tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys.”

Tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets will also be available for purchase from 11:30 to 2 p.m. in Grand Park on Friday, April 28 only. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012

 

 

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Apr 252017
 

Mayor Garcetti Protects Affordable Housing

 

Mayor Garcetti continues to tackle housing crisis with new law strengthening Rent Stabilization Ordinance

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to aggressively address Los Angeles’s housing affordability crisis with a new law that strengthens enforcement of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). The new legislation will preserve rent-stabilized units or require that new affordable housing units be built.

Landlords who tear down rent-controlled units under the state’s Ellis Act must now either replace them one-for-one with affordable units or ensure that 20% of new units are affordable — whichever number is higher.

This new law will also help prevent displacement of tenants by increasing regulation of both vacant and occupied rental units; requiring owners to re-start the Ellis process if withdrawn units are re-rented; tightening rules when units are demolished without necessary approvals; and requiring property owners to file annual reports.

It also expands relocation services for displaced tenants, and preserves RSO units by raising the threshold necessary to obtain an exemption for newly-built replacement units.

“We’re growing L.A.’s housing stock to meet our resident’s growing demand in every way possible — including strengthening our stock of rent stabilized housing. But we need to make sure that it is done in a way that’s fair to all Angelenos by protecting people from being priced out of communities where they have invested so much of their lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The law I signed today is a great step in the right direction.”

“As Chair of Housing, I’d like to thank Mayor Garcetti for his commitment to protect tenant rights and affordable housing,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “The City Council approved my Ellis Act amendments to the RSO, which will close loopholes used to evict tenants and remove affordable housing units off the market. By preserving affordable housing, we will ensure that Los Angeles is a livable City.”

“One of our goals, as elected leaders, must be addressing the loss of existing affordable housing to new, unaffordable development, and these amendments take an important step in that direction,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz.

“Preserving affordable housing is how we preserve the character and inclusivity of our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “Strengthening our rent control rules to better protect affordable housing is good for families throughout Los Angeles.”

“The City of Los Angeles must do everything in its power to protect our rent-controlled affordable housing stock,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “With every lost RSO unit, our friends, families and neighbors are potentially displaced and priced out of a difficult housing market. By strengthening these Ellis Act restrictions and RSO requirements, we are taking an important step forward in protecting Angelenos.”

Half of L.A. families live in an apartment covered by the RSO, which is designed to protect Angelenos from runaway rents and displacement from their neighborhoods.

In December 2015, Mayor Garcetti signed into law the Tenant Buyout Ordinance, which strengthened renters’ rights by ensuring that landlords inform residents of their relocation rights in the event of a tenant buyout. Previously, tenants could be offered a lump sum to vacate units, without a formal process to educate them about additional sums for relocation assistance to which they may have been entitled.

The ordinance required landlords to file buyout agreements with the City, so that staff can better monitor the process. It also permits renters to withdraw from the buyout agreement within 30 days.

While the City remains on track to meet Mayor Garcetti’s goal to build 100,000 new housing units by 2021, the Mayor is advancing additional policies to ensure equitable growth in the City’s housing supply, and is doubling down on the production and preservation of affordable housing developments dedicated to low-income Angelenos.

 

 

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Apr 242017
 
Mayor Garcetti’s 2017-2018 Budget And Vision For Los Angeles

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Mayor Garcetti proposes new budget that builds on first-term progress, and charts a course to L.A.’S future

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled his proposed 2017-18 budget — a fiscally responsible spending plan that focuses on the City’s commitment to ending homelessness, builds on the Mayor’s efforts to improve basic services, and puts voter-approved Measure M and Proposition HHH funding for housing and transportation projects into action.

The $9.2 billion budget allocates more than $176 million toward housing and services for homeless Angelenos — a $38 million increase from last year’s investment — and $35 million to fix some of the City’s most broken streets, and make roads safer for Angelenos.

“Over the last four years, we have brought Los Angeles back to basics — now, it’s time to build on that progress and dream bigger for tomorrow,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This budget will enable us to continue bringing change that Angelenos can see and feel in their neighborhoods, while building the future that we have all imagined together.”

Last November, L.A. voters approved Measure M and Proposition HHH to invest billions of dollars in housing and supportive services for the most vulnerable, and transportation infrastructure to make L.A. more connected. Mayor Garcetti’s budget puts tens of millions of dollars of that funding directly to use this year.

More than $89 million of the $176 million allocated to fight homelessness is HHH funding, which will go toward new permanent supportive housing and service facilities for homeless Angelenos. And the $35 million for transportation will come from Measure M and California SB 1, a transportation package that will fund street repairs across the state.

The budget maintains a 5% reserve fund while advancing Mayor Garcetti’s Back to Basics agenda — including a $2 million increase to the City’s graffiti removal program, which will enable the City to respond to 90% of requests within 24 hours, and a doubling of the Girls Play L.A. initiative, which will improve gender equity in sports programming throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti’s proposed budget includes funding for:

A Safe City
• 10,000 Sworn Police Officers
• LAPD Metro System Patrol
• LAPD Body-Worn Video Initiative
• LAPD Domestic Abuse Response Teams
• LAPD Pledge to Patrol Program ($1 Million)
• Firefighter Hiring ($10.5 Million)
• Fire Department Youth Program Coordinator
• New Fire Station Alerting System ($1 Million)
• Enhanced Cybersecurity Protection

A Prosperous City
• Community Plan Updates ($3.5 Million)
• Hire L.A.’s Youth & Summer Youth Program
• Day Labor Centers
• L.A.’s Best Expansion
• Proposition HHH Housing and Facilities ($89 Million)
• Outreach and Sanitation Crews ($36.8 Million)
• Sobering Center Emergency Resource Unit

A Livable & Sustainable City
• Vision Zero ($17 Million)
• Great Streets ($3.6 Million)
• DASH Expansion ($14 Million)
• Sidewalk Repair ($31 Million)
• 24-Hour Graffiti Removal ($2 Million)
• Girls Play L.A. Expansion
• Joint Use Agreements for Park Space
• Tree-Trimming ($7.1 Million)
• Purposeful Aging

A Well-Run City
• Innovation Fund
• Anytime-Anywhere City Employee Candidate Testing
• Asset Management ($1.8 Million)
• Network Improvement
• Procurement Reform
• Finance System Enhancement
• Reserve Fund Maintenance (5%)

Mayor Garcetti’s full proposed 2017-2018 budget is available here.

 

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Apr 232017
 

Our Earth, Our Lives: NOT A Business

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide since 1970 and its goal every year is to raise public awareness of environmental protection and more recently, global warming.

The 2017 Earth Day celebration took the form of March for Science. In the United States, the largest March for Science took place on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Smaller marches took place in all 50 states and had a new urgency since the Trump administration’s policy denies the dangers of global warming, restricts research (and research sharing), cuts science budgets and severely limits the authority of EPA while supporting and promoting industries that contribute to environmental destruction and accelerate global warming.

The scientific community is traditionally apolitical, but because of the current political climate many highly-regarded scientists participated in this year’s March to emphasize the importance of science in our lives and our survival as specie.

While President Trump doesn’t seem to understand the urgency of environmental protection or the need to prevent / delay climate change, facts speak louder than any politician can. President Trump’s environmental policies threaten our air and water and long term, our lives.

It is in this context that we appreciate California’s and Los Angeles’ leadership even more. On the occasion of Earth Day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said:

“Earth Day is a time to appreciate the beauty of the planet we call home, and a time to reflect on our mandate to clean the air we breathe, protect the water we drink, and preserve the health of the world we share with all of creation. That’s why our Sustainable City pLAn embraces environmental stewardship and justice as fundamental values that we fight for in Los Angeles — that’s why we’re going to keep fighting climate change by making our utility coal-free by 2025, restoring our river to its natural habitat, and working to open up more green space where our families can connect with nature.”

Well said, Mr. Mayor. Thank you for embracing science and protecting our city from environment-destroying and greed-driven policies.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Apr 182017
 

CTG CAREER FAIR FOR YOUTH

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS

“COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR FOR THE ARTS”

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017, AT THE MUSIC CENTER ANNEX

Free Workshops, College Counseling and More Offered to High School Students

 

Center Theatre Group invites current high school students, parents and teachers to attend the second annual “College & Career Fair for the Arts” on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Music Center Annex located at 601 W. Temple St. in Downtown L.A. Center Theatre Group will also be hosting the previously announced “Going Pro Career Fair” for college and university students on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at East Los Angeles College. Both events will give students the opportunity to explore education and career opportunities in the arts.

Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts” is intended to help students navigate the transition from high school to college, and learn more about careers in the arts. More than 30 colleges, universities and organizations will be in attendance including the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Fashion Careers International and more. The fair will include free workshops, a food truck with free lunch (12 to 2 p.m.) and opportunities for one-on-one college counseling and personal statement help.

The free workshops will give students the opportunity to learn about the college application process and what admissions staff are looking for; the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), student loans, scholarships and financial aid; and hear from professional theatre artists across the field, from designers to actors. Workshops are open to students only.

To RSVP to Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts,” students should email StudentBody@CTGLA.org with the following information: the student’s full name, grade and school; which discussions they would like to attend; and if they are interested in participating in a 20-minute session with a college counselor or personal statement expert. Those who RSVP in advance will receive a free gift upon entry. For more information about Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts,” the “Going Pro Career Fair” and other upcoming student events, please visit https://www.centertheatregroup.org/programs/students-and-educators/teen-and-college-initiatives/upcoming-student-events/.

 

 

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Apr 172017
 

Academy Talent Development Program

 

THE ACADEMY WILL LAUNCH ‘ACADEMY GOLD’ TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSION PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

Sixteen Entertainment Industry Partners Participate in Pilot Year

 

In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities. This initiative will afford top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an opportunity to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent. The Academy also will build an alumni database to track the professional development of Academy Gold participants and provide a resource to connect alumni with one another upon completion of the program.

Several companies, including Deluxe, The Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, FotoKem, FremantleMedia, HBO, IMAX, Lionsgate/Starz, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures, Technicolor, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., have already committed to the program. Each partner will sponsor up to three interns.

“As chair of the Academy’s Education Committee, I am proud that the Academy is taking proactive steps in building partnerships within the entertainment industry to move the needle on talent development and inclusion,” said Nancy Utley, Academy governor and president of Fox Searchlight Pictures. “The Academy Gold program is a testament to the shared commitment of the Academy and industry leaders to address one of biggest challenges facing our community today and effectuate meaningful change.”

In this pilot year, more than 50 interns (including 15 interns who will be placed within the Academy) will participate in the Academy Gold program. The eight-week program will offer participants networking opportunities with Academy members and industry professionals, screenings and educational workshops. The internships are available to undergraduate and graduate college students with an emphasis on high-quality, underrepresented talent in order to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and connections to achieve success as they navigate full-time, above- and below-the-line entertainment industry careers.

“The Academy is in a unique position to tap into and encourage its nearly 7,000 members to become involved mentors,” said Edgar Aguirre, the Academy’s director of talent development and inclusion. “The Academy Gold program will empower and create new opportunities for emerging and diverse talent, while engaging our membership and underscoring the impact these leaders can have on shaping the future of our industry.”

For more information about the Academy Gold program, visit www.oscars.org/AcademyGoldProgram.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
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Apr 082017
 

California Road Repair Approved: We’ll Pay

The Road Repair and Accountability Act was introduced and signed just last week. In the words of League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman: “Californians are sick and tired of driving on bad roads and we are all paying the cost of disrepair, traffic congestion and unsafe roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.”

The Road Repair and Accountability Act has been voted on and approved by the California Legislature in one week of being signed by California Governor Brown.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued a statement following the act’s approval:
“Today’s billion-dollar commitment by the California legislature will deliver better roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure from one end of the state to the other. Here in Los Angeles, we will be able to repave our roads and give our residents a smoother ride on their daily commute and on their drives to see the people and places they love, with nearly $100 million invested annually into our local streets. None of this would have been possible without the persistence and vision of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senator Jim Beall, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier. Their years of hard work and determination will serve generations to come.”

The Road Repair and Accountability Act is good news for California’s roads, commuters and visitors. Its cost however seems to have been passed in its entirety to us and we’re not talking about chump change but $5.2 billion a year for 10 years. We’ll have to cough it up at the DMV (vehicle registration and renewal fees, new usage fees for driving electric and hybrid vehicles, etc.) and at the gas pump.

Considering the fact that a significant segment of Los Angeles population still didn’t recover from the latest economic slump, The Road Repair and Accountability Act is a great recipe for fixing the roads and losing weight, at the same time. It will compound financial hardship of many low income families in Los Angeles.

Read more about The Road Repair and Accountability Act

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Apr 072017
 

LA Mayor Supports 2nd Chances

 

Mayor Garcetti Partners in New Effort to Give Angelenos a Second Chance

Partnership with 70MillionJobs.com aims to increase employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated Angelenos.

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a partnership with 70MillionJobs.com, the first online job board to match formerly incarcerated individuals seeking work with employers interested in hiring qualified applicants of all backgrounds.

“People who have served time and are returning home deserve an opportunity to make a fresh start, prove themselves in the workforce, and earn a good living for themselves and their families,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This platform will help transform lives by opening up connections to employers who are willing to give qualified applicants a second chance.”

As part of a three-month pilot program with the Mayor’s Office, the site will allow Los Angeles employers to post a limitless number of jobs. In turn, job seekers will receive text notifications about new opportunities and can upload video resumes that are forwarded directly to employers. Most of the applicants enrolled during the pilot period will be affiliated with community-based organizations in the L.A. area and have received job readiness training.

About one in four adults in California has an arrest or conviction record, which creates significant barriers to employment. According to a recent study, up to 80% of Los Angeles employers are unwilling to hire formerly incarcerated individuals. Research has also shown that providing employment opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce recidivism and make communities safer. The state’s average recidivism rate is 65 percent, but for individuals who secure jobs shortly after release, it drops to as low as 3%.

Removing barriers to employment is one of Mayor Garcetti’s top priorities. In April 2016, the Mayor signed an Equitable Workforce Executive Directive, instructing City departments to prioritize L.A.’s most underemployed communities — including veterans, the formerly incarcerated, and disconnected youth — in the hiring of about 5,000 new workers over the next three years.

The Mayor’s Office of Reentry has also partnered with Caltrans to employ more than 1,300 formerly incarcerated people over the next three years. And last year, Mayor Garcetti formed a Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity — an alliance of private and public sector employers committed to providing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated and others who have been historically excluded from upwardly-mobile jobs.

“Unemployment and recidivism are huge challenges that ruin lives, families and cities like Los Angeles,” said Richard Bronson, co-founder and CEO of 70MillionJobs.com. “This pilot program represents an effective partnership of government, non-profit and for-profit businesses, committed to short circuit the pernicious cycle of recidivism.”

70MillionJobs.com, the City of Los Angeles and all partner employers comply with all City and State laws pertaining to the use of criminal records in hiring. To post a job, go to 70MillionJobs.com. For more information, contact info@70MillionJobs.com.

 

 

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Apr 012017
 

L.A. City Attorney Denied LAX Clearance

 

US CUSTOMS DENIES LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO SECURE AREAS AT LAX

FEUER APPEALS DENIAL

After being denied access in January to secure areas at Los Angeles World Airport where dozens of immigrants were unlawfully detained, City Attorney Mike Feuer applied for a security clearance provided to other law enforcement officials. This week, federal officials denied Feuer’s application. Feuer is appealing the decision.

“When the City Attorney of the nation’s second largest city cannot gain access to all areas of the airport located in his jurisdiction, something is terribly wrong,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “I went to LAX in January because I wanted to secure the release of the detainees. I also wanted very direct answers to basic questions. A security clearance would have provided me with access to the detainees so I could have assessed their situation and well-being.”

Feur’s appeal LINK.
US Customs letter LINK.

Visit the links above! Read the details for yourself. By all appearances, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer was illegally denied security clearance. It is troubling. Could it be a sign of things to come? The US Customs And Border Protection refusal to grant Mike Feuer full access to all areas of LAX is strangely reminiscent of martial law which strips power from ALL members and branches of government in favor of one. If Los Angeles City Attorney (a person in position of authority and a member of L.A. government!) is prevented from doing his job by US Customs And Border Protection what’s in store for the rest of us? McCarthyism? Driving restrictions?

Fight Mr. Feuer: Los Angeles belongs to us! No on travel bans. No on ICE representing itself as LAPD. No arrests in Los Angeles courthouses.

 

 

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Mar 292017
 

Mayor Garcetti Defends L.A.

 

Mayor Garcetti on the President’s Executive Order to roll back federal climate action

 

“President Trump’s moves today to undo the Clean Power Plan and roll back other key climate policies undermine the important efforts — throughout the country and the world — to tackle the single greatest threat and economic opportunity of our time: climate change. I asked 37 of my fellow ‘climate mayors’ to join me in writing President Trump to object to his actions, including severe proposed budget cuts to the EPA and clean energy programs like Energy Star at the U.S. Department of Energy, and rollbacks to vehicle fuel efficiency standards. The administration is taking clear steps to undermine not only the federal government’s commitment to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, but also U.S. leadership on public health and growing the clean energy economy.

“No matter what happens in Washington, we will work to meet our Sustainable City pLAn goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, move toward zero emissions transportation, and pursue our vision of a 100% clean energy future. Los Angeles has also divested from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be completely coal-free by 2025.

“Nothing can stop us from investing in electric cars and mass transit; from ending our reliance on coal; from installing cool roofs and pavement; or from leading America in solar power. Los Angeles will uphold the obligation to preserve the health of our planet, protect our most vulnerable residents, and create a 21st century economy — and working with my fellow ‘climate mayors,’ we will continue doing our part to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement in cities across the country.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti is the co-founder of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), a network of 75 U.S. “climate mayors” representing 41 million Americans — working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking. Earlier this year, Mayor Garcetti led the release of an EV RFI with 30 MNCAA cities to demonstrate potential demand for over 110,000 electric vehicles, trucks, and equipment for cities. Mayor Garcetti is also Vice Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an international network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and he has signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

 

 

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Mar 272017
 

LA City Attorney Warns Against Immigration Fraud

 

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER LAUNCHES PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT SCAMS, SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO LICENSE NOTARIOS

 

In the wake of increased action by Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers, City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced a multi-agency collaboration to educate the public on immigration consultants and to crack down on those who misrepresent the services they may provide under the law. As part of this effort, the City Attorney supports legislation proposed by City Councilwoman Nury Martinez to establish a permitting and enforcement system for immigration consultants.

“Immigration fraud schemes can have devastating and long-lasting impacts on families,” said Feuer. “It’s especially important now, at a time of heightened anxiety in our immigrant communities, to prevent residents who turn to immigration consultants out of desperation from being victimized. My office will continue to work closely with our partners on the City Council and the County to safeguard families’ dreams and hold accountable those who would prey on immigrants’ fears.”

“During such uncertain times, it is unfathomable that people would take advantage of Angelenos who are just trying to take care of their families,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “By establishing a license for immigration consultants, we will be doing two things: Providing a resource of legitimate consultants for people to access; and giving the City the tools necessary to prevent more people from being victimized. Our number one goal must continue to be to protect families in Los Angeles.”

“It is unfortunate that at a time when some of our most vulnerable Angelenos seek immigration advice, they find themselves victims of notario fraud and immigration consultant scams,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “I thank City Attorney Mike Feuer for his leadership and educational campaign, and Councilwoman Nury Martinez for her motion to regulate notarios in the City of Los Angeles. People’s lives are at stake especially under the Presidency of Donald Trump, and anyone seeking to profit from these misfortunes should be ashamed of themselves,” added Cedillo.

“Fraudulent immigration consultants and ‘notarios’ take advantage of the most vulnerable residents in Los Angeles County,” said County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs Director Brian J. Stiger. “We stand together with City Attorney Mike Feuer and other partners to fight all types of fraud affecting immigrants.”

The motion, presented by Councilmember Martinez and supported by Feuer and Cedillo, calls for the development of an immigration consultant licensing process through the Office of Finance that will monitor and identify consultants as well as fund investigations. Enforcement and citation of businesses not in compliance with the law would be done by the City Attorney in coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (LACBCA). The motion would also require all immigration consultants and notaries to comply with all provisions of the California Immigration Consultant Act in order to curb immigration services fraud.

Under current regulations, immigration consultants are not lawyers and have a very limited and specific role in helping someone complete the process to change their immigration status. The limited services immigration consultants can offer include completing immigration forms but can’t tell consumers which forms they need, translating answers without advising consumers what answers to provide, securing supporting documents, submitting forms and making free referrals to licensed attorneys.

The City Attorney and LACBCA have partnered to enforce current laws governing immigration consultants. There are currently several referrals from LACBCA that the City Attorney is reviewing. There is also an ongoing case against Eddie Bonilla, a notario, set for trial next week that alleges violations of unlicensed practice of immigration law that was investigated by LADCBA.

Immigration consultants must give customers a written contract, in English and in the consumer’s language that gives customers a three-day right to cancel it without any charge. Immigration consultants must also post signs to make it clear that they are not licensed attorneys, and they must tell customers that they can’t provide legal advice.

Support for new legislation calling for licensing of consultants is part of an ongoing and comprehensive enforcement and education campaign spearheaded by City Attorney Feuer, the LA County Department of Business and Consumer Affairs, and legal aid organizations to address immigration scams. Individuals who believe they have been a victim of immigration scams should contact the DCBA at (800) 593-8222, or file a complaint DCBA’s website: www.dcba.lacounty.gov.

Consumers can find additional tips and information on the City Attorney’s website http://www.lacityattorney.org/immigration-fraud, and on DCBA’s website: www.dcba.lacounty.gov.

 

 

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Mar 222017
 
Los Angeles Supports Immigrant Communities

Mayor Garcetti signing Executive Directive 20
Photo courtesy of L.A. Mayor’s Office

Mayor Garcetti leads more than 60 mayors in ‘Cities’ Day of Immigration Action’

Los Angeles coordinates nationwide, bipartisan effort to inform and empower immigrant communities

Mayor Eric Garcetti today led the first-ever Cities’ Day of Immigration Action, an effort by mayors in more than 60 cities to mobilize law enforcement, faith leaders, legal advocates, and community organizations in affirming the indispensable role of immigrants in American life, and connecting people with the resources they need to protect themselves and their families.

“Immigration is at the heart of the American story, because people from everywhere have made immeasurable contributions to the diversity, ingenuity, and cultural richness that defines who we are. That is especially true in Los Angeles, and people who have made a home here deserve all of the resources and protection their City can provide,” said Mayor Garcetti, who chairs and founded the United States Conference of Mayors Latino Alliance. “No one in Los Angeles should live in fear of being taken from their home, or separated from their family. I will never stop fighting to protect all Angelenos, and making sure they are given the support they need and deserve.”

In Los Angeles, the Cities’ Day of Immigration Action was highlighted by Mayor Garcetti signing the twentieth executive directive of his administration. The directive, “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All,” ensures that L.A.’s public servants stay focused on protecting people, serving communities, and saving lives — not inquiring about immigration status or engaging in federal civil immigration enforcement.

The directive expands existing LAPD policies on immigration enforcement to Airport police, Port police and firefighters — and prohibits all city employees from using public facilities or resources to assist or cooperate with federal civil immigration enforcement. It also requires that every city facility and service be made available to all Angelenos without regard to citizenship or immigration status, and orders protections on the confidentiality of information submitted by residents who enroll in city programs and services, unless required by law.

Los Angeles also hosted citywide legal clinics, “Know Your Rights” workshops, and training sessions throughout the day — giving Angelenos a chance to ask questions, and get answers, about immigration processing. Mayor Garcetti met with pro bono legal service providers at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and hosted a ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop at the Dolores Mission with immigration advocates, law enforcement officials, and faith and community leaders.

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has issued a Community Resource Guide for immigrant Angelenos — which includes comprehensive know-your-rights information and resources, including contact information for legal service providers and community organizations. The guide can be found at LAMayor.org/KnowYourRights.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti said on Instagram: “We are reminding our immigrant communities: We see you. We support you. You are welcome here. And we will do everything in our power to keep you safe.”

Anything L.A.’s comment: Hats off to City of Los Angeles and its Leaders for putting human rights, first!

For more information about the Cities’ Day of Immigration Action in Los Angeles, please visit LAMayor.org/Immigrants. To see the list of more than 60 Mayors and cities participating in 32 states across America, go to http://www.usmayors.org/mayors-stand-for-all/immigration/.

 

 

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Mar 212017
 
L.A. Local State of Emergency

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Mayor Garcetti declares State of Emergency to address unprecedented snowmelt in the Owens Valley

LADWP must act quickly to protect communities and critical infrastructure along the L.A. Aqueduct from flooding.

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a local State of Emergency to protect the lands and communities near the Los Angeles Aqueduct from flooding, as this year’s historic Eastern Sierra snowpack begins to melt into the Owens Valley.

This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241% above normal, and once spring sets in, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley.

This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water Angelenos use in a year — will likely threaten local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake with destructive flooding. Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Declaration will trigger City rules that enable LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat, and begin the process of requesting assistance from the state and federal governments.

“I am declaring a local State of Emergency today because we have a responsibility to protect Angelenos and the people of the Owens Valley — we must act quickly to address this threat,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I have also requested that Governor Brown help us coordinate our response with state agencies.”

“This emergency reminds us that climate change is not a problem for the distant future — it is already causing harm, and we know there is more to come. That’s why it’s critical for us to continue investing in infrastructure that makes our City more sustainable and resilient, and continue pushing to reduce our carbon emissions,” he added.

Mayor Garcetti is committed to making the City more sustainable, and combating climate change. His administration’s Sustainable City pLAn outlines ambitious goals for water conservation, carbon emission reduction, climate resiliency, and expanding the use of renewable energy. This historic snowpack directly after a historic drought is an example of the extreme climate patterns modeled in many climate studies.

Today’s Emergency Proclamation will help LADWP respond to the immediate threat of flooding in the Owens Valley by triggering special City rules that enable the utility to contract for the goods and services it needs more quickly. Since it is intended to last longer than seven days, the declaration requires approval by the City Council.

LADWP is already taking steps to prepare for this year’s snowmelt, and Mayor Garcetti’s declaration will enable the utility to act more quickly. For example, the agency is spreading water along the length of the L.A. Aqueduct system — so that the excess water can be used to replenish underground aquifers — and maximizing flows throughout the system, using more Aqueduct water to supply Los Angeles. It is also shoring up existing flood control infrastructure and emptying reservoirs along the Aqueduct to prepare for the snowmelt and protect its hydroelectric power plants and critical endangered species habitat from flooding.

In Owens Lake where the City has spent more than $1 billion on dust mitigation over the last two decades, LADWP is building new infrastructure to guide the flow of excess runoff away from its dust control operations and prevent them from destruction.

“Public safety is among our core values as an organization,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “LADWP has made a commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to control dust emissions that can be harmful to breathe, and have spent over $1 billion on infrastructure to mitigate this dust. As storm waters threaten to destroy much of this investment, we must honor our commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to reduce this form of air pollution, just like we honor our commitments to rate payers in the L.A. Basin. This Declaration by Mayor Garcetti today allows us to bypass lengthy supply procurement regulations to ensure that we can immediately continue to keep particulate matter from being blown off the dry lake playa during periods of high winds.”

Learn more about the impending snowmelt flood from LADWP

 

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Mar 212017
 

2017 Los Angeles Marathon

With more than 24,000 runners from all 50 states and 63 countries raced the 26.2 miles iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, March 19th 2017, establishing Los Angeles Marathon as the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and the tenth largest worldwide.

And the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon’s Winners are runners from Kenya: Elisha Barno (the first man) and Hellen Jepkurgat (the first woman) to finish the race.

  • Elisha Barno crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • John Pickhaver (United States) placed 10th. (He is the only United States runner who was among the first 10 Los Angeles Marathon finishers.)
  • Hellen Jepkurgat finished her run in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 23 seconds.
  • Joanna Reyes (United States) placed 4th. (5 United States female runners earned a place among the first 10 finishers.)

Congratulations to ALL participants of the Los Angeles Marathon!

Many contributed to the overall success of the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.

Starting with the official sponsor, The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon was proud to host the city’s newest professional sports team, the LA Chargers, who participated in this year’s race by running their own 13-person relay. LA Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman, General Manager Tom Telesco, Chargers’ Cheerleaders and Super Fans made up the team that partook in the marathon festivities and journey from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon teamed up with Guinness World Records to give athletes the opportunity to attempt an official Guinness World Records title, with on-the-day record verification at the race.

Skechers Performance returned in 2017 as the official title sponsor of the race, with new activations and a limited-edition footwear and apparel collection that encapsulates the city. The brand is also launching the GOrun Forza 2 “FO SHO” sneaker model in a very limited release – which was only available at the Skechers Performance official race merchandise booth at the official Health & Fitness Expo – which plays up Los Angeles themes with bright graphics highlighting iconic landmarks and imagery from the city.

Once again, the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon app powered by Fitbit delivered a best-in-class experience that allowed runners, spectators and the entire Los Angeles community easy access to race information, the course map and social media tools that enhanced their experience with this iconic race.

Through an unprecedented partnership with Snapchat, runners and spectators at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon had a unique way to commemorate their experiences on social media by using more than 40 on-demand Snapchat Geofilters specially-designed for the race.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon supported 95 charity partners through its Official Charity Program, offering them the opportunity to leverage the world-class endurance event to increase awareness and raise funds for their causes.

Conqur Endurance Group (the organizer of L.A. Marathon) continued its support of the Students Run LA program, which provides at-risk high school students with mentors and coaching to train for the race throughout the school year. During the 28-year partnership with SRLA, the marathon organizer has provided 6.5 million dollars’ worth of free marathon entries to local high school students in the Students Run LA program. This year too, Conqur Endurance Group supported SRLA with 3,500 free marathon entries for students and mentors.

2017 Los Angeles Marathon – like the many before – was a huge success as a competitive sport event but maybe even more so as a social event that brought Los Angeles together for fun and celebration and made a positive impact on our City’s future.

For more information on 2017 Los Angeles Marathon visit: https://www.lamarathon.com/

 

 

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Mar 182017
 

Bring It! Live At Microsoft Theatre

 

LIFETIME’S HIT SERIES “BRING IT” SET TO TAKE THE STAGE IN LOS ANGELES
AT MICROSOFT THEATER
AUGUST 16TH 2017 AT 7:30 P.M.
ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 10:00 A.M.

 

After a massive sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime®’s hit series Bring It! is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage in Los Angeles. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! return to the live stage August 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Microsoft Theater as part of the “Bring It! Live” 2017 summer tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849). Tickets start at $47.75 (plus applicable service charges) with pricing subject to change. VIP packages include an add-on photo opportunity with Miss D and the Dolls (available to all price levels), or a deluxe option, which includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program and a photo opportunity. Add-on VIP packages can only be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Limited supplies are available.

In 2016, the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition was brought to the main stage with an inimitable energy that took the country by storm. Audiences across the nation were enamored by the fierce, original, high-octane performances that brought motivation, inspiration and formation. With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2017 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.

New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime Fridays at 9/8c or anytime on mylifetime.com.

“Bring It! Live” is produced by Mills Entertainment, the leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment.
About Lifetime:
Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network’s programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime’s Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
About Mills Entertainment:
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market, and produce live events throughout the US and worldwide. Current projects include Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again!, Cesar Millan Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, and Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future. www.millsentertainment.com

 

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Mar 182017
 

CONVICTION IN LGBT CENTER HATE CRIME

 

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER SECURES CONVICTION IN LGBT CENTER HATE CRIME VANDALISM CASE

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has successfully secured a conviction and jail sentence against a graffiti vandal for damaging a Los Angeles LGBT Center facility with hate speech.

“In these increasingly precarious times, it’s particularly important that my office stand at the forefront in protecting all our residents against acts of violence and hate,” said Feuer.

“We will not tolerate hate or bullying of any form. Los Angeles is and will continue to be a place of refuge for all. I commend the City Attorney’s office for their work prosecuting this case and protecting our residents.” Said Councilmember David Ryu.

“Messages of hate and violence will not be tolerated in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who is openly gay and shares representation of the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood. “I commend our City Attorney for taking swift action regarding this crime, and for working with my office to create an environment where our diversity is celebrated and one’s truth is respected.”

“This hateful incident was not an isolated event,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “There has been a rash of similar incidents targeting LGBT centers nationwide. We are living in a very different climate—when LGBT people, Muslim people, Jewish people and others are increasingly under attack—but we must remain resilient. We’re grateful to the Los Angeles Police Department and to City Attorney Mike Feuer.”

Damario Brown, 23, was charged on March 13, 2017 with one count each of hate crime damaging property and vandalism. The defendant pled open to the charges on March 14, 2017 and was sentenced to 36 months of probation, nine days in jail, 45 days of graffiti removal and was ordered to stay away from the Center. A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 27, 2017.

On February 9, 2017, the Center’s Director of Facilities reported an unidentified individual had spray painted the phrase “F–k Trannies,” among other slurs, on the front facing wall of the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza located at 1125 N. McCadden Place. Defendant Brown was identified by officers after recognizing him on surveillance video at the location and was arrested on March 9, 2017.

Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit successfully prosecuted the case.

 

 

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Mar 172017
 
Former Sheriff Lee Baca Found Guilty

Former Sheriff Lee Baca (right) with then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Jurors found the former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstructing a federal investigation and then lying to cover-up his involvement in corruption, civil rights violations and inmate abuse in L.A. County jails. (It took the jurors less than two days of deliberations to render their decision.)

A total of 10 people – all former employees of Sheriff Lee Baca – have either been convicted already or pled guilty in connection with the case. Former Sheriff Lee Baca is believed to have organized, controlled, supervised and covered-up the crimes while pragmatically obstructing FBI’s investigation.

Today 74 and allegedly afflicted with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Baca disclaims any responsibility. Luckily, no one – including former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca – is above the law, his excuses not withstanding. Abuse of power should never go unpunished.

Sentencing is scheduled for this coming Monday. Baca is expected to appeal.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Mar 162017
 

Hawaii Has Spoken: NO Travel Ban

 

A federal judge in Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson, stopped President Trump’s revised travel ban cold in its tracks. The judge blasted the new Executive Order on travel ban as unconstitutional, discriminatory and damaging to Hawaii’s economy (harming in particular education, technology and tourism industries).

The modified travel ban was to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and stop the issuance of new visas to citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Libya and Syria for 90 days. Even though this time the ban doesn’t include Iraq, would not have affected green-card holders and specified several exceptions, at its core the “revised” travel ban is still specifically anti-Muslim.

U.S. District Judge Watson is the first to issue an opinion. A federal judge in Maryland followed with the same decision already. Washington State is expected to issue its opinion as well. Los Angeles is against the revised travel ban, too.

In response, President Trump called the decision of U.S. District Judge Watson an “unprecedented judicial overreach” and promised to fight the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

In the context of today’s decision it may be note-worthy that just yesterday, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad, who is also the Saudi defense minister, and both parties found the meeting gratifying. (Saudi Arabia is not among the countries affected by either one of President Trump’s travel bans. One has to wonder about America’s commitment to Saudi Arabia in spite of the fact that the 9/11 terrorists where either Saudis or otherwise had strong ties to Saudi Arabia. In contrast, no citizen of either Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Libya or Syria has ever committed an act of terrorism against the United States.)

The rationale of either of the travel bans doesn’t hold up: we’re not even attempting to protect our Country from Saudi Arabia while fanatically blocking entry to the United States of people who have never posed a threat to us. Apart from being unconstitutional, even the revised travel ban is hardly rational.

Were the travel bans intended to keep us safe from terrorists we would all rally to support them. Neither one of them is: not the old one and not the revised one. Many United States District Judges – not to mention millions and millions of Americans – can see that clearly. The travel bans may well serve some agenda, but certainly not the stated one.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Keep it up!

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Great article, valid points. The rationale of the travel bans is confusing. The travel bans seem to be the president's attempts at proving himself. National security shouldn't be used as ego-trip. So far we've seen brute force fail repeatedly against common sense and the law.
Mar 152017
 

Los Angeles Against The New Travel Ban

 

CITY OF LOS ANGELES JOINS AMICUS BRIEF AGAINST REVISED TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

 

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the City of Los Angeles has joined a coalition of local municipalities opposed to President Trump’s revised Executive Order commonly known as the travel ban. The Cities of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles joined with jurisdictions across the nation in an amicus brief in State of Washington, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al. filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Read the official filing.

“All the window dressing in the world won’t magically transform a travel ban that’s unconstitutional at its core into a lawful order,” said Feuer. “Los Angeles proudly stands with cities across the nation at this perilous time, when many of our nation’s most fundamental principles hang in the balance.”

“The travel ban targets people indiscriminately and is far out of step with the values of religious tolerance and equality that we believe in as Americans,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Cities are coming together to lead this fight because we understand the urgency of working together to keep our country safe — and doing it in a way that honors our shared humanity, celebrates our diversity, and does not turn away from the ideals that define who we are.”

Prompted by reports that visa and green card holders were detained or denied entry at LAX, Feuer sought to intervene with federal officials at LAX the night of January 28. When Feuer’s efforts were rebuffed by these officials, Feuer sent this letter to top federal authorities seeking answers regarding the unlawful treatment of legal immigrants at LAX. When reports indicated LAX detainees suffered deplorable conditions -–for example, receiving little or no food or water for hours—Feuer submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government last month.

Feuer’s office joined an amicus brief in February opposing the original travel ban.

 

 

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Mar 142017
 
“Remote L.A.” Opens Today

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Currently in previews, pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opens Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

 

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