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 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 022017
 

Gender Equality In Los Angeles

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland Announce Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women Assembly

March 14th event on the campus of the University of Southern California will focus on issues of gender equality in Los Angeles

Women’s achievements, challenges, and future opportunities will be at the center of a historic conference to be hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland on March 14th at the University of Southern California (USC).

The daylong, inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly will bring Angelenos together with civic and thought leaders, as well as hundreds of LAUSD students, for a series of in-depth conversations, workshops, and presentations on the state of gender equality in Los Angeles.

“Women have been a driving force in L.A.’s growth, creativity, and prosperity since our city was founded, and we are strengthening that legacy by empowering women and girls in our time,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our city has made so much progress: we achieved gender parity on our boards and commissions for the first time shortly after I became Mayor, more women are in positions of power and influence than ever before, we’re taking new steps to improve services for women and girls, and hundreds of thousands of Angelenos marched downtown last month in solidarity with women around the world. This conference is about taking stock of where we are — and setting bold new goals to build on the incredible energy and momentum that this moment in history has put before us.”

Sponsored by WeWork, the conference is a program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team (i-team). The Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and will feature keynote addresses by the Mayor and First Lady. There will also be a Young Women’s Assembly for 700 LAUSD students — and special programming for young women ages 16-21, including workshops, leadership training, and panel discussions. The panels will feature top women leaders in the business, entertainment, finance, technology, and public sectors. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a resource fair featuring dozens of nonprofit organizations. All of the programming is aimed at equipping young women with the tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

“Mayor Garcetti has put gender equality at the center of his administration’s work to build a better Los Angeles — and we are making extraordinary progress in supporting women’s leadership, advocating for better services, and broadening the number and quality of opportunities for girls across the City,” said First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland. “I was proud to partner with the Mayor to commission the study on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, and this conference is an important step forward in deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Speakers at the conference will include actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria; Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of the ACT-1 Group, the nation’s largest privately-held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company; and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter.

“At WeWork we transform buildings into innovative spaces and communities that empower people to create, explore new ideas, and boldly pursue their life’s work,” said Adam Neumann, CEO and Co-Founder, WeWork. “We are honored to announce our support of the first-ever Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly and look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland to continue the important work of advancing gender equity and supporting women in entrepreneurship.”

In 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued an executive directive on gender equity, which called on every City department to study how their services affect women and girls, set goals for improvement, and measure their success. He also asked the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women to commission a report to guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequities faced by women. “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles,” the first-ever study of its kind, was researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen.

 

 

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Feb 282017
 

Construction Of A New LAX Terminal

Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on new $1.6 billion LAX terminal

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti broke ground this week on a new, $1.6 billion terminal at LAX that will make traveling through the airport easier, and help bring even more visitors to L.A. from around the world.

The 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse will improve LAX by adding 12 new gates, a new baggage system, and additional dining and shopping amenities for travelers. The Mayor joined Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield and Joe Buscaino along with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) leaders to unveil plans for the terminal.

“LAX means so much to L.A.’s economy — it’s an incredible job-creator that employs more than 50,000. A record 47.3 million tourists visited our city last year — that’s why we’re investing billions to make it one of the premier airports in the world,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Midfield Satellite Concourse is a transformational project that will put thousands of people to work and help extend L.A.’s worldwide reach even further.
The new, sustainably designed terminal will be an extension of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). It will be located in the airfield just west of TBIT, and will connect passengers to it directly through a 1,000-foot underground tunnel.

“LAX is quickly becoming the world-class airport that Angelenos demand and deserve,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “I am especially excited that the Midfield Satellite Concourse will incorporate a number of sustainability features, such as using passive daylight lighting for the interior spaces, water-saving plumbing fixtures and a cool roof that reduces heat absorption. These eco-friendly features will go a long way to minimizing the environmental impact of this needed new facility, and will further LAWA’s commitment to make LAX a world class airport that is also a first-class neighbor.”

The additional capacity created by Midfield Satellite Concourse will enable LAX to add flights to destinations around the world, relieve congestion at other terminals, and make operations at the airport smoother for travelers.

“As chair of the committee that oversees LAX, I am thrilled to help to help break ground on a project that will help transform our airport into the state of the art, environmentally friendly, amenity filled, and beautiful facility it needs to be,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, chair of the Council’s Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. “The Midfield Satellite Concourse project will employ thousands and benefit millions.”

“Los Angeles is ground zero for new construction and infrastructure investment. Our downtown is growing, our public transportation infrastructure is expanding, our waterfront is developing and so it is appropriate that we are investing billions into modernizing the second busiest airport in the country,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Construction of the new terminal is expected to create 6,000 new jobs and produce more than $300 million in direct wages. And more than $195 million of that work will go to small businesses.

“This long-awaited element of LAX’s massive modernization effort continues the transformation of LAX,” said Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean Burton. “With nearly 81 million passengers in 2016, and projections for more in the future, LAX is leading the nation in airport infrastructure improvement with innovative design, state-of-the-art features and efficiencies that will return LAX to iconic status and give travelers the world-class experience they expect and deserve.”

“Our passengers will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “With our vision of delivering gold-standard airports, the Midfield Satellite Concourse will be built with sustainability principles and architectural features that reflect Los Angeles with great views and natural daylight. We will provide our guests a new concourse ready for the technology enhancements of tomorrow.”

The Midfield Satellite Concourse is set for completion in 2019. The terminal is just one piece of a $14 billion modernization plan that includes upgrades to nearly every terminal in the airport, and a generational rail project that will connect airport passengers directly into L.A.’s public transportation system.

For more information about the LAX modernization, visit www.laxishappening.com.

 

 

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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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Feb 082017
 

Winners of Great Streets Challenge

Mayor Garcetti announces winners of Great Streets Challenge

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the winners of the Great Streets Challenge, a program that will award a total of $2 million to community-driven initiatives to re-imagine Los Angeles’ iconic commercial corridors. The seven selected projects span from Panorama City to Watts, and from the Westside to Boyle Heights.

“Our streets belong to the people who use them every day, and the Great Streets Challenge empowers Angelenos to reimagine public spaces in their own neighborhoods,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “These grants will allow community groups to bring a vision to life — transforming streets across Los Angeles into vibrant, walkable spaces that reflect the unique character of their communities.”

Each community partner will receive up to $13,000 for community outreach, and will be supported by technical consultants and City staff in implementing transportation, economic, and cultural projects.

Four of the Challenge Grant projects will create temporary pop-up projects, while the other three will use the funds to make permanent street improvements.

“These grants will not only enhance the quality of our neighborhoods, but will also spur our local economy by increasing foot traffic along our busiest boulevards,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. who represents the 10th Council District. “The long-term benefits of these projects will not only provide for the residents of the tenth council district, but will serve Angelenos citywide for years to come.”

The City received 37 applications from 99 partner organizations. An external panel selected the winning teams based on the strength of their community outreach strategy, and alignment with the City’s health, mobility, and economic development goals.

Six of the seven project areas fall outside of the 15 Great Streets corridors announced in 2014 — a first for the Great Streets Challenge.

“I am thrilled the Mayor selected Robertson Boulevard as a recipient of the Great Streets Challenge grant, ” said Councilmember Paul Koretz of the 5th District. “I’ve been working with the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council to come up with creative ways to turn this major north/south thoroughfare into a safer, more walkable, artistic and vibrant center for everyone. The grant money will allow us to further our goals of creating, attracting, and providing more community access, reducing commercial vacancies, improving parking while enhancing safety for those by car, foot, transit or bike.”

The Great Streets Challenge builds on a series of neighborhood enhancement projects launched in recent months by Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative. Most recently, Mayor Garcetti unveiled safety improvements along a stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard.

View the full list of winners here.

About the Great Streets Initiative
Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to transform streets across the city into more vibrant public spaces. A Great Street is a street that serves as the center of a neighborhood, where people can walk, meet, learn, and play on a daily basis. The Great Streets Initiative’s goals include improving safety and access, increasing economic activity, and encouraging community engagement. For more information, including a full list of Great Streets corridors and programs, visit www.LAGreatStreets.org.

 

 

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Feb 062017
 

Free Tax Prep For Los Angeles Low Income Families

Mayor Garcetti announces Free Tax Prep Los Angeles to support low-income working families

Campaign will provide families with free tax preparation services and help them claim State and Federal tax credits up to $9,000.

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits.

Mayor Garcetti joined Jerome Horton of the California State Board of Equalization and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin to launch Free Tax Prep Los Angeles. All 16 of the City’s FamilySource Centers (FSC) will be open throughout the tax season to assist families with claiming their refunds.

“Filing taxes can be complicated — and without professional assistance, too many eligible residents aren’t aware of tax credits that can put thousands of dollars back in their pockets,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Angelenos work hard, and should claim the refunds they’re due. That money can help working parents get quality childcare, reduce debt and invest in themselves and their children in so many meaningful ways.”

Households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less may qualify for approximately $9,000 in cash back through the State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The Free Tax Prep Los Angeles campaign is a public-private collaboration that includes the City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), Citi Community Development, the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), the Youth Policy Institute, and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The campaign is funded by a $250,000 Citi Innovation grant to HCIDLA. In addition, both the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and the Youth Policy Institute secured a $300,000 grant each from the California Department of Community Services and Development. Together, these funds will expand the integration of free tax prep education into services provided at FamilySource Centers. Services include giving people access to information on how to claim the EITC, helping families access safe and affordable banking products, and connecting them to financial education and counseling services.

“Los Angeles is home to 60 percent of California’s eligible EITC filers, yet families in Los Angeles leave over $566 million in unclaimed tax credits on the table each year,” said James Alva, Southern California Market Manager, Citi Community Development. “Free Tax Prep Los Angeles will expand access to tax credits and financial coaching that empower more working families with the tools they need to build a resilient financial future.”

Free Tax Prep Los Angeles has identified 23 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the City and County in communities with the most need of tax filing support, offering free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing available to qualified individuals.

As part of the campaign launch, the City and County hosted a “Claim Your Refund Day” on Saturday, Feb. 4 at participating VITA sites. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation. For more information about this campaign, please visit www.FreeTaxPrepLA.com

About FamilySource Centers
FamilySource Centers are designed to assist low-income families become self-sufficient by increasing family income and increasing the educational attainment for youth and adults. All 16 centers are located in the most economically distressed areas of the City.

 

 

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Jan 292017
 

New Acquisition For L.A. River Park

City Delivers for River with purchase of G2 Parcel

Unanimous City Council vote marks major milestone in extraordinary plan to revitalize the L.A. River.

Mayor Eric Garcetti commended the Los Angeles City Council for a unanimous vote to approve the purchase of 42 acres of property at the center of plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River. The G2 parcel is the final remnant of the 250-acre Taylor Yard owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

“This riverfront parcel is the crown jewel in our plan to enliven the Los Angeles River so that Angelenos can reclaim access to its natural wonder and rich history,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I made the acquisition of this site a top priority, because it will create much-needed public open space in the middle of the city, provide extensive habitat restoration, and serve as a key access point for local communities to connect to the river. I’m grateful to the City Council for their visionary approach and spirit of collaboration in getting this done for the people of Los Angeles.”

Taylor Yard is on the east bank of the L.A. River, north of Downtown in the community of Cypress Park. The surrounding parcels at Taylor Yard have already been developed into Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies, and the Taylor Yard Transit Village. The G2 parcel will connect Rio de Los Angeles State Park with the Bowtie parcel, another State Park site — opening up more than one mile of direct riverfront access. Mayor Garcetti worked closely with State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León to secure $25 million in state funding toward the City’s purchase and development of the G2 parcel.

With today’s Council vote, the City will move forward to allocate nearly $60 million.

“My colleagues and I were relentless in making sure the City negotiated a fiscally responsible purchase and sales agreement to acquire the Taylor Yard G2 site,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “The Council action today will enable the public to control the largest available piece of property along our Los Angeles River. Parcel G2 is a keystone for habitat restoration identified in our Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. I commend the members of my Arts, Parks, and L.A. River Committee, the Chief Legislative Analyst, the City Administrative Officer, the City Attorney’s office, and the Bureau of Engineering for their sound collaboration in getting us to this critical point.”

The G2 parcel is prioritized in both the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project, which was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2016. Because of its size and location along a soft-bottomed stretch of the river, G2 can help restore riparian habitat, while also providing expansive new public views into Downtown and to the iconic Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign landmarks.

“It has been a process to secure the G2 site in Council District 1, but we are finally at the finish line,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Acquiring the G2 parcel is the most integral part of the L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan, for it is the only direct access point to the river from the communities I represent. This a huge win for NELA and the beginning of the future for the L.A. River as we imagine it.”

Escrow is expected to close by March 1, 2017. The City will then begin planning for beneficial public site use and site remediation in coordination with the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.

“Today’s action is an important piece of the greater puzzle that will eventually result in a fully renewed and revitalized L.A. River winding through our city,” said Councilmember and Budget and Finance Committee Chair Paul Krekorian. “This parcel will give Angelenos acres of additional green space in the basin and complement the great work we’re doing to improve river access in the San Fernando Valley.”

“As an active member of both the River and Budget committees, I am proud that we took this huge step,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. “For more than 20 years, starting with my days working for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, I have been trying to help transform the L.A. river from merely a flood control channel into a linear greenway and river park. Progress on that vision has been steady, but this purchase represents a quantum jump.”

 

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Jan 282017
 

L.A. Mayor Responds To Presidential Executive Order On Immigration

President Trump’s executive order closing United States’ borders to Muslim arrivals – including Green Card holders! – which took effect immediately, wrecked havoc in the nation’s airports where passengers where stopped and detained. It caused panic in the American Muslim communities and sparked outrage throughout the United States and the world.

Extremist Muslim terrorists don’t “own” a country or a religion. The executive order won’t contribute to national security but inflict pain on families fleeing ravages of war and enflame anti-American sentiments. It won’t make us safer, just the opposite, it may enrage American Muslims and spark domestic terrorism in retaliation.

Mayor Garcetti on the President’s Executive Order on immigration and refugees:

“One of America’s defining legacies in the world is the welcoming of people who arrive on our shores to escape the horrors of war, oppression, and violent persecution. The Executive Order signed today by the President unfairly targets refugees — many of them families with young children — whose lives may depend on the compassion and generosity of the United States.

There is no evidence that this approach will improve national security. Our country is not made safer by turning away from values and traditions that speak to the best of who we are as a nation, and what we believe as a people. ”
Mayor Eric Garcetti

Thank God for the wise leadership of Los Angeles!

 

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Jan 262017
 

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“An open, welcoming, and compassionate spirit is not just an ideal that we try to live up to – it’s part of the American character. Those are our values in Los Angeles, and we intend to preserve them no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.

The safety and well-being of everyone who lives, works in, and visits L.A. will always be our number-one priority. The idea that we do not cooperate with the federal government is simply at odds with the facts. We regularly cooperate with immigration authorities – particularly in cases that involve serious crimes – and always comply with constitutional detainer requests.

What we don’t do is ask local police officers to enforce federal immigration laws – and that’s an official LAPD policy that has been enforced for nearly 40 years. That is for everyone’s good, because trust between police and the people they serve is absolutely essential to effective law enforcement. Everyone in L.A. should feel safe stepping forward if they have witnessed a crime or been victimized themselves – and immigration status shouldn’t interfere with the cooperation and partnership we need to keep our neighborhoods safe.

Splitting up families and cutting funding to any city – especially Los Angeles, where 40% of the nation’s goods enter the U.S. at our port, and more than 80 million passengers traveled through our airport last year – puts the personal safety and economic health of our entire nation at risk. It is not the way forward for the United States.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti

 

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Jan 232017
 
Economy And Tourism At All Time High In 2016

2016 in Los Angeles

Mayor Garcetti announces a record-breaking year for the L.A. economy

Los Angeles’ economy continued to surge in 2016, breaking all-time records for tourism, travelers at LAX, and cargo volume shipped through the Port of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the new records at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” alongside Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and leaders from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Port of Los Angeles.

“This is L.A.’s moment. Los Angeles is welcoming more visitors to our city and passengers through our airport than ever before, our nation-leading Port is making L.A. an even more critical trade gateway to the world, and we are experiencing the kind of job growth that we haven’t seen in a generation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We’re working hard to keep up the momentum, by going after and landing one-of-a-kind attractions like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. And here’s the best part: there’s even more opportunity on the horizon, and an even bigger role for L.A. to play on the world stage.”

According to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the city welcomed 47.3 million visitors in 2016 — an increase of nearly 4 percent over 2015. It marked the sixth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism growth, and moved L.A. closer to Mayor Garcetti’s goal of welcoming 50 million visitors a year by 2020.

“Los Angeles continues to establish itself as one of the most desirable destinations in the world for tourists and business people alike,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance, and Job Creation committees. “Whether it’s the sunny beaches and scenic landscape, our diverse communities and cuisines, our rapidly growing technology sector or the lure of movie magic as the global entertainment capital, Los Angeles has something to offer everyone who visits. We’re making tremendous investments into LA’s future to ensure it grows into an even greater metropolis that is transit and business friendly, on the cutting edge of innovation and an unparalleled hub of diversity.”

“Global desire for the Los Angeles experience is at an all-time high and we are humbled to welcome a record 47.3 million visitors,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “There’s never been a better time to discover Los Angeles and we invite travelers from across the globe to immerse themselves in our thriving culinary scene, unparalleled cultural experiences and celebrated only-in-L.A. attractions.”

LAX also broke its record for total number of passengers for the third consecutive year. In 2016, 80.9 million travelers passed through the airport, an increase of more than 8 percent over last year. Of those travelers, 22.6 million — or more than 28 percent — were international.

“We are creating an airport experience that makes a great first and last impression of Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “Our focus is on delivering a gold-standard airport that shines with the top-rated airports around the world, by transforming LAX with a $14 billion investment that will bring it into the modern era for today’s traveler.”

The Port of Los Angeles broke a record of its own, moving more cargo in 2016 than ever in its 100-year history. The Port shipped 8.8 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) last year, the most ever by a port in the Western Hemisphere.

“I salute the strong collaboration among the labor workforce, our terminals and the many stakeholders in the supply chain who kept cargo moving speedily and efficiently during a record-breaking year,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “To handle this much volume without congestion issues is an extraordinary accomplishment and bodes well for the future of the San Pedro Bay complex.”

The records come amid an unprecedented period of growth across L.A.’s economy. Since Mayor Garcetti took office in 2013, the City has created more than 140,000 new jobs, cut the unemployment rate in half, and permitted more than 150,000 new businesses. The economy has come all the way back from the Great Recession, and L.A. now has more jobs than it did at the peak before the civil unrest of 1992.

The City has also added numerous high-profile attractions in recent years. Just yesterday, Mayor Garcetti announced that Los Angeles has been chosen as home the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — adding another cultural treasure to L.A.’s collection of renowned civic institutions. In addition, the tourism sector has benefited from new investments in attractions like “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“With Comcast NBCUniversal’s unprecedented $1.5 billion investment in the company’s core businesses of production and tourism, Universal Studios Hollywood has achieved record-breaking attendance, created thousands of jobs and had a positive impact on the region’s economy,” said Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal.

“The ambitious Epic Transformation of our property has had a remarkable effect on our theme park, and as a major entertainment destination we are thrilled that Universal Studios Hollywood has played such a significant role in driving global tourism to Southern California,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “With the popularity of such signature attractions as our behind-the-scenes Studio Tour and ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ Universal Studios Hollywood makes the elusive world of movie-making magic accessible to our guests and it’s our pleasure to invite them to peek behind the velvet curtain for these truly authentic experiences.”

 

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Jan 142017
 

The First Electric LADOT DASH Bus

The launch of a new, all-electric LADOT DASH bus (the first of expected fleet of four) was celebrated during a press conference attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mike Bonin, and L.A. City Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds on January 12th 2017.

The buses manufactured by BYD in Lancaster were purchased by LADOT with the $2.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission, administered by CALSTART.

The new electric bus is 35 foot long, has a range of 150 miles on a single charge, runs quietly, has free wi-fi and is overall fantastic! An electric bus would reduce emissions by 90%, improve the air quality for us all, not to mention have global implications in terms of delaying climate change.

The first electric LADOT DASH bus will provide service to commuters on LADOT DASH Route A (from the Arts District to Central City West). By mid-2017 the additional three electric buses will be added to the fleet.

The prospect of gradually replacing diesel-powered buses with the electric – and so much cleaner – alternative is wonderful news for Los Angeles where we’re very sensitive to air quality. On the downside, the latest isn’t the first attempt to introduce electric buses in Los Angeles. The original attempt (Metro’s) failed. The first electric buses didn’t meet challenges of L.A. steep hills and wreaked havoc with L.A. Metro’s schedule. We’re hopeful that LADOT DASH’s introduction of its first electric bus will be more successful.

 

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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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Dec 152016
 

L.A. Economy Is Booming!

Mayor Garcetti Announces That L.A. Now Has More Jobs Than At The City’s Peak Before the Civil Unrest of 1992

The number of jobs in Los Angeles has surged past pre-recession highs, and has even moved past the local economy’s peak before the civil unrest of 1992, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced.

According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, the local unemployment rate through October has also plunged below both pre-recession and early 1990s levels.

“Los Angeles’ economy is surging — we’re creating jobs, attracting new business and investment, and bringing greater access to economic opportunity for all Angelenos,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I am proud that the number of jobs in L.A. has surged past pre-1992 levels. Now is the time to keep the momentum going. We must continue investing in the people of our city, so that we can create new jobs and prosperity for years to come.”

Mayor Garcetti made the announcement alongside Councilmember Mike Bonin and local business leaders at the headquarters of Dollar Shave Club — an L.A. tech startup that has created more than 250 local jobs and tripled in size over the last two years.

“Our local economy is thriving because we have a Mayor and City Council that have gotten back to basics and focused on cutting red tape and making each neighborhood a wonderful place to live and work,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “I am not just proud of the record-setting quantity of jobs in our city, but also of the improving quality of those jobs. By working simultaneously on business-friendly initiatives like cutting the business tax, and worker-friendly policies like raising the minimum wage, we are showing how great cities can work and excel in the 21st century.”

In the last three years alone, the economy has added nearly 135,000 new jobs — surpassing Mayor Garcetti’s first-term goal of 130,000 new jobs, six months ahead of schedule. During the same period, L.A.’s unemployment rate has plummeted — from more than 10 percent in 2013, to just above five percent.

The new employment numbers tell the story of a surging economy, with emerging sectors and new investment that are giving the economy even more room to grow in the coming years.

The local unemployment rate has not only dropped significantly in recent years, but vastly improved against the national average. When Mayor Garcetti took office in 2013, the local unemployment rate lagged behind the national average by nearly three points. That margin has diminished to less than half a point, with a local unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, as of October. The national average is 4.6 percent.

The employment milestones come amid a period of bold investment in economic growth and expansion across Los Angeles. The passage of Measure M in November — which allocates $120 billion to infrastructure investment — will create 465,000 jobs in the coming years.

Over the last three-and-a-half years, Mayor Garcetti has helped create jobs by streamlining development, and working one-on-one to help businesses that want to locate and create jobs in L.A. In addition, he has led the effort to cut the City’s gross receipts tax by 16 percent, a move that has saved more than $45 million for businesses. The Mayor’s reforms at City Hall will continue to eliminate red tape, and make it easier to do business and create jobs in L.A.

“The Los Angeles economy has made significant gains over the past three years, both in lowering the unemployment rate and increasing the number of payroll jobs in the City. Los Angeles now has more jobs than it did prior to the civil unrest of the early 1990s,” said Dr. William Yu, an economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. “Looking forward, human capital is the key to L.A.’s long-term prosperity. At the City level, it is important to continue focusing on policies that expand opportunity and invest in building a workforce that can compete in the 21st century. To achieve a shared prosperity, we should continue and create programs that help to reduce the human capital disparity across Los Angeles.”

 

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Oct 262016
 
Misdirected Bonus Repayment Demand

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Mayor Garcetti on bonus repayment demands placed on California National Guard veterans

“The men and women who serve in the armed forces risk their lives on the battlefield, and carry the weight of our nation’s defense in virtually every area of their lives — physical health, family relationships, personal finances. They deserve gratitude and respect when they come home, not a bill. A number of California National Guard veterans in Los Angeles could be affected by the Defense Department’s decision to pursue repayment of enlistment bonuses marketed to people volunteering to serve at wartime. Veterans accepted those offers in good faith and served with honor. Some gave their lives. The repayment order should be rescinded, and Congress must act swiftly to resolve this matter. I have directed my Office of Veterans Affairs to help local veterans understand their rights and to advocate for those who have already sacrificed so much for our country.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

Anything L.A. Magazine: Correct us if we are wrong, but isn’t the party who’s made a mistake (in this case the Defense Department) responsible for making amends? Isn’t it shameful to demand a repayment (from California National Guard veterans) of a bonus that was given as an INCENTIVE to serve at wartime?…

 

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Oct 262016
 

Cactus Jungle by Wolf Kesh

Two Years In, Angelenos on Track to Meet Mayor’s 2017 Water Conservation Goals; New UCLA Study Reinforces Importance of Turf Removal, New Rebate Helps Customers Continue to Save

Two years after Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Executive Directive 5 (ED 5), putting in place strong, emergency drought response measures for the City of Los Angeles, water customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) remain ahead of schedule in meeting citywide water conservation goals.

Water use by LADWP customers remains down approximately 20 percent from 2014 levels, meeting the goal for 2017 as set forth in ED 5 and the LA’s Sustainable City pLAn ahead of schedule. LADWP water officials attribute much of the success to Angelenos’ continued actions to reduce outdoor watering and replace water-thirsty turf with drought tolerant landscapes. Approximately 50 percent of residential water use in Los Angeles is attributed to uses outdoors and LADWP’s turf replacement rebate program has resulted in 37 million square feet of turf being removed in the City of Los Angeles, saving 1.6 billion gallons of water each year. That’s enough water to supply 15,000 LA households each year. LADWP currently provides participating customers a rebate of $1.75 per square foot to rip out turf and replace it with California friendly landscaping. The rebate level has been maintained by LADWP even after the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) eliminated its additional $2.00 per square foot rebate in 2015.

A study released by UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation shows that $1.75 per square foot is a reasonable amount that pays off for both residential households who utilize the rebate and LADWP ratepayers.

The Luskin Center’s report, Turf Replacement Program Impacts on Households and Ratepayers: An Analysis for the City of Los Angeles, answers two questions: Under what conditions does participation in the turf replacement program provide financial benefits to households? And is the turf replacement program a reasonably cost effective investment for utilities and ratepayers?

In order to assess the economics of lawn replacement from the household perspective the report measures the impact of different rebate levels, turf replacement costs, climate zones (determined by different evapotranspiration rates across the city), and future expected water pricing on household financial benefits. The report calculates the payback periods for ratepayers based on varying levels of household participation in the turf replacement program and different levels of rebates. Rebates offered at $1.75 result in a payback period for typical households and ratepayers of approximately 10 years, comparable to other investments like solar.

“Angelenos are the water heroes of California — we’ve pulled up 37 million square feet of thirsty turf, more than two-thirds of the state’s target, and reduced our water use 20 percent” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We have made amazing progress in the two years since I signed an Executive Directive to respond to our drought, and the study released Monday shows that our incentives are working. But we can always do more, and I’m proud of our Department of Water and Power for making sensible, effective improvements to our turf rebate program.”

“Turf replacement programs, when well designed, are an essential conservation tool for communities to become more drought and climate resilient,” J.R. DeShazo Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles said.

To further the benefits of its turf rebate program, LADWP recently updated the program guidelines. The amended terms and conditions will continue to promote the installation of native and California Friendly® low water-use plants while ensuring each project incorporates sustainable design elements that benefit the customer and help contribute to the City’s future water conservation goals.

Changes to the turf rebate program include:

  • No longer providing rebates for the installation of synthetic turf;
  • Increasing California Friendly plant coverage required from 40% to 50%;
  • Limiting the amount of rock, gravel, or decomposed granite to 25% of the total project;
  • Incorporating rainfall capture techniques in project designs;
  • No longer permitting the use of synthetic or chemically treated mulch;
  • And recommending the use of biodegradable (natural/organic) weed barriers (instead of synthetic weed barriers).

“These turf rebate guideline changes allow LADWP to push an already positive sustainability program for our environment to an even higher, healthier standard,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said.

The program changes will assist LADWP customers in better capturing, conserving, and reusing water to prevent runoff on their property and reduce water demand. In addition to these water-saving benefits, by requiring program participants to minimize the use of materials such as gravel, pavers, decomposed granite, and synthetic turf – materials that often create a “heat island” effect on properties by absorbing the sun’s heat – LADWP aims to lower surface and temperatures on properties. This added benefit may assist customers in limiting energy use by reducing the need for air conditioning.

To learn more about LADWP’s turf rebate and other water conservation programs, please visit myLADWP.com.

The Luskin Center study can be found at: http://innovation.luskin.ucla.edu/TurfRebateAnalysis.

Photo credit: Wolf Kesh

 

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Oct 232016
 

One Year Later: Mayor Garcetti On Aliso Canyon Disaster

STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on one-year anniversary and task force report on Aliso Canyon disaster

 

The federal Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety, led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), released its findings on the causes and effects of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and the measures needed to prevent another disaster.

Mayor Garcetti released the following statement in response to the findings and to mark the coming one-year anniversary of the discovery of the massive leak on Oct. 23, 2015:

“Protecting the health of our communities, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and moving toward a clean energy future — these goals are central to the vision of a 21st century city. The Aliso Canyon disaster displaced a community and caused health impacts for many residents, and woke the nation to the danger and environmental harm of natural gas leaks. We can’t let it happen again. I am grateful to the Obama Administration’s Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety for recommendations that will help protect public health and the environment.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the disaster, we stand fast against the reopening of this facility until it meets all of the State’s criteria for safe operation, and repeat the call for SoCal Gas to underwrite a comprehensive, independent, long-term health study of the impacted communities. This disaster strengthened my conviction that Los Angeles needs to move toward a future free of fossil fuels, and we are committed to helping Porter Ranch and the surrounding area, which bore the brunt of this disaster, become a clean energy model for our region, the state and the world.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

The Mayor and City Council last month directed L.A. Department of Water and Power to start planning for a transition to a 100 percent renewable energy supply. DWP also is planning solar and energy storage pilot projects in Porter Ranch to begin moving the community closer to the vision of a net zero energy neighborhood weaned from reliance on harmful fossil fuels.

 

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Oct 182016
 

Taking Pride In Los Angeles’ Inclusivity

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

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

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

 

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Oct 152016
 

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Mayor Garcetti Announces $64.6 Million For Sustainable Affordable Housing Development

State Cap-and-Trade Funding includes $12 million in financing for Jordan Downs redevelopment as well as critical transportation improvements

The City of Los Angeles has been awarded nearly $65 million in cap-and-trade funding from the State to develop environmentally sustainable affordable housing and make critical transportation improvements, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on October 12th 2016.

The grants come from California’s new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, overseen by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) — a committee formed by the Legislature to advance local community revitalization efforts.

The $64.6 million awarded to Los Angeles is the largest allocation to any city in California, and follows Mayor Garcetti’s successful advocacy in 2015 to lift the cap on such awards from $15 million.

The new funding will provide gap financing for four permanent supportive housing developments for formerly homeless Angelenos, totaling 348 units, and additional two affordable developments, totaling 205 units for low-income Angelenos.

“Affordable housing development can be about more than building four walls and a roof for people who need them, it can also give everyone — regardless of income — a chance to be part of L.A.’s green, connected future,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Smart design helps us to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by linking communities to more transportation options. This is transformative work, and I applaud the Strategic Growth Council on its vision.”

Over the last two years, the City has received nearly $100 million from this innovative program, which supports housing and transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through mixed-use designs that encourage walking, bicycling, and the use of mass transit.

The long-awaited Jordan Downs redevelopment project was awarded $12 million for its first phase of construction. This grant provides $2 million for the extension of Century Boulevard through the Jordan Downs site in Watts, creating a complete street with wide sidewalks, bike lanes, shade trees, and a re-routed bus line to improve connectivity to the Metro Blue line. It also provides approximately $10 million to finance 135 units in the first phase of construction.

“This nearly $12 million grant provides needed financing during a critical time for the Jordan Downs redevelopment project,” said Douglas Guthrie, President and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. “The site is being prepared for development, Century Blvd extension is on schedule and the residents have a renewed sense of hope. The award demonstrates this agency’s commitment to leveraging all available opportunities to ensure that we can continue to make progress with the project. The funding will be utilized toward the construction of the initial residential units.”

“We are delighted to receive over $64.6 million in AHSC funding, which will enable the City of Los Angeles to create nearly 553 new units of affordable housing for low-income families and homeless individuals and reduce over 93,000 metric tons in GHG emissions,” said Rushmore Cervantes, General Manager of the Housing and Community Investment Development of the City of Los Angeles. “This award is also a testament to the remarkable collaboration of the City, the development community, and technical assistance providers to secure funding to meet the Mayor’s vision for a more sustainable and livable city for generations to come.”

This successful round of funding is due to the high capacity of the City’s affordable housing partners, the leadership of the Housing and Community Investment Department of Los Angeles (HCIDLA), and technical assistance provided by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. The Mayor’s Office will continue working to ensure that Los Angeles receives its fair share of state funding, partnering closely with the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Engineering, and the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst.

 

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Sep 282016
 

“Fall Friday Nights” To Provide Safe Family Fun

“Fall Friday Nights” kicks off second year of providing safe spaces, family fun, and opportunities for young Angelenos

 

On September 26th 2016 Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off Fall Friday Nights, a program to keep eight parks and recreation centers across Los Angeles open late with special activities for young people and families.

Fall Friday Nights is an extension of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a signature Mayor’s Office initiative that just concluded its 9th year. The program provides free activities and food for young people and their families, upwardly-mobile job opportunities for local residents, and a safe place for people of all ages to spend Friday evenings.

“The kind of incredible community-building that we do with Summer Night Lights shouldn’t have to end when the school year starts — and that’s why we started Fall Friday Nights,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This is a national model for providing safe harbor in areas impacted by gang-related crime, and for giving Angelenos in some great neighborhoods access to resources they need and deserve.”

Both the summer and fall programs are run by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD), and aim to build positive relationships between communities and the police officers assigned to keep them safe. In 2015, 20 of 32 communities surrounding Summer Night Lights sites saw a reduction or no change in gang-related crime.

In 2007, then-Councilmember Garcetti created a program known as At the Park After Dark, in response a tragic shooting near a closed public park. The program was relaunched the following year as Summer Night Lights to keep City parks open late for six weeks during the summer.

The two programs have hosted more than 4.9 million visits from community members — for activities ranging from sports leagues and art workshops, to exercise and healthy cooking classes. In 2015 alone, more than 452,000 meals were served.

Normandie Recreation Center was a new Summer Night Lights site in 2016, hosting an estimated 15,000 visits and serving nearly 14,000 meals.

“Programs like Fall Friday Nights are vital to communities in my district,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “I want to thank Mayor Garcetti for his leadership on this issue and for continuing to provide our constituents with programming beyond the regular work day. It’s programs like these that make a difference in the lives of our families.”

In addition to offering free meals, entertainment, and sports and art activities, the program will highlight resources related to domestic violence prevention, post-secondary education, access to employment, and educational opportunities for teens and young adults.

Fall Friday Nights 2016 will also provide jobs for youth coordinators, program coordinators, and artists at the eight sites. Summer Night Lights 2016 is estimated to have created more than 800 jobs, including 352 positions for Youth Squad members ages 17-24.

Like Summer Night Lights, Fall Friday Nights is an innovative public-private partnership that allows the City to offer programming free of charge for all participants and provides meals, activities, workshops, and access to resources in the communities most in need.

Fall Friday Nights is a program in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the GRYD Foundation. Program partners include: the Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Water and Power, L.A. County Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles-area colleges and universities.

Fall Friday Nights will run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., September 23 – November 10 at the following locations:

• 109th Street Recreation Center
• Mount Carmel Recreation Center
• Normandie Recreation Center
• Sepulveda Recreation Center
• South Park Recreation Center
• Valley Plaza Recreation Center
• Wabash Recreation Center
• Wilmington Recreation Center

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