L.A. City Council Declares Homelessness an Emergency, Earmarks $100 Million for Solutions


Mayor calls for investments in long-term initiatives, and rolls out short-term proposals to address emergency needs.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, an effort that would invest at least $100 million annually in City funding to help house tens of thousands of homeless individuals.

To address immediate needs, Mayor Garcetti also announced a critical short-term strategy to secure an additional $13 million in emergency funding to expand homeless services and housing. The bulk of that funding, $10 million, will be allocated to veterans and non-chronically homeless people in the form of housing subsidies — to rapidly re-house individuals who need short-term assistance to get off the street and on with their lives. Mayor Garcetti called for shelters to remain open 24 hours a day during the rainy season, and for winter shelter availability to expand by two months. The Mayor also proposed seed money to incentivize new storage and access centers across the city — that would newly provide access to restrooms, showers, laundry, and services, as well as providing safe storage for personal possessions.

This comes as Los Angeles City Council leaders this morning declared homelessness in Los Angeles a “state of emergency” and introduced a motion to allocate $100 million in one-time funding for homeless services. Read more »

Be Prepared for Emergency Communications: Learn Ham Radio

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The Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council has made Emergency Communications a top priority.  The Council’s Public Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee has partnered with the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Auxiliary Communications Service (LAFDACS.ORG) to implement their program in our community. With the help of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the Council recently voted unanimously to provide funding to the LAFD ACS for equipment and training to residents who wish to become effective emergency communicators for their community.

The Committees Emergency Communications plan is to connect individual communities through an amateur radio infrastructure. The LAFD ACS provides a communications path between the residents of Los Angeles and City and State emergency managers so they can plan responses and allocate resources as efficiently as possible during a major disaster.

The Plan relies on a cohesive network of FCC licensed amateur radio operators (Hams) and the BABC Neighborhood Council is sponsoring 2 study classes and an exam for residents to obtain their FCC license.  Classes are open to all residents, but it is necessary to RSVP.

Technician Exam Study Class
Date: Tuesday, October 6th
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bel Air Ridge Homeowners Association – Club House
2760 Claray Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90077 [map]

Technician Exam Study Class
Date: Saturday, October 17th
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Bel Air Crest Homeowners Association – Club House
11701 Bel Air Crest Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077 [map]

Technician EXAM
Date: November 7th, 2015
Time: 10:00am
Location: TBA

For those interested in more information or who wish to attend the class and test please contact Michael Schlenker, Chairman Bel Air Beverly Crest Emergency Communications Committee, LAFD ACS Battalion 10, at .

Help Keep the Street Lights on in Your Neighborhood


There has been a significant increase of copper wire thefts targeting the city’s street lighting system in various neighborhoods, causing street lights to go dark for a period of time. If you observe a wire theft in process or see any suspicious activity around street lights, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

How to determine what is official city work on street lights and what isn’t?
  • The work is valid if there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street. The vehicle should have a city seal, the words “Street Lighting” on the doors and the word “Exempt” on its license plate.
  • The work is valid if there is street lighting staff working on a light. They will be wearing and orange vest, hard hat and city identification.
  • The work is valid if it is being performed by Bureau of Street Lighting contractors working on streetlights. The names of their companies will be identified on their vehicles.
  • Anything else is suspicious and should be reported by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Click here for an English- and Spanish-language flyer to pass out in your neighborhood.

Police Warn Angelenos About Phone Scam Operation

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The LAPD is alerting the public about a recent rash of phone scams that seek ransom for taking family members hostage.

According to the police, the victims are contacted by a suspect who states they are holding a family member hostage. The caller then demands money to be wired, threatening they will kill or hurt the hostage. The scammers then advise the victim withdraw money from an ATM and send send it via wire services.  Other variations of the extortion include the caller contacting miscellaneous businesses for “protection money.”

Below are crime prevention tips from the LAPD to avoid falling victim to this scam:
  • Incoming calls made from an outside area code or country;
  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line;
  • Calls do not come from the victim’s phone;
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “Kidnapped” victim;
  • Multiple successive phone calls;
  • Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer;
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason;
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited; and
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to someone you do not know.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 800.222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 or go to “webtips” on LAPDOnline.org.

LA City Sidewalk Vending Survey


The City of Los Angeles is conducting a survey to gather community input with respect to vending on City sidewalks and in City parks. The Los Angeles Municipal Code prohibits vending on sidewalks and is considered a misdemeanor and vending in City parks is only allowed with a permit.

For clarification purposes, please be aware that sidewalk vending only pertains to stationary and/or mobile carts situated on the sidewalk. Food trucks or pull carts parked on the street or parking spaces are not included as part of this survey.

If this is a topic of interest or concern to you, you may wish to respond to the survey which can be found at: http://sidewalkvending.lacity.org/html/Survey.html

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