L.A. City Council approves $8.6 billion dollar budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year

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After many committee meetings, countless hours of discussion and review, and a great deal of community/constituent input, the Los Angeles City Council approved, and the mayor signed, the $8.6 billion dollar budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts on July 1 of this year.

This year’s budgetary process, which started with the mayor’s proposed budget, was rigorous and demanding but not as harrowing as it has been in recent years, when the city of Los Angeles, like most governmental jurisdictions, had to struggle mightily to cope with the national financial downturn. Efficiencies that have been introduced, along with increased revenues that come with the improving economy, have made a positive impact on the city’s financial condition. That has meant that the city was able, this year, to do some good things while still on a very tight budget. Here are some of the things that Councilmember Koretz was able to help get added to the Mayor’s initial version:

• It’s important that the city have a plan in place to meet financial a crisis such as the recession that the country suffered seven years ago, and from which we are still slowly recovering, and for that reason the councilmember will always seek to Read more »

55th Annual Residents of Beverly Glen Fair

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Mark your calendars and save the date for the 55th Annual Residents of Beverly Glen Fair May 31st from Noon-5pm.

The entertainment lineup is looking great!

Join us for a fun filled day with friends, family, food, and entertainment! Plenty of games for everyone.

Special Guest – Councilman Paul Koretz

A special advance THANK YOU to our local vendors for their generous donations.

In closing a big advanced thank you to all of the residents that have offered to volunteer their time this year, thank you and see you at the fair!

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Annual Fire Station 71 Pancake Breakfast

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The annual Fire Station 71 fundraiser is coming June 7th. The event features a free pancake breakfast. Donations are welcome and help support station improvements. 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the firehouse at the corner of Beverly Glen and Sunset.

Fire Station 71
107 S Beverly Glen Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

LADWP Construction of the Charing Cross and Hilgard Regulator Station Bypass Line Project

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Half the People in LA to Ditch their Cars? It’ll Happen, Insists Mayor

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Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan multibillion dollar plan, including bikesharing and solar panels, to get Los Angeles green.

Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan today that lays out his goals for making the city more economically and environmentally sustainable, including adding electric car charging outlets and bikeshare stations around the city and installing more solar panels on local rooftops and lots.

Garcetti, who discussed the 20-year sustainability plan at Echo Park Lake this morning, wants the city to set goals — most of them to be achieved over the next 10 and 20 years — in dozens of areas, such as cutting water and electricity usage, making buildings more energy efficient and reducing dependence on cars for transportation.

He is calling for reducing per capita water use 22.5 percent by 2025 and 25 percent by 2035, and aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent by 2025, 60 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.

Garcetti wants to raise the amount of local solar power produced to 900 to 1,500 megawatts by 2025, and 1,500 to 1,800 megawatts by 2035. Among the ideas in the plan for increasing local solar energy is to put at least 1 megawatt of solar energy capacity atop the Los Angeles Convention Center by 2017. Read more »

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