West LA Night

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West LA Night – Saturday, November 1, 2014
Join Sharon Stone and the West LA Community Police Station for this amazing fundraiser.

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405 Speeds Little Changed

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From http://zev.lacounty.gov/news/405-speeds-little-changed

Afternoon rush hour speeds on the northbound 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass appear to have stayed relatively constant—or perhaps gotten a bit slower—in the year following the full opening of a new carpool lane at the heart of a $1 billion-plus improvement project, according to a recent two-week sample by a traffic monitoring firm.

But given the increase in cars on the road due to an improving economy, just staying even may be an accomplishment, according to analysts at INRIX, which monitors traffic for clients including government agencies and media organizations.

The firm looked at afternoon travel times on the northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101 this September, when the new carpool lane was fully open for business, and the same period last year, when only a 1.7-mile stretch of the new lane was in use. INRIX did not have a measurement of travel times during the same period in 2009, before the project started. Caltrans and Metro said they were unable to immediately provide their own travel time statistics for either the 2013 or 2014 period, or for the same period in 2009, before the project began. Read more »

Limiting Mansionization throughout the City of Los Angeles

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On Tuesday, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee heard a Planning Department report on the City’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and the Department’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative.

While the Planning Department begins work to close loopholes in the BMO and develop additional neighborhood conservation tools, the report recognizes that certain specific communities may need immediate relief.

The report will return to the Committee prior to moving to full Council for adoption.

Relaxed Parking Enforcement During the Upcoming Jewish High Holiday

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Below you will find the parking relaxation memo for the upcoming Jewish High Holiday.

The Department of Transportation, Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control Division will relax enforcement of street cleaning, time limit, and preferential parking restrictions on certain city streets for the Jewish holidays.

Metered parking and Tow Away zones will still be enforced.

JEWISH HOLIDAYS 2014 ROSH HASHANAH YOM KIPPUR SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH

Water Conservation Tips while in a Drought

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As California continues to weather through the drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit (WCRU) is stepping up public education and enforcement of the water conservation ordinance with three additional staff members and specially marked vehicles. The additional staff has already begun patrolling the city of Los Angeles for water waste and responding to tips provided by phone, email and through social media.

LADWP’s General Manager Marcie Edwards says, “The WCRU will help remind customers about our watering restrictions, the importance of saving water, and enforce the ordinance in a friendly yet firm way.” She adds, “They are also great sources of information on how to become more water efficient in your home and outdoors, where about half of all water is used.”

L.A. is currently in Phase 2 of the mandatory water conservation ordinance. This phase prohibits the following uses of water in Los Angeles: Read more »

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