Let the City Officials Know What’s Important to You… Take the City of L.A. 2014 Budget Survey

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Our Budget Advocates want to know which City budget priorities are most important to you as they formulate recommendations for next year’s City budget. Please take two minutes to tell us your priorities by completing the quick survey.

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Los Angeles Police Commission Grants Chief Charlie Beck Another Five-Year Term

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Los Angeles: Today, Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated the following:

Today, my fellow Commissioners and I completed the process of reviewing Chief Charlie Beck’s request for a second five-year term, and we granted him that request in a 4 yes and 1 no vote.

We received a great deal of help in our decision making process, and that help came from the people of Los Angeles. I want to thank each and every person who sent an email, wrote a letter, or came out to a community meeting to let us know exactly what they want, need and deserve in their Chief of Police. These comments made an impact on each of us and we are very appreciative for the assistance.

This process lasted approximately three months and included numerous interviews with Chief Beck. During those interviews, Read more »

Information about the LADWP Claims Process: Westwood / Sunset Blvd Trunk Line Rupture

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Stakeholder: The following info was provided to us today from the LADWP.

We at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power want to express our appreciation for the patience of Westside residents and the UCLA community as our crews and staff work around the clock as quickly and as safely as possible to complete repairs to the water trunk line that ruptured on July 29th.

While our focus is on making those repairs and reopening Sunset Boulevard as quickly as possible, we also are very much aware that this incident impacted the lives and property of many students, residents, faculty, and others in the nearby community surrounding UCLA and the UCLA campus directly. During repairs, and after they are complete, we want to assure you that we are here to help anyone who sustained damages.

If you sustained property damage or were personally injured, please review the information below and Read more »

Improving the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

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On July 29, Councilmember Koretz’s motion to amend the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance came before the City Council’s Planning and Land Use committee. The motion’s intent is to curb oversized development of undersized lots. The room was filled with supportive community members and leaders of neighborhood councils from around the city. The committee moved the motion forward by asking the Department of Planning to report back in 30 days with draft language for an ordinance that will ultimately require approval by the full Council.

Protecting our Hillsides

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On July 30, Councilmember Koretz introduced two key motions, in City Council, aimed at strengthening the City’s Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO) for the sake of protecting our hillsides and hillside communities.  Both motions were seconded by Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

One motion notes that “the inclusion of exemptions in the grading requirements increases the possibility for unsafe conditions when haul routes and construction occurs. Large construction projects adversely impact hillside communities after the hauling of dirt is complete, inasmuch as {the projects} can sometimes last 5+ years, causing a hardship on the community and the city’s aging infrastructure.To ensure the safety of city residents, these large scale development projects must be held to a higher standard, by examining the cumulative impacts on our aging infrastructure and communities, by amending the grading requirements set forth by the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.”

The motion calls for the Department of Building and Safety and the Bureau of Street Services, assisted by the Planning Department in consultation with the City Attorney, to Read more »

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