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Scam Alert for DWP Energy Efficiency Programs

Posted on 06/14/13

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In the last few months there have been a few instances of individuals approaching small business customers with LADWP’s CLEO application, asking for cash up front to perform lighting retrofit work, and then never returning to perform the installations that were promised.

Please urge community members to note that LADWP does not charge for energy efficiency rebates or direct installation of efficiency upgrades.

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Eric Garcetti Wins Mayor Race, Pot Shop Limit Passes

Posted on 05/22/13

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Eric Garcetti triumphs in the LA mayoral race (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
 
It’s official: Eric Garcetti has won the race for Los Angeles mayor over Wendy Greuel, who conceded this morning.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Garcetti earned 54 percent of the votes and Greuel had 46 percent, ABC News reports.

Garcetti is both LA’s first Jewish mayor and, at 42, its youngest mayor in 100 years, according to the LA Times.

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Final EIR of City of Los Angeles’ Proposed Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance

Posted on 05/18/13

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The City of Los Angeles is proposing to adopt and implement an ordinance to ban single-use plastic carryout bags, charge a fee on paper bags, and promote the use of reusable bags at specified retailers in the City of Los Angeles.  The Final EIR is available at City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, 1149 S. Broadway, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015; at www.lacitysan.org under What’s New…; and at the following public libraries:

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Grading Los Angeles’ Streets

Posted on 05/07/13

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L.A. full of roads to ruin for cars
The city gives its road network an average grade of C. But a Times analysis finds wide disparities, and they’re not driven by wealth or political power.
Explore pavement quality ratings for each of the 68,000 street segments in L.A., graded from A to F.

From the L.A. Times, May 4, 2013
A drive along Angus Street in hilly Silver Lake requires navigating a gantlet of buckled concrete slabs and dirt-filled cracks.

But on South Seabluff Drive in Playa Vista the ride is smooth, the pavement is black and you can smell the fresh asphalt.

Despite the city’s best efforts to keep up with the constant flood of road repairs, Los Angeles is a city divided — by its potholes, cracks and ruts.

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Today Is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the May 21 Mayoral Election

Posted on 05/06/13

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Eligible residents must register to vote by Monday, May 6, 2013 in order to be able to vote in the May 21, 2013 City of Los Angeles General Municipal and Special Elections.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years old by Election Day. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names since the last election must re-register to vote. Voter registration is handled by the Office of the California Secretary of State. You can register to vote from the following sources:

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Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $5 Million in Grants for Earthquake Early Warning System

Posted on 05/02/13

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined with the US Geological Survey and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority members to announce $5 million in federal funds for the region’s Earthquake Early Warning System.

“Our partners at the US Geological Survey and Caltech have been working on the development of a cutting-edge early warning system.” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “We’re proud to provide this additional funding to improve the system’s capacity and bring it to the level required to make earthquake early warning a reality in Southern California.”

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Coldwater Canyon Avenue to Reopen to Through Traffic Two Days Ahead of Schedule

Posted on 04/23/13

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Left Turn Restrictions Will Remain in Effect at Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura Boulevard thru June 1

Councilmember Paul Krekorian and LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols, with other City of Los Angeles officials, will hold a news conference at 6:30 p.m. tonightto announce the reopening of Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive, two days before the originally planned reopening.

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The Fastest Route to City Hall

Posted on 04/12/13

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In a city the size of Los Angeles, one of the fastest routes to City Hall is the internet. In the time it takes to find your car keys, you can be online and communicating with the Mayor and the City Council.

Effective Neighborhood Council advocates typically know three things; they know the issue, they know what they want, and they know who can help them.

Then they do something about it. Here are a few tips for effective email advocacy, followed by the email addresses of the Mayor and the City Council, complemented by a simple link that allows you to email the Mayor and the City Council with one click.

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Mayor to Eliminate Neighborhood Council Election Funding

Posted on 03/15/13

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This week neighborhood councils were blindsided by the Mayor’s office.  The Mayor said that because the Proposition A sales tax measure failed to pass, he will not include funding for 2014 neighborhood council elections in his proposed budget.  If neighborhood councils want elections, they will need to collectively surrender 20 percent of their proposed $37,000 allocations to pay for it.

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BABCNC Official Election Flyer

Posted on 02/27/13

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Have ideas of how the City can run better?

Then join the Bel air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council!

As the official community advisory body to the City, the BABCNC meets monthly to review community concerns and issues ranging from Land Use, Traffic to Emergency Preparedness.

BABCNC is hlding its At-Large Selection Process to fill its two At-Large positions.

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Major closure, but no Carmageddon III

Posted on 02/15/13

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Motorists, be forewarned: the northbound 405 Freeway will be a great place to avoid the first weekend in March.

Three northbound lanes on the freeway will be closing for 55 straight hours between Montana Avenue and Getty Center Drive. In addition, the Getty Center Drive and Moraga Drive northbound on-ramps will be closed, as will the northbound Montana and Moraga off-ramps.

Despite the length of the closure, this is no “mini Carmageddon”—although officials stress that drivers should plan alternate routes through the area to avoid major backups.

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L.A. City Council District 5 Candidates Forum

Posted on 02/15/13

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Tuesday, February 26, 2012

6:30 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church – Social Hall
10750 Ohio Avenue (at corner of Selby Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (in Westwood)

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City of Los Angeles Releases a 3-1-1 App and a Cleaner Website

Posted on 02/07/13

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Los Angeles residents will be able to complain about graffiti, abandoned furniture, potholes, broken street lights and fallen trees using their iPhone and Android smartphones starting March 18.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the My LA 311 mobile app and a redesigned website for the City of Los Angeles in a Google+ hangout with reporters Wednesday.

“Silicon Beach has raised the game,” Villaraigosa said, referring to the city’s coastal tech hub. “And the city of L.A. needed to raise ours. And we did.”

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Billboard Working Group – volunteers wanted

Posted on 02/06/13

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Opportunity – Respond quickly if interested.

The Department of City Planning is looking for volunteers for a new billboard working group. The PLUM Committee has directed us to assemble this working group to address billboard and digital billboard issues, and in particular a potential new program that could allow a limited number of digital billboards in exchange for the removal of a greater number of existing traditional billboards...

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L.A. May Get Federally-Legislated Relief From Helicopter Noise

Posted on 02/05/13

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Congressman Henry A. Waxman has been on a long mission to eradicate unnecessary helicopter noise in the skies over Los Angeles County, and today he, along with Congressman Adam Schiff and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, has introduced legislation that would put restrictions on low-flying choppers here.

It’s called The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, and it asks the Federal Aviation Administration to “establish regulations on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in Los Angeles County,” according to Waxman.

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Update on Digital Billboards in the City of L.A.

Posted on 01/25/13

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?The LA City Council’s pending new sign ordinance will not outlaw digital signs.  Despite the City’s ban on new billboards dating back to 2002, the City is in the process of approving a new ordinance that will allow new signs (including digital signs) in designated “sign districts” which are to be limited to commercial and industrial locations.  The proposed ordinance passed...

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L.A.’s Neighborhood Councils Flex Their Muscles

Posted on 01/25/13

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A recent fight over a proposed $3 billion bond issue for street repairs illustrated the growing influence of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles City government, as they exerted enough influence to keep the measure off the ballot for now.

The success in that case represents an evolution for the councils, which at their inception a dozen years ago were seen as potentially powerless because they held no real voting authority in city matters. But through wider participation and exerting a louder voice, observers say, they are now fulfilling the influential role envisioned for them when voters revised the City Charter in 1999.

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LASD Advisory: Protect Your Bicycle from Thieves

Posted on 01/25/13

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Bicycles are not cheap. That’s why you need to take measures in protecting it from thieves.

Follow these steps and share them with fellow riders.

Record the serial number, make, model and color of your bike. This information is usually located somewhere on the frame. Put the information in your cell phone or somewhere easily accessible in case it it is stolen.

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