Dear BABCNC Stakeholders and Friends,
We are happy to share that the LA Department of City Planning has announced its first open house for its Wildlife Pilot Study.
Download Planning’s flyer for its November 7 open house at American Jewish University at:
(Hillside Federation has their monthly meeting that same night, and they will have presentation on this study in January.)
Robin Greenberg, President
Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
Click here to read the letter by Paul Koretz regarding his position to oppose a hotel for Benedict Canyon.Read More
If you are following the issue of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the hillsides, you may like to attend the CPC hearing on this on Thursday. The Planning Commission is now proposing
that ADUs be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Following several fires in the BABCNC hillsides started by metal-blade weed whackers used for brush clearance (including but not limited to the Roscomare fire in June of 2017), the BABCNC Emergency Preparedness Committee, has been seeking a ban on metal-blade weed whackers in these hillsides, which are considered to be a "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone" (VHFHSZ).Read More
JOIN US! Public Hearing for Mission Canyon Park
When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Dear BABCNC Stakeholders,
We have all been invited to an Afternoon at the Getty on Sunday, October 7th at 3:00pm to view their newest exhibition Icons of Style, A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011, as well as enjoy a reception overlooking the Getty’s stunning gardens.
RSVP by October 2nd (310)440-7300 or [email protected]
Please see this link to sign up for the Congress of Neighborhoods 2018.
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10449 Colina Way
Los Angeles, CA 90077
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Dear BABCNC Stakeholders,
Bring your family and friends and join us in making our BABCNC neighborhoods even more beautiful this Saturday morning!
Dear Community Leaders,
Congressman Ted Lieu is calling together the third annual West LA VA Neighbors Community Roundtable.
This is your opportunity to get a briefing in an informal setting on the West LA VA Master Plan, its EIS/EIR, and the VA’s current efforts to address veteran homelessness, and be able to directly ask VA leadership your questions.
At this particular meeting you will be introduced to the newest member of their team, Megan Flanz, Esq., Executive Director for Master Plan.....
For information on the “WEST SHERMAN OAKS HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY PROJECT” as provided by CD4 Councilmember David Ryu, this is the up-to-date report what is also known as...Read More
In a stunning reversal, Harvard-Westlake School President Richard B. Commons last week abandoned controversial plans to build into the hillside residential neighborhood abutting the school’s Coldwater Canyon campus a 750-car parking structure, athletic field, and bridge.Read More
Excessive heat warnings are in effect throughout Southern California that will continue through Saturday evening and power outages are already occurring throughout the region.
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The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has issued a Flex Alert, see attached release, calling voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. for today Tuesday, June 20 and tomorrow Wednesday, June 21. A Flex Alert is a call for consumers to conserve electricity during heat waves when power use outstrips electricity supply.
Chuck Maginnis and Mayor Garcetti practice drop, cover and hold at Mayor Garcetti's Emergency Preparedness Meeting on June 9, 2017Read More
Mulholland Drive, Beverly Glen Boulevard to Nicada Drive...Read More
On Wednesday March 19, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion related to Hillside Construction Regulation as a follow-up to the Interim Control Ordinance number 183,497 for the Laurel Canyon and Bird Street neighborhoods of Council District 4...
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition.
A Coalition of Councils!
Has Your Neighborhood Council Taken a Stand and Sent a Rep to LANCC?
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February 12, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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For those of you who haven’t been following the situation at the former Westwood Horizons...Read More
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The City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will consider the Baseline Mansionization/Baseline …Read More
Hearing Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016; 8:30am. Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401...Read More
Sunday, November 13th, 9AM to 12PM
The BABCNC will walk along Mulholland Drive from the 405 to Laurel Canyon picking up trash and debris...
Council file 14-0057-S8 – Code Amendment / Second Dwelling Units / Proposed Ordinance...Read More
On September 12, 2016, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued a statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5936, the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016.Read More
View Letter of Determination dated 8/31/16 from Department of City Planning.Read More
Upper Stone Canyon is an important storage facility in LADWP’s drinking water system. LADWP will begin construction on the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir Project in 2017. Read more about the project and construction schedule.Read More
At the July 30, 2016 Neighborhood Council Budget Day Jacqueline Le Kennedy was elected to represent Region 11(West L.A.) along with Jay Handal and Jon Liberman...Read More
Los Angeles moved one crucial step closer Thursday to tightening city rules meant to stop mansionization – the phenomenon of big, boxy homes popping up on not-so-big lots. Read full Los Angeles Times article.Read More
Thank you to those who attended the hearing on July 14th! Councilmember Koretz appreciates all the hard work you’ve put into creating a much more balanced ordinance and we are pleased to report that the City Planning Commission moved the BMO/BHO ordinance forward to Council. The City Planning Commission did modify the ordinance as follows: Exempt only 200 square feet of an attached garage in the front of the house, and continue the exemption to 400 square feet of a garage if it is located in the rear of the property.Read More
Many of you have been waiting for this news for some time, and our office is proud to give it. Wilshire Blvd, in Westwood, is going to be resurfaced starting next weekend.Read More
On July 14, 2016, the City Planning Commission will consider the proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BMO/BHO) Code amendment and make a recommendation to the City Council.Read More
The City Council has been working through the process of modifying and approving Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed $8.76 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2016. The budget was given final Council approval on Thursday, May 19. Some of its major accomplishments...Read More
Below you will find the City Attorney Neighborhood Laws to keep up our neighborhood clean and safe. These are laws for different issues in the neighborhood.Read More
Los Angeles Unified School District officials threw their support behind Obama administration guidance released today that spells out the responsibilities of schools to prevent discrimination against transgender students...Read More
On Wednesday, May 11 (practically the eve of one of the largest planned climate change marches in Los Angeles history), the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion to establish the City’s official target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, and directing City departments to create climate action plans to meet the interim goals...Read More
LADWP Will Host Customer Service Saturday at Four Regional Customer Service Centers on May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pay with cash or even a personal check at the new machines
To help out the unfortunate drivers who’ve gotten tickets, LA Superior Court has added five new traffic ticket payment machines at courthouse locations throughout the county, so that if someone has to pay a ticket, they can at least avoid having to physically go into a courthouse to do it...
Los Angeles animal shelters’ save rates have reached unprecedented levels, but hundreds of animals have already been put down this year.Read More
Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist Shepard Fairey, City Librarian John F. Szabo and L.A. Cultural Affairs General Manager Danielle Brazell were joined by students from the Downtown Magnets High School for the unveiling of L.A.’s first limited-edition, artist-designed library card today at the Central Library. The card launch concludes the library’s celebration of National Library Week.Read More
The Mayor’s proposed City Budget has been released and will be reviewed by the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee during intensive hearings that begin on Wednesday, April 27th at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers in City Hall.Read More
On April 22, Earth Day, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Koretz’s motion calling for creating a wildlife corridor from Griffith Park to the 405 freeway, and studying creating wildlife corridors all along the Rim of the Valley map proposal.Read More
The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to make permanent a temporary ban on the pet store sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits.
A temporary ban on the sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores in Los Angeles will be made permanent, with the Los Angeles City Council voting today to remove the prohibition’s sunset date.
LA Residents who may be uninsured or under-insured can get the medical help they need – even surgery – next week. (April 27-29)
Free medical and dental services will be available next week at the Los Angeles Convention Center for uninsured and under-insured residents.
Thousands of healthcare professionals and volunteers will take part in the no-cost clinic, offering services on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and 28, and from 7 a.m. to noon April 29.
Los Angeles continues to earn its reputation for smog, but air pollution dropped to the lowest level in 17 years of monitoring.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area continues to have the worst ozone pollution in the nation, but the area has seen marked improvement in short-term and annual particle pollution, showing its best readings in 17 years, according to a report released today by the American Lung Association.
Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles’ new law requiring the retrofitting of wood-frame apartment buildings to better withstand a major earthquake, according to a Times data analysis.
Today, I will be giving my third State of the City Address as your Mayor.
Each year, I try to find a place for this speech that means something to me personally — and that speaks to this unique moment in our city. This evening, I will be speaking in Harbor City, near our Port — a vital economic engine that brings the world to our nation, and our nation to the world.
LA Sanitation is offering free bulky item drop off events to help keep Los Angeles clean.
April 16, May 28, June 18
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Passport Agency will be holding a Passport Day on Saturday, April 9 from 7:30am to 11:30am. No appointments are necessary, so walk-ins are welcome! Although they normally only accept expedited applications at their counter, on Passport Day they will be accepting both routine and expedited applications. Please note that their standard fees, such as the passport fees and expedite fee (if a customer opts for expedited service on that day) still apply on Passport Day.Read More
This week, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Independent System Operator, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Southern California Gas Company released the Aliso Canyon Risk Assessment Report regarding the reliability of the power grid for summer 2016.Read More
Participate in the Brief LA Household Resiliency Survey
The Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is evaluating community disaster readiness in the City of Los Angeles utilizing a tool called the Los Angeles Household Resiliency Survey.
Metrolink’s new mobile app lets riders purchase tickets on the go through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The app is now available for all Metrolink trips, including trips connecting to Los Angeles Union Station.Read More
Los Angeles has unveiled a database cataloging the neighborhoods with the biggest trash problem.
The City unveiled an online database today that grades the cleanliness of streets and alleys across Los Angeles as part of an effort by sanitation and elected officials to determine which areas need the most cleaning.
Los Angeles Animal Services wants your valuable input and feedback on how we can do even more for animals and people in the City of Los Angeles. You can help shape the future goals and priorities for your Animal Services Department. Come to a Strategic Planning Community Meeting where you’ll be able to share your thoughts and ideas!Read More
Councilmember Koretz was honored to lead a City of Los Angeles salute to United States Senator Barbara Boxer, declaring March 23 to be “Barbara Boxer Day in the City of Los Angeles.”
On that day, the Councilmember hosted Senator Boxer at a special City Council ceremony where they were joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin, other members of the City Council, as well as members of Senator Boxer’s family and staff.
Every year in City Hall, on one day a year, fifteen women who have made an amazing difference for our city are honored in a unique ceremony. Each of the 15 council offices picks one woman apiece to be saluted that year as a “Pioneer Woman.”
This year’s CD 5 Pioneer Woman, Nickie Miner, is a tremendous community leader, civic activist and long time volunteer. She is devoted to the preservation of open space, enhancing the quality of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods, advocating for wildlife, supporting police and fire, and creating relationships between community and Government. Nickie has been an absolutely invaluable liaison between the community and Los Angeles City Hall for over thirty years.
Last fall the City settled the “Willits” lawsuit and committed some $1.4 billion over 30 years to address long-festering sidewalk repair issues throughout Los Angeles. The case focused on making sure that City sidewalks are Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant. On Tuesday, March 29, a Sidewalk Repair Policy was adopted to create a framework for undertaking the work necessary to implement the Willits settlement.
Several months ago, the Center for Investigative Reporting listed the top 10 known residential water customers in California. Councilmember Koretz, who, as a member of the City Council’s Energy & Environment Committee and as one of the Mayor’s appointees to the Metropolitan Water Board for two years, has spent countless hours working to address this new low-water future, was horrified to find that five of the top water users in California actually live in his very own Council District 5. Four of the top five live in Bel Air and one lives in Westwood. The single biggest water user in the state, a Bel-Air resident, used about 1 million gallons of water per month (enough for 90 average households). Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion calling on the LA Department of Water & Power to find immediate ways to address and stop the water abuse, including “severe financial penalties.”Read More
When March is turning into April is also when Mediation Awareness Week takes place in the City of L.A.
There is a significant need to promote mediation as a valuable option for people suffering conflict in their personal, community or business lives. The City Attorney’s Office is among those that can help with dispute resolution/mediation services, which is why Councilmember Koretz was joined by City Attorney Mike Feuer in kicking off Mediation Awareness Week. Also present was the week’s chair, Daniel Ben-Zvi, and numerous legal luminaries.
Written by Tony Wilkinson (Panorama City NC and North Hills East NC) on DWP Reform and Neighborhood Councils. One perspective from the NC-DWP MOU Oversight Committee:
The woman who explained earthquakes to Southern Californians for 33 years is retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey.
If you ever read an article about earthquakes in Southern California, chances are you’re familiar with seismologist Lucy Jones.
In her 33 years with the USGS, Jones has become a universal mother for rattled Southern Californians. After each quake, she turns fear of the unknown into something understandable.
Metro released the details of a proposed measure for the November 2016 ballot that aims to raise as much as $120 billion for new highway and transit projects in LA County. The spending plan includes improvements to existing infrastructure and programs to facilitate active transportation, including bicycling and walking paths to be built over the next four decades.Read More
Fifteen sites, three days, one River
This April come down to the River for Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza!
This year there is an urgent need for the 27th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.
The LADOT Parking Violations Bureau (PVB) wants to remind the public of a fast, easy and intuitive means of accessing their parking violation information along with the ability to set up notifications, and access other parking related web services. Available Customer Service Web Portal services include: Personalized Parking Customer Accounts, Reviewing Parking Citation Details, Parking Citation Pay-by-Web, as well as provides links to Submit Requests to Contest Citations, Renew Residential Parking Permit and Purchase Guest Permits.Read More
Registration is open now!
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a free program designed by the Washington Emergency Management Department and implemented locally by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to improve readiness at the neighborhood level. MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other. It takes just ONE person to begin. Using a 90 minute DVD to facilitate the MYN meeting and accompanying materials provided at no cost, neighborhood leaders can help get their communities get ready for a disaster. MYN helps communities “fill the gap” between Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT) and individual preparedness.Read More
The LA County Department of Public Health has presented these answers to frequently asked questions about the Zika Virus Disease.
The new LADBS website features an intuitive modern design with an emphasis on ease of use for all our visitors...Read More
CityWatch, the online news portal, has launched a Neighborhood Council page in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment a.k.a. EmpowerLA to support the 2016 Neighborhood Council election outreach. CityWatch is published to encourage grassroots civic engagement through information, ideas and perspective. Editor and co-founder, Ken Draper, was involved in the creation of the Neighborhood Council system and served on the Mid City West Neighborhood Council. Ken is also a regular attendee of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition.Read More
SNL 2016: Employment Opportunities
Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) is currently accepting applications for Summer Night Lights (SNL) program Site Coordinators. GRYD’s mission is to strengthen youth/young adult, family and community resilience to the influence of gangs by fostering public/private collaboration and supporting community-based prevention and intervention services. SNL is a key component of the comprehensive GRYD strategy which was piloted during the summer of 2008 as a response to research that point to youth being most likely to commit violent crimes during the summer months in the City of Los Angeles. Now in its 9th consecutive summer, the SNL program is implemented in 32 parks across the city with the goal of reducing gang related violence in and around SNL sites & providing community engagement and employment opportunities for youth as well as adults.
Want to save water? Ready to tear out your lawn? Not sure where to begin?
The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance is pleased to partner with LADWP, SELVA International, and Surfrider Foundation to offer FREE “Lawn Be Gone” Hands On Workshops (HOWs) on February 27 and March 5.
South Coast Air Quality Management Division sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price.Read More
The City Council unanimously voted to approve a motion introduced by Councilmembers Krekorian and Nury Martinez to explore offering LA City employees four weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child.
The city leaders believe that paid parental leave would be a good way for the city to attract and retain talented women and men to public service jobs. Los Angeles could also set a positive example for other public and private sector employers who may be considering granting paid parental leave to their workforce.
Metro is set to roll out a new pilot program for paid parking at nine stations and lots across the agency’s transit lines. The Metro Board of Directors is expected to vote on the proposal in March.
The agency-proposed test program would charge a minimal parking fee at nine rail stations where there a cumulative 4,753 spaces. The nine stations selected for the program include the North Hollywood and Universal stations on the Red Line where a $3 fee will be charged. Also on the list are: East LA’s Sierra Madre Villa and Atlantic stations on the Gold Line; Culver City and La Cienega/Jefferson stations on the Expo Line; and West LA’s Expo/Sepulveda station, the 17th Street/SMC station in Santa Monica and the Expo/Bundy in West LA on the Expo Line extension opening this year.
Click through image for more information. Our territory is generally between the 405 and Laurel Canyon between Sunset and Mulholland boulevards.Read More
Please join us at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held on Saturday, February 6, 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor in San Pedro (Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street)...Read More
This week, Councilmember Englander submitted a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the unusual rate increases experienced by SoCal Gas customers this month across Los Angeles County.Read More
Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.
The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Xerox for the launch of Go LA, a transportation app that provides detailed information on every available mode of getting around the Los Angeles region.Read More
Volunteers: Have you been told that you are a good listener? Are you usually the one to comfort your friends and family in difficult times? Do you want make a difference in someone’s life? The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team is looking for kind and compassionate Angelenos to join our team.Read More
What is El Niño?
El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others.
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have created a Service Report Card for citizens of Los Angeles to rate their local City Services. Every community is different and every community has their own set of problem areas. Here is your chance to let the Mayor’s office, Los Angeles City Council and the City Hall Departments know exactly what matters to you the most! The due date to complete this service report card is on Friday, January 15.Read More
Below is a link to the Charter-mandated evaluation of DWP that’s done every five years. Navigant is the consultant that performed the work. It’s almost 600 pages so we’ve included the 10-page Executive Summary…..and in case you haven’t already seen it there’s also a link to yesterday’s Daily News story about the survey.
The City’s Implementation Plan for the Clean Streets Citywide Program (Council File: 15-0600-S78) aims to provide a comprehensive program to improve Angelenos’ quality of life by cleaning up our streets. This plan includes...Read More
In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines.
LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil for recycling at our S.A.F.E. Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy.
Originally posted at http://citywatchla.com/8box-left/9995-neighborhood-council-elections-are-around-the-corner-here-s-why-you-should-run. Written by Tim Deegan.
Why do neighborhood councils matter and why should you run for a board seat on your NC? At their best, and some excel at this, they serve as local political organizations that are empowered to monitor the critical issues in their communities such as land use and development, transportation and parking, and public safety. These are three key issues facing every neighborhood and depending on the NC, there are other issues to tackle as well.
Earlier this year Mayor Eric Garcetti launched several Executive Directives, one of which was the first ever Sustainable City pLAn. Sustainability is about more than combating climate change and reducing pollution: it encompasses economic development, social development, and environmental protection. The pLAn looks at ways the whole city of Los Angeles: citizens, communities, and businesses, can be more cognizant about responsible waste, clean energy, water conservation, efficient transportation, improved air quality, and the creation of green jobs. Sustainability is about making sure that the natural resources we have today are available for future generations tomorrow.Read More
This week, a public hyperlink was established on the City’s website directing users to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services’ website to provide information on adoption opportunities.
Every child needs a loving, supportive and nurturing family. Sadly, in the United States, there are 400,540 children in the foster care system with 104,236 children ready and waiting to be adopted. In California, there are 55,851 children in the foster care system with over 13,178 children ready and waiting to be adopted. In Los Angeles County, there are over 18,000 children in the foster care system with over 500 of them ready and waiting to be adopted.
Looking for affordable housing? There is a new resource available from the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA).
Los Angeles County Housing Resource center, together with HCIDLA launched this new web-based ADA accessible application tool to match qualified tenants with affordable housing.
LADWP will be on Mulholland Drive from Beverly Glen to Nicada Drive for one final weekend. The project will be from Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015 between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. As you know, we all can not...Read More
Each year, LA Sanitation (LASAN) prepares itself and Los Angeles residents and businesses for the rainy season. This year, we are anticipating El Niño, which will likely cause higher-intensity storms and potential flooding.
Los Angeles lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday to pass a new law requiring Angelenos to lock up or disable their handguns at home if they aren’t close at hand.
In an impassioned speech before the vote, City Councilman Paul Krekorian argued that the new rules would help prevent deadly accidents and youth suicides by stopping the guns from falling into the hands of curious children or despondent teenagers. Krekorian said more preschoolers are killed with guns annually than police officers.
Decades before someone coined the Twitter hashtag #droughtshaming and people began posting YouTube videos of their neighbors’ drowning lawns, California water suppliers encouraged conservation by releasing the names of their biggest water hogs.
Among these wealthy and powerful water guzzlers was then-San Diego Union-Tribune publisher Helen Copley, who often saturated her La Jolla property with more than 10,000 gallons a day. “I don’t doubt for one minute that I might be the biggest user,” she told The Times in 1991.
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.
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.”
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.Read More
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.
The first LA police officers will begin wearing body cameras on Monday as city leaders look for funding to outfit all cops with them.
Starting Monday, body cameras will be handed out to Los Angeles police officers at the Mission Station — the first of 860 cameras that will be distributed to officers in three divisions.
With temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to conserve energy use where possible, while not jeopardizing their health and safety.
“During times of extreme heat, we strongly encourage customers to conserve electricity as long as it does not jeopardize their own health or the health of their pets,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said.
More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.
Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.
The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.
It was hailed as a modern makeover of an aging, inefficient way to bill customers. Instead, the new system at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power became a nightmare, spewing out thousands of faulty bills, some wildly inflated.
When upset customers called the utility for help, many languished on hold for a half-hour or more.
911 Dispatchers are being inundated with people calling because the fires in the Angeles National Forest and Simi Valley smell so close.
People around the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills, Studio City and Mount Olympus are smelling smoke and calling 911 thinking there is a wildfire near them, says the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.
However, it is just smoke from the Rustic and Cabin fires, says Humphrey. Humphrey urges people to seek a presence of flame if its safe to do so before calling 911.
Temperatures across California will be blazing hot in the days ahead. We have your heat wave safety checklist to keep your loved ones safe.
On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including a dual tragedy involving French tourists in New Mexico last week.
Be on the lookout for Expo Line trains traversing through West Los Angeles as Metro begins testing the Expo Phase 2 extension for its early 2016 opening. For the first time in over 50 years, West Los Angeles residents will have the ability to travel from the sea to downtown and beyond via light rail. This extension will open up...Read More
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has proposed a 5-year water and power rate action that provides funding to accelerate the replacement of aging infrastructure, better protect against drought conditions, and meet water and power supply mandates while improving customer service. The proposed rates are also designed to further incentivize conservation while keeping LADWP’s rates low in comparison with nearby utilities.Read More
Six Southland counties were named disaster areas following damaging floods.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and five other California counties because of damage from last weekend’s rainstorms.
In the declaration, Newsom wrote that the storms caused flash flooding and mudslides that damaged public and private facilities, forced the evacuation of residents and prompted the opening of emergency shelters.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has met and surpassed his first benchmark goal of 10 percent water reduction by July 1, 2015. The City has rallied in response to the historic drought and has achieved a significant milestone in Mayor Garcetti’s water reduction plan as outlined by his Executive Directive No. 5 and in L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn.Read More
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will stop accepting rebate applications this week.
With demand soaring due to the ongoing drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will stop accepting rebate applications this week from people who rip out turf lawns in favor of low-water-use landscaping.
MWD officials said the district’s funds for turf rebates have been fully allocated, even though the district’s board vastly increased its conservation- program budget.
LADWP Installs New Water Pipeline Near UCLA to Prep for Reservoir Cover
Changes to drinking water quality regulations require open air reservoirs to be covered, bypassed, or removed from service. To comply with these regulations, the LADWP will be installing a floating cover on Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir, which is located in the Beverly Glen area and currently services the adjacent communities and the UCLA campus. LADWP will temporarily remove Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir from service in order to install the cover. Before this can be done, the LADWP must install a new water pipeline to provide continued water deliver to the surrounding communities while the reservoir is temporarily removed from service.
The Dispute Resolution program is a community-based program which provides free mediation, conciliation, and facilitation service in English and Spanish. Other languages are provided upon request.
Mediation is a process in which the parties to the conflict meet face-to-face to discuss their dispute with the guidance and support of a neutral mediator. In addition, disputes between parties may also be solved through the telephone through a process known as conciliation, in which the mediator discusses the dispute with both parties until the dispute is resolved. Mediators do not ...
The Los Angeles Building and Safety Department is planning to refer a Bel Air mansion owner to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office for prosecution after the developer lost his bid for more time to bring the home up to city codes.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1FtmICZ ) that the Commissioners voted 4 to 0 Tuesday to uphold a building inspectors finding’s that developer Mohamed Hadid’s project was against city codes.
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...
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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.
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a new system for logging
complaints about helicopter noise in Los Angeles County. For more information on
the program and how to log complaints please see:
For the first time in the history of Los Angeles, the City has made a commitment this week to establishing a sustainable, fair, long-term sidewalk repair policy by settling the Willits class action lawsuit. The City will invest $31 million per year for the next 30 years to fix our broken sidewalks!Read More
LA partners with PulsePoint to empower residents to help save lives.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the fire chief unveiled a smartphone app Wednesday that alerts people with CPR training if someone in a nearby public area is suffering from cardiac arrest and needs their help.
The PulsePoint app sends alerts to its users at the same time fire department dispatchers are notifying emergency crews; guides users through the CPR steps; and also shows the location of nearby defibrillators.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the first annual National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Exposition will be held in Los Angeles. This is the first stand-alone FDI event in the United States co-sponsored by the Commerce Department that will focus on a single industry: aerospace manufacturing.Read More
As the City’s imported water supply becomes more critical, so does the need to expand our local, sustainable water resources, including water recycling. Water recycling offers a reliable, economically feasible and environmentally sensitive way to augment the city’s water supplies. Recycling programs treat wastewater so that it can be used safely for irrigation and industrial purposes, groundwater replenishment, as a barrier against seawater intrusion and for other beneficial environmental uses.Read More
LOS ANGELES — For a limited time, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering a $10 bill credit for new paperless billing customers. Customers who currently receive printed LADWP bills, and who sign up for paperless billing through ladwp.com, will receive a $10 credit on their next bill.Read More
On December 16, 2014 the City Council approved a three-year contract to hire a panel of outside Land Use/CEQA Counsels including (1) Jenkins & Hogin, LLP; (2) Remy Moose & Manley, LLP; (3) The Sohagi Law Group, PLC; (4) Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP; and (5) Meyers Nave to defend the City in land use, CEQA and Brown Act litigation. They also authorized the City Attorney, without the need for further Council approval, to employ individual firms to defend the City in Real Party litigation.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Councilmember Paul Koretz has moved his West Los Angeles Field Office to Wilshire Boulevard. The new office will be located at 6380 Wilshire Boulevard, where Wilshire meets S. La Jolla Avenue, between S. Sweetzer Avenue and S. Crescent Heights Boulevard in the Carthay Circle neighborhood of the City. The new offices are transit accessible by Metro Local 20, Metro Rapid 720, and LADOT DASH Fairfax.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.
As of 4:30 pm today, LADWP crews continue their work to shut down all water flow into the area where a high-pressure water trunk line ruptured yesterday at approximately 3:30 pm. Crews will work around the clock to complete the shutoff and make repairs.Read More
From Councilmember Koretz’ latest Hi5 Newsletter.
For the community of Bel Air, July 15 was a day of important rulings.
That morning, the City of L.A.’s Building and Safety Commission held a hearing regarding a haul route application for the 10697 Somma Way project in Bel Air. After listening to the concerns of Councilmember Koretz and the community, ranging from street safety to the amount of dirt being removed, the Commission accepted the request of Councilmember Koretz and granted a continuance of 45 days, while instructing the developer and community to work with the council office on formulating potential conditions that might be applied for the duration of the haul route.
Single Use Carryout Bag Ordinance – L.A.M.C. 182604 (LAMC section 195.01, et. Seq)
City Of Los Angeles Will Assist Job Seekers with $90 Million Federal Workforce Development System
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the completion of a six month procurement process that provides a newly designed and updated WorkSource Center system for the City of Los Angeles, focusing on practical training for emerging job sectors. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the new system that is federally funded under the Workforce Investment Act. The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will administer a total of $18 million dollars on an annual basis for up to five years to contract agencies to carry out programs that train and place Angelenos in growth industries.“This new system will focus on making sure Angelenos are prepared to compete in today’s job market,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our redesigned system will better provide supportive services and access to career pathways to ensure our local workforce is ready for the jobs in LA’s top growth industries.”
Chief Charlie Beck has submitted a request to be considered for second five-year term. The Los Angeles Police Commission now has the responsibility to respond to that request, either positively or negatively, by August 20, 2014. You are invited to participate in the reappointment process by providing your input to the Los Angeles Police Commission in the following ways:Read More
With MyLA311, City of Los Angeles information and services are just a few taps away.
MyLA311 links Angelenos with the services and information they need to enjoy their city, beautify their community and stay connected with their local government.
The ‘Submit Service Request’ feature allows you to quickly and easily request the City’s most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup.
You can keep up to date with the latest City Hall News by browsing through our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube feeds.
Persistent phone scammers are deceiving LADWP customers into paying non-existent water and power bills with threats of immediate service shut off. Don’t fall victim to phone scammers posing as LADWP “collection” personnel.Read More
Yesterday’s 4.4 temblor reminded us all that we live in an earthquake zone. And while a lot of us have emergency water and supplies on-hand, being prepared for a disaster means more than that – it means being financially ready.Read More
As the City Council is preparing to place a $7 billion tax increase on the November ballot to finance the repair of our systematically neglected streets and sidewalks, ask yourself, “Do you trust City Hall?”
At the urging of Council Member Paul Koretz, the City Council has asserted jurisdiction pursuant to Charter Section 245 over the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission unanimous decision to deny a 50 foot height variance requested by two well heeled, Beverly Hills real estate developers for a speculative 42,409 square foot monster mansion on a two acre site on Bellagio Road in Bel Air, one of the priciest neighborhoods in the country.
From LA Metro:
Dear Community Members,Read More
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project Team is pleased to
announce the unprecedented 80-hour northbound I-405 lane...
Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into vibrant and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
When you’ve been through two Carmageddons, three bridge reconstructions and untold thousands of construction hours, what’s an 80-hour closure on the 405 Project?
It’s Jamzilla—and before you start making any Valentine’s Day evening or Presidents’ Day weekend plans, best take a look at Metro’s upcoming closures of northbound lanes on the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, LA’s City Council voted unanimously to approve CF 12-1682, changing the name and definition of the Factual Basis Stakeholder to Community Interest Stakeholder, defined as those who have a “substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries.”
The ordinance now goes to the Mayor for his signature and then must be posted before it becomes effective, anticipated to be around the end of January, 2014, which is in advance of any of the upcoming Neighborhood Council elections scheduled to take place in March, April, and May of 2014.
On September 2, 2013, the LADWP completed the replacement of its 39-year old Customer Information System (CIS) after over three years of planning and development.
This CIS platform touches nearly every aspect of utility operations, including customer service, meter reading and billing. It is the heart of our customer service system and used during each customer interaction by phone or online. Over time, this system will help us significantly improve the customer experience.
This will be the first of Monthly reports of significant matters affecting our stakeholders.
This month I am pleased to advise you that Metro will be building a sidewalk from the Skirball bridge to Mullholland in connection with the current project. Please see the photo with the diagram. We reached out to Metro and the Koretz office and the staff was extremely helpful in following through my request.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is developing a new, community-driven strategic plan and is teaming up with EmpowerLA to get the word out to members of the community.
The partnership between the two city departments is the first of its kind and assists in connecting us to Los Angeles residents, to engage them in the process of charting our organization’s future.
The process went live at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meeting last Saturday when LAFD Chief John Drake and Captain Kristin Crowley presented the plan to leaders from all 95 Neighborhood Councils.
At the October 9, 2013 LAPD West Bureau Traffic Committee Meeting, Rudy Guevara, the District Engineer for the Western District of LADOT introduced a new LADOT website and MYLADOT APP which allows you to submit work requests directly online. The app is accessible at myladot.lacity.org/sr and work requests may be submitted by clicking the orange “I WANT TO…” button.Read More
The City of Los Angeles currently has a federally grant funded program in which free street trees are being planted along the parkway. The only requirements are that participants must agree to water their tree(s) and they must live within the City. For more information please go to www.environmentla.org or call (213) 485-3954. Can you please share this information and help spread the word. Together we can beautify the neighborhood and create a more sustainable City!Read More
Thousands of Southern Californians live and work in a type of building vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake. To assess the danger, a team of Times reporters combed through thousands of city and county records to identify these buildings — concrete structures built before 1976. We found more than 1,000.Read More
Experts say we’re overdue for a major earthquake. So find out where the dangers lie, and why so little has been done about them.
Back in December 2011, commuters on the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass drove by an unusual sight. A retaining wall built for the new car-pool lane was collapsing, the gray concrete panels visibly buckling and falling.
Alarmed by the discovery, construction crews tore down the wall. At least 14 other walls also came down and were rebuilt. State officials moved quickly, banning the construction of similar retaining walls throughout California.
Today, the 405 Freeway project is more than 15 months behind schedule, a timeline that has Angelenos bemoaning the traffic congestion caused by construction of the 10-mile car-pool lane.
The West Los Angeles police area has experienced an increase in burglaries from construction sites. These crimes are occurring during night time hours.
Homeowners: do not leave any valuables, including materials, fixtures, or personal property inside your unattended residence.
In order to help prepare their many BABCNC Home Owner Association communities for emergencies, what’s better than a visit to the Getty to see how they prepare for the thousands that visit daily?
Having the Getty flank the BABCNC’s west boundary placed everyone more at ease. BABCNC Emergency Preparedness Committee attendees with Getty Hosts: Row 1: Andre Stojka, Leslie Stojka, Irene Sandler; Row 2: Chris Petrakis & Bob Combs (Getty), Steve Twining, Chuck Maginnis, Rick Cole, Dan Palmer, Hildreth Simmons, Harris Sperling, Candy Mintz, Buddy Jolton Don Farkas, Susan Reuben, Maya Zutler (Getty)
?Sources: Convicted burglars in California, North Carolina, Oregon, and Kentucky. Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job: Street life and Residential Break-ins 1996.Read More
In mid-September, the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) will be arriving in the Bel Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council area to perform small asphalt repairs (SAR) as part of the Bureau’s Neighborhood Council Initiative, also known as Operation Neighborhood Council Blitz (NC Blitz).
This is your opportunity to be the Bureau’s eyes and ears, or as we like to say, a BSS Honorary Inspector.
When your friends visit L.A., where do you take them?
Sure, they’re excited to see our world famous landmarks, but tell me about your Los Angeles: the places your friends never knew about until you showed them.
When your friends arrive at LAX, the “Welcome to L.A.” photos at the airport are their first impression of our city. With your help, we’ll identify the most exciting places to feature in those photos. I want to showcase the real L.A. — your L.A.
The Sunset Boulevard northbound off-ramp to the I-405 will be closed for up to 120 days starting Friday, August 2nd at 7pm as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.
The new configuration will feature two northbound right-turn lanes to eastbound Sunset and one northbound left-turn lane to westbound Sunset.
Significant impacts to the movement of traffic in the area are expected. Motorists who routinely use the Sunset off-ramp are encouraged to plan trips to allow for time to reach their Westside and Valley destinations.
A new Mayor, a new City Attorney, a new City Controller, and six new Councilmembers join two incumbent Councilmembers in guiding the largest city in the most populated state in the most powerful country in the world and they need your feedback.
The quickest way to check in is by emailing them. Tell them who you are, tell them where you live, tell them the issue, and tell them what you like.
The BABCNC Emergency Preparedness Committee has attracted many different Home Owner Associations to help their residents in the case of an emergency. Here they meet at the Bel Air Crest Clubhouse. Left side, front to back: Bill Kabaker, Patricia Bell, Buddy Jolton, Gregg Landis, Don Farkas, Michael Schlenker, Dan Palmer; Right side of table: Hildreth Simmons, Leslie Stojka, Irene Sandler, Jeff Ebenstein, Matthew Post, Steve Twining, Gary Plotkin, Chuck MaginnisRead More
EmpowerLA Yearbooks are being delivered to Neighborhood Council Boards, neighborhood partners, City Departments, and elected officials.Read More
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.
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:Read More
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 26, 2012
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church – Social Hall
10750 Ohio Avenue (at corner of Selby Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (in Westwood)
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.”
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...
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.
?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...Read More
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.
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.
The LA City Council unanimously confirmed the Mayor’s appointment of Grayce Liu as the next permanent general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment on Friday. Grayce Liu was made interim general manager in August of last year after former GM BongHwan Kim left to take a position in San Diego.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Liu to serve as permanent general manager in December. In his letter to the City Council he wrote, “Her leadership skills are strong. There are fewer complaints than ever…and the general consensus is that outreach was more effective.”
Bike rack (Photo by via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
It took a long time but the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will dramatically increase the number of parking spaces for bikes in new developments.
The Bike Parking Ordinance will allow new developments—both residential and commercial—to swap some parking spots for bikes in lieu of parking spots for cars. There are also rules standardizing bike parking space to ensure that they’re safe, secure and accessible.
City Clerk June Lagmay announced today that the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division is in need of approximately 3,000 additional pollworkers to staff polls for the 2013 Municipal Elections on March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013. The Election Division expects to place a total of 6,240 pollworkers to work these two elections and will place these pollworkers at polling locations in the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and/or the Los Angeles Community College District.
Pollworkers play an integral part in meeting voters’ needs by ensuring their neighbors have the opportunity to vote locally in their communities, an essential right and responsibility of American democracy.
We hope all you had a great New Years celebration with your friends and family. Please take a look at some of the new laws that took effect as of Jan 1, 2013 in our great state:
Cars and drivers Insurance: Drivers pulled over by police are permitted to show officers their proof of insurance on an electronic device, such as a smartphone.
Red-light cameras: New statewide guidelines prohibit use of the cameras primarily to raise revenue and make it easier for drivers to challenge tickets issued on evidence from the devices.
Texting: Drivers may dictate, send and listen to text-based communications as long as they use voice-command or other hands-free technology.