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LA 360 - January 24th, 2016

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week. 

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NEW TOOLS FOR A SMARTER CITY
This week, I helped unveil two innovative tools to make life in L.A. smarter and easier. The Go L.A. app allows users to choose between cheaper, faster, or greener ways to get around the city, on everything from a bicycle to Lyft. Our brand-new Geo Hub centralizes data about L.A. for everyday Angelenos and City departments — using GIS technology to map everything from recreation programs to newly-filled potholes and fire hydrants. The Geo Hub will also ease the way for developers looking to build apps for everything from parking to permits.

WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON IMMIGRATION
I had the honor of hosting the first-ever White House Regional Convening on New Americans right here at City Hall. It was inspiring to hear so many great ideas for making the American Dream real for everyone in our city.

VETERANS AND HOMELESSNESS: LOOKING OUT FOR EVERY ANGELENO
I was with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to unveil the V.A.’s new master plan for the West L.A. campus, which will provide permanent supportive housing and other resources for our city’s veterans. Later that day, I joined thousands of volunteers to take part in our annual homeless count — a vital tool to ensure that we get more Angelenos off the streets.

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LA 360 - Week of January 17th, 2016

Here’s a quick rundown of updates from this week. 

IN WASHINGTON D.C. AT THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
I went to our nation’s capital to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors. There I met with White House officials and other Mayors working tirelessly to create stronger, smarter cities and shared what we're doing to tackle major challenges right here at home. 

CELEBRATING MLK
On Monday, L.A. marked the life and legacy of Dr. King. I was honored to ride in the Kingdom Day Parade and volunteer with 1,500 Angelenos renovating a South L.A. elementary school. The unity day was a strong reminder of Dr. King's message that we must all work together to build a stronger, more inclusive society.     

STATE OF THE STATE
Governor Jerry Brown spoke to all Californians about the courage and confidence that has allowed our state to make remarkable progress under his leadership. And in the year ahead, we can seize a unique moment in California’s history, and leadership, to enact meaningful change on issues crucial to Angelenos — like seismic safety, traffic reduction, and homelessness.

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High Praise from the First Lady

I was honored today when First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the hard work we’re doing to end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles. In addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, she praised our City's commitment to take on this challenge and continue the fight for those who have fought for us.

You can watch her full speech here:

 

We should take great pride in this recognition by the First Lady, who has inspired communities across America with her historic commitment to confronting this issue. That is certainly true here in L.A. — where, thanks to your efforts, we are not resting until our mission is complete.

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LA 360 - Week of January 10th, 2016

 
Here’s a quick rundown of updates from this week. 
 
In Case You Missed It:
Check out our minute-long video recap. 

 
IN DETAIL:

THE RAMS ARE COMING HOME!
After a long wait, the NFL is returning to our city, cementing our position as a sports capital! Going to the Super Bowl in 1980 is one of the fondest memories of my childhood, and I can't wait for a new generation of Angelenos to make memories of their own. See you at opening day!

STEPPING UP OUR FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
I announced the appointment of Wendy Greuel to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Board of Commissioners, which has the authority to make budgetary, funding, planning and program policies for federal funding. Wendy’s in-depth expertise, strong work ethic, and lifelong advocacy work makes her the ideal choice to help some of our most vulnerable citizens. 

A RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR TOURISM
We welcomed 45.5 million visitors to our city in 2015! This puts us well on track to reach my goal of 50 million visitors by 2020, as we continue our $8.5 billion LAX modernization and make unprecedented investments in public transit across our city for Angelenos and visitors alike.

As always, I'd love to get your feedback on how we are doing on FacebookTwitter, and on my website, and thanks for reading.

- Eric Garcetti
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LA 360- The first 10 days of 2016


Here’s a quick rundown of updates from the first full week of 2016. 

In Case You Missed It:

Check out our minute-long video recap. 

The Details:

EL NIÑO: WEATHERING THE STORM
We have been preparing for El Niño for months — and now that the rains have begun, we are continuing to take measures to keep Angelenos out of harm’s way. We have activated our swift water rescue teams, set up locations to give out free sandbags, and created ElNinoLA.com — a one-stop-shop for essential information on staying safe and dry during heavy storms.

TAKING ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS
This week, the City released the Homelessness Strategy Report. The document gives us a blueprint to guide our decision-making process over the next decade, as we work with partners across the region to find long-term solutions to homelessness in our communities. We're interested in hearing your thoughts on the homelessness report. Submit your feedback here

WE ARE L.A.F.C.

On Thursday morning at Union Station, we joined with other local officials, Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra, and Will Ferrell to unveil the official colors of L.A.’s newest pro sports franchise. The team is busy gearing up for their official 2018 start date at a new stadium in Exposition Park

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A Special Look Back at 2015 in L.A.

2015 was a big year. We laughed together, cried together and worked together to make our city better. Just in time for the New Year, check out this short video we made to celebrate all that Los Angeles has accomplished over the last 12 months. Can't wait to see how we'll outdo ourselves in 2016!

 


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Happy New Year! 

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LA 360- Week of December 20th

Here’s a quick rundown of some handy updates from this week. 

In Case You Missed It:

Check out a special holiday edition of L.A. 60 Seconds.

As always, I'd love to get your feedback on how we are doing on FacebookTwitter, and on my website.

Thanks for reading! 

- Eric Garcetti

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LA 360 - Week of December 13th, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week. 

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KEEPING L.A. SAFE
When LAUSD closed schools on Tuesday following an e-mailed threat, we rallied around our children to keep them safe. Later in the week, an elite LAPD training exercise showed us that L.A. will respond quickly, and act cooperatively with our partners, to fulfill our highest calling: protecting Angelenos from harm.

ONE PEOPLE, ONE WORLD

Mayor Carey Davis of San Bernardino joined myself and hundreds of people of all faiths on the steps of City Hall last Sunday to stand for unity and peace against intolerance, hate, and violent extremism.

SMART SOLUTIONS

Our conscience calls us to do more to help Angelenos in crisis who are battling mental illness. This week, we announced the doubling of LAPD’s SMART program — which pairs officers with mental health professionals to allow for a more thorough and compassionate response to calls for assistance that involve the mentally ill.

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LA 360 - Week of December 6th, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week.

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BLAZING FAST INTERNET IS COMING
Earlier this week, AT&T announced its strategy to launch GigaPower fiber optic broadband in L.A. and Google Fiber unveiled its plans to explore our city as their next market. Los Angeles is the largest city in the U.S. to be included in these major internet upgrades! 

HELPING THE HOMELESS DURING EL El NIÑO
We approved $12.4 million in emergency homeless relief funding with the City Council to help keep homeless Angelenos out of harm’s way. The new funding will expand temporary housing during heavy winter storms so that people without a home can stay safe and dry.

STANDING WITH PORTER RANCH RESIDENTS

I joined with City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmember Mitchell Englander to announce a City of Los Angeles lawsuit against SoCal Gas this week. It's an important tool to ensure residents, businesses and the environment are protected.

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LA 360 - Week of November 29th, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week.

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The Details:

REMEMBERING SAN BERNARDINO
Our hearts were broken to see so many innocent lives lost in the senseless massacre in San Bernardino on Wednesday. We lost one of our own, L.A. resident Shannon Johnson, that day. His girlfriend, Mandy Pifer, a longtime member of the Mayor's Crisis Response Team, took a moment to remember him at City Hall. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families in the wake of this horrible tragedy.

FROM PARIS WITH SUSTAINABILITY
I spent a few days in the City of Lights, talking with world leaders about the important steps we must take to ensure a healthy future for our planet. I also paid respects to Nohemi Gonzalez and all the other victims of the attacks in Paris last month.

GIVING TUESDAY
I officially proclaimed December 1 as Giving Tuesday in Los Angeles. Many of you participated by giving to the causes you care about — and in the spirit of the day, my family and I donated to the #HomesForHeroes campaign.

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LA 360 - Week of November 22nd, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week.

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The Details:

A THANKSGIVING WE'LL NEVER FORGET
My wife Amy and I had the honor of spending Thanksgiving morning at the Downtown Women's Center. It was an unforgettable experience, as we shared an eye-opening conversation and learned more about the challenges and triumphs of this inspirational group of women.

FLEET WEEK IS COMING
We visited the Battleship Iowa to announce that L.A. has been selected by the U.S. Navy as an official Fleet Week location. Beginning in the summer of 2016, the annual event will be a great opportunity to boost our economy and help Angelenos gain a better understanding of the sea service life. 

A WALK TO REMEMBER
It was fantastic to join thousands of Angelenos at the 9th annual HomeWalk to raise money and demonstrate our city's commitment to ending homelessness. A record $1.1 million was raised, and the members of Mayor's Volunteer Corps were among those who stepped up to show support. 
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LA 360 - Week of November 15, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week in L.A. 

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LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ
All of Los Angeles stands in solidarity with the people of Paris following the terrorist attacks. Consul General of France Christophe Lemoine joined myself and hundreds of Angelenos on the steps of City Hall — for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims.

V.P. BIDEN: L.A. LEADING ON CLEAN, GREEN ENERGY
I hosted Vice President Joe Biden for a discussion on L.A. as a national hub for innovation in renewable energy and clean technology. L.A. “is seen to be leading and believing in the potential of innovation more than any other part of the country,” said the Vice President.

IN THE FUTURE, THE CAR DRIVES YOU
Get ready for the future: On Tuesday, I rode to the L.A. Auto Show in a semi-autonomous car, and announced our Coalition for Transportation Technology to help get Angelenos — and our infrastructure — prepared for the next wave of transportation technology.

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LA 360: Week of 11/8/15

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week in L.A. 

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STANDING WITH PARIS
Following Friday’s terror attacks in France, our thoughts are with the people of an amazing and resilient city. Our hearts break when this kind of pain strikes anywhere in the world, and we lost one of our own that day, 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez. Let's take this moment to strengthen our resolve to stand together against the forces of violence and hatred.

HONORING OUR VETERANS
Our nation celebrated Veterans Day this week, and I was honored with many opportunities to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform: participating in the Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Parade, hosting our annual Veterans Day lunch at the Getty House, and pitching in to help Lakeisha Anthony, a formerly homeless Navy veteran, move into a new home with her family. We also partnered with LAUSD on a new program to assist students from military families.  

“¡PROTÉGETE!…¡CIUDADANIA YA!”
An extension of our StepForwardLA campaign, “¡Protégete!…¡Ciudadania Ya!” encourages L.A.’s legal permanent residents to protect their rights by applying for citizenship. This historic campaign includes a hotline with bilingual experts, who can answer questions on the citizenship process and refer individuals to key services.

WATTS UP: COLLEGE TRACK
I was thrilled to be at Jordan Downs in Watts to help launch College Track — an outstanding program that shows our kids we don’t just want them to go to college, we expect them to pursue higher education! And we will get them there through mentorship, academic support, and enrichment activities that include international travel.

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LA 360 - Week of November 1, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week in L.A. 

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GETTING READY FOR EL NIÑO
This week, I signed an Executive Directive — creating an El Niño Task Force and marshaling resources to keep our city safe in the event of heavy rainfall this winter. Preparing for a major storm means more than dusting off umbrellas and dragging raincoats from the back of the closet. L.A. must be prepared for emergencies and ready to capture as much rain as we can to fight the drought.

MAKING BIG PROGRESS AGAINST THE DROUGHT
One year after I asked Angelenos to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2017, I am happy to report that we are well on our way to reaching that goal! We’ve already cut potable water use by 16%, replaced 20 million square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping, and are saving 3 billion gallons of water each year through devices like rain barrels, low-flush toilets, and weather-based irrigation controls.

LEADING THE WAY IN SMART INFRASTRUCTURE, SUSTAINABLE TECH
We unveiled the nation’s first installation of Philips SmartPole streetlights — which come with 4G LTE wireless technology and will deliver better wireless broadband coverage to our residents, businesses, and visitors. Westwood became our newest ExpressPark neighborhood, using technology to make finding and paying for a parking spot much easier. And at the L.A. Zoo, we moved closer to our goal of 1,000 publicly available electric vehicle charging stations.

STANDING UP FOR VETERANS AT THE ‘STAND DOWN’
We’re working together to make sure that every veteran in our city has a safe and affordable place to call home. I was proud to be on the West L.A. VA campus for the opening of the “Homeless-to-Housed Veteran Stand Down” — where, for the first time, hundreds of homeless veterans were eligible to apply for and receive crucial housing vouchers in a single day.

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HUNDREDS OF VETERANS ATTEND 'STAND DOWN’ EVENT ON WEST L.A. VA CAMPUS

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Mayor Garcetti praises partnership that, for the first time, enables hundreds of veterans attending VA event to apply for and receive housing vouchers in a single day.

Hundreds of veterans and their families were given direct access to a host of supportive services, including critical housing vouchers, at the Veterans Administration’s first “Homeless-to-Housed Stand Down” event.

Hosted on the West L.A. Veterans Administration campus, the two-day event connected homeless veterans to permanent housing programs, immediate interim housing, and support services to improve their health, access to income, and overall well-being. And for the first time, this event also allowed hundreds of eligible veterans and their families to apply for and receive HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers in a single day. This process usually takes up to two weeks to complete, forcing hundreds of veterans on the street.

“We must do all we can to restore hope for those who have given us our freedom,” said Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, who addressed the gathering on opening day. “The Housed-to-Homeless Veterans Stand Down is a powerful example of an important commitment we have made in Los Angeles: working together to ensure that all men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform, and live in this city, have a safe and affordable place to call home.”

Since January 1, 2014, Los Angeles has housed 4,630 homeless veterans — more veterans than Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Houston combined. 

Up to 400 veterans attending the Homeless-to-Housed Veterans Stand Down were eligible to access the same day vouchers. Each of these includes a rental subsidy, along with tenant-based supportive services to help address physical and mental health, and substance abuse issues. The vouchers will be used to house veterans who have been homeless for over 12 months, or four times in the last three years and have a serious disability.

HUD-VASH is a joint program between the federal departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, as well as local public housing agencies and VA medical centers. 

“We were eager to host the West L.A. VA Homeless-to-Housed Stand Down on the West LA VA Campus in collaboration with our community partners,” said Vince Kane, Special Assistant to VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Creating homes with high quality healthcare and other supports is critical to VA’s and our national mission of ‘caring for those who have borne the battle.’ The Greater Los Angeles VA and our partners continue to urgently work hard to ensure every veteran has a place to call home. We know that real and sustainable progress is being made because of VA and the community coming together. This is the right thing to do for our veterans and we are grateful for the partnership.”

Eligible homeless veterans are referred to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles by case managers from the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and community-based contractors. Case management and other supportive services are provided through the VA and VA-funded organizations.

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LA 360- Week of October 25, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this week in L.A. 

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Check out a quick Halloween-themed video recap:


THE DETAILS:

MORE #CLIMATEMAYORS!
It is an honor to welcome New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA). We’re showing how cities can lead the way in addressing the most critical challenge facing our planet.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
There are few things more important than giving young people new opportunities to achieve and second chances to succeed. That’s why I’m thrilled that the Obama Administration has chosen L.A. as a Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3). This is a huge boost to our work to help youth who have dealt with homelessness, chronic school absenteeism, involvement in the criminal justice system and other challenges.

L.A.’S OLYMPIC SPIRIT COMES TO D.C.
I spent some time in the nation’s capital this week, meeting with the Association of National Olympic Committees about our bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024. I let them know that the Olympics are in our DNA — no city in the world better embodies the Games’ values and welcoming spirit!

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, ghosts, goblins and witches will roam. To assist the Los Angeles community in enjoying a safe Halloween, the LAPD has a few recommended safety tips for all trick-or-treaters. To ensure your safety, we’ve broken them down for you to make your Halloween festivities a memorable, and most importantly, safe evening.

Below are Halloween safety tips for children:

1.     Children should not go out alone on Halloween

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2.     Children should not eat any treats until they are examined

Candy Safety

3.     Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities

Walk, Don't Run

4.     Children should never accept rides from strangers

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5.     Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys

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6.     Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.

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7. Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.

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8.     Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes

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Below are Halloween safety tips for parents:

1.     Advise children they should never enter strangers’ homes

2.     Set a specific time limit for children to be out on Halloween night

3.     A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating

4.     Adult escorts should carry flashlights

5.     Instruct children not to stray from their group

6.     Parents should know what route their children will be taking

7.     Never invite children into your home

8.     Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know

9.     Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night

10.  Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place, on Halloween night.  

Of course Halloween is all about the treats, but costumes play a huge role in all of the fun. However, costume safety is essential to protect you and your loved ones. Be sure to keep in mind the following costume safety guidelines:

1.     All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.

  1. Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  2. Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
  3. Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
  4. Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision. 

Fire Safety

It is recommended that families consider the following fire safety tips when decorating their homes for the holiday:

  1. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
  2. Always keep Jack O' Lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking.
  3. Use battery powered lamps or chemical glow sticks for use in decorations and costumes.
  4. Review the “Stop-Drop-Roll” with your children should their clothes catch on fire

Pedestrian Safety

It is the responsibility of motorists and pedestrians to observe all traffic laws.  LAPD will be enforcing all rules of the road on Halloween evening in accordance with the California Vehicle Code to ensure the safety of both motorists and pedestrians city-wide.

The following tips are recommended for pedestrian safety:

  1. All drivers must remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
  2. Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.
  3. Children should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. When no sidewalk is available, they should walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  4. Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  5. Always walk. Never run across a street.
  6. Only cross the street at corners or at established crosswalks.
  7. Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.
  8. Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  9. Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  10. Only go to homes with a porch light on.
  11. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
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LA 360- Week of October 18, 2015

Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to this week in L.A. 

In Case You Missed It:

  • STRONG PROGRESS ON HOUSING AND NEXT STEPS: With almost 30,000 new permitted housing units as of last month, we are well on our way to our goal of 100,000 new units. We are also launching an effort to implement a "linkage fee" to create a new source of local funding for affordable housing.
  • CIVIC INNOVATION AWARD: The 6th civic innovation award was given to librarian Ednita Kelly for developing, designing, and deploying the Los Angeles Public Library Book Bike. To date, the Book Bike has clocked almost 42 miles, allowing Ednita to engage with more than 4,000 Los Angeles residents. As a result, she has handed out almost 3,500 books and issued approximately 100 new library cards.
  • ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM: The Department of Cultural Affairs is leveraging LA's creative capital to bring out-of-the-box thinking to pressing city issues.

 

Check out a quick video recap:

 


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Knocking On Doors In Northridge
Last week, I joined Councilmember Englander and dozens of volunteers, to talk to residents about accessing basic city services. I also took some time to walk down Reseda Blvd and see – first hand – how our Great Streets Program is helping transform this growing business district. Check out this short video of our walk.

Achieving Our Housing Goals
A home is a right, not a privilege. After years of working together, Los Angeles is now benefiting from record high levels of development -- but we know that more and more residents feel squeezed by record low rates of affordability. That's why I signed Executive Directive No. 13 directing city departments to expedite case processing for housing development projects with more than 20 percent of units dedicated as affordable.

Facing Homelessness With Collaborative Efforts
Homelessness is one of the defining challenges of our time. The City and County are working together to tackle this crisis that impacts far too many in this City.

Together, Our Community’s Voices Will Be Heard
It is important for all Angelenos to know that I am here to hear to listen to your concerns and work to find solutions. I appreciate everyone who took the time to come and participate in our South L.A. Town Hall at Holman United Methodist Church. Please get in touch with your thoughts at mayor.garcetti@lacity.org.

ShakeAlert! Drop, Cover and Hold On!
We partnered with LAUSD, United States Geological Survey (USGS) and California Institute for Technology (CalTech) for a pilot program that will install an early earthquake warning system in all science classrooms at Eagle Rock High School. This high school was chosen to test this system because of their focus on sciences and their motivation to utilize ShakeAlert in a learning environment. Living in Los Angeles, we cannot be too prepared for an earthquake, and by providing an early warning system we can help prevent the risk of people getting hurt. You can read more about this pilot program, here.

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Los Angeles is Finalist in Amazon's "City on a Cloud" Innovation Challenge for Increasing Emergency Readiness while Decreasing Costs

Los Angeles is Finalist in Amazon's "City on a Cloud" Innovation Challenge for Increasing Emergency Readiness while Decreasing Costs.

Los Angeles was selected as a finalist in the Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) Global "City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge" - Best Practices category. The project, from the City's Information Technology Agency (ITA) and Emergency Management Department, increased the resiliency of the City’s Alternate Emergency Operations Center (AEOC) while reducing costs by moving its digital tools to the cloud.

ITA migrated the core Emergency Operations Center systems from costly, physical servers to the cloud, incurring substantial savings in facilities and equipment, while improving capabilities and redundancy. By modernizing our EOC services in this way, the City has significantly increased its ability to deliver critical emergency services while decreasing costs.  

Moving our IT services for the AEOC offsite is expected to generate an estimated 40% savings on hardware and 60% savings on staff resources. It allows emergency management to be location independent ("anytime, anywhere crisis management"), more flexible to respond to urgent needs, and keeps costs very low until AEOC activation.

To learn more about the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, visit http://aws.amazon.com/stateandlocal/cityonacloud/2015finalists/.

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L.A. Heat Wave: How to Beat the Heat

Los Angeles is faced with a heat wave this week that can bring dangerous high temperatures to our Angelenos, so it’s important to remember to stay cool. We recommend drinking plenty of fluids, reduce physical activity, and make sure to take care of your elderly family members who may not have air condition. Try to keep pets in the shade and provide plenty of water for them as well. For places to beat the heat, feel free to visit the various county facilities as well as your local public libraries in Los Angeles.  

Cooling centers will be open from 12pm-9pm on Wednesday September 9th and Thursday September 10th.

For more cooling center locations throughout LA County, click here.

For more tips on how to stay cool, click here.

Cooling Centers in Los Angeles:

Algin Sutton Recreation Center 
8800 South Hoover St. Los Angeles, CA 90044 
Alpine Recreation Center 
817 Yale St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 
Canoga Senior Citizen Center 
7326 Jordan Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303 
El Sereno Recreation Center 
4721 Klamath St. Los Angeles, CA 90032 
Green Meadows Recreation Center 
431 E. 89th St. Los Angeles, CA 90003 
Hazard Recreation Center 
2230 Norfolk St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 
Lanark Recreation Center 
21816 Lanark St. Canoga Park, CA 91304 
Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center 
11075 Foothill Blvd. Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 
Lincoln Heights Recreation Center 
2303 Workman St. Los Angeles, CA 90031 
North Hollywood Recreation Center 
11430 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601 
Mid Valley Senior Citizen Center at Sepulveda
Recreation Center 
8801 Kester Ave. Panorama City, CA 91402 
Mount Carmel Recreation Center 
830 W 90th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044 
Pecan Recreation Center 
145 S Pecan St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 
Rancho Cienega Sports Complex 
5001 Rodeo Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 
Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center 
5060 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 
Slauson Multipurpose Center 
5306 Compton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011 
Harbor City Recreation Center 
24901 Frampton Ave. Harbor City, CA 90710 
Sunland Park Senior Center 
8640 Fenwick St. Sunland, CA 91040 

 

 

 

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