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Innovation Week Has Arrived

LA Innovation WeekWe are a city of innovators: a place where artists, entrepreneurs, academics, and creators of all kinds are constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility to bring something new to our city and the world.

That's why I'm excited for Innovation Week. You can find a full calendar of events here.

Earlier this week, our city was the proud host of City Lab 2014, which brought together over 300 mayors from around the world to talk about the urban future. City Lab chose LA because, as one panelist said, "There's something happening here. You can feel it."

During Innovation Week, you'll be able to see it, hear it, and experience it, too. There are events planned all around Los Angeles showcasing the work of a diverse array of innovators. My team not only helped organize the week, we are actively participating, because we want to harness the innovative spirit found in our communities to find solutions to our most pressing challenges.

See imagination put to work at the events listed here.

Thank you for taking part in re-inventing Los Angeles.

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Patriot Day

Patriot Day

To those who lost loved ones 13 years ago, this day is one of personal sorrow. And all of us felt a blow as those thousands were slain. But we are also reminded of the enduring strength of our nation. On September 11, the world was able to see Americans come together, and it witnessed the heroism of our first responders and service members -- who protect and serve on our streets every day, and who are now being deployed into a new theater of war. 

While September 11, 2001 was a day of tragedy driven by hate, so many Americans responded with acts of selflessness, courage, and love. So today should also be one of pride – pride in knowing that our nation is still the greatest on earth, that we remain a beacon of peace and freedom to the world, and that the spirit of our people, no matter what the odds, will ensure we will always be a place of liberty and justice for all. 

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Let's Give Joseph a Raise

#RaiseTheWageLA 

I just left Martin Luther King, Jr. Park where an Angeleno named Joseph Galloway spoke passionately about his struggles to make ends meet despite working full-time as a delivery driver -- a job he took after being forced to leave college to support his family after the death of his father. Stories like his are the reasons why today I'm proposing to raise the minimum wage in LA.

Will you join us? Click here to add your name to our coalition to #RaiseTheWageLA.

My plan would raise the minimum wage in LA to a level where working people could lift themselves out of poverty. This will help us all. 1 million Angelenos live in poverty -- this holds our entire economy back. Minimum wage earners pump their salaries back into our economy.

I'm so proud that our coalition includes business leaders like Eli Broad and labor leaders like Maria Elena Durazo -- and even President Obama gave us a shout out this weekend. But we need the people of LA to speak out.

Make no mistake, we have a tough fight ahead of us. I need you. Add your name to our list of supporters.

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An Update on DWP Reform

One of the barriers in the way of restoring trust in the DWP are questions about how ratepayer dollars are being spent by non-profit safety and training institutes affiliated with the DWP union.

Reforming the Department of Water and Power is at the core of my Back to Basics agenda for Los Angeles. It is essential that every ratepayer dollar is being spent appropriately, and we are going to make sure that's the case.

On Wednesday, the City Council passed a proposal to more forward with the principles that we've been fighting for -- that collaboration with our city workers on safety and training can serve the public interest, provided there are strict accountability and transparency measures in place.

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USGS Earthquake Early Warning System

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The USGS has developed a prototype earthquake early warning system that they hope to deploy in California as soon support is received for running the instruments and software. As part of this program, we want want to create apps to deliver earthquake early warnings in a way that will help people use the information effectively. You can help by taking this survey from the University of Kentucky so we can understand how people process earthquake information.

NOTE: Some of the questions are repetitive - this is to make sure you are really reading the questions, so please have patience.

Take the survey here. 

You will be asked to view an app simulation and answer some survey questions. Although the questions may seem redundant, we do need you to answer all of them thoughtfully to be useful to our analysis. Even if you take time to consider each question carefully, it will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

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WATER MAIN UPDATE

UPDATED 8/4/2014:

Sunset Blvd. is now open.

I want to thank Westside residents, the UCLA community and all Angelenos for your patience as our dedicated city crews worked around the clock to fix the pipes and get Sunset open to traffic well in advance of Monday's rush hour.

Fixing this major artery in our water supply and opening one of our busiest streets was an immensely complicated job, and I’m very proud that it was done with the highest standards of professionalism by our city workforce.

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I offer my deepest respect and appreciation to hundreds of workers from across city service, including Contract Administration, Engineering, Fire, General Services, Police, Sanitation, Street Services, Transportation and Water and Power, who skillfully worked together and took great care to ensure that there were no injuries when the water main burst or during the repair work.

Now that the immediate task is complete, we must maintain this urgency and redouble our efforts to make the changes we need to improve our city's core infrastructure and services.

While Sunset Blvd. is now open to traffic, motorists will be required to travel at reduced speeds this week on the affected part of the street.  Additionally, this section of Sunset Blvd. will be closed during the overnight hours on Friday August 8, Saturday August 9 and if necessarySunday August 10 so City crews can work on final repairs.  The Departments of Street Services and Transportation will have further details later this week.

Those who sustained property damage should visit www.ladwp.com/claims or call (213) 367-4600 for the latest information and forms. The DWP recommends that car owners go through their insurance companies and the DWP will work with insurance companies to waive deductibles.

Finally, I am very happy to learn that Pauley Pavilion will be ready for the UCLA men's and women's basketball season.

For the latest updates from the Mayor's Office, connect with us on the web at http://www.lamayor.org/ on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/garcetti and Twitter at https://twitter.com/LAMayorsOffice

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Summer Fun with Rec and Parks

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Summer is the time to relax, have fun, and be in the sun! We've provided for you a list of exciting activities and relaxing getaways for you and your loved ones right here in Los Angeles. Check them out below.

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Joining Forces with Michelle Obama

flotusmeg.pngToday First Lady Michelle Obama joined me in Los Angeles where we pledged to end veteran homelessness.

Now it's your turn to join us.

There is no one to whom you or I owe a greater debt of service than to our veterans. Yet, across the country, veterans find themselves with few opportunities and little chance to get ahead when they return home. The heartbreaking reality is that nearly 60,000 veterans will be sleeping on the streets tonight. The President, the First Lady, and I are determined to bring that number down to zero.

Unfortunately, Los Angeles has more homeless former service members than any other American city. Winning here means we can win everywhere.

Join forces with us and pledge your support to end veteran homelessness.

We know what it takes to get this done: more affordable housing, better access to support services, and holding our elected representatives accountable so their words of support are backed up with action.

That's where you come in. Let's join forces and show support for our veterans.

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My Choice to Lead the Los Angeles Fire Department

Reforming the fire department is vital to the safety of our families and to my back to basics agenda. When it comes to this part of city government, lives are on the line. After an exhaustive, nationwide search, I have decided that there is no better person to cut response times, improve technology, and bring reform to the Los Angeles Fire Department than Chief Ralph Terrazas.

I am appointing Chief Terrazas at a time when we have put real momentum behind reforming the Fire Department. We are instituting a data-driven, Firestat system. We are deploying our fire engines and ambulances with the help of GPS trackers. We are hiring our first new recruits since 2009 and are doing so through a reformed system that levels the playing field so that we hire the best possible candidates.

Los Angeles is fortunate that the men and women in our firehouses are the best of the best. Now, I am looking to Chief Terrazas to be my field general in reforming the Fire Department to ensure it's the best managed and most cutting-edge in the nation.

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Getting to LAX just got easier

"Good morning and welcome to Santa Monica!"

As Mayor of Los Angeles, that’s not the way I usually start a press conference, but that's what I did earlier today to announce the new FlyAway Bus service between Santa Monica and LAX, which is operated by the City of Los Angeles.

Traffic isn’t an issue that stops at our city limits and LAX is a trade, tourism and economic engine that affects all of us in Southern California. It’s essential that we start working together regionally, and that’s what this new transit option is all about.

Traffic on the Westside is one of our region’s greatest problems -- and it’s also one of the greatest opportunities for neighboring cities to collaborate in finding solutions.

And we've been working hard -- at the end of May, we opened the northbound carpool lane on the 405 several months ahead of schedule. We completed this project faster through good management and without costing us a single extra dollar.

By the beginning of 2016, we’ll complete phase two of the Expo Line all the way to 4th street in Santa Monica – riders can travel from the sand to the symphony downtown, leaving traffic in the dust.

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