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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Mayor Garcetti Brings "Not Your Typical Jobs Fair" to South LA

IMG_3364.JPGMost job fairs are pretty high stress.  You’ve printed out a resume, dressed up, and you go booth to booth trying to sell yourself to a company – all with the hope of landing one job. At a recent job fair in South L.A., we turned that idea on its head.  There, any participant could leave as the contracted employee of more than a dozen different companies. So you could walk in unemployed, and walk out with work lined up at Air B&B, Luxe, and instacart – all at the same time.

That is the promise of the shared economy, which is made up by a variety of internet-based start-ups.  These companies are revolutionizing legacy industries from food delivery to pet care, from transportation to hospitality.

"Not Your Typical Job Fair" was sponsored by Mayor Garcetti's Office of Economic Development to raise awareness of the opportunities in the shared economy among the residents of South L.A. For the right Angeleno, the shared economy can be a great fit – particularly because it offers flexibility and the opportunity to “be your own boss.”  For people with family and employment obligations, that can be a real quality of life issue.

We were so pleased to see 175 residents of South L.A. come out to be a part of this job fair, and talk to the 14 companies who were there.  As the tech industry in Los Angeles grows, and creates the jobs of today and tomorrow, it’s an imperative that we link all Angelenos to the opportunity this growth represents.  With this job fair we are one step closer to achieving that goal for our residents.


We Must Continue the Spirit of Volunteerism Past the Special Olympics


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Standing on the field during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, there was a palpable energy that ran through the stadium. There was this sense of optimism – of hope and excitement. A sense that everyone there was a part of something bigger than themselves. It wasn’t about competition, it was about community. It wasn’t about nationalism, it was about a global family.

As Los Angeles kicked off the Special Olympics last weekend, we brought together over 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries. And we welcomed 500,000 spectators from across the globe to cheer on their friends or family, and route for complete strangers. When we did that, we put a spotlight not only on the values of the Special Olympics – the values of hope, opportunity, and inclusion – we put a spotlight on the City of Los Angeles. A city that shares those core values and is proud to host the largest humanitarian and sporting event anywhere in the world in 2015.

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Year Two in Review

As the fiscal year comes to an end, I wanted to share what we have accomplished over the past year. When I took office just over two years ago, I said we would bring City Hall back to basics so that as a city, we could address and improve key services that our citizens need. I am proud to say that after two years, the record shows that we have accomplished just that: we are strengthening the economy, building a sustainable city, and making our municipal government work more effectively and efficiently.

Here's a look at Year 2:

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Hacking L.A.

HackforLAA few weeks ago, over 500 Angelenos gathered at our city’s Department of Water and Power at 8am on a Saturday morning. This is not the typical scene you see at one of our public utilities, but this was not a typical weekend. Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, was the National Day of Civic Hacking, a 100+ city event organized by the White House where residents offered to give up a day or their whole weekend to use their skills to make their cities better.

The Los Angeles event was organized by the city’s flagship civic technology organization, Hack for LA, and in partnership with the city and chiefly DWP, they organized the largest civic hacking event in the country that weekend. The hundreds of residents who participated spent their weekend not just meeting new friends, or networking; but instead, they were building. They were using their technology, design, and policy expertise to develop solution on three key areas of focus: the drought, community engagement, and transportation -- three areas that all Angelenos can area are priorities.


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Remembering #LGBTheroes


After the Supreme Court's 5-4 historic decision, Mayor Eric Garcetti stated that "today’s historic Supreme Court ruling is a testament that bias has no place in our laws. I'm proud that Los Angeles has long championed marriage equality. This is not only a victory for freedom, inclusion and love but for the union of a nation founded on the principle that all Americans deserve to be treated equally." As we celebrate love, freedom, and equality today and all days moving forward, let's remember #LGBTheroes that have lead the way so that we could follow and whose fight became our fight. 

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The Route to a Smarter City

Bus Shelter

Bus shelters are one of those city fixtures that we hardly notice until we need them. I know I'm always grateful for the shade and seat a shelter provides while I'm waiting for my ride. Until now, these shelters have dutifully performed their job: give people a place to recharge until they move to their next destination. 

But imaginative people in the City of Los Angeles and at Outfront/JCDecaux Street Furniture are seeing the greater potential of bus shelters as technological service providers. The modest shelter can also be a place to recharge, literally, with USB charging stations for your mobile devices. A shelter can also be a source of light with low-energy LED lighting powered by the sun.

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Do It for A Friend

Imagine you have a friend that does everything for you: cooks, cleans, and even keeps you alive. What's more, this friend travels hundreds of miles every time you need it.

Water is that friend.

We are now in the fourth consecutive year of drought in California. If we want our friend to be there for us in the future, we need to get creative about how we save water.

Start with some simple steps, like taking shorter showers and fixing leaky faucets. You can make a big difference by switching out water-thirsty lawns for beautiful, California-friendly landscaping. The city will even pay you $3.75 per square foot of lawn you replace.

Let's do this. Let's pledge to use our friend wisely and spread the word on ways to save water.

Water might not be able to speak for itself, but everyone and everything that depends on our friend will appreciate every drop that we save. Thank you for all you do. 


City of LA Gun Buy Back - May 9th

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Solving a Digital Age Puzzle: Global Navigation Bar

Here's a challenge for the digital age: take a multitude of websites published by government agencies and departments across the City of Los Angeles and turn them into a connected experience using as little money as possible and without a centralized marketing group. 

Do it without running over brands and visual identities and do it quickly. Make sure everything is touch-responsive, ensure that everything is ADA and 508-compliant, and, most importantly, do NOT require extensive re-engineering or re-hosting of existing websites. 

The answer: put a global navigation bar across the top of the existing websites using HTML5 and a very simple (elegant) design using the 110-year-old Los Angeles city seal.

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