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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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Happy 4th of July!

Today, we celebrate our country's hard won independence and so many things that make our nation great.

Last week, although they will not be advancing, we witnessed the US Men's National Team deliver a memorable final performance in the World Cup Round of 16. I watched the game from the Buffalo Wild Wings on Crenshaw. I decided to spend July 1 -- the first anniversary of my Administration -- riding our transit system throughout our city and luckily we were able to find a spot along the way to catch the game. As a Navy reservist myself, I was fortunate to join a table that included some of our nation's troops, and we had a great time. And I want to take this opportunity to remind you of our 10,000 Strong veterans hiring initiative led by our Office of Veteran Affairs.

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Year One in Numbers: #1LA

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Getting it Done

Trains to planes

Finally, we're getting a rail line to our airport.

Yesterday, the MTA board, of which I'm Vice Chair, approved building a train to the plane at LAX, a crucial step to building the world-class airport and world-class transit system that our world-class city deserves.

On July 1, I will become the Chair of MTA. It will be my priority to see that this project is completed in a timely and efficient manner so travelers can avoide the freeway -- especially the 405. And that eases traffic for all of us.

Are you looking forward to riding the rail to the airport? Let us know.

Thanks for believing in our city. Together, we're getting it done.

Eric Garcetti
Mayor

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Meet Amir Tehrani, Entrepreneur in Residence at Los Angeles City Hall

amir.pngMayor Eric Garcetti recently launched the Entrepreneur in Residence Programto boost Los Angeles' economy by making City Hall a partner to our city's entrepreneurs. Amir Tehrani is one of the two entrepreneurs selected to bring his personal expertise to City Hall as part of this effort. An alumnus of UC Irvine and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mr. Tehrani has immersed himself in the world of entrepreneurship. He is the Founder and President of Allied Group and serves on the board of several ventures. He also serves on the boards of the Young Presidents Organization Bel Air Chapter, the Hub Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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US Conference of Mayors RECAP

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This past weekend, I had the honor of representing Los Angeles at the US Conference of Mayors. As gridlock continues to paralyze our federal government, it's America's mayors who are increasingly leading the charge to improve quality of life across this country. This conference served as an opportunity for mayors to establish common priorities so we can effectively coordinate our advocacy for America's cities.

I'm pleased to announce that each of the five resolutions I proposed was adopted by the conference. Each of them was co-sponsored by dozens of mayors. They address critical issues such as transportation, goods movement, trade, employment, and immigration. These policy positions adopted at the Conference's annual meeting collectively represent the views of the nation's mayors and call upon the President of the United States and Congress to take specific action.

The resolutions are as follows:

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Attending the US Conference of Mayor's

I've just landed in Dallas where I’ll be attending the US Conference of Mayors, a convening of municipal leaders from across the nation. Bringing together partners -- both public and private -- from other cities, we will be discussing a broad range of problems our cities face: attaining excellence in education; ensuring environmentally sustainable practices; making sure Veterans return to our communities with the services and opportunities they deserve; and leveraging technology to build more efficient transportation infrastructure.

On our own with the support of Angelenos, we have been able to secure billions of federal funding for our aerospace and advance manufacturing sectors, anti-poverty programs, and public transit. By working with our partners from around the country, we can deliver even more in creative problem-solving for us all.

Thank you for being engaged with your city government.
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