Board Of Airport Commissioners Move Forward With $4 Billion Plan To Transform Arrival and Departure Experience With New LAX Train System

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Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today unanimously approved moving forward with a $4 billion plan to transform LAX's ground transportation and arrival and departure experience. The future Landside Access Modernization Program includes a new automated LAX Train that will connect passengers to the airline terminals from new facilities at the airport including a Rental Car Center, multiple locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off, and Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard. The plan is designed to relieve congestion in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) as well as on local streets surrounding the airport.

“Today we are moving one step closer to bringing rail to LAX and building the world-class airport our residents and visitors deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Metro Board of Directors. “The automated train to LAX, consolidated Rental Car Center and new passenger check-in facility will not only save time for travelers, but it will also ease traffic at the airport, on our freeways and in the surrounding neighborhoods. The LAX train will also improve our local economy as part of our airport modernization program that will create 40,000 jobs, remodel terminals and dramatically upgrade the passenger experience at LAX.”

"This is a big day for L.A. We are moving to make good on a long-standing promise to all Angelenos: We will connect LAX to a Metro station, and we'll make it easier, faster, and more convenient to travel through our airport,” Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the City Council's Transportation Committee said. “With a new Automated People Mover, Metro Station, Consolidated Rental Car and intermodal transportation facilities, we'll remove traffic and congestion from terminal areas and nearby neighborhoods, making LAX a world-class airport as well as a first class neighbor.”

The Board’s vote sets the groundwork for the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program to begin the environmental review process in January 2015. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. 

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Mayor Garcetti Announces Nation-Leading Body Camera Plan For LAPD

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that he is putting into action a nation-leading body camera plan for LAPD by signing a contract to roll out over 800 cameras in areas with high police activity and including funding in his next budget to deploy cameras for every officer on the street. 

"Out on the street, things aren't always clear cut. These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth -- and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows," Mayor Garcetti said. "I want to make sure LAPD is on the cutting edge when it comes to crime suppression and constitutional policing."

While events in Ferguson and President Barack Obama's call for cameras have brought this issue recent national attention, Mayor Garcetti's administration has been moving forward on the use of on-body cameras for more than a year.  

"Los Angeles will be the first major city to have a camera on every police officer," said Councilmember Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. "This is a bold step that we took as a City to bring greater transparency to the Los Angeles Police Department."

“Our community, and in particular communities of color, have asked for transparency in all levels of government, and that includes policing efforts," said Councilmember Curren Price. "This city-wide body camera program will help us answer that call, increasing public trust in our police department in our communities that need it most. I am especially excited to see this program being rolled out in my district, a community that has struggled in recent months with use of police force. At a time when there are cameras everywhere we should be leading the nation, equipping our officers with the best technology available."

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Mayor Garcetti, Chief Beck Announce 778 Guns Taken Off The Street at City Buyback

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced today that 778 firearms were taken off the street during the city's Gun Buyback December 13th.

In total, 369 handguns, 228 rifles, 140 shotguns, and 41 assault weapons were collected at two locations.

"The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to help make our city safer by taking these guns off the street so they don't fall into the hands of criminals or children," said Mayor Garcetti.

An initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, the Gun Buyback program -- which has taken 13,696 guns off the street since its inception in 2009 -- also involves LAPD and victim advocacy organizations, faith-based groups, and other community organizations.

In exchange for surrendering weapons, participants in the Gun Buyback receive a Ralphs pre-paid card. The amount per firearm is dependent on its type, up to $200 for assault weapons as specified by the State of California, and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit determines the type and classification of the firearm surrendered.



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Garcetti Announces City of Los Angeles Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Grant

$2,550,000 grant to focus on neighborhood revitalization across Los Angeles

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Los Angeles –
 Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Los Angeles is one of 12 U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The program aims to improve the capacity of city halls around the nation to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve neighborhoods and residents' quality of life – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges. Los Angeles will receive up to $2,550,000 across three years to create an innovation team, or “i-team.” The i-team will initially focus on neighborhood revitalization.

"I'm thrilled that LA will join the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program," said Mayor Garcetti. "This data-driven, results-oriented initiative will bolster my administration's work to solve the most pressing problems facing our neighborhoods and will help communities across LA become more prosperous and better places to live."

Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one city priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

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Garcetti Announces L.A. Metro To Debut Of “Valley-Westside Express” Nonstop Bus Service Utilizing I-405 Carpool Lanes Through the Sepulveda Pass

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch a brand new “Valley-Westside Express” bus service beginningMonday, December 15 to provide transit riders with a faster, easier way to travel between the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.
The new service will take full advantage of the recently completed network of I-405 carpool lanes that now travel both north and south through the Sepulveda Pass providing frequent, nonstop service between the Sepulveda Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys directly to and from Westwood.

Metro riders can save at least 20 minutes of time in each direction compared with current Metro bus service that utilizes local streets to traverse the Sepulveda Pass.  Metro’s 45-foot advanced composite buses will provide weekday service approximately every 15 minutes during peak morning and afternoon periods.  Express bus riders will also benefit from a single transfer connection to places including Woodland Hills, Chatsworth and North Hollywood. Regular transit fares will apply for the express service.

“My back to basics agenda is about focusing our resources where they can make the greatest impact, and the new Valley-Westside express is targeted at one of L.A.'s most notorious choke points,” said Eric Garcetti, L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair.   “It will not only cut 40 minutes of commute time for its riders, it'll reduce the number of cars on the 405 to reduce congestion for us all.”

In addition to the nonstop freeway component of the service, the line also will provide needed bus service along the Van Nuys Boulevard corridor to and from Arleta in the northern portion of the San Fernando Valley, making all Rapid stops along the way.  The line also will include an additional stop at the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station.  Both the Van Nuys and Sepulveda Orange Line stations offer free parking lots for drivers who want to park and then ride the new service.

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Mayor's Office Launches Campaign to Replace Destroyed Gifts For Seniors In Need

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LOS ANGELES – The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today an effort to replace 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags destroyed by Monday's fire in Downtown L.A.  The bags, filled with items donated mainly by city employees, were intended for homebound, frail, and other senior citizens in need. The First Lady of Los Angeles, Amy Elaine Wakeland, is leading this effort in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.

"These Holiday Gift Bags are intended to show our appreciation for those whose hard work laid the foundation for the Los Angeles we enjoy today,” said First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland. “These aren’t luxuries – these are everyday items that can make a world of difference to a senior in need. I urge all Angelenos to join the Mayor and me in making a contribution to this effort to spread some holiday cheer to our neighbors.”

The Holiday Gift Bags had been assembled as part of Project CARE, a program of the city's Department of Aging that uses donations from city employees and others to help seniors. The bags were ready to be distributed this week when a fire broke out at an unfinished apartment building in Downtown Los Angeles. The fire shattered windows and set off sprinklers inside an adjacent building housing the Department of Aging, and the gifts were melted by the heat or soaked by the sprinklers. The Holiday Gift Bags included items like blankets, slippers, toiletries, postage stamps, and playing cards.  


Donations can be made at Donations must be received by December 16.



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Mayor Garcetti, LAPD Announce Gun Buyback On December 13

Nearly 13,000 Firearms Removed from the Streets Since Program Began in 2009

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that people will be able to turn in firearms -- no questions asked -- in exchange for up to $200 in Ralphs grocery cards at two Los Angeles locations on Saturday, December 13.

"The goal is to take these guns off the street and make sure they don't fall into the hands of criminals or children," Mayor Garcetti said.  "The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to help make our city safer by turning in unwanted firearms."

The Gun Buyback is an initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office (GRYD) and has taken nearly 13,000 guns off the street.  The Buyback also involves LAPD and victim advocacy organizations, faith-based groups, and other community organizations.

The amount exchanged per firearm will depend on its type -- up to $200 for assault weapons as specified in the State of California and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit will be on site to determine the types of firearms surrendered.

Media Partner KCAL9/KCBS 2 is joining numerous community groups in spreading the word about the buyback.

People can surrender their firearms between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 13th at:

Mid-City Los Angeles
Parking Lot between Wilton & Gramercy Place
2379 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Van Nuys Masonic Temple
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405


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Mayor Garcetti Announces Earthquake Plan For Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today released Resilience by Design - a plan to address the city’s greatest earthquake vulnerabilities, including building retrofitting and steps to secure our water supply and communications infrastructure.

Mayor Garcetti’s Science Advisor for Seismic Safety Dr. Lucy Jones, a renowned United States Geological Survey seismologist, led the development of this report and assembled technical experts and consulted with businesses, property owners and other stakeholders to help inform the City’s action steps.  Dr. Jones was appointed in January, under a unique partnership with the US Geological Survey.

“Los Angeles has always been an epicenter of seismic risk,” Mayor Garcetti said.  “But today we are taking bold action to make LA an epicenter of earthquake preparedness, resilience and safety. Instead of being complacent and then jarred into action by a devastating earthquake, LA is moving forward proactively with a comprehensive package of preparedness and resiliency measures to fortify our buildings, protect our water supply, and keep our telecommunications online when the ‘Big One’ hits."

Mayor Garcetti’s plan would require retrofitting of two types of vulnerable buildings. Retrofits would be required within 5 years at “soft-first-story” buildings built prior to 1980, and retrofits would be required within 25 years at “non-ductile reinforced concrete” buildings built prior to 1980.

The plan recommends significant investments in fortifying our city’s water supply, including developing an alternative water system for firefighting, protecting our aqueducts that cross the San Andreas Fault, increasing local water sources, and developing a network of resilient pipes.

The plan also calls for upgrades to our city’s telecommunications network to enable Internet and mobile connectivity after an earthquake, including creating partnerships with providers for shared broadband services after disasters, protecting power systems at fault crossings, creating a solar-powered citywide Wi-Fi network to avoid power disruptions, and fortifying cell phone towers.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti Welcomes Eric Gurna As New President and CEO of City-Run After School Program LA’S Best

LOS ANGELES -- Today Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed Eric Gurna as the next President and CEO of LA's BEST, the successful citywide after school program started under Mayor Tom Bradley. 

 Gurna will succeed LA’s BEST founding President and CEO Carla Sanger, who is retiring after 26 years of leading an organization that serves 29,000 students every afternoon at 195 elementary school sites in LA neighborhoods most vulnerable to gangs, drugs, crime and at schools with the lowest student test scores.

 Mayor Garcetti has supported LA’s BEST since his time as on City Council, and praised the creative growth of the organization and its support of our city's students.

 "LA’S BEST is a program that works. When kids have a safe place to go after school, crime drops, test scores go up, and our city becomes more competitive and more livable," said Mayor Garcetti. "LA's BEST's success is thanks in large part to President and CEO Carla Sanger-- a visionary leader, chosen by Mayor Tom Bradley, who has rewarded our city and the more than 350,000 students with her brilliance and relentless advocacy for our youth. Carla is leaving LA's BEST in good hands with incoming CEO Eric Gurna, an experienced leader who has dedicated his career to serving children.  With Eric and his talented staff, I know the future for LA's BEST will be very bright and more children will have safe places to learn, play and grow after school."

 Gurna previously served as President and CEO of Development Without Limits, an organization he founded that helps educators provide an engaging learning experience for young people in after school programs. He also worked at the Harlem Children's Zone and LA's BEST earlier in his career. 

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Mayor Garcetti Announces Breakthrough Agreement to Create Light Rail Manufacturing Jobs in L.A. County

The Mayor Convened Kinkisharyo and Labor and Community Groups to Continue Stalled Talks, Which Resulted in Agreement

LA Times Last Month Said: “much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead.”

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor and L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Chair Eric Garcetti today announced that an agreement has been reached between Kinkisharyo International, LLC and labor and community groups to resolve an impasse that would have seen the company locate manufacturing operations for its next order of Metro light rail cars outside of L.A. County. Mayor Garcetti intervened to continue stalled talks among the parties, resulting in the agreement. 

“Last month, the lines were drawn in the sand and we were going to see jobs that could be in L.A. County go somewhere else. But because we brought both sides back to the table to grind out night and day negotiations with my office, L.A. County is going to see new middle class jobs and an expansion of our manufacturing base,” Mayor and Metro Chair Garcetti said. “As I oversee the nation’s largest public works project as Mayor and Metro Chair, it’s critical to me that our economy benefits from our $36 billion transportation build out, and this agreement makes that happen. Creating good, local jobs as we strengthen our local infrastructure is key to my back to basics agenda for L.A. ”

As a result of the agreement, Kinkisharyo will expand the current light rail car assembly and testing operations at its existing site in Palmdale to include manufacturing tasks, which will create up to a total of 250 jobs.  The 175 cars being worked on at the facility will be put into service on the Crenshaw, Exposition and extended Gold lines. The agreement includes a neutrality agreement, as well as a commitment to explore additional skills training and assistance for disadvantaged L.A. County workers.

Over the last month, negotiations took place via separate and joint meetings with both sides, conference calls and night and day sessions in the Mayor’s office, with the company and labor and community groups each at times stationed in separate conference rooms and the Mayor’s staff going back and forth to broker the deal. Mayor Garcetti directly participated in the negotiations in person and via telephone.

“Today is a historic day for Kinkisharyo, and we are glad we are able to come to an agreement with IBEW 11,” said Donald Boss, General Manager, Program Management, Los Angeles, for Kinkisharyo. “These negotiations were not easy, but we are confident that as a result of our agreement with IBEW 11, we will continue to do what we do best – manufacture quality rail cars and deliver them on time and on budget. I want to especially thank Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his staff for their work in helping to bring this agreement to fruition. Without his help, we would not be here today.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank Supervisor Mike Antonovich for his support, and the strong support we have received from the Los Angeles business community over the past few months.”

“We would also like to thank Mayor Eric Garcetti for his great leadership, as well as his able staff, on this important issue,” said Marvin Kropke, Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union Number Eleven (IBEW 11). “We thank Kinkisharyo for its commitment to a strong partnership. This settlement recognizes the value of good middle class jobs in rail car manufacturing. We will continue to advocate for healthier communities and good, green jobs in the Antelope Valley and throughout L.A. County.” 

“This settlement is a win for Los Angeles taxpayers, transit riders, the environment and working families,” said Madeline Janis, Director of the Jobs to Move America coalition. “Our public transit dollars can go the distance to create high-quality jobs, promote clean transit choices, and generate opportunities for disadvantaged people. This settlement in L.A. should serve as a model for other U.S. cities expanding their transportation systems.”

“Los Angeles County voters have a high standard for public projects. Taxpayer-funded projects should benefit workers and residents. With this settlement, all sides are honoring Measure R’s promise of increased public transit and good, clean jobs in LA,” said Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

Currently, Kinkisharyo is assembling and testing 78 light rail cars at its Palmdale facility under a 2012 Metro contract.  Under this agreement, the present facility will be expanded to perform additional manufacturing tasks and employ up to 250 people to fulfill an order for 97 additional cars, and it will do similar work on future orders as well.

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