Mayor Garcetti Announces Nationwide Actions As Court Hearings Proceed On Obama's Immigration Reforms

Commemorating Immigrant Heritage Week, Cities Take Action To Prepare For Implementation Of President’s Executive Actions On Immigration

Actions Include Citizenship Workshops, Roundtable Events, Voter Registration Drives, Info Sessions & ESL Classes In Los Angeles, New York, Houston, San Francisco & Boston

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Garcetti today announced today that, as a New Orleans appeals court is set to hear oral arguments today in the lawsuit temporarily delaying President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, cities across the nation kicked off Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW) by hosting events in advance of the new reforms. Immigrant Heritage Week is a celebration from April 17-24, honoring the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have shaped cities for generations.  

Today's hearing will hold oral argument on the question of whether to lift a judge's order temporarily blocking President Obama from carrying out new immigration executive actions. Earlier this month, as part of Cities United For Immigration Action, 73 cities and counties filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging immediate implementation of the new actions.

"Cities are on the front lines when it comes to the consequences of leaving hardworking, taxpaying people in the shadows. We must put the politics aside and focus on the human and economic costs incurred by delay in the President's action," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces Leadership Change At City Information Technology Agency

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Information Technology Agency General Manager Steven Reneker is resigning on May 1 to return to the County of Riverside as its Chief Technology Officer, a position he held from 1997 to 2003. A resident of Riverside, Reneker was also Director of IT for the City of Riverside from 2005 to 2012 when he was hired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take over leadership of the ITA in 2013.

Assistant General Manager Ted Ross has been named by Mayor Garcetti as the interim General Manager of the ITA, effective May 1. Peter Marx, the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Technology Officer will take over the title of Chief Technology Officer from Reneker. In this role, Marx will continue to serve as the Mayor's strategic advisor on technology and will become the person principally responsible for the coordination of technology across city departments. 

As the Assistant General Manager of ITA, Ross has been a key member of the efforts to move the City's websites on to the open-source Drupal platform, create citywide global navigation across the many online websites, implement disaster recovery for critical services, and drive a cloud-first strategy for enterprise applications.

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Mayor Garcetti Launches "Save the Drop" Campaign

Facebook_Profile_Photo_1_.jpgWith tools like big rebates for turf replacement in place, ‘The Drop’ will inform and encourage Angelenos to take advantage of them to address the epic drought

For the first time, the city will align its various streams -- from signage on buses to educational programs at libraries -- to urge water conservation


LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a major, citywide water conservation outreach campaign – 'Save the Drop.' With the Mayor's executive directive on water conservation creating strong tools to reduce water use and address the drought, including a $3.75 per square foot rebate for lawn replacement, Mayor Garcetti is now taking the necessary next step to connect Angelenos with those tools through an unprecedented outreach effort.

“Because we acted strategically and acted early, we have powerful tools in place to respond to this historic drought. Now, through this unprecedented outreach campaign, we are taking action to make sure every Angeleno is informed and encouraged to harness those tools to lower their water use and their water bills,” Mayor Garcetti said.


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Mayor Launches L.A.'S First-Ever Sustainable City Plan

Sets targets and details actions in 14 categories  to improve city's environment, economy and equity in anticipation of 500,000 more Angelenos by 2035; achieves progress by 2017 on issues like water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, and air quality.

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today released L.A.'s first-ever Sustainable City Plan, a comprehensive and actionable policy roadmap to prepare Los Angeles for an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, equitable future in the context of an expected population growth of 500,000 people over the next 20 years. 

The pLAn lays out ambitious short (by 2017) and long term (by 2025 and 2035) targets in 14 categories related to our environment, our economy, and equity encompassing water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, housing, and neighborhood livability. After announcing the plan, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive directive incorporating the plan into city management, including appointing department-level Chief Sustainability Officers who will work with the city's Chief Sustainability Officer within the Mayor's Administration to achieve the plan's goals.

"Los Angeles grew into one of the world's great cities because its residents and leaders dreamed, planned and then took action to build the metropolis we enjoy today. Now, it's our turn to lay a foundation to secure a brighter future for L.A. We expect at least 500,000 additional people to call our city home by 2035. Our first ever sustainability plan details actions we must take in the coming months and years to secure a future for L.A. that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous and equitable in opportunity for us all," Mayor Garcetti said. "My back to basics approach is about making sure our city has the strong foundation it needs to soar to new heights."

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Mayor Garcetti Opens Five Miles Of New Bus Lanes On Wilshire Boulevard

Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit project will also have all-door boarding to decrease travel time

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and the Federal Transit Administration, along with officials from the city of L.A. and L.A. County, announced bus riders on one of the region's busiest traffic corridors will enjoy a faster commute when the second phase of peak hour bus lanes on Wilshire Boulevard open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8.  Riders can travel in bus-only lanes between Downtown and the Westside, saving up to 15 minutes each way.

"Because the bus has its own lane and is synched with traffic lights, it will get there faster than a car leaving the same place at the same time," said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.  "In the car capital of the world, we're working to ease traffic flow and cut air pollution by giving Angelenos multiple options for getting where they need to go."

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Mayor Garcetti Delivers Checks to Small Businesses Impacted by Metro Construction

Metro's Business Interruption Fund provides support to small businesses impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX line, the Purple line, and the Regional Connector

LOS ANGELES -Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti, along with Metro Board members Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, delivered checks today totaling $66,310 to four small business owners impacted by construction of the expanding Metro Rail system.

“We’re making much needed investments to our public transportation system in Los Angeles, but construction cannot come at the expense of our businesses,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.  “The Business Interruption Fund will help ensure that businesses impacted by construction are able to thrive despite any temporary inconveniences to customers and employees.”

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Mayor Garcetti Announces New Action on Federal Immigration Case

Cities For Immigration Action Files Brief In Texas vs. United States Appeal; Makes Case for Immediate Implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Reforms

Today’s Brief More Than Doubles the Number Of Local Govts Supporting Immigration Action

73 Cities & Counties Signed On From 27 States, Representing 43 Million People Nationwide

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti today announced today that, as part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition he has led with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 73 cities and counties filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas vs. United States case, urging immediate implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The brief demonstrates robust support from the country’s largest cities – as well as suburbs and rural areas – for the President’s reforms, which will provide temporary relief from deportation to immigrants with longstanding ties to the U.S. who pass a background check and meet other criteria.

The cities and counties – representing 43 million people across the country – argue that the district court judge who temporarily blocked implementation of the programs failed to consider the significant harms to America’s local governments caused by this delay. Today’s brief more than doubles the number of local governments that had previously voiced opposition to the lawsuit brought by states seeking to block President Obama’s immigration reform efforts.

"America's cities need common sense immigration reforms that will keep families intact and the country's economic prosperity on the rise," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who established a Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. "This is a nonpartisan issue that should be focused on people and not politics."

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Mayor Garcetti Unveils New Easy-to-Read Parking Signs

L.A. Department of Transportation is the first transit system in the country to test grid-style signs to reduce parking confusion; bluetooth beacon technology installed for beta test to pave the way for smartphone parking info

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today installed the first of 100 new easy-to-read parking signs that use streamlined graphics and colors to explain confusing parking restrictions.  The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will test the signs during a six-month pilot program on Spring and Main Streets between 2nd and 9th Streets in downtown L.A.

“My back to basics agenda is about creating modern city government that makes life easier for Angelenos, and these new signs are designed to help people find parking and avoid tickets," Mayor Garcetti said. "Some of these sign poles are simply out of control, so we should be taking common sense steps to cut the confusion."

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Mayor Garcetti Welcomes Governor Brown's Call To Further Conserve Water

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the Governor's action on water conservation today and said that it will join with his Mayoral Executive directive from the Fall to further drive water use down in LA to reach Mayor Garcetti's targets a reduction in per capita potable water use by 20% by 2017 and a 50% reduction in LADWP purchase of imported water by 2024.

The Governor’s announcement came earlier today following the State’s snow survey that show the snowpack at 6% of normal and the lowest on record. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) most recent snowpack survey results show just 1-inch of water content in the Eastern Sierra, 2% of normal, that supplies water to Los Angeles via the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This the lowest level recorded in LA history.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "We are making the drought a top priority because this record drought threatens our economy and environment at crisis levels. I welcome Gov. Brown's announcement and the state's response to our historic drought, which joins with my directive to cut our city's water consumption by 20% by 2017 and increase rebates for residential turf removal to $3.75 per square foot.  Since I announced my executive directive in October 2014, Los Angeles has reduced its water consumption by 7 gallons per capita per day and we are on track to meet our goal of 20% reduction by 2017.  And in the current fiscal year, we've replaced three times as much turf as we have in all of last year.  Now we must keep up our momentum to conserve, recycle and rethink how we use water to save money and ensure we have enough supply so that our city can thrive."

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Willits v. City of LA Sidewalk Settlement Announced

An agreement to resolve the Willits v. City of Los Angeles case was reached today that will result in a more than $1 billion investment in city sidewalk repairs and other pedestrian improvements.

The class action sought to ensure better access for persons with mobility disabilities to the city’s sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian crossings and other walkways.

Plaintiffs included Mark Willits, Judy Griffin, Brent Pilgreen, and Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (“CALIF”). They were represented by a team of lawyers led by Guy Wallace of Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns, LLP, Linda M. Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho, Jinny Kim of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Anna Rivera of Disability Rights Legal Center.

The City of Los Angeles was represented by City Attorney Mike Feuer and Chief Deputy City Attorney Jim Clark, Assistant City Attorney Laurie Rittenberg, and the City’s outside Counsel Kevin Gilbert of Lozano Smith, and Christopher Wong and David Raizman of Ogletree, Deakins.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office, City Council President Herb Wesson, City Council Members Paul Krekorian and Joe Buscaino, and City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana all played key roles in the shaping of the agreement.

Plaintiffs’ lead counsel Guy Wallace said, “This $1.4 billion settlement is the largest disability access class action settlement in U.S. history. It will make the City’s sidewalk system accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. It will install curb ramps throughout the City, fix sidewalks that are broken and torn up by tree roots, install accessible sidewalks where they do not exist, and remove many other barriers. By making the City’s sidewalks and crosswalks accessible, this settlement will make it much easier for persons with mobility disabilities to get to and use government facilities, to find or get to jobs and workplaces, to go shopping, to go to the doctor, to participate in community life, and to be with their friends and families.

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