Mayor Garcetti appoints Ralph Terrazas as Chief of L.A. Fire Department

Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed LAFD Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas to be the next Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Terrazas has served 30 years with LAFD, including 21 years as a Fire Officer and 14 years of major command experience as a Chief Officer

"Reforming the fire department is vital to the safety of our families and to my back to basics agenda," said Mayor Garcetti. "After an exhaustive nationwide search, I have decided 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 will dedicate our efforts on transforming the LAFD into a metric driven, technologically sophisticated, community-focused organization that is reflective of the communities we serve," said Chief Terrazas. "I want to thank Mayor Garcetti, and I believe this is confirmation for his trust and confidence in the men and women of the LAFD."

Terrazas established the Professional Standards Division and was responsible for all aspects of the LAFD disciplinary system. He was also instrumental in the passage of Proposition F, a $532 million bond for 19 new fire stations and holds a U.S. Patent.

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Mayor Garcetti Thanks LA Employers for Hiring 10,000 Youth in Summer Jobs Through Hire LA's Youth Initiative

photo-12.JPGLOS ANGELES-- Mayor Garcetti today joined Councilmember Paul Koretz and employer partners at Cedars Sinai Medical Center to celebrate meeting his goal of 10,000 summer jobs for youth through his Hire LA's Youth summer jobs program. Working with public and private sector partners, this year's program doubled the number of youth jobs available to young Angelenos aged 14-24. Cedars Sinai Medical Center is employing 30 young people through this program.

The Hire LA's Youth summer jobs program provides job readiness training, on the job experience, and a paycheck to more than 10,000 LA City youth in what is for many their first job. Partnering with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and financial institution partners, the program provides job application, resume writing, and interview skills training, as well as financial literacy training to help create healthy financial habits for these first-time earners.

"I'm proud to announce that yesterday was the first day of work for 10,000 young Angelenos age 14-24 through my Hire LA's Youth summer jobs program," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Our youth are the key to the success and prosperity of our city, and Hire LA's Youth, a part of my Summer of Success Initiative, gives our younger generation the chance to leap ahead with safe and productive ways to learn, earn and play."

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Mayor Garcetti Announces New 'Chief Resilience Officer' Coming to L.A.

Garcetti and Rockefeller Foundation's '100 Resilient Cities' Host Resilience Agenda Workshop at L.A. City Hall; L.A. is a Founding Member of $100M+ Challenge to Build Urban Resilience in 100 Cities Around the World

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that he will appoint Los Angeles' first "Chief Resilience Officer" at the Resilience Agenda Workshop at City Hall, which was organized in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, which created the "100 Resilient Cities" (100RC) initiative, of which Los Angeles is a Founding Member.

Mayor Garcetti was joined by 100 Resilient Cities President Michael Berkowitz, as well as key stakeholders from government, private sector, NGOs, civil society groups, and 100RC staff.

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LOS ANGELES– Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined employers and workers at LAX to announce a new labor contract agreement that avoids a dispute that could have impacted travel over the 4th of July weekend and airport operations that drive the city's multi-billion dollar trade and tourism economy. Mayor Garcetti's office joined the negotiations to help achieve the agreement.

“I’m pleased to see airport workers and contractors coming together in a way that improves jobs and passenger services at LAX,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  “This agreement matches my vision for an LAX that remains a competitive economic engine that gets passengers where they need to go efficiently and safely and improves the lives of workers who drive it forward."

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Mayor Garcetti Kicks off 7th Year of Summer Night Lights

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Youth Squad members, announced today the start of the seventh year of the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program. Summer Night Lights is an expanded series of evening events in 32 public parks located in areas with high rates of violent crimes.  Summer Night Lights, along with Summer of Learning to keep youth engaged in learning and Hire L.A. Youth to provide 10,000 young Angelenos with summer jobs, is part of Mayor Garcetti's Summer of Success initiative for the City of Los Angeles.  

"As a City Councilmember, I created a program in 2007 called At the Park After Dark that served as a model for Summer Night Lights,” said Mayor Garcetti.  "It has transformed communities once plagued by gang violence and provides safety and opportunity for L.A.'s youth during the critical summer months."

SNL launched in 2008 and keeps city parks open until 11:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, for six weeks during the summer.  The program provides activities for at-risk youth and their families, job opportunities, and a safe place to spend the summer evenings at 32 sites. 

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Mayor Garcetti Nominates Seleta Reynolds as General Manager of the Department of Transportation

Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Seleta Reynolds of the San Francisco Department of Transportation as the next General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).

"Los Angeles is changing the way it looks at transportation,"  said Mayor Garcetti.  "Seleta is the ideal field marshal in our war against traffic who will bring to bear all the tools at our disposal, from better road design to transit to technology to bicycle and pedestrian improvements.  She is also a big believer in our Great Streets Initiative and has committed to applying her passion and expertise to revitalizing key community corridors across our city to improve neighborhood gathering places and generate economic activity."

"Los Angeles is a world-class city that deserves excellent transportation choices," said Reynolds.  "I'm excited to partner with the agencies and policymakers who deliver great projects on the streets."

Seleta Reynolds has over 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. She presently works for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she leads three teams in the Livable Streets sub-division responsible for innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide.  Her teams’ current projects include the launch of a pilot bikesharing system and construction of safety projects to help the city meet Vision Zero, a goal to reach zero traffic deaths by 2014.

“Seleta is the right person at the right time. L.A. is poised to expand transportation choices, improve mobility and design safer, more vibrant streets, and Seleta brings the innovative vision and strategies needed to lead LADOT at this critical moment,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, principal at Bloomberg Associates and former NYC transportation commissioner. Sadik-Khan helped support the search for a general manager, advising and assisting Mayor Garcetti and L.A. officials throughout the extensive selection process. “L.A.’s streets are its most valuable resource, and Mayor Garcetti’s selection is a key step toward making them great streets for walking, biking, living, and business.”

Reynolds' nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

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Mayor Garcetti Nominates Danielle Brazell as General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Danielle_Brazell.jpeg"Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, and Danielle has the experience and passion to lead the Department into a new era that showcases our talent, inspires our youth, and supports our creative economy," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Arts shouldn't be an afterthought. They should be a core part of our city government, and Danielle is uniquely qualified to make sure arts and culture touches every Angeleno's life."

"I believe in the power of arts and culture to improve the quality of life, the economic circumstances, and the civic dialogue in our city," said Danielle Brazell. "I’m thrilled to catalyze this vision through the Department of Cultural Affairs on behalf of the Mayor and the residents of our great city.”

Brazell's nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

"As chair of the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River committee, I am eager for the Department of Cultural Affairs to move forward on key arts initiatives that will benefit all Angelenos," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces L.A. Earns Highest Ratings from S&P, Fitch, and Moody's

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that each of the "Big Three" credit rating agencies -- Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service, and Standard & Poor's Rating Services -- have assigned the highest possible ratings to the next issue of the City's Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes due to strong financial management practices and an improving large and diverse economy.

The City of Los Angeles plans to issue approximately $1.36 billion of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRAN) to pre-pay the City's annual pension contributions and, as is routine, to alleviate short-term cash flow needs that occur early in the fiscal year, before many taxes and revenues have been received.

Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'F1+'.  Moody's Investors Service has assigned a MIG 1. And Standard & Poor's Rating Services has assigned SP-1+.  All are the highest short term ratings the city can receive.

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Mayor Garcetti Partners with Over 100 Employers and 40 Public Sector Partners to Hire 10,000 Local Veterans by 2017

photo1.jpgLOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today a new regional veterans hiring initiative called “10,000 Strong” aimed at getting 10,000 veterans jobs by 2017. The initiative brings together over 100 companies and 40 non-profit and public-sector partners to offer supportive services or jobs for veterans.

“The 10,000 Strong initiative aims to serve those men and women who have done so much to serve our country," said Mayor Garcetti. "By bringing together a vast network of regional non-profits, public organizations, and private-sector employers, we can put 10,000 Angeleno veterans back to work, benefiting our families, our neighborhoods, and our economy."

Through this initiative, the City's Worksource Centers, as well as regional service providers such as the California State Employment Development Department, the Veterans Administration, the US Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service, and the Los Angeles County Worksource Centers will connect veterans to companies looking to hire them. The over 100 employer partners (listed in attached document) have offered to hire veterans over the next three years. By connecting and coordinating these services, we expect 10,000 veterans to find gainful employment.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces BusinessSource Virtual Counselor Network with Citi Community Development and Housing Opportunities Collaborative

10271334_10152464145014806_1134344550516515745_o.jpgUtilizes Technology & Local Advisors to Provide Convenient Advice for Small Businesses; Integrates Resources from across the City into One Single Portal

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Garcetti today announced the launch of the BusinessSource Virtual Counselor Network (VCN), a new initiative funded by a $100,000 contribution from Citi Community Development that will improve the services offered by the City of Los Angeles to small business owners.

VCN aims to improve the quality of BusinessSource services. A small business owner can visit one of the city’s BusinessSource Centers and be connected either by phone or video chat with a counselor specifically suited to their business or language needs. By making experts available virtually, this network reduces Angelenos’ needs to visit a different location or return at a later date.

There will be up to 60 virtual counselors ready to provide real-time help. This way, if, for instance, a business owner requires advice on intellectual property, but their local BusinessSource Center doesn’t have that expertise, they can quickly be connected with another center or an external counselor in the network that does.

“The BusinessSource Virtual Counselor Network is a great example of how the City can harness the power of technology to help boost local business,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It’s these very businesses that will create local jobs for Angelenos and help put the recession in the rearview mirror.”

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