Mayor Garcetti Appoints Abhi Nemani as City's First Chief Data Officer

Abhi NemaniMayor Garcetti has appointed Abhi Nemani as Los Angeles' first Chief Data Officer. As part of Mayor Garcetti's effort to build a data-driven culture of innovation and excellence in city government, Nemani will work with city departments to collect and analyze data, and will lead the operation of the city's new open-data portal at

Mayor Garcetti said, "I'm pleased that Abhi Nemani is joining my team to manage the collection of data citywide and create tools to use data that will help solve everyday challenges for our residents."

Los Angeles' open data initiative began with Mayor Eric Garcetti's third executive directive issued on December 18th, 2013. The directive states: "To promote transparency and accountability, the City of Los Angeles (“City”) will make publicly available raw data in easy-to-find and accessible formats. Open Data is raw data generated or collected by government agencies made freely available for use by the public, subject only to valid privacy, confidentiality, security, and other legal restrictions."

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Mayor Garcetti Begins Second Annual Department Head Review

12180109336_bb617cac5c_z.jpgLOS ANGELES--Mayor Eric Garcetti this week began annual reviews of every city department head as part of his commitment to improve accountability and performance measurement in city government.

The City Charter assigns the Mayor the role of the city's CEO, and when he took office, Mayor Garcetti took the unprecedented step of requiring every city department head to reapply for his or her job.

"As Mayor and the city's CEO, I want to make sure that we hold every city department head accountable and measure their performance to save taxpayer dollars and deliver better services. I want Los Angeles to be the best run city in America," Mayor Garcetti said.

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Joint Statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti, Foster The People, and Capital Foresight

The City of Los Angeles, Foster the People, and Capital Foresight have explored all the options for the mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street. However, since the Santa Fe Lofts is a State Historic Building that receives tax credits for maintaining original design features under the Mills Act, it is necessary to remove the mural to return this historic property to its original state. 

We all agree that public art is part of what makes L.A. great, so the Mayor's Office, Foster the People, and Capital Foresight have committed to working together to create a new mural in another downtown location that all Angelenos can enjoy for many years.  Details of the mural will be revealed at a later date.



With the water off, our focus is now on making sure we can get our infrastructure repaired and traffic moving as soon as possible. My office is working to ensure there is careful coordination among the various city agencies that will be required to recover from this major event. They include DWP, Transportation, Sanitation, Street Services, Fire, and Police, as well as UCLA. Sunset Boulevard near UCLA will remain closed tomorrow, so commuters should plan ahead and people should avoid the area unless absolutely necessary. Commuters should check online and consider Santa Monica and Olympic as alternates. I want to thank our first responders and those who will be working around the clock to get us back to normal.

According the LADWP, crews have completed shutting off water to the 30-inch trunkline that ruptured earlier this afternoon on Sunset Boulevard, near UCLA.  

Preliminary information indicates that no customers are without water and water quality was not adversely impacted.  Crews will begin work immediately to repair the 30-inch ruptured steel-riveted pipe that delivers water to the area at a high velocity from Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir.
Crews shut off three large diameter valves as quickly and safely as they could, taking care to avoid further damage due to pressure in adjacent pipes that could have lead to further ruptures if care was not taken.
Water flow through the pipe was estimated at 75,000 gallons per minute at the peak.  LADWP serves approximately 500 million gallons of water to customers each day.
Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
Recommended traffic detours are as follows: Westbound on Sunset should go south on Beverly Glen then west on Wilshire Boulevard then back north on Veteran/Sepulveda to get around the closure. Eastbound traffic should head south on Veteran/Sepulveda then east on Wilshire Boulevard, then head north on Beverly Glen.  For access into UCLA Campus please use Westwood Boulevard.
For the latest information, follow @LADWP on Twitter.  
Earlier, the Emergency Management Department reported that the City of Los Angeles has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a level 1 to monitor the water line break at U.C.L.A.  The Emergency Management Department is coordinating with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, L.A.F.D., L.A.P.D., Department of Transportation and U.C.L.A. Emergency Management.  
It reported that the U.C.L.A. Medical Center was open and receiving patients.  Two parking structures at U.C.L.A. have been flooded and L.A.F.D. is conducting a sweep of the area looking for stranded individuals. 
LADOT recommended Westwood Boulevard for access to the UCLA campus (only if necessary; unnecessary trips should be avoided). Metro buses are also disrupted. Riders should visit

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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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