Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland Recognize First-Responders in Battle Against Domestic Violence


Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland today joined law enforcement, volunteers, and philanthropic partners to raise awareness of domestic violence and discuss the Mayor’s expansion of Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) across the city.

“Every Angeleno has the right to feel safe at home,” said Mayor Garcetti. “When City Hall, law enforcement, advocates and donors stand together, it sends a powerful message on behalf of the people of Los Angeles: We will not tolerate domestic violence, and we will step up our efforts to help victims become survivors.”

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Mayor Eric Garcetti Signs Executive Directive Ordering City Departments to Join Fight Against Domestic Violence


On the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015, Mayor Garcetti directs coordination of efforts to protect victims, assist survivors and raise awareness.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an Executive Directive ordering city departments to coordinate efforts against domestic violence, taking unprecedented action to mobilize resources against a crime that strikes at the heart of our communities.

“Every child has a right to grow up free from violence, and no Angeleno should live in fear of what awaits at home,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Domestic violence is a crime that lives in the shadows, and a tragedy that tears at the fabric of our neighborhoods. Today, we are summoned to action. City Hall is joining hands with communities across L.A. to protect innocent victims, strengthen families, and end painful cycles before they take hold in future generations.”

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Mayor Garcetti Announces That L.A. Residents Continue To Meet Water Conservation Goals

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Drought-conscious Angelenos respond to Mayor Garcetti's ‘‘Save the Drop” campaign by reaching a 17.4 percent reduction in water usage in August.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles residents have succeeded in meeting water conservation goals for a third straight month, exceeding both state and city targets by saving more than 256 million gallons of water in August. These results show that Los Angeles is on track to meet the goals outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Executive Directive No. 5, which calls for individual residents to achieve a 20 percent reduction in water use by January 2017.

Water use for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 was 113 gallons per capita per day (GPCD), compared to 131 GPCD for the previous fiscal year—a reduction of more than 13 percent. LADWP’s 12-month rolling GPCD for the end of August was 110 GPCD, putting L.A. residents ahead of Mayor Garcetti’s next benchmark goal of 111 GPCD by January 1, 2016.

“In the face of this historic drought, Los Angeles is leading the way with an extraordinary commitment to water conservation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our ‘Save the Drop’ campaign is raising consciousness in every part of our city, and Angelenos continue to amaze me with their incredible response to this critical issue. L.A. is using only what it needs, achieving more with less, and making lasting changes that position us for a water-smart future.”

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Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile phone charging station are just some of the amenities installed for transit riders as part of Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative.

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled the first solar-powered smart bench and smart bus shelter installed through his Great Streets Initiative, with South L.A.’s historic Central Avenue receiving the first of 15 installations planned across the city.

Located on the corner of 43rd Street and S. Central Avenue, the project is part of a Great Streets Studio pilot program to enhance the transit rider experience through interactivity and innovation. The new smart bench provides solar-powered USB charging ports for phones and devices, and the bus shelter features a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB charging ports, new energy-efficient LED lights, and integrated real-time arrival information for Metro and City buses. 

“A big part of reinvigorating our Great Streets is making them more user-friendly, so the goal of this project is simple but meaningful: upgrade our bus shelters and benches with charging and WiFi to make waiting for the bus an opportunity, not a chore,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With this project, we're integrating the existing infrastructure and the technology that we rely upon in our daily lives to re-imagine the digital urban experience. Central Avenue, already so rich with L.A. history and buzzing with activity, made for a perfect launching point to bring these innovations directly to Angelenos--and take a step in bridging our city's digital divide.”

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Mayor Garcetti Statement on Chinese Cap-and-Trade Announcement


"After hosting the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles last week where states, provinces, and cities from both nations set aggressive local emissions targets, it is exciting to see President Obama and President Xi respond to our call for action today with their announcement that China will create a national cap-and-trade system.

"Through our work domestically with the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda to help create cap-and-trade opportunities for cities outside of California, and abroad with our Chinese partners through our Summit agreements, we're showing it's possible to reduce emissions and improve air quality while boosting the economy. We look forward to continuing our U.S.-China collaboration to advance smart and sustainable cites in our two great nations." -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

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The Los Angeles Convention Center Announces Leed Gold Recertification

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Mayor Garcetti today announced that the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), professionally managed by AEG Facilities, has become the largest convention center in America to be recertified at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level. The venue first achieved Gold certification in 2010.

LEED is the universally recognized green building rating system developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that helps the building industry operate in a more environmentally conscious manner.  The number of points a project earns in various categories--including sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality--determines the level of LEED certification the project receives. LEED Gold is the second highest of the four possible LEED certifications awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit alliance of builders, environmentalists, and other industry professionals. 

“Today, we take another concrete step in the implementation of our Sustainable City pLAn – a plan that sets some of the boldest environmental targets in America. Green building, energy efficiency, and water conservation are central to our efforts to clean our air, reduce our waste, and build a more livable city,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Congratulations to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its continued environmental stewardship, which has once again earned LEED Gold certification.”

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Businesswoman and community advocate joins panel dedicated to promoting gender equity in City government and all of Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti’s newest appointment to the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, businesswoman and community advocate Pamela A. Bakewell, was confirmed today by the Los Angeles City Council.

“L.A. is at its best when we protect equal opportunity for all, regardless of gender,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With her accomplishments in business and distinguished record of advocacy for underrepresented communities, I know Pamela will bring valuable insight to the work of deepening our commitment to gender equity and inclusiveness. She will help make certain those values remain central to our work here at the City of Los Angeles.”

A longtime leader in a number of South L.A. philanthropic and community organizations, including the board of directors of the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Bakewell is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bakewell Company — one of the largest African-American commercial real estate development companies in the Western United States.  As COO, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the real estate development and redevelopment projects, as well as the print and broadcasting divisions of the Bakewell Company — which includes the L.A. Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times newspapers.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces First Steps of Comprehensive Strategy to Combat Homelessness Crisis

Mayor calls for investments in long-term initiatives, and rolls out short-term proposals to address emergency needs.

homelessnessfinal.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, an effort that would invest at least $100 million annually in City funding to help house tens of thousands of homeless individuals.

To address immediate needs, Mayor Garcetti also announced a critical short-term strategy to secure an additional $13 million in emergency funding to expand homeless services and housing. The bulk of that funding, $10 million, will be allocated to veterans and non-chronically homeless people in the form of housing subsidies — to rapidly re-house individuals who need short-term assistance to get off the street and on with their lives. Mayor Garcetti called for shelters to remain open 24 hours a day during the rainy season, and for winter shelter availability to expand by two months. The Mayor also proposed seed money to incentivize new storage and access centers across the city — that would newly provide access to restrooms, showers, laundry, and services, as well as providing safe storage for personal possessions.

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Campaign includes the launch of, a website that gives Angelenos instant access to eligibility information and local resources to assist them in obtaining U.S. citizenship. 

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a citizenship initiative as part of his “Step Forward LA” campaign, with new tools designed to help members of L.A.’s immigrant population navigate the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Marking the celebration of national Citizenship Day, and as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the campaign launch is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Earlier this year, the office launched Step Forward LA as an effort to reach 100,000 Angelenos eligible for DACA and DAPA programs. With the launch of the citizenship campaign, the initiative will focus on encouraging and engaging the more than 350,000 legal permanent resident immigrants in Los Angeles to take the necessary steps to become U.S. citizens.

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EDS: Rights cleared photos from Day 1 and Day 2 of the Summit available Photo credit: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

LOS ANGELES—During the second and closing day of the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Vice President Joe Biden, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and local and federal officials from both the United States and China in calling for urgent action to fight global climate change.
“Climate change. It’s not just an environmental issue. It's an economic issue. It's a national security issue. And, it is a moral issue,” U.S. Vice President Biden said during keynote remarks to close the historic Summit. “We have to act – and we have to act now. It’s not too late – if we act now.”

"The U.S. and China represent over 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That gives us a unique opportunity to make a critical difference in the lives of our residents, and in the fight against climate change," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

"During this climate summit we seized that opportunity, delivering firm and ambitious commitments to achieve sustainability goals, and hit emissions targets. People will look back on this day in Los Angeles as the time when a movement among cities began." 

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