City wins funding for over 1,300 supportive homes for chronically homeless people and veterans
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that 3,375 homeless veterans were housed in LA in 2014, meaning the City is more than halfway toward Mayor Garcetti’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in Los Angeles by the end of 2015.
“Veterans returning home often need—and deserve—more than hug and pat on the back, which is why I set a goal last year to end veterans homelessness here in LA, and as a Navy Reservist, this goal is very personal for me,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I'm very proud to announce that we are halfway to our goal.”
Last year, the Mayor pledged to end veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015. To do so, the Mayor has joined forces with the Home for Good initiative, a public and private partnership with over 100 members, led by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, the City housed 3,375 homeless veterans. The Mayor and Home for Good estimate that the City still has 3,154 homeless veterans.
Los Angeles Lands First-Ever Annual Department of Commerce “National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Expo
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the first annual National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Exposition will be held in Los Angeles. This is the first stand-alone FDI event in the United States co-sponsored by the Commerce Department that will focus on a single industry: aerospace manufacturing.
The Mayor and LAEDC collaborated last year to bring the exposition to Los Angeles, working jointly to find a suitable venue for the expo, and submitting the winning proposal in a competitive process against other cities and states. The selection of Los Angeles to host the first aerospace expo reflects L.A.’s dominant position in the United States’ aerospace market. More aerospace companies are located in Los Angeles County than any other county in America.
“The aerospace cluster surrounding the Los Angeles Air Force Base is the most concentrated in the U.S., and this event will help us leverage that built-in advantage to boost exports and create middle class jobs,” Mayor Garcetti said. “As a primary entry point for Foreign Direct Investment and as home to aerospace’s most innovative companies, Los Angeles is the natural choice for the Department of Commerce’s first Aerospace FDI Expo.”
The National Aerospace FDI Exposition will provide prospective investors with resources to make smart decisions about where and how to establish or expand their presence in the United States. These will include one-on-one meetings with state and local economic development organizations that are interested in attracting aerospace FDI. Other expo activities will include workshops geared specifically to aerospace manufacturers, such as contracting with the Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration. The Aerospace States Association (ASA), a non-profit organization of state lieutenant governors and governor appointed delegates, is co-sponsoring the expo. Registration for the event begins today.
"We are delighted to welcome the National Aerospace FDI Expo to its rightful home in Los Angeles," said Bill Allen, CEO of LAEDC. "The L.A. region not only has a long and rich history as the nation's epicenter of aerospace research, design and production, but L.A. has also quickly asserted itself as the world-leader in next-generation aerospace innovation with fast growing clusters in space commercialization and unmanned aerial systems."
The expo will be held October 26-28, 2015 at the Hyatt Century Hotel, Los Angeles, California. More information and registration is available at http://www.aeroinvestmentexpo.com/
Garcetti Helps Lead Cross-Country Coalition of 33 Mayors Against Immigration Reform Block
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that the national coalition of mayors he organized with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Houston Mayor Annise Parker filed its amicus brief in Texas v United States in defense of President Obama's executive action on immigration.
"Our residents, economies and municipal budgets directly suffer the consequences when federal immigration reform is stalled," Mayor Garcetti said. "Moving forward with these reforms is a human and economic imperative, and we're united to make sure this important policy moves forward."
This mayoral-led effort dovetails with Mayor Garcetti's commitment to municipal action on immigration to serve local populations by augmenting federal action or coping with federal inaction, including establishing the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs within his administration.
Texas v. United States was brought by a coalition of states and governors against President Obama's executive action on immigration. The case is pending before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Read full Amicus Brief, here.
Amicus Brief Signatories:
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, New York
Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Maryland
Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, New York
Mayor James Diossa of Central Falls, Rhode Island
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Illinois
Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina
Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio
Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, Colorado
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
Mayor Riley Rogers of Dolton, Illinois
Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Connecticut
Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, Texas
Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, New Jersey
Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, Wisconsin
Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, New Jersey
Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, California**
Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mayor Charles Hales, on behalf of the City Council of the City of Portland, Oregon
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island
Mayor John Dickert of Racine, Wisconsin
Mayor Tom Butt of Richmond California
Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester, New York
Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, Utah
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, California
Mayor Gary McCarthy of Schenectady, New York
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis, Missouri
Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Washington
Mayor Mike Spano of Yonkers, New York
**Because the brief was prepared prior to new Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's inauguration on January 5, 2015, former Mayor Jean Quan is listed within it as one of the 33 amici.
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.
"The economy is my top priority and the Port of L.A. is our region's leading economic driver, so it's critical to me that we have the right team in place to make sure it retains its number-one position and grows as a powerhouse of international trade," Mayor Garcetti said. "Doane Liu is one of L.A.'s most seasoned and innovative executives, and combined with his personal connection to the port community, I am looking forward to big things from his work there. He will be missed in the Mayor's Office, but I know we will lean on him just as much in his new position at the Port of Los Angeles."
Liu will assume his new position on February 1. He will continue to help oversee the Mayor's Office of City Services until the transition to a new Deputy Mayor is complete. A search for his successor, coordinated by Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, is already underway. The Mayor's Office of City Services advises the Mayor on policy related to and oversees the:
- Department of Water and Power
- Department of Public Works:
- Bureau of Contract Administration
- Bureau of Engineering
- Bureau of Sanitation
- Bureau of Street Lighting
- Bureau of Street Services
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Recreation and Parks
- Los Angeles Public Library
- Los Angeles Zoo
- Department of Animal Services
- Department of Cultural Affairs
- El Pueblo de Los Angeles
- Department of Aging
- Department of Disability
Liu was appointed to be one of four Deputy Mayors by Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2013. His office is focused on the Mayor’s goals of restoring the city services that make our neighborhoods livable and attractive while providing excellent customer service to our residents and businesses.
LOS ANGELES – After working closely with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, Yahoo! Inc. is moving its Santa Monica operations to Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti announced today.
“I'm proud that Yahoo is moving to Los Angeles and sending a strong message to the business community that our city is where the next big thing is going to be,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This move proves that L.A. is accelerating as a center of technology and entertainment, to the benefit of our overall economy and every Angeleno."
“We worked hard to identify the right office situation for Yahoo in Southern California to better match our space and collaboration needs,” said Ken Goldman, CFO of Yahoo! Inc. “While we have always had a presence in Southern California, working out of the City of Los Angeles is a priority for us now more than ever. In the fall of 2015, teams currently based out of our Santa Monica office will transition to our new Playa Vista campus."
Yahoo!I Inc. signed a long-term lease for approximately 130,000 square feet at the Collective Campus in Playa Vista with commercial real estate firm Tishman Speyer. The company’s move will bring at least 400 jobs from its current location in Santa Monica, with space to accommodate future growth.
Angelenos Well Served by L.A. Library's Work to Keep Up with Technology
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the Los Angeles Public Library lent a record amount of e-media in 2014, demonstrating that the city's efforts to keep up with technology are well received by Angelenos.
"I want to make sure our libraries keep up with how literature and information are consumed in the 21st Century so that they remain as key centers for community and learning," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We're making sure an L.A. library card is a passport that gives every Angeleno access to electronic media, which paves the way for a brighter future and stronger economy for our city."
In 2014, 2,016,011 e-media items were checked out, Mayor Garcetti said, which is an annual increase of 69 percent. The introduction of streaming media increased e-music use by 600%, from 15,262 items in November 2013 to 102,147 items by the end of 2014.
“The Los Angeles Public Library is a place that changes lives by giving people the tools they need to succeed, and technology allows us to make these resources, faster, easier and more convenient to access,” said City Librarian John F. Szabo. “We’re proud of our extensive digital resources and the tremendous response from Angelenos across the city who are increasingly downloading films, music, books, audiobooks, magazines and other material from the library’s website in record numbers.”
Adds convenience, reduces cost
Los Angeles – Mayor Eric Garcetti and General Manager of the Department of Finance Antoinette Christovale today announced that L.A. business owners can now file their 2015 Business Tax renewals online in either English or Spanish. This new web-based option, part of Mayor Garcetti’s effort to cut red tape and provide better customer service at City Hall, allows businesses to E-file 24/7, saving paper, time, and money.
With E-filing, businesses can enter basic tax information online and receive an instant and accurate determination of the tax amount that is due to the city. If a business has an outstanding tax obligation, it can make payments online by using a credit/debit card or e-check. The deadline for businesses to E-file is March 2nd.
"In 2015, digital must be the default for Los Angeles,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By bringing more city services online, we are combining common sense with innovation to give Angelenos top-notch customer service and cut costs.”
“Filing your taxes online is quick and easy and helps to preserve the environment,” said Christovale.
The E-Filing enhancement integrates the Mayor's back-to-basics focus on modernizing city government. Businesses that E-File reduce the volume of tax renewal materials that are required to be mailed to taxpayers each year, cutting down on paper waste. Mayor Garcetti and Christovale encouraged businesses to also participate in the Office of Finance’s Paperless Statement program. The environmentally friendly program sends electronic account notifications in lieu of hard copy statements. The Office of Finance’s E-Filing service and information regarding the Paperless Statement Program are available at finance.lacity.org.
New Command Structure will Reduce Response Times and Increase Accountability
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced one of the most significant organizational changes in the 128-year history of the Los Angeles Fire Department. LAFD will be divided into four geographic bureaus, each commanded by a Deputy Chief reporting directly to the Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations. The new bureaus follow the boundaries of the four Los Angeles Police Department geographic bureaus and unifies efforts between LAPD and the Emergency Management Department to make the city more resilient in an emergency.
"This reorganization is an important part of my reform agenda for the LAFD to reduce response times and increase accountability," said Mayor Garcetti. "This common sense change puts the Bureau Commanders in closer contact with their communities while making the city more resilient by aligning emergency operations across departments."
The purpose of the reorganization is for each new Bureau Commander and their staff to become familiar with the community and improve the effectiveness of their operations. As opposed to the traditional rotating shift, platoon duty system, the bureaus will operate during normal weekday business hours, and bureau commanders and staff will be available 24/7 to respond to significant emergencies. The bureau commanders and staff will be responsible for all LAFD activities in their respective bureaus and their effectiveness in reducing response times will be reviewed regularly as part of the FireStatLA program. Members of the public will have one point of contact, and the bureau commanders will regularly meet with community groups in their region.
“This reorganization will result in dramatic improvement in the Department’s responsiveness to our members, the public, the business community, and our elected officials” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “This improvement is long overdue and critical in our efforts to maintain our position as a highly regarding fire service leader and the community focused organization we strive to become.”
The four bureaus will be organized as follows:
Central Bureau, Fire Station 3 (108 N. Fremont Ave. 90012) commanded by Deputy Chief Phillip Fligiel
South Bureau, San Pedro City Hall (638 S. Beacon St. 90731) commanded by Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
Valley Bureau, Fire Station 88 (5101 N. Sepulveda Bl. 91403) commanded by Deputy Chief Daryl Arbuthnott
West Bureau, Fire Station 82 Annex (1800 N. Bronson Ave. 90028) commanded by Deputy Chief Joseph Castro
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a citywide expansion of the city's Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART). There are currently DART teams in 10 Los Angeles Police Department divisions; with the support of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, there will be teams in all 21 divisions across Los Angeles by the end of this year.
The expansion of domestic violence programs is a significant part of Mayor Garcetti's public safety strategy for 2015 which is focused on reducing crime and securing trust between the LAPD and the people it serves.
"Most domestic violence happens behind closed doors, so law enforcement alone isn't enough," said Mayor Garcetti. "DART teams work directly with the LAPD and offer victims immediate and on-going services to break the cycle of violence once and for all."
Los Angeles - Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Mike Bonin and Councilmember Joe Buscaino joined airport and local tourism officials to announce a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism for the City and record-breaking passenger levels at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In 2014, 43.4 million visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, while an estimated 70.7 million passengers traveled through LAX in 2014. The announcements were made at LAX’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal, where four additional aircraft gates recently became operational, for a total of 12 new gates.
Dining and retail concessions in the new terminal’s Great Hall are also now open and providing travelers from around the world with breathtaking design, world-class amenities, and premier retail and dining collections curated by Westfield and the DFS Group. Currently under construction, Westfield will debut a new experience comprised of 17 new dining and retail destinations, cutting-edge design, and amenities in the Bradley Terminal’s departures and arrivals areas in 2015.
The mayor reported that in addition to last year’s record set for visitation – an increase of 1.2 million visitors over 2013 levels – tourism records also were set for the highest level of international visitors at 6.5 million; an estimated record-breaking hotel occupancy rate of 79 percent; and most room nights sold at 28.04 million, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to 2013.
Mayor Garcetti also reported that LAX’s record 70.7 million passengers last year was approximately six percent higher than the 66.7 million passengers in 2013. The previous record was 67.3 million passengers in 2000. Of the 2014 total, an estimated 18.9 million (or 26.8 percent) were aboard international flights – a six percent increase over the previous record set in 2013 of 17.8 million international passengers.
"The continuing, record-breaking growth and strength of tourism in Los Angeles is a shining light for our economy, creating good-paying jobs for our families, benefiting local businesses, and generating significant revenue for the city that goes toward the public services our city needs," said Mayor Garcetti. "Angelenos should be proud that our great city is such a desired tourist destination for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world."