Mayor Eric Garcetti announced volunteer opportunities for individuals living or working in the City of Los Angeles to become a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT). The program is particularly in need of volunteers with bilingual capability in Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese, and Tagalog, but all interested volunteers are encouraged to apply.
“Every day we hear about unexpected tragedies impacting our communities and many of us wish there was something more we could do to help,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team gives Angelenos an opportunity to join a team of compassionate volunteers who are committed to helping others as they begin the grieving process and deal with the loss of life or a traumatic injury of a loved one.”
The Mayor's Crisis Response Team is composed of community civilian volunteers that respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police & Los Angeles Fire Departments. The teams of volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to survival and comfort needs, act as a liaison between the victim & emergency personnel, and provide referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a serious injury, a violent crime, or other traumatic incidents. These include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths, and multi-casualty incidents. CRT volunteers help Angelenos as they begin their grieving process and deal with the immediate aftermath of the incident.
As part of the Clinton Global Initiative conference held at LA City Hall today, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined President Bill Clinton for a discussion on investing in resilient infrastructure and announced that the the U.S. Green Building Council will move its 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from San Diego to Los Angeles.
The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Greenbuild 2016 was originally planned for San Diego, but Mayor Garcetti and his team worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to move it to Los Angeles.
"It was an honor to host President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative at City Hall today, and a perfect opportunity to announce that we'll be hosting the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which will bring 30,000 visitors to Los Angeles" said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Our city is leading the way when it comes to making meaningful investments in a sustainable future, including retrofitting 140,000 street lights with more efficient LED bulbs, and the world is taking note."
"I was very pleased to hold the CGI 21st Century Infrastructure and Innovation for a Resilient Economy Conference in Los Angeles, which is setting a great example in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more resilient city, while saving money for taxpayers," said President Bill Clinton. "Today's conference gives us the opportunity to share best practices across cities and states on how to improve and maintain key infrastructure in a cost-effective way."
Mayor Eric Garcetti today said that he will achieve his goal of doubling the city's summer youth job program to serve 10,000 young people. He credited a new emphasis on public-private partnerships.
He was joined today by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, City Council President Herb Wesson, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, and representatives from Citibank.
"My first press conference as Mayor was to announce my commitment to double L.A.’s summer youth jobs program to serve 10,000 Angelenos. Today, I am proud to announce we will reach that goal, because we are working together, public and private, on this strategic investment in our youth and our future economy," Mayor Garcetti said. "Too often, young people can fall behind during the summer when school is out. But our summer jobs program makes sure summer is a time for young people to get ahead by earning a paycheck, job skills, and financial education."
"I am pleased that the Walt Disney Company is partnering with us through a $1 million commitment to our summer youth initiatives, and that Disney’s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is personally involved. I can’t think of a better partner for our youth than Disney. I also want to thank Citibank and the Citi Foundation for their generous commitment and thank our other incredible partners."
“We applaud the mayor’s commitment to leveraging the strength of both the public and private sectors to serve the youth of Los Angeles,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Disney is proud to play a leading role in this effort with a $1 million donation to this year’s Summer Youth Programs to create opportunities for thousands of young people to gain skills and experience and participate in a wide variety of activities that will help them build bright futures.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a new website that makes it easier for people to review the city's finances by offering interactive graphs of the current and past budget, including multi-year trends and departmental revenue and expenditure details.
Mayor Garcetti’s budget website is at www.lamayor.org/openbudget and uses the cloud-based OpenGov Platform. It is being launched as Mayor Garcetti prepares to release his first budget as Mayor next month.
“My new budget website gives residents a better way to see how their tax dollars are being collected and spent, making LA city government more transparent and accountable,” said Mayor Garcetti.
Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda is focused on making city government more efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable, and he has used technology as a key way to achieve this. The new budget information site compliments ControlPanelLA, the web tool launched late last year by Controller Ron Galperin. ControlPanelLA is a searchable database of actual expenses and revenues since the city installed its current financial software system in July 2011. Open Budget is a searchable database of budgeted expenses and revenues going back five years to July 1, 2009. ControlPanel LA is best for looking for specific financial information -- Open Budget is best for analyzing budgeting information and trends. Together, they provide an unprecedented interactive window into the details of the budget and finances of the City of Los Angeles for citizens and researchers.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce Los Angeles has been selected as one of eight pilot cities under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to connect urban youth with the great outdoors. The announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request last week, which supports the Department's youth initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors through increased investments in the Department’s youth programs.
“As children become increasingly disconnected with nature, it is critical for the health of our economy and our public lands that we work to establish meaningful and deep connections between young people from every background and every community to the great outdoors,” said Secretary Jewell. “Creating opportunities for urban young people to get outdoors not only supports healthy lifestyles but it also helps spark a passion to be good stewards of nature that will last a lifetime.”
“Giving city kids access to outdoor experiences and exercise will undoubtedly make a lasting impact, and so I am excited that L.A. is partnering with the Department of the Interior through the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Connecting L.A.'s youth with nature will enrich their lives, strengthen our communities, and increase our city's health.”
President Obama’s budget released last week proposes $50.6 million for Interior youth programs, which represents a $13.6 million (or 37 percent) increase from 2014. Included in the budget is an increase of $2.5 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative, $8 million to expand opportunities for youth education and employment across the National Park Service and an additional $1 million in the Bureau of Indian Affairs for youth programs.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced he is directing the Departments of Building & Safety and Planning to consolidate key functions to better integrate services to cut red tape and promote economic development.
“As Mayor of Los Angeles, I’m committed to cutting red tape and streamlining city government to increase economic development and job creation,” said Mayor Garcetti. "Strategically combining these services will improve the land use approval and building process, attract investment, and help to build a great city. We must raise expectations for a smooth and predictable entitlement process with straightforward zoning answers.”
Mayor Garcetti took office as a range of consolidation options were being discussed, including a complete merger of the two departments.
"We took a deep look at both departments, and now we're moving forward with reform that makes sense, instead of just combining departments for the sake of combining departments,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This initiative reflects recommendations from our residents, the business community, and experts hired to study the issue."
Mayor Garcetti has been working with city departments to develop recommendations for a joint report, to be released this week, which will include a series of development permit streamlining recommendations prepared by the Matrix Consulting Group. The report outlines recommendations for integrating and improving development review at the Departments of Building & Safety and Planning, as well as the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and the Fire Department.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today appointed Ken Ziffren to be his chief advisor on motion picture and television production. Ziffren will build on the foundation laid by Tom Sherak to help Mayor Garcetti strengthen our economy and middle class by increasing local production through expanded state incentives and cutting red tape at City Hall.
"Stopping runaway production is about protecting our middle class," Mayor Garcetti said. "Ken will be a powerful leader in our fight against other states that are taking our jobs, and he will be aggressive about streamlining government so red tape doesn't contribute to driving production away."
"This is a critical moment for our industry and our economy," Ziffren said. "If we don't fight back now, these jobs are going to be lost for good, and that would be a devastating blow to our middle class. This is about jobs for carpenters, electricians, makeup artists -- good jobs that leave enough over at the end of the month to save for retirement, save for the kids' college, and to spend in our neighborhoods."
Ziffren brings to Mayor Garcetti's office deep experience across the entertainment industry and in bringing together disparate parties to achieve common goals. He was key player in resolving a Writer's Guild strike and has represented the NFL in negotiating network television contracts.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the members of the Mayor’s Military Veteran Advisory Council (MVAC), which will have its first official meeting on February 27th at Los Angeles’ Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The council, comprised of four Mayoral appointees and 3 City Council appointees, will advise Mayor Garcetti’s administration on issues affecting the military community. The MVAC will work to enhance the well-being of the Los Angeles veteran community by advising Mayor Garcetti and the City Council on emerging policies and programs.
“Serving those who have served our country is of utmost importance,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I look forward to working with the leaders on the Military Veteran Advisory Council to better coordinate local, state, and federal resources to enhance the quality of life of our veteran community, especially for those who need it most.”
The MVAC is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, created by the Mayor to address the needs of veterans’ community in Los Angeles, home to the highest concentration of veterans in the country. The office is working to coordinate resources with a variety of stakeholders to support veterans in Los Angeles and seek strategies to mitigate the potential for long-term unemployment, instability and homelessness.
In conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, Mayor Garcetti has debuted a page on his website where veterans can learn about resources for housing, employment, medical, and mental health services as well as contact the Veterans’ Affairs coordinator with questions. The site is available at www.lamayor.org/vets.
Mayor Garcetti today appointed Peter Marx as the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation.
Among his first projects will be improving MyLA311 for one stop customer service; revamping the City's scores of web sites to make them more useful and user-friendly; and capitalize on sharing and analyzing data to upgrade performance throughout City government in the same way LAPD's COMPSTAT system has been used to drive down crime.
"Incredibly talented, a force in the tech community, and an L.A. native to boot, Peter was my top choice from a very strong pool of applicants," said Mayor Garcetti. "I'm thrilled to have him on the team and look forward to working with him to better serve Angelenos and foster the already strong tech ecosystem here in the City of Angels. Harnessing technology is critical to the future of our economy and improving city services."
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his administration will partner with U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucile M. Jones to develop earthquake resilience strategies for Los Angeles.
Dr. Jones will work with Mayor Garcetti’s administration to develop recommendations to address the vulnerabilities of the city’s water delivery infrastructure including firefighting capability, communications infrastructure and private and government owned buildings in Los Angeles.
“As Mayor of Los Angeles, my first job is to protect the lives and property of our residents, and we must develop new strategies to prepare and to minimize losses from earthquakes,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m delighted that Dr. Lucy Jones, who is one of the world’s leading seismologists, will be partnering with me and leading our efforts to make Los Angeles safer and ready to respond to the 'Big One.’”
On behalf of the Garcetti administration, Dr. Jones will consult with other technical experts. She will also convene public meetings in Los Angeles over the next few months and additional discussions with businesses, property owners and other stakeholders.