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Mayor Garcetti Issues Executive Directive On Water Conservation To Address Ongoing Drought

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Amidst a record drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued an executive directive to dramatically reduce the use of fresh water and the purchase of costly imported water.

"Our relationship with water must evolve. We cannot afford the water policies of the past," said Mayor Garcetti. "We must conserve, recycle and rethink how we use our water to save money and make sure that we have enough water to keep L.A. growing."

Mayor Garcetti’s directive requires a reduction in fresh water use by 20 percent by 2017 and in the DWP’s purchase of imported water by 50 percent by 2024. The directive represents a comprehensive approach that addresses supply, use and recycling.

Through the directive, Mayor Garcetti is ordering city departments to sharply cut water use by reducing watering and replacing lawns or other water-intensive landscaping at city facilities, street medians and sidewalk parkways, in addition to increasing city incentives to help L.A. residents do the same, including an increase in the DWP’s turf replacement incentive to $3.75 per square foot. Outdoor water use is a key area to address – it represents 50 percent of residential consumption.

Angelenos are asked to voluntarily reduce watering to two days a week; to use DWP rebates to install low water landscaping and more efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances; and to ensure pools are covered to reduce water lost to evaporation. If targets are not met through the combination of mandatory city actions and voluntary resident actions, residential mandates will be implemented, including new watering, swimming pool and car washing restrictions. Mayor Garcetti urges residents to visit www.lamayor.org/drought for information on how to access incentives and lower their water bills through conservation.

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Mayor Garcetti Appoints Luis J. Rodriguez as Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

luisrodriguezsocial.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced Luis J. Rodriguez, best-known for his memoir “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.,” as Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.

"Luis Rodriguez is an example of how powerful an impact literature can have on young lives, and as Poet Laureate, he will impact youth across Los Angeles,” Mayor Garcetti said. “I have no doubt that Luis will run with this new role and take it to new heights.”

As Poet Laureate, Rodriguez will serve a two-year term as an official ambassador of L.A.’s vibrant creative scene, promoting the city’s rich literary community and celebrating the written word. 

“I’m honored to be selected as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles—to expand on the new and imaginative journey Mayor Garcetti has embarked on to make this a livable, welcome, and artistically-alive city,” Luis says. “To me, poetry is deep soul-talk, a powerful means to enlarge one’s presence in the world.”

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L.A. Wins First Promise Zone Funds; $36 Million To Help 10K LAUSD Students

McArthur_Park.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has received 7 federal grants worth $36 million resulting from the city's successful bid to win Promise Zone designation for Los Angeles. The funding will provide 10,000 LAUSD students with academic assistance, after school and summer support services, teen pregnancy prevention programming and more access to healthier food in schools.

The Promise Zone is President Obama’s signature anti-poverty initiative, first announced at his 2013 State of the Union address.  In late 2013, Mayor Garcetti led a coalition of non-profit and public-sector organizations on an aggressive bid to win Promise Zone designation for Los Angeles. In January 2014, Mayor Garcetti joined President Obama at the White House as it was announced that Los Angeles was chosen as one of the first five Promise Zone locations in the nation, giving our city’s applicant partners preference points and technical assistance to earn federal grants. Los Angeles’ Promise Zone serves a larger population than the other federal Promise Zones cities combined.

"We're being aggressive about pursuing increasingly scarce federal dollars and our work is delivering results in ways that can transform these young people's lives and our neighborhoods," Mayor Garcetti said. "My back to basics agenda starts with creating economic opportunity and combined with our plan to raise L.A.'s minimum wage, we are serving hundreds of thousands of Angelenos through these initiatives."

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LAEDC Report: High Tech Employment Key Driver in LA Economy

Mayor Eric Garcetti today kicked-off the inaugural Los Angeles Innovation Week by announcing the release of the report “High Tech in LA”, the first report to quantify the employment and economic contribution of LA County’s growing high tech sector.  Los Angeles County has more high tech sector jobs (368,600) than Boston-Cambridge (361,400), Santa Clara County (313,300), and New York City, including all five boroughs (234,400).  The report is authored by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Institute for Applied Economics, with the generous support of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The report shows that the direct high tech workforce generated $32 billion in wages in 2013, accounting for 16.8% of all wages paid in LA County. In terms of total jobs, the high tech sector supported 763,600 jobs in LA, including direct, indirect and induced jobs across a broad spectrum of industries. The total economic impact, including indirect and induced jobs, accounted for $58.7 billion in labor income, $108.3 billion in value-added to regional GDP, and $21.8 billion in tax revenues in 2013 for federal, state and local governments. 

“Los Angeles’ tech industry is now as critical to our economy as our manufacturing and entertainment sectors—and we are outperforming New York, Boston, and Santa Clara County, in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Mayor Garcetti. “If we want to keep it that way, we must ensure our workforce and our students are prepared."

To further demonstrate LA’s leadership role in the tech and innovation ecosystem, the LAEDC along with the City and County of Los Angeles and many private and public sector partners from across the region, commenced a week-long schedule of events celebrating “Los Angeles Innovation Week” with a kick-off press conference on October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the state-of-the-art offices of Oblong Industries at 923 E 3rd St in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LAFD Pre-Deploys Resources Due to Fire Weather

As a result of the forecasted increased winds and low relative humidity, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will pre-deploy additional resources beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014. These additional firefighters will be deployed at select Neighborhood Fire Stations serving high-hazard brush areas for an anticipated 24 hours, pending further evaluation of weather conditions. These areas include: Porter Ranch; Bel Air / Beverly Glen; Sun Valley / Shadow Hills / La Tuna Canyon; Encino; Sylmar; Laurel Canyon / Mulholland Drive; West Hills / Canoga Park. These locations are based on fire experience, area access and fire potential.

RED FLAG PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE NOT IN EFFECT

When fire weather conditions dictate, the City of Los Angeles may enact special parking restrictions in areas historically prone to wildfire. These are critical areas (very narrow roads, hairpin turns, and key intersections) where parked vehicles could delay citizens trying to evacuate and delay fire companies attempting to gain access during a fast moving Brush Fire.

This local declaration of parking restrictions is separate from regional forecasts from the National Weather Service.

 

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Mayor Garcetti and LADOT Release First-Ever Transportation Strategic Plan to Provide Safer Streets and Better Transportation Options

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds today released Great Streets for Los Angeles, LADOT's first strategic plan to turn the city’s essential infrastructure -- its streets and sidewalks -- into safer, more livable 21st century public spaces that accommodate everyone who uses them. 

"We are changing our approach to transportation by building a system that offers Angelenos multiple options for how to get around," said Mayor Garcetti.  "LADOT is at the heart of making this vision a reality in L.A., and the strategic plan establishes the concrete steps the department will take to accomplish this over the next few years." 

The plan builds upon Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda and Great Streets Initiative, which look at L.A.'s streets as valuable assets that can help revitalize neighborhoods across the city and make it easier for Angelenos to get around whether they walk, bike, drive, or take transit.   The plan also stresses the importance of working closely with other city and regional agencies, such as the Bureau of Street Services and Metro, to improve safe, accessible transportation services and infrastructure.

"This strategic plan is an urban constitution for what L.A.'s streets can be and how to make them safer and better for the economy and for all Angelenos, no matter how they get around," said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds,  "We look forward to partnering with stakeholders and city leaders to bring it to life."

Councilmember Mike Bonin chairs the City Council's Transportation Committee.

"Having a forward-looking strategic transportation plan is essential for neighborhoods in L.A.," said Councilmember Bonin. "I'm excited to work with the Mayor and Seleta in putting this plan into action so we can put neighborhoods first."

Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates helped direct the strategic planning process.

“A city's health, safety, and economy starts with its streets, and identifying the strategies and benchmarks to mark progress toward its goals is an essential part of the work LADOT does every day," said Sadik-Khan. "Safe streets that provide more and better choices for Angelenos can help unlock L.A.'s economic potential and make its streets into something more than just drive-through corridors."

The 62-page plan focuses on Mayor Garcetti's priorities of making the city safe, prosperous, and livable with a well-run government.  It outlines goals and benchmarks to track progress and includes key targets for making LADOT an even more transparent and responsive agency that also attracts and retrains a talented workforce.

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Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Huizar, and LAFD Announce Elimination of Flat Roof Requirements on High-Rise Buildings

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember José Huizar joined the Los Angeles Fire Department today to announce a historic revision toLAFD’s Regulation No. 10 to eliminate helipads from the roofs of new high rise buildings.  The new policy will allow architects to create the kind of iconic pitched-roof building designs seen in other world-class cities while meeting the highest standards for fire-life safety.  

High rise buildings in Los Angeles have been required to have helipads since 1958.  However, standards, technology, and best practices in engineering, fire-life safety, and design have evolved and modernized significantly over the past half-century.  L.A. is the only American city with this requirement which limited design and made it impossible for architects to design the narrow tops and grand spires that distinguish many skyscrapers across the globe. 

“Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, but our skyline is full of buildings that are uniformly flat,” said Mayor Garcetti.  “We want better fire protection and better design from our buildings.  We must always be innovating, and that’s what this policy does.”

Mayor Garcetti convened a working group with Councilmember Huizar, LAFD, and other departments to address the outdated policy after Councilmember Huizar worked on an earlier revision which allowed a modified helipad in lieu of a full-size helipad on the Wilshire Grand project.  The Wilshire Grand will be the tallest building west of Chicago and the first in Los Angeles to implement a modified helipad.

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Mayor Garcetti to Announce Mayors National Climate Action Agenda With Fellow Mayors Parker and Nutter

Announcement Will Happen on Stage at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with fellow Mayors Annise Parker of Houston and Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, will announce the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda on stage at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiaitve Annual Meeting. The Action Agenda commits mayors to local efforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.

Forged by the mayors of the largest three cities serving on Preisdent Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda seeks to by-pass the gridlock in Washington to fight climate change in cities, where the majority of greenhouse gas emissions occur. The mayors of the first three cities to commit to the Action Agenda-- Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia-- will work to enlist other cities across the nation to adopt the Angenda.

"Our cities are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change, with 70% of emissions in the US from cities--mayors must confront this challenge not only at the local level, but also by calling for binding emission reductions at the federal and global level," said Mayor Garcetti. "I look forward to working with Mayors Parker and Nutter to galvanize our fellow mayors across the nation to join us."

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Mayor Garcetti Joins Governor Brown at Signing of Critical Film Industry Bill

Mayor Garcetti today joined Governor Brown as he signed important legislation to more than triple California's film tax credit to boost our entertainment industry and middle class. Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has made this legislation his top priority in Sacramento. AB 1839 passed through the legislature on August 29, 2014 with an allocation of $330 million per year for five years beginning with fiscal year 2015-16. The legislation prioritizes funding for applicants based on net new jobs created and overall positive economic impact. AB 1839 was authored by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul J. Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles). Senator Kevin de Leon and Speaker Toni Atkins played a key role in aligning the bill's funding with jobs.

"They call the problem 'runaway production.' But let's be clear -- production and production jobs aren't running away from California. They are being lured away by big financial incentives from other states. Today, we fight back. This legislation levels the playing field to protect our signature industry and the middle class jobs it supports. This legislation targets the heart and soul of this industry and our middle class – people who swing hammers, run cable and serve food on set so they can pay the bills and spend money in our economy. As Mayor, my number one job is to protect and create jobs. That's why I made this legislation my top priority in Sacramento," Mayor Garcetti said.

Mayor Garcetti has made protecting and expanding our entertainment industry a centerpiece of his administration because it is critical to the strength of our middle class and overall economy.

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MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES BUILDING PERMIT STREAMLINING FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS; INSTANT ONLINE PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced new initiatives at the Department of Building and Safety that will reduce costs for Los Angeles residents installing solar photovoltaic systems at their homes, including making permits available online and having Building and Safety inspectors verify requirements on behalf of the Fire Department.

"My back to basics agenda for Los Angeles is about reforming City Hall to make it easier for Angelenos to take action on our most important priorities – and installing solar panels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one my top priorities," said Mayor Garcetti. "The work done by the Department of Building and Safety, together with ongoing customer service improvements for solar customers underway at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, will cut costs and help create local jobs in the City’s growing solar installation industry."

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, solar panels and other hardware account for less than half of the cost of a typical residential solar system, and reducing permitting time can shave as much as $900 off the cost of an installation.

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