Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today the winners of the Great Streets Challenge Grant. This grant program will award up to $20,000 to eight community-driven projects that re-imagine Los Angeles’s iconic commercial corridors as public spaces reflective of each unique neighborhood and community.
“I launched the Great Streets Initiative to activate public spaces, provide economic revitalization, increase public safety, enhance local culture, and support great neighborhoods,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m excited to see how these projects will enhance our effort to create vibrant places where Angelenos can come together as communities.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Office of Economic Development have brought another successful business into Los Angeles. The Honest Company has signed a long-term lease for 83,000 square feet in Playa Vista. The move will enable The Honest Company to expand their operations and staff as they site their headquarters in Los Angeles in early 2016.
"We are committed to growing our local economy by helping companies come to our city and create more jobs for Angelenos," said Mayor Garcetti. "L.A. is the perfect home for The Honest Company, an emerging brand committed to service and sustainability, and we welcome the company and its hundreds of employees to the expanding community at Playa Vista. This move proves once again that our city is the place for companies to do business."
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who co-founded the Mayors National Climate Change Agenda (MNCAA) along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, issued the following statement as Mayors from around the world gathered for the Vatican's symposium on climate change and modern slavery hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. MNCAA Mayors attending the symposium include Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
The symposium follows Pope Francis' encyclical calling for action against climate change and in advance of the UN climate conference in Paris where world leaders will convene to negotiate a new international agreement to combat climate change.
"Mayors are on the front lines when climate change causes drought, incites extreme weather, and erodes our coastlines. We need the world's leaders to think like mayors and share our sense of urgency in negotiating a bold climate change agreement," Mayors Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. "We are proud to join those mayors who are gathered at the Vatican in signing the Papal declaration for action on climate change and urge our nation's mayors to continue leading the way. We must lead in the face of federal inaction."
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a new seismic safety measure which will help protect Angelenos' lives and property in the event of an earthquake. The Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety (LADBS) has established three new "Preliminary Fault Rupture Study Areas" for several fault lines within the city that have not yet been mapped by the California Geological Survey (CGS). This measure puts L.A. ahead of the state in ensuring new buildings are not built above active fault lines in the City of Los Angeles.
LADBS’s Preliminary Fault Rupture Study Areas are areas where active faults may exist and present a potential for ground rupture to occur during a local earthquake. If a proposed development is found to be in a Preliminary Fault Rupture Study Area, geologic investigations to determine the presence or absence of an active fault will be required before building permits are issued by LADBS. The Preliminary Fault Rupture Study Areas will not affect existing buildings, only new developments.
“This is an important step in our efforts to create a more resilient Los Angeles, adding to our aggressive seismic policy agenda to ensure the safety and economic longevity of our city,” said Mayor Garcetti. “It’s important that new buildings be as safe as they can be, and this new measure helps ensure our buildings are built on solid ground. We looking forward to working with the state and sharing the data we collect."
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton announced that the plan to restore the Los Angeles River was unanimously approved today by the Civil Works Review Board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.
"Today is the culmination of more than a decade of work and marks an important milestone in our efforts to restore the Los Angeles River," said Garcetti. "Because the Army Corps of Engineers has now given its official blessing, we have an opportunity to transform both the river's aquatic riparian ecosystem and our city."
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has met and surpassed his first benchmark goal of 10 percent water reduction by July 1, 2015. The City has rallied in response to the historic drought and has achieved a significant milestone in Mayor Garcetti’s water reduction plan as outlined by his Executive Directive No. 5 and in L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn.
Since the roll out of the Mayor's Executive Directive in October 2014, L.A. residents and businesses leaped to action by altering water use and taking advantage of conservation rebates offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Daily per capita water use for the year ending June 30, 2015 was 113 gallons per capita per day (GPCD), compared to 131 GPCD for the year ending June 2014, a reduction of more than 13%.
The City's water use was also within the margin of measuring error of the state's target, using 244 more acre-feet than the state allocated for June. This amount equates to about 4 hours of citywide water usage.
“Angelenos have responded to my call for action and have stepped up to significantly conserve during this historic drought-- building on our City's already impressive history of water conservation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The most valuable solution to this water crisis is our willingness to change our relationship with water. Keep saving the drop, L.A.! Every bit counts.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced his appointment of Connie Llanos as Press Secretary for his administration. Llanos has a decade of professional media experience and currently serves as Communications Director and Strategic Advisor to Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. While there, Llanos helped shape key policies to improve the quality of life for South LA residents. In her new role, Llanos will be the primary liaison between the Mayor and all members of the media.
"With her wealth of experience on both sides of media-- as a journalist and as a communications strategist-- Connie is poised to serve as an indispensable addition to my administration," said Mayor Garcetti. "Her deep policy expertise on citywide issues like the minimum wage and experience fostering community in the 9th council district ensure she will hit the ground running."
With nearly 5,000 local veterans hired, 10,000 Strong is on pace to hit Mayor Garcetti's three-year veterans hiring goal by 2017.
Today, at the 10,000 Strong Veterans Career Summit, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that his 10,000 Strong Coalition of over 200 public and private sector partners has hired nearly 5,000 veterans in one year. He was joined by more than 1,000 veterans, employers, supporters and military family members.
The initiative, formed to help connect veterans and military community members to gainful employment, aims to employ 10,000 Veterans over a three year period. The initiative links veterans to employers, training, and job resources to help transition military skills to the civilian workforce.
"As the home to the highest number of unemployed veterans in the country, we have a duty here in Los Angeles to repay the service of our returning heroes with job opportunities," said Mayor Garcetti. "We owe our veterans more than a handshake and a thank-you-- we owe them the help they deserve to transition their valuable skills to support their families and benefit our local employers."
Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a new job resource program at City libraries, including a new job center and training for librarians, to help job-seeking Angelenos find work.
L.A.'s first WorkSource Center Portal, a career center located inside a Downtown's Central Library, will provide a place for Angelenos to seek help finding and securing a job. Job seekers can meet one-on-one with trained staff to search for jobs, write resumes, sharpen interviewing skills and consider new professions. Additionally, all Adult Services librarians will be trained to assist Angelenos in utilizing City resources, including the online jobs portal JobsLA, to find and apply for career opportunities at the other 72 Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) branches.
HIRE L.A.'s Youth program will connect over 11,000 young Angelenos and nearly 20,000 young people countywide to employment opportunities.
Local leaders celebrated the launch of a high-performing Los Angeles City and County-wide 2015 summer youth employment program today. Combined, the City and County program will provide nearly 20,000 youth with job skills training, financial literacy skills, and what are often first-time pay checks.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Don Knabe, joined by Supervisors Hilda Solis, Sheila Kuehl, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Councilmember Gil Cedillo, have all been strong advocates of the program, which they kicked off at Grand Park with young Angelenos from throughout the region.
This year, the program will focus on high-growth, high-wage sectors, exposing youth to opportunities in industries like transportation, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, and financial services, and will specifically target some of the city and county's most vulnerable and at-risk youth. It is a partnership between the city and the county, public agencies, the private sector, and corporate sponsors.
"Last year, we not only met, but beat my promise to double our youth summer jobs to 10,000-- and this year, we're on track to hit nearly 20,000 countywide," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "HIRE L.A.'s Youth transforms lives, connecting some of our most vulnerable young Angelenos to skills training, work experience, and first-time paychecks that put them on a path to success, benefiting our families, our communities, and our City's economy as a whole."