Mayor Eric Garcetti will be celebrating Women's Equality Day this evening by signing an executive directive calling on city departments to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which the City adopted in 2004.
"Our city only succeeds if everyone has an equal shot at success. For too long, our women and girls have been left behind and counted out, and I want Los Angeles to lead in employing and empowering women," said Mayor Garcetti. "With this executive directive, we recognize that while we still have far to go, we can make progress -- by working collaboratively, measuring what we do, and trying innovative approaches."
The directive requires each General Manager or Head of Department to submit a Gender Equity Action Plan by February 1, 2016 to implement a gender-equity strategy that:
- upholds an inclusive work environment that promotes fairness and fosters the equal participation of women in leadership positions at all levels;
- tracks recruitment in fields where women remain underrepresented (such as public safety, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and addresses such underrepresentation;
- tracks contracts and promotes ways to ensure equal contracting opportunities for women-owned business enterprises;
- evaluates City services to discover ways to increase gender parity and to promote equal opportunities for, and the advancement of, women and girls;
- provides any raw data regarding sex and gender on the City’s open-data portal;
- identifies and develops baseline metrics regarding the status of women and girls; and
- publishes to the online Gender Equity Dashboard metrics and indicators related to the status of women and girls.
Co-Founders of the US-focused Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda Join President in Calling for City Leaders to Sign the International Compact of Mayors and Commit to Climate Action Plans
LOS ANGELES -- Mayors Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, and Annise Parker of Houston kicked off their #ClimateMayors campaign in the final 100 days until the opening of the the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France on November 30, 2015. Mayors Parker, Nutter, and Garcetti, who co-founded the US-focused Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) after serving together on President Obama's Climate Task Force, echoed President Obama's remarks today at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV, by calling for their fellow mayors to not only join them in the US-focused MNCAA but to also sign the international Compact of Mayors and commit to creating climate action plan.
The MNCAA is a domestic mayor-to-mayor initiative to work collectively to help cities set significant emission reduction targets; standardize municipal inventories to be able to better compare data between cities regardless of size; establish a US common template for climate action plans; and develop a municipal offset protocol. The MNCAA mayors announced in June their call for strong federal action on climate change in the face of Congressional gridlock and for the President to negotiate for the strongest possible climate agreement at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris (See ClimateMayors.tumblr.com).
"Climate change isn't a political issue--it's a reality for cities, many of which are right now enduring drought, extreme weather, and wildfires as a result," Mayors National Climate Action Agenda co-founders Garcetti, Nutter and Parker said in a joint statement. "As President Obama said at the Clean Energy Summit, the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to produce clean energy are critical for our nation's economy. These efforts are big steps forward, but we need Congress to step up and support binding US greenhouse gas reduction targets. That's why we are kicking off our #ClimateMayors campaign in final 100 days before the opening of the COP21 discussions in Paris where the world's leaders will convene to address climate change. As we said in June, we call on our federal leaders to pursue the strongest possible agreement at the UN climate talks in Paris and urge our fellow mayors to help send a signal that the US is serious about climate change by signing the international Compact of Mayors, commit to a climate action plan, and join with us in the MNCAA."
Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a bold initiative today calling for city departments to pursue a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
The program, called “Vision Zero,” is based on the fundamental principle that traffic deaths can be avoided through strategic, data-driven approaches to engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation, and community engagement. Adoption of the Vision Zero policy is a key facet of the Livable Neighborhoods focus of Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn.
“We have to think big and work hard when it comes to keeping people safe,” said Mayor Garcetti. “It is tragic that 200 people are killed each year while moving about our city. With more people walking and biking than ever before, we must use every available tool to save lives. I am determined to bring that number down to zero.”
Mayor Garcetti signed the tenth executive directive of his administration, ordering multiple city departments to report back by Dec. 1, 2015 with specific recommendations for measures that would immediately reduce traffic-related deaths in L.A. by 20 percent by 2017. The directive also calls for the formation of a Vision Zero Task Force; as well as an Executive Steering Committee, led by city agencies in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, that will work on proposals to eradicate deadly accidents on Los Angeles streets by 2025.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Ashley Z. Hand as the transportation technology strategist fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). The fellowship is funded through a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation.
“It takes ingenuity and technical savvy to plan the safe, dynamic and widely accessible transportation future that Los Angeles deserves,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Ashley has shown these qualities throughout her career, using uncommon creativity to help local governments build comprehensive networks. L.A. is defining the curve for transportation in the digital age — and Ashley will help steer us away from being the world’s car capital, and build on our Mobility and Sustainable City plans. Taken together, these initiatives have us on course for the smart and sustainable future that Angelenos deserve.”
Most recently, Hand served as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) in Kansas City, Missouri — the first woman in the nation’s history to serve as a municipal CIO. In that post, she developed Kansas City's first-ever digital roadmap; established a public-private partnership to build a smart city network along a new streetcar starter line; and utilized data to deliver city services more efficiently. She previously served as an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM, where she worked collaboratively across the public and private sectors to encourage clients to use sustainable best practices.
Joining with Angelenos from throughout the community, the Mayor reflects on the events of August 1965 and urges young people to focus on their future.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, Mayor Eric Garcetti spent Friday in neighborhoods where six days of civil unrest drew global attention to issues of racial inequality and a half-century of rebuilding underscored the resilient spirit that defines Los Angeles.
“Whether you call it a riot, an uprising, or a rebellion, there is one thing all Angelenos can agree on: the events of August 1965 were transformative — not just for Watts, but all of Los Angeles,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Today, we remember those who perished, mourn with friends and neighbors who lost loved ones, and stand with all who have remained in Watts to make peace, rebuild, and move forward in a community we all love.”
Water infrastructure investment represents $250 million in savings, and prevents the annual loss of more than 300 million gallons of water.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today released 20,000 “shade balls” onto the surface of the Los Angeles Reservoir, marking completion of a $34.5 million initiative to protect the city’s water quality.
LADWP is the first utility company to use this technology for water quality protection. Today’s deployment marked the final phase of an effort that involves the deployment of 96 million shade balls to the 175-acre reservoir -- the largest in-basin facility of its kind owned and managed by LADWP. The small, black plastic balls protect water quality by preventing sunlight-triggered chemical reactions, deterring birds and other wildlife, and protecting water from rain and wind-blown dust.
A cost-effective investment that brings the L.A. Reservoir into compliance with new federal water quality mandates, the shade balls are expected to save $250 million when compared to other comparable tools considered to meet that goal. Those alternatives included splitting the reservoir into two with a bisecting dam; and installing two floating covers that would have cost more than $300 million. In addition, the shade balls will also prevent the annual loss to evaporation of about 300 million gallons of water.
This is the latest step in the Mayor's efforts to reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed into law a gun safety measure that bans the possession of large-capacity magazines inside of city limits. This ordinance prohibits the ownership of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. The measure was introduced by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian and passed on July 28th, 2015.
“I am committed to reducing the gun violence in our city,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This ban is part of that larger effort. It will help keep our streets safer and help prevent the magnitude of mass shootings. We are sending a clear message - we will not wait for Washington to act, we are ready to act now.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan D. Wapner today announced a Settlement Agreement Term Sheet has been signed which will lead to the transfer of ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) subject to approvals by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, Los Angeles City Council, Ontario City Council, the OIAA and the Federal Aviation Administration.
In a joint statement issued at a news conference at ONT, Garcetti and Wapner said the Settlement Term Sheet adheres to the premise that Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will be reimbursed to the extent needed to make them whole regarding investments they have made in ONT, while providing job protection to the airport’s current employees. Along form settlement agreement consistent with the initial term sheet will be prepared within 60-days. A formal approval process is expected to begin in October 2015, with the entire process, including FAA approval, expected to be completed within one year.
“Together, we've reached a deal that will benefit everyone: Inland Empire residents, Angelenos, LAWA, the Ontario Airport, and the dedicated employees who work at our airports," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "This agreement resulted from hard work and courage on both sides of the table. I have supported the transfer of ONT to local control since my first day in office and I am thrilled that we can stop litigation and focus on a partnership that expands Southern California's commitment to superior air travel."
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Coalition of LA City Unions Chair Cheryl Parisi have announced a tentative agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the Coalition of Los Angeles City Unions for a 4-year contract for more than 20,000 full- and part-time City workers.
The agreement must be ratified by the Coalition’s individual union members before moving on to the Los Angeles City Council for adoption and final approval by the Mayor.
“I am proud to announce that we have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Coalition of LA City Unions that prioritizes service delivery and strengthens our long-term fiscal health. Together, we have achieved a fair and fiscally responsible contract that allows the City to restore and improve the services our residents need and deserve, while strengthening our budget position,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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.”