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Mayor Garcetti Launches “Ourcycle LA” To Give Refurbished City Computers To Underserved Angelenos

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched “OurCycle LA,” a City of Los Angeles program to refurbish City computers slated for replacement and give them to Angelenos in need.  Computers not suitable for refurbishment will be recycled by a local e-waste social enterprise company committed to providing job training to previously incarcerated Angelenos who face barriers to employment.

"By getting creative and innovative, we're stretching our taxpayer dollars by providing a second life for city computers," Mayor Garcetti said. "Each computer represents an opportunity – an opportunity to connect, an opportunity to protect the planet, an opportunity to work.  With OurCycle LA, we’re not only helping bridge the digital divide, we’re simultaneously supporting our economy by providing job training, creating employment opportunities, and boosting L.A.’s growing e-waste management sector.”

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Mayor Garcetti Opens New Plaza In North Hollywood Arts District

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LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today opened the NoHo Plaza, a new public space in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District and the first project of the "People St" program. The Plaza was created by revamping an alley behind Lankershim Blvd. by covering the pavement with an artistic design and with planters, tables, chairs, umbrellas and more. 
 
"L.A. is the densest urban area in the nation, so we are getting creative to reclaim underused spaces that can be transformed into places for Angelenos to eat, shop and spend time with their friends and families," Mayor Garcetti said. "The People St initiative allows community groups -- who know their neighborhoods the best -- to partner with City Hall to create great public spaces that make our communities more livable and prosperous."
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Mayors Garcetti And Garcia Announce New Collaboration At The Port Complex

WITH LABOR DISPUTE RESOLVED, LOS ANGELES MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI AND LONG BEACH MAYOR ROBERT GARCIA PLEDGE NEW LEVELS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN PORTS AND SUPPLY CHAIN STAKEHOLDERS

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach Plan to Cooperate on Environmental, Security, Legislative, Supply Chain Logistics and Marketing Initiatives 

LOS ANGELES & LONG BEACH, Calif. – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia today thanked the International Longshore Workers Union and the Pacific Maritime Association for heeding their call to resolve the labor dispute, and announced plans for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to collaborate on a series of initiatives designed to meet the changing dynamics of seaborne trade and the impacts of those changes on cargo flow through the nation’s largest trade gateway.

The two ports recently submitted to the Federal Maritime Commission an updated cooperative working agreement that clarifies and expands on their existing pact.  The proposed update, now in a public comment period which ends this Wednesday, will enable the ports to work together on strategies that will benefit both ports in the areas of supply chain logistics and gateway marketing, as well as environment, security and legislative advocacy. 

“With a tentative labor contract in place, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are now moving forward with a new commitment to collaboration to reach new levels of cargo efficiency and reinforce our position as the Western Hemisphere's trade gateway to the world," Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti said. "Our ports share second-to-none infrastructure, a highly skilled labor force and unparalleled industry assets, and by working together, we can maximize our global competitiveness and local economic impact."

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Mayor Garcetti Breaks Ground on 6th Street Viaduct

6th St Viaduct

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today broke ground on the new 6th Street Viaduct, which spans the Los Angeles River from the Arts District in Downtown to Boyle Heights.

"Unfortunately, the iconic 6th Street bridge is fatally damaged. But this challenge represents a rare opportunity to build a modern landmark for Los Angeles that accommodates our modern traffic needs – with improved vehicle flow, pedestrian amenities, bicycle infrastructure, and a dramatic design that demonstrates our city’s place as the creative capital of the world," Mayor Garcetti said.  "Investing in L.A.’s infrastructure is a cornerstone of my back to basics agenda. We are a world class city, and it’s time we invested in world class infrastructure."

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Garcetti In SF For Port Talks

Mayor Meeting With Both Sides to Urge Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Eric Garcetti is in San Francisco, meeting with both sides involved in the ongoing West Coast ports dispute that has a local, regional and national economic impact. Mayor Garcetti is responsible for the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s number-one seaport.

“The port has been at the top of my economic agenda. Our economy is my top priority as Mayor. The Port of L.A. is not only a local, but national powerhouse. That’s why I’m up here to speak directly with both sides and [U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez],” Mayor Garcetti said this morning on KNX's Ask the Mayor. “We cannot let this go on any longer. As the Mayor of the largest city that has the largest port ... I’m going to continue to be a loud voice to get this resolved.”

Mayor Garcetti has been in constant contact with the Pacific Maritime Association, the Longshore Workers, his fellow west coast mayors, and the White House, which responded by dispatching a mediator and now the Secretary of Labor himself to personally work to find an agreement.

Mayor Garcetti has been in close contact with Secretary Perez, and has initiated a nightly call with west coast mayors. He has also been working closely with Mayor Robert Garcia of Long Beach, whose Port of Long Beach is adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles and is important to our regional economy.

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Mayor Garcetti Launches App to Pay Bus Fares

LAMobile

Los Angeles Department of Transportation is the first transit agency in California to create a system-wide mobile ticketing app

Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched LA Mobile, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) app that lets riders buy tickets on their smartphones for LADOT operated DASH and Commuter Express buses.  The launch makes LADOT the first transit agency in California to create a system-wide mobile ticketing app.  Mayor Garcetti demonstrated LA Mobile during a ride on a downtown DASH bus.

“My back to basics agenda is about improving the daily lives of our residents, and technology is an important tool in our efforts to fight traffic and make city government more customer friendly,” said Mayor Garcetti.  “Making it more convenient to use transit will encourage more people to do so, helping cut traffic and smog."

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Mayor Garcetti Reopens Historic Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House open to the public for 24 straight hours to celebrate

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today officially reopened the newly restored Hollyhock House, an iconic landmark designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the heart of Los Angeles in Barnsdall Park.  

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is a crown jewel of Los Angeles architecture," said Mayor Garcetti. “Restoring this landmark to its original glory is a great example of how the city can preserve its unique history while providing Angelenos access to art in everyday places."
A significant part of Los Angeles’ storied architectural history, Hollyhock House - a National Historic Landmark - marked Frank Llloyd Wright's first foray into architecture in Los Angeles. Underscoring its importance as one of the world’s architectural gems, Hollyhock House is now among a group of ten Frank Lloyd Wright buildings that are the first works of modern architecture nominated by the United States to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
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Two Big Steps Forward In Garcetti's Economic Development Agenda

Mayor Signs His Business Tax Cut into Law; Los Angeles Business Council Endorses Mayor's Plan to Increase Minimum Wage

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed his business tax cut plan into law and received the endorsement of the influential Los Angeles Business Council for his plan to increase L.A.'s minimum wage.

"Together with the City Council, we are taking a strategic approach to creating jobs and opportunity for Angelenos. Cutting our business tax will entice more businesses to stay, come and hire in L.A., and responsibly raising the minimum wage will inject significant spending into our neighborhood businesses," Mayor Garcetti said. "I'm proud to have the support of the Los Angeles Business Council, which represents such a broad cross-section of L.A. businesses."

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Mayor Garcetti Turns On Recycled Water System At City Golf Course; Will Save Up To 163 Million Gallons Of Drinking Water A Year

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti turned on Hansen Dam Golf Course’s new recycled water system. The new system at the course, which is in Pacoima and owned by the City of Los Angeles, will save up to 163 million gallons of drinking water every year.

In October, Mayor Garcetti issued a bold executive directive to conserve water and address the drought, which included a call for 85 percent of L.A.'s golf course acreage to be irrigated with recycled water. Mayor Garcetti was joined by Councilmember Felipe Fuentes of the 7th District, and officials of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), L.A. Sanitation, and the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks today.

“City government will lead by example to conserve water and ensure a safe, reliable, and affordable local water supply for Angelenos. Reaching our goal of reducing water use by 20 percent, through efforts like converting to recycled water at our golf courses, will save ratepayers up to $120 million every year,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We must continue to conserve, recycle and rethink how we use our water to save money and make sure we have enough water to keep L.A. growing.”

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MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES 2015 CIVIC UNIVERSITY FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS

Mayor Garcetti announced today a second collaboration with The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. to present the Civic University (CU). The CU emphasizes civic and community engagement and gives Angelenos the tools they need to understand city government and influence policy at City Hall.

Last year, the CU graduated 100 Angelenos in its inaugural class. This year, the program targets community members, city staff and other public officials who show potential to be advocates for their neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood Council in the City of Los Angeles will nominate one male and one female to attend this four week course, which will take place at Cal State LA later this spring.

"We cannot build a better Los Angeles without an engaged population that knows how to navigate city government," said Mayor Garcetti. "That's why the CU emphasizes civic literacy: it's not just about your vote at the ballot box, it's about making sure your elected officials are representing your interests."

Instructors will be under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, and author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government. Teaching staff will be drawn from the PBI, Cal State L.A. Faculty, and the Mayor’s Office and trained by the PBI.  Funding for the program has been provided by Empower LA, the city department that assists neighborhood councils, and AT&T and was created in association with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.

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