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Mayor Garcetti Launches Mayor's Volunteer Corps

garcetti-mayor-volunteer-corps.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of the Mayor's Volunteer Corps, a service initiative to coordinate community improvement events across Los Angeles. Garcetti made the announcement at a kickoff event in Boyle Heights attended by approximately 200 volunteers.

"I truly believe that Los Angeles' greatest resource is its people -- the creative, passionate, and forward thinking individuals who turn away from the status-quo and focus on what's possible if we work together," said Mayor Garcetti. "Whether you are passionate about helping to end veteran homelessness or reducing drop outs, there's a place for you in the Volunteer Corps."

The Mayor's Volunteer Corps is divided into several specialty corps to address different key needs in Los Angeles. Each will have event programming focused on addressing a particular community concern. The five corps groups are:

Education Corps -- This corps is focused primarily on dropout reduction and inspiring children and teens to continue their education. It will promote LAUSD’s Student Recovery Day and work with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development to coordinate a long-term volunteer opportunities in FamilySource and YouthSource centers. The first Education Corps event will be working with the Cash for College program to help low-income students get the necessary financial aid to make college a reality. 

Family Corps -- This corps promotes inter-generational volunteering and creating the future volunteers of Los Angeles, and will include opportunities for young children.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces Next Steps in Agenda to Reform LAFD and Improve Response Times - FireSTATLA, Verified Data & Online Posting of Response Times

As part of his mission to reduce response times and bring new tools and technology to the fire department, Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced major new reforms being implemented at LAFD:
  • The implementation of FireSTATLA, a process that includes data analysis and regular convening of department commanders to expose problems, examine tactics, and develop solutions. The Los Angeles Police Department has used a similar system, COMPSTAT, to spur innovation and push crime down to record lows.
  • The triple-verification of LAFD’s response time data to create a solid baseline against which to track improvement. The data was analyzed by two outside experts: Palantir, a firm that specializes in analytical tools and conducting analysis of complex data systems; and Justice and Security Strategies, a firm specializing in advising public safety agencies. Their work layers on the work of the Fire Department’s new Statistical Manager, a new position created through the Garcetti Administration’s reforms.
  • The online posting of response times and the underlying raw data used by the department to calculate them on the Mayor’s open data website, data.lacity.org.
“FireStatLA is a signature element of my work to reform the fire department and reduce response times,” Mayor Garcetti said. “FireStatLA combines the experience and expertise of our firefighters with cutting edge data analysis. Combined with intensive data analysis, FireStat is aimed at increasing accountability, improving decision making and better allocating resources, with the primary goal of improving response times – which, in turn, helps us better fulfill our mission of saving lives and protecting property. My back to basics agenda is about making sure city government is focused on those services that matter most to our neighborhoods, so providing the best possible fire and paramedic service to the people of Los Angeles is at the top of our list.” 

“When I authored the FireStatLA motion, I was optimistic that, if implemented, it would change the way the Fire Department communicates and allocates resources,” said Councilmember Mitch Englander, who chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee. “The results to date have exceeded my expectations.”
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Mayor Garcetti Nominates Wendy Macy as Next General Manager of Personnel

Wendy-Macy.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced the nomination of Wendy Macy as the next General Manager of City of Los Angeles Personnel Department.  Macy currently serves as Director of Human Resources for the County of Sonoma, a position she has held since 2011, and was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In Sonoma County, Macy managed a full-service human resources agency, was instrumental in negotiating new agreements with 11 bargaining units to strengthen fiscal sustainability, and played a role in the County’s strategic planning and budget development functions.

Macy is an attorney who spent a decade with the Los Angeles Unified School District as Chief Operating Officer, Personnel Director, and Associate General Counsel.  At the school district from 2001-2011, she led the Personnel Commission through tough economic times, reorganizing major functions to cut costs and improve service.

"Wendy Macy has been a successful change agent in reforming major public agencies throughout her career, and will encourage and reward innovation here in LA to produce better, faster and more economical results," said Mayor Garcetti.  "She will be a strong leader of our work to restore pride and excellence in public service with a commitment to train, equip, and empower the public workers who deliver our vital basic services."

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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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