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Switch: Make bike lanes close to curb and parking lanes whre bike lanes.

Please consider this, In many cities bike lanes are next to sidewalk and parked cars separate bikers from speeding cars. Now we have bikers protecting parked cars.

This simple switch will make a lot of things better, make people feel safer and encourage more biking.

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our kids need help in the school system

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=950917654933916

 please watch Thank you for your time

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Sidewalks

Every street in the city should have a sidewalk. With all of the residents that are runners, skateboarders, and most importantly wheelchair bound, there should always be a safe passage from one street to the next without having to go into traffic.  I understand that this is extremely costly, and possibly at times hard to do due to buildings being close to the street, but there has to be a way. The city should start with the streets that have no sidewalk on both sides and make at least one side have a sidewalk. 

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Los Angeles needs another Old School music station

I was very saddened when 92.3 FM changed their format to a Hip Hop station when in fact Los Angeles already has one Power 106 which is a Hip Hop station.  Before 92.3 FM changed their format they played old Hip Hop from the 1990's and 1980's dance, 1970's disco and Motown hits.  When I am in Los Angeles visiting I am always listening to that station.  It really brings out the great feeling of being in Los Angeles.  I have been extremely deeply attached emotionally to Los Angeles since my childhood.  I would like to live there someday but there is no place that is affordable rent that is within my budget but in the meantime I always visit very often.  92.3 FM had an exact twin FM station that is still on the air today in Las Vegas. Los Angeles really deperately needs to have a station again like 105.7 FM in Las Vegas than all will be just perfect again.

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Reduce Worker's Comp Claims, Improve Employee Health and Productivity

I have an idea for a pilot project to reduce the number of worker's comp claims.  in 1996 I was diagnosed with a few slipped discs and told to take prescription pain killers and "avoid sitting, standing and walking and come back when you're more fully paralyzed and we'll operate on you."  Instead, I fortunate to find Pete Egoscue, who taught me exercises that got the pain away in 40 minutes.  It is not "medical" treatment but can be used for structural problems like slipped discs, carpal tunnel, bad knees, etc..  The City could have a pilot in which injured employees could opt to postpone filing a worker's comp case and go to an Egoscue clinic at the City's expense for a certain period of time (once every other week).  Most people would end up going back to work, not spending money on doctor or worker's comp.  I'd love to talk to someone from the Mayor's Office about the details.

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Solar Cooking Contest across from Disney Hall at DWP Headquarters

Remember an apartment across from Disney Hall got to 140 degrees before they buffed out the shine. 

http://www.solarcookers.org/events/festival/

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CC TV for Los Angeles

It's time for Los Angeles to have a CC TV system. We are the 2nd largest city in the United States and we are going to through an enormous building boom of hotels, high rise office buildings, condos, apartments and stadiums but we still have less 10,000 police and we're told we're not getting any more. It's time to stop giving tax incentives to billionaires like Stan Kronenke, Mr. Walmart, based on the approval of 5 people in the City Council of Inglewood, and both pay for more police and a CC TV system. Inglewood won't be taking care for Hollywood Park, LAPD will.

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Follow-up with Water Cabinet Directives

Mayor,

I was very impressed with Directive #5 specific directives to city agencies in October, however, I've seen virtually no progress in accomplishing your directives, which I thought were well thought out and achievable.

City staff needs to make the information on progress very transparent and visible to ratepayers, if you are to hope to get elector cooperation.  When it comes time to ask citizens to make sacrifices, you will meet great resistance if the City does not lead the way, as you have nicely laid out.

Ken Murray

City Resident

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drumdancepray.org /aksaya patra/food for life objective

mr mayor i love the fact that you are reaching out to the community  like this i just watched you on channel 7 please consider this objective .7 million kids daily are feed super food vegetarian prasadam or blessed non violent food by this network.we would love   to expand feeding the kids good food instead of the shite they are eating in order to achieve this our vision in los angeles  we need a major drumcircle each sunday flags for all nations  every religion sharing a prayer on behalf of there community for peace and unity and respects for all paths  if you got involved that vision would expand to six continents represented in la by there own drumcircles all meeting at the sunday memorial of crosses at santa monica beach we need to create a perfect world peace event and get one in every city on the planet thank you mr mayor punya 323 677 8834 drumdancepray.org

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Water Conservation in LA needs Leadership

I just came across a simple and smart initiative implemented by the cities of Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach called Think H2o

http://www.thinkh2onow.com/

I urge you to take a much needed step in water conservation here in our city. Just last week during that heat wave, I saw land along the freeway being watered, mid-day, in 90 degree heat. This is unacceptable and just sad. Water conservation needs to be a conversation constantly on the forefront. Without water, we will have nothing. Be smart—DO SOMETHING! Please.

Thank you,

Elyse Busenbark

frightened citizen of this beautiful city

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France is passing a law to make all commercial rooftops green - LA Should Too!

"Green rooftops also significantly reduce the urban “heat island” effect in which urban areas are noticeably warmer than their surroundings. The heat island effect can cause large cities to get 1.8°F to 5.4°F warmer than surrounding areas in the day, and 22°F warmer at night, according to the EPA."

 

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/03/20/3636746/franch-rooftops-go-green/

 

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Big Trash Day

Mayor Garcetti,

I watched the news report about L.A. being a dumping zone for discarded items like furniture, tv's and such.  When I lived in the Houston area we had a (Big Trash Day) once a month for these items.  This was helpful in so many ways.  First of all everyone knew when to put things out for pickup so there was no need to illegally dump things.  Secondly the people who like to recycle would drive around looking for things that they could recycle (which meant less things for the waste management to pick up and less going into the landfills).  Also crafty people could pick up a table or other useful item and re-purpose it.  Again less things for the landfills.  BTW my mothers breakfast table came from big trash day.  A little sanding and stain and looked brand new.  I think that it is a really great program and something that has been in place in the Houston area for many years.  I thought I would tell you about it in hopes that something like this would be less then the 5 million dollar clean up project you were talking about.  I hope that you consider this option.

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Removal of Turfgrass from city properties.

Mayor, it is profoundly difficult to convince people to do the right thing, in terms of getting rid of their turfgrass, when the city uses it on so many city properties---needlessly.  I don't have a particular problem using grass where people recreate or sit, but it is used in many places simply for decoration.  

For example, the DWP facility at the corner of Cahuenga and Camarillo in the Valley has a HUGE lawn, that performs no function:
https://www.google.com/maps/@34.157234,-118.361516,3a,75y,269h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sTQI7TlvKZbFhhKVzkweAYA!2e0

The City must lead the way for it's citizens!

Ken Murray, MD

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Mandatory Water Rationing

With the release of the report from JPL that we are now working on our last year of water reserves, PLEASE prod your water cabinet to consider mandatory rationing.  We are heading into the warm season, where much more drinking water will be used on landscaping.

We can not afford to allow our reserves to dip any lower, to the point where we are running out.  Greatly enhanced conservation makes everything better. We have tried the voluntary route, and it has not produced the needed reductions.

Direct LADWP to look at "penalty pricing" for violation of reasonable usage limitations, so that those who are using (wasting?) very large amounts of water on landscaping get hit with big penalties.

I appreciate that mandatory limitations are not entirely popular, however, I think people are supportive of measures that attack WASTE, which makes many people angry.  We want to see our leaders actually lead in this important area, not wait for crisis to develop.

Ken Murray, MD

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Willing To Donate Premium .LA Domains For Use By City, Communities & Businesses

Hello,

I've acquired several premium .LA domain names for over 10 years.  I'm willing to donate several of these premium .LA domains to the City of Los Angeles, communities, and businesses that I believe could help to create new types of jobs while also allowing LA to build a greater presence on the World Wide Web.  As you may know, several cities around the world including NYC now have their own City TLD (visit nic.nyc).  The .LA domain space has been sitting dormant, but, with the advent of new City TLDs, the City of Los Angeles can now take its rightful place among the other cities around the world by embracing and promoting this untapped domain space.  Please visit www.southland.la for a list of the premium .LA domains that I'm willing to donate to the City of Los Angeles, communities, and businesses.

Kind Regards,

Ray Marshall

(510) 435-0333

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Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/a-multi-story-urban-treehouse-that-protect-residents-from-air-and-noise-pollution/

 

Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution

© Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino

A potted forest of trees and branching steel beams disguise this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy. Designed by Luciano Pia, 25 Verde brings plants up off the ground in an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building.

The undulating structure creates a transition from outdoors to in, holding 150 trees that absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. This natural absorption brings pollution protection to its residents, helping to eliminate harmful gasses caused by cars and harsh sounds from the bustling streets outside. The trees’ seasonal progression also creates the ideal microclimate inside the building, steadying temperature extremes during the cold and warmer months. The plants’ full foliage block rays of sun during the summer while letting in warm light during the winter.

The building holds 63 units, each benefiting from the terraces and vegetation just beyond their windows and walls. Each species of plant has been chosen purposefully from deciduous plant life in Turin to provide the highest variety of color, foliage, and blooming. This innovative design provides a childlike dream while also instilling real world benefits to those who live in this urban treehouse. (via Divisare)

 

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Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/a-multi-story-urban-treehouse-that-protect-residents-from-air-and-noise-pollution/

 

Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution

© Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino

A potted forest of trees and branching steel beams disguise this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy. Designed by Luciano Pia, 25 Verde brings plants up off the ground in an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building.

The undulating structure creates a transition from outdoors to in, holding 150 trees that absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. This natural absorption brings pollution protection to its residents, helping to eliminate harmful gasses caused by cars and harsh sounds from the bustling streets outside. The trees’ seasonal progression also creates the ideal microclimate inside the building, steadying temperature extremes during the cold and warmer months. The plants’ full foliage block rays of sun during the summer while letting in warm light during the winter.

The building holds 63 units, each benefiting from the terraces and vegetation just beyond their windows and walls. Each species of plant has been chosen purposefully from deciduous plant life in Turin to provide the highest variety of color, foliage, and blooming. This innovative design provides a childlike dream while also instilling real world benefits to those who live in this urban treehouse. (via Divisare)

 

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Water Conservation

I think more to promote rain water conservation should be done.  I know some ideas may have been discussed or implemented, but here are my ideas.

1. Require all commercial and residential complexes with landscaping to collect rain water. Business parks, condo/housing complexes, high-rise buildings, etc. can easily install water collection tanks in a parking lots or garages.  During the past few rains, I casually put out some buckets to collect rain water. I collected over 20 gallons.  This water will be used to water plants.

2. Run a public service announcement before a heavy rain asking people, with the means, to collect rain water.  We hear news stories about the big storms and mud slides, but not nothing about collecting water.

3. Install rain storage tanks on school grounds. Have teachers teach more about water conservation.  In addition to collecting rain water at the schools. Young students can collect a few gallons of rain water at home and bring it to school to be put into the storage tanks. Great for elementary schools. Pay for the program using lottery funds.

4. There are over 10 million people in Los Angeles County alone. If 10% collected 5 gallons of water that would be 5 million gallons of water. People who do not need the water could donate it someone who does. Make it feel like a charity event. DONATE your unused rain water now!

5. Require all car washes to collect rain water that can be used to wash cars.  Have them install underground storage tanks with filters.

6. Require all new homes or major remodeling to install shower/bath collection tanks (not rain water). Give incentives to those who want to install one for existing homes. You should be able to reuse used shower water to water plants, wash cars, etc.

7. Continue with existing or past incentives to entice people to collect rain water.

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