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PEACE WALK WAY for Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles

A Hollywood walk of fame for peacemakers. One mile long Peace Walk Way (Thus one of the largest peace monuments and art installations in L.A.) from Fairfax to La Brea aves. along the miracle, cultural museum mile, A new tourist attraction and city wide values icon, capable of generating a 100 million in tourist dollars spent on the city. Hundreds of jobs created to meet this new demand. The project is being developed with city council people, engineers and we are ready to start. More can be learned about our full global efforts, new global symbol, etc. at our website: http://makepeacemovement.org

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DROUGHT REDUCTION DIET

I recommend assigning an ad hoc committee to rate foods for water consumption.  For example, a gallon of bottle water requires one gallon of water to make, so bottle water would get a rating of 1.   A quarter pound hamburger requires 600 gallons of water to make, so it would get a rating  of 600.  Etc.  Without passing a law, Los Angeles can recommend foods that have low WC numbers (low Water Consumption numbers), the WC numbers being a mere guideline, not a precise numbering system.  Of course, some businesses won't like to see their food labelled with high WC numbers, but in this crisis, we need to do something big.

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Angelenos should invest in drought tolerant landscaping for their properties. A mixture of cacti, succulents, rocks, pebbles, and stepping stones can look great together (think of the contrasting colors and textures). I like drought tolerant plants for their aesthetics and because they require minimal water usage. To get inspiration for a drought tolerant landscape, Angelenos can visit a botanical garden with a desert plant section. To purchase drought tolerant plants, Angelenos can visit their local plant nursery. To gain some knowledge on drought tolerant plant life or landscaping, Angelenos can check out books at their local library or bookstore.

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Organic Food Gardens that RECYCLE water

I understand and applaud the City of L.A.s recent steps to promote food gardens for public spaces.  In view of the current drought situation, why are gardens that recycle water not being used?  They are easy to put together and save over 90% water use over traditional soil gardens.

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new jobs

One way to create new jobs is by bringing the actual active businesses into a new level and promote to create a totally new generation of ground level business into operation. the city of Los Angeles offer the conditions for that action due to the fact of its social and diversity population.

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405N Wilshire exit fiasco

After years of construction, the exit is as bad as ever.  According to the Wilshire exit fact sheet, the exit had "dangerous weaves" where "drivers struggle to reach a through-freeway lane or change lanes to reach the off-ramp".  The project was supposed to "eliminate cross-traffic patterns", but it actually added a cross-traffic pattern.  Seriously, what's going on at DOT?

For some inexplicably senseless reason, the NB Wilshire exits for both the eastbound and westbound exits continue to funnel ALL traffic into a single exit lane, even though two separate exits now exist?!  Every morning, I see near-collisions (and a couple actual collisions) as 65mph traffic slams on their brakes to enter the single-lane bottleneck.  There is ample room for each exit to have its own merge lane.  Please fix this half-cocked construction disaster by repainting the lanes in a sane manner.

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Go Green in Finance Office

I tried to "Go Green" with the Alarm Permit part of the Finance Office - I have had an Alarm Permit for many years for my home.  The system needed me to enter my Social Security number, but then the system rejected me because my Social Security number was not in the system. 

Instead of letting me add a Social Security the person on the phone in Finance said the IT department that controlled "the system" was not part of the Finance office.  The Finance Department had not required Social Security numbers as part of the application process in the past.

It appears that they have no mechanism to implement change. 

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Improve HOV lane laws and improve EV sales

There is a strong push to reduce air pollution in Los Angeles. One of the incentives provided by the government is to adopt EV plug-in vehicles which give the ability to drive solo in HOV lanes with green stickers. But the problem is that ARB/DMV has run out of green stickers as of September 2014. This will bring down the sales of the EV vehicles for rest of the year and goes against the state goal. This also puts a lot of qualifying low emission vehicles on the sidelines unable to take the advantage of HOV lanes for months. CHP can’t promise that I won’t be cited if I use carpool lane without the sticker. CHP and DMV wont work with each other to make this work.

Why can’t the AB 2013 that was just enacted provide authorization to us stranded drivers temporarily (with expiration say Jan 2015) to allow driving in HOV lane? Should a CHP officer pulls us over, required documentation should be a sales contract that shows a purchase date of Sept 2014 or later and list from ARB.gov that shows that vehicle in question is on the approved list of a green decal. Simple changes can go a long way.

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Message from a Phi Beta Kappa Failure:

    We need more than college and status quo.

    I was a high honors graduate from UC Santa Barbara, before that a high achiever at a top grammar and high school called Polytechnic in Pasadena.

    But I was an alcoholic law-breaker.  I slipped through the cracks...  For this reason I'm writing to you, hoping you might pass on to Mayor Garcetti prior to the next volunteer gig:

    Before we can call ourselves a success for getting kids to college, let's make sure what high schools and colleges are teaching is GOOD.
    I will release my LIFE PREP program soon, a resources aid and law/civics education program that will replace our current idea of schools soon.
    It's time to ask kids what THEY want to do in life, and then let's help them do it!!!  I will go door-to-door at first, offer ideas and resources, the only mandatory part of my program being Law Education, a true effort to learn and obey our LAWS.
    I was a top student in top schools, a division one athlete, a Phi Beta Kappa achiever... A FAILURE, because I failed to achieve in the areas of life that really matter:  love and law.
    I hope this can help the mayor with his speech to volunteers and "students" during the next volunteer corps session...
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More One Way Streets

One possible solution to the insanely slow moving and endless traffic in LA is to use more one way streets.  If Santa Monica Blvd., Wilshire, Olympic and Pico were one way streets, you could time lights in 10 or 15 second delays to keep traffic flowing more steadily without stopping.  The current system of having both directions on every street necessarily means you can't time lights to make traffic flow in both directions.  

Something has to be done to reduce the commute times through LA and the current system is not working.  Also, the subway line does nothing for 90% of the westside and won't be effective for years.  

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Scholarship Opportunities

I believe that the City of Los Angeles should offer scholarship opportunities to low-income, deserving students. A merit- and financial need-based scholarship, perhaps involving government or community service, would be a wonderful way to support the community. It would not have to be thousands of dollars-- even $500 would draw top-notch students from all over the city. It would also engage more high school students in volunteer work or leadership opportunities if they knew the city was willing to applaud that service. Many other cities provide this service-- Los Angeles should too.

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Instant misery, slow death...

It is beyond comprehension why our local government (Mayor and City Council) has been unable (and probably unwilling) to eliminate one of the worst aspects of living in LA (and in most areas of the US). I am referring to the deadly environmental disaster I would call TOXIC GARDENING.  It happens tens of thousands of times a day across the region, when your friendly (doomed to self-poisoning) neighborhood gardener rushes in once a week to mow, blow and go around your home creating and leaving behind the worst localized concentration of toxic pollutants right in your back/front yards!  As a bonus he also creates the worst noise pollution any otherwise quiet and peaceful neighborhood experience on a regular basis.  WHY IS THIS ACCEPTABLE IN TODAY'S CIVILIZED, HIGH TECH WORLD IN THE RICHEST NATION'S RICHEST CITY???  All the talk about being "green" and environmentally "friendly", coming from politicians, professors and the public, on one side and this travesty on the other side.  WHY DO WE TOLERATE THIS EVEN FOR ANOTHER DAY when it is a no-brainer to quickly and cost-effectively DUMP/BAN these AWFUL machines that are regularly poisoning us, our children, our gardeners and our neighborhoods and adopt MUCH quieter, pollution-free machines to do the dirty work of mow-blow-go?  Why do people not see that they are sheep led to slaughter by giving their elected officials and other narrow-selfish interest pressure groups an easy pass on this obvious and deadly problem?  

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Cleaning Up Our City

It would be great if trash recepticals were located all around the city and emptied frequently to combat the glut of litter seen on the sidewalks and streets in many neighborhoods across Los Angeles.   Perhaps there should be fines for littering to ensure that having a clean city is taken seriously.  To raise funds for trash services we could tax medical marijuana clinics.  Also,

 

rrecycling recepticals should be made available in public places so that we can protect the environment. 

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Sidewalk buffer is a rock garden

I removed the plants from the area between the sidewalk and curb in front of my house.  Now the old carob tree still stands in the middle of the sidewalk buffer and the remaining space is a rock garden with pavers.  I don't water the space.

My front yard is the same kind of rock garden with a few succulents and two pomegranate trees.  I also have a few large pots holding succulents.  They and pomegranates need very little water so I water the front garden about once every ten days.  It's lovely. 

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Tenant Water Sub Meters Saves Millions of Gallons

Hello Mayor Garcetti:

 Creating a motion with the help of DWP for saving millions of gallons water from tenants in apartments, homes and commercial properties.  This can be established by water sub metering to these individual tenants.  Billing to be done by DWP with their current electric bill.   Consideration and okay must come through City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Using 64.4 LAMC as an example.  Create rebates for water line re-piping to property owners.  This is the only option to save millions of gallons of water.  Will you help make this happen?

Sincerely,

Leonard Horowitz

California Utility Services

14421 Sylvan St Van Nuys, CA 91401

Cell 213-200-1324

Email:Leonard@cautilityservices.com

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Upcoming Company with Revolutionary Idea

Hi,

My name is Travis Loudermilk and I currently live in San Francisco California. At the moment I am working on a start up company that will go up November 1. I believe me and my business partner, Hunter Hemingway, have found the way to achieve public donations that are directed towards city projects better than the mayors current strategy. Please contact me at travisl2013@gmail.com for more information. The idea we have will not only bridge the gap between local government and the public, but will also allow the people to feel as tho they have the power to affect change in their community. Respond as soon as possible. You wanna hear what we have to say.

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Saving Water

First, make sure the city's parks have sprinkler systems that are properly running. It is very upsetting to drive by Lincoln Park and see the sidewalk and street being watered instead of the plants.

Second, landscaping projects need to be water friendly. New grass has been planted at Cesar Chavez and Vignes...what a waste of water. 

Third, new sidewalks need to be done using pervious concrete. We need the little water we have to go back into the ground, not running down the streets.

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Saving energy is saving Water -- 20% of our electricity is generated by hydro-electric power

Dear Mayor Garcetti,

 

I would like to propose a couple of items to our fine City of LA re: water saving.  Require:

1. Retailers to keep their doors closed excepting for immediate ingress and egress. Retailers rountinely leave their doors wide open even on 100 degree days so the outflowing cool air will draw in customers and to show they are open. That is like leaving one's front door open all day while running the air conditioning. 20% of our electricity is generated by hydro-electric power -- that means releasing water to generate electricity -- that water eventually ending up in the sea.

2. Retailers with open refrigeration (ie., dairy and meat) and open freezers (frozen turkeys! meats and ice cream) to place them in a cold room or outfitted with doors or curtains.  As it is, it is like leaving one's refrigerator and freezer door open all day long. As cold goes toward heat, the refigerators and freezers run non-stop to stay cold.

20% of our electricity is generated by hydro-electric power -- that means releasing water to generate electricity -- that water eventually ending up in the sea.

If businesses comply by your proposed timeline for saving 20% in water usuage, it will save a great deal of water, and if other cities do it as well, the savings will be tremendous.  

All of this can be validated by an energy consultant -- who better than DWP or Southern California Edison?

 

Best regards,

Wei C. Wong

 

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Control the Flow in Sinks and Showers

Check out Watermiser's Flow Control Valves - large consumers of water (apartment complexes, hotels and restaurants) have reduced water consumption more than 10% and in many cases, more then 20% without changing habits.  These are sustainable savings and most of So Cal is covered through a Rebate process.  This is a great solution for large consumers of water to get on board the Mayor's latest call for 20% reduction in consumption.

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