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We're looking to identify new ideas to help create jobs and deliver better city services to all Angelenos. If you have an idea about how we can better serve you, please submit it here and our office will review it closely. We appreciate your comments.

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This space is for suggestions for improving city services. Comments not relevant to this discussion or derogatory/profane statements will be removed. If you'd like to register a complaint you can do so here.

Water problem

I know that we have not enough water here in California. Why can't we get the snow from the east coast states?

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eu acho que deveriam plantar mais arvores

eu que Los Angeles deveria ter mais arvores

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A suggestion for LA's housing crisis

Los Angeles rents are out of control.  In the area I live, Venice, there are many single family homes which are rentals and they fall outside the protection of rent control laws.  The upward pressure of real estate combined with vacation rentals like airbnb has made it impossible to for landlords to resist raising rents on even long term, good tenants.  Just this year my rent went up ten percent.  And that was with only one month notice.  I understand the landlord's desire to make money but where is the protection for long term responsible tenants whose incomes are not raising at the same rate as property values?

Some of these homes are very old and not well kept but the rents can be raised with very limit notice and with very few limits. Please, include single family homes in the rent control laws.  I believe it would go a long way toward protecting long term Los Angelenos.

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Enforce existing laws to improve air quality & create jobs

There are laws on the books banning gas powered leaf blowers and engine idling. Currently, the only way for a citizen to request enforcement of these bans is to call the LAPD non-emergency line, which is totally dysfunctional, not user friendly, and by the time an officer would be sent out, the situation would probably be over. And yet, some of these offenses are totally enforceable. The gas powered leaf blowers are often scheduled at the same time every week by condo complexes, apartment buildings, and private homes. There are certain people in my neighborhood who idle trucks, vans and trucks daily for 30 minutes in their residences and for commercial purposes (on Maxella, Glencoe, and Del Rey avenues). If there a way to submit these violators through the MyLA 311 app, you could have people follow up on them at that time and weekday the following week. You could use the existing parking violations team or hire new enforcers.

Also, just on my daily walks with my dog and bike ride commute to work, I see a dozen people every day sitting in an idling car while using their phone, especially around schools (Short Ave Elem). This is such a wasteful and polluting habit if you multiply it by all the offenders in LA.

I realize these are not violent crimes, but if you add it up, they are all contributing to climate change and air pollution. It's a matter of creating public awareness campaigns, providing incentives / disincentives to change behavior (electric blowers, fines, rebates for turning in gas blowers, tickets to idling engines). If you are serious about cleaning up our air, it's time to turn your attention to the low hanging fruit - everyday people not thinking about their every day actions. Learn more  about the negative effects of gas powered leaf blowers at www.zapla.org. 

 

 

 

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Park 101 and film/photography in LA

Hello

I have an Idea for the park 101 project. No city in the world made a film/photo friendly park. This could work in many areas not just park 101
I think the city chould make this a Creative Empowerment Zone.
Allow and assist small crew film and photography a place that we can shoot. Using stands and lights would be OK. Things like power pay stations where you could plug in and pay for electricity like a parking meter. If you need to permit ( hopefully no permit needed for small crews)have people on site. Like a state park. Designed shooting areas would be great. I shot under the 6th street bridge. People were everywhere shooting. It was like a photo park. The cops came by and just waved. I had a crew of six no permit. It was fantastic. Imagine if the city did that with this park idea. I think there would be a ton of business growth in and around the area based on that LA is full of creative people that need a film friendly park. If we want to be the movie capitol of the world in 30 years. Maybe we should make a place to grow that. The promotional benefits of being the site of filming are well know and commonly paid for by cites all over the world. Why doesn't LA take advantage of that for free and actually make money from it. I have a string of Ideas that flow from this thought.
I hope to hear back 
 
Respectfully
 
Dave Nagel
PS I went to art school please excuse my poor writing skills
         Dave Nagel
 Nagel Photographyphone: 310 275 7110 web: www.nagelphoto.comemail: nagelphoto@mac.com

 

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Police & Fire Station Optimization

I don't know whether this was previously suggested or implemented, but it would make sense to establish the police stations and fire stations independently on the electrical grid with solar power and the cutting-edge battery technology that has emerged recently.  This would ensure that those services remain fully operational during major disasters and outages.  A good model to examine would be the way many hospitals have gravitated towards installing solar panels--and even green roofs.  Energy-independent, self-reliant structures and operational systems will improve performance in the long-run.  

Furthermore, it would certainly set a great example to have the police and firefighters provisioned with sustainable/green technology and procedures since they are exemplars to the community.  It may help enhance their heroic elements and PR.

Also on a different note, we should declare a national holiday for emergency services workers.  Their sacrifices and dedication have not been adequately recognized.  In fact, this measure is essential in order to merit their achievements and establish better PR and the appropriate level of respect they should be given for what they do.  Good deeds and great performance should be reinforced and celebrated so that they are encouraged.

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Section 8 is being denied to those of us not on drugs

I have called, wrote and voiced openly my opinion, as to helping the population I serve with basic needs. I work in Reentry, and find that most ex-offenders come home from lock up with the need of housing first. Myself have been on a section 8 waiting list for 13 years and each year I am placed on the back in to assist the chrononic homeless population, they chronic cause of their drug abuse or mental health issue, they do not need more permanent housing like those with addresses but not head of household. We need more housing programs like section 8 for those of us that can show we are responsible to keep the voucher and not smoke it off. Let me meet the Mayor to explain my view?

Dwayne Dickson

Fair Chance Project

Volunteer

Reentry/Outreach Coordinator

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Section 8 is being denied to those of us not on drugs

I have called, wrote and voiced openly my opinion, as to helping the population I serve with basic needs. I work in Reentry, and find that most ex-offenders come home from lock up with the need of housing first. Myself have been on a section 8 waiting list for 13 years and each year I am placed on the back in to assist the chrononic homeless population, they chronic cause of their drug abuse or mental health issue, they do not need more permanent housing like those with addresses but not head of household. We need more housing programs like section 8 for those of us that can show we are responsible to keep the voucher and not smoke it off. Let me meet the Mayor to explain my view?

Dwayne Dickson

Fair Chance Project

Volunteer

Reentry/Outreach Coordinator

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Tramway System (aka Gondolas / Aerial Cable Car)

Id like to bring up the idea of building an aerial tramway system to help mitigate traffic and reduce pollution.  My initial thoughts are to have the first line between west hollywood and the Universal Metro Station.  Passengers cabs would carry a dozen or so people at a time and would arrive every three minutes.  The system could be expanded with overlapping lines between downtown, silver lake, hollywood, west hollywood, west LA, Santa Monica, and anywhere else deemed suitable.  Has an idea like this ever been considered for the city?  What are the potential cons?  Im curious because I can only come up with good reasons to move forward with this :D 

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children's museum

Hello,

Many years ago there was a lovely Children's museum in downtown. One day it closed down and it was said that it will re-open ( in Van Nuys?) and still....

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Proposed Light Rail Project

http://thesource.metro.net/2015/02/06/metro-seeks-public-feedback-on-new-rail-station-to-connect-to-lax-scoping-meeting-is-feb-23/

I think, it will be a good idea to use the old northern Harbor Sub Division from Union Station to LAX to connect with this proposed people's mover. Sooner or later, this area will run down. It is better to use it.

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Artists colony like new Glendale project for Valley Glen

Glendale-Arts-Colony-Rendering-1.jpg Image via Metahousing Glendale's YMCA will be getting a new neighbor: 70 units of affordable housing aimed at housing artists and their families. The project would rise on about half of the 2.2-acre grounds of the Glendale YMCA, says the Daily News. Residents would have to be working artists who make 60 percent or less of median area income, and the building is set to have amenities befitting creative types, like art studios, as well as an open-to-the-public ground-floor gallery and art classes. The $31-million project is expected to open by the fall of 2016. These are going to be some super-fit artists, living next to the Y. Already underway are plans to add more parking and renovate the 1970s building to add a new lobby, coffee and juice bar, rooms for meetings and exercise, and to spruce up the handball courts and running track on the roof. The influx of artists may be just the thing to "cool" the place up—something that a certain disgruntled young Glendale resident thinks it desperately needs.

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Regarding 99 seat theatre in LA

I'm sure you're aware of the Actors Equity Association proposal to do away with the 99 seat theatre agreement and replace it with a contract to pay actors minimum wage, and what a hot button issue it is at the moment.  As an AEA actor, I'm in support of change because for a while now it's felt like a race-to-the-bottom.  However, there is some really amazing theatre- including a lot of membership companies- that have grown and thrived under this system.  What has come out in many passionate debates is that the main reason 99 seat theatres CANNOT  afford to pay minimum wage to their actors and continue to operate is that building rents are too high in Los Angeles, and most of the theatre's budget goes to rent.  So here's my question:  Is there any way that the city can provide tax incentives for building owners to rent to theatre companies who agree to pay their actors minimum wage?  If rent is set at an affordable price for theatre companies, but the landlord still is able to recoup money they would have earned, the theatres could pay actors minimum wage for that time, and in the end it would come back as taxes from actors who are making more money (as opposed to really volunteering, which is what 99 seat theatre is at the moment.)  Could you help by looking into this possibility?

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Introducing Consumer Fusion

Mr. Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles,

I would like you to consider adding Consumer Fusion, an Online Reputation Management Company to the Resources Page of your website.

Adding Consumer Fusion to the Resource Page will allow your Small to Midsize business owners to take advantage of a Company that can help them with their Online Reputation Management and Social Media Marketing.

Consumers and potential clients are using the internet 93% of the time to consult reviews and ratings prior to making a buying decision.  Businesses that appear on the front page of the search and have the best reviews and ratings will receive 91.5% of all click through traffic which in turn gives them the opportunity to generate more revenues and this will directly impact the City of Los Angeles' bottom line.

We would like to help Los Angeles' Business Owners improve their profitability by taking care of their Online Reputation.

Thank you for your consideration!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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Investigate innovative new transportation technologies for congested corridors

I propose that the City investigate a new transit technology called Skytran (skytran.us) for use on congested, hilly, and pedestrian-filled corridors such as Sunset Blvd, Lincoln Blvd, York Blvd, etc, all of which contain numerous street-level businesses that could benefit from greater transit accessibility.

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Stop Planting Grass

I hope that the City plants little grass on it's property, but I imagine in the process of building/rehabbing, there is some.

I propose that it be City policy that no turf grass will be planted, unless it is transplanted from another city property, resulting in no net new grass.  

There is a lot of City property that has turf grass growing for ornamental purposes.  Use it up before giving ANY consideration to planting new grass.

 

Thanks for the consideration,

Ken Murray

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Property management application procedures

Good afternoon thank you for taking the time to read our suggestion on what we feel would serve Angelenos better.  

•property management informing potential new tenants of what's required before monies is exchanged. 

When residence look for new apartments they are required to submit a credit application. This, of course, should be done for the property owner protection; however, the landlord/property management should be enforced to divulge what credit score/ prereqs are required of new tenants BEORE fees are given from the potential tenants. My husband and I know our score and know for every application filled there is a hard inquiry which has some impact on the credit score, let alone the application fees.  This process just seems superfluous. Of course if one desires to reside in a new residence they should be required to fill out an application. However the potential residents should be informed on what the prerequisites are for the particular property they're applying for. For example credit scores,  before credit inquiries and money is asked of them. Let's say the potential resident knows they have a credit score of 700 but the property management requires tenants with 720+.  The Potential resident Will be given a chance on avoiding a failed application which wasted time, money and now there's a hard inquiry on their credit report.  

Thank you so much! 

Roxann Holloway-Gross  (Los Angeles native)

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Please keep up the pressure on DWP re: audit of trusts!!

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Improving The Cities Bus Lines (In Particular Bus Shelters)

The majority of bus stops across the greater Los Angeles area are poorly marked and most offer no shelter from the heat of the day or the occasional rain storm. While I understand and applaud the city for working diligently on expanding rail lines, the bus is the backbone of public transit in Los Angeles. 

The 20 year contract with CBS/Decaux has been as far as I'm concerned an absolute disaster. The cities own auditing has shown that not only are they not installing as much of the promised street furniture as outlined in their own proposals, but the city is losing money because of this as well. As advertising that was promised as part of this bundle agreement is not getting put up.

The fundamental issue though is the majority of stops rob riders of their dignity. No place to sit, no place to escape the sun, no place to escape the weather/wind, and they're also lacking in any sort of light. And on top of that many of that actually have a "shelter" are designed more with an aesthetic in mind than actual utilitarian use. I.E. they don't even block out the sun particularly well. Please renegotiate or preferably end this contract and look to a third party that has a unified design plan for shelters.

And as far as a far flung proposal, there are cities in this country that have used large solar panels as the actual shelter. Consider just a large solar panel and power unit that would provide sun cover but also be self contained. No wires need to laid to power the simple LED lights that would be attached. The city likes to brag about the huge numbers of people who rely on the bus and rail lines everyday to get around. How about treating them with a modicum of dignity?

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Watch KCET 2/11/15 8 PM Small Lots Big Controversy

Hi Eric, I hope you will be watching SoCal Connected Wednesday night at 8 PM for the special "Small Lots Big Controversy." There is a big problem with the way the DCP is approving small lot developments. We are not opposed to the small lot ordinance but are  very frustrated that the city is ignoring the guidelines completely while letting developers get away with increasingly shady practices. We can grow without crushing those at the very bottom of the economic ladder, right? Let's clean up the DCP and empower neighborhoods to make the right choices.

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