The contest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is down to two contenders — Los Angeles and Paris — after Budapest withdrew its bid Wednesday, according to international media reports. Long thought to be the top contenders, Los Angeles and Paris will continue vying for the honor.

Budapest has had waning public support for the bid in recent weeks whereas Los Angeles has gone full court press in the effort to impress the selection committee.

“As LA 2024 enters the international campaign, it’s important for us as a city to remember just what we’re bidding for: the world’s greatest sporting event, significant economic benefits, and a chance to place L.A.’s extraordinary creativity and innovation at the service of the Olympic Movement,” Mayor Eric Garcetti has said. “But perhaps above all else, Los Angeles is bidding to unite the youth of the world in friendship and peace through sport in 2024.”  Continue reading

For the third straight year, the crime rate is rising in LA, and, despite having more officers, fewer are actually on patrol

Amid a rising crime rate and officer complaints that response times are slower, a City Council committee Tuesday advanced a motion that would direct the Los Angeles Police Department to look at increasing its regular patrols.

The motion forwarded by the Public Safety Committee also calls on the LAPD to consider dismantling some specialized units and hire more civilians to move officers off desk duty to help increase patrols.

The motion submitted in January by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino and seconded by Councilman Mitchell Englander, all of whom are on the committee, will now be considered by the full council. Continue reading

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30pm

El Sereno Senior Center
4818 Klamath Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Tuesday, February 21 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 7th Election. March 7th’s Municipal Election has important LAUSD Schoolboard, Los Angeles Community College, County, and City measures on the ballot. In order to participate you must be registered to vote by Tuesday, February 21.

  • Click here for more information on how to register.
  • Click here to view your sample ballot and polling location.
  • Click here for information on how to vote by mail.

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Present:

Your Opinions And Your Ideas On Your Budget

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:30 am to 12:30 pm


CENTRAL
L.A. Zoo
Griffith Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

NORTH/SOUTH VALLEY
Braude Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401

SOUTH
Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center
8475 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

WEST L.A.
1645 Corinth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

HARBOR
510 West 7 Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

info: NCBudgetAdvocates@EmpowerLA.org

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending — a move long sought by immigrant advocates who argued that sidewalk sellers should not face criminal charges that could place them at risk of being deported.

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and to begin setting up a regulated system. In January, the council voted to draft an ordinance decriminalizing vending.

Previously, selling food or goods on the sidewalk could lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles.

City staffers say it could take months for Los Angeles to work out all of the details and begin handing out permits to vendors. In the meantime, vendors who ply their trade on city sidewalks still could be cited and fined for violating the municipal code, but they would not face criminal convictions.

Dave Michaelson, a chief assistant city attorney, said Wednesday that a first-offense citation would result in a $250 fee, and a second offense would have a $500 fee. Future violations would result in $1,000 fees.

It is unlikely that more than one citation could be issued within the same day, Michaelson said.

Though lesser citations have been more common, city prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges for sidewalk vending in more than two dozen cases between October 2015 and October 2016, according to the city attorney’s office.

More at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-vending-20170215-story.html

 

Starting this month, the LA Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications for the Speed Hump Program.
The popular program was halted in 2009 amid the city’s recession. In June 2016, the Budget and Finance Committee restored the program and approved the allocation of $540,000 to begin speed hump construction.
Starting Feb. 28, the department will begin accepting application. Once the 45-day application period is over, construction is expected to begin this summer. For more information about how you can apply for a speed hump in your neighborhood, speed hump guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit ladot.lacity.org.
On Wednesday, the LA City Council voted to require regular updates of the city’s community plans. As a result, the Department of City Planning will build a framework that accelerates updating the city’s 35 community plans to once every six years.
Community plans direct what can and cannot be built in neighborhoods and allow residents to weigh in on what they want their community to look like. Currently, the majority of the city’s community plans have not been updated in more than 15 years.

LA32NC Education Committee proudly presents its 1st Annual National Read Across America Event!

We have a Surprise of Special Guest Readers who will read to the children of the community, activities for all children to participate, and give-a-ways (while supplies last.) Bring the whole family. Photo booth Available for pics.

Date: Friday March 3. 2017
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00pm
Location: El Sereno Library
Address: 5226 Huntington Dr.
Los Angeles, Ca 90032

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go!” Dr. Seuss

For more information contact the LA32NC Education Chair Perla Flores at Email pflores@la32nc.org