The LAPD is reconsidering its policy to keep body camera footage from the public, and is asking for community input on a new policy.

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and Chief Charlie Beck outlined plans Thursday for seeking community input on establishing policies for the release of body camera footage taken during critical incidents.

Input will be gathered in community forums around Los Angeles and through a questionnaire available online or on paper.

Speaking to reporters at a new conference at the Police Administration Building downtown, Beck said the resulting policy will likely be a compromise that will please no one.

“This is a balancing act that will have an end result that will be the best servant of everybody’s needs, recognizing that probably no one will get exactly what it is they think should be the perfect policy,” Beck said.

The City Council approved a $59 million plan last June to equip Los Angeles Police Department officers with body cameras, and the department plans to issue the cameras to all patrol officers by the end of this year.  Continue reading

The City of LA’s Emergency Management Department encourages you to sign up to receive free emergency alerts from the NotifyLA program.

NotifyLA is a free emergency alert system that sends you life-saving safety information during emergencies and disasters. NotifyLA also keeps you up-to-date with relevant information about local emergencies and hazards like earthquakes, floods, fires and evacuations. It is the city’s best tool to send you emergency alerts and provide you with the information you need to keep yourself and your family safe.

Signing up is quick and easy!

Simply text NOTIFYLA (one word) to 888-777 right now to register your cell phone. Be sure to sign up on every cell phone in your family, and tell your friends to sign up too! You can also visit emergency.lacity.org/notifyla to register your home phone, additional cell phones and your email address.

On March 1st, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt an update to the existing Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO). This vote, in effect, establishes new development standards for single-family zoned properties citywide. The changes, as recommended by the City Planning Commission, incorporate additional protections to further limit large-scale homes and related construction impacts. Leading up to Council adoption of the ordinance, the Department of City Planning held public hearings with the community over the course of a six-month period to garner input. Since the adoption of the 2008 BMO and 2011 BHO, the City Council has approved several Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) to temporarily limit the construction of over-sized homes in certain single-family neighborhoods. With the new amendment in place, the integrity and character of single-family homes citywide will be better preserved.

Some of the adopted changes to the BMO and BHO regulations include the following:

  • Establishment of new development standards for single-family zones, including the usage of angled encroachment plane and side wall articulation requirements to reduce the visual impact of building mass;
  • Modification to the definition of Residential Floor calculations to further reduce the impact of out-of-scale homes;
  • Elimination of nearly all exemptions, which created the big, boxy homes;
  • Counting of grading under a house to prevent what was previously an unlimited amount of hillside grading and
  • Reduction of Floor Area Ratio for single-family homes in R1 zones.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is tomorrow! The “Stadium to the Sea” 26.2 mile course takes runners throughout our great City past many iconic landmarks. Various streets along the marathon route will be closed by 3:15 a.m. on March 19, then reopen as early as 10:15 a.m., depending on the location. Streets will reopen by region because of the size and complexity of the event route. Numerous agencies, including the California Department of Transportation and the City of Los Angeles Police and Fire departments were consulted in the planning process and agree that the finalized plan is the best way to accommodate all of the parties involved. Come out to cheer on the runners and enjoy the community aspect of this 32 year Los Angeles event!

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

El Sereno Arroyo Playground
5520 Concord Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032

This year’s Annual Cleanup and Fun Day will be better than ever … and KIDS will love all the Activities, and seeing and hearing about Fire Engines and Police Cars!

This year we will have…

  • Kids’ GIVEAWAYS! (Courtesy of LA-32 Neighborhood Council)
  • FREE Lunch (Courtesy of Bristol Farms)
  • FREE Coffee (Courtesy of Starbucks)
  • FREE Shade Tree Giveaway* (from City Plants)
  • FUN Activities for Kids (Courtesy of Norchem)
  • LAFD Fire Engine
  • LAPD Police Car
  • USC Health Info Booth

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On Tuesday, March 7, another important local election will take place. LA area voters will head back to the polls to cast ballots on city and county measures, and Angelenos will vote on citywide offices, on City Council races in odd-numbered districts, and for Los Angeles Unified School District board members and Los Angeles Community College District trustees. The people we elect and the issues at stake will impact the future of our neighborhoods now and in the years to come.

What’s on the Ballot?
At the County level, voters will decide on Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund supportive services for the homeless. In the City of Los Angeles, there are a number of ballot measures on which we must vote, including Proposition M (to enact a regulatory and enforcement framework for commercial cannabis activity), Charter Amendment P (to increase the maximum term for franchises, concessions, permits, licenses and leases that may be entered into by the Harbor Department) and Measure S. Click here for a list of all the March 7 ballot measures.

Click here for a voter guide explaining the local measures.

Find Your Polling Place
If you intend to cast your ballot in-person on Election Day, click here to find your polling location www.lavote.net/Locator. The link also takes you to sample ballots in a host of different languages. Remember, polls are open on March 7 from 7 am to 8 pm.
Your Vote Matters
Please go out and vote. It matters. Our democracy relies on the participation of all of its members to thrive and survive. This election presents another vital opportunity for the people to shape the future of our great city.

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.