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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!

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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.
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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

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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

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30pm

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

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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.
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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

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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

 

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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.