February is African American Heritage Month. This week, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Garcetti kicked off of the month-long celebration to recognize and honor the vast contributions of African Americans to our communities, cities and country.

Throughout the month, Angelenos can attend community events, exhibits and programs that showcase the influential role of African Americans in the arts, politics, education, science, entertainment and much more.

This year, City Hall is hosting a special exhibit celebrating momentous cultural milestones in African American history over the past 10 years. From the historic presidency of Barack Obama, to the centennial birth of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the exhibit features information about African American elected officials serving Southern California, executive level city employees, the Los Angeles Association of Black City Attorneys, the 1984 Summer Olympics, and narrative art from past exhibitions. The exhibit is free and open to the public through March.

A 10 Year Retrospective of African American Heritage Month 
Exhibitions at City Hall from 2006 to 2016
February 1 to March 18, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Los Angeles City Hall, Floors 1, 2, 3 (DCA Bridge Gallery)

For more information, contact (323) 733-8233. To view the 2017 African American Heritage Month calendar, click here.

Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Thursday, February 2, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT IS THE ACTION PLAN?
Each year, the City of Los Angeles receives federal grant funds to assist businesses to create jobs; provide job training for adults and youth; improve neighborhoods through projects that eliminate slum and blight; provide affordable housing, domestic violence shelters, and fair housing services. These grant funds are limited and need to be prioritized and targeted in a way that will provide the most benefit to the most people. Once our needs and goals are prioritized, we will submit them to the federal government through the Consolidated Plan. The annual Action Plan, beginning April 1, 2017, will cover the fifth year of the City’s five-year, transit-oriented Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.

HOW WILL IT BENEFIT YOU?
Federal grant funds can be seen in action in your neighborhood through federally-funded community centers, after-school programs, training and assistance for small businesses, services for the homeless, affordable housing, domestic violence shelters and many other programs and projects.

WITH SO MUCH NEED IN THE CITY, HOW WILL THESE FUNDS BE PRIORITIZED?
In order to make the most use of the limited funds the City receives, our strategy is to take advantage of the additional funds the City will receive for public transportation. For example, we may want to invest our federal funds on projects that provide affordable housing and job creation near transit corridors, such as the Expo Line, the Gold Line, the Orange Line, the Vermont corridor, and in areas of need in the city. We want to create more livable and healthy communities where services and programs are available and accessible; where people can walk, bike, or take public transportation to work and school.

HOW CAN I COMMENT?
Oral comments can be made at any of the scheduled meetings. Written comments can be submitted at any of the scheduled meetings, via email at hcidla.planning@lacity.org, or by mail to:
Housing + Community Investment Department 1200 W. 7th Street, 9th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017
Attn: Julie O’Leary, Director of Consolidated Planning
Comments will be accepted till February 13, 2017.

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: hcidla.lacity.org Continue reading

The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone. These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life.

Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

  • Access Request Program:  The program makes repairs requested by/for people with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers such as broken sidewalks, missing/broken curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way.
  • Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot.
  • The general public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk request or for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to: www.sidewalks.lacity.org  or call 311.

The Los Angeles City Council just approved the purchase of 42 acres of property at the center of plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Known as the G2 parcel, the property is the final remnant of the 250-acre Taylor Yard owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

Taylor Yard is on the east bank of the LA River, north of Downtown in the Cypress Park neighborhood. The surrounding parcels at Taylor Yard have already been developed into Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies and the Taylor Yard Transit Village. The G2 parcel will connect Rio de Los Angeles State Park with the Bowtie parcel, another State Park site — opening up more than one mile of direct riverfront access. Led by Mayor Garcetti, LA secured $25 million in state funding toward the city’s purchase and development of the G2 parcel. With today’s Council vote, the City will move forward to allocate nearly $60 million.

The G2 parcel is prioritized in both the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project, which was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2016. Because of its size and location along a soft-bottom stretch of the river, G2 can help restore habitat, while also providing expansive new public views into Downtown and to the iconic Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign landmarks.

“Today’s action is an important piece of the greater puzzle that will eventually result in a fully renewed and revitalized LA River winding through our city,” said Councilmember and Budget and Finance Committee Chair Krekorian. “This parcel will give Angelenos acres of additional green space in the basin and complement the great work we’re doing to improve river access in the San Fernando Valley.”

Councilmember Krekorian, Mayor Garcetti, IOC member Angela Ruggiero and former Olympian and LA 2024 Vice Chair Janet Evans celebrate the City Council's vote.

This week, the Los Angeles City Council, alongside dozens of Olympic athletes who call Los Angeles home, voted to approve the LA2024 bid for the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games.

Los Angeles is a cultural and industrial mashup unlike anywhere else in the world. Residents from over 100 countries are held together by a collective optimism, a push for progress, and a dedication to sport. The spirit of our community is based on harnessing creativity and curiosity for the purpose of imagination and reinvention. The Olympic and Para-Olympic Games continue to spark passion for Angelenos throughout Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is currently competing against Paris and Budapest to host the summer 2024 games. The International Olympics Committee is slated to announce its decision in September 2017. If selected, LA would become a three-time host of the summer games.

Click here to read the full bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Continue reading

The series of storms that culminated with Sunday’s record-setting rainfall caused millions of dollars in damage to the region.

Gov. Jerry Brown Monday declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Orange counties for the powerful winter storms that have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Brown issued emergency proclamations “to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from” the storms, which “have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways,” according to a statement from Brown’s office.

The proclamations direct Caltrans “to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program” and order the Office of Emergency Services to “provide assistance to the counties, as appropriate and based upon damage assessments received from local governments.”

Flooding, mud, and rockslides shut down three freeways and major streets such as Pacific Coast Highway, Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The storm toppled trees including one that fell on a car in Pasadena Monday. Falling limbs knocked out power lines, leaving nearly 20,000 people were left without power in the latest storm. And several people had to be rescued from raging rivers and flood control channels. Continue reading

LA-32 Neighborhood Council and Los Angeles Services Housing Authority “LASHA” will be conducting a Homeless Count in our Community 90032. We are seeking for Volunteers to take part on counting homeless in our community. LASHA will provide all the material needed to conduct this project. LAPD will be presenting safety tips for the Homeless Count project, and be available to assure everyone’s safety during this project. Please Contact us if you, or your group/ organization would like to join us. Light Hospitality will be provided.
Contact us at board@la32nc.org or Joe Luna the Chair to LA32NC ad Hoc Homeless Committee at jluna@la32nc.org for any questions, concerns or interested!

LAHSA is ready and excited about gearing up for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. As part of their efforts in counting persons in shelters and conducting the Housing Inventory Count, they are trying to finalize their list of programs within each SPA. for further questions or concerns please contact LASHA Rep. Phyllis Lozano at plozano@lahsa.org

Name of Project: EL Sereno Homeless Count
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm t0 11:00 pm
Check-in Location: El Sereno Senior Center
Address: 4818 Klamath Pl, LA, CA 90032

On November 23, 2016, the City adopted an ordinance repealing Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 85.02 in its entirety, in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment and replaced it with a version that decriminalizes living in vehicles, while balancing the needs of all City residents, businesses and visitors for clean, healthy and safe public areas. The new LAMC Section 85.02 regulates the conduct of dwelling in a vehicle on a public street and is not a parking restriction. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, in most areas of the City that are more than 500 feet from licensed schools, pre-schools, day care facilities or parks. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, on streets in non-residential zones that are not located within 500 feet of a licensed school, pre­school, day care facility, or park. The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 become effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.  Continue reading

The cost to settle suits such as police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, and disability act violations has LA in a precarious position.

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee Monday voted in support of a staff recommendation that the city borrow up to $70 million to help cover the rising cost of civil lawsuit payouts.

The report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana recommends the council proceed with a judgment obligation bond issuance of between $50 million and $70 million to reimburse the city’s reserve fund “for extraordinary liability payouts made resulting from settlements and judgments” during this fiscal year.

The city has made $135.5 million in liability payouts since the fiscal year began on July 1, which is $67 million more than was budgeted for, according to the report.  Continue reading

The 2017 Homeless Count is looking for volunteers for this year. Please see the information below.

Los Angeles County has the highest unsheltered homeless population in the nation, but we don’t have to accept homelessness as an insolvable problem. Together, we can help end this.

lahsa160101h_homelesscount_primarylogo_rgbAll across Los Angeles, every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. We are gearing up for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count – January 24-26. Honor this season of good works and gratitude by pledging your time as a volunteer – it’s a meaningful way to make a difference. If you want to participate in the San Fernando Valley, our count is on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, so please take note.

Registration is open at www.theycountwillyou.org Continue reading