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

The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 became effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and shall expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.

Living in a vehicle (vehicle dwelling) is prohibited at all times within one block (500 feet) of licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks.

Persons may live in a vehicle:

  • Daytime Hours – between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks;
  • Nighttime Hours –  between  9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. – in non-residentially zoned areas which are more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools or daycare facilities or parks.

General reminder:

The Los Angeles Office of Finance is reminding entrepreneurs, business owners, and individuals that conduct business activities within the City of Los Angeles that it’s time to submit their Business Tax Renewal Form.

The filing period ends February 28, 2017, and businesses are encouraged to avoid lines or delays by filing early online or at one of three office locations (listed below).  The Office of Finance has a newly updated website that makes it easier than ever to submit the form online from any kind of device:  finance.lacity.org.

All registered businesses must submit a Business Tax Renewal Form even if they don’t owe taxes.  You may qualify for an exemption, especially if you have a new or small business.  Businesses that qualify for the Small Business Exemption are also eligible to receive assistance in completing their tax renewal forms until February 10, 2017.  For more information, visit finance.lacity.org or call 844-663-4411.

Office of Finance Locations (open Monday through Friday8 AM – 5 PM):

City Hall (Use Main St. Entrance)
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 101

Van Nuys Civic Center
Braude Constituent Services Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Rm. 110

West Los Angeles
1828 Sawtelle Blvd, Rm. 102

Community leaders representing 46 Neighborhood Councils met with General Managers Laura Trejo of the Aging Department and General Manager Jan Perry of the Workforce and Economic Development Department in LA’s first Neighborhood Council Purposeful Aging Liaison Town Hall.

The evening began with welcoming remarks from Commissioner Jerry Gaines of Coastal San Pedro who recognized the councils that were celebrating their 15th anniversaries and acknowledged the long road to empowerment that has resulted in partnerships such as the Purposeful Aging Task Force which brings elected officials, city departments, and community leaders together to engage communities and make government more responsive to local needs.

Margaret Wynne of the Mayor’s Office  opened with an overview of Mayoral Directive #17 which establishes the city’s commitment to improving the lives of today’s older adults and to creating a better tomorrow for future generations.

Trejo initiated a community dialogue with an overview of the State of Aging in LA County and detailed the significant number of partners who have come together to assess every community to determine priorities and needs, engaging the community in establishing priorities for the delivery of services and support. Continue reading

71iKZjOA9HL._SL210_QL95_The free L.A. City Skill for Alexa has been updated so Angelenos with an Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, or any other Alexa-enabled device can “Ask L.A. City” about City Council, Council Committee, and featured events occurring within the City. Many more features and information will be coming in the near future.

Instructions:

To enable this skill on your Alexa-enabled device, just say “Alexa, enable L.A. City skill.

For more information, please visit the L.A. City Skill on Amazon

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.”

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