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

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is opening the application period for the Community Partnership Grant that will be awarded to our local non-profit organizations. This is LADWP’s fifth round of grants and will be used for new community outreach and public education activities to improve energy efficiency and water conservation throughout Los Angeles.

Building upon the success of the previous four grant cycles, this fifth round of funding will further engage City of Los Angeles residents and businesses in reducing their energy and water use, and allow them to benefit from lower utility bills. The program will assist non-profit organizations to affect behavior change in populations that may not be adequately addressed through more traditional communication strategies.

Applications should describe the organization’s proposed approach to engaging residents and businesses in their local community. LADWP is particularly interested in projects that result in LADWP customers accessing energy efficiency and/or water conservation incentive programs, or changing their energy and/or water use behavior. Collaborations among organizations and innovation are encouraged. As necessary, LADWP will provide grant recipients with content language and guidelines for energy efficiency and water conservation messages which will include information on relevant services, incentives, rebates, financing and tips for residents and businesses.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017.

To apply, go to www.ladwp.com/np. For more information, click here or contact nonprofitgrants@ladwp.com

The CD 14 Clean Communities Crew, the Fuego Tech Rangers, continue to work hard on community clean-up projects throughout El Sereno. At the request of community members, this week they focused on Yellowstone St. & Cyril Ave. If you know of a public area that needs attention, please contact the El Sereno Field Office at (323) 226-1646.

The next Ascot Hills Park Green Team’s regular second Saturday work party will be on Saturday, January 14 from 8 to 10:30 am. Tasks will include pulling out invasive weeds such as Castor Bean and Russian Thistle (Tumble Weed) along roads and in the West Ridge Meadow, as well as continuing to clear weeds and restore tread on the West Hillside Trail.
For those who prefer not to climb on hillsides (or in case conditions for access are too muddy), there will also be work tasks at the picnic tables where you sign in. These tasks include potting sprouting Black Walnut seeds and fabricating wire mesh root guards as preparation for latter transplanting.

Please mark your calendars, and ask friends, family and others to join, as more hands will make light work of the tasks. You will be working in groups focusing on specific tasks, and still have time to share information and discuss the visions for the park.