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Preparing For A Future of Extreme Heat
Extreme heat is one of the deadliest consequences of global warming. Inspired by a Los Angeles Times investigation on extreme heat revealing that the State chronically undercounts heat-related death tolls and has failed to address the increasing incidents of heat-related illness and death, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion to take initiative at the City level.
The motion first asks the City’s Emergency Management Department, among other actions, to report back on the status and cost of a surveillance system to track “when and where heat-related deaths are occurring, the identification of vulnerable populations in those locations, and the development of plans to minimize to near-zero deaths related to heat.”
In addition, the motion asks the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office to look at the reporting as well as opportunities for funding to support emergency planning and preparedness for mitigation of worsening heatwaves.
Lastly, the motion seeks feedback from the City Attorney’s office about a potential ordinance that would hold employers accountable for protecting their workers from extreme heat by instituting a mandatory charge of criminal negligence “for any employee deaths associated with business operations that occur due to preventable heat-related deaths.”
As climate change and global warming are exacerbating the earth’s temperature, cities like Los Angeles are seeing a future of increasing heat-related health incidents and deaths especially in the most vulnerable populations including the aging, workers forced to endure the heat and those who can not afford air-conditioning. Councilmember Koretz is hoping that his motion will force the City to account for these dangers and set up appropriate measures to mitigate them as future temperatures continue to rise.
Councilmember Koretz Joins Colleagues at LA Chamber of Commerce
Councilmember Koretz was delighted to join his City Council colleagues and the LA Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issues that matter most to Los Angeles businesses. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of a broad spectrum of organizations across the private, non-profit, academic, and public sectors, including the business community, job creators, and innovators in the Los Angeles region.
Calling For Cool Block Leaders
As we have seen from the Alisal Fire, the Caldor Fire, the Dixie Fire, Hurricane Ida, and so many other extreme weather events around the world in just the past few months alone, including California’s worsening megadrought, climate change protection progress at the current pace is not good enough.
That is why the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) and the City of LA successfully piloted the Cool Blocks LA program a few years ago. Basically, Cool Block Leaders invite their neighbors to participate with them (either virtually or, COVID-willing, in person) in a program to reduce their energy use, reduce their water use, and reduce their waste, thereby significantly decreasing their utility bills, and also increase their neighborhood-level emergency preparedness while building a stronger, more connected neighborhood.
Now, through the Cool City Challenge, a new phase to bring Cool Blocks to scale has been launched, challenging California cities to enroll 200 Cool Block leaders to lead climate-resilient neighborhoods at the start of 2022 and keep building from there toward a carbon-neutral LA by 2030.
LA is now a finalist to be one of the pilot cities in California to do this work, and the NCSA is working with the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office to recruit the necessary leaders. 115 Cool Block leaders have been enrolled, so far, but we need at least 85 more Cool Block Leaders need to sign up by October 22 for Los Angeles to qualify to receive a $1 million grant to fund this program. To help facilitate that goal, Cool Block Cafés (informational sessions) are scheduled for interested people to learn more about what it means to be a Cool Block Leader and how to sign up to become one. (Spanish translation is available upon request with five days' notice).
How It Works:
- Cool Blocks LA is a free, five-month, nine-meeting, action-based program.
- It is self-directed by a team of five to eight households on your block (defined as both sides of the street up to the corners, a cul-de-sac, or within an apartment building).
- A meeting is hosted by a different team member in his/her/their home (or via Zoom!!!) every two weeks with the support of a step-by-step guide and leadership development support from the LA Cool City Challenge team.
- Each 90-minute to two-hour meeting focuses on a distinct topic to reduce your block's carbon footprint, adopt water stewardship practices, prepare for disasters, and improve the overall quality of life in your neighborhood.
- This is an opportunity to build a stronger community with your neighbors and improve the quality of life in your neighborhood, as well as expand or capitalize on your own leadership skills.
- Every Cool Block Leader will receive full training, coaching, and support from the LA Cool City Challenge team.
- The time commitment required is approximately two to three hours a week for five months, including working on your home climate mitigation projects.
Come help the City of Angels protect future generations. Join us for an upcoming Cool Block info session by clicking below to RSVP. The 200 Cool Block leaders must be signed up by Oct. 22nd.
Click here to join Sunday, October 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Teach-In with LA Forward)
RSVP here to join a Cool Block Cafe on Monday, October 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
RSVP here for a Cool Block Cafe on Thursday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please invite your friends, neighbors, school parents, and others to participate.
To learn more and help spread the word, we have content available at ncsa.la/cool_blocks_la. Feel free to share (and use to send in an email).
October 21st Is the Great ShakeOut - Are You Prepared?
The California Great ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October and is a great opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes. So, on October 21st at 10:21 a.m, the Emergency Management Department encourages everyone, everywhere to practice a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill for one minute.
Learn more about this international event at ShakeOut.org and by watching this video or clicking the image below!
In the spirit of preparedness, please visit ReadyLA.org for tips on how to keep you and your family safe.
Support the LAFD Foundation/ EMS Magnet Youth Program
The LAFD offers high school students the opportunity to learn about a career in the Fire Service. Through five magnet programs, students get hands-on experience to build their skills, knowledge, and abilities to prepare and understand what is required to become an LAFD Firefighter. Right now, the LAFD Foundation is fundraising to assist high school students to obtain uniforms. If you’re able to contribute, please visit: http://bit.ly/supportlafd.
Protect Your Lung Health During Wildfires
The American Lung Association in California has an important message this Fire Prevention Month. We have all felt the impacts of the wildfires here in California that pose dangerous health effects, especially to those most vulnerable. Even healthy adults can be at risk for coughing, wheezing, and difficulty in breathing.
To learn more about how to protect your health and the health of your loved ones during a wildfire, please start by downloading this Fact Sheet or visit http://ow.ly/B6po50Gqpnd or watch the public service announcement by clicking here.
Senior Dogs and Dogs With Disabilities Need Loving Homes, Too
Throughout October, LA Animal Services is joining Subaru and its retailers to celebrate the “Subaru Loves Pets initiative” geared towards helping senior dogs and dogs with disabilities get adopted. These dogs, lovingly referred to as “Underdogs,” are harder to place and need a little extra effort to find loving homes. To further show their support of the effort, Subaru Sherman Oaks will donate $100 to our local shelters for every pet adopted from LA Animal Services, now through October 31.
In addition, The Paula Kent Meehan Pet Care Foundation will sponsor the Singles and Seniors adoption event happening at our six LA Animal Services Centers on Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17. During the Singles and Seniors adoption event, the adoption fees for dogs will be reduced by $50, which does not include the $20 license fee. Adoption fees for cats will be waived by the Paula Kent Meehan Pet Care Foundation and adoption fees for kittens will be waived through a generous grant from the ASPCA. Pets who are eligible will have to be the only pet in the household and/or be 5-years-old or older. Please view the pets who are available for adoption by going to laanimalservices.com. For more information about The Pet Care Foundation, please go to: www.petcarefoundation.org.
“People looking for a new pet may shy away from adopting these wonderful Underdogs, but these special animals are every bit as capable of giving love and affection. What makes these animal companions unique does nothing to detract from the joy they will bring to their new families,” said Dana Brown, General Manager for LA Animal Services.
As part of Subaru Loves Pets month, we will also be celebrating “National Make A Dog’s Day” by encouraging all dog lovers to do something extra special for their favorite canine companion on October 22. What will you do to #MakeADogsDay?!