February 28, 2014

In this issue:

City Council adopts Koretz-Bonin stoppage of fracking

Budget 101

With Rain in the air, LADWP Urges Customers to Turn off Sprinklers and Save Water

LADWP Urges Caution Upcoming Storm

Great March

Looming street closures for the Oscars and the LA Marathon

Distinguished Public Service


Contact Information


West LA Office
822 S. Robertson Blvd.
Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0353

Valley Office
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 1020
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 971-3088

City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Room 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005


UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS



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Save the date!

San Fernando Valley Council of Governments presents:

MOBILITY SUMMIT
"Driving the Future of the Valley Together" on Wed., March 5th, 2014 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Burbank Marriott Hotel
Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

- Meet industry leaders in business, community & government
- Attend the first ever transportation expo & see the latest in alternative fuel & hybrid vehicles, as well as classic cars
- Interact with industry experts in various workshop panels on current state and future of the valley
- Call to action for the future of the San Fernando Valley
- Sponsorship opportunities available

For more information, please visit
http://www.sfvcog.org/

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Show Your Support for Local Filming - Register for "The Business of Entertainment" Today!

The Business of Entertainment:
Keeping It Reel ... Local

Tuesday March 18, 2014
5:00 - 7:30pm

5:00 - 6:00pm: Cocktail Reception & Networking
6:00 - 7:30pm: Program

Ray Kurtzman Theater at CAA,
2000 Avenue of the Stars


Hear from industry insiders and City Officials on how they are working together to stop runaway productions and keep jobs in our great city!

To read current legislation, click here; to view Councilmember Paul Koretz's resolution, click here; to learn about the new Ad Hoc Committee led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, click here; for information about tax credits, click here; and for information about the economic impact of runaway productions, click here

To pre-register, click here.
To become a sponsor, click here.


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Getting LA Back 2 Work

A Training, Retraining and/or Job Placement Initiative

City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department


The "Getting LA Back 2 Work" program is funded by a National Emergency Grant under the Department of Labor.  This grant targets displaced workers from specific public agencies and private companies identified from the Department of Labor.  The grant provides qualified displaced workers with up to $7,500 in training and placement support.

The City of Los Angeles is partnering with 18 WorkSource Centers located throughout the City of Los Angeles. Our goal is to identify 2,000 dislocated workers and get them enrolled, trained and placed in jobs by March 31, 2014.

Services include the following:

- Assessment (basic skills, career, and vocational aptitude)
- Customized training
(Up to $10,000 of free training)
- Employment preparation
(resume and interview skills)
- Job/paid internship placement assistance
- Vocational training
- On-the-job training
- Supportive services (bus tokens, work clothes, tools, child care etc.) 

If you were laid off while employed by a designated employer and want to learn more about Getting LA Back 2 Work, please call 3-1-1 or email cdd.back2work@lacity.org

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LADWP Statement Regarding Statewide Drought Conditions

Los Angeles has prepared for this drought. Today, Angelenos use less water per capita than residents of any major U.S. city with a population over 1 million. Los Angeles’ Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance, which was strengthened in 2009, has resulted in unprecedented levels of water savings by  LADWP’s 680,000 water customers.

LADWP and other Southern California water agencies have invested in storage over the past decade. Together with a strong conservation program, these investments will allow us to weather the current shortage. But we need to redouble our commitment to conservation and make sure all of us are fully complying with current water use restrictions and reducing our water use. 

We are asking residents across the city to look for more ways to reduce their water use and encourage our customers to take advantage of money saving rebates offered by LADWP to help them save both water and money. They include rebates for water efficient appliances and devices, and the “Cash for Grass” program, which has increased participation 10-fold since LADWP raised the rebate amount to $2 a square foot, up from $1.50, for customers who replace water-thirsty lawns with California Friendly landscape.

LADWP also will be expanding its public outreach and education efforts to raise awareness about the dry year conditions and users’ responsibility to use water wisely and in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance.  

More information on LADWP's water conservation programs, regulations and rebate incentives can be found at www.ladwp.com/WaterConservation.


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Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS)

There is HELP for families who need assistance with their mortgage! NHS hosts weekly Foreclosure Prevention Clinics, where you can meet one-on-one with a housing counselor.

Los Angeles - Every other Tuesday, 6:30pm
San Fernando Valley - Every other Thursday, 6:30pm

Keep your Home California (KYHC) offers:

-Mortgage Reinstatement – Up to $25,000 to help you catch up
-Principal Reduction – Up to $100,000 to reduce the principal on your mortgage
-Unemployment Assistance – Up to $3,000 a month for as long as 12 months to make your mortgage payment

Reserve your space.

Call: 888-895-2NHS(647) or Email: Counseling@lanhs.org


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AROUND TOWN

Motor Avenue Farmers' Market

Weekly community event featuring fresh produce, French crepes, hot tamales, and artisanal sauces, musical acts, vintage clothing, as well as handcrafted items by local artists and designers and children’s activities like pony rides and a petting zoo.

When: Every Sunday from 9am to 2pm, year-round, Rain or Shine

Where: National Blvd west of Motor Avenue

For more information, please visit their website.


Melrose Trading Post

Described as a cool, eclectic gem of a place to find treasures and rare goodies, the Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination. You can expect to find something to make you say "wow" every single time you visit. Enjoy the food court in the beautifully landscaped upper quad. Relax to the live jazz band's melodic vibes. Treat yourself to a different kind of day.

When: Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Rain or Shine.

Where: Located in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (Corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenue)

Cost: $2

The Westwood Village Farmers' Market

When: Every Thursday from 12 - 6pm.

Free Parking at the Broxton Avenue Structure.

MELROSE NIGHT

Popular food trucks and shops open late as well as offer promotions.

When: First Thursday of every month

Where: Melrose Avenue between Ogden and Stanley


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Get Water Quality Grades on the Go

Beachgoers can now check the latest water quality grades at 650+ West Coast beaches via Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card mobile app for the iPhone or Android, at http://www.beachreportcard.org/

The new, free Beach Report Card app provides the only access anytime and anywhere to a comprehensive, weekly analysis of coastline water quality. The mobile app delivers A through F grades, weather conditions and user tips throughout beach locations in California, Oregon and Washingtonto swimmers, surfers and anyone who loves going in the ocean water.

In addition to discovering which beaches are safe or unsafe, beachgoers can look up and save their favorite local beaches, as well as learn details on beach closures.

Know before you go!


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The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.

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For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.

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Shopping within the City limits of Los Angeles not only supports local businesses, it also supports City services, its neighborhoods and the well-being of all Los Angeles residents. For every $10 you spend on taxes - $1 goes back to the General Fund! Whether shopping along Melrose or grabbing some food in Encino, every dollar we spend within the city is an investment to the future of Los Angeles. Details HERE.


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iWATCH is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please click the logo above.

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City Council adopts Koretz-Bonin stoppage of fracking


Councilmember Koretz speaks at City Hall on the dangers of fracking

On Friday, February 28, the L. A. City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on fracking in the City, marking the successful culmination of a key legislative effort led Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, joined by other legislators, numerous community and neighborhood groups, and the environmental community.  Once the issue is fully studied by City departments and recommendations made and approved for an ordinance, "unconventional drilling" will not be allowed anymore, within the bounds of the city, until actually proven to be safe, making Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to take such a proactive effort aimed at curbing fracking.

The Koretz-Bonin motion was seconded by Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Bernard Parks and Bob Blumenfield.

Councilmember Koretz noted that "each fracked well reportedly uses from one to five to ten million gallons of water and turns it into what is, essentially, untreatable toxic waste.  To put that into context: Five million gallons of water is enough to last a family of four more than thirty-five years.  From one fracked well.  It’s staggering:  especially during a major drought, we cannot let our precious water be used for the benefit of a very few at the expense of the rest of us."

Councilmember Bonin added, "we cannot continue to allow the safety of our neighborhoods to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling.  Neighborhoods come first and the LA moratorium is a simple,common-sense proposal to ensure that this 'energy production by Dr. Strangelove' doesn't cause catastrophic earthquakes in Los Angeles."

Studies and experts have warned that the "well stimulation and hydraulic fracturing" methods to be prohibited ? which often go by such names as "fracking," "acidizing" and "gravel packing" ? are very hazardous and/or insufficiently reviewed, monitored, tested and disclosed, and are associated with potential grave harm to our groundwater and the possible triggering or heightened risk of earthquakes from wastewater disposal, as well as the huge fiscal costs to taxpayers that might be associated with any cleanup if our groundwater system was to suffer contamination due to fracking.  There are reports that homeowner property values have also been negatively affected in areas where fracking occurs.

Earlier in the week, the moratorium effort sailed through the Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, at a meeting packed with people calling for this moratorium.  Joining Koretz and Bonin at a press conference before the Friday Council vote were representatives of  numerous environmental and community groups including Food and Water Watch, the Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility and various neighborhood councils.  Reverend Kelvin Sauls of Holman United Methodist Church and Monic Uriarte, a resident of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, both spoke of the negative health impacts oil wells have had in their neighborhoods.

A separate but related motion, also approved by the Council on February 28th, was authored by Councilmember Herb Wesson and seconded by Paul Koretz and Joe Buscaino, requesting various agencies to review and investigate the new oil production and oil drilling techniques being utilized throughout the City, in order to fully identify any associated risks and safety issues.


Budget 101


Councilmember Koretz and Mayor Garcetti

The February 26  "Budget 101" event held at the Mar Vista Recreation Center was a resounding success!  An eager crowd of perhaps 200 people joined event host, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, and Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, in a very informative discussion about the city budget.  Attendees learned about how budgetary decisions are made and how community organizations and any member of the public can have an important impact in shaping our budgetary priorities. Congratulations and thanks go to Mayor Garcetti and all who came and participated! 


With Rain in the air, LADWP Urges Customers to Turn off Sprinklers and Save Water
 
LOS ANGELES - With rain in the forecast for much of this week, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to turn off their outdoor sprinklers and leave them turned off  for several days afterward so as not to waste precious drinking water on already soaked lawns and gardens. With California experiencing a drought, the need for active and well-planned conservation among all LADWP customers is high.
 
“With the current drought conditions we are experiencing in California, we continue to remind our customers that we need to make every drop count," said Martin Adams, LADWP’s Acting General Manager. “Turning off sprinklers with heavy rain in the forecast and after it rains is a very simple way for our customers to save water and prevent needless waste.”
 
Customers should shut off sprinkler and automatic watering systems for up to one week following rain without affecting the health of grass, plants and other foliage. LADWP conservation experts estimate the average residential customer would save about 500 gallons by not watering outdoors for a week, which would also result in savings on water bills.
 
Under Los Angeles’ Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance, which is currently in effect, watering outdoors during rain is prohibited. For a list of the prohibited uses of water, please view our fact sheet here. To report water waste or inquire further aboutLADWP water conservation policies, please e-mail WaterConservationResponseUnit@ladwp.com.

To incentivize conservation, LADWP’s popular Cash in Your Lawn program pays residential customers $2 per square foot for turf removed and replaced with California Friendly landscaping. Customers can also take advantage of the Department's rebate program by installing weather-based smart irrigation sprinkler controls that automatically gauge whether watering is necessary. There are also free items, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators, which are available for pickup at any of LADWP’s regional Customers Service Centers.

LADWP asks all customers to do their part to save water. For information on LADWP residential and commercial water efficiency programs, please visit www.ladwp.com/waterconservation.


LADWP Urges Caution During Upcoming Storm

LOS ANGELES — With a major storm front having moved into Los Angeles this week, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) stands ready to respond to rain-related electrical problems that may occur, and reminds Angelenos to use caution around downed power lines, which may be live wires and potentially fatal.

During storms, power poles and lines can be knocked down by tree limbs, palm fronds or other debris and can cause power outages. With the lack of significant rain this season, there may be more dead branches or debris that can potentially fall onto power lines. "Safety is our highest priority," said David H. Wiggs, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System. "If you encounter a downed power line, call 911 and stay clear of it," he said.

If you experience a power outage, call 1-800 DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397). LADWP crews are on call around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

To the unsuspecting person, power lines look harmless enough. Yet coming in contact with power lines or other electrical equipment can cause serious injuries or even death.

“The message is: don’t go near power lines, whether they are on poles or have fallen on the ground," Wiggs said. The magnitude of electricity running through these wires can seriously harm or even kill a person who touches or even comes close to a wire. The hazard is the same whether the person touches a wire directly or does so with any object.

LADWP offers the following tips for electrical safety during a storm:

Downed Power Lines

• Never touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed line is still energized.
 
• Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.

• Don't touch anyone in contact with a power source - you could be killed or seriously injured. Instead, turn off power at the control panel. Then call for help and tell them it's an electrical injury.

• If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait for help. If you must get out, make sure you do not touch the metal parts of the car and the ground at the same time. The safest method is to open the door, stand on the door sill and jump free without touching the car.

• Stay away from metal fences, such as a chain link fence - there may be a power line down and touching the fence somewhere beyond your sight.

• If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to your house, you should go to the electrical box and turn off the main switch or shut off the fuse switch. Again, always assume electric lines are live.

• In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think before you act. Don't become a victim while trying to help others. Call 911.

If Your Power Goes Out

• Stay calm.

• Have a flashlight and extra batteries nearby. Don’t use candles in a power outage.

• Turn off lights but leave one light turned on so you will know when your service is restored.

• Turn off and unplug appliances and other electrical equipment. Unplug heat-producing items like irons and space heaters. This helps prevent circuit overloading, which could delay restoration of service.

• Call LADWP and report your outage at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397).


Great March


Michael Zambrano speaking, will be crossing the country, entirely on foot, as part of the great March for Climate Action

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to attend as The Great March for Climate Action launches from the shadow of the Wilmington Oil Refinery at the Port of Los Angeles and heads to downtown Los Angeles. Nearly a hundred of those have signed up to walk 14 miles a day, for eight straight months, on a journey that adds up to nearly 3,000 miles, ending in Washington D.C. in time for the November mid-term elections. The goal:  energize everyday people to keep the urgency of addressing the climate crisis at the center of the conversation all across the country.

On March 1, the march will begin, RAIN OR SHINE, at Wilmington Waterfront Park – Great Lawn, C Street & Bay View Avenue,  Los Angeles Harbor, CA 90744.  The first day’s stroll – and some folks will simply walk that first day’s leg of the march, or a portion thereof – will start there and end approximately 17.5 miles later, in the Exposition Park area.

For opening ceremonies, before walkers launch their march, Ed Fallon, founder of the Great March, will join LA Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Paul Koretz, Mayor Garcetti’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Peterson; representatives from launch event organizer SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350; the California Nurses Association; Esperanza Community Housing, and others, to discuss how climate change is becoming personal:  extreme weather, the current drought (even if suddenly interrupted by furious rain), local fracking and tar sands problems, and the urgency of action needed to address the climate crisis. 

For families, there will be a Climate Action Fair (after 2.5 miles of the route), with booths, crafts, games, music and speakers.  There will also be an End-of-Day Celebration at Mercado La Paloma, in the Esperanza neighborhood near USC where the AllenCo well was recently shut down.  Renowned author and activist Bill McKibben will have a video message.

If you want to find out more about the march, or about attending any of the first day’s activities – or even marching with the marchers for any portion of the journey – please visit these links, for more information:  (Great March Los Angeles launch event (17.5 miles) http://tinyurl.com/ClimateMarchLA,  or (Climate Action Fair, 2.5 mile walk) http://j.mp/MXiOOy.


Looming street closures for the Oscars and the LA Marathon

Many amazing events are held in Los Angeles, and that’s great in many ways.  A downside can be the impact on traffic and parking, which is why it’s always good to know what streets might be closed for these special occasions.

The Academy Awards ceremonies are being held this Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.  For information about the relevant street closures – and some are already closed – please visit http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/closures.html.

The ASICS LA Marathon is scheduled for the following Sunday, March 9.  For street closures associated with that event, please visit http://www.lamarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Course-Closures-20142.pdf


Distinguished Public Service



Two 5th Council District staffers received pins from the City of Los Angeles, commemorating milestones in their careers of public service working for the City.  Deputy Chief of Staff David Hersch was presented his 20-year pin. and Office Manager Maria Aguiniga received her 15-year pin.  David and Maria both bring talent, dedication and experience to city government, and Los Angeles congratulates and thanks them for all that they do.


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