|Eye on the Tenth
June 12, 2015
In a final vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved an increase to the city’s minimum wage. The minimum wage will gradually increase ultimately bringing the wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Under the adopted ordinance, small businesses and qualifying nonprofit organizations are permitted an extra year to phase in the wage increase. The ordinance also includes mechanisms that allow the City Council to monitor future impacts of the ordinance and make adjustments as necessary. The plan is a product of a nine months of deliberations, several commissioned independent studies and dozens of hours of public testimony hosted at forums citywide.The ordinance will increase the city’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in July 2016 and rise upwards each year thereafter.
We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage. It was a historic day for Los Angeles, the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti.
--- Herb J. Wesson
Council President Herb Wesson is Officially Sworn In as Councilmember
Last week, I was officially sworn-in as Councilmember of Council District 10. I am grateful to serve the constituents of CD 10 once again for the next five and a half years. Thank you to all who have supported me in this last election, and thank you to all who have supported me for the last 17 years I've held in office!
L.A. City Council Votes to Approve Initiative for Citywide Broadband Network and Free Wi-Fi
To ensure that Los Angeles is one of the most connected cities worldwide, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Request for Participants (RFP) to identify one or more providers to commit to deploying networks that will deliver one gigabit broadband speed citywide and free basic wireless services throughout Los Angeles within the next five years.
High-speed internet is essential to the city's future competitiveness, and will drive Los Angeles's entertainment, tech and entrepreneurial activity into the economy of the future. We've been in the 21st century for 15 years, it's time we move into the future. I am confident that with the right partners, we will be able to position the city as a global leader in connectedness.
Universally Accessible Dodger Dreamfield Begins Construction
Construction has begun at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's (LADF) universally accessible Dodgers Dreamfield at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center! I am proud to partner with City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, LA84 Foundation, the Miracle League, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Security Benefit on the Dodgers 38th Dreamfield. This half a million dollar project will mark the first Miracle League field in Los Angeles.
Baseball is America's favorite past time and now, thanks to the great work of LADF, special needs youth and their families will have access to a state-of-the-art, universally accessible baseball field. I am overjoyed that this field, which celebrates the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, will be located in CD 10.
LA Council Celebrates LGBT Heritage Month
During the month of June, the Los Angeles City Council celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month in our great City! People from around the world have made Los Angeles their home, and each culture contributes to the rich diversity that makes it among the foremost cities in the world. Please take a moment to watch Teen Line video "Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities": http://bit.ly/1KKxETa
ICYMI: LA River Follies, Season 2
On June 3, the Los Angeles City Council celebrated the amazing resource that is the Los Angeles River on LA River Day! Watch Season 2 of the "LA River Follies," which shines the spotlight on the progress the city and other stakeholders are making to improve the river.
Beautification of our Community and Graffiti Removal Day
Olympic Police Station
1130 Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SoLA Food Co-Op
Leimert Park Village, Community Build
4305 Degnan Blvd, #102
Los Angeles, CA 90008
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
3rd Annual ONE PEACE charity art event
William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 W West View St
Los Angeles, CA 90016
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P.I.C.O. NC Public Forum on Police Body Cameras
Paper or Plastik Cafe
5772 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open House and Public Hearing on the Proposed Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan
LADWP Community Room
4030 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
6th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival
Leimert Park Village
Degnan & 43rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90008
LANI's 13th Annual Community Forum
Center for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Councilmember, 10th Council District