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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 [email protected]

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announces the temporary extension of hours at most winter shelters. The following shelters will remain open for a 38 hour window from Sunday, January 8th at 5 p.m. until Tuesday, January 10th at 7 a.m.  due to cold and wet weather conditions. On Tuesday, January 10th at 7 a.m. most shelters will resume normal hours.
The following Winter Shelters will stay open during this period:
  • HIGHLAND PARK
  • SANTA CLARITA
  • SKID ROW
  • SOUTH LOS ANGELES
  • SYLMAR
  • LONG BEACH
  • BELL

Friday, January 20, 2017
10am – noon

Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROPOSED PROJECT: An Ordinance amending provisions of Chapter I Article 7 and Chapter IV Article 6 of the Los Angles Municipal Code (LAMC) to expand the definition of “Protected Tree” to include the Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana) and Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia).

PURPOSE: The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding this project. The hearing will be conducted by a Hearing Officer who will consider oral testimony and any written communication received regarding this proposed Code amendment, as well as the merits of the draft ordinance as it relates to existing land use regulations. After the hearing, a recommendation report will be prepared for consideration by the City Planning Commission at a later date.

What would the proposed Protected Tree Code Amendment do?
The Protected Tree Code amendment proposes to expand the definition of Protected Tree to include the Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana) and Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) shrubs. The number of protected native trees would increase from four to six.  Continue reading

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170106/crime-rises-in-the-san-fernando-valley-where-robbery-and-homicide-rates-outpace-la

Violent crime across Los Angeles rose for a third straight year during 2016, but spikes in homicides, robberies and property crimes across the San Fernando Valley outpaced the city as a whole, according to LAPD crime statistics released this week.

Robberies across the Valley last year rose 33 percent from 2015 — from 1,571 to 2,085 — compared with 14 percent citywide. The number of Valley homicides climbed 14 percent with 65 murders, compared with an increase of nearly 4 percent with 294 murders across Los Angeles.  Continue reading

Los Angeles residents have several options for recycling their Christmas tree this year.

cnt014941LA Sanitation has curbside collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day.

Recycle your Christmas tree in the green bin:

  1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree.
  2. CUT the tree pieces before putting them inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection day.
  3. PLACE the tree pieces inside the green bin.

Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch that is available to residents for free.

In addition, holiday wrapping paper, cartons, cardboard, Styrofoam® and other expanded polystyrene products, plastics and gift boxes are also recyclable and should be placed in the blue bin. However, it is illegal to place household hazardous waste, such as electronics (i.e. televisions and computers) and batteries into the collection bins. Please take those items to one of seven S.A.F.E. Centers for safe disposal and recycling.  Continue reading