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Tuesday, February 21 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 7th Election. March 7th’s Municipal Election has important LAUSD Schoolboard, Los Angeles Community College, County, and City measures on the ballot. In order to participate you must be registered to vote by Tuesday, February 21.

  • Click here for more information on how to register.
  • Click here to view your sample ballot and polling location.
  • Click here for information on how to vote by mail.

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending — a move long sought by immigrant advocates who argued that sidewalk sellers should not face criminal charges that could place them at risk of being deported.

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and to begin setting up a regulated system. In January, the council voted to draft an ordinance decriminalizing vending.

Previously, selling food or goods on the sidewalk could lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles.

City staffers say it could take months for Los Angeles to work out all of the details and begin handing out permits to vendors. In the meantime, vendors who ply their trade on city sidewalks still could be cited and fined for violating the municipal code, but they would not face criminal convictions.

Dave Michaelson, a chief assistant city attorney, said Wednesday that a first-offense citation would result in a $250 fee, and a second offense would have a $500 fee. Future violations would result in $1,000 fees.

It is unlikely that more than one citation could be issued within the same day, Michaelson said.

Though lesser citations have been more common, city prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges for sidewalk vending in more than two dozen cases between October 2015 and October 2016, according to the city attorney’s office.

More at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-vending-20170215-story.html

 

Starting this month, the LA Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications for the Speed Hump Program.
The popular program was halted in 2009 amid the city’s recession. In June 2016, the Budget and Finance Committee restored the program and approved the allocation of $540,000 to begin speed hump construction.
Starting Feb. 28, the department will begin accepting application. Once the 45-day application period is over, construction is expected to begin this summer. For more information about how you can apply for a speed hump in your neighborhood, speed hump guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit ladot.lacity.org.
On Wednesday, the LA City Council voted to require regular updates of the city’s community plans. As a result, the Department of City Planning will build a framework that accelerates updating the city’s 35 community plans to once every six years.
Community plans direct what can and cannot be built in neighborhoods and allow residents to weigh in on what they want their community to look like. Currently, the majority of the city’s community plans have not been updated in more than 15 years.

The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 became effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and shall expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.

Living in a vehicle (vehicle dwelling) is prohibited at all times within one block (500 feet) of licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks.

Persons may live in a vehicle:

  • Daytime Hours – between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks;
  • Nighttime Hours –  between  9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. – in non-residentially zoned areas which are more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools or daycare facilities or parks.

General reminder:

The Los Angeles Office of Finance is reminding entrepreneurs, business owners, and individuals that conduct business activities within the City of Los Angeles that it’s time to submit their Business Tax Renewal Form.

The filing period ends February 28, 2017, and businesses are encouraged to avoid lines or delays by filing early online or at one of three office locations (listed below).  The Office of Finance has a newly updated website that makes it easier than ever to submit the form online from any kind of device:  finance.lacity.org.

All registered businesses must submit a Business Tax Renewal Form even if they don’t owe taxes.  You may qualify for an exemption, especially if you have a new or small business.  Businesses that qualify for the Small Business Exemption are also eligible to receive assistance in completing their tax renewal forms until February 10, 2017.  For more information, visit finance.lacity.org or call 844-663-4411.

Office of Finance Locations (open Monday through Friday8 AM – 5 PM):

City Hall (Use Main St. Entrance)
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 101

Van Nuys Civic Center
Braude Constituent Services Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Rm. 110

West Los Angeles
1828 Sawtelle Blvd, Rm. 102