Homelessness Town Hall

Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Mitchell Englander invite you to a town hall conversation focusing on the homelessness problem in the San Fernando Valley. The town hall will feature leaders from the City, County, and relevant agencies, who will address and answer questions on homelessness throughout the City and the complex challenges the City faces.

Monday, September 12
7:00-8:30 pm

Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center
7326 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park

Panelists include Peter Lynn, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA);Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO of LA Family Housing; Commander Todd Chamberlain, LAPD Homeless Coordinator; Raffy Astvasadoorian, West Valley Neighborhood Prosecutor for the LA City Attorney; Molly Rysman, Housing and Homelessness Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; and Nancy Volpert, Director of Public Policy for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

We will be accepting donations of canned goods, socks, and toiletries at the event.

RSVP at Sharon.Alonso@lacity.org or by calling (818) 774-4330.

More info at http://blumenfield.lacity.org/homeless_town_hall

Council Approves Funds for Cleanups

This week, the City Council voted to transfer nearly $2 million to the Bureau of Sanitation to help make our streets and communities safer and cleaner for all people. The City Council initially approved the funds as part of the city’s budget process, led by Councilmember Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.
The funds will be allocated to clean areas in the public right-of-way and expand the regional capacity for involuntary storage of unattended personal belongings removed during the course of cleanups. It is part of the City Council’s ongoing work to improve neighborhoods and reduce the impacts of homelessness on our city.

Clean Streets Challenge Workshop – August 25

Clean Streets LA is a city-wide effort to clean our neighborhoods.The Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Empowerment will distribute awards totaling $25,000 for proposals to improve area neighborhoods based on the strengths of each application, including creativity, innovation, volunteer engagement, and social media strategies. We will also be evaluating the improvement metrics proposed and completed.

We will having a workshop to let you know how to be a part of the challenge and how to apply.

Clean Streets Challenge Workshop

Thursday, August 256 PM
Branford Recreation Center
13310 Branford St.
Arleta, CA 91331

 

A Safe and Smart Start to School

This week, hundreds of thousands of students in Los Angeles went back to school. As students get back to learning, the LAPD, the LA Unified School District and city officials remind parents, families and students to be safe and smart while making their way to school.
LA police want drivers to use caution and common sense on the roads. Motorists, including all parents, should slow down in school zones, be alert for small children and come to a full stop when a school bus’s flashing lights are activated. Additionally, students should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and use designated crosswalks and intersections.
Homework Help
 
As the homework begins to pile up, don’t let the anxiety get the best of you and your family. The LA Public Library has many resources to help students get through their assignments. The library’s Live Homework Help program can give them the tools they need to get ahead in school.

More than 3,000 online tutors are available on demand every day from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. for one-on-one help with homework, skills building and test prep. Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help K-12 students and adult learners with math, science, English, writing, foreign languages and social studies.
Visit www.lapl.org/lhh to access the library’s tutoring program.

New City Program Educates Renters

This summer, the LA Housing and Community Investment Department launched a new program to help educate Angelenos on renters’ rights under the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).
One in every two LA families lives in an apartment protected by the RSO. The “Home for Renters” campaign provides information to both tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities as renters and owners of the city’s 640,000 rent-controlled units.
The program aims to bring better awareness to renters about how to protect against excessive rent increases and unlawful evictions, while providing owners with information on how to receive reasonable returns on their rental housing investment in a responsible way.
For more information about the city’s law, how it applies and more about the Home for Renters program, visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/home-for-renters.

LADOT Public Hearings On Proposed DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride Service Changes

LADOT Transit is conducting public hearings for the proposed changes to DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride services as well as its Title VI Disparate Impact and Disproportionate Burden Policies. Attend a public hearing near you:
  • Saturday 8/20 1pm-2pm: Robert M. Wilkinson Multi-Purpose Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave, Northridge, 91324
  • Monday 8/22 12pm-1pm: Caltrans Bldg., Conference Rm. 01.037, 100 S Main St, LA, 90012
  • Monday 8/22 6pm-7pm: Constituent Service Center, 8475 S Vermont Ave, LA, 91324
  • Tuesday 8/23 6pm-7pm: Glassell Park Senior Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd, LA, 90064
  • Wednesday 8/24 6pm-7pm: Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90025
  • Monday 8/29 6pm-7pm: San Pedro Library, Community Room, 931 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
  • Tuesday 8/30 6pm-7pm: Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave, LA, 90038
  • Wednesday 8/31 6pm-7pm: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, 91401

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Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City

You are cordially invited to “Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City”. Featured speakers include Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and Personnel Department representatives.

Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City

Tuesday, August 23
5:30 pm – Registration/Networking
6:00 pm – Workshop

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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LADWP Customer Service Saturday

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Customer Service Centers (CSC) are open for business the Second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Customer Service Saturday. You can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer and resolve billing questions.

There will also be informational tables and displays with helpful materials to answer questions about how to save on your bill, provide details about rebates, conservation tips and more. Read more

Save Energy LA for Sustainable Living

The City of Los Angeles recently launched SaveEnergy LA, a campaign encouraging Angelenos to make small changes in their lives to reduce the amount of power they use every day. Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the campaign by turning off the lights at dozens of buildings, including City Hall.

With increasing heat due to climate change, more residents and businesses crank up their air conditioners at the same time they’re using energy for lights, appliances and other needs. This puts a strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment and the entire electricity grid, especially on hot days. In the aftermath of the disastrous Aliso Canyon leak, the electric grid is under extra pressure this summer, creating a higher risk of power outages during peak days.

LA has an energy reduction target for municipal buildings of five percent from August to October, the region’s hottest months. SaveEnergy LA also encourages commercial building owners, universities, and other large employers to aim for the same reduction target in their facilities.

Find tips and incentives offered to help save more energy here: www.SaveEnergyLA.org.

Clean and Green

The Clean and Green folks came out and cleaned the median on Burbank Blvd from Balboa Blvd to Hayvenhurst Ave. They are also continuing down east to the 405 freeway (CD 6). They completed the CD 5 side on August 11. Lake Balboa NC enthusiastically thanks Clean and Green and its volunteer staff!

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