This week, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget. The Budget and Finance Committee built on the Mayor’s proposed budget, finding an additional $50 million in net revenue. Here are some of the highlights of what was adopted: Read more »
Here’s the video on the permit parking at the Granada Hills Grubfest. Much thanks to the CD12 TEAM and Mitch Englander. Almost two months into the new system and it continues to run smoothly.
Thank you to stakeholder Mark Hovater for the video. Read more »
Registration is now open for the South Coast AQMD’s Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program. Note the location in Van Nuys on June 6 is nearest to residents in the San Fernando Valley.
SoCal residents can score up to 70 percent in savings with this year’s SCAQMD Lawnmower Exchange Program! The program does good for the pocketbook and SoCal’s air by trading operable gas-powered lawn mowers for high-performance, environmentally-friendly and cordless battery-electric mowers.
Choose from one of six Black+Decker and Greenstation electric models starting at only $100. Registration opened April 22 at 8 a.m. and is on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Claim your spot to one of our exchange event locations by registering at www.aqmd.gov/lawnmower or by calling 1-888-425-6247. Phone operators are available during regular business hours Tuesday through Friday. Read more »
GHNNC has looked into the possible application for a license and found that some of the rumors as to this license may be erroneous. We do not feel at this point that there is appreciative concern for this information. This potential information was placed on the PLUM Agenda for Monday April 20 for right to discuss if it was found necessary after brought to the Safety Committee earlier in the week.
Be assured GHNNC always looks out for our stakeholders and total community.
Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan multibillion dollar plan, including bikesharing and solar panels, to get Los Angeles green.
Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan today that lays out his goals for making the city more economically and environmentally sustainable, including adding electric car charging outlets and bikeshare stations around the city and installing more solar panels on local rooftops and lots.
Garcetti, who discussed the 20-year sustainability plan at Echo Park Lake this morning, wants the city to set goals — most of them to be achieved over the next 10 and 20 years — in dozens of areas, such as cutting water and electricity usage, making buildings more energy efficient and reducing dependence on cars for transportation.
He is calling for reducing per capita water use 22.5 percent by 2025 and 25 percent by 2035, and aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent by 2025, 60 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.
Garcetti wants to raise the amount of local solar power produced to 900 to 1,500 megawatts by 2025, and 1,500 to 1,800 megawatts by 2035. Among the ideas in the plan for increasing local solar energy is to put at least 1 megawatt of solar energy capacity atop the Los Angeles Convention Center by 2017. Read more »
For the first time in the history of Los Angeles, the City has made a commitment this week to establishing a sustainable, fair, long-term sidewalk repair policy by settling the Willits class action lawsuit. The City will invest $31 million per year for the next 30 years to fix our broken sidewalks!
“As chairman of the Public Works committee, I have been committed to finding solutions to fixing our streets and sidewalks since my first day on the Los Angeles City Council. The settlement of this lawsuit is a win for not only the mobility impaired, but for all Angelenos as it finally requires the city to fix its broken sidewalks. There are no losers here. I look forward to hearing from the public as we develop the details in the Public Works Committee on how residents can submit repair requests, which locations to prioritize and how quickly we can start the work,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.
The basic terms of the settlement are as follows:
- 30 year agreement
- $31 million per year (in today’s dollars)
- 15% cost escalator every 5 years to keep up with inflation
- Will increase to $67 million per year in the final 5 years
- Total: just over $1.3 billion
- $5 million per year will be dedicated to curb ramps, and $26 million will be dedicated to sidewalks
- 20% will go toward addressing specific requests made by disabled persons
Locations will be prioritized as follows:
- City offices and facilities (parks, rec centers, libraries, police stations, etc)
- Transportation corridors
- Hospitals, medical facilities, assisted living facilities and similar
- Places of public accommodation such as commercial and business zones
- Facilities containing employers
- Residential Neighborhoods
- How can residents report broken sidewalks?
Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app
- How soon will my sidewalk be fixed?
The settlement requires repairs next to city-owned facilities first. It will take at least 2 years before that work is complete and we can move on to repairs of sidewalks adjacent to private property
- How can I see where my request is on the list?
There is no list of individual locations, only general direction on what types of locations get priority over what. The Budget & Finance and Public Works Committees will hold hearings in the coming months to solicit public input and develop a fair and transparent policy about priority of specific requests, as well as all of the other policy details like:
- whether the city will pay for sidewalk repair after the 30 years or return the responsibility to the adjacent property owner
- whether city workers or contract workers will do the work
- whether alternative materials like porous pavement and rubber sidewalks will be allowed
- whether the city will pay for 100 % of the repair costs, or implement a cost sharing program like 50/50.
After 40 years with no repair policy, we’re not going to get one in place overnight. But this week’s action commits the City to solving this problem.