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LA Council Members Seek Encampment Enforcement At Civic Center Locations
October 14, 2021
Six Los Angeles City Council members introduced a resolution today to enforce the city's ordinance to restrict homeless encampments at four locations in and around the Civic Center. ... read more »
Mark Ridley-Thomas Charged Along with Former University Dean in Federal Grand Jury Indictment Alleging Bribery and Fraud Scheme
October 13, 2021
As part of the bribery scheme, Ridley-Thomas and Flynn allegedly took steps “to disguise, conceal, and cover up the bribes, kickbacks, and other benefits defendant Ridley-Thomas and MRT Relative 1 received,” which included concealing the official acts Ridley-Thomas agreed to perform and did perform in exchange for the financial benefits. The pair also concealed, according to the indictment, the true purpose of the money funneled to MRT Relative 1’s nonprofit through the university, which also violated multiple university policies regarding the funding of nonprofits. ... read more »
LA City Council Passes Motion Aimed at Using CA Funds to Clean Near Freeways
October 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion today aimed at using funds from the $100 billion California Comeback Plan to clean public spaces near freeways. The motion was introduced by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and directs the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer to report on the state's budget, including the $1.5 billion investment to clean public spaces, and identify the amounts of funding and planned expenditures that will benefit Los Angeles and clean public spaces near highways. ... read more »
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LA Council Votes To Prepare City To Seek Federal Infrastructure Funds
October 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council took action today to prepare the city to apply for federal funding from the pending $1 trillion infrastructure bill and the Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget proposal. Los Angeles has every reason to seize on these opportunities. The City Council has approved dozens of transformative strategic documents and master plans that in many cases include shovel-ready, entitled, or designed projects,'' stated the motion, introduced by Council President Nury Martinez with Councilmen Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield and Mitch O'Farrell. ... read more »
Government Offices Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day
October 8, 2021
Government offices and libraries throughout the Southland will be closed Monday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, or Columbus Day. State and federal courts will shut their doors Monday as well, and there will be no U.S. Mail delivery. Most banks are also expected to be closed. However, Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be open. Buses and subway services in both the city and county of Los Angeles will run on a regular schedule, along with Metrolink trains. Stores, too, will be open as usual. ... read more »
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Files Lawsuit Against Controversial Housing Bill
September 29, 2021
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced today it filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 10, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Sept. 16 to create a voluntary process for cities to streamline zoning processes to allow multi-unit housing on single- family lots near transit in urban infill areas. ``We believe SB10 includes a blatant constitutional overreach in its provision allowing two-thirds of members a city council, board of supervisors or other such `members of a legislative body' to override local initiatives, including those with zoning restrictions, that may have been legally put in place by voters through the initiative process,'' said AHF President Michael Weinstein. ``This provision ignores the intent and will of voters, totally disregarding the sanctity of voters' rights. We believe the provision is clearly unconstitutional and are therefore seeking to invalidate that provision and the entire law.'' ... read more »
LA City Council to Elect New President Pro Tempore
September 28, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council will hold a vote today to pick a new president pro tempore to replace Councilman and 2022 mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino with Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.` ... read more »
LA City Council Moves Toward Developing Unarmed Crisis Response Model
September 15, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council today took a step toward developing an unarmed model of crisis response by authorizing the city administrative officer to revise and release a Request For Proposals for the program that would divert nonviolent calls for services away from police officers. Nonprofits in Los Angeles will be able to submit proposals for operating the program and providing staff that would respond to the calls. The city will hold question-and-answer sessions during the process to engage with communities and encourage submissions. ... read more »
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LA City Council OKs Street Engagement Strategy For Anti-Camping Law
September 14, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council approved a street engagement strategy today to accompany its sweeping ordinance to restrict sleeping and homeless encampments in certain areas of the city. ... read more »
2020 Census Reveals 2.9% Increase in L.A.’s Black Population
August 26, 2021
The statistics were disclosed at a special meeting of the L.A. City Council Redistricting Commission on August 19. The commission is charged with using census data to recommend a redistricting plan that outlines the boundaries of council districts (CDs) and each area should be largely equal in population. ... read more »
LA City Council Approves Resolution to Support the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act of 2021
May 27, 2021
In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic where intimate physical interaction created the risk of contracting COVID-19, protesters called for justice, confronting the hard reality that incidents of police brutality, which have disproportionately resulted in the injuries and deaths of people of color, persisted across the nation.  ... read more / view gallery »
Curren Price: The Force Behind Reimagining Public Safety in Los Angeles
May 27, 2021
Councilmember Curren Price is excited about the opportunities that have been created in the City’s latest budget, which re-allocates over $165 million to those in Los Angeles who are and have historically been underserved and under-resourced. ... read more / view gallery »
Investing in South LA  
March 10, 2021
L.A. City Councilmember, 9th District, Marqueece Harris-Dawson explains why Black and Brown Councilmembers representing predominantly communities of color take the safety and the funding of our communities very seriously. The Council remains focused on prioritizing meaningful investments in disadvantaged communities and communities of color and broader discussions and actions around public safety. ... read more »
L.A. City Council Approves Motions To Expand Project Roomkey
March 5, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council today approved a motion that would expand Project Roomkey and explore commandeering non- cooperating hotels and motels to house homeless people through the program. ... read more »
In a dark moment for L.A.’s workforce, embracing the chance to build back better
December 24, 2020
Right now, more than 600,000 people in our city are unemployed in the fallout from this pandemic. They are disproportionately women and people of color. As we help them get back to work, we have an opportunity to set our city down a more equitable path.  ... read more »
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