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Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Reconnecting Los Angeles One Sidewalk at a Time

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has started the environmental review processfor the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project). The proposed Project would continue, amend and expand implementation of Safe Sidewalks LA over approximately 30 years to in order to make City pedestrian facilities compliant with applicable accessibility requirements. Existing sidewalks and walkways will be repaired or replaced under the proposed Project. Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed. The City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the efficient administration of the proposed Project and its objectives.

BOE has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Project and the anticipated scope of the EIR, are available for public review and comment. This phase in the environmental review process is called the “scoping period” (see figure below) and typically lasts 30 days. The scoping comment period for this proposed Project is 50 days.

Agency and public input during the scoping period will shape the scope and content of the analysis in the Draft EIR. Once completed, the Draft EIR will include the results of the technical studies the City conducted and be circulated for public and agency review and comment.

All interested parties are encouraged to visit sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process to learn more about the proposed Project and EIR process.

Also, to submit a comment, please do one of the following:

– Online
Submit comments online at: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process. Please be sure to include your contact information.

– Email
Email shilpa.gupta@lacity.org with “SRP” as the subject. Please also include your name, a valid mailing address, and telephone number in the email so we may contact you if we have any questions regarding your comment. This information will also allow us to add you to our mailing list so you can learn when the Draft EIR becomes available.

– Mail
You can mail written comments to:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please be sure to submit your comment(s) by the end of the scoping period on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Safe Sidewalks LA

Safe Sidewalks LA

Reconnecting Los Angeles One Sidewalk at a Time

What is the Sidewalk Repair Program?

  • The purpose of the Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project) is to continue to amend and expand implementation of Safe Sidewalks LA and make City pedestrian facilities compliant with applicable accessibility requirements.
  • The proposed Project would repair and upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps throughout the City of Los Angeles.
  • Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed.
  • The City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the administration of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and its objectives.
  • A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and the anticipated scope of the EIR, are available for public review and comment at sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process.

ONLINE
Submit comments: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process
EMAIL: shilpa.gupta@lacity.org
“SRP” as the subject. Valid mailing address in the email.
You can mail written comments to:
Shilpa Gupta
Environmental Supervisor I
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
 Los Angeles, CA 90015

ATTEND A PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING:*

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Ronald F Deaton Civic Auditorium
100 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday, August 14, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center
8825 Kester Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Westchester Senior Citizen Center
8740 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free parking at each of the scoping meeting locations.
*All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made three working days in advance of the scheduled meeting date by calling Shilpa Gupta at (213) 485-4560.

Calling All Urban Forest Advocates!

Calling All Urban Forest Advocates!

LA’s sidewalks have reached a tripping point!

Join us on June 10th, along with our partners Investing in Place, Los Angeles Walks, AARP California, and others for The Tripping Point: Advocacy Summit for Completing Streets in LA! Broken sidewalks, dangerous crosswalks, missing bus shelters and hot, unshaded streets are the norm in too many neighborhoods. Angelenos deserve better!

At this half-day summit of keynotes, interactive trainings and workshops, you and other urban forest champions will learn the skills, tools, strategies, and insights to become better advocates for:

  • Healthier street trees;
  • Accessible, safe sidewalks;
  • Safe crosswalks; and
  • More bus shelters

Ready to dig in? Join us and our partners KYCC for a community organizing workshop at the Summit, “Urban Forestry: Growing a Healthy Street Tree Canopy for All.” Here, you can share experiences and learn solutions on how to work with the City of LA and the Urban Forestry Division to protect trees and people.

LA depends on trees for their life-saving benefits.

Stand up. Join the movement for a safer and accessible LA.

RSVP Today!

City Council Passes Zero Waste LA Program

City Council Passes Zero Waste LA Program

Zero Waste LA is a new public private partnership designed to address the 3-million tons of waste disposed annually by businesses, consumers and residents. This innovative franchise system establishes a waste and recycling collection program for all commercial, industrial, and large multifamily customers in the City of Los Angeles.

The program, which Councilmembers Paul Koretz and José Huizar introduced as a motion in 2010 and worked on during Huizar’s time as Chair of the Energy & Environment committee, will also ensure fair pricing, improve service and working conditions and help us meet our zero waste goals for Los Angeles. Councilmember Nury Martinez helped usher this long-working policy as an advocate and the recently appointed chair of the E&E committee.

While 70% of L.A.’s waste comes from commercial and apartment buildings, this new program aims to reduce landfill disposal by 1 million tons per year by 2025 and reduce waste by 65% in all 11 of the City’s new service zones! The program will also decrease food waste and provide all Angelenos with Blue Bin access, no matter where they live or work.

Zero Waste LA Goals:
The franchise system and its agreements include these environmental outcomes and service mandates:

  • Reduction of landfill disposal by 1,000,000 tons per year by 2025;
  • Transparent and predictable solid waste and recycling service rates for the next 10-20 years;
  • Quality customer service standards with LASAN monitoring and enforcement;
  • Franchise hauler accountability for program outcomes and customer satisfaction through a series of measures implemented by LASAN, up to and including liquidated damages;
  • Compliance with environmental regulations, including mandatory commercial and organics recycling;
  • Investment of over $200 million in new and improved solid resources infrastructure;
  • Clean fuel vehicles; and
  • Decrease and recycling of food waste, and increase in food rescue.

Continue reading click here.

Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony – Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10am to 12pm

Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony

Tomorrow, All Clean Streets Champions, Public Works Liaisons, and Clean Streets LA Challenge participants are invited to attend a special Board of Public Works meeting being held to recognize approximately 150 community leaders and partners who have helped bring to life the City of Los Angeles’ Initiative to improve the cleanliness of our streets, sidewalks, and alleys. Please make the time to attend this very special event that will showcase and celebrate the enthusiasm and collaboration that Neighborhood Councils have demonstrated!

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Clean Streets LA Challenge Ceremony
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10am to 12pm
City Hall’s Board of Public Works Hearing Room
200 North Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Park at City Hall East, 200 North Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Email questions to Jen Marony at jen.marony@lacity.org

About Public Works Liaisons– Public Works Liaisons serve as the primary point of contact within Neighborhood Councils on the Clean Streets Initiative, which was announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti on April 23, 2015. Focused on creating a cleaner and more livable city, the Clean Streets Initiative provides funding for additional trash bins, a third Clean Streets Strike Team, the development of a cleanliness assessment system, and increased enforcement of illegal dumping. A key component to the success of the Clean Streets Initiative is a coordinated and robust public engagement campaign. The Liaison works with the Board of Public Works, the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps, and the Office of Community Beautification to organize clean ups, increase 311 reporting in their area, and engage local stakeholders on how to maintain street cleanliness. Liaisons receive communication from the Board of Public Works regarding legislation, programs, and meetings with staff. For more information to go www.empowerla.org/publicworksliaisons/

Safe Sidewalks LA

sidewalkSafe Sidewalks LA

The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone.

These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life. Sidewalk repairs are being made in front of city facilities and this next phase is an expansion of the repair program that will address broken sidewalks throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

*Access Request Program: People with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers due to broken sidewalks, broken/missing curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way can request a repair.

*Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs and get them fixed in an accelerated time. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot. The rebate program will be available for three years.

*Also, public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk request or for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to: sidewalks.lacity.org or call 3-1- 1.

Bureau of Street Services (BSS) Street Talk Newsletter

Street Services Blitz

BSS Street Talk Newsletter

The Bureau Supports Trojans
bss-1On Saturday, November 23rd the Bureau’s Investigation and Enforcement Division helped with the permitting of USC’s last home football game. Held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the USC Trojans beat Notre Dame during the rainy day. While the USC football season comes to an end at the Coliseum, the Division will still be present at permitted events near the college campus to ensure public safety and enforce permit requirements.

How Stump Removal Works
bss-2How are tree stumps removed from the ground?Before modern-day technology, street services would manually dig out the stumps from the ground with picks and shovels. While this was effective, it was time consuming and very labor intensive. Today, the Urban Forestry Division employs the use of the stump-removal ma-chine. This machine grinds stumps into small wood chips and turns the soil. The area is then ready for a new tree to be planted.

Keeping LA Clean and Green
With a fleet of over 1,700 pieces of equipment, the Bureau of Street Services provides quality street services in an effective and efficient manner. In collaboration with the General Services Department, the Bureau staff recently traveled to the Elgin Sweeper Company in Illinois to inspect the new street sweepers that will soon replace the old equipment. These new motor sweepers use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for power, reducing the need for fossil fuels. The Bureau continues to be the nation’s leader in sustainable practices for street sweeping with 135 CNG sweepers.

bss-3Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Bureau of Street Services has joined forces with Council District 11 and its community to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. On September 19th, construction for the Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project began. Funded by the Highway Safety Improvement program, the project will create a six foot wide sidewalk along Entrada Drive from Almafi Drive to Adelaide Drive. Not only will the project include a new sidewalk, but also new curb ramps, a retaining wall and crosswalks. These new designated pedestrian crossings will further enhance the area’s safety. The Bureau’s Special Projects and Engineering Divisions are proud to be involved in the process for creating these improvements in Council District 11.

LAPD & Bureau of Street Services

bssLAPD & Bureau of Street Services

LAPD & Bureau of Street Services Team Up!

To keep the Bureau on the cutting edge of pavement preservation, the Street Resurfacing Division performed quality control training at the LAPD Edward M. Davis Training Facility on August 3rd. Crews repaved LAPD’s training facility while learning how to operate state-of-the-art technology for profiling and paving. With machinery from Caterpillar Inc., the Bureau’s crews will now utilize new sensor technology that allows them to pave smoother streets. The Bureau is proud to invest in employee training as their refined skills will benefit Los Angeles drivers greatly.

Clean Streets LA Challenge

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Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings.We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

Clean Streets LA Challenge

clean streets photo

Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings.We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

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