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Get the ShakeAlertLA app

ShakeAlertLA app screen shots

The Mayor just announced the launch of ShakeAlertLA, the first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile app in America. The app is available for download for iPhone and Android right now.

The ShakeAlertLA app can provide you with critical seconds of warning that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent. Alerts are issued when an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or larger is detected by a regional sensor network and shaking is expected to be felt in the Los Angeles area.

Getting a few seconds heads-up can make a big difference if you need to pull to the side of the road, get out of an elevator, or drop, cover, and hold on. Download the app now!

Watch this video of the Mayor announcing ShakeAlertLA app on Facebook:

Mayor announcing ShakeAlertLA app on Facebook

REMINDER: Interested Persons Meeting – Lobbying Ordinance Review

REMINDER: Interested Persons Meeting – Lobbying Ordinance Review

The Ethics Commission will be holding three additional interested persons meetings on the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance.  Please RSVP to and join us for one or more of the following meetings:

Thursday, September 7, 2017         1:30pm – 3:30pm
City Hall, Room 1060
Saturday, September 9, 2017         9:25am – 10:50am
City Hall, Room TBA
Wednesday, September 13, 2017         10:00am – 12:00pm
City Hall, Room 1070

The meeting on September 9 is conducted as part of the Congress of Neighborhood Councils and, in addition to a conversation about the lobbying laws, will include a brief overview of the Ethics Commission.  Anyone may attend, but registration is required.  The meeting on September 13 will focus on input from the nonprofit community, but input about any aspect of the lobbying laws is welcome at all of the meetings.

Your input is a valuable part of the review process and helps the Ethics Commission shape the lobbying laws.  The most recent recommendations were discussed at the Ethics Commission meeting on August 15 and are available here.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, comments can be emailed to Thank you for participating in this review!

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 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: Please be sure to include your contact information.

– Email
Email 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.

Be Part of the Los Angeles Welcome

Be Part of the Los Angeles Welcome

This Saturday, please join the LA Department of Convention and Tourism Development in kicking off National Travel & Tourism Week by showing that the City of Los Angeles does welcome all visitors from everywhere!   You may have seen the inspiring #EveryoneisWelcome video which is part of the global welcome initiative launched last week by our partners at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to promote LA as a welcoming destination.

We invite you to support the “Everyone is Welcome” initiative by volunteering to help create a large human welcome sign that celebrates the diversity and inclusivity that defines Los Angeles.  This event will take place on Saturday, May 6 near LAX at the Carl Nielsen Park, 9100 Jenny Avenue, Los Angeles.  Take part in sending a warm welcome to visitors around the world by volunteering for one of two shifts:   8:00am – 11:00am and 11:00am – 2:15pm.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy food, refreshments, giveaways and free parking!

To learn more and RSVP – click this link

Announcing People St 2017 Application Cycle

Announcing People St 2017 Application Cycle

Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. The Application Cycle features two innovative types of projects are available: Plazas and Parklets.

People St is a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Departments of Public Works and City Planning, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
About the Project Team


People St is your one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials on People St Plazas and Parklets and the application process to bring these projects to your neighborhood. Building from lessons learned from the city’s six pilot projects and the implementation of projects from the 2013 application cycle, LADOT has been working closely in an unprecedented collaboration with community members, elected officials, and other City staff to develop People St into a program that will expedite project development and implementation with a clear, consistent process.


People St facilitates partnerships between the community and the City of Los Angeles. Projects initiated and driven by and for communities can be brought to life by working through People St. Community Partners must be active players in order to build neighborhood support for Plazas and Parklets. The application process requires Community Partners to identify an appropriate site, conduct outreach, raise funds required for materials and furnishings, install project elements, and provide and fund long-term management, maintenance, and operations of the project.


Plazas and Parklets make for more active, inviting streets. Expanded public spaces can calm traffic and increase safety for people who walk, bike, and take transit. These projects also encourage increased levels of walking and bicycling, all the while supporting economic vitality. Pedestrian-centered activity is shown to foster a greater sense of community, and local businesses benefit as more pedestrians frequent neighborhoods that accommodate them.


People St offers an application-based process for Community Partners to receive approval to install a Plaza and Parklet.  Through, potential Community Partners can access an online-application portal and the materials required for the application process. Each year, LADOT opens an application window, a time during which Community Partners can submit an initial project proposal.

Visit our Plazas and Parklets pages to download applications and more information on process, responsibilities and requirements.

Using a set of established criteria to assess each proposal, LADOT selects a limited number of applications with which to move forward. Considerations for proposal selection include: organizational capacity, site location, site context, community support, and access needs for public spaces. Those selected then work closely with LADOT to complete the process of bringing a project to life.

Downloadable applications are available under the “Apply for Project” tab of this website. The downloadable applications will provide full details about everything you need to know to apply for the installation Parklets and Plazas.

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