The LA City Council unanimously confirmed the Mayor’s appointment of Grayce Liu as the next permanent general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment on Friday. Grayce Liu was made interim general manager in August of last year after former GM BongHwan Kim left to take a position in San Diego.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Liu to serve as permanent general manager in December. In his letter to the City Council he wrote, “Her (more…)
Bike rack (Photo by via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
It took a long time but the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will dramatically increase the number of parking spaces for bikes in new developments.
The Bike Parking Ordinance will allow new developments—both residential and commercial—to swap some parking spots for bikes in lieu of parking spots for cars. There are also rules standardizing bike parking space to ensure that they’re safe, secure and accessible.
One car spot can be replaced by four bikes for up to 30 percent of the required number of spaces for commercial developments that are near transit lines. At other commercial buildings not near transit lines, the number is 20 percent. For buildings with less than 20 required car parking spaces, up to 4 parking spaces may be swapped for bike parking. Residential buildings can replace up to 10 percent of car spaces with bike parking.
All new developments with few exceptions will need to have at least 2 parking spaces for bikes, and that can include the city’s bike corrals. The ordinance also has rules about what can and cannot be considered a parking spot. Spaces should be well-lit and easily accessible from the street. Short-term parking should be outside the building and easy to spot before you even walk in. There should be signs directing people to long-term parking, if it’s not immediately obvious where it is.
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Advisory: No Prize in Lotto Scams! Spanish-speakers targeted for Lotto scams in SFV. Don’t be a victim.
No Prize in Lotto Scams – Trending in SF Valley
Los Angeles. Detectives are warning San Fernando Valley Spanish-speaking residents against falling victim to con artists offering shares in a big winning Lotto ticket in return for “trust” money.
“The old adage holds true: ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,’” warns Det. Marc Madero, who works the robbery unit for LAPD’s Mission Detective Division. “We might see 6 or 8 of these a year, but we’ve now seen two in the last week and four in the last month.”
The scam goes like this: A Spanish-speaking man or woman approaches the unsuspecting mark and explains that he’s holding a winner Lotto ticket, but can’t claim it as he is in the USA illegally. The con artist suggests the mark helps him by redeeming the ticket for the prize, then splitting it with the con artist. But here’s the catch: the mark must put up some money as a show of good faith, which the con holds or asks a disinterested third-party to hold. The ticket is counterfeit and the con artist makes off with the good-faith money. That so-called disinterested party will always be the con artist’s accomplice or shill.
Recently, victims have reported being duped out of $1,000 at a time. In several instances when the mark has no cash, the con artist suggests the mark put up jewelry instead.
“Of course the money or jewelry is never seen again,” explains Det. Madero. “And all the victim has left is a worthless Lotto ticket and the embarrassment of falling for a common trick.” Out of embarrassment, victims either do not report crimes, or change the story to report the money loss, often saying they were robbed. Mis-reporting the circumstances will never result in catching the suspects.
Detectives warn against these scams and offer the following tips to protect the public:
- Legitimate lotteries (more…)
The weeks of May 6 and May 13, crews will remove remaining temporary structure supports and complete road surface finishing on the new northbound I-5/SR-170 connector. For the safety of motorists,
this work will require night closures of northbound I-5 between Sheldon Street and Osborne Street and southbound I-5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street, as well as night closures of southbound I-5 on-ramps at Terra Bella Street and Osborne Street. See dates and times at right.
Northbound I-5 detour: Traffic will be detoured off the freeway at Lankershim Boulevard and onto San Fernando Road. Motorists will re-enter northbound I-5 from Osborne Street. Detour signs will be posted.
Southbound I-5 detour: Traffic will be detoured off I-5 at the I-5/SR-170 interchange and onto southbound SR-170. Motorists will re-enter southbound I-5 from Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Detour signs will be posted.
You may hear construction noise during the closure, but it will not exceed levels allowed by state and federal regulations. You may also notice extra lighting and a temporary increase in traffic on local streets.
- Northbound I-5 between Sheldon Street and Osborne Street
- Southbound I-5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street
L.A. full of roads to ruin for cars
The city gives its road network an average grade of C. But a Times analysis finds wide disparities, and they’re not driven by wealth or political power.
From the L.A. Times, May 4, 2013
A drive along Angus Street in hilly Silver Lake requires navigating a gantlet of buckled concrete slabs and dirt-filled cracks.
But on South Seabluff Drive in Playa Vista the ride is smooth, the pavement is black and you can smell the fresh asphalt.
Despite the city’s best efforts to keep up with the constant flood of road repairs, Los Angeles is a city divided — by its potholes, cracks and ruts.
A Times analysis of street inspection data found (more…)
Eligible residents must register to vote by Monday, May 6, 2013 in order to be able to vote in the May 21, 2013 City of Los Angeles General Municipal and Special Elections.
To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years old by Election Day. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names since the last election must re-register to vote. Voter registration is handled by the Office of the California Secretary of State. You can register to vote from the following sources:
- Contact the Office of the California Secretary of State. Complete your registration online at https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/, or download the form at http://www.eac.gov/assets/1/Documents/Federal%20Voter%20Registration_1209_en9242012.pdf and complete and return by mail.
- Contact the Office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s (RR/CC) by visiting their website at www.lavote.net or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call them at toll-free at (800) 481-VOTE or direct at (562) 466-1310, or register in person at the RR/CC Office at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650
- Voter registration forms may also be available at the public counter of most Los Angeles City and County buildings, libraries, fire stations, post offices, and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices
The Official Sample Ballot for the May 21, 2013 City of Los Angeles General Municipal and Special Elections (available in English and the eight Federally-mandated languages of Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese) is available on the Election Division’s website at http://clerk.lacity.org/Elections/ under the “Polling Place and Official Sample Ballot Look Up” link. Copies of the Official Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet are also available by contacting the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division by May 17, 2013.
I-5 HOV Improvements
(SR-118 to SR-170)
May 2, 2013
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined with the US Geological Survey and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority members to announce $5 million in federal funds for the region’s Earthquake Early Warning System.
“Our partners at the US Geological Survey and Caltech have been working on the development of a cutting-edge early warning system.” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “We’re proud to provide this additional funding to improve the system’s capacity and bring it to the level required to make earthquake early warning a reality in Southern California.” (more…)