Councilmember Englander Demands California Public Utilities Commission Investigate Spike in Gas Bills

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This week, Councilmember Englander submitted a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the unusual rate increases experienced by SoCal Gas customers this month across Los Angeles County.

Affected constituents have reported receiving SoCal Gas bills 4 to 6 times higher than their usual rate for this time of year. There is concern among constituents that the unusually large increases in the billed amount are either improperly linked to the ongoing natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility or due to a flaw in new “Advanced Meters” which electronically transmit gas usage data to SoCal Gas.

This bill spiking comes at a time when SoCal Gas is experiencing a major disaster at its Aliso Canyon facility. Councilmember Englander does not believe that these two incidents are not related. It appears that the entire Los Angeles basin is now feeling the effects of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak.

If you would like to file a complaint with the CPUC you can call the complaint line at 800-649-7570 or email . There is also an online complaint form available at https://appsssl.cpuc.ca.gov/cpucapplication/.

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Lunar New Year Celebration on the LA Waterfront

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Please join us at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held on Saturday, February 6, 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor in San Pedro (Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street)

Join us for unforgettable activities, compliments of the Port of Los Angeles:

• Cultural Entertainment
• Lion Dancers
• Crafts
• Petting Zoo
• Food
• Fireworks Finale
Click here for 2016 Lunar New Year Festival flier

Schedule

2:00 p.m.

  • Festival, booths, and activities officially open
  • Tai Chi Demonstration with Angie
  • Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center Folk Dancers
  • Magic with Fantastick Patrick
  • Japanese Cultural Dancers
  • Korean Dance Academy of Los Angeles Folk Dancers
  • Dragon Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Lion Dancers (Tentative)
  • Kokoro Taiko Kai of Long Beach (Japanese Drumming)

7:00 p.m. Fireworks Finale
7:15 p.m. Festival Closes

Join the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT)

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Volunteers: Have you been told that you are a good listener? Are you usually the one to comfort your friends and family in difficult times? Do you want make a difference in someone’s life? The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team is looking for kind and compassionate Angelenos to join our team.

Description: Members of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, traffic fatalities, officer involved shooting, death notification, infant deaths, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents.

Notes on Application and Training: The training program is 9-weeks (6 hours a week, twice a week between 6pm and 9pm, at the Los Angeles, Police Administrations Building. This training provides volunteers with information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the CRT. We require volunteers to be on-call 36 hours a month, to be deployed within their respective bureaus. A minimum of a one year commitment is required. You must be 21 years of age to apply.

Please contact: with any questions.

Follow the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team on Facebook and Twitter @LA_CRT

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Go, Go, Go LA App Debuts

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Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Xerox for the launch of Go LA, a transportation app that provides detailed information on every available mode of getting around the Los Angeles region.

Watch the Go LA App video, which highlights a significant step in improving safety for people who walk, roll, bicycle, use transit and drive on our streets. This is the first app in the nation which will be able to compare multi-provider trip itineraries, i.e., trips that combine arbitrary modes of transportation including personal (car, walk, bike), shared (ZipCar, bikeshare, etc.), ride hailing (Uber, Lyft, taxis, etc.) and public (bus, subway, train, etc.) options. Even parking information is included! It provides a higher level of transparency and allows people to make more knowledgeable decisions about how they travel.

To download and learn more please visit GoLAapp.com

Mayor Garcetti Announces New Fund for Art and Culture in Public Spaces

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Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply.

“Through the work in my committee, we reactivated the Mural Ordinance, revived the Arts Development Fee resulting in millions of dollars for new public art, and guided the new Arts Activation Fund, which will contribute to Los Angeles as a city that values its arts and culture,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell and her staff for their work to identify even more opportunities for artists to shine in the City of Los Angeles.”

The Arts Activation Fund propels Mayor Garcetti’s effort to improve public spaces across the City through community place-making and public art. Last year, the City launched a $200,000 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program that funded eight community projects to reimagine their Great Streets as public spaces.

“Public spaces in our neighborhoods and along our City’s Great Streets provide an open canvas for us to use our creative strength to animate and activate our communities through arts and culture,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Arts Activation Fund connects local artists to these spaces and the people indigenous to them to reinforce neighborhood identities and celebrate L.A.’s diversity.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, visit dcaredesign.org/artsactivate. To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, visit www.lamayor.org/greatstreets.

The DCA ARTS ACTIVATION FUND (AFF) supports creative, community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.

AAF is a bi-monthly fund to support creative-placemaking projects in neighborhoods or near the City of LA’s designatedGreat Streets.

AAF projects should be temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and appropriately sited in public places or within public view. These experiences can be planned, developed, and inaugurated within a 2-3 month production schedule.  If proposed objects are to be publically placed beyond three years or proposed events are to reoccur, applicants should make note of this possible longevity in their application.

Applicants may request up to $15,000 of support. Applicants are not required to raise additional funds to match their city investment; however, crowd-funding and supplementary funding is welcome and may be considered a sign of grassroots support. Projects that cost $15,000 or greater should be broken into two phases of construction or implementation.

Approximately 8-16 projects will be supported each year.

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