Los Angeles Now Has Traffic Ticket Kiosks

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Pay with cash or even a personal check at the new machines

To help out the unfortunate drivers who’ve gotten tickets, LA Superior Court has added five new traffic ticket payment machines at courthouse locations throughout the county, so that if someone has to pay a ticket, they can at least avoid having to physically go into a courthouse to do it.

According to a release from the LA Superior Court’s Public Information Office, the new kiosks are available 24/7 to help people take care of a whole host of traffic transactions, most notably paying those pesky tickets as soon as possible.

Though people can already pay parking and traffic tickets online around the clock, the advantage of the kiosks is that they accept cash, personal check, and money order payments, which the online portal does not. Who doesn’t like options?

The kiosks will provide services in Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, in addition to English. They’re installed at LA Superior Courts in Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, West Covina, and the Metropolitan Courthouse. An LA Superior Court rep tells LAist that the machines were installed by a third-party vendor at no cost to the court, though they do charge a $3 fee for each transaction.

http://www.lacourt.org/newsmedia/uploads/1420164261052116NRKIOSKPROJECT3-9-16.pdf

Mayor Garcetti & Artist Shepard Fairey, Renowned for his Obama HOPE Portrait, Unveil L.A.’s First Artist-Designed Library Card

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist Shepard Fairey, City Librarian John F. Szabo and L.A. Cultural Affairs General Manager Danielle Brazell were joined by students from the Downtown Magnets High School for the unveiling of L.A.’s first limited-edition, artist-designed library card today at the Central Library. The card launch concludes the library’s celebration of National Library Week.

Designed by artists Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson, the new library card is now available at all 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). The design features an illustration of the historic Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016.  Read more »

LA Animal Euthanizations Drop Dramatically

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Los Angeles animal shelters’ save rates have reached unprecedented levels, but hundreds of animals have already been put down this year.

Los Angeles city animal shelters appear to be on their way to becoming “no-kill” facilities, with 84.3 percent of cats and dogs saved from being euthanized so far this year, according to figures released today by the Department of Animal Services.

Dogs were saved 86.3 percent of the time, while cats had a lower save rate of 79.2 percent, Animal Services Department officials said.

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Cania is a 5-year-old pit bull currently available for adoption with Los Angeles Animal Services.

During the first three months of the year, 854 animals were euthanized, down from 1,226 in 2015.

The city’s latest overall save rate of 84.3 percent at its six shelters puts it near the 90 percent national standard used to designate shelters as “no-kill” facilities, according to Animal Services officials.

The overall rate is an improvement over the city’s 57.8 percent save rate in fiscal year 2011-2012, city officials said.

Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette attributed the reduced number of animal euthanizations in recent years to a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, which helps place dogs and cats into homes.

The city has “made steady progress towards saving the lives of thousands of orphaned pets,” Barnette said. “We are hopeful to have our best year of reducing shelters deaths and increasing the live save rate since establishing to become a no-kill city.”

Wildlife Corridor

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On April 22, Earth Day, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Koretz’s motion calling for creating a wildlife corridor from Griffith Park to the 405 freeway, and studying creating wildlife corridors all along the Rim of the Valley map proposal.

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Executive Director Joe Edmiston, who spoke as an expert witness before the City Council, responded to concerns that the proposed regulations would “impose undue burdens on developers” by pointing to wildlife corridors in other areas, where he said development has not been negatively impacted.

“Developers can move over a little so that animals can have their pathways,” Edmiston said.

The City Council’s action today directs the City’s Planning Department to prepare and present an ordinance to create a Wildlife Corridor in the eastern area of the Santa Monica Mountains, from Griffith Park to the 405 freeway, requiring the following:

a) Do not issue any building or grading permits until project applicants ensure that they will Read more »

Los Angeles City Budget

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The Mayor’s proposed City Budget has been released and will be reviewed by the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee during intensive hearings that begin on Wednesday, April 27th at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers in City Hall.

The $8.76 million proposed Budget strives to increase efficiency and services in a variety of areas, begin the process of bringing civilians into LAPD’s ranks to allow more sworn officers to be on patrol, inject more muscle and compassion into the City’s attempt to deal with homelessness, and start a wholesale updating of Community Plans across Los Angeles, among many other things.

If you’d like to check out the Budget, please visit:

http://lamayor.org/budget20162017

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