On Wednesday, May 21, after 40 hours of budget hearings, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved (15-0 vote) the $8.1 billion balanced city budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The infograph shows some of the fact and figures from the budget.

“We’re on the right track with this budget, but it’s still along way to the finish line,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Our city has sacrificed over the past six years, and these sacrifices have put Los Angeles on better fiscal footing. We were able to lower the deficit by more than $800 million since 2010. At the same time, we have established the largest reserve fund that the city has had in a long time. This is responsible budgeting that will protect us for years to come.”

“Our work isn’t done yet. There is still an ongoing structural deficit that we need to eliminate. I’m confident we will get there through continued collaboration.”

Memorial Day Weekend Checkpoints and Office Closures

As you enjoy the holiday weekend, please practice traffic safety measures. Governments offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of the holiday. Here is the list of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Memorial Day weekend:

What:    DUI Saturation Patrol 

When:   Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4 P.M. to

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12 A.M.

Where:   Central Bureau

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7 P.M. to

Friday, May 23, 2014, 1 A.M. 

Where:   Slauson Avenue at Buckler Avenue

 Los Angeles, California

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What:    DUI Saturation Patrol 

When:   Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7 P.M. to

Friday, May 23, 2014, 3 A.M.

Where:   Hollywood Area

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What:    DUI Saturation Patrol 

When:   Friday, May 23, 2014, 4 P.M. to

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 12 A.M.

Where:   Central Bureau

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Friday, May 23, 2014, 7 P.M. to

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 1 A.M. 

Where:   Florence Avenue at Main Street

 Los Angeles, California

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Friday, May 23, 2014, 8 P.M. to

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 2 A.M. 

Where:   Highland Avenue at De Longpre Avenue

 Hollywood, California

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Friday, May 23, 2014, 8 P.M. to

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 2 A.M. 

Where:   Osborne Street at Laurel Canyon Boulevard

 Pacoima, California

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Friday, May 23, 2014, 8 P.M. to

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 2 A.M. 

Where:   Ventura Boulevard at Big Oak Drive

 Studio City, California

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What:    DUI Saturation Patrol 

When:   Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5 P.M. to

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 1 A.M.

Where:   Southwest Area

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What:    Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:   Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8 P.M. to

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2 A.M. 

Where:   Huntington Drive at Pueblo Avenue

 Los Angeles, California

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I just received a bill for a fire inspection as well as an informative brochure on brush clearance (on the same day!) , however I never received a notice prior to this bill, nor was informed of a particular date that i should 'comply' with the rules. I would like to know how to file my affidavit as it says I may not file one now. Also, the wording in the brochure indicates that "an initial fee of 23 dollars is charged for the inspection beginning May 1" and I may '"file a signed affadavit

Hello, 

Thank you for contacting the office of Councilmember Krekorian.

You can submit your 2014 Self-Inspection Affidavit by visiting Lafd.org/fire-prevention/118-brush-clearance/459-2014-self-inspection-affidavit. Once there, follow the instructions to submit the form online

For additional tips and information about brush clearance, visit the LAFD website

-Office of Councilmember Krekorian

Emergency Preparedness, Planning, and Communication for an Earthquake

Creating Your Emergency Plan - Don�t just cross your fingers and hope� get a plan! Good preparation is essential for surviving disasters of all types. Because so many emergency situations can happen without warning, the proper preparations need to be made far in advance. Think ahead. What will you need when disaster strikes, who will you need to contact, how will you avoid injury or even worse? Here are some important recommendations.

ReadyLA, the city’s official readiness, response and recovery site for families, businesses and communities in the greater Los Angeles area, has prepared a guide on how to create a emergency plan in case of disaster:

Over 4 million residents reside within the City of Los Angeles’ 475 square miles. Los Angeles is prone to 13 of 16 possible natural and man-made disasters and threats. The most probable and deadliest is an earthquake. If a family is prepared for a major earthquake, they are most likely prepared for other possible disasters.

This bulletin is the first step in monthly education process where EMD will be providing the City of Los Angeles with educational information, drills, and exercises. This month’s focus is on family planning and communication.

It is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that a family begins to prepare ahead of time. A family should prepare by:

• Preparing a plan with children

• Creating and storing a survival/emergency kit

• Strategizing for special family situations, including persons with disabilities and older adults.

• Planning for pets and service animals

• Identifying and correcting potential home hazards

• Determining whether to stay (shelter-in-place) or go (evacuate)

• Creating a “Go Bag” and emergency envelope

For more information on each of these subjects, the Emergency Management Department has put together a “Comprehensive Guide to Family Preparedness” that can be found at:

http://emergency.lacity.org/stellent/groups/departments/@emd_contributor/documents/contributor_web_content/la

In addition to this guide, the following links will aide in disaster preparation:

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-

dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf

http://www.cert-la.com/education/AvoidingEarthquakeDamage.pdf

http://www.ready.gov/family-communications

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/a260e5fb242216dc62ae380946806677/FEMA_plan_child_508_071513.pdf

Family Communication Plan for Parents

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-
data/0e3ef555f66e22ab832e284f826c2e9e/FEMA_plan_parent_508_071513.pdf

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs:

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240199_A4497.pdf

http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals

For more information, visit ReadLA.org

An Urgent Request: Help the Valley Rescue Mission

Dear Friend:

I’m sad to report that over the weekend, a fire destroyed the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's emergency shelter, vehicle fleet, clothing warehouse and food pantry. The fire started just before 1 a.m. at a warehouse next to the shelter on Saticoy Street. Thankfully, no one was hurt. 

It took more than 130 brave Los Angeles City firefighters to get the fire under control. The damage is devastating to the Mission and the equipment it uses to serve our San Fernando Valley. The fire destroyed the Mission's entire fleet of six trucks and two vans, which provided mobile relief to families in need across the Valley. The trucks also picked up clothing and food donations to stock the Mission's three thrift stores.

This is a tragic setback for the Mission's ongoing work in my district. The Mission provides food, shelter and clothing to thousands of people. It’s time for all of us to lend a hand and help in any way we can. The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's work is critical to the fabric of our community.

How You Can Help 
  • Donate online: This is the easiest way to make a difference right now. Donate generously on the Mission's website by clicking here.
  • Donate in person at the Sun Valley Thrift Store, 9007 Lankershim Blvd., Sun Valley 91352. Items in need are:
    o    Blankets
    o    Clothing
    o    Small household items
    o    Personal hygiene items

For more information on how to donate, please contact: (818) 771-9839 or toll free at (888) 937-4448.

 

Yours truly,


Paul Krekorian

Councilmember, District 2

cd2.lacity.org 

LAPD to Increase Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

The Los Angeles Police Dept. shared the following message for those who are celebrating Cinco de Mayo today:

Cinco de Mayo has become a joyous day for many Angelenos to honor and celebrate Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  Cinco de May is a day to honor the heritage and pride of Mexicans throughout North America.  Unfortunately, it is also a night with unnecessary dangers when community members decide to drink and drive.  Party hosts, bars and restaurants this year are encouraged to plan and promote designating sober drivers in advance – before the ‘Fiesta’ begins. 

To ensure a safe and festive Cinco de Mayo, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)recommends the following tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Designate a sober driver;
  • Leave your car keys at home;
  • Call a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely;
  • Call 911 if you see a possible drunk driver on the road; and,
  • Take the car keys away from someone who is about to drive impaired and assist them in getting home safely.

In an effort to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the LAPD will supplement its routine driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement activities with the following:

Monday, May 5, 2014

DUI Saturation Patrol in Central Area, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
DUI Saturation Patrol in Southwest Area, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollywood Area, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollywood Area, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Schedule of Los Angeles City Budget Hearings

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LOS ANGELES – Starting Tuesday, April 29, the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, will hold a series of hearings to work toward finalizing the Mayor’s 2014-15 proposed budget. The committee will hear from multiple city departments and take public testimony on how Los Angeles can best implement a spending plan to ensure continued economic recovery and greater fiscal responsibility.   

The meetings will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, room 340 of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

The Budget and Finance Committee is comprised of:

  • Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Chair
  • Councilmember Mitchell Englander
  • Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
  • Councilmember Mike Bonin 

All meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 35 and can be streamed live or on-demand at lacity.org, listened to by calling (213) 621-CITY (2489) or (818) 904-9450 via “Council Phone” or by following live updates on twitter.com/cdnews (@cdnews).

The schedule is as follows:

TUESDAY - APRIL 29, 2014 – 1 p.m.

  • Discussion of Committee Procedures
  • Presentation of the Proposed Budget by the Mayor’s Office
  • Overview of the Proposed Budget by the City Administrative Officer (CAO)
  • Revenue Overview
  • General Managers to answer questions on the following budgets, CAO comments follow:
  • City Controller
  • City Attorney
  • Office of Finance/Treasurer
  • Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System
  • Pensions Department
  • Public Comment 

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 30, 2014 – 1 p.m.

General Managers to answer questions on the following budgets, CAO comments follow:

  • Police
  • Animal Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Library
  • Cultural Affairs
  • General Services
  • Information Technology Agency
  • Personnel (includes Human Resources Benefits)
  • Public Comment

THURSDAY - MAY 1, 2014 – 9 a.m.

General Managers to answer questions on the following budgets, CAO comments follow:

  • Recreation and Parks
  • Department of Transportation
  • Planning Department
  • Building and Safety
  • Fire
  • Board of Public Works
  • Bureau of Sanitation
  • Bureau of Street Services
  • Bureau of Engineering
  • Bureau of Street Lighting
  • Bureau of Contract Administration
  • Public Comment

FRIDAY - MAY 2, 2014 – 1 p.m.

General Managers to answer questions on the following budgets, CAO comments follow:

  • Economic and Workforce Development Department
  • Housing and Community Investment Department
  • L.A. Convention Center
  • El Pueblo
  • LA Zoo
  • Department of Aging
  • Department on Disability
  • Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
  • Public Comment

MONDAY - MAY 5, 2014 – 9 a.m.

General Managers to answer questions on the following budgets, CAO comments follow:

  • Presentation by the Coalition of City Unions
  • City Ethics Commission
  • City Clerk
  • City Administrative Officer
  • General City Purposes
  • Unappropriated Balance
  • Reserve Fund
  • Capital Finance Administration (MICLA)
  • Capital Improvement Expenditure Program
  • Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes
  • Exhibit H
  • Presentation by the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates
  • Public Comment

TUESDAY - MAY 6, 2014 – 1 p.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

WEDNESDAY - MAY 7, 2014 – 1 p.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

THURSDAY - MAY 8, 2014 – 9 a.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

 FRIDAY - MAY 9, 2014 – 1 p.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

MONDAY - MAY 12, 2014 – 9 a.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

TUESDAY - MAY 13, 2014 – 1 p.m.

  • Any other City Departments
  • As needed budget discussions and instructions to staff
  • Public Comment

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Los Angeles’ Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

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