TOM LABONGE NEWS
December 2013 Legislative Report Motions Introduced by Councilman LaBonge:
Residential Street Addresses
Relative to requesting the Department of Building and Safety to report on the current standards relative to residential street addresses and to work the LAFD, LAPD, and the EMD to ensure that current standards meet their operation requirements for emergency response
Mid City West Community Council
Relative to having Council approval to lease office space for the Mid City West Community Council to lease office space at 543 North Fairfax Ave.
2917 North Beachwood Drive | Surplus Asset
The City of LA owns a vacant residential property located in CD4: 2916 N. Beachwood Drive. This property is not needed by the City and GSD has designated it as a surplus asset. Therefore a motion was introduced to have the City Council declare this property a surplus property and direct the Department of General Services initiate and complete the surplus property process, prepare the property for sale at public auction, and prepare and present any necessary documents to the City Council
Rose Bowl Economic Impact
With the Rose Bowl Game & the Rose Parade happening on January 1, 2014 – Councilman LaBonge introduced a motion requesting the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention board be requested to report back to the City Council on the economic impacts of the Pasadena Rose Bowl Activities taking place on January 1st
Cultural Tourism Plan
Motion relative to requesting the Department of Cultural Affairs to report on an immediate plan of action to establish a “Cultural Tourism” plan
Motion relative to conducting a study on the number of fraudulent incidents that occurred and were reported from 2001-2013; and requesting to study a comprehensive plan on how the City can better deal with fraud
Motion relative to having the LAPD come up with a plan outlining how to improve the department’s recruitment efforts – including innovative ways to recruit more military veterans in the program
Griffith Park Volunteer Conservation Corps
Motion relative to establishing a mechanism to find ways to recruit and coordinate volunteers for the continued maintenance of Griffith Park, including but not limited to the landscaping of gardens, vistas and trails
Metro Transit Projects
Motion relative to having Department of Planning and Department of Transportation report on how Metro’s priority projects will benefit ridership and how it will encourage efficiency for residents in Los Angeles
WiFi at the Griffith Observatory
Motion relative to implementing WiFi at the Griffith Observatory, relative to the already approved municipal WiFi initiative
Motion relative to preparing a report setting forth actions necessary and fiscal impacts relative to determining the feasibility of authorizing a City Historian position within the Office of the City Clerk’s Records Management Division
Hollywood High School Graduation
Motion relative to providing $5K from CD4’s GCP account to assist the 107th graduating class of Hollywood high School to hold their commencement ceremony at the Hollywood Bowl
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City Libraries to Re-Open Sundays Starting January 12, 2014
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Librarian John F. Szabo and community members will cut red ribbons at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, to announce the re-opening of nine libraries on Sundays. The Central Library and eight regional branch libraries will once again be open 1–5 p.m. on Sundays, four years after they were closed due to budget cuts:
- Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown LA, 90071
- Arroyo Seco, 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042
- Goldwyn–Hollywood, 1623 N. Ivar Ave., Hollywood 90028
- Exposition Park, 3900 S. Western Ave., LA 90007
- Mid-Valley, 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills, 91343
- North Hollywood, 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood 91601
- San Pedro, 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro 90731
- West Los Angeles, 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
- West Valley, 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda 91335
Everyone is invited to the celebrations at each of these libraries on January 12, starting at 12:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and continuing with refreshments and special family programs throughout the day.
The restoration of Sunday library service is made possible by Measure L, a ballot initiative overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2011. Measure L gradually restores hours and services over four years at the city’s 73 libraries by increasing their share of City funding without new taxes. The return of Sunday service comes one year ahead of the schedule promised to voters.
The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library and 72 branch libraries, more than six million books, and state-of-the-art technology accessible at www.lapl.org, provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.