11-06-13

TOM LABONGE NEWS

Dedication of Cahuenga Court
T47-Community News 1 LaBonge CahuengaRibbonCuttingresizedCouncilmember Tom LaBonge and the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association celebrated the new street “Cahuenga Court” and the completion of the planted median, signal & crosswalk, and street repaving on Cahuenga Boulevard West. The Councilmember was joined by, (Left to Right) Leron Gubler, President of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Alice Roth, Field Deputy for Council District 4, Krista Michaels, Vice President of the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Judy Marlin, President of the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association, Bill McGregor and son, fund source for traffic signal, students from Valley View Elementary, and others for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

Honoring Volunteers from Park La Brea Fire
T47-Community News 2 LaBonge Park_La_Brea_Fire_presentationorgOn Friday, Councilmember LaBonge honored the courageous volunteers from the Park La Brea Fire that occurred on Friday, October 4, 2013. Councilmember LaBonge recognized Security Supervisor, Victor Fonseca, Officer Juan Guzman, ABLE Technical Services Manager Antonio Reyes, TMC contractor John Tirado, and Officer Luis Vera for their heroic efforts in containing the terrible fire until Fire Station 61 arrived.

Update Regarding LADWP’s Replacement of Customer Billing and Information System
On Sept. 2, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power completed the replacement of its 39-year-old Customer Information System, (CIS) after over three years of planning and development. Customers have experienced delayed, incorrect and late bills causing long and unacceptable hold times regarding their account. LADWP offers their sincere apologies.

Fourth District Legislation: October Update

Legislative Report: Seismic Safety

One thing is for sure — we are going to have another earthquake. There is no foreshadowing when an earthquake rumbles, so precautionary measures are key to ensuring safety. It is crucial to take appropriate actions to minimize risks, enhance safety, and establish a plan to assure preparedness. Over 2,000 faults crisscross California, producing an average of 102 earthquakes a day and over 37,000 earthquakes a year. Recently, I have been working through my legislative agenda to learn more and take the right steps towards better efforts in earthquake preparedness for the City of Los Angeles. – Councilmember Tom LaBonge

Motions Introduced In City Council (Relative to Seismic Safety) Soft-Story Buildings
Motion introduced relative to instructing the Department of Building and Safety to provide to the City Council a comprehensive proposal for how the Department can identify and account for wood-frame soft-story residential buildings (with two or more stories, and five or more units) built prior to 1978 that exist in the City, and what resources such a survey would require.

Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings
Motion introduced relative to directing the Department of Building and Safety Department to report on possible approaches to conducting a comprehensive survey of non-ductile concrete buildings (built prior to 1976) in Los Angeles which have not been seismically retrofitted, including recommendations for methods of retrofitting and related costs.

Earthquake Drills
Motion introduced relative to directing the Department of Emergency Management to report on the feasibility of implementing and conducting a monthly earthquake drill, such as that of the California ShakeOut, throughout the City of Los Angeles to better prepare the response and recovery efforts in the midst of the next major earthquake.

Bond Programs
Motion introduced relative to directing the Chief Administrative Officer to report on the feasibility of a bond program(s) to assist the retrofit of wood-frame soft-story residential buildings (built prior to 1978) and nonductile concrete buildings (built prior to 1976), to ensure seismic safety in the City of Los Angeles.

Status of Earthquake Preparedness Efforts
Motion introduced relative to directing the Department of Emergency Management with the assistance of the Department of Building and Safety to report to the City Council on the status of the City’s earthquake preparedness efforts, along with additional recommendations to improve the City’s efforts. Councilmember Tom LaBonge introduced and passed resolutions this week. Below, a summary of what was introduced:

State Ballot Measure for Earthquake Safety
Resolution relative to support sponsorship of any legislation seeking voter approval of a State ballot measure at the next statewide election to provide funding to localities for earthquake safety improvements, including efforts to improve the structural safety of old concrete structures

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

St. Charles Annual Christmas Boutique
Put on by the St. Charles Golden Girls, a group of ladies who meet once a week throughout the year to work on handmade crafts, the crafts include knitting, crocheting, card making, sewing, and many other crafts. Shop for Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday decorations, gifts, accessories, kitchen items, jewelry plus baked goods.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church,

Holy Family Service Center

10825 Moorpark St.

(corner of Lankershim and Moorpark)

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10a—6p;

Sunday, Nov. 17, 8a—1p

ALL OVER

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