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Crown jewel of Los Angeles river revitalization

Escrow closes on purchase of G2 property north of Downtown, property that is key to habitat restoration and opening new access for surrounding communities. Taylor Yard is on the east bank of the L.A. River, north of Downtown in the community of Cypress Park. The surrounding parcels at Taylor Yard have already been developed into Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies, and the Taylor Yard Transit Village.

Mayor Garcetti talks about the Safe Sidewalks initiative to repair damaged and dangerous sidewalks across the city

The City of L.A. is undertaking a record $31 million annual investment to repair City sidewalks so they are no longer hazardous to children, older Angelenos, and people with disabilities. To target resources where they are needed most, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council launched Safe Sidewalks LA in December 2016. The program, which is managed by the Bureau of Engineering, prioritizes requests by Angelenos with mobility-related disabilities, and takes into account proximity to transportation corridors and transit stops.

Mayor Garcetti announces halfway mark in promise to place 5000 trash cans on L.A. streets in four years

The Mayor announced the milestone today alongside the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and a team of City workers. The City has already added more than 1,250 new trash bins to streets across Los Angeles since Mayor Garcetti announced the ambitious goal in April 2015. Another 1,250 will be deployed in the next month, pushing the City halfway toward the 5,000-bin goal in less than two years.

Mayor Garcetti, LA Bureau of Engineering, LA Street Services break ground on the first new asphalt plant in Los Angeles in over 70 years

The new plant will use 50 percent recycled asphalt material, up from 7 to 12 percent in the current mix. Recycled asphalt is more environmentally responsible and sustainable, and its increased use will reduce the City’s reliance on expensive and energy-intensive raw materials. The recycled material will come from the City’s own streets as they are repaved.

Riverside Bridge Ribbon cutting

The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering fully opened the Riverside Drive Bridge today with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Gil Cedillo of CD1 and Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer, among others. The $60 million project included the replacement of the old bridge, which was seismically deficient, as well as multiple street and traffic improvements. The bridge also features the first Class 1 (protected from traffic) bike lane on a City bridge and the City’s first modern traffic roundabout. 

City of Los Angeles Delivers on River Revitalization with purchase of G2 Parcel

Unanimous City Council vote marks major milestone in extraordinary plan to revitalize the L.A. River. The G2 parcel will connect Rio de Los Angeles State Park with the Bowtie parcel, another State Park site — opening up more than one mile of direct riverfront access.

City of Los Angeles secures decision striking down Kern County biosolids ban

The Tulare County Superior Court has issued a 48 page opinion striking down a voter initiative passed in 2006 in Kern County that banned the land application of biosolids (treated wastewater sludge) to farmland in Kern County. The City of Los Angeles led a coalition of Southern California public agencies, farmers, and contractors in the lawsuit against Kern County to protect their long standing use of biosolids as a fertilizer and soil amendment on farms in Kern County.  The City owns a 4,700 acre farm in Kern where it has grown feed crops with the aid of biosolids for over 20 years.

California voters approve Prop 67 to ban plastic bags

On ​November 8​, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67 to implement a statewide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags. The ban takes effect immediately across the state in all 482 cities and 58 counties. Customers at grocery stores, retails stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will need to remember to bring their own reusable bags or pay a $0.10 fee per recyclable paper bag or reusable alternative.

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