The Los Angeles City Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s reappointment of Commissioner Kevin James to a five-year term on the Board of Public Works Commission. The new term begins on July 1, 2017 and goes until June 30, 2022. Commissioner James has been in his current role since July 2013, and is the Board President.
The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved a motion today to establish a Zero Food Waste Task Force. The Board will collaborate with various City agencies to explore and promote opportunities in Los Angeles to reduce food waste, increase the amount of recyclable resources and create clean, renewable energy.
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.
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.
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.
LA Sanitation received three 2017 National Environmental Achievement Awards (NEAA) on Monday February 6th during NACWA’s 2017 Winter Conference. These prestigious national awards were granted for three different LA Sanitation environmental projects.
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.
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.
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.
Charting new territory and further establishing itself as an international sustainability leader, the City of Los Angeles today adopted a massive and ambitious new public private partnership program to expand recycling services to every business and resident within the City.