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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In an effort to ensure that the City’s Board of Public Works is honoring its commitment to the Mayor and the people of Los Angeles to provide ample and transparent contracting opportunities, significant job creation and the ability for all to benefit from a recovering economy, the Board today approved the creation of a new business advisory committee.

New Commissioner, Luz Rivas, completes first week on the Board of Public Works

Commissioner Luz Rivas finished her first week serving on the Board of Public Works Friday, October 21st. Recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to fill the vacancy left by resigning Commissioner Monica Rodriguez, Commissioner Rivas will be serving on the Board as liaison to the Bureaus of Street Lighting and Engineering.

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LA Sanitation (LASAN)’s CleanStat program was honored as one of the winners of the inaugural Analytics 50 Awards by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, and  The goal of the award is to honor and identify 50 leaders who are using data analytics to solve unique challenges, sharing best practices as well as recognizing innovation in analytics.

Newly redesigned website for the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network

The Board of Public Works formally announced the launch of the redesigned Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) at a Small Business Forum Thursday, April 8 at the Board of Public Works office in City Hall. A more user friendly look for the LABAVN soft debuted April 5th, 2016. The newly redesigned site makes it easier for small business owners to access business opportunities within the City of Los Angeles.

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Kevin James, President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works welcomes you to the Board's website. 

100 years of the Department of Public Works Video

“The L.A. Experience: 100 Years of Public Works” is a 40-minute video documentary, chronicles the history of the Department of Public Works, from its earliest days to the present, and its contributions to the City. As part of the Department's centennial celebration, the documentary focuses on employees, past and present, that have made Los Angeles what it is today.

A Day Without Public Works video

“A Day Without Public Works,” is a ten-minute, lighthearted but thought-provoking video mockumentary about Los Angeles’ infrastructure that demonstrates the value of public works in the daily lives of Angelenos and delivers the message that support for infrastructure spending is critical to accommodate aging systems and the growing population.