L.A.’s History Available on Single Website

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Information about Los Angeles’ historic, cultural and architectural landmarks are now available on a single website thanks to a collaboration between the city and the Getty Conservation Institute, city officials announced Tuesday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Getty executives to unveil www.HistoricPlacesLA.org, which features an interactive map to the city’s architecturally and historically significant districts, bridges, parks, gardens, streets and buildings.

“This system unlocks Los Angeles’ rich cultural history and puts it in the palm of anyone’s hand,” Garcetti said. “HistoricPlacesLA will enrich and enlighten visitors and Angelenos alike and will encourage people to truly explore our streets and be conscious of the history around us.”

Officials said the site was set up as a resource for policymakers, property owners, developers, visitors, students, history and architecture fans and other stakeholders.

The website includes information collected through SurveyLA, a partnership between the city and Getty to identify significant sites around the city, and will be continually updated.

Garcetti Sees Progress in Labor Negotiations

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Even as city workers rallied at job sites around the city to protest what they call cuts to municipal services, Mayor Eric Garcetti insisted Tuesday there has been recent progress in labor negotiations with employee unions.

“I feel we’ve made great progress last week at the table. There’s been real progress on substantive issues, and we’re going to continue there,” Garcetti told City News Service.

Garcetti and other city leaders have said they are seeking no raises, increased employee contributions to health-care costs and other concessions from the coalition of city employee unions, whose labor agreements expired in July.

“And I hope that’s communicated to members,” Garcetti said, referring to the progress he said the city is making wit the union, adding that the city “will manage in a fiscally responsible way and through any job actions.”

“We’re going to make sure that the workplace rules are enforced. People expect that city employees will do their jobs,” he said. “I have great faith in our city employees to do that.”

He would not say whether the city has made any headway on union concessions, but said “for the first time in weeks” there has been “real progress.”

“We still have a long ways to go, but … it’s not at a standstill, which it was for a long time. There’s actual movement now,” he said.

He added that the city is still not “out of the woods,” and even if “the economy is coming back, we still have more expenses than we have revenues, so we have to think creatively about how to save money.”

Garcetti’s comments came as Fix L.A., a group affiliated with the unions, is organizing protests with workers at more than 60 job sites.

Picketers, some waving giant Band-aids or wearing outfits festooned with trash at the City Sanitation Yard and the Dockweiler Beach Youth Center, alleged that the city has failed to adequately maintain city sanitation trucks, which could break down and become a public safety threat. They also contended that bad Wall Street deals have leached money from city coffers that could have been used to clean up storm drains.

“We have a strong message that we want the city to not pay the bank, to put that money back into the community, the residents of Los Angeles, and we hope the mayor will work with us on that,” wastewater sanitation worker Simboa Right told City News Service.

Protesters also picketed at the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles International Airport, Department of Transportation building and Public Works offices to express their dissatisfaction with city leaders.

Eric Garcetti Defiende su Primer Año como Alcalde en Los Ángeles

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Al cumplir un año como alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti defiende sus avances en la creación de empleos y disminución de la criminalidad, mientras la ciudadanía le pide proyectos mayores que impulsen el área metropolitana.

El alcalde ha destacado su iniciativa de “volver a lo básico” y ha promovido su logro en el aumento de los permisos para obras de construcción que han crecido de $1.100 millones en octubre de 2013 a $3.500 millones en abril pasado.

Asimismo, el gobierno argumenta la mejora en la creación de empleo, que según la Proyección Anderson de la Universidad de California Los Ángeles (UCLA) ha disminuido de 10,9% cuando Garcetti comenzó su mandato a 8,6% al final de mayo pasado.

Según la administración, los delitos violentos y contra la propiedad han disminuido el 6,9% en el primer semestre del año en comparación con el mismo periodo de 2013.

Para Michael Woo, decano del Colegio de Diseño Ambiental de la Universidad Estatal de California Pomona, el lema de Garcetti ha servido para mejorar la eficiencia de la alcaldía y comenzar a devolver la confianza de los residentes en su líder, en una ciudad donde menos del 25% participó en la elección del alcalde.

Sin embargo Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., decano de la Escuela Asuntos Públicos Luskin de UCLA, denominó como “algo menor” la insistencia del alcalde en su trabajo administrativo, al participar recientemente en un foro de la universidad.

Así, centrada únicamente en proyectos que los críticos califican de menores como el parcheo de huecos en las calles o la recuperación del río de Los Ángeles, la gestión de Garcetti aparece pálida en megaproyectos.

El anuncio realizado el jueves de la aprobación de un proyecto para crear un tren ligero que una varios puntos importantes de la ciudad con el aeropuerto de Los Ángeles, quizá pueda ser el comienzo de la etapa de crecimiento que le piden al alcalde.

Garcetti clasificó el proyecto, discutido desde hace cerca de 40 años, como “un paso crucial para construir el aeropuerto de clase mundial y el sistema de transporte de clase mundial que nuestra ciudad, de clase mundial, se merece”.

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