‘Visión Cero’ Espera Disminuir las Fatalidades Peatonales y de Ciclistas

August 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sentado en un escritorio en medio de una calle en Boyle Heights, el alcalde Eric Garcetti, firmó el lunes una directriz ejecutiva dirigida a reducir las muertes de tránsito a cero para el año 2025 en la ciudad.

La directriz pide alcanzar la meta del proyecto apodado “Visión Cero”, con la creación de calles más seguras, hacer cumplir las leyes de tránsito y educar al público.

La acción de la alcaldía establece un comité conformado por la alcaldía, los departamentos de policía y bomberos, obras públicas y personal del condado de salud pública que se centrará en áreas con mayor necesidad de actualización de seguridad. Los funcionarios deben entregar un reporte para el primero de diciembre con sugerencias para disminuir las fatalidades de trafico en un 20% para el 2017.

El alcalde Eric Garcetti firma el proyecto Vision Cero en Boyle Heights. (Cortesía de la oficina del alcalde Eric Garcetti)

El alcalde Eric Garcetti firma la directriz ejecutiva “Vision Cero” en Boyle Heights. (Cortesía de la oficina del alcalde Eric Garcetti)

Funcionarios de la ciudad dicen que más de 200 personas al año mueren en colisiones de tráfico y cerca del 44% de todas las muertes y lesiones graves implican a peatones y ciclistas.

Cada año hay cerca de 30.000 colisiones en Los Ángeles, y cerca del 65% de las muertes de peatones y lesiones graves tienen lugar en un 6% de calles de la ciudad, dijeron las autoridades.

Garcetti dijo que está “determinado” a que el número de 200 fatalidades al año “disminuya a cero”.

“Tenemos que pensar en grande y trabajar duro cuando se trate de mantener a la gente segura”, dijo Garcetti. “Con más gente que nunca antes caminando y andando en bicicleta, debemos utilizar todas las herramientas disponibles para salvar vidas”.

La gerente general del Departamento de Transporte Seleta Reynolds, funcionarios de ingeniería de la ciudad y otros se unieron a Garcetti para la firma de la directriz ejecutiva.

“Los errores suceden, pero los riesgos son demasiado altos”, dijo Reynolds. “Debemos transformar nuestra ciudad para que nuestros jóvenes y adultos mayores no estén arriesgando sus vidas sólo para moverse por la ciudad”.

El objetivo de “Visión Cero” fue detallado originalmente en el reporte de  “Grandes Calles para Los Ángeles” publicado el otoño pasado.

La iniciativa “Visión Cero” tiene sus orígenes en un esfuerzo que comenzó en Suecia, en 1997. También se ha adoptado en Boston, Seattle, Portland, San José y San Diego.

 

Attorneys Threaten Legal Action On Homeless Ordinance

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attorneys said Wednesday they may take legal action if Los Angeles city leaders fail to rescind a recently adopted ordinance that makes it easier and faster for the city to dismantle homeless encampments and confiscate transients’ belongings.

Attorneys for the Los Angeles Community Action Network – a Skid Row-based organization that advocates for low-income and homeless people – sent a 17-page letter on Tuesday to city officials detailing their concerns about the ordinance, which they say is “unconstitutional” and contains the “same legal defects” of an earlier law that was struck down in court.

The measure shortened the noticing period from 72 hours to 24 hours before belongings on sidewalks and other public areas can be confiscated and imposes criminal penalties for non-compliance.

“We urge you to withdraw the ordinance and avoid subjecting the city to ongoing legal liability,” attorneys from Munger, Tolles & Olson and Public Counsel wrote.

The letter was sent to Councilmen Jose Huizar and Maqueence Harris-Dawn, co-chairs of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, which was meeting Wednesday to discuss proposed amendments to the ordinance.

Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Attorney Mike Feuer, said the office is “currently analyzing the letter.”

The ordinance was adopted by the City Council earlier this year and went into effect in July without Mayor Eric Garcetti’s signature.

LACAN activists urged Garcetti to veto the ordinance, but the mayor responded that he had assurances from the City Council that it would amend the measure. He also said he instructed city officials to suspend enforcement of the law until the amendments are in place.

The activists maintain that Garcetti has limited authority to put enforcement on hold, and LACAN’s attorneys said Wednesday the proposed amendments now being considered will not sufficiently improve the ordinance.

The ordinance “is unconstitutional and the proposed amendments do nothing to change that fact,” LACAN’s attorneys wrote. “The City Council should reconsider and rescind its passage of the ordinance as soon as possible and consider means to address the problem that are humane as well as constitutional.”

The attorneys contend the law will lead to the “unreasonable” seizure of personal belongings, and a “proposed amendment removing specific reference in the definition of ‘Personal Property’ to ‘personal items such as luggage, backpacks, clothing, documents and medication, and household items’ will have absolutely no legal effect.”

“Such items will still constitute ‘tangible property’ and personal property as that term is understood in our laws,” the attorneys wrote, adding that the ordinance would also allow “the confiscation of medication and critical documents.”

“By seizing those possessions, the city affirmatively places homeless people in danger and exposes itself to danger-creation liability,” according to the attorneys, who also maintain that provisions for notifying people before items are confiscated are “constitutionally deficient.”

The ordinance would make failing to comply with the ordinance “even when compliance is impossible” a criminal act, the attorneys say, and would also lead to “severe consequences for immigrants, in particular for those otherwise eligible to seek deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA); family members of citizens and permanent residents seeking adjustment of status; and applicants for naturalization.”

L.A. On Verge of Being U.S. Bid for 2024 Olympics

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday it is working to finalize terms for Los Angeles to become the nation’s bidder to host the 2024 Summer Games.

If a deal is reached, Los Angeles would replace Boston, which dropped its bid over concerns about cost overruns. USOC officials said they hope to have details finalized by the end of the month, ahead of a Sept. 15 deadline to submit a bidder to the International Olympic Committee.

The USOC made the announcement following a board meeting in Colorado.

“We hope to finalize terms that benefit both the city of Los Angeles and the Olympic Movement in the United States so that we can submit a world-class bid to the IOC by its Sept. 15 deadline,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said.

Scott Blackmun, CEO of the USOC, said a recent poll by the committee of Los Angeles residents found that 81 percent support the city bidding for the Games – far surpassing the support that was seen in Boston. USOC officials also said the cost concerns that led Boston to back out of the bid were not an issue in Los Angeles.

The announcement by the USOC essentially pushes out San Francisco and Washington, D.C., which were also hoping to be the U.S. bidder.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said holding the Olympics in Los Angeles “would inspire the world.”

“The Games would unite our communities, generate significant economic benefits and with our world-class venues, be affordable and profitable like they were in 1932 and 1984,” Garcetti said.

Garcetti and businessman Casey Wasserman created a nonprofit group called LA24 to lead the effort to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles.

Garcetti said recently that Los Angeles would be the most financially prudent option for hosting the Olympics, since “we have almost everything built, and that’s what distinguishes us from other cities.”

“Other cities would have to build stadiums, like the Coliseum, Staples Center, Stub Hub Center, the Forum …” he said.

“The reason a year ago I put Los Angeles forward is because I believe this is the financially responsible way and a way to re-energize this city. This is who we are, it is our destiny,” he said.

LA24 officials estimated in December that it will cost $4.1 billion to host the Olympics in Los Angeles, Garcetti senior adviser Jeff Millman said.

The proposed budget also calls for a $400 million contingency to cover any cost overruns or shortfalls, which brings the total up to $4.5 billion, he said.

If Los Angeles is chosen as America’s bidder, it could be up against potential foreign bidders such as Rome; Nairobi, Kenya; Casablanca, Morocco; Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa; Doha, Qatar; Melbourne, Australia; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

The United States did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S. candidate to host the 2016 Games but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was ultimately rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de Janeiro.

Los Angeles is looking to join London as the only cities to host the Summer Olympics three times. Los Angeles was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Games.

The Summer Olympics were last held in the United States in 1996, when Atlanta was the site.

L.A. Podría Ser la Sede de los Juegos Olímpicos 2024

July 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El alcalde Eric Garcetti dijo el lunes que le gustaría otra oportunidad de convertirse en postor del Comité Olímpico de Estados Unidos (USOC) para que Los Ángeles sea la ciudad anfitriona de los Juegos Olímpicos 2024, tras el anuncio de que Boston se retiró de la apuesta.

Mientras que su oficina no ha hablado con los miembros del USOC, “Sigo creyendo que Los Ángeles es la ciudad olímpica ideal y siempre hemos apoyado al USOC en su esfuerzo por traer los Juegos a Estados Unidos”, dijo Garcetti.

“Yo estaría encantado de participar en las discusiones con el USOC sobre cómo presentar la oferta más fuerte y fiscalmente responsable, en nombre de nuestra ciudad y nación”, aseveró.

Las declaraciones de Garcetti salieron después de reportes de que la ciudad de Boston se había retirado de la contienda para ser anfitriona de los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2024, a raíz de poco apoyo y la renuencia del alcalde de Boston Marti Walsh para firmar el contrato como ciudad anfitriona.

Walsh dijo que no firmaría un contrato “que pone un dólar del dinero de los contribuyentes en la línea por un centavo de los excesos en los Juegos Olímpicos”.

En enero el USOC eligió a Boston como la ciudad de oferta de Estados Unidos. Los Ángeles era una de las cuatro finalistas junto con San Francisco y Washington, DC.

Los finalistas fueron seleccionados después de un proceso de 16 meses que comenzó cuando el USOC contactó a cerca de 35 ciudades de Estados Unidos para evaluar el interés en una oferta.

No esta claro inmediatamente si el USOC ofrecerá elegir otra ciudad como un posible postor. Todas las ofertas potenciales para los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2024 se deberán presentar el 15 de septiembre ante el Comité Olímpico Internacional, que seleccionará la ciudad sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de verano tanto del 2024 y los Juegos Paralímpicos de 2017.

El presidente del USOC Scott Blackmun dijo que al comité “le gustaría mucho ver una ciudad americana como la sede de los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos de 2024”.

“Vamos a comenzar de inmediato a explorar si podemos hacerlo sobre una base coherente con nuestros principios rectores, a los que seguimos firmemente comprometidos”, dijo Blackmun.

“Entendemos la realidad de la línea de tiempo que está delante de nosotros. Vamos a informar a los medios de comunicación en nuestro progreso hacia una decisión más tarde, en agosto, y no vamos a tener ninguna declaración pública sobre el tema de una posible oferta hasta después”.

Los licitantes extranjeros potenciales incluyen Roma; Nairobi, Kenia; Casablanca, Marruecos; Johannesburgo y Durban, Sudáfrica; Doha, Qatar; Melbourne, Australia; Paris; Hamburgo, Alemania; y San Petersburgo, Rusia.

Estados Unidos no hizo una candidatura para ser anfitrión de los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2020, que fueron otorgados a Tokio en 2013. Los Ángeles trató de ser la ciudad candidata de Estados Unidos como sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2016, pero fue derrotada por Chicago, cuya oferta fue finalmente rechazada por el Comité Olímpico Internacional en favor de Río de Janeiro.

Los Ángeles estaba buscando unirse a Londres como las únicas ciudades para acoger los Juegos Olímpicos tres veces. Los Ángeles fue el sitio de los Juegos en 1932 y 1984.

Los últimos Juegos Olímpicos de Verano se celebraron en Estados Unidos en 1996, cuando Atlanta fue la sede.

 

Garcetti Defends Homeless Ordinance Stance

July 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday he would have vetoed changes to the municipal code that make it easier to issue criminal citations, dismantle homeless encampments and confiscate personal belongs left in public areas if City Council members had not promised to make amendments to the ordinances.

Garcetti told City News Service the council will be exploring changes in provisions that create criminal penalties and allow an easier and faster process for taking people’s personal property, including prescriptions and important documents.

The City Council, “who I work very well with,” struck a gentleman’s agreement with him and “assured me these amendments would be added,” Garcetti said.

“If they were saying, ‘We are not going to add them,’ I would have vetoed it,” he said. “But they are adding them. They say it’s going to be done in August.”

Garcetti said he has instructed city departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department, to hold off on enforcing the changes, which took effect even though the mayor didn’t sign them. Only after the amendments are adopted, “and people’s personal property, prescriptions, criminal penalties, all that stuff is changed, then we’ll go with the new protocol,” he said.

Activists from groups advocating for homeless people camped outside Garcetti’s home over the weekend in an effort to persuade him to veto the ordinances, with many saying that if they become law, the mayor has limited power to keep police from enforcing them.

Since Garcetti opted not to veto them, they became law and could be enforced by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The mayor’s decision prompted criticism that Garcetti lacked leadership on the issue.

“I don’t think people are going to forget this,” Los Angeles Community Action Network President Pete White told CNS Monday. “(Garcetti’s) voting pattern and backbone has always been in question, even in City Council.”

White also questioned whether the mayor has the ability to stop officers from enforcing the law.

Garcetti told CNS on Wednesday he does have the ability to set the priorities of the police department.

Whatever law is in the books “is just what is allowed, but that is not what is permitted,” Garcetti said.

“You still have a protocol. … I can direct the police department to focus on certain parts of town. I can have them focus on certain crimes if that’s the priority right now, like domestic violence,” he said.

One of the ordinances in question applies to items left on sidewalks,while the other applies to items left in parks. Garcetti returned them to the City Council Tuesday without his signature.

In a letter to the council, Garcetti said he is returning the ordinances and supports their plan to “consider amendments that would enable smarter enforcement, ensure more compassionate treatment of homeless Angelenos and strengthen the city’s ability to withstand legal challenge.”

Garcetti reiterated his opinion that “the ordinance does not adequately achieve the proper balance” between the keeping public areas “clean and safe,” while also protecting the rights of the homeless.

Garcetti added that he “will be directing city departments to defer implementation of these ordinances until the committee and City Council adopt changes to the ordinances.”

In the meantime, “city departments shall continue to keep our public areas clean and safe using existing citywide protocols for the removal of personal property,” he wrote.

Some protesters from the Los Angeles Community Action Network, the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition and other groups came to City Hall Monday to present their written demands to the mayor’s office. They were detained on the first floor lobby and were not allowed to enter the mayor’s office on the third floor.

Garcetti’s homeless policy director, Greg Spiegel, went out to speak to them instead, arranging to meet with them again Friday morning to discuss the ordinances.

Alcalde de Los Ángeles Firma el Aumento del Salario Mínimo en la Ciudad

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti, firmó el sábado la ordenanza que autoriza elevar gradualmente el salario mínimo hasta alcanzar los $15 la hora en el año 2020, normativa que calificó como “la más grande medida contra la pobreza” emprendida en esta ciudad californiana.

En un acto realizado en el parque Martin Luther King del Distrito 8, Garcetti selló con su firma la norma que inicia un proceso progresivo de incremento salarial cuyo primer paso se dará el 1 de julio de 2016, cuando la compensación mínima suba a $10.50 la hora, tras lo cual seguirá un segundo incremento de $12 la hora desde el 1 de julio de 2017.

“Un millón de angelinos, un millón de nosotros, vive en la pobreza”, resaltó el alcalde durante el acto del sábado, en el que estuvo flanqueado por líderes políticos y sindicales de Los Ángeles.

“Hoy se alude a un principio esencial de esta gran nación. Es acerca de la idea estadounidense que de que si alguien trabaja duro, debe ser capa de mantenerse a sí mismo y mantener a su familia”, aseveró.

La medida, ratificada de manera definitiva el pasado miércoles por el Concejo de la ciudad con 12 a favor y el único voto en contra del concejal Mitchell Englander, contempla que desde el 1 de julio de 2018 el salario mínimo sea de $13.25 la hora, un año después se eleve a $14.25 la hora y, finalmente, alcance los $15 el primero de julio de 2020.

El presidente del Concejo local, Herb Wesson, aludió la proyección que la medida puede tener en otros estados al asegurar que “esto no termina en un millón de personas. Termina en millones de personas a todo lo largo del país”.

Por su parte, Rusty Hicks, secretario-tesorero ejecutivo de la Federación del Trabajo del Condado de Los Ángeles, AFL-CIO, destacó la labor conjunta de organizaciones sindicales, políticos y organizaciones comunitarias.

“Respondimos a la llamada para formar un ejército de gente trabajadora para sacarse a sí mismas de la pobreza”, dijo Hicks.

Los sindicatos han recibido críticas de las asociaciones de negocios que se oponen a la ordenanza, en especial las pequeñas empresas.
La nueva ley otorga un año de gracia a los negocios con 25 o menos empleados para aplicar el aumento escalonado, de manera que pagarán 15 dólares por hora a partir del 1 de julio del 2021.

Las organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro podrán solicitar igualmente un año de plazo para aplicar la medida, en un calendario similar al de los pequeños negocios.

La nueva ley contempla la creación de una división de control del cumplimiento del salario para garantizar que los aumentos se apliquen según lo establecido, mientras el concejo continuará vigilando el cumplimiento de la medida y haciendo ajustes cuando lo considere necesario.

Business Awards Luncheon Features Top Latino Entrepreneurs

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join Latino business owners June 17 at the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce Sixth Annual Business Awards Luncheon and Matchmaking event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The event features top Latino entrepreneurs and hosts a matchmaking component beginning at 11:00 am running through 4:00 pm with the awards luncheon starting at noon.

“This is LA’s premiere Latino event showcasing a wide array of successful Latino businesses that deserve recognition for their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Gilbert R. Vasquez, chairman of the LALCC. “Having the mayor of Los Angeles join our membership and special guests in celebrating these unique Latino companies speaks volumes as to Mayor Garcetti’s efforts to support the diverse business landscape which moves our local economy.”

The Latino Chamber will honor seven Latino businesses in award categories ranging from startup to large business and includes medium, small, innovation, corporate and family legacy.

“Latinos represent a significant segment of LA’s economic activity both as consumers and as business owners,” said Theresa Martinez, LALCC’s Chief Executive Officer.

The matchmaking component focuses on connecting Latino start-ups and established companies with “partners and peer groups to assist them with growth strategies,” Martinez said.

“We also celebrate those Latino-owned businesses who have displayed innovative approaches, tech savvy and dedication in building their respective companies at our awards luncheon.”

The Latino Chamber’s event will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles located at 404 South Figueroa Street. Tickets and matchmaking times are still available.

Cid Wilson, president and CEO of Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (www.HACR.org) will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. HACR’s mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions, said Vasquez.

He said HACR focuses on four areas of corporate responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

Emceeing the luncheon is actor Reynaldo Pacheco, who will be starring in Warner Brother’s upcoming feature film, “Our Brand In Crisis,” opposite Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton and produced by George Clooney. Bolivian-born pop star, Ignacio Val will perform his English debut single, “All About You.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LALCC.org or call (213) 347-0008.

Let’s Clean Up the Place

April 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You don’t have to tell most Angelenos that the city of Los Angeles is getting dirtier and dirtier; they can see it every time they step outside.

The trash that litters street curbs and alleys is shameful, but it didn’t get there by itself.

Mayor Erick Garcetti has set aside $9.1 millions for the Clean Streets Initiative, and that’s a good start. But will it be enough? Not likely.

Especially since the Bureau of Sanitation has been given four years to install the 5,000 new trashcans called for in the clean streets plan.

That’s right, it will take four years for all the trashcans to be in place!

The city, with only 1,000 trash cans today, already lags far behind most other big cities in this area and taking four years will likely result in the city just keeping up with what is now a quickly worsening condition. EGP believes the mayor should speed up the trashcan roll out time frame.

It really frustrates us when we see city employees who daily pass by dumped couches, TVs and furniture, but the dumped items remain because city employs have not been specifically directed to report the dumped items either by phone or on their Ipads, which many employees now have.

Now, the Mayor’s initiative, modeled on a program started in Councilman Gil Cedillo’s first district, calls for the sanitation department to deploy a strike team to conduct targeted clean ups in areas of heavy dumping; it’s about time.

The initiative also calls for the city to develop a data-driven system to measure street cleanliness, or on the flip side, the dirtiest streets by the end of the year.

We hope city workers will get on board and take time to volunteer on strike teams in our neighborhoods.

That includes police officers who too often look away when someone litters, seeing it as a low-priority crime. The accumulation of trash created by these seemingly unimportant actions, have an expensive and detrimental impact on quality of life in neighborhoods already suffering from overcrowding, lack of open space and other dwindling resources. It’s been well documented that neglect and trash are too often precursors to crime in low-income areas.

The city should also prohibit residents from leaving their trashcans on the street after collection day.

Los Angeles residents also need to do their part, and we don’t mean by complaining. Take the time to call the city’s 311 number if you have a bulky item to be picked, or to report when items have been illegally dumped in your neighborhood. The city should step up outreach to explain the program to residents.

And in case you think you are off the hook because you don’t live in the city of Los Angeles, think again. Most cities have similar programs and residents should take full advantage of them and become active in keeping their neighborhoods clean. In unincorporated areas of the county, the number to call is 211.

So now, let’s all get together and clean up the place.

Garcetti’s Budget High on ‘Rebuilding’

April 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Eric Garcetti released an $8.5 billion budget proposal Monday that he called the healthiest in years, including more funding for tree-trimming, street-cleaning, sidewalk repairs and affordable housing.

The proposed 2015-16 budget also calls for purchasing 7,000 police body cameras and funding more in-car digital cameras for police officers, along with an additional $5.5 million for the city’s anti-gang program and $567,000 to expand a domestic abuse response program to all police stations.

The spending plan assumes revenues will be up 5.5 percent — including property tax, sales tax and hotel tax revenue — though Garcetti said he wants to take a “very disciplined approach” to the expected additional income.

“As we all know, we are digging ourselves out of a big hole caused by the Great Recession, so we are rebuilding our city’s finances in a way that is responsible and delivers long-term stability and balance in the city,” he said.

Garcetti said the budget proposal puts $435 million into reserves, reaches the city’s own goal of funding projects to improve or build city facilities and does not use one-time income on long-term uses.

The proposed budget also assumes that about 20,000 city workers will agree to no raises and paying a bigger percentage of their health-care costs, but talks with city employee unions have dragged on since their contracts expired last year, and some workers are threatening to go on strike.

Under Garcetti’s plan, the city would spend an added $4.1 million for cleaning streets and alleys, add 1,200 trash cans, put $1 million into maintaining more park restrooms and increase the tree-trimming budget by 50 percent.

This will also be the first year the city is required to budget $31 million toward sidewalk repairs, as part of a recent a $1.4 billion settlement of several lawsuits lodged by disabled residents and advocates.

The budget also calls for $10 million to be set aside in the city’s affordable housing trust fund that is used to create more homes for low-income residents.

The plan also calls for hiring additional code enforcement and animal control officers.

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will hold a series of hearings on the budget proposal starting April 28.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who chairs the panel, said council members will go through the budget “with a fine tooth comb, hear from each city department about their needs and listen to the public’s input.

“My goal is to adopt a budget that reflects our city’s values and commitment to public safety and neighborhood services, and is also fiscally responsible,” he said.

Alcalde Eric Garcetti Presenta Presupuesto Enfocándose en Seguridad Pública

April 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti, presentó el lunes su proyecto de presupuesto donde refuerza la seguridad pública, garantiza la financiación para un mínimo de 10.000 agentes de la policía e impulsa iniciativas para prevenir y combatir las pandillas, entre otros puntos.

El proyecto de presupuesto para el próximo año fiscal, que se eleva a un total de $8.570 millones fue calificado por el mandatario como “el más sano en años”.

“Como todos sabemos, estamos saliendo de un gran hueco causado por la Gran Recesión, por lo que estamos reconstruyendo las finanzas de nuestra ciudad de una manera que es responsable y proporciona la estabilidad y el equilibrio a largo plazo”, destacó el lunes Garcetti en rueda de prensa.

La iniciativa fiscal propuesta para comenzar a aplicarse el 1 de julio, incluye $5,5 millones para expandir el programa de Desarrollo de la Juventud y Reducción de Pandillas, una iniciativa de larga trayectoria en la ciudad.

Además de respaldar el número de agentes de policía que han sido considerados como indispensable para garantizar la seguridad de las áreas patrulladas por el Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles (LAPD), la propuesta de Garcetti incluye una partida para la compra de 7.000 cámaras personales portátiles para uso de los agentes.

En apoyo a otra medida de seguridad anunciada previamente junto con el jefe de LAPD, el comandante Charlie Beck, el presupuesto incluye $565.000 para extender un programa de respuesta al abuso doméstico a todas las estaciones de policía.

Los ingresos previstos calculan un aumento de 5,5 por ciento con relación al presupuesto actual, incluyendo impuestos a la propiedad, a las ventas y a las ganancias de los hoteles, principalmente.

Igualmente, Garcetti propuso contratar 180 bomberos más y reducir el tiempo de respuesta de las ambulancias comprando más vehículos para ese departamento.

Manteniendo su filosofía de restricción a los aumentos de salario, el mandatario recalcó que no piensa ofrecer incrementos a los cerca de 20.000 trabajadores civiles de la ciudad.

Algunos de estos trabajadores sindicalizados, han amenazado recientemente con declarar la huelga debido a la falta de avance en las negociaciones.

En otros aspectos, la ciudad gastará $4,1 millones adicionales a la partida actual para la limpieza de calles y callejones, agregará 1.500 cubos de basura, dispondrá $1 millón más para el mantenimiento de los baños en los parques públicos e incrementará el presupuesto de poda de árboles en un 50 por ciento.

Con una población calculada por el censo del 2013 en 3,88 millones de habitantes, de los cuales el 48,5 por ciento es hispano, Los Ángeles es la segunda ciudad más poblada del país, después de Nueva York.

 

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