Westside Bulletin: News from the Mayor's Rep

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March 28, 2019

Recent Announcements from the Mayor:
  • Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles World Airports Break Ground on Historic LAX Airport Train: Mayor Garcetti broke ground on the Automated People Mover (APM), a train which will connect travelers directly to airport terminals and create new and convenient locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off outside the Central Terminal Area. Learn more here.
  • Mayor Garcetti Announces LADWP Will Phase Out Natural Gas Operations at Three Power Plants: Mayor Garcetti took a powerful step forward in L.A.’s movement toward renewable energy, announcing that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will not repower three coastal natural-gas power plants. Learn more here.
  • Mayor Garcetti Announces Los Angeles Will Recycle 100% of City's Wastewater By 2035: Mayor Garcetti announced that L.A. will recycle 100% of its wastewater by 2035 — a major step to expand water recycling and reduce reliance on imported water. Learn more here.
Resources and Opportunities:
Volunteer Activities and Info Fair: In recognition of National Volunteer Month, VolunteerLA is hosting volunteer activities and an info fair with nonprofit partners and City departments. The event is April 9th from 11 am - 2 pm at Los Angeles City Hall. Stop by for a few minutes to learn more about our  work and contribute to our hands-on service activity. For more information, email mayor.volunteer@lacity.org.
Pothole Blitz: A pothole blitz is underway across Los Angeles. City crews are working overtime to repair our roads after the recent storms. Read about it hereTo report one near you, call 311 or download the MyLA311 app.
Westwood Homeless Connect Day: Connect Days bring together service providers, community partners, governmental agencies, and dedicated volunteers to help individuals experiencing homelessness access a wide array of services. We invite you to volunteer at the Westwood Homeless Connect Day on April 24th, between 10 am and 2 pm, at the Westwood Recreation Center. To sign up to volunteer, feel free to reply to this email.

Free Tax Prep LA: Mayor Garcetti has launched the 2019 campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help more taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits. Free Tax Prep LA connects experts and volunteers offering cost-free assistance to individuals and households making less than $54,884 a year, to help them qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Families may be able to receive up to $9,310 cash back in combined state and federal tax credits if they file before April 15. You can learn more here.
LAnow On Demand Shared-Ride Service: LAnow is a new on demand shared-ride service, which empowers Angelenos to hail a ride through the LAnow smartphone app, online or by phone. Once reserved, you can meet the shuttle at the scheduled LAnow pick-up/drop-off spot. Within the service area, pick-up/drop-off spots are never more than a few blocks (1/4 mile) away. You can also meet us at the LAnow Rideshare Hub at the Palms Expo Station. Learn more here.
Westside Community Plan Update Feedback: The Department of City Planning has embarked upon a three-year process to update four Community Plans for the Westside – West Los Angeles, Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Venice, and Westchester-Playa Del Rey. Community Plans are the blueprints that guide growth in our neighborhoods by stating the community’s vision for the future. For an extensive FAQ about the Westside Community Plan update process, take a look at this page. To convey your feedback online, use this form. Be on the lookout for upcoming in-person workshops in your community.
Targeted Local Hire Program: The Targeted Local Hire Program is an effort to help under-served and under-employed populations find an alternative pathway to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles. This program creates a unique opportunity for individuals to enter into Civil Service via an alternative pathway. Candidates will receive on-the-job training and complete an assessment period before transitioning to civil service employment. You can learn more here.
Ami Fields-Meyer, West Los Angeles Representative
(323) 552-6730