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September 27, 2013 Edition

In This Issue:


 



Come Enjoy DEAFestival Los Angeles 2013

 

When: Sept. 28th, 12pm - 8pm

Where: City Hall

What started off as a small grassroots gathering of deaf community members, family members and supporters has grown to become the largest deaf festival in the nation. Saturday’s DEAFestival Los Angeles celebration – which is equal parts resources, entertainment and advocacy – is hosted this year by Councilmembers Herb Wesson and José Huizar.

Approximately 70 exhibitors, vendors and performers will highlight the City Hall event, which will include a full day of activities, including a Fashion and Car show, an all deaf talent contest and a kids zone with arts and crafts and moon bouncers.

This year’s MC is renowned deaf actor, Sean Berdy, from ABC Family series "Switched at Birth.” The Clipper Girls will join in welcoming guests at the12:45 p.m. opening ceremony. Other special guests include actors Ryan Lane, also from “Switched at Birth” and Michael Spady from the movie “The Hammer,” a story about the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Who: Council President Herb Wesson; Actors Sean Berdy, Ryan Lane, Michael Spady; the Clipper Girls, 70 Vendors, SoCal Maro Boyz Car Club (passing out school supplies and 400 hotwheel cars for kids)

What: 15th Annual DEAFestival Los Angeles

When:  Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

            12 noon – 4 p.m. – Festival

            12:45 p.m. – Opening Ceremony begins

            6 - 8 p.m. – Fashion Show

   Where: City Hall Spring Street Steps          

            200 N. Spring St.

            Los Angeles, 90012
 

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Joy Picus Child Development Center Achieves Accreditation 

Congratulations to the City's own Joy Picus Child Development Center on achieving accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), based on a year-long review process.  The administration, teaching staff, and families of Joy Picus Child Development Center are all to be congratulated for earning the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system.
 
There are ten program standards, with specific criteria attached to each, that programs must meet in order to achieve NAEYC Accreditation. The framework of the standards and criteria focus on best practices in the field and the benefits to stakeholders in early childhood education.   They include children’s learning and development; the qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment of a program’s teaching staff; relevant partnerships the program establishes with both families and the community; and the program's physical environment and the leadership and management provided by the program administration.
 
The Joy Picus Center is only the 44th child development and care center in the City of Los Angeles to hold NAEYC accreditation, and Councilmember Huizar joined with Councilmember  Buscaino in providing certificates for all the staff of the center to honor their excellent work on behalf of City children.
 
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6th Annual Feria de Los Moles

Join Councilmember José Huizar for this family friendly event showcasing the traditional and authentic Mole recipes from the states of Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, and Guerrero. The event will include the best mole contest, live music, folkloric regional dances, food demonstrations, arts and crafts booths and much more.

Brought to you by the Union de Poblanos en el Exterior in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. For further information please contact (323) 246-6430 or visit www.feriadelosmoles.com

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Participate in the Sustainable Little Tokyo Roundtable

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 @ 11am - 12:30 pm

Where: Union Center for the Arts,
             120 Judge John Aiso St.,
              Los Angeles CA 90012


There will be meeting to share the key design concepts being generated through the community visioning process for sustainable development around the Little Tokyo Regional Connector Station that respects the neighborhood's culture and history.  You will have an opportunity to share your department's policy/technical goals that may relate to these concepts, including district energy generation, energy efficiency, stormwater/greywater systems, complete streets, economic development, transit oriented development, and arts and culture.  We will then have a cross-sectoral discussion about how to achieve implementation of a cultural ecodistrict concept here in Los Angeles.

Confirmed Attendance: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of Councilman Jose Huizar, City Planning, Econ Dev Department, Dept of Water and Power, Cultural Affairs, Public Works, Metro

Thank you again for your support of this innovative community based visioning project, and we look forward to a fruitful conversation with all of you.  Form more information please contact Evelyn Yoshimura (213) 400-0630  
 
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Come Check Out The Birds Over Broadway 


When: Sept. 21 & Sept. 28 @ 6:00 pm

Where: 440 S. Broadway, 90013

The Audubon Center at Debs Park is organizing folks to watch a rare spectacle in the sky over Downtown Los Angeles.  At dusk, thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts – small, cigar-shaped birds with crescent wings – will cloud around a chimney.  When a couple of birds finally take the plunge, the rest of the flock will literally pour down the chimney and disappear for the night.  This “swoop” of swifts is a rare treat, even rarer still in the urban environment of Downtown Los Angeles.

The viewing party will be on the top floor of Joe's Auto Park located at 440 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90013.  Parking is $3, please park below level 5.  Audubon Staff and volunteers will be on site to share information, binoculars, and arts & crafts.  All ages are welcome.  Bring a picnic, binoculars if you have them, and something to sit on. 

Thank you to Joe's Auto Park for hosting the event, and the Springs Arts Tower for working with the Councilmember's office, and the Audubon center to ensure a safe resting spot for the birds this fall.  A special thanks to Councilmember Huizar's Policy Director, Martin Schlageter, for all of his help facilitating the safe roosting of the Swifts. 

 For more information call: 323-221-2255 or visit this site or this one.

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The New Green Bicycle Lanes on Spring Street are Underway

Last week the Department of Transportation (DOT) began work to repaint one of City’s first green bicycle lanes on Spring Street.   DOT crews have already removed the existing bicycle lane and started making necessary asphalt repairs.  Asphalt repairs will continue throughout the weekend and installation of the new bicycle lanes will begin Monday.  The installation of the bicycle lane consists of painting the new lane and applying the new green thermoplastic layer. Luckily, the thermoplastic dries minutes after application, so disruption to the community will be minimal.  To further mitigate the impact of this work, crews will perform the majority of their work during night hours.  The total completion of the bicycle lanes is estimated to be between 5-10 working days.
 
Councilmember Huizar is a strong advocate of “Complete Streets,” streets that work not just for cars but for people.  One of the Councilmember’s top priorities is to make streets that serve pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, sidewalk activity and, yes, cars.  Additionally, the new design for the green bike lane is more cost effective and more durable than the previous treatment, making the neighborhood streets friendlier.
 
Make sure to visit the newly minted Spring Street bike lanes during CicLAvia on October 6, 2013!

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Don't Miss The South African Arts Fest 

 

When: Oct. 5th & 6th  1:30pm

Where: Multiple Locations

The South African Arts Fest showcases some of the country's beloved musical icons and introduces Angelenos to powerful emerging voices. The Sat, Oct 5, music festival, held at Grand Performances' California Plaza, includes Grammy-nominee Hugh Masekela, the Mahotella Queens, the Parlotones, Simphiwe Dana, and more. Film offerings at various locations on Sun, Oct 6 highlight the broad range of South African cinema. All events are free. For more information, visit www.sa-artsfest.org

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Regional Connector Construction This Week 

 

When: Sept. 30th - Oct. 4th

Where: 1st St. between Central and Rose

Exploratory excavation (potholing) work will take place to determine the location and depth of underground utilities. Activities will take place along 1st St between Central Ave and Rose St and are anticipated to start on Monday, September 30th for approximately 4 days. Anticipated work hours are from 9am to 3:30pm only. Please visit this website for more information.
 
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Streetcar Costs Expected to be Much Lower than Reported


 
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar said today that the utility conflict and relocation costs for the Downtown L.A. Streetcar will be much lower than estimated figures issued in a report by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and other city departments.

The report was heard in two City committees this week, Budget & Finance and Transportation, and represents a worst-case scenario regarding municipal utility costs. It bases its estimates on the streetcar project bearing the full cost for relocation of 100 percent of all potential conflicts, including some water infrastructure that dates back to the 1890s, which should be replaced as a matter of course.  No engineering solutions have been applied to avoid and eliminate conflicts, and the estimate was generated without the benefit of a deep analysis to determine which items on the long list of potential conflicts are indeed actual conflicts. A project manager and utility coordinator are being brought on for this purpose in the coming weeks, and work will continue until at least the spring.

During this time, Councilmember Huizar will work with LADOT, BOE, municipal utility providers and the contracted firms, along with the City’s streetcar partner, non-profit Los Angeles Streetcar Inc. (LASI).  Utility costs are expected to be reduced dramatically during the process. Councilmember Huizar emphasized the benefits of the streetcar.

“Studies have shown that the Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar is going to bring more than $1 billion in economic development in and around the line, create more than 9,000 jobs and be at the top of the list for ridership when compared to light-rail lines in the City and other streetcars throughout the nation,” said Councilmember Huizar. “While cost is certainly something we will continue to monitor closely, we have every expectation that the real-world costs will be much lower than estimates included in the recent report. Given all that we will get back for our investment, the Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar will be a welcomed shot in the arm for the City and the region’s economic and transit vitality.”

The wide-ranging estimates for utilities as listed in the report are simply a starting point in order to start the discussion with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for federal funding. The Downtown L.A. Streetcar is in the midst of its environmental review, and will be seeking entrance into the project development phase of the FTA Small Starts program. The purpose of project development is to refine project details and identify costs with substantially more certainty than is expected of projects at this early stage. There is no requirement that any potential funding gap be resolved before entering project development.  FTA will not grant federal funding for projects until all local funding is resolved.

The initial streetcar construction cost estimate of $125 million was generated several years ago based on an average per mile cost for streetcar construction in other cities, as virtually no engineering work had been completed for the project at that time.  Since then, construction costs have escalated, estimates have been adjusted to year of construction per city practices, additional federal requirements have been factored in, and some more information has been obtained about project engineering. Due to these factors, construction costs are now estimated to be $153 million to $162 million, not including utilities. Worst-case scenario utility conflict costs listed in the report –  $79.3 million to $153 million – are entirely preliminary, and will not be definitively estimated until further in-depth analysis and engineering is completed over the next six months. Actual costs will be substantially less than even the low-end of this worst-case scenario.

The report also recommends considering a public/private partnership in the streetcar's design, construction, maintenance and operation, which could provide a significant cost savings to the City through private capital contributions and project investment. These potential models, called Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM) or Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) models, could be used to resolve gap-funding in the streetcar project.

The report further recommends a Construction Management/General Contractor construction method, which offers early oversight and cost efficiencies for the proposed project.

About the Streetcar

An AECOM study found that the Downtown L.A. Streetcar will generate 9,300 new jobs, $1.1 billion in new development, $24.5 million in new annual tourism and consumer spending, and $47 million in new city revenue – all above projections for Downtown’s future without a streetcar.

A Fehr & Peers study projects opening month ridership for the Downtown L.A. Streetcar will be more than 6,000 riders daily, which means the Downtown L.A. Streetcar could outpace the opening month per mile ridership of METRO’s Orange Line, Gold Line, Green Line and Blue Line, and could double or triple current ridership on four of the five best performing existing LADOT Dash lines in Downtown L.A.

The Downtown L.A. Streetcar would also outperform actual opening month ridership of streetcar systems in Portland, Seattle and Tacoma, as well as those projected for other top cities planning modern streetcar systems, including Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Tucson and Atlanta.

In December, voters in and around the scheduled route opted to tax themselves $62.5 million to support local funding for the Streetcar. And in March, the Los Angeles City Council approved a 30-year operational plan for the proposed Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar. The plan identifies and commits funds, which could total $294 million from non-general fund resources over three decades, to cover ongoing streetcar operations and maintenance of the proposed Downtown L.A. Streetcar system.

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Spring Street Parklets a Huge Success 


Streetsblog says that Councilmember Huizar was prophetic when he said about the Spring Street Parklets in February:

 

“More and more, Downtown Los Angeles is becoming an increasingly vibrant and dynamic place to live, work, shop and entertain. The Spring Street parklets will add to Downtown’s unique urban atmosphere, encouraging and supporting a pedestrian-friendly, local experience…we are creating a model that can be used throughout the city."
 
Check out the full streetsblog post on a UCLA and Parklet Studies 52-page report here.
 
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Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Recognized For Exemplary Work


The results are in! The winners of the 2013 EmpowerLA Awards were finalized at the September 9th special meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. The vote on Monday was the culmination of a process that began in May.  A total of 45 nominations were received for projects that exemplified the mission of Neighborhood Councils to engage local stakeholders with government and make government more accountable and responsive to the needs of their communities.

In evaluating the submissions, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners particularly focused on those initiatives that reflect the highest ideals of inclusiveness, non-discrimination, transparency, and independence for the NC system.  One of the winners were our very own Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC).  DLANC, lead by president President Patti Berman, likes to say, “Don’t wait for the City to do something for you, get out there and do something for yourself.”  

With this in mind, the take charge group has had a string of public policy successes most notably the opening of Spring Street Park between 4th and 5th Streets as well as a two parklets along the same corridor! And what is also great is that they are working with ALL the populations of downtown – for example, organizing a high level Town Hall on the TB outbreak of a few months ago and an ongoing Skid Row resident-led Clean-Up Campaign to address needs on Skid Row. They are helping vulnerable homeless populations in the most powerful of ways– through direct engagement, involvement, and empowerment.

Congratulations to our Downtown residents for all of your hard work!

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Radar L.A. Festival 2013

When: Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

Don't miss out on the 2013 Radar L.A. Festival, an international festival of contemporary theater!!  Some of the world's most influential performing ensembles will be featured alongside innovative Los Angeles artists in this vibrant festival highlighting interdisciplinary approaches and new forms.  Using multiple venues, 18 influential productions will highlight the vibrancy of new theater, including works from Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Los Angeles.

Experience the vitality of historic downtown, where many performances take place.  Venues include REDCAT, MOCA, Grand Central Market, Automata, and three historic theaters that have been opened for the festival: The Million Dollar Theatre, The Palace Theatre, and The Tower Theatre.  Grab a $75, five-Event Flex Pass and immerse yourself in a world of contemporary theater.

Ticket prices vary.  Most Tickets are $25
Box Office 213-237-2800http://www.redcat.org/
 
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Read about the 2 Ongoing Constuctions Projects on the Regional Connector

As part of the ongoing relocation of a So Cal Gas line on Hope St. at 2nd St, the contractor will begin at 7am, Monday through Friday starting on August 29, 2013. This work is ongoing; anticipated work hours are from 7am to 3:30 am, Monday through Friday and Saturday work from 8am to 6pm.

What to expect:

  1. One northbound lane will be maintained from 7am to 9am on Hope St. between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St. 
  2. The northbound detour will be in place from 9am to 3:30 pm; Detour: Northbound Hope St. thru traffic will be detoured to eastbound 3rd St, to northbound Grand Ave, to westbound 2nd St, back to Hope St.
  3. Southbound Hope St traffic will be maintained at all times. 
  4. Local access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
  5. Access to emergency responders will be maintained. 
  6. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction zone.
Furthermore, a gas line will be relocated on the east side of Flower St, between 4th and 5th St. Operations are anticipated to start on September 9th between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, and 8am to 6pm on Saturday.

What to expect:

  1. Excavation work requires the reduction of two southbound lanes on Flower St. between 4th and 5th st. during work hours.
  2. Saturday work requires the additional closure of northbound bus-only lane and one southbound lane on Flower St. between 4th and 5th St. between 4th St. and 3th St.
  3. Access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
  4. Access to emergency responders will be maintained.
  5. Parking will be prohibited on the east side of Flower St. between 4th and 5th St. during work hours. 
  6. Intermittent Closure of the north side pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of 4th St/Flower St will be necessary during work hours; pedestrians will be detoured to the next available crosswalk. 
  7. This activity entails trenching, placement of pipe and connection to existing pipelines; no service interruptions are anticipated as part of the construction of the new line.

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Union Station Contract Signed for Invisible Cities

Where: Los Angeles Union Station

The Industry signed an official agreement with Metro for the use of Union Station for Invisible Cities! Christopher Cerrone's opera, directed by Yuval Sharon with choreography by Danielle Agami, will premiere on Saturday October 19.

The Industry wishes to thank the many people who helped us achieve this milestone: They are grateful for the time, effort and good will of the many Metro employees whose vision and cooperation are allowing world-class artists to celebrate this extraordinary site in a unforgettable way. The enthusiasm of so many of our fine local politicians,including Mayor Eric Garcetti, has been an overwhelmingly positive part of this process. And they are also immensely grateful for the tireless support and advice of Tara Thomas at TRAXX Restaurant. It truly takes a village to create something that stretches beyond what we normally believe possible. They are proud to be creating performances in and for a city where such seemingly impossible adventures are so openly embraced and supported.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 16 and are extremely limited. Make a tax-deductible donation to The industry today to get access to the performance you want. 

Dates:
Oct. 19 @ 7pm (Opening Day), Oct. 24, Oct. 26Oct. 29,Oct. 31, Nov. 5, Nov. 8
All dates except Opening Night include a 7:30pm and 10pm performance.

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Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
            Sept. 9 - Oct. 23, 2013

Where: LAPD Headquarters
             100 W. First St.

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.

About the Crisis Response Team:
Members of the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victims and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. During the required seven week training to be a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team, you will be provided the background, information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team. You can complete the CRT application here.

**Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply**
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)

For more information email lacrt@lacity.org or find us on Facebook.

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Read this Important Message Regarding the Regional Connector

As part of the ongoing relocation of a So Cal Gas line on Hope St. at 2nd St, the contractor will begin at 7am, Monday through Friday starting on August 29, 2013. This work is ongoing; anticipated work hours are from 7am to 3:30 am, Monday through Friday and Saturday work from 8am to 6pm.

What to expect:

  1. One northbound lane will be maintained from 7am to 9am on Hope St. between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St. 
  2. The northbound detour will be in place from 9am to 3:30 pm; Detour: Northbound Hope St. thru traffic will be detoured to eastbound 3rd St, to northbound Grand Ave, to westbound 2nd St, back to Hope St.
  3. Southbound Hope St traffic will be maintained at all times. 
  4. Local access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
  5. Access to emergency responders will be maintained. 
  6. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction zone.

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Fun Activities Scheduled for August at Grand Park

 

FREE / GRATIS
GRAND PARK + STREET FOOD CINEMA present
Movies in the Park
Doors Open at 5:30 pm / Movie begins at sundown (around 8:30 pm)
 
Grand Park partners with Street Food Cinema to bring food trucks, live performances and your favorite flicks from the 80s and 90s.
 
Sept 7: Jurassic Park / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).
Sept 14: E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).

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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Grand Park is hosting a farmer's market every Tuesday this summer from 10 am until 2 pm. The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway.  Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.

For more information, visit the Grand Park website.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


DEAFestival, Sept. 28,  12pm - 8pm
Free, Daylong Family Event
City Hall

Every Thurday, 5:30 - 8pm
Get-Out-of-Work Thursday
Grand Park

M & W, Sep 9-Oct 23, 6:30-9:30pm
Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team
LAPD Headquarters
100 W. First St.

September 24, 6 - 7:30pm
Come to the South Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting
1333 S. Hope St., 90015

                  

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