The “Century Crunch” will take place the weekend of July 25-28 to allow for future construction of a new light rail station at Century/Aviation.
This key intersection near an entrance to LAX will be CLOSED for 57 hours beginning 9 p.m. Friday, July 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 28 in connection with construction of the Crenshaw/LAX project.Century Blvd. is a major artery leading into LAX, and the closure is occurring during one of the busiest travel times of the year. It also will restrict traffic on Aviation Boulevard. An estimated 92,800 motorists travel through the intersection on a daily basis; the message is: Plan Ahead, Use Public Transit or Stay Away!
Nearly 12,000 Firearms Removed from the Streets Since Program Began in
*LOS ANGELES* - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that people will be
able to turn in firearms -- no questions asked -- in exchange for up to
$200 in Ralphs grocery cards at four Los Angeles locations on Saturday, May
"The tragedy in Santa Barbara reminded us of the horrors of gun violence,"
said Mayor Garcetti. "The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to
help make our city safer by taking these guns off the street so they don't
fall into the hands of criminals or children."
Mayor Garcetti also announced he has appointed Anne C. Tremblay as Director
of the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD). She
has been serving as Interim Director since December and was previously an
assistant city attorney for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
where she supervised the Anti-Gang Section. Tremblay has conducted training
for GRYD staff and gang intervention workers on gang injunctions and the
gang injunction removal process. She has also conducted training for the
GRYD contractor staff as part of their Summer Night Lights training. Over
the last several years, she has also co-taught the training block on legal
liability at the Advancement Project's Los Angeles Violence Intervention
Training Academy for gang intervention workers.
The Gun Buyback is an initiative of GRYD and has taken nearly 12,000 guns
off the street. The Buyback also involves LAPD and victim advocacy
organizations, faith-based groups, and other community organizations.
The amount exchanged per firearm will depend on its type -- up to $200 for
assault weapons as specified in the State of California and up to $100 for
handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit will be on site to
determine the types of firearms surrendered.
Media Partner KCAL9/KCBS 2 are joining numerous community groups in
spreading the word about the buyback.
People can surrender their firearms between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM on May 31st
Central Los Angeles
Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
South Los Angeles
Park & Ride Parking Lot
1300 West Pacific Coast Highway
Wilmington, CA 90744
West Los Angeles
2379 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Van Nuys Masonic Temple
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
That's why we hope to see you tonight -- Wednesday, February 26 -- when you are welcome to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin at "City Budget 101," from 6-8pm at Mar Vista Recreation Center (11430 Woodbine St., L.A. CA 90066). You can use this link to RSVP: http://www.lamayor.org/westsidebudget101 . Hope to see you there!
E-cigarette devices contain many chemicals, along with nicotine, including volatile organic compounds such as benzene and toulene; heavy metals such as nickel and arsenic; tobacco specific carcinogens; and carbon compounds such as formaldehyde and acrolein.
For too many people but especially the young, e-cigarettes are marketed in fruit flavors and understood as being without any health risks attached, and that could end up being hazardous or even calamitous, given all the many chemicals contained in electronic cigarette devices.
That’s why the Council approved an ordinance making the laws governing sales of e-cigarettes consistent with the rules and frameworks that govern the sales of traditional tobacco cigarettes. This ordinance was the result of a motion authored by Councilmember Koretz, who was particularly concerned about young people currently being able to easily purchase e-cigarettes – a trend that has been commented on by concerned school principals who know of students smoking e-cigarettes on their campuses.
The Koretz motion was seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; the legal language of the resultant ordinance was crafted by the City Attorney’s Office.
Councilmember Koretz said, “The City of Los Angeles is doing exactly the right thing, by creating a sound and logical regulatory framework for e-cigarette sales and use. I’m especially concerned that many people and businesses presently think it’s perfectly OK for young people to purchase and try e-cigarettes.
"Some people believe that e-cigarettes are a possible tool for cigarette smokers who want to wean themselves off of regular cigarettes, but that’s not applicable to young people for whom e-cigarettes are not a gateway off of regular cigarettes, but a potential gateway toward them.”
The same day the ordinance was approved, another e-cigarette-related motion was introduced in order to address usage-related issues. This motion by Koretz and O’Farrell (and seconded by Bernard Parks), which needs to go through the committee process before returning to the council for a vote, notes that “the prohibition of electronic smoking devices in areas where tobacco smoking is prohibited would protect youth from harmful health effects and exposure to the use of these products in places such as public parks, playgrounds, beaches, libraries.”
Councilmember Koretz said, “These motions help ensure consistency in governmental policy and practices, and offer reasonable protection for the sake of the public’s health and well-being.”
Lastly, a Koretz-O’Farrell resolution (Parks seconding) was introduced, urging the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assert authority over the ingredients in e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices. The motion support efforts by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which has called on the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes to protect public health, including through further research on the contents and the setting of standards on such ingredients.
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