Thursday, March 31, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Erick Lopez, City Planner
City of Los Angeles - Department of City Planning
Office of Zoning Administration - Code Studies
200 N. Spring St., Room 701
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-0597 - fax
Please consider the environment before printing this email.
The past two days of budget negotiations in Sacramento have been intense, fractious and grim. While there is good news that the main budget bill has now been approved, the cuts it brings toward balancing CA's finances will be painful across our state and region – and there are pieces that still need our ACTION.
Yesterday, BOTH the Assembly and Senate approved the majority of state budget legislation that includes $14 billion in cuts, loans and shifted funds.
Highlights of media coverage:
· California Healthline has a good outline of the cuts that have been approved here.
· The San Francisco Chronicle has a good story about the new issue complicating the usual budget pressures – the Republican spring convention in Sacramento this weekend. Read more here.
BUT lawmakers did NOT tackle a proposal to ask voters in June to approve billions in temporary TAX extensions.
And our lawmakers also still have NOT addressed several provisions within the budget package – including the proposed ELIMINATION of Community Redevelopment Agencies and Enterprise Zones.
· While lawmakers are “on call” through the weekend, floor action is not formally scheduled to resume until 11:30 Monday morning –
· There is a WINDOW of Opportunity to make our voices heard.
1) ENTERPRISE ZONE ACTION
Lawmakers have NOT yet acted on the proposal to eliminate Enterprise Zone tax credits. BizFed’s Board has urged reform rather than elimination.
The Californians for Jobs and Safe Communities, sponsored by the CA Assn of Enterprise Zones in Action (a coalition that includes League of Cities, BizFed, VICA, Long Beach Area Chamber, Pasadena Chamber, Redondo Beach Chamber and South Bay Assn of Chambers) is asking us to contact these legislators and remind them that EZs are proven job creators and tell them to create jobs and improve our economy by OPPOSING the EZ proposal currently in the budget:
· Senator Lou Correa: (916) 651-4034
· Senator Ron Calderon: (916) 651-4030
· Senator Rod Wright: (916) 651-4025
· Senator Ted Lieu: (916) 651-4028
· Senator Alex Padilla: (916) 651-4020
· Senator Curren Price: (916) 651-4026
2) COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
Lawmakers have NOT yet acted on the proposal to dismantle more than 400 redevelopment agencies in the state. BizFed’s Board has voted to oppose the proposal; local redevelopment creates jobs, safer neighborhoods, and stronger local economies.
The League of California Cities is asking us to call our legislators to tell them to vote NO on this proposal:
· Find your Assembly Members here: www.asm.ca.gov.
· Find your Senators here: www.sen.ca.gov
· You can also find your legislator here by entering your zip code.
Pass this along to all of your contacts quickly. We’ll continue to keep you posted as the actions unfold.
Tracy Rafter, CEO
BizFed, Los Angeles County Business Federation
818.429.0862 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
A Grass Roots Alliance of 70 Top LA County Business Groups
Mobilizing Over 107,000 Businesses
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
THE CALIFORNIA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION’S ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL FOR VOLUNTARY REDEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOOLS
CRA has crafted an alternative to the Governor’s proposed elimination of redevelopment agencies that provides significant funding to schools that could also help close the state’s budget deficit, avoids the unconstitutional provisions of the proposal that would lead to contentious and costly legal battles, and continues local redevelopment’s contributions to reviving the state’s economy and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. A summary of our proposal is as follows:
1) Local redevelopment agencies can voluntarily suspend their housing set-aside for FY 2011-12. An equivalent amount of funds must then be contributed to local school districts in project areas.
(a) In exchange for this contribution of funds for FY 2011-12 to local schools, the agency will be allowed to extend the project area’s life by TWO YEARS.
2) In addition, or alternatively, redevelopment agencies could voluntarily contribute up to 10 percent of their tax increment revenue stream to local school districts for 10 years, beginning in FY 2011-12.
(a) The tax increment revenue stream they could contribute would be calculated as a percentage of the gross tax increment minus the existing pass-through payments to local taxing entities.
(b) For each percentage of tax increment paid to schools, an additional year could be added to the project area life, up to a maximum of 10 years. For example, if five percent of tax increment was dedicated to schools, the project area life could be extended for five years.
The amount of money contributed to local schools, and thus the amount of money the state can save in its budget, is dependent on the participation of agencies. Agencies will have 60 days from the date of enactment of the legislation to decide whether or not to participate.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES – Smart Growth transportation planning consultant Ryan Snyder will convene a diverse panel of local and national experts to write a Model Streets Manual that will help cities in Los Angeles County build healthier and safer communities.
Walkability expert Dan Burden will join the effort, along with other nationally-recognized designers. A number of organizations including AARP, Smart Growth America, Institute Transportation Engineers, the National Complete Streets Coalition and others will help produce the manual.
The panel will convene Monday, March 14 at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
With contributions by experts in the fields of transit, traffic and pedestrian design, the manual will provide guidance to cities committed to implementing policies of active transportation and environmental sustainability.
The two-day working session will culminate with a public Report Out of recommendations for cities in LA County to create more walkable, bikeable communities that are transit-friendly, safe and sustainable. The public forum will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Metro’s One Gateway Plaza board room.
“Giving city planners, engineers and other policymakers a set of guiding principles to create healthier, more livable communities is the first step in making our neighborhoods better places to live, work and play,” said Ryan Snyder, the organizer of the event.
Panel participants will also include representatives from the UCLA Luskin Center and local city planning departments. The LA County Department of Public Health is funding the project through its RENEW LA County initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The panel follows the UCLA/RENEW LA County Complete Streets Conference held last month, where the manual was introduced as a tool for addressing Complete Streets at a local level.
RENEW Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury
695 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 1400, South Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Investing in convenient, affordable transportation choices like walking, biking, and public transit will cut harmful air pollution, reduce congestion, and improve public health.
Congress is about to start debating a new Transportation Bill, and Senator Boxer chairs the key committee that writes this bill. Please encourage her to make sure the bill works towards ending our reliance on oil and towards building a safe, clean transportation infrastructure.
To send an email, click here: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=5867
March 7, 2011
On behalf of the Lewis and Luskin Centers, I would like to formally thank you for your contribution to the success of the Complete Streets conference held on February 25th. Your leadership and commitment strengthened the momentum and excitement surrounding the event.
Attendee surveys received at the event indicate that 38% of respondents’ overall rating was “excellent,” while an overwhelming 93% of respondents rated the event as being in the “good” to “excellent” range. We acknowledge that your participation directly added to this outstanding success.
At the end of this document, you will find links to summary materials from the conference and information about related, upcoming events.
Again, thank you for helping to make the Complete Streets Conference a success. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
February 25, 2011 Complete Streets Conference Materials
UCLA Organizes Complete Streets Conference
Conference, February 25, 2011
Speaker /sponsor Dinner, February 24, 2011
Complete Streets Resources List
Opening Keynote: California’s Obesity and Inactivity Epidemics –The Need for Complete Streets Therapy
Panel 1: Living Streets and Vibrant Sidewalks
Panel 2: Designing Great Places with Multimodal Street Standards
Case Studies: Making It Work in L.A.
Panel 3: Safe and Convenient Cycling for Everyone
Upcoming Complete Streets Events
Redesigning our Streets: A Manual for Healthy, Livable Streets
In collaboration with RENEW LA County, Ryan Snyder & Associates, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, and more.
Overview: National team of experts report on their model design manual for living streets.
Date: March 15, 2011
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Reception at 6:30 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Gateway Building Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For other details: http://www.livingstreetsla.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ModelStreetManualReportOutFlyerMar15.pdf.
March Visioning Meetings
Hosted by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health RENEW Program, Los Angeles Planning Department, and Community Health Councils.
Overview: Community members will share their ideas about the neighborhoods around Metro Blue and Green Line Stations and the opportunity for transit oriented districts.
Dates: March 10th, March 17th, and March 22nd.
For detail: 323-295-9372 or www.chc-inc.org/RENEW
Complete Streets Conference
Presented by American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter.
Overview: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about complete streets from transportation planners, engineers, and MPO officials.
Date: April 20th
Time: 8 am – 3:30 pm
Location: 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA
For details: http://southernca.apwa.net/events/7589/.