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GM’s Message 4.18.14

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We had great elections in Region 7 on Saturday with an overall 38% increase in voters from 2012. Silver Lake Neighborhood Council turned out 1,398 voters alone, and people were running to get to the polls before they closed when I swung by to visit. Big thank yous to our elections team, especially IEA Jay Handal and Terrence Gomes, who kept things together for

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A NOTE FROM MAYOR GARCETTI ON THE FY 2014-15 BUDGET

Dear Angelenos, This is my first Proposed Budget as Mayor, and it is my goal to work with you to bring long-term sustainability to the City’s finances. Five years ago, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression caused General Fund revenues to plunge and our pension investments to lose 30% of their value. The Great Recession created a billion dollar hole in the General Fund Budget. That

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Grayce Liu to Participate in Grand Park Art Project

Grand Rounds, an innovative new public art project in Grand Park, is a participatory artwork involving acoustic sculptures and public conversations with individuals who work and recreate in the Grand Park area. The project investigates the many voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens utilize to invigorate our communities. Grand Rounds aims to create an inventive space for socially

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Mayor Releases 2014-2015 City Budget

Mayor Eric Garcetti has released his first Proposed Budget as Mayor of Los Angeles, stating that he aims to bring long-term sustainability to the city’s finances. Goals include: Promoting good jobs for Angelenos across Los Angeles Restoring city services that make our neighborhoods livable and attractive Making our communities the safest in the nation Creating a more sustainable and livable city

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MMLA Brings Music to the FBI Pressroom

The Federal Building is not the first place that comes to mind when planning a concert, but this shows just how creative you can be when looking for venues. The unusual union of the FBI and Make Music LA is not that difficult to understand. It wasn’t an afternoon of men in dark glasses, suits and guns. It was a day of beautiful music. Music is the universal language and it can soften even the hardest

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Make Your Voice Heard!

The city needs your opinion! Four departments are currently seeking input from the public on issues ranging from citywide wi-fi to access to city resources, fire safety, and public library services. Your participation in their surveys will contribute community voices and help shape the future of these programs. The LA Community Broadband Network is part of a City-wide project designed to make “broadband”

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What Does Southern California Need From the 710 Freeway?

A Zócalo/Metro Event The 710 is one of the most important freeways in Southern California. It’s also shorter than originally planned: For nearly 50 years, legal and environmental challenges have stalled the freeway in Alhambra, 4.5 miles short of its intended destination, Pasadena. Over the decades, discussions about extending the freeway have cast its future as a local issue. But the 710 causes

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One Water Day: Preserving Precious Resources

LA has complex water needs. Pollutants and storm water runoff degrade the quality of our rivers and our ocean. Complicating matters is the city’s aging water infrastructure. The State’s current drought only underscores LA’s need to be smarter about this very precious resource. To address the issue, a number of city departments are working together as “One Water Los Angeles” under a strategy

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Tell a Story for the Future: “One Day in Los Angeles”

On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of Los Angeles as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase

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Jay Z Brings Made in America Music Festival to Los Angeles

Mayor Garcetti and rapper/entrepreneur Jay Z held a news conference Wednesday to announce the Made in America Music Festival, scheduled to take place on Labor Day weekend in Grand Park. The two-day festival, produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser, will feature multiple stages and beer gardens and is expected to draw up to 50,000 concert-goers. According to Jay Z, the festival is meant

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