Mayor Garcetti delivered his State of the City Address April 16 saying that he needs the help of Angelenos to improve our quality of life in Los Angeles. This coming fiscal year, please consider joining the Mayor, the City Council, City departments, and community partners to spur economic growth in key industries, improve regional infrastructure connectivity, and ensure everyone benefits from the progress of the City.
In his address, the Mayor said the word “neighborhood” 25 times, which is a call not just to City Departments to take action, but a partnership opportunity for all Neighborhood Councils to engage in those instances where resources are being planned for neighborhoods. Here are a few objectives for the year:
- Homelessness – providing emergency shelters, supportive services, parking, and storage
- Crime – strategically deploying officers, expanding the Domestic Abuse Response Teams, investing in gang prevention and intervention services, and decreasing the number of gun possession
- Jobs – attracting and supporting filming, innovation and the tech industry
- Transportation – investing in regional transportation connectivity
- Community Health – increasing youth participation in Recreation and Parks sports programs
On eradicating homelessness in the City, the Mayor called for a partnership with NCs to help in City Hall’s efforts to provide more long term solutions to the needs of homeless Angelenos, and I quote, “I met with business leaders, service providers, and the 44 Neighborhood Council homelessness liaisons from across L.A. to brief them on our efforts. They all plan to work closely with their Councilpersons to identify sites and build support for safe parking, shelter, and storage for homeless Angelenos. And it starts here at City Hall, where everyone shares in the responsibility of ending this crisis.”