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TONIGHT: State of the City

The State of the City is happening TONIGHT at the halls of the people’s house — City Hall.

You can join the live stream at 5:30 PM on

Become a part of the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) by using the hashtag #SOTC2024 and follow us at @MayorOfLA.

Looking forward to sharing the progress and future of Los Angeles with you tonight.

Karen Bass

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Facebook Youth Conference (Orange Eng)

2024 EmpowerLA Youth Conference

Calling all aspiring leaders – applications for the 2024 EmpowerLA Youth Conference are now open! The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is looking for 50 young people from across Los Angeles to participate in a day-long event focused on civic engagement, local government, and community impact. Spend the day at Los Angeles City Hall learning from leaders across the city about the Neighborhood Council system, how local government works, and the vital role you can play in shaping the future of your community.  Taking place on Saturday, January 27, 2024, conference attendees will learn about the history and purpose of Neighborhood Councils, gain a deeper understanding of the laws and policies that govern neighborhood councils, hear from leaders in the City of Los Angeles, and more! Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. Don’t wait – applications close Monday, December 18, 2023. Learn more and apply:

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Community Investment for Families Department Survey

The Community Investment for Families Department invites you to participate in the Community Investment for Families Department’s short, 5-minute survey and let them know where you get your child care. Your participation will help them identify how the City can better support families like yours. The survey is available in eight different languages and can be accessed by visiting

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LA City Reparations Plans – September 14 at 10 am, 2 pm, or 6 pm

If you are 18+ living in Los Angeles, or if you are an adult who has ever lived in Los Angeles, then  

Join the City of Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Department and its Reparations Advisory Commission’s “Black Experience Study LIVE!” to learn about the City’s plans for reparations in LA, and join the study in real time on September 14 at 10AM, 2PM or 6PM. Please register in advance at the link below.

Log in or dial 669-444-9171 and enter Meeting ID: 889 2396 4790

For more information on the LA Reparations Advisory Commission, visit, email, or call 213-978-1845.

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Environmental Justice Policy Program Initial Survey – please fill out

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning recognizes the historical and current need to address Environmental Justice concerns in Los Angeles and is excited to initiate the Environmental Justice Policy Program, which is a comprehensive effort to centralize and strengthen environmental justice policies in the City’s General Plan. The General Plan describes policy goals and objectives that inform land use decisions, and ultimately shape and guide the physical development of the City.

As part of the Program, City Planning anticipates updating the Health Element, also called “The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles,” and the Air Quality Element of the General Plan. Other changes include making targeted updates to the Open Space Element, and the creation of a new environmental justice element or chapter in the Health Element.

A recently completed Health Element Progress Report provides the status of the existing Health Element programs. This report will inform additional environmental justice policies and programming as part of the Environmental Justice Policy Program.

In addition to the Environmental Justice Policy Program, the Department is set to launch a Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) in partnership with the Emergency Management Department and the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office. The CVA will help identify the City’s communities that are most vulnerable to climate change and will ensure that climate equity is a priority in future climate planning efforts.

Please join us in this important effort today by taking initial survey. A critical aspect of this work is ensuring meaningful community involvement throughout the planning process, with a focus on centering the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice. Your input will guide the development of stronger environmental justice policies and will inform the prioritization and implementation of programs in the General Plan. More opportunities to engage in the process will become available throughout this multi-year effort.

Environmental Justice Policy Program Timeline

Please sign up for updates on the Department of City Planning website or via email. For questions or comments, contact us at

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L.A.’s $13 Billion Budget Signed for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year

Today Mayor Bass signed the City Council approved $13 billion budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The budget includes an unprecedented $1.3 billion to address housing and homelessness and approximately $3.2 billion for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Regarding LAPD, the budget seeks to restore staffing levels to 9,500 officers, hire additional civilian personnel and increase staffing for 911 dispatch services. To support this effort, there is about $1 million to expedite the application process for candidates looking to join LAPD. Additionally, the city is developing an incentive program that will provide bonuses of up to $15,000 for new officers and lateral recruitment.

Funds for city infrastructure will receive a boost with an additional $28 million to its already required $36 million for sidewalk repairs, and $8 million to improve bus shelters and benches throughout the city.

The budget also includes provisions to support small and local businesses, enhance tourism, expand and continue the city’s Al Fresco program, $5 million to support childcare centers, $18 million for senior meals, as well as investment in the environment through zero-carbon emission goals and green initiatives.

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Redistricting listening sessions

How Many City Council Districts Should We Have? Join the City-Wide Conversation

After the leaked tape of the three Councilmembers making racist and offensive remarks during the previous 2021 redistricting process for City Council boundaries, the City of Los Angeles is now in the process of considering reforms to the redistricting process, including discussion of how many Council Districts should there be, how many residents should each Councilmember represent, who should be on the Redistricting Commission and how should those people be chosen. In-person meetings have been held and are continuing, with a measure to be placed on next year’s March or November Citywide ballot as a City Charter reform measure. Currently each of the 15 City Councilmember represents about 260,000 people. In contrast, New York City has 51 councilmembers and Chicago has 50.

If you cannot attend one of the in-person sessions, make your comments to Council File 22-1196-S1 using this link Be sure to enter the complete Council File number and click on the link in the confirmation email sent to you to actually submit your comment.

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Participate in the LA City Budget 2023-2024

How should the City of Los Angeles spend its money? For the next two weeks, the City Council is discussing LA’s budget for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1), so now is the time to weigh in as an individual. 
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council will be sending its own budget letter later in May.

The Budget, Finance, and Innovation Committee’s hearings to review the budgets proposed for each City department and program began on April 25 and run through Friday, May 12.

Here is a guide to participating in the City of Los Angeles budget process, including details on NC-related discussions, important links, and an overview of what’s in the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. 

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City of Los Angeles – Emergency Management Department – NOTIFY LA

City of Los Angeles – Emergency Management Department – NOTIFY LA


Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our emergency alerts through Everbridge. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, unexpected road closures, natural disasters and evacuations of neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

If you are new to the Everbridge system, click here to Sign Up and complete your profile with your contact information and location preferences.

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