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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 Mayor.LACity.gov/SOTC2024.

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
Mayor

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Everytable Free Home Delivered Meal Program

The City of Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the revival of its highly sought-after free home-delivered meal program for seniors. The Rapid Response Senior Meals Program is crafted with care and tailored exclusively for seniors residing in the City of Los Angeles who could benefit from additional food support. Participants will receive five free prepared meals per week delivered directly to their homes. Everytable is a partner in the program and individuals who sign up may choose to select Everytable meals.

To be eligible to receive this free meal program, you just have to:

Reside in the City of Los Angeles

Be age 60 or older

Have a need for additional food support 

To sign up:

Visit everytable.com/ets and click sign up

Call the LA Department of Aging Hotline at (213) 202-5669

Email at seniormealprogram@lacity.org

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Los Angeles City Confirms: LAUSD Schools to Stay Open Despite Upcoming Storm on Monday

Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Alert

Heavy rainfall is continuing in the region, resulting in a flood warning and flood watch. The National Weather Service reports significant rainfall in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, with some areas receiving up to five inches of rain. The storm has also caused power outages in the North Glendale area, affecting around 6,000 customers.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for certain areas in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties due to the incoming major storm. It is crucial for residents in mountain, canyon, and coastal areas to prepare for potential debris flows and flooding. Pay attention to any indications of land movement and follow evacuation orders and warnings. Stay updated with information from reliable sources.

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Northridge quake: It changed the way scientists, government prep for Big One

The 6.7 quake in 1994 revealed crucial information for experts and residents to get ready next time

When the Northridge earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley in the early hours of Jan. 17, 1994, Craig Renetzky and his family were asleep at home in Reseda three miles from the quake’s epicenter. As walls and windows in their condominium shook, his wife jumped out of bed to check on the baby — who remained peacefully asleep throughout the intense quake.

As Renetzky inspected his home after the temblor — finding broken glass and debris scattered across the floor — he realized the massive quake had made his home uninhabitable.

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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: https://empowerla.org/civicyouth/.

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The Great Pumpkin Bash – Sunday, November 5, 2023 – 10AM-2PM

Did you know that every year, over 1.3 billion pumpkins end up in our landfills after Halloween? This is a problem because when pumpkins – or any organic waste – are thrown out with the trash, they slowly decompose and release harmful methane gas. Methane is one of the most harmful greenhouse gasses to our climate, which is why the State of California now requires that every city in California offer organic waste collection to its residents.

If you still have your pumpkin from Halloween, or if you just want to learn more about composting organic waste, come by the Great Pumpkin Bash Sunday, November 5, from 10AM – 2PM at Pan Pacific Park.

Pan Pacific Park
7600 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

​​​​​​​It’s going to be a fun-filled day of activities, including a Pumpkin Strike Zone presented by the LA Dodgers, face-painting for kids, bounce houses, free bike repairs, and electronic waste collection. We’ll have gardening and composting workshops, and freebies like compost kitchen pails and trees.

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Understanding L.A.’s New Plastics Reduction Ordinances & How They May Affect You

The City of Los Angeles has taken significant steps to curb plastic pollution within the city through the recent implementation of various ordinances that aim to reduce single-use plastic consumption among Angelenos, foster a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility among our residents and business, as well as contribute to a cleaner environment for all. Many single-use plastics are not recyclable or compostable in the city and are frequently littered in our communities.

Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Ban Ordinance 

Last December, the Los Angeles City Council adopted an ordinance, banning the sale and distribution of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products (commonly known as Styrofoam™) in the City of Los Angeles. 

The ban on EPS products is in effect for large food or beverage facilities and retail establishments (with more than 26 employees) and will be in effect on April 23, 2024, for all other food or beverage facilities and retail establishments. 

There are many alternatives to EPS. Check out our EPS Product Alternatives Guide here to learn more. 

Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles adopted its first single-use carryout bag ban in June 2013 for the following types of businesses:

Supermarkets

Grocery stores

Drug stores 

Convenience food stores

Food marts

Pharmacies

Other types of smaller food markets 

In 2022, The City of Los Angeles adopted a second single-use carryout bag ban which expanded to the following businesses: 

Apparel stores 

Hardware stores 

Food or beverage facilities 

Farmer’s markets 

Open-air markets

Recyclable paper bags for 10 cents and/or reusable bags are still allowed at all of these establishments. 

Disposable Foodware Accessories & Straws On Request Ordinances

As a reminder, food or beverage facilities in the City of Los Angeles are prohibited from providing disposable foodware accessories including disposable plastic drinking straws to customers except upon customer request. 

Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program – Apply now! 

We provide financial and technical assistance through our Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program to help food or beverage establishments with dine-in operations transition to reusable foodware. Funding is still available.

You Got Questions, We Got Answers!

More information about the ordinances and how to apply for the microgrant can be found at lacitysan.org/sourcereduction. 

Please feel free to contact us by email at srcrd@lacity.org or by phone at 213-485-2260 if you have any questions or would like to receive an informational presentation at your next community or association meeting. 

Our 10-minute informational presentation will include an overview of all of the new waste reduction ordinances, how they may impact residents and businesses, and what you can do to help support a cleaner and greener Los Angeles. We ask that you provide us at least a 7-day notice in advance of your scheduled meeting.

We hope to hear from you soon! 

Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
LA Sanitation & Environment

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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 https://bit.ly/3WCGMT4

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September is National Preparedness Month!

As we celebrate this month of preparedness, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is engaging the community for input as they update the City’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, to help plan for how to keep Angelenos safe in future emergencies or disasters. They want to hear from all Angelenos about their emergency preparedness priorities so that they can determine how best to focus efforts to protect the City from various hazards!

Please take a moment to take the short Hazard Mitigation Survey below.

English:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LosAngelesHazardAwareness

Spanish:

https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/ES-LAconcienciadelpeligro

For written copies of the survey contact Jillian de Vela at EMD jillian.de.vela@lacity.org

To learn more about LHMP and participate in future Steering Committee Meetings, visit. https://emergency.lacity.gov/Local-Hazard-Plan

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