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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:

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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:


Grocery stores

Drug stores 

Convenience food stores

Food marts


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 

Please feel free to contact us by email at 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

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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.



For written copies of the survey contact Jillian de Vela at EMD

To learn more about LHMP and participate in future Steering Committee Meetings, visit.

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Get help with back rent: Emergency Renters Assistance Program

Applications open Tuesday September 19, 2023 at 8am Pacific for the City of Los Angeles United to House LA Emergency Renters Assistance Program. At this time, applications are slated to close on Monday October 2, 2023 at 6pm Pacific. However, applicants who qualify are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Emergency Renters Assistance Program provides support to low-income individuals and families who rent the home or apartment they live in; who meet the eligibility requirements described below; and who may be at risk of homelessness, due to their inability to pay rent because of financial hardship.

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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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LA REPAIR Zones Seeks Your Input

Between August 11 and September 17, LA REPAIR is collecting ideas for a better Los Angeles. Anyone 5+ years who lives, works, prays, or studies (or is the parent/guardian of a student) in a REPAIR Zone can participate. Harbor Gateway (between Artesia and 120th Street) is one of the LA REPAIR zones which is currently seeking your input.

Click here to share your ideas.

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