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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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Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings

PROJECT:  Comprehensive Plastics Reduction Program
LEAD AGENCY:  City of Los Angeles – Bureau of Sanitation
REVIEW PERIOD:  May 1, 2023 through May 30, 2023

The City of Los Angeles (City), as the Lead Agency, through its Bureau of Sanitation (LA Sanitation and Environment, LASAN), is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Comprehensive Plastics Reduction Program (Proposed Program), which is further described below. The City is requesting the identification of the scope and content of environmental issues and information that you or your organization believes should be considered in the PEIR.

PROJECT LOCATION: As shown in Figure 1 below, the Proposed Program would occur throughout the entirety of the City of Los Angeles.

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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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Legal Help for Small Business Owners

Are you a small business owner in Los Angeles? Could you benefit from FREE legal help? Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department has teamed up with its various partners for the LA Regional Small Business Legal Aid program, which offers free legal help, from basic legal information and guides to representation by an attorney to help address immediate/long-term issues. Visit to connect with a legal expert now!

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Restaurants Care Resilience Fund

A new cycle for grant funding is available for independent restaurants. Restaurants Care is partnering with SoCalGas, PG&E, and SDG&E to provide restaurants with grants that can go towards kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, and any difficult or unforeseen circumstance. Applications are now open through May 7 and restaurants with less than $3 million in annual revenue are encouraged to apply. Follow this link to learn more and apply.

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