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HMD Board President Carol Cassella and Councilmember Tom LaBonge show the muscle involved pushing for the Pedestrian Improvement Project!

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City of Los Angeles Guidelines for
Encampments and Abandoned Property

June 19, 2019

Due to two court cases, the Jones case and the Lavan case, the City’s ability to enforce its laws has been significantly restricted: On October 15, 2007, the City entered into a settlement agreement in Jones v. City of Los Angeles, in which the City agreed that between the hours of 9pm and 6am, it would not enforce the law prohibiting sleeping on the streets anywhere in the City of Los Angeles until the City makes 1,250 units of permanent supportive housing available in the Skid Row area. In a separate case, Lavan v. City of Los Angeles, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the City from seizing or destroying personal property left unattended on the public sidewalks of downtown’s Skid Row. The City appealed this order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit held that the removal and immediate destruction of a person’s unattended property violates the United States Constitution. The Ninth Circuit’s opinion applies citywide. In implementing the injunction and the Ninth Circuit ruling, the City has established a process to be used prior to removing or destroying personal property left on sidewalks. This includes providing notice to the owner prior to removal and storing the property for a reasonable period prior to disposing of it. These prerequisites do not apply to items which pose an immediate threat to public health and safety.

Although the injunction only pertains to Downtown Los Angeles, the City has implemented these precautionary steps citywide to protect individuals’ rights to their property and to also ensure compliance with the Ninth Circuit ruling. The City’s Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Sanitation are working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and other agencies to provide outreach to the homeless individuals as well as to maintain safety in the public right of way. The City has sought to strike a balanced approach: provide help to those who need and want it – and to enforce all applicable laws to protect quality of life.

Being homeless is not a crime. If you would like to report an encampment or abandoned property, call Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s 13th District Office at 213.473.7013, or Councilmember David Ryu’s 4th District Office at 213. 473.7004. Citywide, Councilmember O’Farrell is working to establish an affordable housing policy, which will help create more permanent supportive housing for the homeless. The Councilmember is bringing more affordable housing units to the 13th Council District than any other district in the City of Los Angeles, but feels this must be a citywide effort as homelessness is a citywide problem.

You may also use the MyLA311 SmartPhone app to report abandoned property or encampments, or call/dial 3-1-1 within the City of Los Angeles, or dial 213.473.3231 outside the greater Los Angeles area, or go online to: http://www.lacity.org//myla-311/myla-311-service-request


Making it Safer for
Driving and Walking in the BID

June 19, 2019




In cooperation with LAPD Hollywood Division and LADOT, the BID has been successful in advocating for an all-way stop sign at the intersection of Romaine St. and Sycamore Ave. This had been an intersection where there only was a 2-way stop, and there had been a number of accidents. This intersection is now a 4-way stop, making it safer for vehicles as well as for walking pedestrians.








LA City Council Approves
Minimum Wage Hike

June 19, 2019

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Los Angeles City Council approved moving forward to draft a minimum wage ordinance that raises the current $9/hr. minimum wage to $15/hr. for most businesses by the year 2020. This 67% increase was approved despite concerns expressed by the business community and even the consultants, who advised not going beyond the Mayor's $13.25/hr. proposal.

Beginning in 2016, the minimum wage in the City of L.A. will increase annually as follows:

July 1, 2016 - $10.50

July 1, 2017 - $12.00

July 1, 2018 - $13.25

July 1, 2019 - $14.25

July 1, 2020 - $15.00

Beginning in 2017, a modified minimum wage schedule for businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer employees will go into effect as follows:

July 1, 2017 - $10.50

July 1, 2018 - $12.00

July 1, 2019 - $13.25

July 1, 2020 - $14.25

July 1, 2021 - $15.00

Starting in 2022, the minimum wage will increase every single year based on the previous year on the previous year's Consumer Price Index for the L.A. Metro area. Non-profit organizations with greater than 25 employees can apply for a waiver if their top executive earns less than five times the wage of the lowest-paid worker, or provide transitional jobs programs, or serve as child care providers, or are primarily funded by city, county, state or federal grants or reimbursements. Consistent with state law, the youth wage will stay as 85% of minimum wage for 160 hours for workers 14-17 years of age.



Abandoned Shopping Carts?
What To Do

June 19, 2019



The California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp. (CSCRC), located in Burbank, is your source for requesting pickups and removals of abandoned shopping carts left along public streets. (Please note that not all stores' carts are serviced by CSCRC and carts containing homeless peoples' belongings can not be removed).

Call them toll free at 800.252.4613, or go online to cartretrieval.net .






BID Services Keep Your Property
and Business Clean and Safe

June 19, 2019


Highland Ave. looking north from Melrose Ave.
The Hollywood Media District BID has a contract with the Hollywood Beautification Team (HBT) for cleaning and maintenance needs within the District. HBT's responsibilities include emptying trashcans located along sidewalks, removing all trash and debris from gutters, driveways, tree wells and from around trashcans. They also paint over graffiti on buildings, trees, poles, planters, utility bases or other surfaces on a daily bases, and they pressure wash bus stops and sidewalks throughout the BID.

Also, the Media District contracts with Andrews Security Services to provide Security Patrols within the BID. These patrols are by foot, on bicycles, and in the Media District's security vehicle. If needed, they can be directly contacted by calling 323.871.4150.

If you are having any problems keeping your property or business clean and safe – trash dumped or graffiti, suspicious or nuisance individuals coming onto your property or into your business – please consider completing two very important forms that can help. These forms are: a "Trespass Authorization" form and a "Graffiti Paint Out Agreement" form.

The first form is a Trespass Authorization that gives permission to Officers of the LAPD and the Media District to come on to your property and exercise enforcement of your No Trespassing signage. (Please note, you must have No Trespassing signs posted.)

The second form is a Graffiti Paint Out Agreement that allows HBT to come on to your property and paint out tagging and graffiti. Also, upon request they will accept paint from property owners and businesses in order to match your existing colors.

To obtain these Authorization and Agreement forms, or to request any other services within the BID, please contact Jim Omahen, Operations Manager for the Media District at 323.860.0088 or email jim@mediadistrict.org .







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MEETINGS

Safe Committee

Thu, Jun 20, 2019
10:00 to 11:00
1125 N. McCadden Pl. CANCELLED

Arts Committee

Thu, Jun 20, 2019
11:00 to 12:00
1125 N. McCadden Pl.