SB 156 / Broadband Infrastructure Expansion Funding / Internet Access / Underserved and Unserved Communities / City Digital Inclusion Efforts

MOTION-- On July 20, 2021, the Governor signed SB 156 into law. This legislation provides $6 billion infunding to expand broadband infrastructure and enhance internet access for underserved andunserved communities across the State. Among other things, this legislation allocates $2 billionto the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account program, of which $1 billion is allocated to urbancounties. Each urban county in the State will receive $5 million for last-mile broadband projects,with the remaining balance of funds allocated based on each urban county's proportionate shareof California households without access to broadband internet service with at least 100megabits per second download speeds. This legislation also creates a continuously appropriatedloan-loss fund to assist local governments and nonprofits in financing broadband serviceprojects. Continue reading

Port of Los Angeles / California Air Resources Board / Shipping Backlog / Port Pollution / Emissions Reduction

MOTION-- The combined Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the biggest in the Western Hemisphere. Due tothe shipping backlog as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, air pollution emanating from the ports hasgrown exponentially. Continue reading

Bus Lane Violations Enforcement / Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) / Metro / Automated Cameras / AB 917 (Bloom) / NextGen Bus Plan

MOTION-- In 2019, the City of Los Angeles and Metro launched a collaborative effort to implement busspeed and reliability improvements in support ofthe NextGen Bus Plan, which promises fast, frequent,and reliable service for Metro riders throughout Los Angeles. Most notably, the effort has resulted in newbus lanes on Flower Street, 5th Street, 6th Street, and Alvarado Street, with additional lanes planned onGrand Avenue, Olive Street, and La Brea Avenue. This rapid deployment ofnew bus priorityinfrastructure must be supported by effective enforcement to keep these lanes clear for exclusive use bybuses during designated hours. Continue reading

Non-Serialized Unfinished Frames, Receivers, and Firearms / Ghost Guns / Prohibited Possession, Purchase, Sale, Receipt, and Transportation / Ordinance

MOTION-- In 2013, a mass shooting near Santa Monica City College took the lives of six people andinjured four more. In 2014 a bank robbery in Stockton and a shooting spree in rural Tehama County in2017 killed six. In 2019, a 16-year-old killed two students and injured three others before killinghimself at a school in Santa Clarita. And the next year, as protests over police violence filled citystreets, Steven Carrillo used a machine gun to shoot two security guards at a federal building inOakland and a sheriffs deputy in an ambush in Santa Cruz. All of these shootings were committedusing 'ghost guns'- weapons that are assembled from parts or kits that include one unfinished piece,typically the frame or receiver, which is the part of the gun regulated under federal law. Continue reading

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program / U.S. Small Business Administration / COVID-19 Pandemic / Los Angeles Zoo Revenue Loss / Zoo Enterprise Fund / Application and Award

MOTION-- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zoo was forced to close its operations to thepublic for a total of 236 days during Fiscal Years 2019-20 and 2020-21 resulting in anestimated $11 million revenue loss. This subsequently required a $16.8 million GeneralFund subsidy to offset revenue shortfalls and support the Zoo's operating budget duringthe closure, as ’well as during limited capacity operations. Continue reading

Systematic Code Enforcement Program / Gateway to Green / Water Conservation / Energy Efficiency / Renewable Energy

MOTION-- In 1998, the City of Los Angeles launched the Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP). Thegoal of the program is to inspect the City's rental housing stock routinely to prevent dangerous,substandard, unsanitary, or deficient residential buildings and dwelling units. All buildings withtwo or more living units are inspected every four years to ensure compliance with State and localhealth and safety codes.  Continue reading

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) / Hollywood Burbank Airport Terminal Project / Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) / Comment Period Extension

MOTION-- On August 21,2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a DraftEnvironmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the construction and operation of areplacement passenger terminal building and improvements at the Hollywood BurbankAirport. The FAA has allowed public comment on the DEIS for only 45 days, with thecomment period set to end on October 4,2020, Continue reading

Lankershim Boulevard / Oxnard Boulevard / Burbank Boulevard / Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone

MOTION-- The Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone program provides economic development incentives within specific geographies of the City that aim to both promote and expand business in Los Angeles. Businesses located in these zones are eligible to obtain a variety of incentives including case management of the City development permit process, permit fee reductions, business consulting, and façade improvements, among others. Continue reading

LA City Council Redistricting Commission (LACCRC) / Taxpayer Funds / Contractors / Outreach / Expenditure Accountability

MOTION-- Redistricting takes place in Los Angeles once every decade following the release of censusdata. It is a critically important part of the City’s democratic process to ensure fairrepresentation in the City Council. Redistricting is an opportunity for communities of interest to voice their concerns and ensure they are grouped and represented in an equitable manner thatrespects the diversity of our City. The testimony and input of the residents of Los Angeles iscritical to creating a redistricting plan that provides fair and effective representation for allresidents of the city. Continue reading

Republic of Artsakh / Armenian Prisoners of War / Official End of Hostilities / Azerbaijan / Commemoration and Memorial / Illumination of City Hall / General City Purposes Fund

MOTION-- I MOVE that $400 in the General City Purposes Fund No. 100-56, AccountNo. 0702 (CD 2 Community Services) be transferred to the GeneralServices Fund No. 100-40, Account No. 1070 (Salaries-As Needed), forservices in connection with the Council District 2 special commemorationon November 9, 2021, including the illumination of City Hall,commemorating the passage of one year since the official end of hostilitiesafter brutal aggression by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh, inmemory of those who were killed, and in solidarity with the Armenianprisoners of war still being held captive illegally by Azerbaijan.