The most current and lively council files we're working on are:
BUILDING DECARBONIZATION (2 motions!) (added 4/6/2022)
At our March 13, 2022 meeting, our NCSA representatives voted to support both of these building decarbonization motions:
(1) Building decarbonization, Council File 21-1463 (Koretz, Krekorian, and Raman), which promotes equitable building decarbonization. Check out our fact sheet (complete with sample community impact statement).
You can see ABC 7's coverage here.
Spectrum News 1 reported on it here.
HEALTHY STREETS LA (added 3/8/2022) (ok, there isn't a motion, so there isn't a council file, so there is no CIS to submit, but we want this to be a motion! So please ask your NC to send a letter to this list of people!)
At our February 27 meeting, our NCSA representatives voted in favor of sending a letter in support of the Healthy Streets LA initiative (both a ballot measure and request that City Council pass an ordinance). Learn more at healthystreetsla.com. You can find the proposed ballot measure here and our proposed letter here.
An LA Times journalist had this to say.
LA ZOO EXPANSION (added 11/17/2021)
At our November 14 meeting, our representatives voted to oppose both the project proposed by the LA Zoo and alternative 2 and to support alternative 1 as described in Council File 21-0828.
Learn more at ncsa.la/advocacy_la_zoo_expansion.
MULHOLLAND SCENIC PARKWAY SPECIFIC PLAN (added 11/17/2021)
City Council voted 13-0 to support this motion on December 3. Now we need to make sure we get the report!
Council File 21-1286 (Blumenfield, Bonin, Koretz, and Raman) was introduced after City Planning announced a reinterpretation of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan that limits the purview of the related Design Review Board.
At our November 14 meeting, our representatives voted to support the motion, which asks City Planning to report back on how their reinterpretation of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan will affect environmentally sensitive areas.
Learn more at ncsa.la/advocacy_mulholland_scenic_parkway_specific_plan.
PARKING MINIMUMS (added 7/19/2021)
Council File 21-0002-S106, AB 1401 (Koretz), is in opposition to Assembly Bill (AB) 1401, which would eliminate parking-minimum requirements near transit. AB 1401 died in the California legislature, but we are told it will be reintroduced.
At our July 11 meeting, our representatives voted to oppose Councilmember Koretz's motion.
CITY FIRE DISTRICT 1 EXPANSION (added 6/17/2021)
Council File 19-0603, City Fire District 1 Expansion (Blumenfield/Rodriguez)
The report from the Department of Building and Safety was as negative as a polite report can be, but there were many public comments in support, so PLEASE do submit a CIS!!!!
At our 6/13 meeting, our representatives voted to oppose this.
We had reached out to Councilmember Blumenfield’s staff regarding our concerns and never heard back, but he did post this response to the criticism.
UPDATE April 3, 2022—THIS ISSUE IS HEATING UP AGAIN—IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SUBMIT CISs, and we need more CISs!!!!
Build with Strength is a front group for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, according to the City's Ethics Commission (p. 18). In case you want to hear a Build with Strength lobbyist introduce himself as representing faith-based groups at the March 17, 2022 North Hills West NC meeting and how he was held accountable for that, check it out (02:33 to 02:57)! If you want to hear his fellow lobbyist introduce himself as representing social justice groups at the February 24, 2022 Woodland Hills Warner Center Impacts and Policies Committee, check this out. (The conversation starts at 0:16, the introduction is at 0:32). If you would like to know how the City's Ethics Commission held them accountable for earlier misbehavior, check this out. And a big shout-out to Jamie York of the Reseda Neighborhood Council for shining this light!
This misrepresentation is called astroturfing.
PUBLIC BANKING (added 6/17/2021)
This motion was passed, but we are just beginning!
CF 19-1235 AB 857 / California Law / Municipal Bank of Los Angeles (MBLA) / Establishment / Public Bank License (Wesson)
At our 6/13 meeting, our representatives voted to support this.
LA100 (added April 13, 2021)
This passed September 1st, 2021.
Council File 21-0352 LA100 / Strategic Long Term Resource Plan / 2035 100% Carbon-Free Energy / Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Krekorian & O'Farrell; Martinez)
EQUITABLE CAPITAL-IMPROVEMENT PLANNING (added March 13, 2021)
This passed City Council April 21; now we wait for a report.
Council File 21-0039 Capital Improvement Expenditure Plan / Infrastructure Conditions / Equity / Low-Income Communities of Color (Martinez/Price)
Instructs the City Administrative Officer as well as the Chief Legislative Analyst to prepare a plan to reform the city’s Capital Improvement Expenditure Plan. This plan should assess infrastructure conditions and need across the city, and align current and future funding across city departments to address them. It should also prioritize equity,
particularly for low-income communities of color.
FOOD ACCESSORIES UPON REQUEST (added March 3, 2021)
The ordinance was passed by the full City Council on April 21. Happy Earth Day!
Council File 21-0064 Foodware Accessories Upon Request / Disposable Foodware Acessories / Small Business Commission / Food Service Providers / Zero-Use Trash (Koretz & Krekorian, seconded by Bonin)
Requires restaurants and other food service providers to provide all disposable foodware accessories, including but not limited to straws, utensils, condiments, and napkins, only upon the request of the customer, and to require third-party food delivery companies and other online platforms to enact an “opt-in” model for foodware accessories across all digital platforms and applications.
HEALTHY SOIL STRATEGY (added December 24, 2020)
This passed, but the work is just beginning!
Council File 20-1225 LAs Green New Deal/Healthy Soil Strategy/Urban Agriculture/Carbon Sequestration/Water Capture/Composting and Mulching Operations/Development (Koretz/Bonin)
Requires the LA Department of Sanitation to report back on grant and employment opportunities regarding composting, healthy soil, urban agriculture, and regenerative land management—directly mentions working with NCSA.
See the motion.
ENSURING TRANSPARENCY OF POWER PLANT LEAKS (added December 3, 2020)
This has not moved....we'll have to find out what is up.
DIVESTING FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Here are two motions that will help LA move away from its investments in the fossil-fuel industry.
Both of these have passed City Council! Thank you SO much for your support. Now we are trying to get the departments to do what they were tasked with doing!!!!!!
Council File 19-1577 LACERS Investments/Climate Risk (Blumenfield/Bonin), fact sheet is here (THIS PASSED 12/2/2020, but if you have the capacity, please go ahead and chime in anyway—this is just the beginning, and it would be great to have your NC on record)
Council File 20-0492 City Insurance Policies/Fossil Fuel (Blumenfield/Bonin), fact sheet is here (City Council passed this unanimously March 3! Thank you to the following NCs: Arroyo Seco, Arts District Little Toko, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Greater Wilshire, Los Feliz, Northwest San Pedro, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Sunland-Tujunga, Wilshire Center Koreatown.)
LIMITING VEHICLE IDLING
This unanimously passed the Transportation Committee May 4, 2021. Thank you to so many neighborhood councils that have weighed in! Now we wait and wait and wait and nag and nudge for the report.
Please chime in on Council File 19-0604 to help limit vehicle idling and improve our air quality, as many other areas in the US have already done! Visit ncsa.la/advocacy_vehicle_idling to learn more.
UPDATE May 26, 2022—Learning how the sausage is made, so to speak, is painful. We received a very weak report in February, but thought we could get funding from the State, which did not come through. So we are looking again....
Please ask your NC to weigh in!!!
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