Era of LAPD Body Cameras to Start Monday

The first LA police officers will begin wearing body cameras on Monday as city leaders look for funding to outfit all cops with them.

Starting Monday, body cameras will be handed out to Los Angeles police officers at the Mission Station — the first of 860 cameras that will be distributed to officers in three divisions.

Officers at the Mission Division will be the first to get training on the cameras, followed by officers at the Newton Division on Sept. 15 and the Central traffic and specialized divisions on Sept. 28, LAPD Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich told the Police Commission.

Goodrich said the department spent the past few months installing the network and infrastructure for the body cameras.

LAPD officials chose a Taser body camera that is designed to be worn on the chest.

The cameras were donated to the department through the Los Angeles Police Foundation.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has also called for a $10 million plan to outfit the entire police department with body cameras. The City Council earlier this year approved a budget that allocates half of the funding needed to purchase 7,000 additional cameras. Officials are applying for federal grants to pay for the other half of the camera purchase costs.

HOMELESS TO HOUSING: Successful Models for Change

Join special guests Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian, State Senators Ben Allen and Holly Mitchell, Council Members Mike Bonin and David Ryu, Stakeholders, and Concerned Residents for a forum on successful strategies on homelessness.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7:00 pm

Harmony Gold Theater
7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Register at www.povertymattersusa.org

Free to Attend. Please donate what you can.

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LADWP Urges Saving Energy While Staying Safe During Heat Wave

With temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to conserve energy use where possible, while not jeopardizing their health and safety.

“During times of extreme heat, we strongly encourage customers to conserve electricity as long as it does not jeopardize their own health or the health of their pets,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said.

LADWP officials said energy demand on Thursday was the highest so far this year – 5,679 megawatts – and is expected to be about the same today. The all-time peak power demand was 6,396 megawatts, reached on Sept. 16, 2014. Power use in Los Angeles averages about 4,700 megawatts during the summer, and usually increases in late August through September. Read more

City Aims to Cut Annual Traffic Deaths by 200

More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.

Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.

The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.

The mayoral action sets up a steering committee consisting of mayoral, police, fire, public works and county public health staff that will target areas most in need of safety upgrades. Those officials are to report back on Dec. 1 with suggestions for cutting traffic fatalities 20 percent by 2017. Read more

Urgent Transit Survey

Dear Friend,

I need your advice.

California faces a transportation infrastructure crisis. As a member of the Special Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Development, I am tasked with constructing a forward thinking, sustainable, and fiscally responsible plan to fund our State’s transportation infrastructure.

Please take a minute to answer a very short survey on your transportation priorities.

Thank you so much for your time. Together, we can build the California we deserve.

Sincerely,

Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District

Overcharged DWP customers would get tens of millions back under settlement

It was hailed as a modern makeover of an aging, inefficient way to bill customers. Instead, the new system at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power became a nightmare, spewing out thousands of faulty bills, some wildly inflated.

When upset customers called the utility for help, many languished on hold for a half-hour or more.

Nearly two years later, the utility announced Monday that it would credit or refund tens of millions of dollars to customers who were overbilled during the botched rollout, under a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement between the utility and aggrieved customers.

In all, the department says it billed $44 million in excessive charges after the system went into effect. DWP Chief Administrative Officer David Wright said the utility has already refunded or credited some of the money, reducing the sum still owed customers to $36 million.

Under the settlement, customers who were overbilled will get credit for the excessive charges. If they have closed their accounts, they will be mailed refund checks.

The utility says the vast majority of the billing credits and refunds will be small — around $10 or less — but customers will be made whole no matter how small the error. And the money will be returned even if a customer didn’t know there was a mistake.

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Senior Safety Preparedness – August 27

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You are invited to learn more on

  • Fire safety
  • Fall prevention
  • Earthquake preparedness
  • Cooking safety
  • Family escape planning

When: August 27, 2015
Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Where: Sepulveda Recreation Senior Center
8801 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402

Free goodie bag with participation

To RSVP please call Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s office at (818) 376-4246

Stop Calling 911. It’s the Forest Fire You’re Smelling.

911 Dispatchers are being inundated with people calling because the fires in the Angeles National Forest and Simi Valley smell so close.

People around the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills, Studio City and Mount Olympus are smelling smoke and calling 911 thinking there is a wildfire near them, says the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.

However, it is just smoke from the Rustic and Cabin fires, says Humphrey. Humphrey urges people to seek a presence of flame if its safe to do so before calling 911.

A brush fire raced through dry vegetation in the hills north of Glendora today, scorching about 900 acres in the Angeles National Forest, destroying four cabins and sending thick smoke into the air.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, Justin Seastrand of the U.S. Forest Service said.

About 400 firefighters were assigned to the attack, Seastrand said.

Fire crews from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were among those assisting Angeles National Forest crews in battling the blaze, which was reported shortly after 1 p.m. off Highway 39 near Rincon Red Box Road.

The air attack was suspended for the night, but six helicopters and eight air tankers were expected to return at daylight, he said.

Early on in the firefight, one helicopter involved in the effort made an emergency landing alongside a reservoir, possibly after clipping some power lines in the area. The aerial attack was critical to the firefighting effort, thanks to rugged terrain that limited the access of ground crews.

Temperatures in the fire area hovered around 100 degrees this afternoon.

Within about 30 minutes of ignition, the brush fire had spread to a cabin nestled in the woods, and it quickly engulfed the structure. The fast- moving fire also managed to jump Highway 39 as it pushed its way into the forest.

City News Service; Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles County Fire Department

Can You Recognize A Heat Emergency?

Temperatures across California will be blazing hot in the days ahead. We have your heat wave safety checklist to keep your loved ones safe.

From http://patch.com/california/northridge/can-you-recognize-heat-emergency

On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including a dual tragedy involving French tourists in New Mexico last week.

The CDC says the best way to beat heat related emergencies is to prevent them. Experts recommend staying out of the heat as much as possible, staying hydrated, using sunscreen and wearing hats and light clothing when outside on hot days.

Jack Neiman-Kimel, a Battalion Chief for the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in the East Bay, warns, “The elderly and the young have a difficult time regulating body temperature. If they are outside in hot temperatures for even 15 – 20 minutes in over 100° temperatures they can become ill with heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Healthy young and middle aged people working outside in the heat can also fall to these illnesses.”

Neiman-Kimel offers these tips: Read more

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Contest

Be the first to spot a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair bus bench ad in the City of Los Angeles! Whoever sends the first email received at info@ValleyDisasterFair.com (based on the email timestamp) with a photo of the ad and the location (nearest intersection and city) of the bench in the photo will win a Mini Mystery Kit of EP Supplies. Will it be you? Keep your eyes open and you just might be the winner!

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Fire Station 87, 10125 Balboa Blvd., from 10:00 an to 2:00 pm. Info or to register: ValleyDisasterFair.com. To date, over 25 Neighborhood Councils have agreed to host Outreach booths at the Fair. Thank you!

Southern California Preparedness Foundation Board and Advisory Board members and employees of Martin Outdoor Media and their immediate families are excluded from participation in this contest.

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