Councilmember Bonin: Concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program

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Dear Friends,

You deserve better than this.

A few weeks ago, I emailed you asking if you were having problems with the new trash service in Los Angeles, and hundreds of business and apartment owners like you responded with helpful feedback. Today, thanks to your help and the invaluable information you provided, I took action to address some of the most glaring and concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program.

As you know, earlier this year, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation launched an ambitious new program, recycLA, designed to dramatically increase recycling, move Los Angeles toward its zero waste goals, ensure fair pricing, improve service, and enhance working conditions. Since the initial rollout of recycLA program, however, I have heard from small business owners, landlords, and homeowner association leaders who have serious concerns regarding sudden and sharply increased costs, confusing new fees and surcharges and inaccurate bills. Your concerns also include frequent and repeated lack of service, lack of notice and widespread poor customer service from the waste haulers.

The issues causing these concerns are unacceptable, and today, my colleague Mitch O’Farrell and I proposed legislation to address the failings of the recycLA roll-out. Our legislation instructs the Bureau of Sanitation to immediately provide a report to the City Council with recommendations to reduce or eliminate extra service charges being levied on small businesses and apartment owners, and to allow apartment owners to share collection bins to help reduce the cost of service. Our legislation additionally demands a plan for further outreach to customers to inform them about the new waste hauling system and of the options available to reduce costs by increasing recycling, and asks for the City Attorney and Board of Public Works to prepare options that allow the city to assess penalties on waste haulers that fail to provide a reasonable level of service to customers. A full copy of the legislation can be found at www.11thdistrict.com/recycla_improvements_legislation_introduced.

The goals of the recycLA program – reaching zero waste in Los Angeles and protecting the workers we rely on for this essential service – are imperative, but the poor rollout and implementation of this program is simply unacceptable. The City needs to take immediate steps to fix it or we’ll never achieve the worthy goals of the program.

I am sincerely grateful for those of you who shared your experiences and frustrations with me and my team, so we could craft legislation that directly addresses the issues you have seen since the program began.

Thank you very much for your participation and for all that you do to make neighborhoods on the Westside great places to live, work and enjoy. It is an honor to serve you and I greatly appreciate your partnership.

Regards,

MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District

WLA VA: Public Hearing Notice Thursday April 26 5:30 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is looking for a developer to build housing at its medical center on its West Los Angeles campus. The Public Hearing will be
Thursday April 26, 2018*
5:30 PM
The Main Hospital (Bldg. 500)
Room 1281
WLA Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
LA, 90073

Comments must be submitted by April 23 to
Erik Gutierrez
Acting Chief Communications
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
LA, CA 90073
Erik.Gutierrez@VA.gov
NB: This is the date of the SBRA Annual General Meeting

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WONDERFUL NEWS FROM OUR KENTER CREEK NEIGHBORS

For more info about the creek go to:
https://southbrentwood.org/category/development/kenter-creek/

We received this notice from a Carmelina creek dweller this morning:

“The great horned owl has returned to our neighborhood. It was “who who who- ing” in the Sycamore that overhangs my bedroom this morning at about 5:30 am.

I did not hear the screech owl last night, although I was out to dinner and could have missed it. It has been around lately early in the evening. It is interesting that both owls have us on their circuit.

We have a lot of rats. I hope double duty owls can diminish the rodent problem.

Tell your neighbors not to use poison. Snap traps are better. Poisoned rats still run around for a while and will poison the hawks and owls and crows if they eat them.[to say nothing of accidental poisoning of pets and other important animals in the ecosystem such as fish, frogs – poison is indiscriminate.”

The Great Horned Owl’s territory covers the length of our section of the creek because we have heard the same call in early morning hours for the last month up at the Montana boundary for the first time in 30 years. We have not heard the screech owl, though neighbors somewhat south of us have.

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COMING SOON: New all-way stop sign at Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue

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Our Department has completed the traffic engineering study for installation of all-way stop sign control at the intersection Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue. The installation should take 10 to 12 weeks depending on our field crew’s schedule.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rudy Guevara, P.E.
Transportation Engineer
LADOT Western District Office
310/575-8138

LADOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire

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For the many neighbors who asked for this:
Although the DOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire, they needed to find funding for it….and now they have it. Thank you, Mo!

Happy Holidays!

For your information, the proposed mix-used project at 11660 W. Santa Monica Blvd will fund the installation of left-turn signals at Barrington Av and Wilshire Blvd.

Sincerely,

Mo
Mohammad H. Blorfroshan
Senior Transportation Engineer
Southern and Western Districts

Volunteers and Donations needed for Veterans requiring ride sharing for surgery

Veterans who are undergoing procedures which require anesthesia need rides. They can use Lyft or Uber but need a companion. They also need financial assistance to pay for this transportation need. Can you help?

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Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray returns to Brentwood!

A big welcome back to Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray! She spoke at the BCC meeting last night and gave us some good info:
– We now have a dedicated LAPD patrol car in Brentwood!
– Leave your purse out of sight on the floor when driving…criminals are taking purses from the passenger
seat!
– Always lock your car door when you leave the car, even for a minute…and when you are driving.

Officer Gray’s message is attached along with two LAPD events.

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FROM Village for Vets: More ways to help our vets

Many ways to help our vets:
I. Donate furnishings!
 
Do you have furnishings that are in great condition but you are going to replace them? Donate them to a veteran. That’s what I did with my sofa. A disabled vet whose home was vandalized came to pick it up with his young son. I felt great to see them leave with joy. Why not do the same?
Contact Marcie at info@villageforvets.org

Dear SBRA,

HUD-VASH has limited resources for furniture and many other items. For this reason, the HUD-VASH program is grateful for any donations we can receive to serve our Veterans. We thank you so much for assisting us with giving our Veterans the items they need to live successfully and independently. HUD-VASH can no do it without you. Much appreciated. Thanks again.

II. Volunteer!
 
From Village for Vets Newsletter:
 
STAND DOWN 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00am 6:00pm
Over 100 Community Volunteers are Needed On Friday October 27 for the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and their Dependents
Sign up now!
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting their 3rd annual Stand Down on October 27, 2017 from 6AM – 6PM.  The Stand Down provides resources and services free of charge to America’s heroes.  The services include Hot Meals, Housing Assessments, Legal Assistance, Disability Claims, and much, much more.
CLICK for additional info about Village for Vets

How you can help our vets: Please consider donating or volunteering

Please consider donating to or volunteering with
Village for Vets as they partner with Meals on Wheels and The Westside Food Bank
as they can continue to provide 50 lunches everyday to homeless veterans

Thank you.

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About Village for Vets

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CLICK for more info & opportunities to support