The Mayor announced the milestone today alongside the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and a team of City workers. The City has already added more than 1,250 new trash bins to streets across Los Angeles since Mayor Garcetti announced the ambitious goal in April 2015. Another 1,250 will be deployed in the next month, pushing the City halfway toward the 5,000-bin goal in less than two years.
LA Sanitation received three 2017 National Environmental Achievement Awards (NEAA) on Monday February 6th during NACWA’s 2017 Winter Conference. These prestigious national awards were granted for three different LA Sanitation environmental projects.
The new plant will use 50 percent recycled asphalt material, up from 7 to 12 percent in the current mix. Recycled asphalt is more environmentally responsible and sustainable, and its increased use will reduce the City’s reliance on expensive and energy-intensive raw materials. The recycled material will come from the City’s own streets as they are repaved.
The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering fully opened the Riverside Drive Bridge today with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Gil Cedillo of CD1 and Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer, among others. The $60 million project included the replacement of the old bridge, which was seismically deficient, as well as multiple street and traffic improvements. The bridge also features the first Class 1 (protected from traffic) bike lane on a City bridge and the City’s first modern traffic roundabout.
Unanimous City Council vote marks major milestone in extraordinary plan to revitalize the L.A. River. The G2 parcel will connect Rio de Los Angeles State Park with the Bowtie parcel, another State Park site — opening up more than one mile of direct riverfront access.
Charting new territory and further establishing itself as an international sustainability leader, the City of Los Angeles today adopted a massive and ambitious new public private partnership program to expand recycling services to every business and resident within the City.
The Tulare County Superior Court has issued a 48 page opinion striking down a voter initiative passed in 2006 in Kern County that banned the land application of biosolids (treated wastewater sludge) to farmland in Kern County. The City of Los Angeles led a coalition of Southern California public agencies, farmers, and contractors in the lawsuit against Kern County to protect their long standing use of biosolids as a fertilizer and soil amendment on farms in Kern County. The City owns a 4,700 acre farm in Kern where it has grown feed crops with the aid of biosolids for over 20 years.
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67 to implement a statewide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags. The ban takes effect immediately across the state in all 482 cities and 58 counties. Customers at grocery stores, retails stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will need to remember to bring their own reusable bags or pay a $0.10 fee per recyclable paper bag or reusable alternative.
In an effort to ensure that the City’s Board of Public Works is honoring its commitment to the Mayor and the people of Los Angeles to provide ample and transparent contracting opportunities, significant job creation and the ability for all to benefit from a recovering economy, the Board today approved the creation of a new business advisory committee.
Commissioner Luz Rivas finished her first week serving on the Board of Public Works Friday, October 21st. Recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to fill the vacancy left by resigning Commissioner Monica Rodriguez, Commissioner Rivas will be serving on the Board as liaison to the Bureaus of Street Lighting and Engineering.