Tag Archives: Los Angeles

LADWP’s Pre-Craft Utility Program

16 Apr
Image from PEO, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives: http://www.flickr.com/photos/acwa/8461634441/sizes/h/in/photostream/

Image from PEO, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives: http://www.flickr.com/photos/acwa/8461634441/sizes/h/in/photostream/

California has long been a national leader in energy efficiency and clean energy, investing upwards of $6 billion a year across both sectors. Many of these investment dollars are held by public and private utility companies. This substantial investment in energy also presents a unique opportunity for utility companies to be drivers of economic development, leveraging their investments to create and transform jobs in the construction and utility sectors. Continue reading

Small Family Foundation with Big Ideas for LA

20 Mar

LA2050 Housing Meetup

What will Los Angeles look like in 2050? While the Los Angeles Times thought 2013 might look like a futuristic Jetsons episode, one small family foundation is also generating big ideas for the future of the City of Angels. Continue reading

LA Considers Citywide Design Guidelines

19 Mar

In early February 2013, the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee held its first public hearing on the proposed Citywide Design Guidelines that would set a series of enforceable design standards for all new construction or renovations that increase floor area on a particular project. Continue reading

Lifting the Expiration Date on the Future of Renewable Energy

18 Feb

For the most part, the nation has embraced a move to more renewable sources of energy. There are state mandates to increase the consumption of renewable energy, temporary tax credits and incentives, and local subsidies for renewable power generation. But as environmentalists, policy wonks, and decision-makers begin to rack up cheerleaders for renewable energy, we need to ensure that our policies promote the sustained growth of renewable energy industries while contributing to the economic health of our communities. So far, the story of renewable energy in the U.S. has been one of fits and starts. It’s time to look at how we can provide predictable incentives for sustainable energy production. Continue reading

Parklet Update

15 Feb
Image from Cynthia Guzman

Image from Cynthia Guzman

Los Angeles now has four parklets in place. The photos above were taken by ELP’s own Cynthia Guzman during the official opening for the Spring Street installments earlier this month. The LA sidewalk parks come on the heels of reports from Long Beach that the parklets installed in that city are netting tangible economic benefits for some lucky restaurateurs. In Downtown Los Angeles, the neighborhood council is “mid-stream in conducting [a] Parklet Impact Study,” so expect more hard numbers in a few months. Also, they’re soliciting new ideas for more locations, so email away!

LA Clean Trucks Program Update

15 Feb

The 2008 passage of the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles generated significant public health benefits for residents of the surrounding communities by reducing their exposure to dangerous diesel fuel emissions. The program which, imposes environmental, safety, and security requirements on diesel trucks that enter the Port, also sparked a lengthy legal battle between the Port of LA and the American Trucking Association (ATA). That battle has made its way up to the US Supreme Court. Continue reading

What’s Next for Redevelopment Dissolution

16 Jan

The dissolution of the state’s redevelopment agencies began in earnest around this time last year. Since then, the process of winding down the activities of some 400 former local agencies has been anything but smooth. In spite of lawsuits, temporary restraining orders, and demands for payment, the long march of the post-redevelopment era continues. Here’s what to look for as we enter year two of redevelopment’s dissolution. Continue reading

Investing in Pedestrian & Bicycle Infrastructure

16 Jan

The momentum around improving our streets to accommodate pedestrian and bicyclists continues to grow. Los Angeles has recently launched an effort to make 53 of the City’s busiest intersections more pedestrian-friendly by restriping crosswalks to increase visibility and decrease vehicle-pedestrian collisions. And, though recently scrapped, the LA City Council’s proposed $3 billion road repair bond measure promised funding for sidewalks, crosswalks and bike infrastructure as well (though a majority of the funds would have gone to benefit drivers). Although it’s been a long time coming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements are becoming part of the larger conversation when it comes to infrastructure. Continue reading

A TOD Cabinet for Collaboration

14 Dec

When it comes to transit-oriented development, Los Angeles is a city brimming with plans, ideas, and long-term vision. But, according to a report [PDF] by the Los Angeles Business Council Institute, the municipality has been lacking on the coordination and implementation fronts. Since 1993 the City has had a transit-oriented policy that was passed and adopted by the City Council and Metro’s board. But a lack of collaboration internally and inconsistent coordination with outside players has essentially left these policies “sitting on the shelf.” The report notes that some of those decades-old policies “still have merit in 2012.” Continue reading