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Mayor Eric Garcetti

July 25, 2019, 10am PDT
A new Los Angeles initiative looks to neighborhood councils to lead disaster planning efforts that involve more residents.
Smart Cities Dive
July 23, 2019, 1pm PDT
Environmentalists in California are upset that Los Angeles will build a new 840-megawatt natural gas plant to replace a 1,800-megawatt coal plant. The coal plant has been crucial to the economic development of Millard County, Utah.
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2019, 11am PDT
If the Supreme Court hears an appeal of a landmark U.S. Ninth Circuit Court case settled in April, the ruling would have widespread implications for dealing with homeless encampments throughout the West, perhaps nowhere more so than Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2019, 12pm PDT
Can Los Angeles convince drivers to cut the number of automobile trips in half while also transit frequency on several light rail lines?
Curbed Los Angeles
February 15, 2019, 9am PST
The bell tolls for the Scattergood, Harbor, and Haynes power plants, after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti promises a transition to renewable energy. The city was going to spend $5 billion to transition to natural gas.
Los Angeles Daily News
October 17, 2018, 1pm PDT
The new IPCC report calls for decarbonization of transportation. While many cities are attempting to do their part, two recent federal developments in trade policy and tax legislation threaten to will make progress more difficult.
CityLab
September 15, 2018, 7am PDT
A three-day global summit on climate action in San Francisco, hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown, is unlike other international climate summits in that it features "non-state actors," such as governors, mayors, and businesses, rather than nations.
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2018, 12pm PDT
A proposal by the nation's largest utility could be a model to deal with the most formidable problem presented by intermittent renewable electricity sources.
The New York Times
May 10, 2018, 10am PDT
A plan to streamline approval of a wave of homeless facilities in the city of Los Angeles is running into an early snag with an emergency shelter proposed for a parking lot in the Koreatown neighborhood.
Curbed LA
April 30, 2018, 9am PDT
One of the major reasons for purchasing an electric vehicle in California is the ability to use a carpool lane as a solo driver and use an express lane toll-free. The latter perk will soon disappear for solo-occupant EVs on two freeways.
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2018, 11am PDT
The measure would repeal the 1996 Costa-Hawkins Act that places limits on rent control ordinances. Repealing the act would allow cities with rent control to consider expanding rent control to provide tenants greater protections.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2018, 9am PDT
After a state decision to abolish California's redevelopment agencies seven years ago, Los Angeles still received some of that money, directing it to city services instead of affordable housing.
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2018, 11am PDT
Christopher Hawthorne, the Los Angeles Time architecture critic whose broad role at the paper included much needed focus on streets and the public realm, has announced that he will be joining the staff at City Hall.
Los Angeles Times
March 9, 2018, 9am PST
Politicians are taking positions on a controversial California housing bill to densify by transit. Even after amendments were accepted on March 1 in response to concerns about displacement and demolitions, the mayor of Los Angeles remains opposed.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 14, 2018, 2pm PST
While there has been no lack of criticism (some might say condemnation) of the $200 billion investment that aims to generate an additional $1.3 trillion, some individuals and groups have stepped forward to praise the plan, or at least parts of it.
DC Velocity
January 23, 2018, 11am PST
If approved, a City Council motion would mark a shift in how Los Angeles deals with a rising number of homeless residents.
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2017, 11am PST
Los Angeles is the latest city to adopt a "linkage fee" that charges new development to generate funding for affordable housing, joining cities like Seattle, Chicago, and San Jose.
Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2017, 5am PST
There's nothing like the convenience of charging one's electric vehicle at home, assuming you have a garage, driveway, or your apartment building has a charger. California cities and utilities are working to increase EV infrastructure on all fronts.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 4, 2017, 8am PDT
The Los Angeles Times critiques the political culture in Los Angeles. In this case, it's the failure of a road diet project that provoked the criticism, but these lessons apply to the city's bicycle plans and homeless housing plans, too.
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2017, 7am PDT
More than one media outlet praised Los Angeles' optimism for cutting a deal with the International Olympics Committee to host the 2028 Olympics.
The Guardian