LALCC DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS BUREAU RAISES SERIES QUESTIONS
LA CITY COUNCILMEMBER TALKS DROUGHT
Los Angeles City Councilman Felipe Fuentes, representing the 7th Council District, was the special guest at the November 4th Speaker’s Series event held at the Los Angeles City Club meeting with members and guests to share his thoughts on the continuing drought facing Southern California.
In a candid discussion, Councilman Fuentes shared some of the programs and ideas the City of Los Angeles has to ensure residents and business groups have enough information on how to save water in order to lessen the impact of the drought.
Currently the City of LA has a 20 percent reduction request in usage that can be enforced by a 2010 conservation ordinance . Forty percent of drinking water in the City of Los Angeles is used for landscaping.
“The City is looking at best practices from cities and countries, like Australia, who have arid issues forcing creative thinking when it comes to dealing with severe drought concerns,” noted Councilman Fuentes.
For the most part, the state’s water system, especially in Los Angeles, uses natural gravitational flow. One problem with this design is after waste water is filtered and cleaned, restoring it to potable water for use, an astounding 60 percent is sent directly to the ocean because of the immense cost it would take to force it back up to delivery station in the mountains.
Councilman Fuentes also acknowledged serious discussions on how to reward businesses who meet or exceed water reduction requests/demands are needed at the City level.
Sharing a personal story, the councilman noted he uses a bucket to collect the first streams of cold water as he starts his showers and uses that water on his plants and lawn.
The LALCC encourages its members to use creativity and pay attention to current water usage as we continue to deal with this serious matter.
Today I am sharing a couple upcoming events that may be of interest to you or some of your contacts.
I am also sharing a recent announcement from the Mayor’s Office on Citizenship and Business.
Flyers with more details are attached.
East Region BusinessSource Center
What: Learn the Basics of Credit
Understand the basics of your credit report and personal credit
When: Sept. 24, 2014 – TODAY
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, 323-264-9020
Where: Metro North WorkSource, 342 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031
Los Angeles Financial Planning Day
Saturday OCTOBER 25, 2014
10:30am – 2:00pm
Los Angeles Central Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
“Citizenship and Business”
On Thursday September 18th, 2014, The Mayor’s Office announced a partnership with the Bethlehem Project in Los Angeles. We initiated this program with the support and inclusion of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and local immigration service provider partners NALEO, AAAJ, IRC, CHIRLA, and CCLA.
In addition, we are issuing a challenge to the local business community to join the project announcing the first new partner who is accepting this challenge, UCLA.
The Bethlehem Project seeks to work with businesses to assist their eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process so they become more valuable workers and full participants in the workplace, community and economy.
In 1915, Bethlehem Steel was one of the first U.S. employers to provide free English language, instruction to its immigrant workforce.
The Bethlehem Project facilitates citizenship assistance through a two-step process. Information and application workshops. This is offered on the worksite and often during employee breaks or before/after hours.
Benefits to Businesses:
Creating an innovative corporate-community partnership that helps employees become U.S. Citizens is a win-win. Statistics show that there is a direct correlation between immigrant integration and happier, more effective workers directly impacting business profitability.
For more information or to become a partner please feel free to contact Linda Lopez at the Office of Immigrant Affairs at email@example.com, or me.
Frank J. Aguirre
Business Development Specialist
Office of Economic Development
Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
200 N. Spring Street, 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
You are cordially invited to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Military Veterans Advisory Council (MVAC) meeting, which will take place next Monday September 29th from 3:30pm-4:00pm at Los Angeles City Hall. The purpose of MVAC meetings are to advise Mayor Garcetti on programs and policies relating to the LA military community. The meeting is also a time for the community to provide direct feedback on the initiatives we are leading, including the “10,000 Strong” Veterans Hiring Initiative and the Mayor’s Pledge to End Veteran Homelessness.
In addition to the MVAC meeting, we are hosting a “Veterans Business and Career Expo,” this Thursday September 25th from 10am-1pm. This event aims to help veterans start/grow their business or look for employment opportunities.
Attached you will also find our calendar of events, which includes a couple more veteran hiring fairs that are led by the Employment Development Department, the Valley Economic Alliance and many other key partners. You will also find information for our special event for Latino Heritage month that is being planned with the VA and the LA Latino Business Chamber. To close the year off, we are also planning the largest Veteran and Family Stand Down in the history of Los Angeles. The Stand Down is being led by US Vets and will include over 2,500 veterans and military families accessing key services such as housing, employment, health etc.
Hope you can make it out to one (or all) of these events. Please feel free to spread the word.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Joseph Chicas, MSW
Office of Veterans Affairs
Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
200 N. Spring St. Rm. 1305 LA, CA 90012
Cell: (213) 361-9288
Date: August 6, 2014 – Wednesday
Topic: How to Start a Business in LA
Location: Los Angeles Chinatown Branch Library
Date: August 9, 2014 – Saturday
Topic: How to Start a Business in LA
Location: Reseda Area Library