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New City Budget Item Approved for Healthy Market Conversions
by Robert Baird, Food Systems & Land Use Policy Analyst
May 28th, 2015
The growing role of corner stores in creating healthy food access was recognized by the LA City Council on March 27, when it updated its Consolidated Plan for federal grant expenditures to include a new funding source of $250,000 for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network.
Mobility Element in Final Stages at City Planning Commission
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
May 27th, 2015
After nearly four years of planning, research and public engagement, the Department of City Planning (DCP) will present the most revised draft of Mobility Plan 2035, the City of Los Angeles update to the General Plan Transportation Element, to the City Planning Commission (CPC) on May 28 at Van Nuys City Hall.
LAHealth4All Coalition Makes My Health LA Program Recommendations to DHS
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
May 26th, 2015
To date more than 100,000 Los Angeles county residents have enrolled in My Health LA (MHLA), a county program that provides health care to the remaining uninsured not eligible for other health coverage like Medi-Cal or Covered California.
Central Avenue Getting Great Streets Treatment
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
May 25th, 2015
A corridor with both great historical significance and current relevance that connects Little Tokyo near Downtown Los Angeles through South Los Angeles, Watts and Willowbrook with the city of Carson, Central Avenue is scheduled to see the first of its Great Street treatments later this year
Measure R2 Countywide Transportation Convening Recap
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
May 23rd, 2015
When Los Angeles voters approved Measure R in 2008, a half-cent sales tax expected to generate $40B in funding over 30 years, they kicked off an historic rail expansion that is transforming Los Angeles.
First 5 LA Strategy Shift Brings an End to Healthy Kids Program
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
May 22nd, 2015
To date First 5 LA, with funds from Prop 10, has invested over $1 billion to support the healthy development of children from the womb through age 5.
Los Angeles Park Needs Assessment Underway
by Heather Davis, Open Space Policy Analyst
May 20th, 2015
In response to the failure of Proposition P to gain favor with Los Angeles County voters last November, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted and approved a much needed $3.5 million county wide park needs assessment.
Martin Luther King Jr Community Hospital Opens May 14th
by  Ine Collins, Healthcare Systems Policy Analyst
May 13th, 2015
After eight years since the Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in South Los Angeles closed due to quality of care issues, the new MLK Community Hospital is finally opening on Thursday May 14, 2015.
Executive Immigration Order Also Good News on Healthcare Front in California
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
February 25th, 2015
President Obama’s November 2014 executive order on immigration could have a profound impact on many Angelenos’ immigration status and ability to access health coverage.
Plans Emerge for Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Redevelopment
by Robert Baird, Food Systems & Land Use Policy Analyst
February 24th, 2015
The owners of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza have submitted preliminary details to the City Planning Department for a large-scale redevelopment that would replace the site’s surface parking and peripheral commercial buildings with 2 million square feet of new building space.
Unequal Protections From the Risks of Oil Drilling
by Erin Steva, Brownfields Policy Analyst
February 23rd, 2015
The land of sunshine, celebrities, and world-famous beaches is also home to 5,000 active oil and gas wells. These wells are spread across 10 oil fields and 70 different sites embedded in neighborhoods, parks, and commercial districts throughout the City of Los Angeles.
My Health L.A. Continues to Grow
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
February 20th, 2015
With less than six months of operation, the My Health L.A. program has already surpassed half of the enrollment target of 146,000.
LA County to Assess Park and Open Space Needs
by Heather Davis, Open Space Policy Analyst
February 19th, 2015
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved a $3.5M study to identify County park and open space needs.
Edible Parkway Draft Ordinance Language Makes It to Committee
by Hector Gutierrez, Food Systems & Urban Agriculture Policy Analyst
February 18th, 2015
On Wednesday, February 4th the Public Works and Gang Reduction committee delayed hearing on a draft ordinance language to allow the growing of edible plants on public parkways until a future meeting.
Oil Drilling Proposal in West Adams Withdrawn
by Erin Steva, Brownfields Policy Analyst
February 17th, 2015
A controversial proposal to drill and redrill three wells at a West Adams oil production site on Jefferson Boulevard at Budlong Street was withdrawn last month
South Los Angeles Transportation Investment Forum
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
February 13th, 2015
Over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend Move LA, a public transportation advocacy organization, and Southwestern College co-hosted a South Los Angeles (SLA) Forum about regional transportation investment that drew 150 residents, students, elected officials, public agency staff and community-based organizations from across the County.
LA County Proposes Merger between Three Health Departments
by Ine Collins, Healthcare Systems Policy Analyst
February 12th, 2015
In an unforeseen move at the January 13th board meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved the concept of unifying the Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) into an agency model.
Assistance for Small Businesses on Crenshaw Boulevard
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
February 11th, 2015
In response to concerns from local businesses Metro has opened a new Business Solution Center (BSC) to provide free case management services and business assistance for small businesses along the Crenshaw Corridor.
Vice President Biden's Healthcare Roundtable in Los Angeles
by Nancy B. Duan, Communications Director
February 6th, 2015
[PHOTO] At a round-table meeting in Los Angeles on January 23rd, Vice President Joe Biden met with representatives from health organizations including our very own Sonya Vasquez, Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee, Visión y Compromiso, Maternal and Child Health Access, Neighborhood Legal Services, and The California Endowment.
Health Matters Los Angeles December 2014
CicLAvia South Los Angeles; LAUSD’s Update to the 2012 Good Food Purchasing Resolution; Planning Department Hearing on Drilling Wells at Urban Oil Field; Planning Commission Delays Consideration of Large Development Ordinance; Mobility Plan 2035 Presented to City Planning Commission; CHC and LAHealth4All Coalition Host MHLA Consumer Forums; Los Angeles County moves AB-551 Forward; 8.3 Mile Rail-to-River Would Support Active Transportation; Hospitals and Community Clinics Collaborate to Improve Care Coordination in South LA; Air Quality Management District May Cut Oil Field Emissions
Health Matters Los Angeles October 2014
Los Angeles County Launches New Program for Remaining Uninsured; Zero-Emissions eHighways; Trader Joe’s Included in USC; Village Redevelopment; 100 Resilient Cities: Los Angeles; New Air Toxics Study Released; Covered California Open; Enrollment and Renewal Period; Comment Deadline for Proposed Residential Development Near Active Oil Field; School-based Health and Wellness Services in South LA; Rolland Curtis Gardens Redevelopment Nears Final Approval; Inaugural Community Transformation Health & Economic Development Summit; LA DOT Releases Strategic Plan; Food Day Showcases City’s Food Access Advocates & Innovators; Metro Adopts Complete Streets Policy; Metro Rail Regional Connector; On the Ballot: Proposition P; City of Los Angeles Moves to Support Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Act; Community Events
Health Matters Los Angeles August 2014
Know Your Digits! Be in Control.; Supporting Food Access: Pop-up Markets; Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles ; Albertsons & Safeway Merger; Murphy Drill Site Appeal to the Planning Commission; Exide to Reopen; Metro Short-Range Plan Update; New General Manager for LA DOT; Upcoming Open Street Events Around LA County; Los Angeles County Healthcare Updates
Health Matters Los Angeles May 2014
Supporting Food Access Through Pop Up Markets. City Council Considers Street Vendor Legalization. Crenshaw Tree Removal Permit/Agreement. Murphy Drill Site. AllenCo Site. Great Streets in South Los Angeles. Healthy Way LA Gets A Makeover. Community Spoke.
Health Matters Los Angeles April 2014
Mobility Plan 2035 Released for Public Comments. What's the Buzz Around Bees in LA? Crenshaw Trees at Risk. Energy Drink Restrictions. Fracturing Ban for LA. City Planning Merger Scrapped. ExpressLanes Toll Revenue Dedicated to Active Transportation. Active Transportation Program Funding Available. Community Spoke.
Health Matters Los Angeles February 2014
Covered California Updates. Los Angeles Promise Zone. LA Launches People St. Rail-To-River Greenway in South LA. Temporary Drilling Moratorium for Jefferson Park. Mayor's Office Directs Departments to Open Data. LA Passes a Resolution to support Ban on Trans Fat. Community Spoke. Career Opportunities.
Health Matters Los Angeles December 2013
City Considers Future Redevelopment Funding. Oil Drilling Halted in Los Angeles’ University Park. Free Lots Angeles. Motion to Expand Water Rates for Urban Food Production. Covered California New Deadlines & Resources. Community Spoke.
Health Matters Los Angeles October 2013
Seeking Health Coverage? Help Is on the Way. Draft Overlays for South LA and Southeast LA Available. People St Project Aims to Utilize Streets for New Public Spaces. Revamping Inglewood Oil Field’s Protections. Smoke-free Housing. New Quimby Legislation Spotlights Need for Local Reform. Community Spoke. LAUSD Budget priorities. Employment Opportunities.
Health Matters Los Angeles September 2013
Covered California: The Marketplace Opens October 1st. South LA’s Guide to LA2B. LA City Council May Challenge Fracking. Broadway Development Moves Forward. MLK Hospital Update. EPA Requires Air Quality Monitoring for Los Angeles Freeways. Changes Ahead for Healthy Way LA. Community Spoke.
Health Matters Los Angeles August 2013
Vote on LA's Mobility Plan. LA Open Acres Update. Edible Parkway Motion Passes. Urban Agriculture Bill Stalls. California's Medi-Cal Expansion. Economic Development Committee Considers Non-Profit RFP. Community Spoke.
Health Matters Los Angeles July 2013
Ralphs Closures in South LA. City Planning and Building & Safety to Merge. Community Spoke. Crenshaw/LAX Rail Contract Approved. The Future of Economic Development in Los Angeles.
Health Matters Los Angeles May 2013
Leimert Park Wins a Rail Station. Motion Signals Increased Demand for Urban Farms in South LA. LAUSD Launches Wellness Centers. An Update on the Mobility Element. Five Years after Regulations Adopted, A Second Look.
Health Matters Los Angeles April 2013
LA City Council Approves New Economic Development Structure. Progress in Efforts to Save Spaces for Healthy Places. LA Network for Enhanced Services. Oil Field & Drilling Updates. Residents Asked to Comment on Mobility EIR. Interested in a Pop-up Market?