Articles about “recovery”

LA Metro Projects Ridership Could Take 2 Years To Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Metro's leaders outlined which projects will move forward and which are being delayed as the agency works to weather an estimated $1.8 billion shortfall.

West Hollywood's 'Log Cabin' Is A Hub For Sobriety Groups. Now It's Facing The Wrecking Ball

It's "a crappy run down rustic building that needs to be torn down." It's also "a place where miracles have happened for decades."

Carpool and Bus Lanes Coming to the I-5 in Burbank

Photo by GarySe7en via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Ground was broken yesterday on the $69.2 million project to bring new 4.4 miles in each direction of bus and carpool lanes to the Golden State (I-5) Freeway in Burbank between the Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) and the Buena Vista Street interchange. Funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ($39.3 million) and by Prop C funds ($22.6 million) from...

LA County Firefighters Head to New Zealand for Quake Rescue & Recovery

Yesterday's devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has impacted many people world-wide, and now Los Angeles is reaching out with assistance in the form of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s 74-member California Task Force 2 team, who deployed in the evening to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts there. This morning, the official death toll remains at 75, however hundreds of people remain missing, buried beneath the rubble. The task force...

Family of Hiker Michelle Yu Expresses Gratitude to Rescuers

Michelle Yu (Photo courtesy the Yu family) Earlier today a team of medics and a coroner from Los Angeles County hoisted the body believed to be that of missing hiker Michelle Yu from the Fish Fork area of Mount Baldy, according to LA Now. Although the woman's body's description and clothing match that of Yu, 49, an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow to make a positive identification and to determine cause of death. Yu,...

$111 Million in Stimulus Money Given to L.A. has Only Created 55 Jobs

Photo by GenBug via Flickr More jobs are expected to be created but City Controller Wendy Greuel is disappointed that two departments given $111 million in federal stimulus monney are slow to create and retain jobs. The Department of Public Works has received $70.65 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 45.46 jobs so far. Overall, there should be 238 jobs. The Department of Transportation was awarded $40.8 million and has created or...

Jennifer Gimenez: Back For ‘Sober’ Maternity

Jennifer Gimenez | Photo by David Jakie / used with permission Back for the second season of VH1’s “Sober House With. Dr. Drew” is its matriarch, Jennifer Gimenez. Last year’s debut season, featuring Gimenez and a host of celebrities trying to clean up their act, was one of reality TV’s most dynamic in memory. Somehow this season (VH1, Thursdays/tonight, 10 p.m.) makes its predecessor seem like the PG version. This year’s cast combines recent...

L.A. Housing Market Recovery by 2029 the Latest?

That's according to this map posted to Chicagoist via The Real Deal. California may have "recorded its fourth consecutive month of year-to-year increases after more two years of declines," according to the Associated Press, but full recovery in L.A. County might not be seen until sometime between 2020 and 2029, says data collected for the above map from Moody's, Firstserve and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Foreclosures increased a tiny bit last month--some are...

L.A. Has Scored $591 Million in Stimulus Funds So Far

At a L.A. City Council committee meeting last Friday, city budget officials announced that Los Angeles has received around $591 million from 84 grants in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. That's out of 150 applications put forth so far, asking for a total of $1.5 billion in the three-year federal program. And applications aren't over yet. A low-income weatherization grant was submitted by LADWP last week and two more are expected to be...

Feds Gives $89 Million in Public Transit Funds to California

Photo by cLin via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Another round of American Recovery and Investment Act of grants awards were announced today with a handful of Southern California cities on the list, the White House announced this morning. Included is $69,776 for the Metro Blue Line traction power substation, $500,000 for the Orange County Transportation Authority to purchase three alternative fuel buses as replacements for the City of Laguna Beach and a whopping...

Chile Earthquake: How to Help

While here in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area are anticipating Pacific wave activity as a result of today's early morning devastating 8.8 quake off the coast of Chile, many are working diligently reach loved ones in South America and regions under more serious tsunami warnings. Additionally, many here might be interested in ways to help out in the relief and recovery in Chile, and as a result, Google has just launched...

Feds Fund Critical SoCal Choke Point

Photo by 666isMONEY ☮ ♥ & ☠ via Flickr This morning the federal government announced funding (.pdf) for recovery act transportation projects around the country, including one in the Los Angeles region. It's not sexy like the funding Tucson, New Orleans, Dallas and Portland got for streetcars, but one it's important for the local economy. Nearly $34 million was given to Caltrans for the infamous Colton Crossing in the economically stressed San Bernardino County....

Feds Give L.A. $581 Million in Recovery Money So Far

Here's a little factoid update: Over the last year, Los Angeles has submitted 148 applications to the federal government, seeking a total of $1.5 billion in stimulus money. Of that, they've seen $591 million come in from 81 different grants, it was announced at a city council committee meeting last week. No grants are being submitted this week, but officials are awaiting a big announcement about some transportation grants, in which the city applied...

L.A.'s Recovery: $586 Million from Feds in Stimulus Package, So Far

Los Angeles City Hall | Photo by tkksummers via Flickr Los Angeles has earned $586 million dollars from the American Recovery Investment Act (you know, the Stimulus Package?), according to city officials speaking at a city council committee meeting last Friday. That money includes $7.5 million granted for broadband technologies and $100 million for housing--both given to the city last week. Other awarded projects have included money for street resurfacing, a green jobs corp,...

L.A. Gets $7.5m in Stimulus Money to Increase Broadband Access

Obama's Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, is in town today to help announce a $7.5 million Recovery act investment to increase broadband access in the city. "The investment will help bridge the technological divide and improve access to job and computer training and educational opportunities," an advisory explained. Details of how the money will be used should be announced later today. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will all...

Holiday Relief For 12-Steppers

Photo by Synapped via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr For those in recovery, the holidays can represent the most trying time of the year. Good thing Los Angeles is plenty strong on recovery. All sorts of help can be found in the form of many 12-step meetings from all sorts of 12-step programs. Perhaps there's something to it. Happy Holidays! Adult Children of Alcoholics -- (310) 320-3931 Alcoholics Anonymous -- (323) 936-4343...

CA Senators, Governor Ask Obama to Fund High Speed Rail

Last month, 23 Members of Congress voiced their support in a letter to the Department of Transportation for a high speed rail project in California to be funded through the federal Recovery Act. Today, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) wrote to President Barack Obama to echo their support of this request, according to a press release from Senator Boxer. In their letter to the...

Supporters of High Speed Rail to Rally at Union Station Friday

Last week the California High-Speed Rail Authority voted to submit a grant application to the federal government, asking for $4.8 billion in stimulus money for a high speed rail line that would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with a few hours trip. On Friday, that application will be submitted after few rallies across the state, including one in Los Angeles. California High Speed Rail officials along with politicians and other supporters will speak...

California to Ask for $4.5 Billion in High Speed Rail Stimulus Funds

With the feds yearning to give away $8 billion in Recovery Act money to states for high-speed train development, California officials today prepared to submit an application asking for more than half of that. "California is a leading contender for this federal funding because our true high-speed rail system is further along than any other project in the country," said California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Curt Pringle. "Plus, we can double the value of...

‘Bald’ Bryan Bishop’s ‘Inconvenient’ Brain Tumor

Colored lights flared and strobes flashed. Dozens of exotic dancers gyrated and jiggled as music suited for getting undressed pulsed through Las Vegas’ Spearmint Rhino. Thirty year-old Bryan Bishop, or “Bald Bryan” as he’s known to listeners of The Adam Carolla Show, and now The Adam Carolla Podcast, opened a tiny plastic baggy and slushed back a pill with his ice-cold vodka and Red Bull. A glittery stripper expressed her curiosity for what she assumed was Bishop kicking his Bachelor Party revelry up a notch.

Governor and Mayor Laud Firefighters, Discuss Recovery in Station Fire Briefing

In a press conference held shortly after 8 this morning at the command center in Hansen Dam, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa spoke of the current data regarding the massive Station Fire, the heroism of the firefighters, and the assistance available to the victims. As of this morning, the fire has consumed at least 140,00 acres, 62 structures, and is 22% contained. Over 4000 personnel are engaged in the operation to control and extinguish...

Chick Ready to Bust Balls Over Stimulus Money Fraud

It probably wasn't very hard for former City Controller Laura Chick to leave her Los Angeles post early to join Schwarzenegger as his Inspector General overseeing how stimulus money was being spent in California. In Los Angeles, she was a bulldog over anything wasteful. "My mission is very clear. It is to deter, detect and disclose any waste, fraud or abuse of federal stimulus dollars coming into California. Today is the deterrence part," she said...

Feds Help Local Domestic Violence Shelters with Grants

Photo by ghetto_guera29 via Flickr While Schwarzenegger slashed 100% of funding for domestic violence in California, the Department of Justice today announced that Recovery Act money is heading to a handful of grants to domestic violence shelters in California, including two in Southern California. House of Ruth, Inc in Los Angeles County received $500,000 and $520,755 was awarded to the Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program headquartered in Downey. “The most vulnerable in our...

White House is Happy about 405 Freeway Project

Who knew our little freeway that could was the largest and most stimulated project in all of the state. Ripped from a White House press release about California meeting Recovery Act goals ahead of schedule: "As of today, California’s largest ARRA-funded project is the I-405 in Los Angeles County that will be widened and include several interchange upgrades along a 10-mile stretch of HOV lanes. This project is located in an economically distressed area...

Feds Give LA Millions in Transit Money

If it hasn't already (photo taken in 2007), this bus stop at Jefferson and La Cienega could use some improvements | Photo by Fred Camino via Flickr The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that $400 million from the economic recovery package is headed to make capital investments in transit throughout California. It's not going to build us the Subway to the Sea or anything sexy like that, but is headed to more functional improvements,...

Anna David Knows A Lot About Prostitutes

You might recognize Anna David from G4’s “Attack of the Show.” As the popular program’s sex and relationship expert, David gracefully dishes advice that's as entertainingly witty as it is honest. While a go-to answer gal for bedroom matters, her expertise extends further than one might imagine.

Biden Visits LA, Talks Up Stimulus & Low Income Housing

Speaking from South LA today, Vice President Joe Biden announced that affordable-housing development Esperanza Community Housing Corporation will receive $875,000 for the removal of toxic paint from 225 homes. The money will employ workers for the abatement work, but also "save the country millions in future health care costs that would otherwise be spent to treat people suffering ailments connected to growing up in contact with lead-based paint," according to the Associated Press. To...

LA Stimulus Money Will be the Most Transparent in the Nation, Says Garcetti

Eric Garcetti LA City Council's new ad hoc Committee on Economic Recovery and Reinvestment met last week for the first time carefully deciding how stimulus will be handled. "At that meeting, we established a set of 9 guiding priorities by which we intend not only to fulfill the president’s vision for efficient allocation of the stimulus funds, but also to make Los Angeles the most accountable, transparent, and effective city in moving economic recovery...

Your Personal Income Tax = Now Higher

This morning the state announced higher income taxes and more cuts in programs because stimulus money earmarked for the state budget was not enough. Basically, last month's budget plan said if the state doesn't receive at least $10 billion from the feds, more taxes and cuts were going to happen. Well, it happened, California got $8.17 billion. "So instead of a .125 percent personal income tax surcharge, taxpayers across all income levels face an...

Inspired by Obama, Schwarzenegger Presents Recovery.ca.gov

President Barack Obama's web team has really set a high standard transparency on the web. His website for the White House and Recovery.gov, the stimulus website, are slickly designed with useful information folded into opportunities to send the administration feedback. One of the the requirements for states and other grantees under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is to report project status, spending, and job creation and retention to the public on a regular...

Holiday Relief For 12 Steppers

For those in recovery, the holidays can represent the most trying time of the year. Good thing Los Angeles is plenty strong on recovery. All sorts of help can be found, including many 12-step meetings from all sorts of 12-step programs. Perhaps there's something to it. Happy Holidays!

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