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Mayor Garcetti Announces Worksource System Redesign

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City Of Los Angeles Will Assist Job Seekers with $90 Million Federal Workforce Development System

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the completion of a six month procurement process that provides a newly designed and updated WorkSource Center system for the City of Los Angeles, focusing on practical training for emerging job sectors. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the new system that is federally funded under the Workforce Investment Act. The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will administer a total of $18 million dollars on an annual basis for up to five years to contract agencies to carry out programs that train and place Angelenos in growth industries.“This new system will focus on making sure Angelenos are prepared to compete in today’s job market,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our redesigned system will better provide supportive services and access to career pathways to ensure our local workforce is ready for the jobs in LA’s top growth industries.”

The new system consists of 17 WorkSource Centers strategically located throughout the city in areas with the highest concentrations of poverty, long-tern or chronic unemployment, and lowest educational attainment rates. The centers will have a training component focused on growth industries including healthcare, advanced manufacturing (i.e., biotech, high-tech manufacturing), logistics, hospitality, construction, entertainment and fashion.

“Our centers will prepare and support adult job seekers in their effort to find employment that will provide a living wage job and career opportunities,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, “Now job seekers will have the opportunity to access web based as well as comprehensive on-site WorkSource Center services when they enroll in the program.”

Services will include job listings, job training, job referrals, education assessment, and programs that will make the job search easier and services more accessible.

The new system also focuses on assisting vulnerable populations that include persons living with disabilities, the homeless, veterans, English–language learners, older adult workers, and formerly incarcerated individuals or people with prior convictions.

Locations for the new WorkSource Centers will be announced prior to July 1, 2014, the launch date of the new system.

Boost For Bikes: City Council Allows Car Parking To Be Swapped For Bike Spaces

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Bike rack (Photo by via the LAist Featured Photos pool)

It took a long time but the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will dramatically increase the number of parking spaces for bikes in new developments.

The Bike Parking Ordinance will allow new developments—both residential and commercial—to swap some parking spots for bikes in lieu of parking spots for cars. There are also rules standardizing bike parking space to ensure that they’re safe, secure and accessible.

One car spot can be replaced by four bikes for up to 30 percent of the required number of spaces for commercial developments that are near transit lines. At other commercial buildings not near transit lines, the number is 20 percent. For buildings with less than 20 required car parking spaces, up to 4 parking spaces may be swapped for bike parking. Residential buildings can replace up to 10 percent of car spaces with bike parking.

All new developments with few exceptions will need to have at least 2 parking spaces for bikes, and that can include the city’s bike corrals. The ordinance also has rules about what can and cannot be considered a parking spot. Spaces should be well-lit and easily accessible from the street. Short-term parking should be outside the building and easy to spot before you even walk in. There should be signs directing people to long-term parking, if it’s not immediately obvious where it is.

For more information, you can read the full ordinance (h/t Curbed LA and Streetsblog).

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