News Briefs — 5/2/19


Newsom Directs State Agencies to Prepare Water Resilience Portfolio for California

SACRAMENTO — As climate change continues to threaten the state’s water infrastructure and reliability, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order April 29 directing his administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system.

The order seeks to broaden California’s approach to such existing water challenges as unsafe drinking water, major flood risks that threaten public safety, severely depleted groundwater aquifers, agricultural communities coping with uncertain water supplies and native fish populations threatened with extinction.

The order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.

The agencies will seek input over the coming weeks and months through listening sessions, information workshops and public meetings to help inform the water resilience portfolio that will be recommended to the governor.

Public Can Comment on Ports’ Cargo Handling Equipment

San Pedro — The public is invited to comment on a draft assessment of new cargo-handling equipment technology that will help the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles reduce air pollution and reach the ambitious zero-emissions goals set by the Clean Air Action Plan or CAAP.

The draft assessment examines the current state of technology, operational characteristics, economic considerations, infrastructure availability and commercial readiness relating to cleaner cargo-handling equipment. Download the assessment here,

Comments will be accepted through May 31, and can be emailed to

17-year-old Male Arrested for Sexual Assault of Wilson High School Girls

LONG BEACH — A 17-year-old male was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department for suspicion of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 17 and 16, at his residence on the 3700 block of Lime Avenue Officials say there may be more victims.

The suspect allegedly met the victims at Wilson High School. During the last few years he would bring them to his home, drug them and sexually assault them. He would then use a rideshare app to transport the victims to their homes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LBPD at 562-435-6711 or Child Abuse Detective Denise Green at 562-570-7321.

Hahn Welcomes President of the County Assembly of Dalmatia

LOS ANGELES — President of the County Assembly of Dalmatia, Croatia, Petroslav Sapunar, was welcomed by Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn at the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23.

Sapunar is here to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splitska Noc, with Croatian-American communities and the Croatian Heritage Foundation, which organized Sapunar’s visit to San Pedro.

The main event of Splitska Noc takes place in the Sister City of Los Angeles, Split and is celebrated throughout the world.

LB City Council Names Its Chamber After Ex-Mayor

LONG BEACH — On  April 23, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to name its meeting room in the new city hall after former mayor, Bob Foster. Foster provided the early impetus for the new civic center which will open this summer.

Long Beach Ranked One of Worst in Nation for Particle Pollution

LONG BEACH — The State of the Air report for 2015 to 2017 ranked Long Beach the worst in the nation for ozone pollution and fifth worst for annual particle pollution, in which it increased in reports this year. Officials say that Long Beach has had the hottest years on record just in the three years covered.

According to the reports, unhealthy ozone and particle pollution levels estimated at 43.3 percent, 141.1 million exposed to unhealthy air, which was an increase of 133.9 million as of last year’s report and 125 million from 2017.

Speed Humps for Your Neighborhood

Concerned about vehicle speeds in your neighborhood? LADOT will begin accepting requests for speed humps, which are designed to reduce vehicle speeds on residential and collector streets that have a single lane of travel in each direction.

Approved applications go to a neighborhood petition then  to review by the department.

For specific information on the application process, please visit the speed hump request page at,

Applications open at 8 a.m. on May 1, and may reach full capacity within that same morning.

Garcetti Proposes 2020 Budget

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti has unveiled his $10.6 billion spending plan, which he says strengthens the city’s finances and includes record spending to end homelessness and improve Los Angeles’ infrastructure.

The proposed budget bolster’s the city’s fiscal foundation: For the first time since the recession, reserves exceed 8 percent. The Reserve Fund is increased to $399 million, and includes a Budget Stabilization Fund of $110.9 million and an Unappropriated Balance of $20 million.

The proposed budget calls for a record $940 million to improve and update the city’s infrastructure — $140 million more than the previous year. Also included is $348 million for street repairs and maintenance, and $117 million for Vision Zero and traffic and pedestrian safety projects. It allocates funding to advance the Mayor’s sustainability goals with $38 million in Measure W funds going toward clean water infrastructure, and $3 million for the city’s Cool Pavement Program and investments in tree planting.

The proposed budget includes the city’s largest-ever investment to end the homelessness crisis — with $457 million in permanent housing, temporary shelter, services, and facilities to help homeless Angelenos transition off the streets. The budget anticipates spending $36 million in Homeless Emergency Aid Program funds that the city received, from the state last year. As part of funding from the Prop. HHH initiative, $281 million will go toward 27 new permanent supportive housing and affordable housing projects providing more than 2,126 units.