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Jillian Olivas
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    At a small elementary school in East San Fernando Valley, a group of young girls are spending their summer cultivating their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math, while promoting their self-confidence.
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    The student presentations identified issues that face their community of Boyle Heights, and provided suggestions on how they could be improved by using the Local Control Funding Formula.
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    Zero-tolerance policies are forcing unjustifiably heavy punishments on students. Restorative justice techniques aim to combat these
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    Elysian Valley flowed with life on Saturday morning as more than a hundred community residents, activists, and river enthusiasts gathered for yet another milestone in the ongoing efforts to revitalize the L.A. River.
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    After over a year and a half of engaging the Northeast Los Angeles riverfront communities, the collaborative is excited to invite you to the final Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative Open House.  At the open house we will share with...
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    Los Angeles residents will have more access to public transportation in the coming years as new projects are completed, but with the new opportunities come questions of whether the system will be reliable, safe, and affordable.
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    In an exclusive interview immediately following the announcement of the Army Corps of Engineers' recommendation for the $1 billion plan for the L.A. River, Mayor Garcetti told us why the river is so important to the city's past and future,...
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    From 2001 to 2013 Jan Perry represented the 9th district of the Los Angeles City Council. Over the past decade, Perry supported major redevelopment projects in Downtown Los Angeles that represented more than $15 billion in investment along with $40...
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    Mitch O'Farrell began his public service in 2002 under the leadership of then Councilmember Eric Garcetti. O'Farrell's experience as a field deputy, district director, and senior advisor to the former City Council President have given him the experience to make...
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    Elected to the State Senate in 2002 and recently elected to the 45th District in 2010, Assemblymember Gil Cedillo has found a balance with his underlying message that progressive politics are good for business. He has authored close to a...
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    Pauline Louie was the first Urban Waters Ambassador selected for the Los Angeles River watershed pilot project. Louie is also the sustainability officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Los Angeles Field Office in Region IX....
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    Ed Reyes served in the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 until 2013 as the representative of the 1st District. Growing up by the Los Angeles River, Reyes recognized the river's potential early on and incorporated it into his goals...
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    Build a distinct identity and strengthen a sense of place within each local neighborhood. Communal places, whether public or private, set the stage for our public lives. They are the parks where celebrations are held and children learn the skills...
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    Enhance existing and plan new open spaces surrounding the River with visible linkages to a riverfront network. Public spaces, occasionally open and/or green spaces, are reflections of the community and provide residents and visitors common ground to express themselves. As...
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    The complex network of public infrastructure, including the River and the freeway system, has limited the overall mobility between communities. By increasing the range of mobility options within NELA, the functions of daily life are made easier. The connections between...
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    Build a distinct identity and strengthen a sense of place within each local neighborhood. Protecting, restoring, and connecting the River to the built environment network that surrounds it maximizes the ecological health of this community. Policies and programs that minimize...
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    Approximately 48% of the total land in NELA is zoned for commercial and industrial uses, providing hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenue. As such, it provides the City a unique opportunity to explore targeted business and employment incentives,...
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    The Riverfront is dynamic, requiring constant attention and oversight. Many governmental entities, each with a different purpose, have jurisdiction over the Riverfront. The complex regulatory process for construction along the River makes it difficult for spaces to be improved. To...
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    Equitable development is the creation of socially, culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse communities that are stable over the long term, through means that generate minimum transit costs for lower income residents. In order to ensure that community and economic development...
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    Many cities across the country have reinvested in their rivers, reaping benefits that go well beyond economic returns. These projects have invigorated tourism, created a better quality of life for residents, and produced vibrant economies. A common set of tools,...
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    The Ribbons Gardens is a proposal to revitalize underutilized spaces through a community owned food production system featuring plantar beds and sidewalk parkways. Although initially proposed for Elysian Valley, this project has NELA- wide applicability. As such, we offer this...
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    The Lincoln Heights Jail, overlooking the River and railroad tracks, was once a spot for prisoners to be incarcerated since the historic days of the Gold Rush in California. In 1931, the old jail buildings were demolished to make room...
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    Built in 1930 in Glassell Park, adjacent to the Fletcher Drive rail overpass, the Van de Kamp's Bakery's building served as headquarters for the chain of bakeries and coffee shops whose trademark "windmill" buildings and neon signs prevailed throughout mid...
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    The 28 acre city-owned Griffith Park Recreation and Parks Central Service Yard (CSY) located in Atwater Village is currently being used for equipment storage for park maintenance, despite its inconvenient access to Griffith Park. The site has a permanent building...
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    Adaptive reuse should be expanded throughout the NELA communities. The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance has become one of the most significant incentives related to historic preservation in Los Angeles, facilitating the conversion of dozens of historic and under utilized structures into...
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    River Glen, at the northern tip of NELA Study Area, is currently characterized by industrial, biomedical, and entertainmentrelated uses uses. Bound by the River and Verdugo Wash, this area is industrially zoned, sprinkled with unsightly barbedwire fencing, and limited in...
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    The Taylor Yard Transit Village is a mixed-use master plan developed by McCormack Baron Salazar on the 24-acre Parcel C at the southern end of Taylor Yard. The development consists of 155 affordable rental apartments (opening in summer of 2014)...
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    The mission of the I-Bank is to finance public infrastructure and private development that promote a healthy climate for jobs and contribute to a strong economy. The I-Bank has extremely broad statutory powers to issue revenue bonds,make loans and provide...
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    Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs) has the potential to function as an innovative way for local communities to facilitate financing of common infrastructure, economic development, and community projects. Expanding IFDs to authorize traditional public works projects (highways, parking facilities, sewage treatment,...
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    Central to sustaining economic development is the funding access needed to jumpstart and sustain real estate development, businesses expansion, and infrastructure projects. An overarching strategy is necessary to attract private investment, especially in terms of identifying funding sources, uses, and...
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