Archive for February, 2010

Hillside Ordinance

February 18th, 2010

Greetings Everyone.
We have finally confirmed the date and location for the requested sixth additional meeting, more accessible for the Southeast Valley and Hollywood areas; please note the new date and earlier start time:
Monday, February 22 – Hollywood Meeting (4 to 7 PM)
Hollywood United Methodist Church
6817 Franklin Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Google Maps)
There is limited parking on-site, and additional pay parking is available at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
The revised workshop invitation has been attached the this email. 
We also want to remind you of the following previously scheduled workshop dates and locations (NO CHANGES):
Wednesday, February 17 – South Valley Meeting (5 PM to 8 PM)
Braemar Country Club – Vista Building, Sierra Room
4001 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356 (Google Maps)
Thursday, February 18 – Westside Meeting (5 PM to 8 PM)
Mirman School, Ross Family Auditorium
16180 Mulholland Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Google Maps)
Tuesday, February 23 – North Valley Meeting (5 PM to 8 PM)
Council District Two Field Office
7747 Foothill Blvd. Tujunga, CA 91042 (Google Maps)
Wednesday, February 24 – Harbor Area Meeting (5 PM to 8 PM)
Peck Park Gymnasium
560 N. Western Ave. San Pedro, CA 90732 (Google Maps)
Thursday, February 25 – Metro/Eastside Meeting (5 PM to 8 PM)
Council District Thirteen Field Office
3750 Verdugo Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 (Google Maps)
To download the Preliminary Proposal Handouts, please visit our website ( and click on “Plans & Ordinances” on the left, then click on “Proposed Ordinances” and then “Baseline Hillside Ordinance”, or you can use the following links:
Feel free to forward this email and/or the attachments to anyone you think might be interested.
If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Hillside Notification List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (at least the very least, please include your ZIP Code).
Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at or at (818) 374-5034.
Thank you for your time and attention.  We look forward to meeting you at the workshops.
Erick Lopez
City Planner
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau – West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1243
(213) 978-1226 – fax

Green Building Standards Code

February 3rd, 2010

CalRecycle Local Jurisdiction Interested Parties

On January 12th, 2010, the State Building Standards Commission (BSC) unanimously adopted updates to the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) which will go into effect on January 1, 2011. CALGreen is a comprehensive and uniform regulatory code for all residential, commercial and K-14 school buildings.

The California Green Building Standards Code will require:
 – A minimum 50 percent diversion of construction and demolition waste from landfills, increasing voluntarily to 65-75 percent for new homes and 80 percent for commercial projects;
> – Use of building materials with a recycled content value for 10-15% of the total project cost;
> – 20 percent mandatory reduction in indoor water use;
> – Separate water meters for nonresidential buildings? indoor and outdoor water use, with a requirement for moisture-sensing irrigation systems for larger landscape projects;
> – Low-pollutant emitting interior finish materials such as paints, carpet, vinyl flooring and particle board;
> – Mandatory inspections of energy systems (i.e. heat furnace, air conditioner, mechanical equipment) for nonresidential buildings over 10,000 square feet to ensure that all are working at their maximum capacity according to their design efficiencies.
> The California Green Building Standards Code does not prevent a local jurisdiction from adopting a more stringent code as state law provides methods for local enhancements. The code recognizes that many jurisdictions have developed existing C&D ordinances, and defers to them as the ruling guidance provided they provide a minimum 50% diversion requirement. The code also provides exemptions for areas not served by C&D recycling infrastructure. State building code provides the minimum standard which buildings need to meet in order to be certified for occupancy. Enforcement is generally through the local building official.
> For more information on specifics of the code and applicability to different building types see:
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DOT Transit Service Analysis

February 3rd, 2010

The Department of Transportation is conducting a transit service analysis to
examine all its transit services (DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, Charter
Bus) and to determine what measures can be taken to meet the approximate
$350 million budget shortfall over the next decade, $23 million in the
fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.  Part of the analysis process includes
public comment and suggestions.

Details about the analysis and the public hearing process are attached.
Please share these brochures with your colleagues, neighbors, and other
transit users.