Archive: Aug 2013

  1. Los Angeles Launches its Health and Wellness Chapter

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    This month, ELP Advisors has invited another friend of the firm to share her knowledge with our readers. This time we’re looking at planning efforts that aim to elevate health in the City of Los Angeles. We’ve invited Claire Bowin of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to share some insights on the launch of the City’s new Health and Wellness Chapter. (more…)

  2. Community Resilience and Social Vulnerability to Disasters

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    Disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and pandemics can devastate communities in both the short- and long-term. Recent catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, and Hurricane Sandy reinforce the need for adequate disaster planning nationwide. While federal agencies undeniably serve a significant and pivotal role in disaster preparedness and response, it’s local agencies, organizations, and community groups who will help federal officials implement disaster plans and deliver critical services.  (more…)

  3. Using Eminent Domain to Combat the Foreclosure Crisis

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    With the effects of the foreclosure crisis still looming over cities, the City of Richmond has decided to take matters into its own hands. The city is the first to proceed with the controversial use of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages from bond holders in order to prevent bank foreclosures and keep residents in their homes. (more…)

  4. Restoring the Beauty of the Los Angeles River

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    After the 1938 flood, the Army Corps of Engineers channelized and cemented the Los Angeles River. Now, the Corps plans to restore the lost beauty of the river.  A draft Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study is expected to be released later this month. (more…)

  5. Need a Lift?

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    Entertainment seekers in the City of West Hollywood now have an easy, cheap, and convenient option to get around town on Friday and Saturday nights. Bearing what is perhaps the most cheese-tastic name in public transport, “The Pickup Line” has already begun rolling through WeHo along a four-mile route that traverses Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. (more…)