Connect with us

Los Angeles

LGBTQs: Don’t be erased, get counted!

Published

on

Given how the world has turned upside down in just a few short weeks, it may seem absurd that the U.S. Census 2020 will officially take place on April 1, April Fool’s Day. But even with the in-person portion of the important survey cancelled to save Census-takers from going door-to-door during the coronavirus pandemic – it is important to answer the questionnaire anyway, especially for single LGBTQ people who will not find themselves identified on the questionnaire.

The U.S. Census, taken every 10 years, attempts to count every single person in the United States from the just-born, to the undocumented, to the crusty old people-hater in rural America. The federal government then uses the final count to allocate electoral boundaries, funding for social services and an understanding of demographic populations.

“The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico on Jan. 21, at the launch of the city’s “Be Counted West Hollywood” campaign. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s so important that people in our community take part and be counted.”

While there is no LGBTQ-specific question, there is finally a question about same-sex relationship status. The Williams Institute has been extrapolating on the number of LGBT people in America based on gender and martial status. Having this one marker will help tremendously.

“The census matters because it helps ensure federal funding to our state and local communities for critical programs. Although we’re not being counted as an LGBTQ-specific demographic, it’s important that we’re counted where we congregate in large numbers because it further helps elected officials delineate and grant services to those areas,” says John Erickson, Planning Commission, City of West Hollywood and Member of the West Hollywood Complete Count Committee. “In time where we must all come together and make sure we’re not undercounted, let’s all come together and take the census to ensure that West Hollywood and the Greater Los Angeles area are counted!”

For more information, go to www.weho.org/census2020.

File the US Census online. 

PHOTO: John Erickson on Jan. 17, 2020. (Photo by Richard Settles for the City of West Hollywood)

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor: Supreme Court decision “fundamentally un-American”

Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

Published

on

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Blade photo from video by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES – During the Los Angeles Mayor’s Pride Garden Party held at The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor Saturday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Garcetti noted that “here in LA we defend those rights” after taking aim at the actions of the high court Friday in the ruling on the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health clinic. “Make no mistake, we have to be active,” Garcetti added.

WATCH:

Continue Reading

Los Angeles

Reminder: 101 closed through DTLA until 10pm Sunday

The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced

Published

on

Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (KTLA) Motorists are being reminded that the stretch of 101 through the downtown area of Los Angeles is shut down for road restoration and reconstruction work.

KTLA reported the closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced.

The 24-hour closure between State Route 60 and the 10 Freeway interchange is needed for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to replace the original, seismically-deficient structure built in 1932, authorities said.

During the closure, the California Department of Transportation will also be doing slab replacement work along the same stretch of the 101 Freeway.

The closure will center around the east side of the viaduct construction site in Boyle Heights. While the stretch is closed, drivers headed west on State Route 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access the 101, officials said.

Off-ramps and on-ramps in the area will also be closed during as road work gets underway.

Drivers who reach the closure will see signs directing them to a detour.

(The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering)

The new $588 million viaduct is expected to be completed in Summer of 2022, stretching between Boyle Heights and the Arts District.

Officials say it is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles.

Continue Reading

Los Angeles

LA-DWP & Mayor Garcetti announce new outdoor watering restrictions

Sprinkler watering will be allowed Monday & Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday & Sunday

Published

on

City of Los Angeles (Blade file photo)

LOS ANGELES – In a press conference Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced that outdoor watering in the city will be restricted to two days a week starting June 1.

The announcement comes as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared an unprecedented water shortage emergency two weeks ago, imposing restrictions after MWD’s board voted to adopt the emergency measures to “reduce non-essential water use” in certain areas. Cities and smaller water suppliers that get water from MWD are required to start restricting outdoor watering to one day a week, or to find other ways to cut usage to a new monthly allocation limit.

LADWP

In Tuesday’s press conference Mayor Garcetti said L.A.’s two-day limit was still more lenient than the one imposed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which has ordered many of its member agencies to restrict outdoor watering to once a week.

Sprinkler watering will be allowed on Monday and Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday and Sunday.

For more information visit the LADWP webpage here.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us @LosAngelesBlade

Sign Up for Blade eBlasts

Popular