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Garcetti proposes $1 billion spending initiatives on relief programs and homelessness

The mayor’s speech is a preview of the proposed 2021-22 LA City Budget

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Mayor Eric Garcetti delivers his State of the City address April 19, 2021 (Screenshot via KABC 7 News)

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday in his annual State of the City address, that he will seek to spend nearly $1 billion on initiatives for addressing homelessness, as well as allocate $235 million for the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance program, intended to help up to 100,000 households and other critical needs.

Garcetti laid out proposals for $25 million to help 5,000 small businesses negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic to reopen and rebuild with grants of $5,000. The Mayor also targeted $151 million in additional funds for programs and pilots to advance racial justice and economic progress.

The mayor’s speech is a preview of the proposed 2021-22 City Budget he will send to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday.

Garcetti proposed a guaranteed basic income pilot project that would pay $1,000 a month to 2,000 to the city’s neediest households over the next year as part of a “basic guaranteed income” pilot program that he described as the biggest of any city in America.

“We’re betting that one small but steady investment for Angeleno households will pay large dividends for health and stability across our city and light a fire across our nation,” Garcetti said.

He also outlined plans for a $12 million L.A. REPAIR – Reforms for Equity and Public Acknowledgement of Institutional Racism – program to address racial injustices of the past by investing “to support job creation and provide organizational backing for community intervention, racial healing, justice and reconciliation.”

A vast majority of the mayor’s proposals would be funded with $1.3 billion from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan.

Other Highlights included:


Making outdoor dining permanent in many neighborhoods.


Cutting red tape for restaurants, including speeding up the process to obtain alcohol permits, cutting fees and suspending some valet and off-site parking requirements.


Paying DACA fees for 505 Dreamers in Los Angeles community colleges.


Installing WiFi access points in 300 underserved neighborhoods.


Declaring a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles.

Banning citywide styrofoam and single-use foodware.


Establishing a memorial to an 1871 hate incident that resulted in the massacre of 19 Chinese Angelenos.


Putting up memorials to COVID victims around the city.

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LAPD marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women overall and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled a new duty-uniform optional shoulder patch and a special events LAPD patrol vehicle to mark October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In a tweet the LAPD wrote: “October is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, a time we raise awareness of this complex disease and fund research into its causes, treatment, & cure. We offer our support for the many people affected by breast cancer. #LAPD

Emada Tingirides, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, is depicted with an LAPD Lieutenant in the LAWPOA @LAWPOA_LAPD Twitter post holding up the commemorative optional duty uniform patch that honors the efforts to combat the deadly disease by raising public awareness. Each year in the United States, about 264,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,400 in men.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women overall and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women.

For more information go to: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

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Newsom calls out gas companies, says they’re fleecing Californians

The governor announced oil refineries could roll out winter-blend gas ahead of schedule, which could reduce price up to 25 cents per gallon

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SACRAMENTO – On Friday California Governor Gavin Newsom in a scathing video on his Twitter account castigated oil and gas companies for what he termed fleecing consumers in the Golden State.

“Oil companies are ripping you off. Their record profits are coming at your expense at the pump,” the Governor said. “I’m calling for a NEW windfall tax exclusively on oil companies. If they won’t lower their prices we will do it for them. The money will go directly back to you.”

According to the Triple A Auto club of Southern California, gas prices statewide crept up yet again overnight, reaching an average of $6.36/gallon for regular unleaded Saturday.

In the Los Angeles area, gasoline hit $6.45/gallon, up 7 cents from the day before. Ongoing Southern California fuel supply issues pushed Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices to new records this week and pump prices may also break new records soon if they keep increasing at the current pace of 10-15 cents a day.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.18, which is 66 cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.78, which is ten cents higher than a week ago.

“The degree of diversions from the national prices has never happened before, and oil companies provide no explanation,” Newsom said. “We’re not going to stand by while greedy oil companies fleece Californians.”

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.26 per gallon, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 98 cents higher than last month, and $1.85 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.20, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 96 cents higher than last month, and $1.85 higher than last year.

California Gas Prices vs. National Average

CaliforniaNationwide
Saturday, Oct 1. = $6.358/gallonSaturday, Oct 1. = $3.80/gallon
Friday = $6.293Friday = $3.797
Week Ago = $5.682Week Ago = $3.700
Month Ago = $5.252Month Ago = $3.829
Source: AAA

The governor also announced on Friday that oil refineries could roll out winter-blend gasoline ahead of schedule, which could reduce the price of gas up to 25 cents per gallon.

“In light of the dramatic increase in gas prices that California is experiencing, we should not wait until the end of the month to start distributing or to ramp up production of our winter-blend gasoline. Allowing refiners to make an early transition to winter-blend gasoline could quickly increase fuel supply and provide a much needed safety valve with minimal air quality impacts,” Newsom said in a letter to Liane Randolph, chair of the California Air Resources Board. “Accordingly, I am directing that the Air Resources Board immediately take whatever steps are necessary to allow for an early transition to gasoline to be manufactured, imported, distributed, and sold in California.”

Switching from the summer to winter blend would likely save consumers 15 to 20 cents per gallon, said Doug Shupe, a spokesman for the Southern California Automobile Club said.

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Triple A: Local gas prices rocket up at second-highest pace of 2022

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.18, which is 66 cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Ongoing Southern California fuel supply issues pushed Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices to new records this week and pump prices may also break new records soon if they keep increasing at the current pace of 10-15 cents a day, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.18, which is 66 cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.78, which is ten cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.26 per gallon, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 98 cents higher than last month, and $1.85 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.20, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 96 cents higher than last month, and $1.85 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.20, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 80 cents higher than last month and $1.84 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.11, which is 67 cents higher than last week, 95 cents higher than last month and $1.79 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.97 average price is 51 cents higher than last Thursday, 58 cents higher than last month and $1.62 higher than a year ago today.

“This week saw the most significant gas price increases since they jumped 77 cents in one week in March. Local wholesale gasoline prices are now 35 cents higher than their all-time record reached in June, when gas prices climbed to an all-time record average of $6.46 in Los Angeles,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Until the state receives significant amounts of imported gasoline and local refineries are fully operational again, we will likely continue to see pump price increases.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • Only use premium unleaded fuel if it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended (not required) premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you. 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 29, averages are:

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