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Please join me as I am inaugurated for my second term on Thursday, June 29th at twelve noon in the City Council Chambers. District Attorney Jackie Lacey will swear me in and I will deliver remarks about the future direction of our office as we tackle many of the most significant issues facing our City. 
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the City Hall forecourt. Please RSVP to by Monday, June 26th. You will be provided with a parking pass for City Hall East.
See you on the 29th!
  • 26 June 2017
  • City Council Chambers
  • 200 N. Spring Street




Myths and Realities of Lobbying in Los Angeles

Friday, May 19, 2017

Los Angeles doesn't have its own version of K Street, where Washington, D.C.'s, industry of power brokers sets up shop. Nonetheless, Los Angeles's city bureaucracy, and those of other local cities, is vast and it too has its corps of consultants and lobbyists who advocate for legislation and assist clients with projects. Among all local lobbying efforts, perhaps none are as numerous, intense, or contentious as those surrounding development. From variances, to general plan amendments, to planning commission hearings, and city council hearings, many developers would be lost without experts to guide them and, indeed, to advocate for them.  

WUF is pleased to bring together a panel to explain what lobbying is and is not in the Los Angeles area. They will discuss lobbyists' roles and legal limitations, the projects they work on, the influence that lobbyists have, and the limits of that influence. And they will address common refrains about favoritism and the elevation of "special interests" over the common good.  


Tanner Blackman, Partner, Kindel Gagan Public Affairs Advocacy
Aaron Green, President, The Afriat Consulting Group
Marc Mitchell, Vice President, Local Government, Cerrell Associates
Jeff Seymour, Principal, Seymour Consulting Group


Ed Reyes, Retired Councilmember, Planner 

The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7:15am Registration
7:30am Breakfast 
7:45am Panel Discussion

Registration Fees
$40 members
$55 nonmembers
$10 student members 
$15 student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  After May 17, 2017 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.00.  No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.

**WUF offers a special, discounted rate for individuals involved in land use, planning, and development issues on a grass roots and neighborhood level on an unpaid basis. If you are interested in attending this WUF breakfast with a discounted rate, please send your request to with your contact information and description of your neighborhood level activities prior to May 17, 2017.  Certain restrictions apply.



  • 19 May 2017 - 19 May 2017

Join us for our first free event of the year!
Pizza, salad, beer and wine compliments of PCLA

DeSano Pizza Bakery
4959 Santa Monica Blvd
East Hollywood

April 30, 2017
1:00-3:00 pm

RSVP Required
Visit or Call (310) 880-3143

Bring the family and meet new friends!

  • 30 April 2017 - 30 April 2017


Annual Dinner Honorees

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Drew Altman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He is an innovator in the world of foundations and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues.

Public Servant of The Year 

California State Assembly

Speaker Anthony Rendon is the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly, and represents the 63rd Assembly District encompassing the cities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount and South Gate. 

  • 27 April 2017 - 27 April 2017
  • The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
  • 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

J.W. Marriott, Los Angeles
Friday, May 12, 2017
Reception: 11:00 am, Luncheon Program: 12:00 pm 

The Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon is the premier women’s event of its kind in Los Angeles. This event celebrates women’s leadership by honoring outstanding progressive women. 

Past Women’s Luncheon speakers and honorees include Jane Fonda, Arianna Huffington, civil rights attorney Connie Rice, authors Barbara Ehrenreich, Lisa See and Peggy Orenstein and historian Dr. Joyce Appleby, among others. 

Purchase a ticket or participate as a sponsor by completing the form below. Or if you’d like to pay by check, please download this form and follow the instructions.



Three tables of ten, preferred seating
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Two tables of twelve, preferred seating
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One table of twelve, preferred seating
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One table of ten 
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Five tickets
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Two tickets
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One ticket
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One table of ten 
Email message/artwork (Ad specs: 9" tall by 8" wide, full color) to Submission deadline: April 15, 2016
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Registrants will check in at will call/reception to receive their table numbers.

  • 11 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
  • J.W. Marriott, Downtown Los Angeles

APRIL 15, 22, 29


LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2017)  Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) is proud to present the 28th Annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza (CleanUp). FOLAR’s annual CleanUp has exploded in recent years, shattering records for volunteer turnout and trash collected, and is the largest urban river cleanup in America. The 2016 CleanUp attracted 9,000 volunteers—individuals and groups—who removed over 70 tons of trash from the LA River at more than a dozen sites. The 2017 CleanUp will be held at 14 sites along the entire length of the LA River on the last three Saturdays of Earth Month (April 15th, 22nd, and 29th) 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration for volunteers is open at
The CleanUp is a popular event for Angelenos of all ages and backgrounds, attracting families, students, elected officials, and hipsters to the River with FOLAR every April. The range of volunteer groups, along with the 1000s of individuals, demonstrates the ubiquitous interest in and passion for the LA River. Volunteer groups range from scout troops, utilities, and entertainment, to religious organizations, labor unions, and a bevy of non-profits.
“The Great LA River CleanUp is the defining event on the LA River. It’s become the largest urban river cleanup in America; last year had 9,000 volunteers who picked up 70 tons of trash,” states Marissa Christiansen, FOLAR’s Executive Director. “When Angelenos get involved with their River, they often start at our CleanUp.”
“Each area of the Los Angeles River is unique and requires special attention and appreciation,” says Lewis MacAdams, FOLAR’s Founder. The CleanUp focuses primarily on the soft-bottomed and green sections of the LA River which are, in themselves, incredibly diverse. The sites range from the bucolic Sepulveda Basin in the San Fernando Valley to the Golden Shore Marine Reserve in Long Beach, where dolphins and seals are a common sight.
The CleanUp takes place at the following 14 handpicked sites along the 51-mile river, on the last three Saturdays of April, each day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm:
April 15 - Upper River:  Bette Davis Picnic Area / Sepulveda Basin at Balboa Blvd / Tujunga Wash at Haines Canyon Channel
April 22 - Mid River:  Arroyo Seco Confluence / Bowtie Parcel at Fletcher Drive / The Frog Spot / Los Feliz Blvd / Marsh Street Nature Park / Steelhead Park / Sunnynook Footbridge
April 29 - Lower River:  Compton Creek at Artesia Metro Station / Compton Creek at Del Amo Metro Station/ Golden Shore Marine Reserve / Willow Street Estuary
In addition to the trash pick-up, volunteers will be entertained by popular local bands that come to the CleanUp to connect with the LA River community. Select sites will also feature FOLAR’s 38’ mobile visitor and education center – the LA River Rover.
Volunteers will receive a FOLAR reusable tote bag, a custom-designed FOLAR t-shirt, and a gift card from Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Refreshments, snacks, and sunblock will all be on hand to keep volunteers healthy and hydrated.
The 2017 CleanUp is made possible through sponsorships from the City of Long Beach Clean Team, long-time partners REI Co-op, Toyota Financial Services, and Rubio’s Coastal Grill, who are joined by new sponsors Soylent and Skanska as well as many others. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 CleanUp, information about sponsorships is available at
Angelenos can register for the CleanUp and get more information at Group registration is available for groups of 10 or more volunteers and is available at
“When you see so many people on the River working together in their FOLAR shirts it warms your heart,” adds Christansen. “I am so inspired when I think about countless members of the River community pouring their love into our River over the last 28 years.”
Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR):
Founded in 1986, FOLAR is an independent 501c(3) nonprofit whose mission is to ensure a publicly accessible and ecologically vibrant Los Angeles River by inspiring River stewardship through community engagement, education, advocacy, and thought leadership.
Learn more at
  • 15 April 2017 - 15 April 2017

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