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Laura Cornejo

30 Years After the Northridge Earthquake

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. At 4:31 a.m., on January 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley. Nearly 60 deaths were attributed to the devastating quake, with shaking felt as far away as Las Vegas. Many lost their homes and their businesses due to damage and transportation networks were damaged severely limiting access.

Thirty years later, it is important to remind ourselves that natural disasters can occur at any time. At LADOT, we consider our part in LA’s emergency response strategies as foundational to our role as public servants. However, preparedness begins at home. That’s why it’s essential to have a disaster plan in place for your household.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to go over your family’s emergency plan. If you have an emergency kit, set aside some time to make sure any medication, food, and first-aid items are unexpired. Since your family may not all be together at the time of an emergency, go over your household’s emergency communication plan. Finally, make sure everyone in your household is signed up to receive emergency alerts from the City of Los Angeles by visiting emergency.lacity.org/notifyla



Traffic Officer Testing Opens

Traffic Officer Testing Opens 2/16

Join the LADOT team and play a vital role in keeping LA moving! LADOT will open testing for Traffic Officers on February 16, 2024. Traffic Officers are an essential part of our City, ensuring a safe and smooth flow of traffic during special events and emergencies. Sign up to be notified when testing opens by searching for “Traffic Officer” and clicking “Subscribe” on the City’s upcoming examinations page.



New Resources Available for LA Al Fresco Applicants

New Resources Available for LA Al Fresco Applicants

Attention restaurant owners! The City is opening applications for its new permanent Al Fresco program on February 1, 2024. Business owners should note that both new applicants and current members of the temporary Al Fresco program will need to complete an application to continue outdoor dining.

To ensure a smooth transition for business that are existing members of the temporary Al Fresco program launched in 2020, the City has made the following resources available: 

  • Online Al Fresco Transition Guide: Learn more about requirements, costs, and answers to FAQs. 
  • Assistance helpline: City departments are available to answer questions. Refer to the transition guide for contact information. 
  • Webinars: Every first Wednesday of the month during the transition period, the City will host webinars to cover information about the program and answer questions. 

Businesses must complete the application process in its entirety by July 31, 2024 and are encouraged to apply early.



Hollywood Safety and Mobility Project Virtual Town Hall

Hollywood Safety and Mobility Project Virtual Town Hall

LADOT is hosting a virtual community town hall for the Hollywood Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 6:00 PM to share a new street design concept for Hollywood Blvd between Gower St and Fountain Ave.

Last August, LADOT launched the Hollywood Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project to improve traffic safety and accessibility on this iconic road. Over the last few months, LADOT staff have engaged with the community about how they use the street and their safety concerns.

The proposed street design prioritizes safety and responds to these concerns. Those interested in attending should RSVP here. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.



Now Hiring Crossing Guards

Now Hiring: Crossing Guards

LADOT is now accepting applications for new Crossing Guards. Crossing guards keep students safe traveling to and from school and help educate and instill safe, alert walking behaviors in young Angelenos. Our crossing guards are placed at schools throughout the city and help provide experience and judgment to help children navigate a school crossing, while also increasing the visibility of their presence to drivers.

If you are interested in applying for a crossing guard position you can visit the website for the application and instructions on how to apply.



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