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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Honoring Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

From the bustling streets of Chinatown and serene temples of Little Tokyo, to the towers of Koreatown and aromas of frying foods in Historic Filipinotown, Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) cultures are an indelible part of Los Angeles. That is why each May, the city recognizes AAPI Heritage Month.

At LADOT, our diverse workforce is a reflection of our city. We’ll celebrate this month by acknowledging staff members who are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Some are recent immigrants while others have families that have called Los Angeles home for generations. These employees represent a wide range of experiences, and each has a unique story to tell.

As we tell these stories, we must also acknowledge the historic and continued discrimination AAPI communities face within Los Angeles and beyond. For centuries, AAPI communities have responded to prejudice with resilience and grit. We’ll remember this history while celebrating the beauty and richness that their wide range of cultures have cultivated here in Los Angeles. 



Two LADOT Projects Receive Awards for Excellence

Safe Routes to School Shatto Place Redesign for Young Oak Academy

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: Young Oak Kim Academy    

We're thrilled to announce that LADOT has been recognized for its commitment to safety and sustainability and received two prestigious awards.

The Safe Routes to School Shatto Place Redesign Quick Build Project has been honored with the American Planning Association/Los Angeles (APA LA) Award of Excellence in the Best Practices category. Situated between 6th St and Wilshire Blvd, this project represents a significant step forward in enhancing community safety and livability. The project creates a more welcoming environment for all through innovative features such as revamped speed calming measures, dedicated safety lanes, and a thoughtfully designed pedestrian plaza with shade trees. Young Oak Kim Academy students also contributed in helping design and paint the curbside pickup area. Through their participation, students gain a greater understanding of how infrastructure design impacts safety and accessibility of school for themselves and their fellow classmates.

This achievement is a collaborative effort. The involvement of Kim Academy students, faculty, and competition winners throughout the planning and execution phases underscores the importance of community engagement in urban initiatives. With plans for the ATP Cycle 6 Infrastructure Grant slated for implementation between 2026-2027, we anticipate further positive transformations for our neighborhood. This recognition celebrates past successes and inspires continued commitment to creating safer and more vibrant streets for our community.


Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability: LADOT Universal Basic Mobility Pilot Program in South LA 

Universal Basic Mobility  

LADOT was also recently honored with The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability for the Universal Basic Mobility Pilot Program in South LA.

The pilot program aims to enhance accessibility and reduce transportation barriers in underserved communities. By providing affordable and reliable transportation options, the initiative empowers residents to access essential services, employment opportunities, and recreational activities, fostering social equity and economic mobility.

The success of the Universal Basic Mobility Pilot Program reaffirms the critical role of partnerships and collaboration in advancing sustainable transportation goals. By bringing together diverse stakeholders such as SLATE Z, nonprofit organizations, and residents, the initiative exemplifies the collective effort needed to address complex urban challenges effectively.

Receiving this award is a testament to LADOT's commitment to driving sustainable solutions that uplift communities and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.



North University Park Play Day

Play Streets Bring a Day of Play to North University Park

Last weekend, LADOT partnered with the Velaslavasay Panorama to organize a Play Street in North University Park! LADOT’s Play Streets program empowers community groups to close a block in their neighborhood to car traffic and open it up for a day of play.

Each Play Street is completely unique, and North University Park was no exception! Marionettes from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater entertained and delighted the community as neighbors of all ages enjoyed music, food, and games. Local organizations were also on hand to connect with community members and share their resources.

Thanks to the Velaslavasy Panorama, as well as Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Eunisses Hernandez and the LA Rec & Parks Department for support. Additional thanks to 24, 3-D Space, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Community Services Unlimited, dublab, Environmental Justice Research Lab, LA Crop Swap, The Los Angeles Breakfast Club, Pete's Burgers, West Adams Heritage Association, and Zorthian Ranch.

To learn more about LADOT’s Play Streets program, visit LAPlayStreets.com 



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Honoring Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Each week during this Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we will spotlight staff members at LADOT with AAPI roots. Each has a unique story to tell and plays an integral part in the operations of LADOT to keep our City moving.

Howard Hao SunHoward Hao Sun

At the For-Hire Policy and Enforcement Division of LADOT, Howard Hao Sun serves as an Office Services Assistant. He plays a crucial role in processing for-hire vehicle permit applications, collecting fees, and ensuring that private transportation companies in Los Angeles operate smoothly and legally.

Born into a single-mother family, Howard embarked on a life-changing journey from Guangdong province, China, to the United States in 1997. Initially settling in Kansas City, Missouri, he later decided to move to Los Angeles, a city that now considers home. "This is one of the major life-changing decisions that I have ever made in the context of my path in life," he reflected on his relocation.

In his role at LADOT, Howard is committed to enhancing operational processes and providing exceptional service to the public. He takes pride in his function within the division, particularly his ability to navigate the vehicle permit applications and renewals. "I am proud that I play an important role in improving the operation process and assisting the public to solve their issues," he said.

Los Angeles, known for its incredible diversity, holds a special place in Howard's heart. He loves the city's wide range of cultures, which come alive in its food, festivals, and traditions. "The diversity is my favorite part of Los Angeles. It really enriches my life and broadens my perspective," he shared.

We thank Howard for his dedication and outstanding service at LADOT.


Beverly FlynnBeverly Flynn

Beverly Flynn, a Senior Management Analyst at LADOT, serves at the Transit Bureau Procurement Section, ensuring that the intricate machinery of procurement operates smoothly. We reflect on her journey and contributions as she approaches a well-deserved retirement after over three decades of service.

Beverly comes from a family that moved from the Philippines to the United States in 1984, making their home in Santa Clarita Valley. This move marked a new chapter in her life filled with challenges and opportunities. "Though it was a challenging process, this experience taught me the value of humility, tenacity, and perseverance," she shared. These values have been the guiding principles of her personal and professional life.

During her time at LADOT, she has left a mark on the Transit Bureau by establishing a centralized record of contracts. This initiative has improved the contracting process and promoted knowledge-sharing and collaboration among her colleagues.

Beverly's love for Los Angeles is deeply rooted in its diversity. "I love living in Los Angeles because of its unparalleled diversity of populations and opportunities, which truly embodies the meaning of a 'melting pot'," she remarked. Whether it's road-tripping along the coast, camping with her family, hiking on ocean-view trails, or enjoying the local entertainment, Los Angeles offers endless possibilities. "The laid-back attitude and beautiful weather almost every day make LA, LA!"

Reflecting on her career and the support she received, Beverly expressed her gratitude: "I am deeply grateful to the City for providing me and other immigrants with opportunities to succeed. I am thankful for the many close friends I have made along the way and for the City employees who recognized my potential before I did and played an instrumental role in my professional growth." 


Charlie HoCharlie Ho

Charlie Ho serves as a Supervising Transportation Planner in the LADOT Active Transportation Division, dedicated to improving the city's mobility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. His role involves overseeing the planning and implementation of critical projects that aim to enhance active transportation throughout the City.

Charlie moved from Taiwan to Southern California during his high school years, a transition that marked a significant shift from a dense urban environment to the suburbs of the LA/OC region. "This move was a significant shift in my life, as I learned how to navigate a car-centric culture after growing up relying on public transportation and walking," he reflected. His journey reflects the immigrant story of seeking new opportunities and adjusting to a new lifestyle. "I view my family's history as a source of resilience and determination, shaping my perspective on the importance of access and mobility for all community members," he said.

One of Charlie's proudest achievements at LADOT is his involvement in the Venice Blvd project. This initiative focused on improving safety and accessibility by installing protected bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes. "This project not only enhances mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders but also promotes sustainable and equitable transportation options for the community," he stated. His work exemplifies a dedication to creating safer, more accessible streets that support diverse modes of transportation.

What Charlie loves most about Los Angeles is its incredible diversity and cultural richness. "I appreciate the opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and to explore the diverse array of food, art, and traditions that make Los Angeles such a dynamic and welcoming city," he shared. 



City of Los Angeles Evacuation Preparedness Simulation

City of Los Angeles Evacuation Preparedness Simulation

Join LADOT and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez at the City of Los Angeles Evacuation Preparedness Simulation on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 2 pm at Hansen Dam Soccer Fields.

This immersive simulated evacuation scenario will teach you valuable skills to keep you and your loved ones safe during emergencies. From witnessing a live helicopter demonstration to experiencing the urgency of an emergency alert, this event offers a hands-on approach to disaster readiness. Explore essential topics like horse safety, engage with experts at the resource fair, and discover vital resources available to support your evacuation plans. 


  CicLAmini comes to Wilmington

CicLAmini comes to Wilmington May 19! 

Join us on Sunday, May 19, from 10 am to 3 pm as the streets of Wilmington transform into a park for the day. The CicLAmini event will connect Wilmington Waterfront Park and Banning Park along 2.25 miles of car-free streets, perfect for jogging, walking, riding, skating, and biking!

This free event, designed to promote a pedestrian-friendly experience, will be filled with plenty of family activities, street games, music, local business engagements, and art and cultural installations that celebrate the spirit of Wilmington.

Come out and experience the joy of a car-free day in the heart of Wilmington. Bring your friends, family, and pets to a safe and engaging environment where the community comes together to play, learn, and connect.  



Camp ReadyLA

Emergency Management Department Presents Camp ReadyLA

Get ready, Los Angeles! The City's Emergency Management Department proudly presents the return of Camp ReadyLA: Emer-Gen-Z! Applications are now open for young adults aged 17-22 interested in exploring a career in Emergency Management or City Government.

Camp ReadyLA: Emer-Gen-Z is a free immersive opportunity designed specifically for young leaders that provides a look into the life of an emergency manager. Through a series of engaging workshops, hands-on activities, and interactive sessions, participants will gain invaluable knowledge and skills that can make a real difference in times of crisis.

Applications are now open until Monday, June 3, 2024. Seize this opportunity to be part of a transformative journey toward becoming a future leader in emergency preparedness. If you have any questions, visit the Camp ReadyLA website or email CampReadyLA@lacity.org.

Camp Details:

Date: Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2, 2024    
Time: Daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM    
Location: City’s Emergency Operations Center, Downtown Los Angeles    
Application Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024    
Apply Here   



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