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Overtime Costs in LA Are a Bigger Share of Payroll Than NY and SF

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Overtime costs for LA city a bigger share of payroll than in New York, San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (Daily News) — Overtime costs for Los Angeles city employees have amounted to nearly 11% of the municipality’s $4.3 billion in payroll costs, which is a larger share of payroll than for New York and San Francisco but less than Chicago, according to a report released Wednesday by City Controller Ron Galperin.

New York, where overtime was 6.6% of payroll in a recent year, and San Francisco, where it was 7.1%, have instituted restrictions on the amount of overtime that could be earned, Galperin’s report noted.

For example, the city of New York saved at least $28 million in the most recent year by limiting waivers on civilian overtime caps and closely watching overtime by skilled trade workers, the report said.

The controller’s report suggested that the city of Los Angeles “can explore the possibility of implementing similar overtime caps.”

Galperin’s report took a look at the overtime costs from the angle of individual employees, laying out some standout overtime earnings numbers.

The majority of high overtime amounts were properly approved, Galperin noted, but he added that “there is clearly a need for better oversight and regulation to […]

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WeHo Opens Nominations for 2020 Rainbow Key Awards – Due Feb 27

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is gathering nominations for its 2020 Rainbow Key Awards. The City’s Rainbow Key Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the lesbian and gay community.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at: weho.org. Nomination forms are due by Thursday, February 27 at 5 p.m. The awards presentations are scheduled to take place in May.

Since 1993, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to individuals and groups that have gone above and beyond in their service to the LGBT community.

Contributions have come in many forms, including the arts, community service, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, and more. Past honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others.

Nominations will be reviewed by the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and recommendations for honorees will be referred to the West Hollywood City Council for final approval.

For those who prefer a hard copy of the form please contact Jeff Book, Staff Liaison to the City’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, at (323) 848-6471.

Forms should be returned to:
Jeff Book, Staff Liaison, Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board
West Hollywood City Hall
8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

For more information, please contact Jeff Book, Staff Liaison to the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, at (323) 848-6471 or at jbook@weho.org.

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City of Beverly Hills Launches Census 2020 Campaign

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BEVERLY HILLS — The City of Beverly Hills has officially launched “Be Counted Beverly Hills,” a Census 2020 campaign encouraging residents to participate in the Census either by mail, online or phone.

“The information our residents provide to the U.S. Census Bureau will help to ensure critical federal funding for important programs that truly make an impact in our community,” said Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. 

The Census is conducted every ten years and the data informs funding for programs such as early childhood education, senior nutritional programs and more. The data collected is also used to determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Beginning March 12, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with information regarding how they can fill out the questionnaire. By April 1, which is known nationally as “Census Day,” all homes will have received information about the Census.

Between April 8-16, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin delivering paper Census forms that can be filled out and mailed back. Beginning in May, U.S. Census Bureau representatives will begin visiting homes that have not responded. The last day to participate in the 2020 Census is July 31, 2020.

For more information, visit beverlyhills.org/census , census.gov or contact the U.S. Census Bureau’s Call Center by dialing 800-923-8282.

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DUI Checkpoints Throughout LA and WeHo for Oscar Weekend

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Checkpoints have been announced at the following locations and times for heavy enforcement during Academy Awards weekend and parties. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department has announced a DUI Saturation Patrol in the LAPD Central area Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5 P.M. to Friday, February 7, 2019, 2 A.M.

Checkpoints will be held:

WEST HOLLYWOOD: Friday, February 7 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits

HOLLYWOOD: Friday, February 7, 2020, 8 P.M. to Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1 A.M., Sunset Boulevard at Orange Grove Avenue, Hollywood

CENTRAL LA: When: Friday, February 7, 2020, 8 P.M. to Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1 A.M., Western Avenue at Venice Boulevard

DOWNTOWN: Figueroa Street at 9th Street, Downtown – Friday, February 7, 2020, 6 P.M. to Friday, February 7, 2020, 11 P.M.

PACOIMA: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7 P.M. to Sunday, February 9, 2019, 12 A.M., Glenoaks Boulevard at Montague Street

SHERMAN OAKS: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8 P.M. to Sunday, February 9, 2019, 1 A.M., Ventura Boulevard at Columbus Avenue

Such DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing.

Law enforcement agencies wish to remind drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.

Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
 
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated 395 DUI collisions which have claimed 21 lives and resulted in another 590 injuries.
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  •  Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
 

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