STATEMENT REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF HARASSMENT

STATEMENT REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF HARASSMENT

Recently, one member of the City Council has been reported to have engaged in conduct which places the City of Lynwood under a cloud of suspicion. The allegations under review are serious and troubling. The City Council wants to publically and collectively state that the City of Lynwood follows a zero tolerance against those who are the focus of claims or complaints of sexual harassment, hostile work environment or intimidating conduct by any employee, officer or elected official of the City.

It is with this in mind that the City Council informs the community that it is taking strong, swift action which includes the following:

  •  The City Council has directed that a full and complete investigation be conducted by an independent third party to delve into the allegations presented. The investigator has been given the task and responsibility of conducting a comprehensive inquiry of all facts, details and allegations contained in the complaint. This process will follow all required policies of City and be conducted consistent with California State law.
  • The City Council and all City employees and officials are committed to the protection of all employees and officers, including the City Manager and the City’s managerial staff. Again, no one should be subjected to an environment of harassment or to circumstances resulting in a hostile work place. The right of all employees to work in a safe setting is a top priority.
  • While California law prohibits the City Council to unilaterally remove one of its members, Councilmember Hernandez has voluntarily agreed to relinquish his position as Mayor Pro Tem. He has also agreed to be removed from all internal and external committees or outside agency assignments. In addition, he has consented, pending the outcome of the City’s independent investigation, not to interact with any City employees or officials and to participate in Council meetings only by telephonic attendance, not to attend any City events and not visit City Hall.

In light of the current unfortunate circumstances reported against elected office at all levels of government, the City of Lynwood and the City Council supports those who have been victimized by any type of harassing or inappropriate conduct and strongly condemns those who engage in such egregious behavior. The residents of our community have the right to expect the highest level of integrity, respect and personal behavior of its elected officials.

The City Council stands firm in its commitment to such fundamental principles and practices.

The City of Lynwood Partners with PetData to Make Animal Licensing Easy!

Lynwood, CA – The City of Lynwood reminds you to check your pet’s license and make sure it’s current!  If you need to renew or purchase a new license for Fluffy or Fido, it’s now easier than ever! Purchasing a license and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner.  Displaying a current license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner information. It could be your pet’s ticket home!

Remember, cats and dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed with the City of Lynwood, and the City encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. The license fee for spayed or neutered pets is $20 per dog and $5 per cat. The fee for unneutered or unspayed pets is $60 per dog and $10 per cat. Senior citizens age 60 and over may license their spayed or neutered dogs at a reduced rate. A rabies vaccination certificate including vaccination and expiration dates is required to obtain a license.

Licenses are valid for a year, but will not be valid beyond the expiration of the pet’s rabies vaccination.

Lynwood residents can purchase or renew a pet license online or by mail.

To license online, go to www.PetData.com and enter your zip code. You can license multiple pets at the same time, and easily upload required documents.  All major credit cards are accepted.

To license by mail, simply enclose a copy of your cat or dog’s current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check payable to City of Lynwood, and mail to Lynwood Animal Licensing, C/O PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014.

For more information on licensing in the City of Lynwood, please visit petdata.com or call toll-free 1-855-884-9552.

Homeowners Exemption – Property Tax Savings Program

“Homeowners Exemption, “is a property tax savings program in which Los Angeles County property owners can save on their annual tax bills.

Nearly one in three homeowners in Los Angeles County do not take advantage of this tax savings program, leaving $30 million unclaimed each year. Across the County, an additional 435,000 families can be saving on their property tax bills. Attached below is a list of all 88 cities in Los Angeles County and the number of qualified homeowners in your community (and the total amount of unclaimed tax savings dollars) who have not yet taken advantage of this program.

The Homeowner’s Exemption reduces a property’s taxable assessed value by $7000, provided that the property is the owner’s principal place of residence as of January 1st. The result is a $70 savings on the annual tax bill. Homeowners need only apply once in order to receive these savings each year. Savings continue until a change (such as a sale) is recorded.

The Homeowners’ Exemption claim form and filing information are available here: (https://assessor.lacounty.gov/homeowners-exemption/). For additional property tax relief programs, including disaster relief for properties that sustained damage during the recent wildfires or flooding, visit www.assessor.lacounty.gov/exclusions-tax-relief or call (213) 974-3211.

 

 

Lower LA River Revitalization Plan – Now open to the Public

Lower LA River Revitalization Plan Community Event on Saturday, December 16. See PDF for more details.

 

The Lower LA River Revitalization Plan is a restoration proposal that lays groundwork for connecting residents to the river that flows through their communities. The Plan aims to create opportunities and address issues related to economics, health, equity, safety, accessibility, connectivity, green space, transportation, water, and environment along the lower LA River corridor. The Draft Plan is now available for comments and review. See below for more information.

Lower LA River Revitalization Draft Plan

The Draft Plan is now available for your comments and review! It aims to connect residents to the river that flows through the communities and identifies how we can reduce flood risk and restore natural features where possible, while increasing our access to the river and creating opportunities for recreation.

Click here to see the Draft Plan (English & Spanish)!

Please provide your comments by January 11, 2018. For questions use the Contact Us page. Thank you.

January Updates from Metro

Workshop on Metro’s Draft Parking Master Plan

On Tuesday, January 9th, Metro will be hosting a workshop for agency stakeholders — including cities, transit agencies, and Transportation Management Associations in Los Angeles County — to discuss the draft Supportive Transit Parking Program (“STPP Master Plan”) Master Plan, introduced to the Board in November 2017.  The workshop will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, Gateway Plaza Conference Room, 3rd Floor, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  To RSVP, please e-mail parking@metro.net.

Blue Line Maintenance Work from January 12-15

Beginning on Friday, January 12th at 9:00 p.m. until Monday, January 15th at the start of regular service, maintenance work will be conducted for the Blue Line in the area between Slauson and Willowbrook Stations.  During this period, a bus shuttle will be offered to compensate for the lack of regular weekend train service.  For more information, please contact Carlos Valdez at (213) 922-7123 or via e-mail at valdezc@metro.net.

Temporary Closure of Five Green Line Stations

On Friday, January 26th, Metro will begin work on connecting the junction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line.  This work will require a 71-day closure of five Green Line Stations: Redondo Beach, Douglas, El Segundo, Mariposa and Aviation/LAX Station.

Service will be maintained through free bus shuttles in place of Green Line service between Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach Station during the closure. Bus shuttles will stop at all stations and run as frequently as the Green Line. For those planning to travel to LAX Airport during this period, the LAX Shuttle G bus will be temporarily relocated to operate from Hawthorne/Lennox Station.

Upcoming Public Meetings

Metro and Caltrans District 7 have some updates to share on the Westbound SR-91 Project and the I-605 Corridor Project.  Community Update Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • WB SR-91 Project: January 30th (Cerritos) and January 31st (Artesia) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • I-605 Corridor Project: February 6th (Pico Rivera), February 7th (Norwalk) and February 8th (Whittier) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please visit the I-605 Corridor Project and WB SR-91 Project websites for more information.

Additional Blue Line Maintenance Work

 Effective Saturday, December 9th, starting at 4:30 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m., tree trimming and track maintenance will take place for the Blue Line along Long Beach Blvd in the City of Long Beach.  This means no train service will be available from Willow Station and all stops south into the Long Beach area.  In place of train service, bus shuttles will be used for continued commuter service.  For more information, please contact Carlos Valdez at (213) 922-7123 or via e-mail at valdezc@metro.net.

 Upcoming Closures on the Green Line

 Beginning on Friday, January 26th, Metro will begin work to connect the junction of the new Crenshaw/LAX line and the Green Line.  This work will require a 71-day closure of the following five Green Line stations: Redondo Beach, Douglas, El Segundo, Mariposa and Aviation/LAX.  Service will continue via free bus shuttles in place of Green Line service between the Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach stations.  For more information, please check out this recent article in The Source.