Updates / News from Public Works Commissioner

Posted on 04/15/2024

Below are some updates and information for your consideration. 



Mayor Bass to Deliver State of the City

Mayor Karen Bass will deliver her State of the City address on Monday, April 15th from City Hall, in the Chambers of the Los Angeles City Council at 5:30pm.

Tune in live HERE



AccessingLA: Preparing Businesses for the Future

The 9th Annual AccessingLA: TeamWith event is aimed at providing small business owners who offer Personal and Professional Services to learn about Los Angeles area opportunities and receive valuable information about how to grow their businesses.


This event is part of the City's Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month celebration and National Public Works Week.


The day will consist of informational presentations and panel discussions, an exhibit hall with information booths from a variety of public and private agencies, and Koi Pond* - an opportunity for business owners to pitch their business to a panel of experts. The business owner with the highest score will be featured on our AccessingLA website for the next year!


May 20, 2024, 9am


Read More HERE



LA Sanitation Earth Day 2024

LASAN will be bringing its annual Earth Day LA to North Hollywood.

Save the date: April 20, 2024.

Details HERE


ICYMI: Inside Safe in Wilmington and South Central

Mayor Bass announced an Inside Safe operation in partnership with Councilmember Tim McOsker in Wilmington that addressed an encampment of more than 10 RVs and brought more than 35 people inside. The encampment was located near industrial refineries, raising serious safety concerns over the potential for fire and explosions.

Mayor Bass is locking arms with partners in all levels of government to address RV encampments. She expanded Executive Directive 3 to address RV encampments by increasing the City’s capacity to tow, store, and dismantle surrendered vehicles. She is also sponsoring state legislation that streamlines the City’s ability to lease property from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) at a reduced rate to store RVs while their former inhabitants receive services to transition into housing. 

Learn more HERE

An Inside Safe operation in South Central addressed a longstanding encampment at the Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center next to the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center. During this operation, unhoused Angelenos were brought inside and provided supportive services from the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA), County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) and USC Street Medicine.

Learn more HERE


Learn more about Inside Safe HERE


HireLA Day- April 23

The Office of Mayor Karen Bass and Economic & Workforce Development Department, in partnership with Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, are proud to present Hire LA Day on Tuesday, April 23, 2024


Meet employers & learn about internship opportunities in public service for LA City residents ages 16-30! Job opportunities include education, climate, and other community service roles, with summer and year-long options available. 


Don't miss this chance to explore new career pathways and sign up for a fun internship while serving your community! Food, swag, and on-site application assistance will also be provided.


Learn more HERE


City Resources for 99 Cents Only Employees

At the direction of Mayor Bass, the City will be taking the following actions to support impacted workers:

  • Offering daily virtual Rapid Response presentations to help workers make sense of available supports like Unemployment Insurance and help to ease the transition. Sign up for English presentations here and Spanish presentations here.
  • The City’s 14 WorkSource Centers are available to answer questions about being laid off and future employment opportunities. See a list of the WorkSource Centers and contact information in English here and Spanish here. 
  • The Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement and the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department Rapid Response Team will be sharing resources with employees at closing stores in the city to make information and materials available to all employees.
  • Coordinating with the County of Los Angeles to ensure information and resources are available to all 99 Cents Only Stores workers across the Los Angeles region.


Learn more HERE



What has your Public Works been up to?

Thank you to the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils for allowing me the opportunity to address the group on Thursday, April 11. Here are some data points I shared with them:


In the San Fernando Valley, between January 1 and March 31, the Office of Community Beautification, :

Graffiti Removal

  • 1,077,470 square feet
  • 30,325 locations


And, along the public right of way:

  • cleaned 1,488 locations
  • Removed 17,988 bags filled with litter, trash, and debris
  • disposed of 410 illegally dumped items


StreetsLA, In the San Fernando Valley, between January 1 and March 31:

  • Closed Potholes: 5,858
  • Tree Emergencies: 1,821
  • Mudslides: 601
  • Resurfacing Miles completed: 38.19
  • Slurry Lane Miles completed: 35.8
  • Trees Trimmed: 5,821







Vahid Khorsand


(Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his)


Board of Public Works

200 North Spring Street

City Hall (Main), Room 361

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Email: [email protected]

Office: 213-978-0253


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