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The time is now. Declare an emergency. Take hundreds of vacant industrial buildings and convert them all into well-built, well-designed, humane housing with support facilities and community space. Industrial housing can be built for a fraction of the cost and time of traditional homeless housing and can last hundreds of years. Traditional homeless housing is constructed with cheap materials and will break down very quickly resulting in substantially higher maintenance costs. This emergency plan is a win-win-win-win for government, taxpayers, homeless individuals, and landlords who are desperate to sell or lease vacant buildings at a time when property values are depressed and vacancy rates are reaching all-time highs. This emergency housing can support community events, job training, urban farming and food production, education and other activities for those living there and for the surrounding communities. Abandoned alleys, driveways and other unused public space can be converted to green, usable outdoor space. Centralizing emergency housing will allow for centralized services and substantial economies of scale.

Q12: How is this policy different from existing housing policies?

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Q1: What does it mean to declare a state of emergency?

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Q2: How will you fund this plan?

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Q3: How can technology be involved in housing?

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Q4: Will technology be used to source buildings for housing?

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Q5: Are industrial buildingss the only option for housing?

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Q6: Who currently owns these vacant industrial buildings?

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Q7: Will there be resistance from current owners?

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Q8: Will the homeless be forced into this housing?

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Q9: How do you address the need for storage?

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Q10: Will there be support services available?

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Q11: How can community living help?

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Q12: How is this policy different from existing housing policies?

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Q1: What does it mean to declare a state of emergency?

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10 STEP PLAN FOR EMERGENCY HOUSING

Sec. 8.27. Powers of Mayor and Council.

The Mayor is hereby empowered to declare the existence of a local emergency or disaster when he finds that any of the circumstances described in Section 8.22 hereof exist, or at any time a disaster or local emergency is declared by the President of the United States or the Governor of California. Said declaration by the Mayor shall be in writing and shall take effect immediately upon its issuance. The Mayor shall cause widespread publicity and notice to be given of such declaration through the most feasible and adequate means of disseminating such notice throughout the City.

Whenever a local emergency is declared by the Mayor, the General Manager of the Emergency Management Department shall prepare, with the assistance of the City Attorney, a resolution ratifying the existence of a local emergency and the need for continuing the state of local emergency. The resolution shall be submitted by the Mayor to the City Clerk for presentation to the Council. The Council shall approve or disapprove the resolution within seven days from the date of the original declaration by the Mayor and at least every ten regular Council meeting days, but no longer than 30 calendar days, thereafter unless the state of local emergency is terminated sooner.

Sec. 8.28. Activation of Emergency Operation Organization.

Upon receipt of official warning of an impending or threatened emergency, or upon the declaration of a local emergency, the Emergency Operations Organization shall be immediately activated and all of such portions of its personnel as the Mayor may direct shall be called into active service.

Sec. 8.58. Personnel and Recruitment – Division.

The Personnel and Recruitment Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Personnel Department of the City of Los Angeles. The chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Department. The chief shall maintain records of all personnel of the Emergency Operations Organization. This division shall be the recruiting center for the Organization, and shall establish a plan for the use of qualified City personnel by any of the divisions requiring additional City forces during a local emergency. The chiefs of all other divisions shall render such services as are requested by the chief of this division in the recruitment of personnel for the various divisions.

The chief of this division shall develop, with the assistance of the Emergency Operations Office, a program for the use of volunteers during a local emergency. The program shall contain procedures for:

(1) the recruitment of volunteer forces through the media

(2) the registration of volunteers as disaster workers in the State Workers Compensation program;

(3) the dispatching of volunteers at disaster or local emergency command posts or other locations;

(4) the establishing of liaison with Council offices for the dispatching of volunteers to assist on private property; and

(5) the development of such other procedures necessary to implement this section.

All volunteer activities shall be coordinated by the Personnel Division through the Emergency Operations Center during a local emergency.

Sec. 8.59. Public Welfare and Shelter Division.

The Chief shall also be responsible for directing the coordination of the provision of these services by Department of Recreation and Parks’ employees, the American National Red Cross, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and other governmental agencies as may be needed to furnish food, clothing, shelter, registration, information services, and rehabilitation to individuals and families affected by a local emergency. The Chief shall be responsible for coordinating information for evacuees and developing and coordinating a shelter-management network. The Chief shall conduct the City’s fallout shelter management program as directed by the Emergency Operations Board.

Sec. 8.29. Director of Emergency Operations Organization.

During the period of a local emergency, and with respect to emergency preparedness and response activities, the Mayor shall be the Director of the Emergency Operations Organization, and all powers and duties herein conferred upon the Board or any officer or chief of a division shall be exercised subject to the direction and approval of the Mayor. The Director is authorized to promulgate, issue and enforce rules, regulations, orders and directives which the Director considers necessary for the protection of life and property. Such rules, regulations, orders and directives shall take effect immediately upon their issuance, and copies thereof shall be filed in the Office of the City Clerk.

Sec. 8.71.1. Information Technology Division.

The Information Technology Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Information Technology Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Agency. The chief shall develop plans for the division's activities and those of the sections comprising the division. The Information Technology Division is comprised of the following sections: Communications, Information Processing, and Telecommunications.

(a) Communications Section. The head of the Communications Section shall develop plans for and provide, restore and maintain emergency communications services for the Council-controlled department/offices of the City. The head of the section shall also maintain liaison with other City departments providing their own communications services, volunteer radio emergency services and agencies providing public communications services to the City and its citizens. During the period of a local emergency, the section head shall have the power and duty to direct such City and volunteer communications personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The head of the section shall design, install, maintain and/or restore City data communications networks and City "in facility" telephone networks, and provide related voice communications services (e.g., pagers, voice mail, cellular telephones and command post telephone support).

(b) Information Processing Section. The head of the section shall define, maintain and/or restore critical City computer applications and systems, manage the maintenance and retrieval of data and materials stored at the City's computer recovery site and off-site storage location, and coordinate the repair or replacement of personal computers and related equipment.

(c) Telecommunications Section. The head of the Telecommunications Section shall operate and/or restore the government access cable channel.

(d) 3-1-1 Center. The head of the 3-1-1 center shall develop plans for and provide 3-1-1 services for the City.

Sec. 8.57. Building and Safety Division.

The Building and Safety Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Department of Building and Safety of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the Superintendent of Building and General Manager of the Department. The chief of this division shall have the power and duty to determine the extent of damage to buildings, structures and other installations and soil conditions within the jurisdiction of the Department of Building and safety, to determine imminent and potential hazards to such items, to determine and order the necessary vacating, barricading, demolishing or other abatement of such hazards, to advise individuals or other agencies regarding the condition of buildings or sites and the use of temporary bracing, shoring and other safety measures, to provide liaison and cooperation with other divisions of the Emergency Operations Organization as well as assistance to other City departments, to provide mutual aid, in the form of inspection personnel to other local agencies or municipalities as can be afforded and to supervise volunteer inspection and engineering personnel, who are registered disaster service workers and are assisting Building and Safety Division personnel.

The chief of this division shall also cooperate with other divisions of the Emergency Operations Organization as well as other City departments to develop and recommend to the City Council any appropriate legislation or modifications to existing legislation in order to enhance the safety of buildings and structures or mitigate safety hazards in buildings or structures.

Sec. 8.59. Public Welfare and Shelter Division.

The Public Welfare and Shelter Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Department of Recreation and Parks of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Department. The chief shall be responsible for arranging, directing and coordinating sheltering services for persons rendered homeless as a result of a local emergency.

The Chief shall also be responsible for directing the coordination of the provision of these services by Department of Recreation and Parks’ employees, the American National Red Cross, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and other governmental agencies as may be needed to furnish food, clothing, shelter, registration, information services, and rehabilitation to individuals and families affected by a local emergency. The Chief shall be responsible for coordinating information for evacuees and developing and coordinating a shelter-management network. The Chief shall conduct the City’s fallout shelter management program as directed by the Emergency Operations Board.

Sec. 8.51. Police Division.

The Police Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Police Department of the City of Los Angeles. The chief of this division shall be the Chief of Police. In addition to the regular powers and duties of this office, and during the period of a local emergency, the chief shall have the power and duty to direct such Police Division personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The chief shall enforce all laws of the State and City for the preservation of life and property and shall maintain peace and order.

Sec. 8.52. Fire Suppression and Rescue Division.

The Fire Suppression and Rescue Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Fire Department of the City of Los Angeles. The chief of this division shall be the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Department. In addition to the regular powers and duties of this office, and during the period of a local emergency, the chief shall have the power and duty to direct such Fire Suppression and Rescue Division personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The chief shall have charge of and direct the use and control of all explosives and hazardous materials; the demolition of buildings or structures; and the control of all petroleum, chemicals and petroleum or chemical pipelines. The chief shall direct and control all fire suppression, rescue operations, emergency medical services and radiological defense, and shall retain administrative authority for supervision of personnel and equipment provided by other divisions or jurisdictions, and exercise such other powers as may be assigned to this division.

The chief of this division shall coordinate with other governmental and private agencies providing or administering medical services during a local emergency.

Sec. 8.53. Transportation Division.

The Transportation Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Department of Transportation of the City of Los Angeles. The chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Department. The chief of this division shall develop plans for the maintenance of traffic control devices, emergency travel routes to be used in the event of an emergency, placement of barricades as necessary or as directed by the chiefs of the Police and Fire Suppression and Rescue Divisions, direction and control of traffic, and coordination with all other agencies supplying common carrier services.

Sec. 8.71.1. Information Technology Division.

The Information Technology Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Information Technology Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Agency. The chief shall develop plans for the division's activities and those of the sections comprising the division. The Information Technology Division is comprised of the following sections: Communications, Information Processing, and Telecommunications.

(a) Communications Section. The head of the Communications Section shall develop plans for and provide, restore and maintain emergency communications services for the Council-controlled department/offices of the City. The head of the section shall also maintain liaison with other City departments providing their own communications services, volunteer radio emergency services and agencies providing public communications services to the City and its citizens. During the period of a local emergency, the section head shall have the power and duty to direct such City and volunteer communications personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The head of the section shall design, install, maintain and/or restore City data communications networks and City "in facility" telephone networks, and provide related voice communications services (e.g., pagers, voice mail, cellular telephones and command post telephone support).

(b) Information Processing Section. The head of the section shall define, maintain and/or restore critical City computer applications and systems, manage the maintenance and retrieval of data and materials stored at the City's computer recovery site and off-site storage location, and coordinate the repair or replacement of personal computers and related equipment.

(c) Telecommunications Section. The head of the Telecommunications Section shall operate and/or restore the government access cable channel.

(d) 3-1-1 Center. The head of the 3-1-1 center shall develop plans for and provide 3-1-1 services for the City.

Sec. 8.56. General Services Division.

The General Services Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Department of General Services of the City of Los Angeles. The chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Department. The chief shall develop plans for the division's activities and those of the sections comprising the division. The General Services Division is comprised of the following sections: Supplies, and Maintenance. The Supplies Section shall be under the direction of the Purchasing Agent. The Maintenance Section shall be under the direction of the chief of the division or persons designated by the chief.

Sec. 8.71.1. Information Technology Division.

The Information Technology Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Information Technology Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Agency. The chief shall develop plans for the division's activities and those of the sections comprising the division. The Information Technology Division is comprised of the following sections: Communications, Information Processing, and Telecommunications.

(a) Communications Section. The head of the Communications Section shall develop plans for and provide, restore and maintain emergency communications services for the Council-controlled department/offices of the City. The head of the section shall also maintain liaison with other City departments providing their own communications services, volunteer radio emergency services and agencies providing public communications services to the City and its citizens. During the period of a local emergency, the section head shall have the power and duty to direct such City and volunteer communications personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The head of the section shall design, install, maintain and/or restore City data communications networks and City "in facility" telephone networks, and provide related voice communications services (e.g., pagers, voice mail, cellular telephones and command post telephone support).

(b) Information Processing Section. The head of the section shall define, maintain and/or restore critical City computer applications and systems, manage the maintenance and retrieval of data and materials stored at the City's computer recovery site and off-site storage location, and coordinate the repair or replacement of personal computers and related equipment.

(c) Telecommunications Section. The head of the Telecommunications Section shall operate and/or restore the government access cable channel.

(d) 3-1-1 Center. The head of the 3-1-1 center shall develop plans for and provide 3-1-1 services for the City.

Sec. 8.59. Public Welfare and Shelter Division.

The Public Welfare and Shelter Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Department of Recreation and Parks of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Department. The chief shall be responsible for arranging, directing and coordinating sheltering services for persons rendered homeless as a result of a local emergency.

The Chief shall also be responsible for directing the coordination of the provision of these services by Department of Recreation and Parks’ employees, the American National Red Cross, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and other governmental agencies as may be needed to furnish food, clothing, shelter, registration, information services, and rehabilitation to individuals and families affected by a local emergency. The Chief shall be responsible for coordinating information for evacuees and developing and coordinating a shelter-management network. The Chief shall conduct the City’s fallout shelter management program as directed by the Emergency Operations Board.

Sec. 8.71.1. Information Technology Division.

The Information Technology Division shall be under and subject to the control of the Information Technology Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief of this division shall be the General Manager of the Agency. The chief shall develop plans for the division's activities and those of the sections comprising the division. The Information Technology Division is comprised of the following sections: Communications, Information Processing, and Telecommunications.

(a) Communications Section. The head of the Communications Section shall develop plans for and provide, restore and maintain emergency communications services for the Council-controlled department/offices of the City. The head of the section shall also maintain liaison with other City departments providing their own communications services, volunteer radio emergency services and agencies providing public communications services to the City and its citizens. During the period of a local emergency, the section head shall have the power and duty to direct such City and volunteer communications personnel as may be necessary to perform the duties under this chapter. The head of the section shall design, install, maintain and/or restore City data communications networks and City "in facility" telephone networks, and provide related voice communications services (e.g., pagers, voice mail, cellular telephones and command post telephone support).

(b) Information Processing Section. The head of the section shall define, maintain and/or restore critical City computer applications and systems, manage the maintenance and retrieval of data and materials stored at the City's computer recovery site and off-site storage location, and coordinate the repair or replacement of personal computers and related equipment.

(c) Telecommunications Section. The head of the Telecommunications Section shall operate and/or restore the government access cable channel.

(d) 3-1-1 Center. The head of the 3-1-1 center shall develop plans for and provide 3-1-1 services for the City.

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