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Prosperity & Green Jobs

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We strengthen and grow our economy including through increased green jobs and investments in clean technology sectors.

Green jobs are the backbone of a sustainable city. Whether it’s installing solar panels, weatherizing homes, farming organics or building new rail lines, these jobs improve the lives of everyone they touch. Prosperity through green jobs is a major goal of the City’s drive toward sustainability. Done right, it can yield triple returns—bringing economic benefits even as it improves equity and strengthens the environment. The City has already passed a landmark minimum-wage law. The pLAn sets goals for increasing the number of green jobs through water and energy efficiency, solar and transit investment, while improving our national and global competitiveness in the clean-tech sector.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

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Attract $100 million of private-sector investment though the L.A. Cleantech Incubator

LACI portfolio companies raised $121 million through the end of 2016.

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Increase minimum wage to $13.25/ hour

The first of six annual step- increases toward a $15 minimum wage went into effect July 2016.

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Achieve annual parity between incoming and outgoing entitlement cases (i.e. no additional case backlog)

The Department of Planning has nearly achieved parity, processing 96% of entitlement cases from 2016.

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Create 20,000 green jobs

21,036 green jobs were created in Los Angeles through January 2017, achieving the Mayor’s goal nearly one year ahead of schedule.

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Progress on 2025 Outcomes

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Reduce the unemployment gap between City of LA and LA County to .35%

By the end of 2016, the unemployment rate gap between the City and County had been reduced to 0.2%.

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Increase green jobs in L.A. by at least 72,500

Based on current rate of green job creation from investment in the energy efficiency, solar, water, recycling, and transit sectors– including the recently passed Measure M– we are on track to meet our 2025 target.

Where L.A. Is Leading

L.A. is the first big city in the U.S. to raise the minimum wage to $15.

At over 20,000, L.A. has created the most green jobs of any U.S. city.

Feature Story

Cleantech Flourishes in Arts District

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) celebrated its new home last October with the grand opening of the La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC). The 3.2 acre campus is designed as a space where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate and promote and support the development of clean technologies and L.A.’s green economy. The centerpiece of LKIC, located at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the dynamic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, is a fully renovated 60,000-square-foot, LEED Platinum-designed building.

The facility features state-of-the-art green technologies such as a 175-kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, level 2 EV charging stations, bioswales that naturally filter storm water into the ground, a greywater filtration system and islandable microgrid capability. Owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the La Kretz Innovation Campus also houses collaborative workspace, an advanced prototyping center, a training center, event space and LADWP laboratories.

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“The La Kretz Innovation Campus embodies the ambition and forward thinking that make Los Angeles a world center for green industry. This campus will foster innovation, create jobs, and set an example for cities everywhere.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Over 20,000 New Green Jobs Boosts Employment

141,287 jobs were created over the last three years, including over 21,000 green jobs — that’s nearly 4,000 new jobs a month. This has contributed to reducing the employment gap between the City and County of Los Angeles to a new low.

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City Wins

Clean Energy Institute Lands in L.A.

The U.S. Department of Energy chose Los Angeles for the headquarters of its new, $70 million grant-funded Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, tasked with spurring advances in smart sensors and digital process controls to improve the efficiency of advanced manufacturing. Run by UCLA and housed in a municipal facility in the Promise Zone, the institute will bring $140 million in public-private investment to the City.

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Drone Tech Program Takes Flight

A groundbreaking program is set to train Angelenos to build, pilot and monitor a growing fleet of drones filling the nation’s skies. The L.A. Workforce Development Board invested $300,000, partnering with the L.A. Community College District and Tesla Foundation to create this first-of-its-kind training program at East Los Angeles College. Students take courses in cinematography and photography, real estate, security, emergency response, agriculture, surveying, and unmanned aerial vehicle programming and maintenance.

Taking the Guess-work Out of Minimum-wage Compliance

The Office of Wage Standards implemented the City’s minimum-wage enforcement program—easing transition to the first incremental increase July 2016, and smoothing the way for the full $15 minimum wage that comes into force in 2021. A key accomplishment was creation of an on-call list for community outreach services, including multilingual consultants and support materials in a dozen languages.

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Partner Wins

LACI Spearheads Regional Clean Energy Network

In August, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator won a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to establish a regional energy innovation cluster. One of four clusters statewide, the new Los Angeles Regional Energy Innovation Cluster is tasked with supporting the region’s clean energy entrepreneurs and connecting them with the critical business and technical services needed to bring ideas to market.

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GRID Giving Trainees a Leg- up in Green Jobs

GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles isn’t just greening people’s homes, it’s also creating meaningful green-job opportunities for people in the communities they serve. In 2016, the non-profit trained 814 volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area to install solar systems, resulting in the installation of 203 systems for local low-income homeowners. Seventy-one of those trainees have found permanent jobs in the solar industry.

All-Electric Roadrunners

Hollywood Electrics has sold more electric motorcycles than any other dealership in the world, helping the Burbank Police Department transition to an all-electric motorcycle fleet. These low-maintenance, gas-free two-wheelers can hold a charge for up to 185 city miles in range. The company, which is affliated with the L.A. Cleantech Incubator, has developed expertise in building EV performance kits, which improve the range, acceleration, top speed, handling and technology integration of the electric vehicles.

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