Mayor Eric Garcetti joined with four other mayors Friday in pledging to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 in each of their respective cities.
Garcetti and the mayors of San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Eugene, Oregon, wrapped up a two-day West Coast Mayors Summit in Portland.
The mayors said they would try to make city operations more efficient and cleaner, use more renewable energy such as solar, changing city fleets to electric, more federal funds for public transit and partnerships with the private sector.
The talks among the mayors came on the final day of COP21, a climate change conference in Paris at which more than 100 world leaders are working to reach a legally binding agreement on goals for reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions that cause climate change.
Garcetti said has already taken steps to switch to electric vehicles, and has “committed to adding 160 battery EV vehicles to our city fleet and reaching our goal of 1000 publicly available EV chargers by 2017.”
He said the mayors have also agreed to hold an electric vehicle consortium “that will look into leveraging our purchasing power to get vehicle manufacturers, to produce the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles we need.”
The mayors also announced Thursday an alliance to address homelessness.
The West Coast Alliance of Mayors will institutionalize data collection and information exchange, supporting a shared federal agenda. The five mayors involved in the summit will take what they have learned to the U.S. Conference of Mayors conference in January.
“We have come together today to rally around a common crisis that impacts everyone in our community and with thousands of residents demanding our leadership, Garcetti said.
“In Los Angeles, we are pursuing all avenues to address our homelessness crisis, and as result we have housed more than 11,000 people in the last 23 months, including more than 5,500 homeless veterans, but there is still so much more to do.
“This new alliance allows us to share new strategies to tackle this and other critical issues. It also gives us a platform to amplify our collective voices to demand the resources we need from our federal partners to solve this crisis once and for all.”
Garcetti and members of the Los Angeles City Council are working with county officials on a plan for tackling growing homeless in the city. The council this week approved $12.4 million to be used for increasing the number of shelter beds this winter and housing subsidies for about 1,300 homeless individuals.
The Los Angeles Continuum of Care — all of Los Angeles County except for Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach — had the nation’s second-largest amount of homeless people, 41,174, and the second-largest percentage of unsheltered homeless people, 70.3 percent, among major cities continuums of care, according to a one-night estimate of homelessness prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2015 annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, which was released last month.
— City News Service