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The Department of Beaches and Harbors Launches New Website

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, beaches.lacounty.gov, which goes live today. The new website design organizes a vast amount of department-related information and services into a streamlined, user-friendly format consistent with Los Angeles County’s website style guide, featuring bright, distinguishing images of the department’s activities and attractions.

On the new homepage is a rotating photo gallery of images highlighting departmental announcements and items of interest. Just below the gallery is a current “News and Press Releases” section that includes an extensive list of relevant news and announcements. For commission meetings and special events, there is a new event calendar that allows users to view and create a reminders and notifications account to receive date and time specific reminders via email.

In an effort to make the website as user-friendly as possible, the redesign incorporates multiple methods for site visitors to navigate and access information. Users can navigate by major categories, such as “Beaches”, “Marina del Rey”, “Youth Programs”, “Government”, “Payments”, and “Reservations”, or research a particular topic using the search engine, or search the Document Repository for published material using the Beaches Documents search feature. Another section is the “Tell Me About” navigation area, with pull-down menus on, for instance, “Activities and Programs”, “Things to Do”, “Boating”, “Exploring Marina del Rey”, “Visiting the Beaches”, and “Doing Business with Us”.

New 511 Trip Planning and Traffic Updating Service Unveiled

511

A new automated 511 toll-free phone number and Go511.com free internet service provide 24/7 on demand updates on traffic, trip planning for public transit or connections with carpools or vanpools in Southern California. The service, which debuts Monday, June 14, also offers extras like bike information, links to area airports and taxi services, even the latest local weather reports. Simply call 511 or visit Go511.com to get help with your commute in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. On the internet, traffic and travel info for these counties as well as neighboring San Bernardino and Riverside counties is available.

The 511 phone and internet service is being fine-tuned and new features such as making it accessible on mobile devices and the ability to handle Spanish voice prompts will be added in coming months. The service will debut in a test mode so that the public can give feedback to further improve 511. Both the phone and Internet connections have prompts for feedback.

511 is the three digit number synonymous with travel information. That number can be called in cities and counties throughout the United States for local traffic and related information. Callers will be given automated voice prompts to access the information they need.

511 traveler information services are provided by the Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (LA SAFE), in partnership with Metro, Orange County Transportation Authority, Ventura County Transportation Commission, CHP and Caltrans.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Launches New Website

Sheriffs Website

Sheriff Lee Baca is pleased to announce that the new www.lasd.org, the official website of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now live!

This website is designed to be very flexible and will expand significantly over time. Content is still being loaded and significant additions and enhancements will continue to be made, especially over the next few months. Information and training for LASD units to be able to create their own webpages using this dynamic format will soon be provided.

If you have any questions or comments, please email SHBForTheWebsite@lasd.org

Supervisors Continue To Meet With Federal Leaders In Washington, D.C.

Judy Chu

Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe with US Congresswoman Judy Chu during their annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Get firsthand details of all the week’s meetings by following Supervisor Ridley-Thomas on Twitter.

Follow The Supervisor As He Tweets From Washington, D.C.

Tweets

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will be tweeting all week from the nation’s Capitol as the entire Board of Supervisors meets with federal leaders about pressing County issues.

Get a first hand account by following the Supervisor on Twitter.