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Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

(Parks and Recreation Department)

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Phone (626) 821-3222

Descanso Gardens -
1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge 91011
Phone (818) 949-4200

South Coast Botanic Garden -
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes 90274
Phone (310) 544-6815

Virginia Robinson Gardens -
Beverly Hills 90210
Phone (310) 276-5367 (Reservations required)

All gardens provide opportunities for interested individuals to view plants from the world over which are horticulturally suitable, adaptable and desirable in Southern California, with an eye toward using the plants in their own home landscapes.

The Arboretum Library contains a comprehensive collection of resources on gardening, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues, and some agriculture as these subjects relate to the plants native to and planted in Southern California.  This includes books, magazines, government documents, pamphlets, and audio-visual materials.  You can search the online catalog at www.arboretum.org/support/library.   

Docent-led and self-guided walking tours are available at Los Angeles County Arboretum, Descanso Gardens and South Coast Gardens only. Virginia Robinson Gardens offers only docent-guided tours.

Archives - Superior Court

(See Court Records)

Arrest Records

Sheriff’s Department
Records and Identification Bureau
Public Services Unit
12440 Imperial Hwy., # 120, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 345-4441

Provides arrest record information services for employment services, personal reasons, attorney representation, and mistaken identity (someone has used a person’s name or an arrest has been placed on their record because of name similarity).  Individuals seeking criminal records are only entitled to their own unless they have a notarized letter of authorization allowing someone else to access their criminal history.  Employers normally use private companies to do background checks.  However, the Sheriff’s Department does conduct name-based background checks with the appropriate waivers and fees.


Superior Court
Criminal Register of Actions
Phone (213) 974-6141 or (213) 974-6142
Website: http://lacourt.org

Provides information regarding arrest records for court disposition (fine, conviction, dismissal, etc.). Records dealing with adjudicated cases are public record. (Also see “Court Records” and “Court Records, Index of Criminal Case Defendants”)

Art Museum

(See Museums)

Arts Commission

1055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 800
Los Angeles 90017
Phone (213) 202-5858
Fax: (213) 580-0017
Website: lacountyarts.org
facebook.com/LACountyArts
youtube.com/lacountyarts
twitter.com/LACountyArts

Fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general cultural resources. Programs include:

Arts Education - Arts for All is the Los Angeles County arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All supports and connects school districts and arts organizations working to advance quality arts education for the County's 1.6 million public school students. Arts for All is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Civic Art - In conjunction with the Chief Executive Office and Department of Public Works, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is responsible for the administration of the civic art policy which allows for integrated permanent public art enhancements, temporary art commissions, restoration of historic artworks and the creation of cultural spaces or activities. Additionally, the Arts Commission manages the County’s civic art collection.

Grants & Professional Development - The Organizational Grant Program provides support to ensure arts organizations continue to offer cultural services to the diverse population that comprises Los Angeles County. Grantees can also take advantage of technical assistance and management development programs relating to the organizations’ needs.

Arts Tune-Ups - Free expert advice for arts organizations and individual artists on a broad range of subjects including marketing, fundraising, human resources, public relations, health insurance, board leadership, arts education and more.  Four Tune-Ups are held each year in various locations around the County.

L.A. County Arts Internships - In conjunction with the Getty Foundation, the Arts Commission funds the largest arts internship program in the country.  Each summer nonprofit performing, literary and municipal arts organizations, using Commission grants, offer paid internships to college undergraduates. Through the program, interns gain a deeper understanding of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration and the role of the arts in a community.  They also develop business skills that can be put to use in their future careers.

Ford Theatres - Each summer, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre hosts a diverse roster of events representing music and dance styles reflective of the communities that comprise Los Angeles County. Ford summer season events are presented in partnership with Los Angeles County arts organizations and producers. The Ford is operated through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. Currently, the amphitheater is undergoing construction and is closed for the 2015 summer season. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

facebook.com/FordTheatres
youtube.com/FordTheatresLa
twitter.com/fordtheatres
flickr.com/TheFordTheatres

Free Concerts & Musicians Roster - This year round music program funds free concerts in public sites such as parks, libraries and community centers. The performing groups are chosen from the Musicians Roster, a directory of Los Angeles County based music groups from a wide range of genres. The Musicians Roster is also an important resource for the community to access the rich and diverse pool of musical talent available in Los Angeles County.

L.A. Holiday Celebration - The Emmy® Award-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration features music groups, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region. Celebrating the season, this free three hour show takes place every year on December 24 at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and has been a County tradition since 1964. The show is broadcast on PBS SoCAL. More info: HolidayCelebration.org.

Assessment Appeals Board (Board of Supervisors)

Rm. B-4, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-1471 or (888) 807-2111; (800) 735-2929 (TDD)
Website: bos.lacounty.gov/Categories/PropertyTaxAppeals.htm

Under the authority of Article 13 of the Constitution of the State of California, the Board of Supervisors created five assessment appeals boards to sit as the local Board of Equalization for the County of Los Angeles.  The function of the Assessment Appeals Board is to conduct impartial hearings on appeals filed by property owners who are seeking a reduction in the assessor’s valuation of their property.  Based on the evidence presented at these hearings, the board determines the fair market value of the property assessment.  The board is required by law to hear and make a final determination on an appeal within two years of the timely filing of an application.

TIME FOR FILING

Regular Assessments

Filing period for the regular assessment (annual tax bill) for all real and personal property is July 2 to Nov. 30 of each year.

Supplemental Assessments

Filing period is within 60 days of the mailing date printed on the supplemental assessment notice or tax bill, or the postmark date of the notice or tax bill, whichever is later.

Roll Change/Adjusted/Escape Assessments

Filing period is within 60 days of the mailing date printed on the roll change/adjusted/escape assessment notice or tax bill, or the postmark date of the notice or tax bill, whichever is later.

Misfortune or Calamity Reassessments

Filing period is within six months of the mailing date of the assessor’s proposed reassessment notice.

If the final filing date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, an application that is mailed and postmarked on the next business day shall be deemed to have been filed timely.
ONLINE FILING

Applications filed online require authentication of an electronic signature in accordance to the procedure set forth by the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board.  Instructions are available at lacaab.lacounty.gov, or contact the Clerk’s Office at (213) 974-1471.

Hearing Process

Based on evidence presented at the hearing by the applicant and by the assessor, the Assessment Appeals Board determines the fair market value of each property for which an application for equalization is made.  The board may increase or reduce individual assessment in order to establish the full cash value of property for the appropriate base year.

The board has no jurisdiction to grant or deny exemptions or to consider allegations that claim for exemption from property taxes have been improperly denied.  The board acts in a quasi-judicial capacity and has no legislative power.

An assessment hearing officer, rather than the full board, may conduct a hearing if the property in question is a single-family residence, condominium, cooperative, or a multi-family dwelling of four units or less regardless of value, unless otherwise requested in writing by the applicant.  The valuation on other properties heard by the hearing officer may not exceed $3 million in assessed valuation on the current assessment roll.  If the applicant/assessor does not agree with the hearing officer’s recommendation, applicant/assessor must submit a written request for a board hearing within 14 days of the hearing officer’s hearing date.  The board is not bound by the hearing officer’s report and recommendation and may accept or reject the hearing officer’s recommendation.

Assessment Appeals Board decisions are final unless appealed to Superior Court.

Public Education Seminar

A public education program has been developed to help taxpayers better understand the assessment appeals process.  Seminars, conducted year-round in various locations in the county provides information on appeal rights; how and when to file an application for assessment reduction; how to prepare for a hearing; what is admissible evidence; what happens at the hearing; and what to expect after the hearing.  The seminars are available to anyone interested in learning about the appeals process, including those who have already filed an application with the County Assessment Appeals Board.

For the seminars schedule and information, call (213) 974-4240 or access the website at:

bos.lacounty.gov/Services/AssessmentAppeals/PublicEducationProgram.aspx

The offices of the Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Treasurer and Tax Collector, and Assessment Appeals Board have prepared a property tax portal to provide taxpayers with an overview and some specific detail about the property tax process in Los Angeles County.  Please visit: lacountypropertytax.com/portal/default.aspx.

Assessor, Office of

Assessor Jeffrey Prang
Headquarters
Office of the Assessor
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Rm. 225, Los Angeles 90012-2770
Phone (213) 974-3211

Phone Toll Free: (888) 807-2111 (assistance in Spanish available)
(if calling from area codes 213, 310, 323, 562, 626, 661(partial), 714, 760, 804, 818, 909, or 949)

Website: http://assessor.lacounty.gov
E-mail: helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov

Locates and identifies the ownership of all taxable property in Los Angeles County and establishes a taxable value for all property subject to property taxation. Completes an assessment roll showing the assessed values of all property, applies all legal exemptions and produces assessor's parcel maps.

Provides information in various languages at public counters located in Room 225 of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, in district offices, and on the Assessor website.

A property tax website - http://lacountypropertytax.com - provides a link to the four tax-related offices: Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Treasurer and Tax Collector, and Assessment Appeals Board.  Information available through the property tax portal includes the description of sections of a tax bill, responsibilities of the four offices, and answers to the most frequently asked questions.  The Auditor-Controller should be contacted regarding direct assessments.

District and Regional Office Addresses and Telephone Numbers
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday (except holidays)
(Van Nuys Satellite Office Public Service 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

East District Office
Regions 4,5,6,11,27, Area 4
1190 Durfee Ave., South El Monte 91733
Phone (626) 258-6001

North District Office
Regions B1,2,3,24, Area 1
13800 Balboa Blvd., Sylmar 91342
Phone (818) 833-6000

South District Office
Regions 10,12,14,26, Area 3
1401 E. Willow St., Signal Hill 90755
Phone (562) 256-1701

West District Office
Regions 7,9,25, Area 2
6120 Bristol Pkwy., Culver City 90230
Phone (310) 665-5300

Regional Office: Lancaster - Region A1
251 E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster 93535
Phone (661) 940-6700

Satellite Office: Van Nuys
14340 Sylvan St., Van Nuys 91401
Phone (818) 901-3455
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Auctions

Equipment:
  
  Public  Works, Department of
  11282    S. Garfield Ave., Downey 90242
  Phone (562) 869-9312 or (562) 869-9753
  Fleet equipment, tools, and miscellaneous construction items.
  
  Motor Vehicles:
  
  Internal  Services Dept.
  1104 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles 90063
  Phone (323) 881-3742
  
  Public Administrator
  Phone (626) 336-2364
  
  Personal Property:
  
  Public Administrator
  Warehouse
  Phone (626) 336-2364
  Website: www.cwsmarketing.com
  
  Sheriff
  Phone (213) 974-4829
  
  Real Property:
  
  Chief  Executive Office
  Real Estate Division
  222 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012
  Phone (213) 974-4300
  Website: http://ceo.lacounty.gov/red/default.htm
 
  Provides real estate support and administration of the County’s real property assets for all county departments. Generally, it provides service in the areas   of appraisal; acquisition; management and disposal; management of               design/build construction for capital leased projects, and leasing. Includes a     section which completes the annual fiscal year rent budget and funds the         centralized real property lease payments and annual obligations for long-         term debt financing of capital construction.

  Public Administrator
  Phone (213) 974-0587
  Website: kwiauctions.com
  
  Public Works, Department of
  900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
  Surplus Public Works Property Only  
  (Airport, Flood Control, Road, Waterworks,  etc.)
  Phone (626) 458-7072
  Website: dpw.lacounty.gov/mpm/surplus
  
  Sheriff, Court-Ordered  Sales
  Phone (213) 974-4827
  
  Treasurer  and Tax Collector
  Phone (213) 974-2045
  
  Tax Sales
  Treasurer and Tax Collector
  Phone  (213) 974-2040

  Residential properties that are tax defaulted for five years and non-residential commercial properties that are tax defaulted for three years become subject to the Tax Collector’s power to sell and are offered for sale at public auctions each year.  For information regarding upcoming auctions, how to purchase an auction book, how to register, visit the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website at: ttc.lacounty.gov, or telephone (213) 974-2040 and speak to the auction staff.  Prospective bidders should read all the information provided on the website, particularly the terms and conditions because all sales are final.

  Prospective bidders should thoroughly investigate the properties prior to the auction.  The County makes no guarantees as to the condition of the properties, nor assumes any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits, or zoning ordinances.  The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research before the sale as to the usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties.  Properties are sold “as is” and no refunds for any purchases are made due to bidder error.
  
  Miscellaneous
  Internal  Services Dept.
  Phone (323) 267-2578

Auditor-Controller, Department of

525 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone: (213) 974-8301
Fax: (213) 626-5427
Website: auditor.lacounty.gov
E-mail: constituent@auditor.lacounty.gov

Provides financial leadership and expert advice on a wide range of fiscal matters; advocates for financial integrity and accountability in all County business practices. Promulgates financial policies, procedures and internal control guidelines for County department financial operations; exercises accounting control over all financial transactions of the County and is the controller for joint partnerships and non-profit corporations. Acts as paymaster, issuing checks to vendors, employees, child support payments, judgments and damages, and other claims against the County.  Performs department audits, management audits, and criminal and administrative investigations of fraud and misconduct within County government.  Performs mandated property tax functions, including extending property tax rolls, accounting for funds allocated to community redevelopment agencies, and apportioning property taxes collected. Accounts for all welfare checks, including providing related banking services.

Bad Checks, Restitution Program

Department of Consumer Affairs
500 W. Temple Street, Room B96
Phone: (800) 593-8222 (Toll Free Within LA County)
Phone: (213) 974-1452 (From Outside LA County)
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs - Bad Checks

Tracks down bad check writers and recovers losses for their victims. A check writer who qualifies for the Bad Check Restitution Program is temporarily “diverted” from criminal prosecution and given an opportunity to make good on the check.

Bail

Cash or surety bond:
(See listings under Superior Court)
Give bail receipt number.

Bond:
Criminal Justice Center
210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-6159

Beach Closures and Monitoring

Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Program – Recreational Waters
5050 Commerce Dr., Baldwin Park 91706
Phone (626) 430-5360
Phone (213) 974-1234 - After-hours beach emergencies
Website: ph.lacounty.gov/beach

Monitors ocean water along the coastline, taking appropriate action when water quality criteria are not met or an incident such as a sewage spill or discharge occurs. Posts warning signs at beaches anytime California state ocean water quality standards are not met and closes beaches whenever there is a known sewage or chemical spill that affects ocean waters. Issues rain advisories whenever there is significant rainfall which may affect bacteria levels in ocean waters. Provides beach closures and rain advisory information online and on Beach Advisory and Closure Hotline, (800) 525-5662.

Beach Commission

4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9547
Website: Beaches.lacounty.gov

Monthly public meeting to review plans for improvements to beaches.

Beaches and Harbors, Department of

13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9503
Website: beaches.lacounty.gov or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-mail: info@bh.lacounty.gov 


Has primary responsibility for 25 miles of non-contiguous beaches from Point Fermin in the south to Nicholas Canyon in the north; maintains clean beaches and facilities such as a Recreational Vehicle Campground on Dockweiler Beach, parking lots, restrooms, fire pits, and volleyball courts; maintains Lifeguard towers in furtherance of beach safety for over 50 million annual visitors; conducts a monthly public commission meeting to address improvements for the beaches. 

Administers ground leases and redevelopment of Marina del Rey, which has approximately 800 acres divided equally between land and water, with uses including anchorages, apartments, office space, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants. Conducts a monthly public commission meeting to address issues relevant to the small craft harbor. Conducts a monthly board meeting to discuss designs for redevelopment projects.

Our Visitors Center provides free information on boating, beaches, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and recreation and is open seven days a week (Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)  Recorded information is available 24 hours a day by calling (310) 305-9545.

Boating facilities include over 4,700 wet boat slips, a public boat launching facility, dry boat storage for sail and power boats (sizes 8’ to 30’), launching for hand-carried boats at Marina Beach, charter fishing, boat repair yards, fuel dock, yacht clubs, and guest boat docks.

Coordinates recreational programs at Burton Chace Park, the Dockweiler Youth Center, and on the beaches; includes picnic shelters, surf fishing, yoga classes, walking clubs, and birdwatching trips; both Burton Chace Park and the Dockweiler Youth Center meeting rooms are available for public rental; provides a permit process for weddings, parties, volleyball tournaments, surfing contests, and recreational camps, for example, on the beaches.

 

Helpful Phone Numbers

Animals – Injured/Stranded on beach (800) 39-Whale
or (310) 354-7460
Burton Chace Park
 Guest Boat Docks
 Community Room Rental/Weddings
 Picnic Shelters
(310) 305-9595
Convention and Visitors Bureau (310) 306-9900                                    
Dockweiler Youth Center
 Recreation Classes
 Wedding and Event Room Rental    
(310) 726-4129
Facilities and Property Maintenance Division (310) 305-9551
Lifeguards (310) 577-5700
Marina and Beach Storage Rental
 Bike Lockers
 Dinghy Racks
 Kayaks
 Mast-Up Boat Storage
(310) 301-9152
Marketing (310) 305-9511
Parking Contractor (310) 821-1081
Planning (310) 305-9505
Recreational Vehicle Park Reservations (310) 322-4951
or (800) 950-7275
Sheriff (310) 482-6000
Visitors Information Center (310) 305-9545
W.A.T.E.R (Youth Ocean Education Program) (310) 305-9587


Anchorage 47
13575 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

In-the-water docks for power or sail boats from 8’ to 82’.

Bicycle Storage Lockers
Next to Marina del Rey Library and
In Yvonne B. Burke Park
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Lockers for bicycle storage.

Canoe, Dinghy, Kayak, Rowing Shell, Paddleboard, and Sailboard Dry Storage
Corner of Palawan and Admiralty Way (Marina Beach)
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

Storage for hand-launched boats.

Mast-Up Dry Storage
13477 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Dry storage for sailboats up to 28 feet in length.

Parcel 77 Dry Storage
13560 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Dry storage for sailboats or power boats up to 30 feet in length.

Public Boat Launch Ramp
13477 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

Launch ramp and parking for trailerable sail and power boats.

Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau
4551 Glencoe Ave., # 260, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 306-9900
Website: www.visitmarinadelrey.com 

Free information for convention planning and tourists.

Marina del Rey Visitors Information Center
4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9545 (taped messages about department events, available 24 hours) 

Open seven days a week with free information about Marina del Rey and the beaches.  Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sat.- Sun., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Beaches, Monitoring

Public Health, Department of
Environmental Health Program - Water Quality Program
5050 Commerce Dr., Baldwin Park 91706
Phone (562) 430-5420
Phone (213) 974-1234 - After-hours beach emergencies
Website: ph.lacounty.gov/beachMonitors ocean water along the coastline, taking appropriate action when water quality criteria are not met or an incident such as a sewage spill or discharge occurs. Posts warning signs at beaches anytime California state ocean water quality standards are not met and closes beaches whenever there is a known sewage or chemical spill that affects ocean waters. Issues rain advisories whenever there is significant rainfall which may affect bacteria levels in ocean waters. Provides beach closures and rain advisory information online and on Beach Advisory and Closure Hotline, (800) 525-5662.

Beaches, Surf Conditions

(See Fire Department)

Bees

Beehive Information:
Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures Department
12300 Lower Azusa Rd., Arcadia 91006-5872
Phone (626) 575-5466

Africanized Honey Bee Information:
acwm.lacounty.gov/scripts/AHB.htm
Phone (800) BEE-WARY

Beekeepers:
Beekeepers must register with the Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures Department annually.
Phone (626) 575-5466

Bees, Swarming:
(800) 233-9279

Multiple Bee Stings:
Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: (800) BEE-WARY

Bicycle Trails

Public Works, Department of 
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
Phone (626) 458-3940

There are more than 100 miles of designated bike trails located along County beaches and selected flood control channels. The

Bikeways Map can be viewed at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/pdd/bike/map.cfm

Bids

Business, Office of Small
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
1100 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles 90063
Phone (323) 881-3964

Birds, Dead

Public Health, Department of
Veterinary Public Health / Rabies Control Program
313 N. Figueroa St, Room 1127, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 989-7060
Fax: (213) 481-2375                  
Dead Bird and Rabies Hotline: (877) 747-2243
E-mail: vet@ph.lacounty.gov
State Department of Public Health (877) 986-2473

Handles reports of dead birds which may be a sign that the West Nile Virus is circulating between birds and mosquitoes in an area.