Councilmember, First District


Welcome to the website for the First Council District of the City of Los Angeles. We hope this website will act as a valuable resource in providing you information about city services as well as to keep you informed about what our office is doing in the community.

It is an honor to represent the First District. Thank you for placing your trust in Team Cedillo. We are here to serve and assist you.

Together, we will make the First District #1!


Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, First District



Oversized Vehicles on Figueroa Motion

(Photo Credit: Hillary Danner)

The residents of Figueroa and parents of the Arroyo Seco Science and Magnet School filed many complaints to the LAPD Northeast Station regarding the unsanitary and unsafe conditions they were exposed to because of the oversized vehicles parked near the school and Sycamore Grove Park.

The LAPD sent a letter requesting CD1's help and support. Our office introduced a motion to restrict overnight parking for these vehicles on Figueroa. Parents and neighbors testified before the City's Transportation Committee in support of the motion which was unanimously passed by the City Council recently. Our office is working to identify alternatives for the RV’s to park on City grounds.  

Read the motion here.

Ban the Box in Economic Development Committee

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On Tuesday, the Economic Development Committee took up the issue of Ban the Box. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 218 - Fairness in Government Hiring, also known as "Ban the Box" - which required that commencing July 1, 2014, State and local governments would refrain from requiring job applicants to disclose criminal convictions until the hiring agency has verified that the applicant has met the minimum requirements for the position. While sufficient data is not yet available to determine the efficacy of criminal conviction box, advocates indicate removing barriers to employment would result in economic development benefits and a reduction in recidivism, and the entire committee agreed.

After an opportunity for public comment, the Committee recommended that Council request the City Attorney to prepare and present an ordinance to establish a City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative, or Ban the Box Policy, and instructed the Bureau of Contract Administration, with the assistance of the City Attorney to report on an enforcement strategy.

Read the motion here. 

Homelessness Motions
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On Tuesday, the City Council took up five motions dealing with homelessness. All of the motions were voted upon individually and approved 14-0.

(Council File: 15-1138) Relative to the City Council's authority to declare a State of Emergency as it relates to the shelter crisis, with full range of power as authorized by Government Code 8698

(Council File: 15-0727) Relative to preliminary steps and resources required to provide storage facilities and services including but not limited to public restrooms and showers, for unhoused and unsheltered individuals Citywide.    

(Council File: 14-1656-S1) Relative to amending Section 56.11, Article 6, Chapter V, of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to prohibit the storage of personal property in public areas.

(Council File: 15-1138-S1) Relative to the creation of a new account in the Unappropriated Balance entitled Serving and Housing LA's Homeless and various funding sources toward a spending plan to reduce homelessness. 

(Council File: 14-1101) Relative to a full-time coordinator, director or czar within the City's organizational structure for coordinating activities to address homelessness, including coordination with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Los Angeles County, and other government agencies.

Honoring Cannibal and the Headhunters

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Councilmember Cedillo presented a resolution to music group Cannibal and the Headhunters, one of the bands that opened for the Beatles on August 29, 1965, at the Hollywood Bowl. To this day, thousands of Latinos across Southern California recall that evening with tremendous pride, as the band members grew up in the local Ramona Gardens. The band eventually opened for the entire U.S. Beatles Tour in 1965.

Land of a Thousand Dances," with its famous "Na Na Na Na" introduction, is one of the most memorable singles of the 1960s by any artist, and the song has-- through the years--come to symbolize the great variety of Pop, Rock, and Rhythm and Blues from East Los Angeles by groups such as El Chicano, Tierra, and Los Lobos.

Cedillo recognized the historic contributions of band members Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, Robert "Rabbit" Jaramillo, and Joe "Yo-Yo" Jaramillo. He presented the resolution to Robert Jaramillo, the last living member of the band when it performed at the Hollywood Bowl, and to Sandy Garcia, sister of Frankie “Cannibal” Garcia, and to the son and daughter of Joe "Yo-Yo" Jaramillo, Joe Jaramillo Jr. and April Estrada.

Listen to the song here

3 Community Clean Ups
On Saturday, Team Cedillo partnered with community residents, organizations, and the Office of Community Beautification for a large scale clean-up in Pico Union with approximately 220 volunteers. 

Site 1- The Red Shield Salvation Army Youth and Community Center hosted the first site which covered the area between Olympic, Pico and Union. We thank center director Irene Lewis, community leaders, IDEPSCA, University Prep Value Students, Pico Union Neighborhood Council, 10th Street Elementary Parents, Rampart Cadets and Senior Lead Officers.

Site 2- The second site was hosted at the Pico Union Pocket Vest Park. We thank Recreation and Parks, LACC, KYCC, Magnolia Place, CARECEN, Metro Best Start parent group, Sunburst Academy students, Olympic Police Division and City Attorney's Office for their incredible support of the event, which focused on Hoover, Olympic, Venice and Washington. 

Watch the video here.

Site 3- St. Thomas the Apostle Church hosted the third site. We would like to thank their congregation, KYCC, and Olympic Police Neighborhood Watch for their support of the event. The neighborhood focused on Pico from Normandie to Vermont and Olympic. 

Lincoln Heights Increase the Peace Community Clean-Up

(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

Last Saturday, Team Cedillo together with the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program, sponsored the Annual Increase the Peace Community Clean-Up, between Avenue 33/Main Street and Griffin Avenue/Workman Street. Together with over 200 high schools students and volunteers from Young Nak Church, Occidental College, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, we filled 22 thirty gallon trash bags with litter, weeds, and debris and collected illegally dumped bulky items. We filled almost two 40 cubic yard trash bins. Special thanks to Dino’s Burgers for a great lunch and supporting us to ‘KEEP IT CLEAN.’

Southwest Museum Interview Results Presented

(Photo Credit: Steve Weingarten)

Over 120 people attended Ramona Hall on Monday for the "Community Conversation on the Future of the Southwest Museum," sponsored by Councilmember Cedillo and led by Community Steering Committee Representatives Frank Parrello and Carol Teutsch. The event was an opportunity for Chris Morris of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to present the findings of the final stakeholder interviews conducted by Amy Webb.

The meeting also presented an overview of the planning project timeline for the National Treasure and next steps. The evening included the announcement of the Steering Committee members and their roles and functions, including Team Cedillo’s very own, Arturo Chavez.  

The final report on the stakeholder interview findings prepared by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is posted on  

Solano Canyon Elementary Ribbon Cutting

(Photo Credit: Melinda Alatorre)

This week, Solano Canyon Elementary celebrated the ribbon cutting of their new campus. Students treated attendees to special performances in between speakers. The historic school had been outgrown by their rising student enrollment. LAUSD funded a new building as an addition to the historic site that will include ADA accessibility and upgraded classrooms. In addition, CD1 helped to facilitate the vacating of the sidewalk that once separated the campus from the playground to provide students a safer and bigger space to play. The students have been very eager and excited to use their new classrooms and playground.

Fire Station #13 Turkey Give Away

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Tuesday, Team Cedillo distributed approximately 200 turkeys to the Pico Union community. The event was held at Fire Station #13, located on Pico and Westmoreland. The community came together with our office, Los Angeles Fire Department and Olympic Division. We were happy to sponsor the first giveaway in Pico Union, which opened our season of giving to CD1 communities most in need. Altogether, Team Cedillo will distribute approximately 1,000 turkeys with the help of our sponsors, which include:

  • Urban Concepts
  • Ek & Ek
  • McCormack, Baron, Salazar
  • Paramount Pictures
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Ralphs/Food For Less
  • IBEW Local 18
  • ANJAC Fashion Properties
  • NBC Universal
  • Urban Associates
  • East West Bank
  • NBC/Telemundo
  • The Vons Companies, Inc.
  • Time Warner Cable
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Southern California Gas Co.
  • Warner Bros.
  • Campos Insurance

CD1 Renter’s Rights Community Forum

Renters_Rights.JPG(Photo Credit: Steve Weingarten)

On Wednesday night, CD1 teamed up with Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID), Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), and El Centro del Pueblo for a Renter's Rights Workshop at Franklin High School. Over 70 people attended the workshop to learn what their rights were and what resources are available to them as renters. Families were able to ask questions and open cases with the representatives from each organization. The workshop provided attendees with the tools needed to understand and fight illegal evictions.

Watch the TV Estrella coverage here. 

Turkey Giveaway with Dodgers

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted their Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway at the Stadium. Over 1,000 families drove up to the stadium to pick up their Thanksgiving meals. Dodger alumnae, Al "the bull" Ferrara, Matt Luke, Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas, Ron Cey, and Tommy Lasorda were present to take pictures with recipients and hand out turkeys. They were also treated to "pit stops" to collect their Dodger dog and a Dodger hat. Thank you to our boys in blue for giving back to the community in a big way.

Keep It Clean Big Belly Pilot Project Launch

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Today, Councilmember Cedillo launched another component of the CD1 ‘Keep It Clean’ Initiative. Upon entering office in July 2013, Councilmember Cedillo launched the ‘Keep It Clean’ pilot program to tackle trash and illegally dumped bulky items in CD1. Based on the success of his pilot program, Mayor Eric Garcetti initiated executive directive #8 to expand the pilot citywide under the ‘Clean Streets’ Initiative that includes increasing our trash receptacles from 1,000 to 6,000 in 5 years. Today, we installed 66 new Big Belly receptacles with smart technology systems and greater trash capacity to determine the efficacy and possible adoption of this system citywide. The 66 receptacles are installed in corridors with high pedestrian traffic in Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, and Westlake, and will be serviced by the Sanitation Department.

Watch the video here

Latona Movie Night

(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, Film.LA. and the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council sponsored a movie screening of "Big Hero 6" at Latona Elementary School in Montecito Heights. The outdoor movie, free popcorn and snacks were a big hit with the parents and students at the school. They warmed themselves with blankets for the cold and fun filled evening. A special thank you to Terry Bonsell for her excellent popcorn popping skills.

Pedro Ramirez Awarded Angels on Earth Award


Recently, Team Cedillo’s Pedro Ramirez was recognized by the Consul General of Mexico as an ‘Angel on Earth’ for his advocacy in the community and for addressing resident concerns in LA’s 1st District. #GoTeamCedillo 

Student Report on Councilmember Cedillo

This week Team Cedillo, in coordination with the Bureau of Street Services, resurfaced four streets in Highland Park.

Completed Streets:

  • Monte Vista Street, from Avenue 54 to Marmion Way
  • Avenue 53, from Figueroa Street to Marmion Way
  • Avenue 53, from Longfellow Street to Figueroa Street
  • Avenue 54, from Glen Ellen Place to Longfellow Street


 Scheduled Streets:

  • Avenue 55, from Carlota Boulevard to Figueroa Street
  • Ash Street, from Aldama Street to Avenue 54









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