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GILBERT A. CEDILLO
Councilmember, First District

Greetings,

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!

Sincerely,

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, First District


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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Ord & Yale Update

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Councilmember Cedillo keeps his promise to community. The Recreation and Parks Commission unanimously approved the purchase of a final parcel that will complete the land acquisition necessary to complete the park. We are now ready to open escrow. Stay tuned for a fall 2017 groundbreaking.

Ellis Act Amendments to RSO Approved

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Councilmember Cedillo has worked with HCID since he took office in 2013 to eliminate loopholes and strengthen tenant protections and due process, establish fairness, and preserve the City's RSO units.  On Tuesday, Ellis Act reforms to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance were unanimously adopted by City Council. In addition, council adopted the housing committee's recommendations directing the Planning Department to report back with recommendations for addressing the land use regulations and processes relating to Ellis Act demolitions and clearances, and requesting the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance amending the RSO to mirror the state's Ellis Act provisions and to recommend remedies to address Ellis Act abuses by landlords.

These are huge victories for tenants in Los Angeles. #HouseLA

Click here to read the ordinance.

Just Cause Evictions Motion

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Bay Area Cities are implementing new eviction and rent stabilization measures in response to severe housing supply shortages and affordability issues. Almost all include provisions that prohibit landlords from terminating tenancies without ‘just cause.’ On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion instructing the City Attorney to report back in 30 days with recommendations for an ordinance that mirrors that of the Bay Cities and makes evictions illegal without “just cause.”

Click here to read the motion.

Kinney Street Safety

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Kinney Street between, Crestmoore Place and Barryknoll Drive, is a winding hillside roadway located in the Glassell Park community of Council District 1. This street is a substandard hillside roadway with its steep grades, narrow passage, unsafe roadbed geometry and severe switchbacks. Public safety concerns have been amplified with the increasing number of building permits being issued for projects in the Glassell Park area and the accompanying increase of large construction vehicles. Haul Route permits in hillside communities, whether or not for the excavation of dirt, could specify safer route alternatives. Currently, many of the new permits are for "by right projects" and are not required to obtain haul route approvals, which requires an immediate attention and response to identified public safety concerns expressed from the community and the Council Office.

Therefore, Councilman Cedillo introduced a motion to request the Department of Public Works, with assistance and cooperation of the Department of Building Safety, City Administrative Officer and the Chief Legislative Analyst, to prepare and present a report setting for a 2017/18 Kinney Street Road Improvement Program, which prioritize the work to be accomplished and identifies a source of funds, and as well conduct a review of the City's Haul Route Ordinance to include hillside construction projects not requiring the excavation of dirt.

Read the motion here.

Monseñor Oscar Romero Street?

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The City of Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of Salvadorans outside the Republic of El Salvador, with an estimated population of one million nationals who are inextricably linked to their homeland. The figure of the late Archbishop of San Salvador, Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, as the ultimate pastor of the Salvadoran people, represents the moral voice against the injustices and human rights violations that led Salvadorans to flee their country and seek refuge in the United States, thus establishing communities in major cities such as the City of Los Angeles.

In recognition of the central role which Monseñor Oscar A. Romero plays in the national identity and the hearts of all Salvadoran people, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion to initiate the process to designate a portion of 15th Street, between Normandie Avenue and Kenmore Avenue in Council District 1, as "Monseñor Oscar Romero Street."

Read the motion here.

Honoring El Arca Inc.

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On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo honored Lincoln Heights native EL Arca Inc. for their over 50 years of service to the community. Formed in 1965, the East Los Angeles Remarkable Citizens’ Association, known as EL ARCA, INC., provides day services to more than 300 families citywide. EL ARCA, INC. has been operating in the same building in the Lincoln Heights community of Los Angeles since 1978. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality programs in a compassionate and caring environment.

Renters Day LA 2017

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On Wednesday we celebrated Renters Day in Los Angeles. Working with tenant rights advocates, this day is set aside for legislative suggestions and demands. This year tenants asked for:

  • Ellis Act Reform
  • Support for Costa-Hawkins Repeal
  • Fight Landlord Harassment
  • Rent Increase Moratorium

Collectively, the City Council has introduced motions to address 3 of the 4 items on the wish list.

Arts Day 2017

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On Wednesday, the City Council made a special presentation in honor of Arts Day. With President Trump‘s proposed cuts to the arts, we must speak up to continue funding the invaluable services and programs that make our communities vibrant. The Councilmember was visited by a group of CD1 artists that want to expand the arts in our district. We are excited about this partnership. Stay tuned.

Mayor’s Budget 2017-2018

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Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his proposed 2017-18 budget — a fiscally responsible spending plan that focuses on the City’s commitment to ending homelessness, builds on the Mayor’s efforts to improve basic services, and puts voter-approved Measure M and Proposition HHH funding for housing and transportation projects into action.

The $9.2 billion budget allocates more than $176 million toward housing and services for homeless Angelenos — a $38 million increase from last year’s investment — and $35 million to fix some of the City’s most broken streets, and make roads safer for Angelenos.

The budget maintains a 5% reserve fund while advancing Mayor Garcetti’s Back to Basics agenda — including a $2 million increase to the City’s graffiti removal program, which will enable the City to respond to 90% of requests within 24 hours, and a doubling of the Girls Play L.A. initiative, which will improve gender equity in sports programming throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti’s proposed 2017-2018 budget is available here.


FIELD UPDATE
Cypress Avenue Clean Up

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From our first day in office, we launched the ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign that went citywide in 2015 as the Clean Streets LA Initiative. On Wednesday, Team Cedillo coordinated a half a mile clean up on Cypress Avenue between Division Street and Future Street in Cypress Park. Together with support from LAPD Northeast Division and LADOT, our LA Sanitation and LA Conservation Corps crews performed weed and litter abatement and illegal dumping collection. Over 40 trash bags were filled with weeds and litter and 15 illegally dumped items were collected. We appreciate all the residents and businesses that stopped workers to say thank you.

Please continue to report illegally dumped items by calling 311 or our office directly at (323)550-1538.

MacArthur Park Improvements

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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined members of the community for two major accomplishments at MacArthur Park. Part of the visioning MacArthur Park Plan, Councilmember Cedillo unveiled the new synthetic sports field, which is heavily used by local soccer players. The second announcement was made by RAP General Manager Michael Shull, who surprised everyone with news of Park Rangers returning to the park thanks to funding made possible by CD1.

Safe Routes to School at Latona Ave Elementary

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Recently the Bureau of Street Services completed our Safe Routes to School improvements by Latona Avenue Elementary, including street bump outs and sidewalk repairs.

Clean Scene at 260 South Avenue 60

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Thank you Los Angeles Sanitation for keeping Avenue 50 clean and to our constituent that used the Myla311 app. #KeepItClean

Immigration Town Hall at Divine Saviour Church

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Last night, Councilmember Cedillo hosted an immigration town hall, along with Padres Unidos Por NELA, LAPD, LAUSD, Divine Saviour Church, the Mexican and Salvadoran Consulates, Ferias Legales, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Padres Voluntarios de Juntos Park.

Since the ICE arrest of Romulo Avelica Gonzalez in Highland Park, while dropping off his children at school, residents have been uneasy and fearful in their own community. The immigration forum provided attendees with assurance that the school system and city do not cooperate with ICE and legal questions were answered on the spot.  


NEWS UPDATE
KaBOOM! Grant Opportunity for Playground

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KaBOOM! is excited to build a new playground in Los Angeles, creating opportunity for the balanced, active play that all children need to grow and thrive. They’ve built thousands of playgrounds across the country through the Build it with KaBOOM! grant, and are looking to partner with community groups to create a great new play space.

To apply, please visit https://apply.kaboom.org/.  


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