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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,
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Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, First District

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 
Council Recess

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This week, City Council was in recess in observance of Rosh Hashanah and due to the League of California Cities Annual Conference. 


FIELD UPDATE
Homeless Connect Day at Lincoln Park

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Last week, Team Cedillo partnered with Exodus Recovery and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to assist approximately 152 people experiencing homelessness by connecting them to resource agencies. Of these, 110 are experiencing homelessness in NELA and 8 were in danger of becoming homeless.

The following resources were accessed:
• 70 people met with outreach team members
• 21 individuals utilized Shower of Hope showers
• 58 people were in the HMIS system/9 people completed a CES survey on site
• 14 people were assisted with resolving DPSS benefits issues
• 16 people were provided DMV ID vouchers
• 1 person was linked to a sober center
• 7 transitional age youth were enrolled and connected to a TAY provider
• 36 appointments scheduled for medical and dental services
• 43 people connected with a mental health provider/11 appointments were made
• 25 Hepatitis A vaccines were given
• 5 families were connected to providers for family support

Special thanks to Monica Alcaraz, Exodus Recovery, Louise Merrit and Recreation and Parks for their efforts to coordinate this event. Thanks to all the agencies that participated; Shower of Hope, LAHSA, PATH, The Vet Center VA, St. Vincent de Paul, Social Model Recovery Systems, LA LGBT Center, U.S. Vets, Recycled Resources for the Homeless, LA County DPSS, The Weingart Center, AADAP Inc., L.A. Kitchen, CHIRP LA, LA County Department of Public Health, First to Serve LA County DMH, Bureau of Sanitation and the Department of Water and Power.

COFECA City Hall Reception

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Last Friday, Team Cedillo hosted Confederacion Centroamericana’s (COFECA) Central American Independence Day reception at City Hall.

Immigration Roundtable

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On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Hermandad Mexicana - La Original for a roundtable discussion on the proposed Civil Rights Ordinance that is moving through the legislative process in the City of Los Angeles.

Central American Independence Day Festival

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On Saturday, Team Cedillo joined COFECA at the Central American Independence Day Festival at MacArthur Park.

Urban Land Institute Report on N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights

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This week, Team Cedillo attended a community presentation conducted by the Los Angeles Local Development Corporation about economic investment on N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights. A report was released about current land use, commercial market demand, gaps and ideas to encourage increased economic activity for the corridor.

The report is available online at: www.losangelesldc.com.

Pico Union Alley Clean Up

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Thank you to the Bureau of Sanitation for cleaning the alley at 11th Street/12th Street and Lake Street/ Alvarado Street that had illegally dumped trash. Please contact 311 or our office to let us know an area that needs to be cleaned.

Remembering 9/11

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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Michel Moore, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and other Councilmembers for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the LAFD Frank Hotchkins Training Center in CD1.  

Unveiling of Cedillo Soapbox Car at LAPD Northeast Division

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On Wednesday, Team Cedillo received an amazing surprise from officers at LAPD Northeast Division, a newly constructed soapbox car named in honor of Councilmember Cedillo. This was truly an honor for the Councilmember. Even without the V8 engine and sirens, this soapbox car is a fine addition to the LAPD vehicle fleet. Thank you Captain Sandoval and the entire Northeast Division family. You can view the soapbox car on display at the station.     

Glassell Park Homelessness and Housing Forum 

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On Thursday, Team Cedillo joined a forum hosted by the Glassell Park Improvement Association to discuss challenges and solutions to help people experiencing homelessness. A panel discussion took place with the following homeless specialists: 

  • Monica Alcaraz - Exodus Recovery
  • Jose Mendez - Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Sgt. Arturo Sigueñas - Los Angeles Police Department HOPE Team
  • Gabrielle Taylor - Deputy City Attorney

The discussion was informative, civil, and thought-provoking, covering law suits and current policies that limit what can be done for clean ups and treatment for mental illness. Residents shared ideas about accessible bathrooms and showers and discussed neighborhood opposition to homeless shelters in other communities. We thank the Glassell Park community for attending and engaging in this much needed conversation.

Chinese American Museum Gala

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Last night, Team Cedillo attended the Chinese American Museum Gala, where the Councilmember presented an award to Larry Jung, President and Chairman for LA Chinatown Corporation.

Cleaning Pico Union Alleys

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Today, Team Cedillo partnered with the LA Conservation Corps to clean alleys in Pico Union. Thank you for helping us 'Keep It Clean.'


NEWS UPDATE
Taylor Yard G2 Community Survey Results

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The Bureau of Engineering has published the results of the Taylor Yard G2 River Park community survey, conducted this past spring. The survey aims to capture the priorities of the surrounding communities, as the project team prepares preliminary concepts for the site.

Click here to see the results.

City of LA First Time Homebuyer Programs

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The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is pleased to announce that the City Council and Mayor have approved an additional allocation of $2 million for the Moderate Income Purchase Assistance (MIPA) Homeownership Program, which provides a “silent second” loan of up to $60,000 for down payment, closing costs, and acquisition financing.

They also announced key updates to the Low Income Purchase Assistance (LIPA) Homeownership Program, which increased the maximum loan limit from up to $60,000 to $90,000.

For more information on the MIPA, LIPA, and MCC program features and requirements, please refer to the attached program flyers. You may also contact HCIDLA’s Homeownership Unit General Line at (213) 808-8800 or visit HCIDLA's website at http://hcidla.lacity.org/homebuyers.

5th Annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival

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Councilmember Cedillo is proud to host the 5th Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. We've put together a great line-up for the first day of the festival. Here are five of the fifteen great bands performing.

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Live or recorded, it doesn't get any better. 
Whether a concert hall or an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in, they are coming at you full force from start to finish. Their energy on stage, rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s rich history, thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience.

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Boogaloo Assassins is a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band with a sound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960’s and 70’s. The group’s self-released 2013 vinyl debut “OLD LOVE DIES HARD” spawned the 7” underground cross-over hit single “No No No”, which received regular club and radio airplay around the globe, from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson to Santa Monica’s KCRW 88.9 to NYC’s pioneering hip-hop DJ Tony Touch.

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JOSÉ RIZO’s Grammy-winning Mongorama is no ordinary band. It pays tribute to Mongo Santamaría and his bandmates. The essence of the rhythm and infectious “danceability” of the music pleases both the listeners (jazz and Latin music fans) and the dancers. Mongorama proudly follows in the footsteps of maestro Santamaría. His composition “Afro Blue” (especially John Coltrane's incendiary interpretation of the song), and Herbie Hancock's “Watermelon Man,” are just a part of the opulent legacy of Mongo Santamaría.

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Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an "East LA Chican@ rock group," summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement.

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In 1969, trumpet player/vocalist Jose Cuadra assembled a group of musicians to form an eight-piece band known today as Cold Duck. Before long, Cold Duck was performing its way into the Southern California music scene, establishing itself as the premier dance band. Cold Duck continues its tradition of excellent musicianship and groovin' rhythms. The list of credentials of individual band members include extensive experience with a wide array of celebrities.


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