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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
@cmGilCedillo
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 
League of Cities Council Recess

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(Photo Credit: Jay Cortez)

The Los Angeles City Council was in recess this week but will resume session on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019. The Councilmember and team are busy preparing for next week's session and enjoying time supporting District favorites like our local IHOP restaurant on Ave 26th and Figueroa, serving the warmest cups of coffee and even warmer smiles to our constituents. Stop by and enjoy a sweet treat or two this weekend!


FIELD UPDATE
Safe Parking Program in Glassell Park

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(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

Team Cedillo is laying the groundwork with community residents and neighborhood groups to bring "Safe Parking" to Council District 1. This week, staff attended the Glassell Park Improvement Association meeting as well as a meeting with 45 seniors from the Glassell Park Senior and Community Center to share information about the program and to answer questions. Some participants raised concerns about the program taking away parking spaces from their meetings and during the seniors monthly club outings. We made sure to explain that the community center parking lot has 40 parking spaces with a 75% nightly vacancy rate. And also that on average, the participation rate at other citywide Safe Parking Programs is anywhere from 5-10 cars per night and the lot would only be used from 7pm to 7am so the impact has been designed to be absolutely minimal.

Our other Safe Parking location is in Westlake/ Pico Union. The community center’s parking lot is the best suitable location after looking at other sites in Glassell Park, Cypress Park, and  Highland Park. The lot is well lit, will have portable restroom serviced weekly, will include security and access to case management, and most importantly, is home to our district field office so we can assist directly in management. No activity is proposed for inside the center. The community asked us to do something about the people living in their vehicles, and this is a thoughtful and reasonable solution. The parking lot can serve the needs of everyone involved. We value the support received from the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, the Glassell Park Improvement Association, and the seniors at the community center and our office will work hard to maintain the community's support for the program and keep their needs always in mind. 

Click here to read Boulevard Sentinel coverage of the story here.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Cathedral High School
Visual and Performing Arts Theater Complex

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(Photo Credit: Jay Cortez)

On Friday, Councilmember Cedillo had the honor of speaking at an event two years in the making: the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Cathedral High School's new "Visual and Performing Arts Classroom and Theater Complex." Council District 1 now hosts the largest school construction project of the Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles and will soon be providing their students with state-of-the-art facilities which include a massive performing arts theater, new classrooms, innovation lab for robotics and tech, band classrooms for fine arts and a full production studio. Our office was very proud in helping to secure appropriate funding for the project through available tax credits to make this possible. Other speakers at the event included former LA City Mayor and Cathedral Alum, Antonio Villaraigosa, Emmy-award winning journalist and Mistress of Ceremonies, Lynette Romero, legendary local activist and LA Development Fund Chair, Moctezuma Esparza, Director of Citibank Community Capital, Gina Nisbeth, and lastly, Cathedral's President, Martin Farfan. Congratulations Cathedral Phantoms on your incredible new addition!

Lynette Romero will premiere an exclusive feature on this story this Sunday, March 17th, 2019 at 9AM on KTLA5 on her show "Link Up with Lynette."
You can find the KTLA schedule and more info by clicking here.

Artist Frank Romero Restores Mural in Highland Park

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Frank Romero will be starting work on a new mural in Highland Park. The Mural titled "Cruising on Griffin Blvd." features five of the iconic artist's favorite vehicles with the San Gabriel Mountains rising in the background.

The mural was suggested by numerous members of the community after word that a Romero mural had been painted over during the 2000's. It was then that CD1 was approached and met with the artist together with members of the local arts community. Loal stakeholders and residents then had a fundraiser for the mural to contribute to the initial funding provided in by CD1. At least 400 local community members donated through an art auction held at Compass Realty last September. A number of local businesses and artists either gladly donated to the silent auction or simply donated to the cause. 

This will most likely be one of Romero's last murals. He has expressed interest in doing one more mural at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights, where he is a long time board member, but for now, Highland Park is the lucky recipient of a mural that fits with the storied history of Northeast Los Angeles. 

You can read more about Frank Romero's storied career and his indelible mark on both the LA Art scene and Chicano history by clicking here.

Washington Blvd. Clean-Up

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(Photo Credit: Luis Gonzalez)

Our field team worked hard in the beautiful weather this week to make sure Washington blvd walkways were cleaned and clear for all our local neighbors and students from West Adams to enjoy a stroll through.

If you'd like to report bulky item pick-up or to utilize other city services, click here if you're on mobile and would like to use our convenient phone app.

Elysian Park Slow Ride & Bird Watch

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(Photo Credit: Conrado TerrazasCross)

Team Cedillo participated at “Elysian Valley Slow Ride & Bird Watching” sponsored by Audubon Center at Debs Park today. Click link for future events announced via their Facebook page.

LAPD Olympic Station Inspection & 10 Year Anniversary

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(Photo Credit: Luis Gonzalez)

Team Cedillo was happy to support and celebrate our local enforcement at Olympic Station in their 10 year celebration. Thank you, officers, for a solid decade of service and dedication to the safety of our communities.

Westlake & Pico Union Sidewalk Clean Up

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(Photo Credit: LA Bureau of Sanitation)

Our LA Bureau of Sanitation crew cleaned 1700 block of W. 20th St, Bonnie Brae between 3rd and 6th, and 1600 block of 3rd St, and the 900 block of Westmoreland Ave that had illegal dumping. Please contact 311 (download app here) or our office to let us know an area that needs to be cleaned.

Byzantine Latino BID Board Member Honored
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(Photo Credit: Luis Gonzalez)

Team Cedillo joined Council President Herb Wesson in honoring Board member Jason Segel during the Byzantine-Latino Quarter BID Quarterly Meeting for his exceptional service to the communities of CD1 and CD10.

Inaugural Leo Politi Neighborhood Team Meeting

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The Field Team attended the Inaugural meeting of the Leo Politi Neighborhood Team at Leo Politi Elementary School. We're excited to work with this group in improving our communities.

Echo Park Recreational Complex Thanks Volunteer Coaches

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(Photo Credit: Ricardo Flores)

Team Cedillo joined the Park Directors at Echo Park Recreation Complex to thank all their Volunteer Coaches this past week. A great big thank you to all the men and women that volunteer their time and efforts to empower youth throughout our communities. 


NEWS UPDATE
City Moves to Terminate Oil Drilling Lease in District 1

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On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo issued a joint press release to announce the termination of the St. James Exploratory Oil and Gas Lease, operated by AllenCo, in the University Park neighborhood of District 1. The site had a proven history of failing to adhere to regulation guidelines which proved to negatively effect the health of constituents in the surrounding areas. In keeping with the Mayor's commitment to fight climate change, the two city officials and their teams worked together to ensure the permanent shut-down of the site and ensure we instead promote clean energy solutions for the City's future. The City is now working with the Archdiocese in Los Angeles, who owns the other portions of the drilling site to hopefully shut down the oil drilling district for the forseeable future.

Click here to read Los Angeles Times coverage of the story.


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