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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
One Step Closer for the LA River Restoration Project

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(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

Last Monday, the Arts, Parks and River Committee approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report, which includes the Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the proposed LA River Ecosystem Restoration Project and moved it to council. In addition, the Committee approved the Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations, the Recommended Plan (Alt. 20) for implementation and adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The proposed Project involves restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River, while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. Restoration measures considered include creation and reestablishment of historic riparian strand and freshwater marsh habitat to support increased populations of wildlife and enhance habitat connectivity within the study area, as well as to provide opportunities for connectivity to ecological zones. Restoration includes the reintroduction of ecological and physical processes, such as a more natural hydrologic and hydraulic regime that reconnects the river to historic floodplains and tributaries, reduced flow velocities, increased infiltration, improved natural sediment processes, and improved water quality. The proposed Project also includes opportunities for passive recreation that is compatible with the restored environment.

The City has prepared a “Reader’s Guide” in both English and Spanish to help explain the key points of the study. The guide is available for download here:

http://eng.lacity.org/techdocs/emg/docs/lariver/LA_River_Reader_Guide.pdf
http://eng.lacity.org/techdocs/emg/docs/lariver/LA_River_Gui_Del_Lector.pdf

The next steps for the project are:
1.  Army Corps to Certify the National Environmental Policy Act Doc. for the Recommended Plan
2.  US Congress to Authorize the Recommended Plan in the Next Water Resources Development Act
3.  All Federal and State Partners to Seek Congressional Appropriations for Design

Body Cameras for LAPD


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On Wednesday, the City Council approved a $57.6-million plan over five years, to purchase thousands of body cameras for LAPD. This makes LAPD the largest law enforcement agency in the country with this technology. 

Philippine Independence Day

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Today, the City Council honored Philippine Independence Day, celebrated on June 12th. It commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. Since 1962, it has been the country's National Day.

LADWP Reform Language Approved


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Today, the City Council voted to add a proposal on the November ballot that would make changes to the way LADWP is governed. The main changes include: 

  • Adding qualification requirements/stipends/removal protections for the DWP board
  • Expanding the board to 7 members
  • Modifying DWP's contracting, rate-setting and other authority 
  • Permitting future alternatives to existing civil service standards for DWP employees through collective bargaining 
  • Requiring monthly billing 

To read the reports, click here.


FIELD UPDATE
The Wall Las Memorias Raise Our Pride Event

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(Photo Credit: Mel Ilomin)

On Saturday, The Wall Las Memorias Project and the Church of the Epiphany hosted a LGBTQ flag dedication and HIV awareness event at the historic Lincoln Heights church. It will be the first time in the one-hundred-twenty year history of the church that an LGBTQ flag is risen. The event also served as a memorial to the victims of the Orlando shootings last week. Team Cedillo was in attendance and honored to have this event take place in CD1.

Thank you The Wall Las Memorias for continuing to educate our community. 

Johnny Quintanilla Artwork in Highland Park Office

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(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

We have new artwork in our Highland Park District Office for the community to enjoy by Johnny Quintanilla. Also known as Zurdo, Johnny is a Los Angeles-based artist with roots from El Salvador. His work has been included in galleries all over Southern California such as The Cactus Gallery, Avenue 50 Studio, KGB Gallery, LA Artcore Brewery, Galerie Rheeway, and the Ontario Museum. Outside of Southern California he has exhibited at the Galleria Artelibre Zaragoza in Spain. Besides gallery exhibitions, he has participated in fundraising events like the ALS film screening auction and the Violence Intervention Program at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Johnny’s body of work is narrative and non-linear; the stories are built around his pop-surrealism inspired by symbolism and deeply founded spirituality. Delicate bird-creatures embody love and self-sacrifice; nurturing the creatures around them, they provide protection and solace. Personified house-structures represent stability and new beginnings yet the topsy-turvy objects surrounding them express instability discord and tension. Issues of balance are questioned and satisfied through his layers of analogies. Lately, his work has incorporated various animal drawings covered in color displaying death and rebirth. Through this series he challenges the audience to question the rooted fear of death providing an alternative emotion, peace of mind. His work has won the hearts of many patrons, and continues to be a pillar for illustrative storytelling, pop art and surrealism.

Alley Resurfacing at Magnolia

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(Photo Credit: Ana Gomez)

In 2015, our office began to receive calls and requests for the resurfacing of an alley located between Magnolia Elementary School and Magnolia Place, a community center in the heart of Pico Union. We started working with residents directly affected by this issue and especially with the Belong Campaign and the Korean Youth and Community Center, both of which had worked on the creation of an alley wide mural and a Safe Passages program. Through this process our office received hundreds of petitions that were gathered by door to door outreach. Team Cedillo is proud to share that after months of coordination with the Bureau of Street Services, the alley was completely resurfaced this month. It serves not only as a route to school, but as a backyard for the children that live on this block. It has been a privilege to work with the organizations and residents in this neighborhood. We hope to continue to strengthen this collaboration in years to come.    

Yale Street Project Improvements Start

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(Photo Credit: Sharon Lowe)

Pardon our mess. The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) and CD1 are pleased to announce the beginning of the Yale Street project improvements. New landscaped median islands, curb extensions, continental crosswalks and curb ramp upgrades are part of the Active Transportation Program. The work is taking place on Yale Street between Alpine Street and College Street. Completion and ribbon cutting will take place in early August when Castelar Elementary commences the school year.

APAIT Annual Dinner

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On Wednesday, Team Cedillo attended the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT) Annual Dinner where the outgoing and incoming Boardmembers were honored. APAIT has been a pillar of the CD1 community for almost 3 decades, providing services to underserved communities living with HIV/AIDS. Certificates of Appreciation were presented on behalf of Councilmember Cedillo to Lois Takahashi and Ericson Herbas, who served as co-chairs of the board of advisors for 10 and 8 years respectively.

LAPD Northeast Division Coffee with a Cop in Cypress Park

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(Photo Credit: LAPD)

On Thursday, Team Cedillo joined LAPD Northeast Division and over 50 people from the community for coffee and pastries–to discuss community concerns and learn more about each other. Coffee with a Cop is meant to help improve trust and build relationships, one cup of coffee at a time. Thanks to Divine Saviour Church for hosting and providing the pastries and coffee.

Thank You from Avenue 46 & Mavis Street

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(Photo Credit: Greg Bertens)

CD1 resident Greg Bertens wrote to us today on behalf of everyone in his neighborhood, on Avenue 46 and Mavis Street. For the recent repaving of his street. He writes, “THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your efforts to make this happen. We recognize the challenges presented with the narrow streets and repaving a road that hasn't been done in over 50 years - we appreciate your determination to get this done in the 2015-2016 fiscal year (with one week left to spare)!”


NEWS UPDATE
Team Cedillo at Eastside Queer Stories Festival

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(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)

Councilmember Cedillo is one of the sponsors of the Eastside Queer Stories Festival presented by Q Youth Foundation and Casa 0101. Team Cedillo attended the production on Thursday at Little Casa 0101 Theater. The packed audience enjoyed fresh, new stories of emerging LGBTQIA writers, directors and actors/actresses of color. The project’s goal is educating, encouraging, and fostering voices of Latino/a culture that is often overlooked in today’s entertainment industry. The show is extremely entertaining and poignant and is part of the celebration of Pride Month. You will laugh, cry, love, and most importantly you will see fresh new stories!

Produced by Claudia Duran and Ana Bernal, the show is co-presented by the Q Youth Foundation to start conversations about the positives and negatives of being out and document those stories. The Q Youth Foundation is partnering with Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights to continue documenting and telling LGBTQIA stories.

Councilmember Cedillo is proud to be one of the sponsors of the festival. Eastside Queer Stories Festival continues its run through June 26th with performances on Friday/Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. at Little Casa 0101, 2009 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

For tickets visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2549826.  

#CD1Tardeada

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We are about one week away from our Independence Day Tardeada and in the midst of final preparation for a memorable celebration! As was announced last week, we are preparing a stellar line-up which includes: Mariachi Los Camperos with Marisela Ibarra, Folklorico Princesa Donaji, EDMex Featuring Adrian Brizz, Buyepongo, and Vilma Diaz y La Sonora. Also joining us is DJ & Music Curation by Glenn Red, dance instruction by the talented Andrea Rodriguez, and Julieta Isela will emcee the event. Please visit our Facebook event page for more details. 

This event is FREE for everyone! We encourage you to bring your friends, family, and neighbors. Pack your picnic baskets and get ready to dance, celebrate, and enjoy our fireworks show at the MacArthur Park Lakeside.

Here is a glimpse into one of headlining bands-Buyepongo!

According to its members, the name Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” – which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo’s riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit.

On their debut album, Todo Mundo, released early 2016, Buyepongo takes their Pan-Latin sound worldwide with a vivid collection of original music that is as hard to pin down as it is to resist. “Our music is going to get you moving and thinking,” says singer and percussionist Edgar “Meshlee” Modesto. “It’ll break you out of your comfort zone and connect you with other folks and cultures. If you come to dance and have a good time you’re going to get that, but if you come to hear great music with a lot of heart and technique, you’re going to get that too. It’s a very unique style.”

2016 Summer Movie Nights

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