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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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Fighting for Home-ownership

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This week I shed light on the growing divide between homeowners and renters.  

While many homeowners are capitalizing on low interest rates to push down their monthly payment, renters are shelling out larger shares of their income to stay afloat.

Adding to the challenge may be the demand for rental units from former homeowners who lost their properties to foreclosure. Thanks in part to the mortgage crisis and in part to young adults putting off buying, the region's home-ownership rate has fallen from 52% in 2007 to 48% today, and the number of owner-occupied homes has dropped by 115,000.

We must look for ways to facilitate the opportunity for all Angelinos to purchase a home if they so desire. This is a strategy that will not only help invest in our communities, but will also help alleviate our rental market burden.

I introduced a motion to start this conversation. This motion asks for a review of the City’s current home-ownership programs, how to maximize dollars, and the impact additional money in our first time home-buyer program would have. Read the motion here.

Renters's Day
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This week marked the 3rd Annual Renters Day in Los Angeles.

With more than 60% of the residents of the City of Los Angeles being renters, they are the engine that drives this economy. Overall, in the LA metro area, 58.5 percent of renters are "burdened," meaning that more than 30 percent of their income goes to rent.

Spending over 30 percent of your paycheck on rent, inevitably starts to cut into other necessary expenses—like food or healthcare—not to mention savings. That hurts renters, but also the local economy.

It was an honor to partner with the hundreds of renters in the City of Los Angeles for a day of advocacy and great discussions around the many issues facing our tenants today.

The Housing Committee welcomed a presentation from the LA Renters’ Coalition and all members stand committed to continue to work together to address the Housing Crisis in LA.

Wage Theft in Ecomomic Development Committee 
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In May 2015, as my colleagues and I fought to hike the minimum wage, I also stressed the importance of addressing wage theft and authored policy to create the Office of Wage Standards under the City’s Bureau of Contract Administration. My vision was to create an institution that would give the city stronger ways to enforce rules against shorting employees by having the authority to impose fines and liens, revoke city permits, and take other actions to implement city wage rules. 

In subsequent months, the Bureau has progressed in developing this new office, drafting regulations, informational material, and investigation procedures.  This week, in the Economic Development Committee, the Bureau reported back with their progress on their continuous development on infrastructure necessary to ensure effectiveness.  For More Information

Paid Sick Leave
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Tuesday, the full City Council voted to support the drafting of a new law that entitles Los Angeles workers to earn six paid sick days annually– twice the California state minimum. This vote instructs the City Attorney to draft the ordinance which will then return to the full council for a hearing.  If approved at the final vote, the new law would go into effect on July 1 of this year, and a year later for employers with fewer than 25 employees.


FIELD UPDATE

MacArthur Park Grand Ribbon Cutting
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(Photo Cred: Sergio Infanzon)

We had our ribbon cutting on Monday April 18th at MacArthur Park, formerly Westlake, one of the oldest parks in the City of Los Angeles.  I was was joined by various community members to celebrate the beginning of many improvements at MacArthur Park.  The new entry way’s design was part of discussions held with community members and was inspired by Mayan Stelae to represent the current population in the neighborhood.

We addressed the crowd with a unifying message for park dwellers "In the sphere of public space, we are all equal.  This is just the beginning.  We don't care if you're rich or poor, what your immigration status or sexual orientation is. This is your park. Welcome to the new MacArthur Park!” 

Glassell Park Transit Pavilion

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On March 30, 2016, Council District 1 and the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) Project Team for the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion held a second and final public meeting held at the Sotomayor Learning Academies. Community members learned that Council District 1 and BOE successfully pursued and received an additional $250,000 grant combined with City's Proposition C $120,455 and Federal Transit Administration Grant (Congressmember Becerra Office), $190,000 for total funding: $560,455 thereby enabling the project to be fully funded and to move forward after over 10 years of waiting for improvements by the community.  BOE presented renderings of the project site plan, landscaping palette, enhanced paving, street furniture, security lighting fixture, and options for selection of shade structure and colors for the canopy and pole.

Community members present, joined by Congressmember Becerra’s field deputy, unanimously selected their preferred shade structure option and colors for the shade canopy, pole, street furniture and security light fixtures. Additional safety elements such as high visibility continental crosswalks, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk repairs are also included in the overall project.  At request of community attendees, bronze "Cypress Park - Glassell Park" will be incorporated into the design of the enhanced paving. Support and approval was received from community attendees for the project design and elements.

This will greatly benefit bus riders, especially hundreds of students that attend school at the Sotomayor Learning Academies. Council District 1 wants to thank Helene Schpak and Michael Pinto for their vision 10 years ago to create a transit pavilion and all the community members from Glassell Park and Cypress Park that provided input and support for this project. Construction start date to be late July 2016 with completion date by July 2017


Rampart Police Division Open House

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On Saturday April 16th, Rampart Police Division hosted their Annual Open House.  Community members were able to first hand experience the various divisions and resources available at their local police station.  There were the under water diving special unit, the bicycle unit, various K9 police dogs, and of course officers on horseback.

Glassel Park Earth Day Community Clean Up
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(Photo Cred: Jose Rodriguez) 

Last Saturday, Team Cedillo along with the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, LA Conservation Corps, and SEA helped beautify the community. We filled 21 trash bags with leaves and litter and collected bulky items on Verdugo Rd, Eagle Rock Blvd, and Bushwick St and from all the alleys between Verdugo Rd/ Bushwick St and Ave 30/Ave 37 that filled a 40 cubic yard trash bin. Special thanks to the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council for providing volunteers with food and refreshments. Together we will keep Glassell Park clean.

Graffiti Up and Down In One Day 

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This week our office received a complaint about a large graffiti vandalism on private property. Thanks to the City of LA, Office of Community Beautification graffiti removal contractor Northeast Graffiti Buster, the graffiti problem was removed the same day. If you see graffiti that needs to be removed, report the problem by calling 311 or online at www.myla311.lacity.org

Councilmember Cedillo and Councilmember Ed Reyes at Lummis Foundation

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(Photo Credit: Eliot Sekuler)

I presented my CD 1 predecessor, Ed Reyes, with the Lummis Day Community Foundation’s “Noisemaker Award” at the foundation’s annual awards dinner last week at the  104-year-old Highland Park Ebell Club. 

I applaud Ed’s expertise and his vision in helping to draw up plans for the Los Angeles River and his long service to the community.

The “Noisemaker Award,” named for the famous entertainments hosted by Charles Lummis for writers, artists and dignitaries at his Northeast L.A. home, is presented to a person whose work and contributions to the community are consistent with the mission of the Lummis Day Community Foundation, ‘to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.'  Thank you to Elliot and Jane Sekuler committee chairs and the whole committee for their consistent work and commitment to the community.

This year’s Lummis Day Festival, the 11th annual event, will take place on June 3, 4 and 5 at four Northeast L.A. locations: Occidental College in Eagle Rock the Southwest Museum in Mt Washington, Sycamore Grove Park and the area surrounding the York Boulevard & Avenue 50 park in Highland Park. As always, admission to all festival events will be free of charge. Full festival schedule will be posted at www.LummisDay.org


World Hemophilia Day 

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(Photo Cred: Laurie Goldfarb) 

World Hemophilia Day is an international day of observance to raise awareness about hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. While treatment exists and most in the U.S. are able to access care, globally most are not diagnosed and do not receive treatment. Our vision for World Hemophilia Day is "Treatment for All."

On World Hemophilia Day, all countries and cities participate by lighting up a landmark red! From Moscow to Rio de Janeiro, to Croatia, and Perth, Australia and Niagara Falls, it is a day to promote awareness.  HFSC participated by lighting up City Hall and the LAX Pylons red! It was my honor to introduce the motion to have City Hall be lit up red.

On Sunday, my staff joined The Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California in celebrating World Hemophilia Day on Sunday, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles across form City Hall.  At the dinner in partnership with pharmaceutical company, Biogen, members participated in a "Factor Factory" challenge where youth built a working machine that showed how blood clotting works.  The Factory helped demonstrate why missing just one clotting factor can result in a bleeding disorder.  In people with bleeding disorders, the clotting process doesn’t work properly. As a result, people with bleeding disorders can bleed for longer than normal, and some may experience spontaneous bleeding into joints, muscles, or other parts of their bodies.The most common bleeding disorder is von Willebrand disease (VWD). Other two more common bleeding disorders are Hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency) and Hemophilia B (factor IX deficiency). 

For more information, please call us at 626-765-6656 or email info@hemosocal.org

YOU GO GIRL! 
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(Photo Cred: Debby Kim)

Team Cedillo bids farewell to our very own Melinda Alatorre as she embarks on a new journey. For over two and a half years, she has served the residents of the First Council District with dedication of heart and hand.  It has been our greatest joy to have had her be part of our team. Although we will miss her dearly, we wish her all the best of luck and success in her future endeavors.

Good Luck Melinda! We will miss you! - From your CD1 Family


In Memory of CD1 Community Leader Pat Griffith
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In Memory of Patricia Eileen Griffith

July 15, 1950 - April 18, 2016

The CD1 family and the Northeast Community is saddened at the sudden loss of our dear friend, community leader and Mt. Washington resident Pat Griffith. She was kind, sensitive, compassionate and a generous spirit.

Born in Burbank, Pat was raised by Jim and Francis Griffith in Southern California with her brothers Tom and Fred.  She graduated with a BS in mathematics from UC Irvine, received an M.Phil degree in Textile Physics at the University of Leeds, and lived and worked in the north of England for several years.  She returned to Los Angeles in 1978 to work at McDonnell Douglas Co. in Long Beach, where she met Scott Burleigh.  In 1980 they moved to an old house in Mount Washington that reminded them of their grandmothers’ homes, where they lived for the rest of her life.

Their daughter, Geneva, was born in 1985 and promptly set about bringing them endless joy.  Just last month Pat celebrated Geneva’s marriage to Jeremy Kerr; Geneva and Jeremy live in Studio City.

Pat’s background in mathematics and systems analysis grew into an expertise in providing data-driven direction to managed health care organizations.  She performed healthcare informatics for such companies as MEDecision, Protocare Science, Value Health Sciences, Molina Healthcare, and most recently L. A. Care.

But Pat had a second career that was at least as important to her, trying to make things better in her community.  She turned her great intelligence, tenacity, patience, empathy, and boundless energy toward local organizations that advanced the causes she felt were important: early childhood education, active transportation, the rights of women, and the enjoyment and protection of nature.  For many years Pat served the community through the Mt. Washington School PTA, the Mt. Washington Association, and the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.  She happily served as the Northeast LA Ambassador for the LA County Bike Coalition.

Pat was a rock climber in her youth and later an avid hiker, runner, and bicycle rider, but she was as social as she was athletic: she was in a book club and (with Scott) a wine tasting group, she went on all the art walks and collected works of local artists, and she had so many friends.  She and Scott were founding members of the Mt. Washington Kindercare Co-op, a family of families who cared for and about each other’s children and remain close to this day.  And then her love of children took her further, drawing her to the founding of the Mt. Washington Preschool & Child Care Center, on whose Board of Directors she served for 23 years, 14 years as President.

Pat Griffith was loved by all who knew her and she will be missed by all; our prayers go out to her family and friends. 


UPCOMING EVENTS


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