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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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Emergency Shelter Crisis

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On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the City Council in declaring an emergency shelter crisis and signed into law dual ordinances to help the City of Los Angeles pursue immediate solutions to the homelessness crisis. Together, the Shelter Crisis Declaration, Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance, and Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance will give the city unprecedented flexibility in building emergency shelters, streamlining affordable housing development, and using existing infrastructure to bring homeless Angelenos indoors more quickly.

The Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance will help shorten the pre-development timeline for many supportive housing developments from as many as five years to less than one. This will create a streamlined planning process and remove regulatory barriers that have historically impeded the approval and construction of supportive housing.

The Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance will allow existing motels and hotels to be retrofitted for use as supportive and bridge housing that would be connected to County-funded services specifically designed to help homeless Angelenos begin to rebuild their lives.

Celebrating 1 Million Driver's Licenses

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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo held a press conference, council presentation, and luncheon in honor of the 1 million driver’s licenses that have been issued through AB60, a bill he championed in the state legislature.

Watch the video about the voyage to pass AB60: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kIvE4OLq0o.

Border Wall Ordinance

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On Tuesday, the City Council approved Councilmember Cedillo’s draft border wall ordinance, which requires City contractors to disclose any involvement in the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. The disclosure applies to contracts on or after March 17, 2017.

Mayor’s 2019 Budget

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Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled his 2019 budget proposal — a $9.9 billion spending plan that would more than double the City’s investment in the fight against homelessness and put tens of millions of new dollars into street, sidewalk and traffic safety improvements while continuing to strengthen the City’s fiscal standing.

The budget will invest more than $429 million in permanent housing, temporary shelter, services, and facilities to help homeless Angelenos find their way off the streets and under a roof. That represents a 140% increase over last year and includes the $20 million plan Mayor Garcetti announced earlier this week to build up emergency shelters across the city.

Mayor Garcetti’s proposed budget also includes:
• Increasing 3-1-1 staff, and reducing wait times.
• Funding for Census 2020 outreach and support.
• Improving opportunity and expediting hiring in the City of Los Angeles, by developing online civil service testing that is available anytime, anywhere.
• Expanding Domestic Violence Shelter Operations to increase shelter availability, adding 60-70 new beds which can serve an additional 400 clients each year.
• Investing $1 million in Girls Play Los Angeles to increase girls’ participation in Recreation and Parks sports programming with a goal of reaching gender parity, and double the number of young people who learn to swim.
• Reducing the Neighborhood Community Plan refresh rate from 10 to 6 years.
• Committing to over $10.5 million in improvements to the L.A. Convention Center.
• Increasing funding to provide outreach and education regarding the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, along with a $1 million pilot for Accessory Dwelling Units construction streamlining.
• Increasing investment in solar technology on municipal facilities and expanding the City’s network of electric vehicles and chargers.
• Leveraging local and federal dollars for SAFER, which increases fire suppression and emergency services such as our Fast Response Vehicle Program.
• Investing in the Associate Community Officer Program (A-COP) to foster increased diversity in law enforcement and help build the LAPD of the future.
• Reforming the procurement processes to simplify our approach to business and use tax dollars more efficiently.
• Migrating City workers to smartphones that support voice, chat, and mobile apps to replace traditional desk phones that will no longer supported by 2020.

ArtsDay LA 2018

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Today, the City Council honored ArtsDay LA with a council presentation. Immediately after the presentation, ArtsDay LA representatives met with all fifteen council offices. ArtsDay unites artists, audiences, and arts organizations with the leaders who represent them in City Hall, fostering stronger relationships between those crafting the vision of LA’s future and those who make it a reality. Over 200 arts advocates attended ArtsDay as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of the arts to all spheres of life from education to business, public safety to health care, transportation to innovation.

Homeless Meeting with Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer

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Last Friday, Team Cedillo joined the Office of Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer for a meeting to discuss homelessness. It was an excellent meeting and overall, a great exchange of ideas between the offices. The Assemblymember represents the southern portion of our district, the University Park community near USC.

Highland Park Little League Opening Day

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On Saturday, Highland Park Field Deputy Bill Cody joined the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Dodgers for the Highland Park Recreation Center’s Little League Baseball Opening Day. Local community activists Paul and Teresa Bonsell threw out the first pitch, with the assistance of their granddaughter Alyssa.

Highland Park Earth Day Clean Up

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On Saturday, as part of our Earth Day clean ups, Team Cedillo joined the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, the Kiwanis and Los Angeles Conservation Corps to keep CD1 clean.

Lincoln Heights Earth Day Clean Up

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From our first day in office, we launched the ‘Keep It Clean’ initiative that went citywide in 2015 as ‘Clean Streets LA.’ On Saturday, Team Cedillo joined the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council to clean up five areas between Gates Street, N. Mission Road, and N. Broadway. Together with the support of 38 volunteers from LA Conservation Corps, Socorro-Cri Help, and LAUSD Parent Centers, 30 trash bags were filled with weeds and litter and 10 illegally dumped items were collected. We appreciate the residents and businesses who thanked our volunteers as they worked away. Participants visited resource booths staffed by LADWP, Bureau of Sanitation, and City Plants to get important information. A huge thank you to all the volunteers, especially Tameka Flowers and Vera Padilla from the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council for their leadership on this event.

Tackling Illegal Dumping in Lincoln Heights Alley

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Team Cedillo relies on community information and partnerships to help improve the district. Over the past year, an alley and private property hillside off Thomas Street and Manitou Avenue experienced an increase in illegal dumping. After continuous reports from the community and having the Bureau of Sanitation clean the alley, Team Cedillo worked with the Housing and Community Investment Department to require the apartment owner to secure his hillside property and keep it free of illegal dumping. A fence was installed along the entire side of property this weekend. Together, we will continue to make a difference.

New Traffic Signal Unveiling

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On Monday, Councilmember Cedillo activated a new traffic signal at Temple Street and Patton Street. Temple Street has been identified as a High Injury Network (HIN) street, which has a high concentration of traffic collisions. In support of the Mayor’s Vision Zero Initiative, which brings together transportation engineers, police officers, advocates, and policymakers to work towards creating safer streets, this is the latest safety improvement at the Councilmember’s request. 

National Health Foundation Groundbreaking

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The National Health Foundation is set to transform a century-old sanitarium into a 62-bed recuperative-care facility in Pico-Union for discharged homeless residents from local hospitals. The downtown-based nonprofit along with HomeAid Los Angeles broke ground Wednesday at 1032 W. 18th Street. A $1 million renovation is expected to be completed by fall. The new Pico-Union facility will be unique and exemplify National Health Foundation’s mission to both humanize and localize care for those experiencing homelessness.

The 13,000 square-foot recuperative-care facility, built in 1917, will offer semi-private rooms, family-style dining, visiting hours for local families and a community garden for residents and neighbors alike. Recuperative care has been shown to reduce by half the readmission of homeless residents to local hospitals, while significantly reducing costs. Without a place to recover, many return to emergency rooms within 30 days.

A hospital stay in California costs an average $3,300 a day, compared to an average $250 per night for recuperative care.

College Signing Day

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On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Minds Matter LA, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for the first-ever College Signing Day event in Los Angeles. What began as part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, College Signing Day creates an epic occasion for high school students from low-income families who are now making the commitment to higher education. Minds Matter of Los Angeles conceived this event as a way to bring youth from across the city together and celebrate their accomplishments, whether that is community college, trade school or a 4-year university. Councilmember Cedillo made a hard pitch for his alma mater, UCLA.

Coco Movie Screening at Ramona Hall

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May Day 2018

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CBO Proposals for Metro Study

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‘Get Connected!’ is an initiative by the California Emerging Technology Fund and the State of California to get low cost internet into low income households. They have set up a hotline which people are able to call absolutely FREE to learn how to get connected to low cost internet as well as learn about other important resources such as where to purchase affordable computers/tablets. This is an important initiative as the Digital Divide still plagues many communities across the US, especially in our low income communities. By 2023, we want to get 98% of households connected to the internet. Please help us achieve this mission.

Visit their website for more information.: http://www.internetforallnow.org/get_affordable_internet_today

 


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