Councilmember, First District


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!


Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, First District


El chavo del Ocho Day

(Photo Credit: Council Photography)

On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo proclaimed ‘El Chavo del Ocho Day’ in the City of Los Angeles. El Chavo del Ocho (often shortened to “El Chavo”) is a Mexican television sitcom that gained enormous popularity in Hispanic America as well as in Brazil, Spain, the United States, and other countries. El Chavo was based on the adventures and tribulations of the title character—a poor orphan nicknamed El Chavo (which means "The Lad"), played by the show's creator, Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito"—and other inhabitants of a fictional low income housing complex, or, as called in Mexico, vecindad. It first appeared in 1971 as a sketch in the Chespirito show, which was produced by Televisión Independiente de México.

At its peak of popularity during the mid-1970s, it was the most watched show in Mexican television and had a Latin American audience of 350 million viewers per episode. El Chavo was infamous for eating a torta de jamón (ham sandwich) and milk. That’s why we partnered with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the “Got Milk?” campaign and “Toma Leche” to celebrate the memory of El Chavo and promote nutrition.

Quimby Fee Policy Updated

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On Wednesday, the City Council unanimously voted to reform the three-decade-old system for collecting fees for park creation from residential developers, also known as Quimby fees. The Quimby fee is a cost that developers pay in lieu of providing park space near single-family homes or condominiums that they build. In turn, these fees are used to acquire land, pay for recreational fields, playgrounds, and other athletic centers. Under the new ordinance, the City will have a more effective way of calculating and collecting these park fees from developers. Further, the new policy that passed this week hikes the Quimby fees and will now be applicable to new apartment buildings. For a park poor district like Council District One this legislation that has potential to bring the City an additional $30 million for park creation a year, is a win for our communities.

Central American Parade and Festival Presentation

(Photo Credit: Council Photography)

Today, Councilmember Cedillo celebrated the yearly Central American Parade and Festival in Council with a presentation. On August 10th and 11th, the Central American community in Los Angeles will celebrate the 34th Annual “Central American Independence Day Parade and Festival.” September 15, 1821 was a historic day for the nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua, as they gained independence from Spain after almost three centuries of colonial rule. Shortly after, these nations formed the Federal Republic of Central America with Guatemala City as their capital, but after a few years the new Republic was disbanded into the independent nations that we know today.

The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at MacArthur Park. The parade will take place Sunday from Pico Boulevard and Vermont, to MacArthur Park.

Recreation and Parks Employee Retires

(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)

Team Cedillo attended the Recreation and Parks Commission meeting today to honor Veronica Rodriguez. She will be leaving the City family after 30 years of service working with Recreation & Parks and other departments. We thank her for her service. Committed employees like Veronica enhance Team Cedillo’s working relationship with City Departments and allows us to work together to provide services and programs for CD1 residents. Veronica has had a wonderful and rewarding career serving the residents of CD1. She now looks forward to continue her world travels and spending time with her family and friends.

Thank you Veronica and congratulations!

Hoover Triangle Groundbreaking

(Photo Credit: Council Photography)

On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo was on hand for the groundbreaking of the Hoover Triangle Plaza in the University Park community of CD1. The project evolved from residents and businesses advocating for simple irrigation repairs at the triangle and provide lighting and benches for transit riders. With the assistance of a USC School of Architecture professor and students, we drafted a design plan that was informed by a series of meetings by the community.

The project elements will include historic security/pedestrian lighting at the bus stops and within the plaza, a multi-use performance area, benches, trash receptacles, drought tolerant landscaping, street trees and trees within the plaza, new sidewalks and ADA compliant curb ramps, outdoor tables/seating for both adults and children, bike racks, colored concrete paving. It is slated to be completed by July 2017.

Click here for KPCC coverage that includes project renderings.

HOLA Art Exhibit at City Hall


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Need an excuse to visit us at City Hall? The Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) currently has an art exhibition at the City Hall bridge (3rd floor) illustrating the ‘Promise Zone,’ which was designated by the federal government as an area for increased funds. This exhibition tells the stories of people that live and work in the places where they reside.

Come pay us a visit. 

Health4All Kids Enrollment Open

(Photo Credit: Health4All)

Mayor Eric Garcetti today released a public service announcement encouraging low-income Angelenos to enroll their children in Medi-Cal. In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Health4All Kids — legislation authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara — which expanded Medi-Cal to every child in California under the age of 19, regardless of immigration status.

In California, an estimated 170,000 children are eligible for the Medi-Cal expansion. There are approximately 75,000 eligible children in Los Angeles County. Since May of this year, Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has been working with the Los Angeles Public Library, Clinica Romero, and the Mexican Consulate to roll out information on how to enroll. These efforts have been supported by the California Endowment.

Families looking to enroll, can find the nearest clinic visiting:

English and Spanish PSA:

Mt. Washington Made Craft Fair

(Photo Credit: Mt. Washington Made)

Mt. Washington Elementary will be hosting the 3rd Annual Mt. Washington Made (MWM) craft fair on Saturday, September 24th. Booths will feature established artists, designers and makers from the neighborhood and school community with a percentage of sales going towards school programming. Shop for jewelry, ceramics, housewares, art and clothing by local favorites including Jesse Kamm, Annie Costello-Brown, Sharon Mann, Tracy Wilkinson, Mt. Washington Pottery, Specialty Dry Goods, Black Mountain Ceramics, JuJu Made, Chaboukie, Modkom, Erin Althea, Banshee Style, Yeh Design Lab, ABSpoon, Sticky Acres, Todd Westover, Gift of Garb, Mt. Washington Plein Air Group, Timmy Ringsmuth, Ink and Smog, Rosie Bunny Bean, Denise Young, Lone Hawk Hats, Mr. Funky, Studio Make, Pauline Wolstencroft and more.

Plus treats by Si Paletas, Good Times Ice Cream and G&B Coffee and a kids’ craft workshop by Purple Twig.

Mt. Washington Made (MWM)
Saturday, September 24th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mt. Washington Elementary
3981 San Rafael Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065


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