GILBERT A. CEDILLO
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
Celebrating Kobe Bryant Day
(Photo Credit: Sheri Mandel)
On Wednesday, The LA City Council proclaimed 8/24/16 as “Kobe Bryant Day.” We honored Kobe’s remarkable twenty year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. Not only was Kobe’s professional basketball career acknowledged, he was also honored for his work ethic and contributions to philanthropy.
This was the first time we’ve seen the council chambers at capacity.
Lincoln Heights Jail RFP Motion
(Photo Credit: SCPR)
Today, we introduced a motion that begins the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to redevelop the Lincoln Heights Jail. The motion instructs the CAO’s Asset Management Strategic Planning group to determine the steps to identify the jail a site for economic development purposes, create the RFP, and report to Council with the results. Stay tuned.
Click here for the motion.
CD1 Access to Opportunities Workshop
(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)
Last week, close to 130 small local contractors attended the CD1 "Access to Opportunities Workshop" to learn about the "Contractor Development and Bonding Program." The workshop provided an opportunity for attendees to learn how to do business with the City and participate in public works construction. The City program has taken significant and measurable steps in the direction to increase participation of the small contracting community. For more information on this program, visit: www.LAConDev.com.
Chinatown Senior Citizen Service Center 40th Anniversary
(Photo Credit: Luis Gonzalez)
Last Friday, Team Cedillo attended the Chinatown Senior Citizen Service Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala. During the event, a group of dedicated volunteers were recognized for all of their time and commitment to the senior center. Certificates of Recognition were presented on behalf of the City of Los Angeles to the volunteers and the Senior Citizen Center commemorating 4 decades of service.
3rd Annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
Thanks to all the residents, neighbors, businesses, community, friends, sponsors, supporters and to all the hard-working staff, interns and volunteers who made this event possible! Many thanks to all the local businesses, food trucks and our very own The Greyhound Bar & Grill for being on site.
Specially thanks to all the community organizations who attended and supported this local community event. If you have ideas for next year, please feel free to contact Conrado.Terrazas@lacity.org at (323)550-1538.
Yale Street Safety Improvements
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
We promised the students at Castelar Elementary School at the start of their summer break that we would have safety improvements outside their campus completed by the time school started. On Monday, we celebrating the completion of an important public safety project with a ribbon cutting. Project elements along this high pedestrian area include: curb extensions, a landscaped median island, curb ramps, and continental crosswalks. Funding for the project was made possible by an Active Transportation Program Grant from the federal government. Now the Chinatown residents and visitors can cross the street with a bit more confidence.
Great Streets Great Business Program
(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)
Today, Team Cedillo and Mayor Garcetti launched the Great Streets Great Business program, a new small business assistance and attraction program for all existing Great Streets corridors. For CD1, that corridor includes all businesses on North Figueroa from Avenue 50 to Avenue 60. The launch took place in the center of the North Figueroa Business District next to our District Office.
Over 150 business owners were present, including: Valley Economic Development Center, who serves as the service provider for the Great Streets Great Business program; Councilmember Curren Price, Chair of the Economic Development Committee; Titina and Teresa Folliero, small business owners of Folliero’s; Andrew Barrera, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce; Misty Iwatsu, North Figueroa Association Business Improvement District; Yolanda Nogueira and Rocio Rivas, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council; and many others.
The program includes a $4 million small business loan fund and a $400,000 investment in door-to-door outreach to existing businesses, technical assistance, access to capital, and the recruitment of new businesses into vacant storefronts on Great Streets corridors. The Great Business program highlights the City’s commitment to lifting up neighborhood small businesses as part of Great Streets. By attracting new businesses and supporting existing ones, Great Streets and VEDC will enhance the Initiative’s first 15 corridors, including the Highland Park Business District, to create inclusive economic opportunities and foster a sense of community in each neighborhood.
Ruben Herrera, small business owner of Devon Glass & Mirror in Highland Park, spoke about receiving funds from Great Business and is anticipating creating more than 12 new jobs thanks to the funds. Councilmember Cedillo specifically selected this North Figueroa Business Corridor for the Great Streets Program, because it’s an area where there are many long time “legacy” small businesses that we want to retain and help thrive.
2016 Mexican-American Dream Scholarship
(Photo Credit: COFEM)
The Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM) recently announced their Mexican-American Dream scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 (to community college students) to $1,000 (to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges or universities). Over the years, their scholarships have helped over 300 students pursue their higher education goals.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be considered undocumented or must benefit from AB-540 or DACA.
- Be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 units at a 4-year institution or 2-year community college. Proof of admission and registration required.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Demonstrate need for financial assistance.
- Complete 2016-2017 application for FAFSA, State Dream act, or BOG waiver and submit proof. (Print last page of application stipulating the expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is not a condition for funding, but is highly encouraged.
- Demonstrate involvement in the community and/or work experience
- Must attend school in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Inland Empire, and Ventura.
The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.
For more information, and to apply, please visit their official website: http://www.cofem.org/#!scholarships-becas/c11m6
MacArthur Park Visioning Meeting
Our team is in the process of creating a vision for MacArthur Park. Join us on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, to find out more about our vision for this jewel in the heart of CD1.