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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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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 
Adding Tree Trimming Services

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The Bureau of Street Services was instructed to develop a hiring plan to enhance the Urban Forestry Division’s (UFD) capabilities for removing dead trees, planting new trees, and watering recently-planted trees. They were also instructed to develop a hiring plan to execute the tree trimming program using city forces, eliminating the use of contractors. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a plan that will allocate the appropriate funds to Urban Forestry, adding an additional 44 positions to the division.

Read the report here.

Future of Los Angeles River Center

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Today, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Cedillo instructing the City to meet with the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) to provide options on how the City can assist to redevelop the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

Click here to read the motion.

Adopt A Pet at City Hall

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This morning, President Herb Wesson brought a special guest into council. Cody was adopted on the spot, part of President Wesson’s adoption program, which has a 100% adoption rate. In honor of the ‘Clear the Shelters’ national campaign sponsored by NBC4 and Telemundo 52, LA animal shelters will be adopting cats and dogs for only $20 tomorrow, Saturday, August 18th.

To locate a shelter near you, please visit: http://www.laanimalservices.com/shelter-locator/.


FIELD UPDATE
Young Artists Camp Student Showcase

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Last Friday, Team Cedillo donated school supplies to 300 young students for ‘Back to School.’ The event was held in conjunction with the Highland Park Recreation Center, Summer Night Lights and GRYD.

Power Shift Book Launch

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Legends converged upon City Hall to formally launch the book, "Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America" by George Pla and David Ayon, which highlights the humble beginnings and meteoric trajectories of 10 political trailblazers: Richard Alatorre, Miguel Contreras, Maria Elena Durazo, Gloria Molina, Richard Polanco, Ed Roybal, Art Torres, Esteban Torres, Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Gil Cedillo. We proudly hosted over 400 attendees including former CD1 Councilmembers Mike Hernandez and Ed Reyes. We also got a special visit from Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Our wonderful Mayor Eric Garcetti shared his depth of knowledge and appreciation of this movement. A panel of the book's authors and principals was delightfully moderated by the dynamic Gabriela Teissier of Univision. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. We hope the stories captured in this book work to inspire current and future leaders in public service.

Power Shift is available on Amazon now.

Watch FB Live video here.

Anahuak Youth Sports Helps Clean Up Cypress Park

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Thank you to Dayana Molina and Raul Macias from Anahuak Youth Sports Association for partnering with Team Cedillo for a Cypress Park clean up on Saturday. We appreciate you working with our community to ‘Keep It Clean’ while teaching our children leadership and the importance of taking pride in their community.

CD1 Shoe Giveaway

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On Sunday, we joined Freedom Church in Highland Park to hear the good word by Pastor Justice Coleman and to bring smiles to hundreds of children and their families. It was an afternoon of good soul and good soles as we gave away 200 new Vans shoes to children just in time for back to school week. Spirits were running high. We can't wait to do it again soon.

Futbol Street Match

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On Sunday, Team Cedillo proudly joined FUNFES (Fundación Fútbol por El Salvador) in hosting a friendly but competitive street soccer tournament called "Dia de Los Jovenes" that promoted healthy, active, and positive lifestyles for youth through sports. We competed with five other teams that wowed spectators who cheered us on throughout the day. We'd like to congratulate TOROGOZ FC on their win. We are ready for the next one.

CBO Heroes Event

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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo took part in a profoundly moving moment joining author and dear friend, Miriam Burbano, as she launched her book, "Héroes de CBO." It highlights various leaders of the immigration movement and includes a portion about our work. Councilmember Cedillo was presented with a beautifully hand-crafted plaque in the form of an AB60 driver’s license celebrating our community's milestone of issuing 1 Million licenses for undocumented motorists. What made this moment more memorable was the inclusion of his late wife Ruby Cedillo’s picture on the driver’s license. Thank you Miriam and the Federación CBO Comunitarias for their continuous work and for this incredibly thoughtful acknowledgement.

Historic Mayfair Hotel Re-Launches

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Congratulations to owners of the historic Mayfair Hotel who have launched a grand re-opening following a multi-million dollar renovation. The Beaux Arts-style building on West Seventh Street was constructed in 1926, the tallest building west of the Mississippi at the time, and hosted the first Academy Awards after-party three years later. The redesign retains historic architectural elements and charm of the Roaring Twenties, but with a chic, midcentury modern update. The 15-story hotel’s rooms and halls feature pieces by local artists. Inside each of the rooms, vintage maps of LA from 1929 are employed as decorative pieces that also underscore “the hotel’s Jazz Age history.” There’s a grand lobby with scattered lounge seating, a Library Bar, a coffee and tea lounge, and a big new restaurant called “Eve American Bistro”. The name Eve comes from a character in Raymond Chandler’s short story, “I’ll Be Waiting,” which the author wrote while living at the Mayfair Hotel with his mistress during the 1930s.

Team Cedillo was pleased to support the owners in making sure the historic building was preserved for years to come.

Red de Juventudes Salvadoreñas en el Exterior

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Today, Councilmember Cedillo welcomed REJUES (Red de Juventudes Salvadoreñas en el Exterior) to City Hall for their first youth conference in the City of Los Angeles. REJUES’s mission is to serve as a consolidated youth network and generator of knowledge. They encourage young people to participate in philanthropy while building leadership skills.

Gang Reduction Professionals Visit LA

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Today, Councilmember Cedillo welcomed a Salvadoran delegation visiting Los Angeles to learn about our Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) violence reduction strategy, visit Summer Night Lights at Normandie Park and Homeboy Industries’ social enterprise model. The delegation seeks to enhance their skills to assist gang involved U.S deportees arriving in El Salvador.


NEWS UPDATE
Levitt Concerts August 17-19

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Every summer, 50 FREE concerts are presented at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, featuring acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers in a broad range of music genres. They have a great line up this week. 

For more info please visit: https://levittlosangeles.org/

Lineup for 5th Annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival

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Councilmember Cedillo is excited to announce the lineup for the 5th Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Sunday’s line up is all women. The annual event includes live music, food trucks, informational and vendor booths and a beer and wine garden. Our special MC is Richard Montoya from Culture Clash. If you’d like a booth or for parking information please call (323)550-1538 or visit: ww.GilCedillo.com.

Saturday, September 29 
11:55 am Bulldogs
1:00 pm Cold Duck
2:15 pm Robert Incelli Salsa Orchestra
3:30 pm Quetzal
4:45 pm Mongorama
6:00 pm Boogaloo Assassins
7:25 pm Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Sunday, September 30 
12:30 pm HOLA Youth Ensemble
1:25 pm CAVA
2:40 pm Katia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts 
3:55 pm Susie Hansen Latin Band
5:05 pm Dayren Santamaria & Made in Cuba
6:20 pm Selenamos – A Selena Quintanilla Tribute Band
7:40 pm La Sonora Dinamita with Vilma Diaz

Free SAT Tutoring

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This past weekend, Team Cedillo toured the Chinatown Service Center who is currently offering free SAT tutoring for High School juniors and seniors. The program takes place on Saturday mornings and runs for twenty-one weeks. For more information please visit: www.cscla.org/youth-center.


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