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
Seismic Retrofit Mandate
(Photo Credit: Raymond Kwan)
On Wednesday the Housing committee was presented with the seismic retrofit ordinance by the City Attorney. There was much conversation about the need to mandate retrofits, but concerns over the costs still remain. A negotiation was reached over the amount of time property owners will have to comply, expanded to seven years. Another issue raised by committee members was a clause in the ordinance that would give Building and Safety the authority to demolish a building for noncompliance. This clause was removed and the ordinance was approved 4-0 and moved to the full Council.
Today, the City Council unanimously (12-0) approved the retrofit ordinance, which has the potential to save thousands of lives when the next one hits. Thank you to Mayor Garcetti for your vision, Council President Wesson for your support, and the Housing Committee members for making this happen.
$50k Reward Motion
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On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo joined the LAPD to announce the approval of a reward motion in the death of Lorri Anderson. On December 11, 2012, patrol officers from LAPD’s Rampart Division responded to a radio call of shots fired at West 8th Street and South Coronado Street in CD1. Lorri Anderson was discovered on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported, by a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance, to a local hospital where she failed to respond to treatment and died from her injuries. Councilmember Cedillo secured a $50,000 reward from the Los Angeles City Council for information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for the death of Lorri Anderson.
If you have any information, we ask that you please contact Detective Camacho, Robbery-Homicide Division, at (213) 486-6858.
Car Care Event
(Photo Credit: Melinda Alatorre)
On Saturday, Chris' Auto in Highland Park hosted a free car care event at the Highland Park Senior Center. Services included free automobile and car seat inspections to keep your little ones safe. Community members lined up to get their automobiles inspected with excellent service. Chris' Auto has been in Highland Park for over 30 years and has been passed down over the generations. Congratulations on a successful event!
Supporting the Mt. Washington Elementary School PTA
(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)
Councilmember Cedillo was proud to be a sponsor of the Mt. Washington Elementary School PTA’s annual pancake breakfast and craft fair fundraiser. Parents, teachers and Team Cedillocame out to support this fun and delicious event. The pancakes were soft and fluffy and the crafts were beautiful. Mt. Washington Elementary School is lucky to have such an active group of parents involved for such a great cause.
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Steps Up
(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)
Thank you to the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council for their contribution of $1,000 toward the restoration of the Southwest Museum Mural. They were the first Neighborhood Council to pass a motion toward the fundraising efforts. The committee has raised a generous amount, but is still seeking donations. To make a donation please contact Team Cedillo’s Sylvia Robledo at (323)550-1538.
Second Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival
(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)
On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo gave an enthusiastic welcome at the Opening Night for the Second Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival. The event featured a screening of “After School: Lockdown at Harborside” co-directed by Mauricio Mendoza and Carlos Melendez, which tackles the subject of child slavery. The Festival presented the 2015 Humanitarian Award Recipient to Monica Alcaraz, President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and a tireless community organizer and activist as well as a fervent promoter of independent cinema.
For festival schedule, please visit: http://www.hpifilmfest.com.
Arrive Early for Dodgers Playoff Game
You’re probably expecting rush-hour traffic to be challenging for Friday’s 6:45 p.m. National League Division Series opener. But don’t get lulled into thinking you can waltz to Dodger Stadium at the last minute for Saturday’s 6:07 p.m. game, either.
Because the CONCACAF Cup at the Rose Bowl between Mexico and the U.S. has the same starting time as NLDS Game 2, Los Angeles freeways figure to be jammed. That’s why the Dodgers once again urge fans to arrive as early as possible for both games — and also embrace carpooling and alternate transportation.
To that end, the Dodger Stadium Express, free for everyone with a game ticket, will begin service from Union Station at 4:15 p.m. Friday and 3:37 p.m. Saturday, two hours and 30 minutes before first pitch for each game.
South Bay Dodger Stadium Express service will also begin earlier, two hours before each game.
Remember, the Dodger Stadium Express takes a dedicated lane along Sunset Boulevard up Elysian Park Avenue to the ballpark, with stops behind the outfield pavilions and at the top of the park.
If you are driving, be sure to purchase your parking in advance to save time and money. Auto gates open three hours before first pitch: 3:45 p.m. Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, check out our earlier blog post this week or visit:dodgers.com/transportation.
2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
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Partnering with the Homeless Count is a meaningful way to give back to the communities in which you operate and connect with those engaged in this vital issue. LAHSA is part of a coordinated network of City and County agencies, nonprofits, civic and community leaders. Accurate, timely data on our homeless population and where they live is a critical tool to help secure and direct resources where they are most needed.
To volunteer for this year’s Homeless Count, please visit: http://www.theycountwillyou.org/
Halloween Movie Nights Series
Summer is officially over, but our movie series continues with the 'Halloween Movie Nights Series,' showcasing family friendly movies in the great outdoors. The movie series, popcorn and snacks are all free of charge, thanks to our sponsors and partners at Film L.A., Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
In case there is rain, we will move from the Sycamore Grove Park Bandshell to Ramon Hall.
Hearts and Prayers Are With The Bonsell Family
Our deep felt sympathy and prayers go out to Teresa and Paul Bonsell and family for the loss of their beloved son Jonathan Ryan Bonsell. We are here to support you during this difficult time. The contributions of your son and your commitment to the community is much appreciated.