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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 
Veterans Day Presentation

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(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday, the City Council recognized a veteran from every district for Veterans Day. CD1 honored LAPD Deputy Chief Regina A. Scott, who served in the U.S. Army and is the first African American woman to serve as Deputy Chief for our police department.

Click here to learn more about Regina Scott.

Air BnB in Housing

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On Wednesday, the Housing Committee heard the Home Sharing Ordinance, adopting the Planning and Land Use Committee’s (PLUM) recommendation, and putting to rest the idea of allowing Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) units from participating in the home sharing market, and directing Transient Occupancy Taxes derived from Home Sharing to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and a new Short-Term Rental Enforcement Trust Fund.

Read the report here.

Migrant Caravan Press Conference

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Today, Councilmember Cedillo joined La Coalición de Migrantes Mexicanos and Border Angels to announce the delivery of humanitarian aid for the 3,000 refugees at the Tijuana border. The coalition will travel to Tijuana next weekend to deliver supplies and provide pro bono medical services by doctors from UCLA and UCI.

Read about the caravan here.


FIELD UPDATE
Back to the Future Movie Screening

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On Friday, Councilmember Cedillo joined the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and the Highland Park Neighborhood Council to sponsor a movie screening of the classic ‘Back to the Future.’ Everyone enjoyed popcorn, snacks and spending time with our neighbors.

3rd Annual Lincoln Heights Carnival

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(Photo Credit: LA Boys and Girls Club)

This weekend, Team Cedillo and the LA Boys and Girls Club co-sponsored a carnival in Lincoln Heights that was attended by an estimated 8,000 people between Friday and Sunday. It was an amazing weekend to see kids and families enjoying the rides and game booths. In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, we recognized community members that served in the United States Armed Forces. We appreciate the participation and support from the Department of Transportation and LAPD Hollenbeck Division who helped ensure this was a fun and safe weekend.

Lincoln Heights Veterans Day Ceremony

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This week, Team Cedillo joined the community at Lincoln High School to honor all the brave men and women that have served in the United States Armed Forces. This year, we recognized Edward Velasquez, United States Navy- World War II Veteran and Ernie Delgado, United States Marine Corps- Vietnam Veteran, both grew up in Lincoln Heights. We thank everyone that has served and continues to serve in the military. We honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Cypress Park Veterans Day Event

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(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)

On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo was proud to sponsor the Annual Veteran's Day Event, co-sponsored with the Friends of Cypress Park Homeowner's Association. It was a beautiful event honoring the men and women who have served our country. The Northeast community and Cypress Park are active members supporting our country and those who have served.

Turkey Giveaways

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Team Cedillo embarked on its annual mission to help families in the First Council District celebrate Thanksgiving by donating turkeys at three separate locations. This year we reached a new record, handing out 1,200 turkeys to those families most in need.

Monte Vista Elementary Fall Festival

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(Photo Credit: Bill Cody)

Today, Team Cedillo cosponsored the Monte Vista Elementary Fall Festival. Field Deputy Bill Cody joined Monte Vista Principal Megan Guerrero along with students, teachers and parents for a fun filled afternoon. Next year, Monte Vista will start a Film Magnet program for students in Northeast LA.


IN MEMORIUM
Antonio Gonzalez

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Antonio Gonzalez was President of the William C. Velasquez Institute. WCVI, founded in 1985, is a paramount nonpartisan national Latino public policy and research nonprofit organization.

He assumed the presidency of WCVI in 1994, after working in various capacities for WCVI Presidents Willie Velasquez and Andrew Hernandez during 1984-1994.

In 1997 Gonzalez changed the name of the then-christened Southwest Voter Research Institute (SVRI) to its current William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) to honor Willie Velasquez, the deceased iconic founder of WCVI and its mother organization Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP).

Gonzalez was a paramount expert on US Latino voter mobilization and Latino voting tendencies and characteristics and during his tenure WCVI conducted critically acclaimed survey research, in 2004 he notably criticized mainstream survey methodologies that fell short of measuring Latino voting behavior.

In August 2005, Time Magazine named Gonzalez one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America. Gonzalez hosted his own weekly radio show on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles called "Strategy Session with Antonio Gonzalez".

He also broadened the Latino agenda through his pioneering work in blending traditional Latino priorities (those of an excluded "minority") with broader agendas (those of an emerging, increasingly empowered "majority").

Gonzalez/WCVI led efforts to increase Latino participation in the LA River revitalization movement. "Revitalization" mobilized broad-based Latino and allied leadership and won large urban parks in historic "Chicano" neighborhoods (Dog Town, Cypress, Frog Town, Clover) along the Los Angeles River investing over $300 million in public funds:
• LA State Historic Park-30 acres-2017;
• Rio de Los Angeles State Park-50acres-2007;
• G2-Taylor Yards-50 acres-2017 under construction;
• Marsh Park-5 acres-2012;
• Albion Park-5acres-2018 under construction;

Gonzalez vigorously opposed US immigrant deportation policies of current and past federal administrations. Instead he championed a strategy of enacting incremental pro-immigrant state and/or federal laws and policy changes as an alternative to enacting overly punitive "enforcement dominated" federal legislation and regulations masquerading as federal "comprehensive immigration reform." He was a staunch critic of all proposals to build a border wall along the US-Mexico border.

Gonzalez has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and is fluent in Spanish. A graduate in U. S. History at the University of Texas, San Antonio, conducted undergraduate coursework at UC San Diego and graduate coursework at U.C. Berkeley.

Antonio passed on Sunday, after losing his battle to cancer.

Antonio Gonzalez is survived by his wife Alma Martinez, daughters Sara and Isabel Gonzalez, his mother, brothers and sister, and family.

Watch Councilmember Cedillo adjourn a council meeting in honor of Antonio.


NEWS UPDATE
CD1 Children's Business Fair Tomorrow

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Glassell Park Flash Clean Up

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