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
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On Monday, Councilmember Cedillo (Chair of Housing Committee) led a delegation to Sacramento in support of affordable housing. The delegation included Councilmember Mike Bonin (Homelessness and Poverty Committee), Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Chair, Homelessness and Poverty Committee), the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst. The group was there in support of an Assembly proposal for $1.3 billion in affordable housing, the Senate’s $2 billion initiative, “No Place Like Home,” and the Governor’s idea to have certain developments approved by-right if they include a certain percentage of affordable housing. The delegation met with Governor Jerry Brown’s office, Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Senator Jim Beall, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember David Chiu.
A City Bond to Build Affordable Housing?
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On Wednesday, the Homelessness and Poverty Committee heard a CAO and CLA report relative to funding options to address homelessness including the steps necessary to place a measure on the next General or City election ballot to raise new revenue needed to address homelessness. The idea will now move to the full Council for consideration, with a report back form the CAO/CLA on possible revenue generation from:
- County Millionaire Tax
- Documentary Transfer Tax
- Marijuana Tax
- Billboard Tax
The CAO/CLA also indicated that additional revenues might be available from a State and County Ballot Initiative, the Senate's "No Place Like Home” measure, and the Assembly’s homeless/affordable housing proposal. To Read the report, please click here.
No Más Bebés Screening
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Team Cedillo and Ave. 50 Studio, co-hosted a free screening of the documentary ‘No Más Bebés,' which tells the story of a small group of immigrant women who sued L.A. County doctors, the state and federal government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in the 60’s and 70”s. In their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, they argued that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
Among the many noteworthy individuals in attendance, we were especially honored to have Consuelo Hermosillo and Melvina Hernandez, two participants in the lawsuit, for a "Q & A" session with Virginia Espino, co-producer of the acclaimed documentary and also a Franklin High School alumni. After the film, both ladies were honored for their bravery. Virginia Espino was also recognized along with Renee Tajima-Peña, the film’s director and co-producer, for documenting the history of civil rights activism in Los Angeles.
Making Small Businesses Bankable in CD1
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On Wednesday, a group of entrepreneurial-minded people came together at the historic Highland Park Ebell Club to learn more about small business financing. They gathered at the third small business training session co-hosted by CD1 and the Los Angeles Business Source Center, operated by the non-profit Barrio Planners Inc., under contract with the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department.
A local banker discussed the steps to obtaining traditional financing while pointing out the different types of financing programs available by the Small Business Administration, including providing insights into the business loan application and approval process under traditional lending programs.
The co-founder of an online credit marketplace company matching small businesses with affordable alternative lending programs talked about how to access start-up capital for customers with less than exceptional credit and limited business history. He shared how a woman with an empanada business was able to pay off her start-up loan obligations and “graduate” to become eligible for a traditional loan.
There was truly a positive vibe in the room as participants learned how their current business or future start-up could become more “bankable.”
The fourth and final session is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Highland Park Ebell Club (131 S. Avenue 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042). A panel of City of Los Angeles department representatives will be available to answer questions on the topic of, “Zoning, Signage and Parking Regulations: Navigating the City Business Regulations.”
Register now by calling (323)726-7734 or visiting www.labsc-bpi.org.
Councilmember Honored at Build the Dream Awards
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On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo was honored with the Community Leadership Award at the 4th Annual Build the Dream Awards by Build the Dream Scholarship Foundation. The foundation is a partnership between The Claretians of San Gabriel Mission and Our Lady Queen of Angeles – Placita Church, Jovenes, Inc., and Church of the Epiphany. Their mission is to financially support youth in their dreams for a higher education, and to improve their quality of life through opportunities to offer volunteer community service.
LA Animal Services Meeting
Come share your thoughts and ideas on how we can do even more for animals and people in your community. You can help shape the future goals and priorities for your Animal Services Department. Bring your family, friends and neighbors!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ramona Hall Community Center
4580 N. Figueroa St.
(Off the 110 Freeway, between Avenue 43 and Avenue 50)
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Language interpreters may be provided upon request. Please call (213) 922-9760 in advance to request assistance. For more information, please visit: www.laanimalservices.com/community/.
Highland Park Small Business Training No. 4
CD1 and the Los Angeles Business Source Center are co-hosting a four-week series of Small Business Trainings operated by the nonprofit Barrio Planners, Inc. The last session will focus on the topic of “Zoning, Signage and Parking Regulations.”
The sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57, Highland Park. Register now by calling (323)726-7734 or visiting www.labsc-bpi.org.
Learn About the Link Union Station Project
Metro will be holding a Scoping Meeting on June 2nd to provide information on the Link Union Station (Link US) project and receive comments from the public. Link US will extend the railroad tracks at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) over the US-101 freeway, provide one-seat rides from Ventura to Anaheim and San Bernardino to Los Angeles, and reduce dwell times to 5 minutes. Link US will allow LAUS to meet the forecasted demands of the regional rail system by increasing capacity by 40% and potentially accommodating California High-Speed Rail. Link US will also build a new expanded passenger concourse with retail amenities.
- Increased rail service capacity
- Improved transit connectivity
- Reduced travel times
- One-seat rides between destinations in Southern California
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Improved passenger experience
Please mark your calendars for this public meeting.
Link US Scoping Meeting and Open House:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 PM
One Gateway Plaza, 1st Floor Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012