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


Wendy Greuel Appointed to LAHSA Commission

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On Tuesday, the City Council appointed Wendy Greuel to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission. The LAHSA Commission has the authority to make budgetary, funding, planning and program policies.

Congratulations Wendy!

Retrofit Ordinance Moves Out of Housing Committee

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On Wednesday, the Housing Committee approved the draft retrofit ordinance that adjusts time limits to comply with mandatory seismic retrofitting. The ordinance:

  • Applies to pre-1978 wood-frame, soft first-story buildings.
  • Permits two years, instead of one, for property owners to submit building or demolition plans to DBS.
  • Allows three and a half years, instead of two, for owners to obtain the required permits for the proposed demolition or retrofit work.
  • The draft ordinance does not change the seven-year limit to complete all retrofit work.
  • As a result, because the new time limits are measured from the date an owner receives an order from DBS, property owners will have one and a half years to acquire permits after submitting plans, and three and a half years after permits are issued to complete all retrofit construction.
  • Instead of a 100% pass through of costs to tenants, there will be a 50 percent pass-through of retrofit costs to tenants.

The ordinance goes to full council on Wednesday, February 10. Read the ordinance here.

Housing Covenants Motion Moves Out of Housing Committee

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On Wednesday, the Housing committee passed a motion by Councilmember Cedillo that uses CRA/LA excess bond proceeds from the five Redevelopment Project Areas within CD1 to extend affordability covenants on existing affordable housing units.

The motion now goes to Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee. Read the reports here.

Arrests Made in Debs Park Murders

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Yesterday, two people were charged with capital murder in connection with the killings of a young woman and a teenage girl in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights -- killings that police described as the result of a long-running gang feud.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sergio C. Tapia II ordered Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, and Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, to be held without bail while awaiting arraignment March 8 in connection with the killings of Gabriela Calzada, 19, and Briana Gallegos, 17, in late October.

The victims' bodies were found by a woman walking her dog at 2:20 p.m. October 28, and their deaths were quickly classified as homicides.

Dodger Fan Fest

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On Saturday, thousands of Angelenos came to Dodger Stadium to celebrate the annual Fan Fest. Attendees were able to hear from some of their favorite players and local celebrity, Vin Scully, who will soon have a street named after him. The street renaming was the talk of the afternoon, with cheers following every time it was announced. Fans were able to enjoy games and activities as well. Overall, this was a great event that brought people together from across the City to spark up excitement for the upcoming season.

Telemundo Prevenir es Vivir Health Fair

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On Sunday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Telemundo for their ‘Prevenir es Vivir’ health fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event was attended by nearly 25,000, and more than 6,400 health screenings were provided. The Councilmember even checked his cholesterol and blood pressure. We are happy to report that the chief is in good shape.

Olympic Division Staff Changes

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On Wednesday, Olympic Division Captain Vito Palazzolo bid farewell to Captain Dave Storaker and Captain Jonathan Tom who have received new assignments. Captain Johnathan Tom joins another CD1 Division, Rampart, as the new Patrol Captain. Additionally, Olympic welcomed new Patrol Captain Timothy Nordquist. Team Cedillo looks forward to continuing collaboration with both divisions. 

Councilmember Visits North Area Neighborhood Development Council

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Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo spent the evening with members of the North Area Neighborhood Development Council. The meeting was an opportunity for the Councilmember to share his vision for the neighborhood and answer questions from University Park community residents. The meeting covered a wide variety of issues, and gave the Councilmember the opportunity to spend time with some of the most active community leaders in the area. Team Cedillo is looking forward to the completion of the Hoover Triangle, which is a project propelled by the Neighborhood Council, residents and the office. 

Councilmember Joins NHMC to Expand Latinos in Telecommunications

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On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Univision and Televisa to announce two initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Latinos in the telecommunications industry.

A 44-page report from Columbia University, called “The Latino Media Gap: A Report on the State of Latinos in U.S. Media” states that Latinos were better represented in front of and behind the cameras in the 1950s than they are today. It found that while more than 50 million Latinos in the U.S. make up 17% of the population, there were no leading roles for Latino actors among the top 10 movies and scripted network TV shows in all of 2013.

Avoid the 101 Freeway this Weekend

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In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion during the 101 Freeway closure, February 5-7, 2016, the following on ramp closures will be in effect:

  • Northbound 6th Street/ Whittier Boulevard on-ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. through February 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Northbound Euclid Street on-ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. through February 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Northbound Soto Street to 101 Freeway ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. through February 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southbound Commercial Street on-ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. throughFebruary 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southbound Mission Street on-ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. throughFebruary 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southbound 4th Street on-ramp will be closed from February 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. through February 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

For more detailed information on the closure of the 101 freeway, please contact Mary Nemick, Director of Communications, Bureau of Engineering at 213-485-5085.  You may also go to

The Differences Between Allenco and the Porter Ranch Gas Leak

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Councilman Cedillo continues to pursue additional regulations on oil facilities like Allenco, ensuring that there are adequate safe guards put in place to protect the safety of the community. In addition we will fight to seek fair treatment across all neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. Councilman Cedillo signed on to the motion introduced by Council President Herb Wesson this week, which calls for the immediate hire of a full-time expert to oversee drilling operations and coordinate agencies responsible for regulating exploration and extraction.

The Councilman wants to assure the communities of CD1 that they are safe, and the issues being experienced in Porter Ranch are different, and are mainly associated with natural gas storage, not oil production.

The primary difference between an oil production well and a natural gas storage well is pressure, natural vs. injected. Oil wells have natural pressure that is released during the early stages of production. Natural gas storage wells must inject pressure to store gas and keep it pressurized until it is recovered to send to customers.

You can consider a balloon to illustrate this difference in pressurization. A produced oil well is like a deflated balloon because it has been depleted of contents and is no longer pressurized. A natural gas storage well is like an inflated balloon that has been filled with natural gas and uses pressure to store it.

An oil well initially uses natural pressure to bring underground petroleum to the surface for productive use. This natural pressure is quickly depleted, then requiring the use of pumps and other technology to draw oil up to the well’s surface.

A natural gas storage well is intentionally re-pressurized, using existing wells and equipment. Natural gas storage wells always require injected pressure for storage and recovery.

So while we continue to tackle our own set of challenges with Allenco and other oil production sites across the City, it is important to understand the differences between an oil production well and a natural gas storage well.











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