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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City Council Approves Civil and Human Rights Ordinance and Commission

(Photo Credit: Betsy Annas & Jay A Cortez)

On Wednesday, the City Council approved a critical social justice piece a long time in the making: The Civil and Human Rights Ordinance and Commission under Chair Cedillo’s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity Committee.

The Ordinance creates municipal legislation that: 1) prohibits discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry that results in denial of equal treatment of any individual; 2) provides remedies accessible to complainants; 3) creates the City of Los Angeles Civil and Human Rights Commission and any other supporting unit to investigate and enforce violations of the proposed Ordinance.

This ordinance is designed to discourage human and civil rights violations from occurring at a local level in the City of Los Angeles and to also provide the necessary structures and remedies for the everyday resident to seek assistance should they find themselves in a position of discrimination and vulnerability.

This commission will include an Executive Director and hearing officers to ensure that each case is given the proper resources and attention it deserves.

Read the Patch Story Here.*

In conjunction with this ordinance, Councilmember Cedillo, Council President Wesson, and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson joined a coalition led by the Los Angeles Black Worker Center in support of the SB 218 campaign which allows the City to investigate and enforce State DFEH laws without pre-emption by the State.  

*Story Correction: Article states 15 Member Commission instead of 7 Member Commission

Cedillo Makes Move to Grow Citywide Affordable Housing

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday, Councilmember Gil Cedillo submitted a motion (CF 19-0416) seconded by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson that instructs the Housing (HCID-LA) and Planning Departments to report on expanding current Inclusionary Zoning measures found in CD1’s Central City West Specific Plan to a possible citywide ordinance. What this Inclusionary Zoning policy will do is require new developments to designate a percentage of their units as affordable housing. Expanding this requirement citywide would ensure that affordable units would be spread across all 15 Council Districts and promote a culture and policy where all districts carry their fair share in increasing affordable housing stock across the city. This motion is headed to the Planning & Land Use Committee. We will keep you updated on its progress.

You can read coverage on this story by Urbanize LA here.

New Public Safety, Beautification, and Community Improvements in the Works for District 1

(Photo Credit: Adora Massey)

On Wednesday, we also moved to secure Community Redevelopment funds earmarked for Adelante Eastside Sidewalk Repair, Westlake Graffiti Abatement and various improvements for Wilshire/Koreatown and Pico Union.  We’ll share more details on how each project moves along as it develops.

Cedillo Honors Day Laborers with “Dia del Jornalero”

(Photo Credit: Lucila Hernandez)

Councilmember Cedillo, true to his commitment in supporting working class immigrants, made a motion in Council to establish “El Dia del Jornalero” as an officially observed day in the City of Los Angeles. In its continuing efforts to combat wage theft, the City’s labor centers provide work force development to participants who continually act as ready volunteers in community improvement projects that improve our city.  Day laborers are a vital demographic who contribute to the city’s diverse social and economic fabric. From this day on, May 3rd, 2019 will be recognized as “El Dia del Jornalero.”

Councilmember Joins the Sacred Heart Community to Open New Athletics Facility on Campus

(Photo Credit: Jay A Cortez)

The Councilmember joined Archbishop Jose Gomez and Principal Raymond Saborio in opening the all new Sacred Heart High School gym and sports facility.  This space will greatly amplify the lives of the lady “comets” attending the campus .This facility adds yet another vital component to a growing roster of great spaces for our kids in District 1. Many thanks to all supporters and sponsors that helped make this a reality.

You can see footage of the Grand Opening from LA This Week by clicking here.

Rampart Spring Festival

(Photo Credit: Ricardo Flores)

Team Cedillo partnered with LAPD Rampart Division, El Centro Del Pueblo, Volunteers of America and Heluna Health to bring us “Rampart Spring Festival”.

Opening Day in Echo Park & Highland Park

(Photo Credit: Ricardo Flores & Bill Cody)

We attended Echo Park Baseball Opening Day and spent some time with Los Angeles Dodgers Legend Kenny Landreux.

We also attended the Opening Day for the Highland Park Recreational Center.  Many thanks to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for helping us host.

Stand Down Event to Support Veterans

(Photo Credit: Ricardo Flores)

Team Cedillo proudly stood with veterans and their families last weekend at our “Stand Down” event supporting those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Pico Union / Westlake Sidewalk Clean Up

(Photo Credit: LA Sanitation)

Our LA Bureau of Sanitation crew cleaned 12th St, Westmoreland Ave, and Toberman St., sites known for   illegal dumping and loose litter. Please contact 311 or call our office to report an area that needs to be cleaned.

2nd Annual 'Concurso de Alfombras' Event

(Photo Credit: Luis Gonzalez & Steve Weingarten)

In partnership with Consulado General de El Salvador en Los Angeles, we supported the artists who created beautiful pieces of handcrafted art on Kenmore Avenue and Pico Blvd last weekend as part of their “Concurso de Alfombras”.  This arts event has grown to become a cultural staple in many Central American countries, especially in El Salvador, in the observation of Holy Week.  We look forward to seeing the beautiful design next year!

4300 N. Figueroa Tree Trimming

(Photo Credit: Urban Forestry Division)

This week the Urban Forestry Division trimmed a problematic overgrown tree at 4300 N. Figueroa Street.  Our office is continuously working with every city department to bring resources and services  to our district. If you see overgrown trees in your community, please contact 311 or contact 311.

Recognizing the Department of Building & Safety, Inspection Bureau

(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

This week, Team Cedillo presented certificates of recognition to the team of inspectors involved in the new Albion Riverside Park.  The park provides 10.4 acres of park and recreational space, consisting of the former Albion Dairy Site (6.4 acres of new parkland) and the existing Downey Recreational Center (4.0 acres). This team of inspectors helped ensure the project was done with the highest safety and aesthetic standards and completed on time for park patrons to enjoy.

You can read ABC7's coverage of the park's environmental benefits here.

Recognizing the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council

(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

This week, Team Cedillo presented certificates of recognition to the outgoing and incoming members of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council.

Team Cedillo thanks the outgoing members and remain committed in continuing our great work with the new members. Working together, we will continue to address issues important to Glassell Park.

Chavez Community Garden Plants Protected During Improvements

(Photo Credit: Bill Cody)

After a couple of weeks of working with the gardeners of our Cesar Chavez Community Garden, plants have been temporarily relocated to the 6th / Columbia lot. We hope to bring back all greenery as soon as our team finishes the necessary improvements to the community garden located on Union Ave.

Power Shift Book Panel & Signing at UCLA

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Join the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for 'Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America' a Luskin Lecture and book discussion with authors David Ayón and George Pla and guest panelists
• Richard Alatorre
• Gil Cedillo
• Gloria Molina
• Richard Polanco
• Antonio Villaraigosa

TUESDAY, MAY 14. 6-8 p.m.
in UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom
RSVP by May 9, 2019 by clicking here.

Team Cedillo Promoting and Supporting Denim Day 2019

(Photo Credit: Bazyl Nettles)

This week, the team came with their casual Friday look on Tuesday in support of  “Denim Day”, an international movement against sexual violence. You can read about how this movement came about and how you can participate in the 2019 Denim Day effort happening on April 29th by clicking here.

Sister Act Sneak Peak Weekend Opens to Packed Crowd

(Photo Credit: Wendy Ruiz)

SISTER ACT opened to a PACKED crowd at this weekend’s sneak-peak showing.  Councilmember Cedillo is offering a special discount for families who are interested in attending this hilarious and energetic performance by one of the most diverse casts in the city! Scroll below for details.

View the promo video here.


Councilmember Cedillo Offers Discount to SISTER ACT coming to the Eastside

Councilmember Cedillo is pleased to once again support another diverse musical, SISTER ACT presented by TNH Productions, CASA 0101 Theater and El Centro Del Pueblo in Association with Behind the Mask Inc. The latest musical showcasing top notch cast full of amazing women of all ages features a very special and talented Jacqueline Lorraine Schofield as Delores Van Cartier, under a special arrangement with Actors Equity Association.

The show runs April 12th-14th Discounted Previews and April 19-May 19th regular performances at CASA 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033 in Boyle Heights.

Councilmember Cedillo offers all our friends a Special 25% discount for regular performances. Use Discount Code: “CEDILLO” Get your tickets by clicking here.

Watch the Teaser Video here.

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