GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
This week I returned to Washington D.C. to push for immigration reform. Speaking at the New American Leaders Project Conference I talked about the importance cities like Los Angeles will have on helping to push a comprehensive immigration package in Congress. While I was gone my staff got ready for the Holidays! We have lots of planning to do for our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas events. In addition, we planted trees in Westlake/Koreatown and honored the memory of my father at the NELA Veteran’s Day Parade. This week you should get to know Ana Gomez, one of our rockstar Dreamers on staff. Lastly, I send my condolences to Mike Gatto and his family. It was a tragedy to lose his father so abruptly. My prayers are with Mr. Joseph Gatto.
New American Leaders Project
(Photo Credit: NALP)
Over the weekend Councilmember Cedillo was invited to be a guest speaker at the New American Leaders Project’s Power & Policy Reception in Washington DC. This two day initiative seeks to discuss and debate some of the most pressing issue facing Latino communities.
I was promoting the City’s legislative agenda on immigration reform. In support of President Obama’s comprehensive immigration reform, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council have established a City of Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs. This has made Los Angeles the first city in the nation to step forward with a dedicated initiative to support President Obama’s efforts on immigration. This trip was a step towards understanding over all policy as it pertains to immigration, and what the City of Los Angeles can do to continue to support the President, the Mayor, and the City Council.
The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. Nearly one in five Americans are either immigrants or were born in the U.S. to at least one immigrant parent. NALP believes that through civic engagement and leadership, first- and second-generation immigrants can help strengthen the fabric of American democracy.
Planting Trees in Westlake/Koreatown
(Photo Credit: Ana Gomez)
Last Saturday Accion Westlake and Koreatown Youth and Community Center joined forces to plant 12 trees along Westlake Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street in Westlake. The event was attended by community members and many children that were eager to get their hands dirty. For many it was the first time they had the opportunity to take part in planting a tree. The community members pledged to adopt a tree, which they will be responsible for maintaining. This is the beginning of an ongoing collaboration that will be bringing more trees to Westlake and Pico Union.
The Audubon Center at Debs Park Turns 10
(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)
The Audubon Center at Debs Park Celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary on November 9th with music, food and fun! The center connects people to nature in Montecito Heights. Deputy, Sylvia Robledo presented Executive Director, Jeff Chapman with a certificate of appreciation from Councilmember Gil Cedillo for their extraordinary work in educating the community on the importance of conservation, preservation and nature.
Over 200 people celebrated with entertainment by Las Cafeteras, The Nature of Wildworks, The Hollow Trees and Plant Food for People. Attendees of all ages enjoyed the festivities followed by a hiking excursion.
Hop Woo Restaurant Turns 20
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
Hop Woo BBQ Seafood Restaurant opened in 1993 with only 8 tables. Twenty years later it has moved to the current location on Broadway in Chinatown to accommodate more guests. Hop Woo combines traditional Chinese cooking methods with new ideas to best serve its guests. Its Hong Kong style barbecue is prepared daily, along with other dishes.
Congratulations on twenty years of service to the community. Hop Woo has been Team Cedillo tasted and approved.
Veteran’s Day Parade
(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)
On Sunday, I joined the community in honoring our Veterans past and present during the Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Ceremony, Parade, and Celebration.
My father died a proud Veteran having served in the military in the 82nd Airborne and trained as a combat paratrooper. I was humbled by the actions of his fellow Veterans especially longtime family friend Johnny Ramirez who arranged for a team of paratroopers to jump into Rio de Los Angeles State Park to present my family and I with a flag in honor of my dad.
Let us remember veterans every day, the brave men and women who have the profound courage to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.
Final Push for Los Angeles River Revitalization
(Photo Credit: HoyLosAngeles.com)
The completion of the LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study is a remarkable moment in the revitalization of the LA River. The Study lays the groundwork to bring millions of dollars in investment to the river and to the City of LA.
The Study proposes four restoration scenarios: Alternatives 10, 13, 16 and 20. The Army Corps has determined that Alternative 13 is their preferred option. The City’s preferred alternative is Alternative 20—the most expansive ecosystem restoration possible and it is the only one that specifically includes the following priorities: Verdugo Wash Confluence and the LA State Historic Park (former Cornfields site).
What can you do to help?
It is vital that Angelenos make their voices heard regarding their preferred alternative. Up until November 18th, members of the public can comment on the Study.
Josephine R. Axt, Ph.D.
Chief, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: Ms. Erin Jones, CESPL-PD-RN
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325
By E-mail: Erin.L.Jones@usace.army.mil
Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda Relief
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Councilmember Cedillo and CD1 staff join Filipino community members in remembering the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda, the most powerful storm ever recorded in human history which devastated the central Philippines. We are moved by people’s empathy and desire to help in the unprecedented humanitarian effort needed to recover from the disaster.
Here is a special link to support the rescue work of the Red Cross in the Philippines:
American National Red Cross
If you or someone you know is in a situation having difficulty locating loved ones in the Philippines, refer to Restoring Family Links from the International and National Red Cross:
Here is a link to the White House webpage on disaster relief efforts:
Local Relief Efforts:
St. Dominic Catholic Church in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services is sponsoring collection of donations (clothes, blankets, shoes) this Saturday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 17th, between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. Drop-off donations at the Rectory or Community Center, 2002 Merton Avenue, Eagle Rock, CA. 90041.
Getting to Know Team Cedillo: Ana Gomez
(Photo Credit: Cruz Hernandez)
Name: Ana Gomez
What do you do for CD1?
I have the honor to work as a Field Deputy in the Southern part of our district in the neighborhoods of Temple-Beaudry, Westlake, MacArthur Park, Rampart Village, Koreatown, Pico Union and University Park.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when I was 7 years old. I lived in Westchester near the LAX area until I was 14 at which point my family was first able to purchase a home in Inglewood. I was an LAUSD student the entire time attending first Mar Vista Elementary School, then Orville Wright Middle School and then graduating from Westchester High School.
How’d you get your start in Public Service?
After graduating from UCLA I was able to enter into a one year internship with then Assemblymember Cedillo's office. It was during this time and under Arturo Chavez's guidance that I learned about the incredible difference that individuals with a passion for empowering people and creating real sustainable change can make in elected office. I loved the dynamic that the team had and their commitment to service. I knew then that if I had opportunity to return as a staff member I would take it, and a couple of years later, here I am.
Favorite place to visit in CD1?
My favorite place to visit in CD 1 is the Salvation Army and the Cesar Chavez garden across the street. Whenever I visit this location I know that I will see families walking, children playing basketball and plants thriving in an urban setting. It lifts my spirit any time I can be in that type of environment.
What’s the best kept secret in CD1?
I'm not sure if this is a great secret, but one of the jewels of CD 1 is Vista Hermosa Park on Toluca and Colton. You can count on an amazing view from that park any time of day. It's a very relaxing way to spend your time.
What is your favorite P.E.A.C.E. issue are and why?
I like the PEACE program as a whole. I think each issue area is key to a larger plan which will develop communities with a great quality of life.
If you could solve one major issue in CD1 what would it be?
If I could solve any issue in CD 1, it would be homelessness. I wish with all my heart that there was one solution that could target all the causes and circumstances for individuals that fall into and remain in this situation.
What do people not know about you?
When I was in high school I secretly dreamed of becoming a film director. I watched movies all the time in between homework and on the weekends. I wanted to know as much as possible and it was during this time that I discovered films that I had never been exposed to. I went through phases of loving 80's John Hughes Films, then discovering Francis Ford Coppola and eventually fell in love with 40's films. One of my favorite movies is still Citizen Kane.
Honoring Alfonso Palacios
(Photo Credit: Alfonso Palacios)
Team Cedillo all-star Alfonso Palacio was honored this week by the Centinela Valley Union High School District Board of Education for his active participation in the community as a mentor, role model and motivational speaker for the youth. He has also served as volunteer in city and state elections, and achieved athletic achievements in several adaptive sports despite his physical disability.
Proud to have you on our team!
(Photo Credit: Assemblymember Mike Gatto)
Joseph Gatto, 78, had retired after 45 years as an art and design teacher who taught at both the primary and college levels. He taught at institutions including Pierce College, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, the Otis Art Institute and the Art Center in Pasadena.
He was also the founder and longtime chairman of the visual arts department at the L.A. County High School for the Arts.
Joseph Gatto also received a number of education awards, including the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award at the White House. After retiring from teaching, he started a jewelry design venture, Wear Art Now.
Gatto's daughter, Marianna, is executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. Gatto’s son, Mike Gatto, serves as an Assemblymember for the State of California.
Rampart Police Station Open House
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
1401 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tours of the station will begin every 30 minutes
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
Tree Planting Event
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Menlo Family Housing
1230 S. Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Monsignor Romero Memorial Plaza Inauguration
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
11:00AM - 1:00PM
(7th Street and Alvarado)
Los Angeles, CA 90057