GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
This is was an exciting week for us, as we continue to pave way for structural changes in the City which will help us get back to basic city services. We introduced a motion that will ask the City of Los Angeles to consider a City-wide ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign that will simulate the accomplishment of our CD1 pilot program in the other Council Districts. This lays the foundation for a streamline process under the Bureau of Sanitation. We are excited to be leading this City forward! In the community we saved a community garden in Pico Union and grew out our mustaches for Movember!
Making the First District #1!
Arts & Culture
Keep It Clean LA
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On Tuesday Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion to expand the ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign city-wide. Recently CD1, in partnership with the Bureau of Sanitation and LA Conservation Corps, implemented a pilot program within First Council District boundaries (CF 13-0852). Enhancing services, increasing collection, and embarking on a robust education campaign have helped to reduce the trash on its streets tremendously. The success of the program was recently highlighted in the LA Times, quoting Cedillo "We are trying to change the culture". Thus far this effort has resulted in 283 clean alleys and over 800,000 lbs. of trash being collected from some of the poorest areas of the City.
Given the state of blight caused by illegally disposed trash across Los Angeles, there is an urgent need to improve this basic service city-wide. With positive data collected from the CD1 Clean Streets pilot, the City Council should ask Sanitation to lead an immediate stepped-up effort to clean neighborhoods city-wide; not only of bulky items, but other waste in streets and alleys. This effort can include adding street trash receptacles as deemed appropriate by Sanitation and Council Offices.
This motion was welcomed by many of the Councilman's colleagues with 6 of them signing on to our initiative. Seconds included: Wesson, Bonin, Price, Blumenfield, O'Farrell, LaBonge.
Wi-Fi for Los Angeles
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On Wednesday, City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Blumenfield to explore Wi-Fi City-wide. Internet and e-mail have a huge impact on our daily lives and connect us to the world. Continuing advancements in technology have created opportunities for local governments to enhance their operations and improve their accessibility to the public.
The ability to connect wirelessly through mobile devices has become commonplace, and for many, a necessity. Wi-Fi, high-speed, wireless internet access points (at parks, libraries, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.) that are in most cases free to the public, exist throughout many cities all over the world. Municipal Wi-Fi makes wireless access to the Internet a universal service and has many benefits. Residents who cannot afford private high-speed services can have access to the Internet. Businesses and visitors have information and services at their fingertips, City employees who are out in the field can access data directly. Government can become more modern, open, transparent and efficient.
Let’s move LA into the 21st century!
Changes to Neighborhood Council Grievance Process
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On Monday the Budget and Finance Committee heard a report regarding Neighborhood Council grievances. When a stakeholder files a complaint against the actions taken by a Neighborhood Council, there is no system-wide standardized process for handling that grievance. Furthermore, processes that do exist are established by the Neighborhood Council against which a grievance is filed, which leads many stakeholders to question the validity of Neighborhood Council actions when it comes to controversial issues.
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners recommends that sections of the City's Administrative Code which deal with Neighborhood Council grievances and complaints procedures be amended to merge the grievance procedure and the complaint process and that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment establish a single set of procedures with a regional grievance panel empowered to render a final decision on grievances.
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Last week we gave you a brief look on balancing competing interests in regards to El Superior in Highland Park. Councilmember Cedillo held a hearing where he listened to both sides. This past week he denied the application to designate this location as a historical monument. The Councilman is a big supporter of historic preservation and has received various awards on his efforts to preserve cultural monuments, but he has serious concerns about this process at a local level. A closer look found that the historic preservation process is flawed. As the City of Los Angeles moves forward in trying to revitalize some of its poorest areas we must find a way to balance our historic cultural icons, while encouraging smart growth and economic development.
The denial of the historic designation will allow for the supermarket to remodel and improve the physical structure of the building in order to better serve the needs of the community.
In the coming weeks Councilmember Cedillo will work with the Planning Department to ensure transparency in the process, and to make sure we are protecting our historical monuments while encouraging revitalization of our neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods In CD 1 Benefit from ‘Keep It Clean’ Campaign
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Councilmember Cedillo’s ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign is benefiting neighborhoods throughout CD 1 as our dedicated Sanitation and Los Angeles Conservation Corps crews remove bulky items and loose trash in 288 alleys. The vast extent of our program includes:
Crews have cleaned up these alleys and are now on a maintenance schedule, but we need your help! Only with the partnership and participation of community members and stakeholders can we ‘Keep It Clean’ in all parts of CD1.
To report bulky items and loose trash for pick up contact:
CD1 City Hall office (213)473-7001
Highland Park District office (323)550-1538
Pico Union Community Garden (Update)
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A month ago, we learned that the Pico Union Cesar Chavez Community Garden was being recommended to be sold by the former Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The community garden has existed at 11th Place and Union Avenue for over 30 years on CRA/LA-owned property, and is essentially the only green open space in the community with 33 active garden plots that provide fresh fruits and vegetables to families in the area.
Our student intern Stephanie Zhang, using the USC Special Collections Archives, found that the property was acquired for government use. As such, this park has been owned and maintained for government use as green open space park land with an active community garden that has been utilized, maintained, and operated by residents, 10th Street Elementary School classes, and community based organizations for 30 years.
Yesterday the CRA/LA Governing Board officially voted to permanently preserve Pico Union's green open space/park and community garden by transferring it to the City to allow for ongoing use by the community.
Sycamore Grove Bandshell
BEFORE (Photo Credit: Ajay Singh)
AFTER (Photo Credit: Department of Recreation and Parks)
The Sycamore Grove Bandshell was defaced earlier this week, yet again! The Department of Recreation and Parks indicates that this is a high need area that requires constant attention. The department stops by every other day to do graffiti removal, only to find the bandshell defaced all over again. Graffiti painters spent all morning there on Tuesday removing graffiti. The department usually tries to do a 24 hour turnaround from the moment they are alerted about graffiti.
If you see graffiti around CD1, please report it to our offices so that we may get it removed immediately.
CD1 City Hall (213)473-7001
Highland Park Field Office (323)550-1538
Getting to Know Team Cedillo: Jose Rodriguez
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What do you do for CD1?
I am the Deputy District Director which means I work in the field assigned to the communities of Cypress Park, Glassell Park, and Lincoln Heights. In addition, I handle public safety issues, coordination of field staff trainings, and other administrative duties. Every day is different with ranging task from attending meetings and solving business and resident problems to discussing legislative and administrative policy proposals and issues with stakeholders.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank and was raised in North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley.
How’d you get your start in Public Service?
My mom worked for 32 years with the CA Attorney General’s Office in Los Angeles and she would always come home talking about her workday and coworkers. She motivated me to always think of others. As a college student, my first job was at a non-profit working with homeless. After graduating, I moved on to management positions with other non-profits with the mission of serving the HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental illness, and criminal justice populations. In 2008, the City of Los Angeles was developing a new gang reduction strategy using a public health model so that same year based on my education and experience Councilmember Alarcon hired me to be his lead staff on public safety and eventually his District Director. I am happy to be on staff with Councilmember Cedillo to continue my work in public service.
Favorite place to visit in CD1?
Asking me to name a favorite place in CD1 is setting me up to loose friends. CD1 has so many places I like to frequently visit because of the people and environment. In Lincoln Heights I visit Lincoln Park and LA Baking Company, in Cypress Park I visit Antigua Coffee House and Cypress Park Recreation Center, and in Glassell Park I visit Lemon Poppy Kitchen and Glassell Park Recreation Center.
What’s the best kept secret in CD1?
There are a lot of hidden gems in CD1. I recently visited the Bilingual Arts Foundation in Lincoln Heights to learn about this amazing arts organization that uses a former city jail building. It is a must see place.
What is your favorite CD1 P.E.A.C.E. issue area and why?
Public Safety, Environment, Arts/Culture, Clean Streets, and Economic Development (P.E.A.C.E.) are all ingredients for a livable and enjoyable community. I like the Public Safety piece since it gets me involved in some tough issues helping people and communities.
If you could solve one major issue in CD1 what would it be?
The City of Los Angeles is experiencing historic crime reductions; however some communities still do not feel safe. I want to work with those communities to take steps that will help them feel safe to enjoy their community and raise a family.
What do people not know about you?
My favorite TV show as a kid was The Six Million Dollar Man because I grew up using a prosthetic leg. School kids can be pretty mean with name calling but the show always lifted me up. Steve Austin the show’s lead character had bionic prosthetics so I thought it was cool to make the sound effects from the show when I was running and climbing. It’s important we find strength in someone or something positive when we need help to make our situation and lives better.
The Southern California Gas Co. to the Rescue
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Three months ago, the Southern California Gas Company was working on installing their new meters in Glassell Park. As a free service to its customers, the Gas Company subcontracts with a company to provide sewage and water piping inspections. This is done to ensure that they are in good working order and structurally sound. By doing so, it ensures that the gas lines are free from any foreseeable obstructions and hazardous contact from all other existing pipes.
A CD1 constituent was visited by one of the Gas Company's subcontractors. The contractor ended up performing some pipe work without the constituent’s permission, resulting in the laundry room backing up. After a $150.00 bill to fix the clog and an additional $600.00 the next day for plumbing, the homeowner was upset.
Her subsequent claims directed to the subcontractor and/or the Gas Company were both denied. She then contacted Team Cedillo for help. We proceeded to contact Gas Company Public Affairs Manager David Meza, and after a few phone meetings and a site visit from David, our constituent was informed that a $750.00 check was on its way. It was a huge relief to the homeowner.
Thank you David and the Gas Company for working with our constituents.
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On Wednesday the City Council celebrated Movember. As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men's faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
Dia de los Muertos Altar Contest
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
6:00PM - 12:00AM
3400 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Congressman Xavier Becerra
Affordable Care Act Information Session
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Charles White Elementary School
2401 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Audubon Center at Debs Park 10th Anniversary
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 N. Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Feria de Salud Sobre la Diabetes
Sunday, November 10th, 2013
10:00AM – 3:00PM
1-800-DIABETES ext. 7503
The 8th Annual Northeast Los Angeles
Veterans Day Parade & Celebration
Sunday, November 10th, 2013
11:00AM Opening Ceremony
Cypress Park Veterans Memorial (Corner of Cypress Avenue & Pepper Avenue )
1:00PM Parade Begins
Glassell Park Recreation Center (3750 Verdugo Road)
Rio De Los Angeles State Park (1900 N. San Fernando Road)
Monday, November 11th, 2013
11:00AM Solemn Ceremony
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard
Monsignor Romero Memorial Plaza Inauguration
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
11:00AM - 1:00PM
(7th Street and Alvarado)
Los Angeles, CA 90057