GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
As we ended our legislative session, we took end of the year meetings and helped make the holidays a little brighter for children and families in CD1. At City Council we approved to major projects to improve the First District as well as the reward motion for Jesus Eduardo Vargas’ death. We made history by becoming the first city in the United States to pass a resolution asking that the President of the United States stop separating families with deportations. We celebrated milestones in the Northeastern portion of the District and honored Korean and Chinese leaders that are making a difference in our communities. Team Cedillo broke bread in the tradition of me saying thank you for all that they do. In the short six months that we’ve been in office, my staff has hit the ground running, built strong relationships, and represented the needs and concerns of the residents in our communities. I know 2014 will only be that much more exciting.
Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1
Ord and Yale Park In Chinatown One Step Closer
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On Tuesday the City Council approved over $1million dollars in Prop K money for the Ord and Yale acquisition project park development. We are well on our way to making this park a reality for Chinatown.
Lincoln Park Pool To Get Remodeled
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On Tuesday the City Council also approved $388,221 in Prop K money for improvements to the Lincoln Park Pool. We will make the First District #1.
Reward Motion for Jesus Eduardo Vargas Approved
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On Tuesday the City Council approved a $50K reward motion for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for the murder of Jesus Eduardo Vargas.
On July 1, 2013, at approximately 7:16 p.m., 27 year-old Jesus Eduardo Vargas became engaged in a physical altercation with a suspect inside a Jack in the Box restaurant located at 2120 West Pico Boulevard. During the fight, a second suspect entered the restaurant and opened fire on Mr. Vargas, fatally injuring him. The suspects then fled the scene. Detectives hope that a monetary reward compels members of the public to provide more information as they continue to investigate this crime.
Members of the public with information on this case are urged to contact LAPD detectives at (213)484-3643.
Stop Deportations Resolution
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On Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council became the first to pass a resolution, which calls on President Obama to stop the separation of families due to immigration deportations and asks for the expansion of the deferred action program to all undocumented in the U.S. until we have comprehensive immigration reform. With a Vote 10-0, Los Angeles becomes the first City to pass such a resolution.
The United States is now deporting people at a faster rate than at any time in our modern history, more than 1,100 people per day. Between the years 2008 and 2012, an estimated 1.5 million immigrants were deported. Although the administration has reportedly prioritized deporting only criminals, our broken immigration policy has separated far too many families. According to a 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, only 11% of those detained were held for violent crimes.
Councilmembers Cedillo and Price led a press conference before the council vote urging their colleagues to support the resolution.
For a copy of the resolution, click here.
Making the Holidays Merrier in CD1
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Considering that some households are still experiencing hardships because of the economic slump, Councilmember Cedillo stepped up his fundraising efforts to buy toys this year. The funds were able to support a total of 14 toy drives, benefitting a larger number of communities within CD1. Councilmember Cedillo sponsored the following toy drives:
·Cypress Park Recreation Center
·Cypress Park Family Source Center
·Lincoln Heights Recreation Center
·Downey Recreation Center
·Highland Park Recreation Center
·Alpine Recreation Center
·Ramona Hall Holiday Event
·Montecito Heights Recreation Center Holiday Extravaganza
·Central City Neighborhood Partners
·Guatemalan General Consul Toy Drive
·Toberman Park Recreation Center
·El Centro del Pueblo
·Berendo Middle School
MacArthur Park Boat House Demolition
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Earlier this year the boathouse at MacArthur Park had caved in. To prevent any safety hazards, the City deemed the structure obsolete and recommended it be demolished. This month the Department of Parks and Recreation began the demolition process. It is scheduled to be leveled, cleared out and fenced by this weekend.
We anticipate having a new boat house in the near future.
Students Focus of Transportation Safety at Main Street and Avenue 21
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My office receives numerous complaints about various types of problems but proposing and finding a solution is where the rubber meets the road. This is the recurring problem at the intersection of Main Street and Avenue 21, where the 5 freeway southbound exit ends at Main Street. Students at Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights adopted this problem as a class project. My staff, Jose Rodriguez met with the class and received a presentation on the problem and he discussed the City’s service system, including how to report problems to departments. In this case, he provided a hands-on tutorial using the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (DOT) website and the role everyone plays to improve their community. My office worked with the students and DOT who completed a study that determined the need for KEEP CLEAR pavement striping to help prevent traffic from blocking the Main Street and Avenue 21 intersection so everyone can get to their destination safely and on time.
Glassell Park Community and Senior Center Gets New Floor
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The City maintains numerous buildings with staffing shortages and limited funds for materials, making it a challenge to ensure repairs are made and upgrades get done. Shortly after entering office I went to the Glassell Park Community/Senior Center where I have a district office. The seniors immediately grabbed my hand to show me the soiled and stained carpet in the multi-purpose room installed 8 years ago. For the past two years they requested the carpet be replaced, but it unfortunately did not get done. The multi-purpose room is used by the seniors for meal programs, exercise and dance classes. The old floor was discouraging attendance and participation in programs and classes. I am happy to share that I was able to have our General Services Department work with my staff to get a new floor installed this month.
Keep active and dance on Glassell Park seniors!
Glassell/Yosemite 2013 End Year Celebration
Pictured: POA Student Leaders, Jose Rodriguez (Assistant District Director for Councilmember Gil Cedillo), Arlene Torluemke (POA Teacher Advisor), Irma Beserra Nunez (POA Instructor) and Senior Club Presidents (emeritus and incoming)
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Yesterday, Team Cedillo attended the Glassell/Yosemite 2013 End Year Celebration. Assistant District Director Joe Rodriguez took a moment to thank everyone present for the work that they do.
Dr. Kee Whan Ha Square
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On Monday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Council President Wesson and Councilmembers O’Farrell and LaBonge in Koreatown to name the Wilshire and Vermont intersection after Dr. Kee Whan Ha. A community leader and businessman, Dr. Kee Whan Ha is an integral part of the Korean community in Los Angeles.
Congratulations Dr. Kee Whan Ha.
Honoring Chinese Leadership
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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo honored three very important Chinese events: The 70th Anniversary of the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Suellen Cheng’s retired from the City of Los Angeles, and the 10th Anniversary Chinese American Museum.
Tis the Season to Adopt Til You Drop!
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Every weekend in December adoptions are only $25 on all pets including puppies, kittens, purebreds and mixed breeds at select local shelters in Los Angeles thanks to Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles.
Every day, 9,000 animals are killed in our nation's shelters simply because they don't have a home. By adopting from the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center Pet Adoption Center or one of the six Los Angeles City Shelters this holiday season, you are changing the life of that pet and giving them a forever home. So, skip the pet store and come adopt the one who's right for you!
There’s an animal shelter in CD1 for your adoption convenience.
North Central Animal Shelter
3201 Lacy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031