GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
There was a whole lot of shakin’ going on this week. We cemented our feet after the earthquakes and aftershocks stopped, jumping right into business. We introduced a motion that will fund crucial City programs through the end of the fiscal year. We supported multiple community events, including a job fair, a march in support of peace in the Northeast, a little league opening day, and our friends at Communities In Schools. We continue our support of historic preservation by beginning to install historic windows in our District Office. We also continue our mission to ‘Keep It Clean’ by hosting a community clean up in Highland Park.
Good luck to the Los Angeles Dodgers today at opening day!
Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1
Trash Consolidation Approved
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On Tuesday the City Council voted to approve the Citywide Exclusive Franchise System for the Municipal Solid Waste Collection and Handling Program. This will dramatically change the way garbage is collected from businesses and apartment complexes, helping Los Angeles reduce landfill waste nationwide.
The system in place now, allows landlords to choose which business hauls their trash. The new "exclusive franchise" system will divide Los Angeles into 11 zones. Trash companies will bid for city contracts giving them the exclusive right to collect garbage in each zone. The new system will not affect single-family homes or apartment buildings with four units or fewer, which get their trash hauled by city workers.
The new system is expected to be in place by 2017. Read the report here.
Day Laborers Visit City Council
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On Tuesday day laborers and advocates flooded the Council Chambers asking the City not to cut their programs for the remainder of the fiscal year. Changes in federal funding have left this and many other programs in jeopardy of being defunded. Speaker after speaker, the day laborers, CARECEN and IDEPSCA representatives spoke to the importance of these programs and the impacts they’ve had on their families.
A motion introduced by Cedillo/Wesson will address this problem, until full budget deliberations start next month.
Cedillo Offers Solution to Program Cuts
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After listening to compelling testimony, Councilmembers Cedillo and Council President Wesson introduced a motion in City Council to save programs reduced by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The City of Los Angeles, through the Consolidated Plan, funds many programs that provide crucial public services to residents. Among these programs are programs in the AIDS Coordinator’s Office, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as well as Domestic Violence Shelter operations, youth programs and community beautification services.
This motion provides gap funding for the next three months, until the new fiscal year begins, July 1, 2014. A larger discussion needs to take place to determine how we will cover these programs for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Reward Motions Approved
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Today the City Council reinstated reward motions for two CD1 deaths that remain unsolved. On April 25, 2011, the body of Michelle Lozano (age 17) was found in a plastic storage container in Boyle Heights near the Cesar Chavez off-ramp of Interstates 5 and 10. Breeana Guzman (age 22) of Lincoln Heights set out to get some cough medicine at a Rite Aid. She never returned and her body was found January 26, 2012 in the Silver Lake area near the Riverside Drive onramp to the southbound Glendale Freeway.
Detectives now believe that both murders are linked.
Should you have information regarding either of these cases, please contact LAPD Detective Carrillo at (213) 486-6896.
19th Annual Job Fair at Dodgers Stadium
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Saturday we were proud to co-sponsor the 19th Annual Job Fair at Dodger Stadium. Thousands were lined up outside, dressed to impress, when the gates opened at 9:00am. Over 100 employers and service providers were in attendance. The event was a huge success! Job seekers were interviewed on the spot and able to apply for several positions. They also had the added bonus of scoping out the latest amenities at "The Stadium.”
Thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers for your continued support of this wonderful event!
7th Annual Peace in the Northeast March
(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)
Over 1,500 people participated in the Peace in the Northeast March last Saturday. The march began at Eagle Rock and ended at St. Bernard’s Church in Glassell Park. The purpose of this event is to promote peace in our neighborhoods. As participants arrived at St. Bernard’s, they were met with a festive family atmosphere of over 40 resource tables, including HIV testing & blood pressure screening, free food, music, theater, soccer games, basketball free-throw contests with prizes, a kids zone with face painting, magic show, parent and child crafts, and balloon creations.
Violence is an attack not only on individuals, but also on our communities. Thank you everyone that contributes to keeping the Peace in the Northeast. The key to achieving peace is a balanced, comprehensive approach. Supporting and funding law enforcement and successful community programs like the City’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD). As a committee member overseeing GRYD, Councilman Cedillo is committed to ensure reentry programs are included in the future of GRYD. The Councilmember is committed to the ongoing investment in our communities to make peace a reality.
Northeast Little League Opening Day
(Photo Credit: Melinda Alatorre)
Bishop's Canyon in Elysian Park is home to the Northeast Little League, who celebrated opening day this Saturday. Hundreds came out to hear neighborhood leaders speak to the crowds and watch future Dodgers gear up for the new season. Good luck to all of the teams this year!
Highland Park Clean Up
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Blackwell-Trotter)
Saturday was a busy day for the First District. Residents at the Park Plaza Homeowners Association organized a clean up in Highland Park on Saturday. Residents were able to fill 2 dumpsters in just a few hours. If you are interested in hosting a clean-up, call our field office at (323)550-1538 and speak to Conrado Terrazas.
Great work Highland Park!
Supporting Communities in Schools
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On Monday Councilman Cedillo joined his good friend, actor and advocate, Danny Trejo to support the 1st Annual Communities in Schools Charity Golf Tournament. Since 1994, Communities in Schools has operated various programs and services and is an integral partner helping the City of Los Angeles reduce gang violence. The organization is led by William "Blinky" Rodriguez and Bobby Arias, MSW who help to steer the focus on helping high risk youth, hard core gang members, and people incarcerated to develop the skills, abilities, and relationships necessary to foster self-esteem, perseverance, and positive attitudes.
Historic Windows in District Office Update
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Late last year we reported that our local restoration merchant, Judson Studios, was restoring our field office windows. We are happy to report that a portion of the historic windows went up today. A few more panels will go up over the coming week. We expect all windows to be up in a few months.
We will post pictures once all windows are installed.
President Bill Clinton Visits City Hall
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There was a President Bill Clinton sighting at City Hall today. President Clinton and Mayor Garcetti hosted a meeting to discuss ways of strengthening infrastructure in cities across the country. The meeting was hosted by the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, part of the Clinton Global Initiative, a project of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
During his visit, President Clinton announced that the U.S. Green Building Council will move its 2016 Green build International Conference and Expo from San Diego to Los Angeles. The Green build International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Green build 2016 was originally planned for San Diego, but Mayor Garcetti and his team worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to move it to Los Angeles.
Returning Motorhome in Lincoln Heights
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Team Cedillo has solved yet another case. This case dealt with a returning motorhomes that repaired bikes without a permit and left trash in the Ave 28 and Barranca neighborhood. With the assistance of the Bureau of Sanitation, the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Parking Enforcement, we were able to take care of the issue. Residents asked the local neighbors not to patronize the motorhomes. The Department of Transportation, upon advice from the residents, installed no parking or tow away signs where the motorhomes parked for more than 72 hours at a time. Parking Enforcement cited the motorhomes whenever they returned, and the Bureau of Sanitation tirelessly cleaned up their mess. Services then installed the signs making it illegal to park overnight.
Way to go City family.
UCLA Conversation on Immigration
Featuring Councilmember Cedillo
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center
1200 Colton Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
LA2050 Cypress Park/Lincoln Heights Walk
Sunday, April 27th, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
360 W Ave 26
Lummis Day 2014 Fundraiser Dinner
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Highland Park American Legion Hall
227 South Avenue 55
Los Angeles, CA 90042
LA Heat Taste Changing Condiments
March 13th - July 12th, 2014
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sabor Latino Trade Show
May 13-14th, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Sacred Heart High School
3rd Annual Dinner Dance
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2111 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031
CCNP FREE Tax Preparation
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturdays: February 8 and 22, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
March 8 and 22, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
April 5 and 12, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Central City Neighborhood Partners
501 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Free Tax Preparation
El Centro Del Pueblo Family Source Center
1824 Sunset Blvd. (between Sunset & Lemoyne)
Los Angeles, CA90026
(213) 483-6335 ext. 111
Free Artmaking Workshops
Cypress Park Family Source Center
Thursday, February 6th – April 17th, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
929 Cypress Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065