5.23.14

5.23.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO

Friends,

CD1 Team accomplished so much this week! Celebrating a year since our win on election night last year, I reminisced on how lucky I am to serve the communities of Council District One. With that, I am proud to announce I voted on my first City Budget. We were able to restore some basic city services, fund our police and fire departments, and keep our reserves above normal. We also celebrated Public Works week in City Council, recognizing members of the community that make a difference. The field was busy swearing in the newly elected neighborhood council board members, tackling homelessness in Pico Union, and keeping the community clean.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program in Public Works


Dennis Ortega, Executive Director and Trinh Ortega, Director
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)


On Monday the Board of Public Works honored a local nonprofit that is doing their part to ‘Keep It Clean’ in Lincoln Heights. The Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program was founded in 1985. It is their goal to raise many children and youth from the communities they serve, to become great role models, attend college, and to be individuals who have a heart to serve their community through service projects and other volunteering opportunities.

They work to reduce the flow of children and youth from choosing a life of gangs, violence, and drugs, in inner-city communities, and begin a transformation process of the community. In addition, youth are engaged in community service projects that allow them to model positive achievements instead of vandalism and destructive acts in these neighborhoods.

Thank you for all that you do and congratulations!

Cedillo Helps Save CDBG Funding for Crucial Social Services, Again!


(Photo Credit: Yahoo)

A few months ago Councilmember Cedillo and Wesson teamed up to save crucial social services that were facing defunding due to changes in the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of allowable programs for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Both Councilmembers used money from their own council accounts to cover the $1,950,333 gap from April 1-June 30, 2014.

The dynamic duo strategized during the budget process to secure funding of these programs for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Programs that will continue for an additional year are:
·AIDS Prevention
·Domestic Violence Shelter Operations
·LAHSA - Special Economic Development Opportunities
·Cash for College
·FamilySource Centers—City managed
·Hire LA 16-24 Youth Employment
·Human Relations Advocates
·LAHSA - Central City East Public
·Youth Opportunities High School—Watts
·HCID Watts
·Youth Opportunities Movement – SFV
·Youth Recreation and Nutrition
·Clean and Green
·Day Laborer Centers
·GRYD Summer Night Lights
·Office of Community Beautification
·River Corps (formerly River Keepers)

To read the motion, click here.

Budget Update


Team Cedillo making last minute deliberations during Budget vote
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)


On Wednesday, the City Council passed a budget that is both fiscally responsible while still getting back to basics. Here are some highlights.

How We Got Here
·The Mayor made his city budget proposal on April 14.
·Over the past three weeks, the five-member Budget and Finance Committee conducted hours of budget hearings and made substantial changes.
·Wednesday, the full City Council discussed, debated and voted to adopt the Budget and Finance Committee’s report, as amended by the full City Council. A full budget resolution will come before the Council next week, and then the budget will go to the mayor for signature.

Budget Facts
·Total Budget for FY 2014-2015: $8.1 billion, a 10% increase from last year’s budget.
·The primary revenue increases are from Property Tax, Utility Users’ Tax, Business Tax, Sales Tax, Documentary Transfer Tax, Power Revenue Transfer, Transient Occupancy Tax and Parking Fines.
·Revenue from the Business Tax is projected to total $459.5 million.
·The City Council eliminated the initial $242 million deficit and balanced the budget.
·The budget puts Los Angeles on track to completely eliminate the structural deficit by FY 2018-2019.

Saving for a Rainy Day
·City reserves are the largest they've been in more than a decade. The Reserve Fund is at $284.11 million, 5.52% of the city’s General Fund.
·The Budget Stabilization Fund is at $62.4 million.
·The City Council’s responsible budgeting will protect the city from future economic fluctuations.

Why This Budget Matters to Angelenos
Although the city hasn't reached the finish line, the City Council maintained, restored and added vital services and preserved essential programs in this year’s budget. Here are just a few things that the budget will allow the city to do:

Repair Streets
·The budget funds 2,400 miles of LA street repairs.
·The budget funds filling 350,000 potholes.
·The budget adds $5 million to clean up streets full of blight and bulky items.
·Fix Sidewalks: The budget provides $20 million to fix LA sidewalks, $10 million more than last year.

Ensure Public Safety
The budget adds $22 million over last year’s budget to rebuild the Fire Department after years of cuts, including:
·$6.5 million to create hire 200 new firefighters.
·$3.65 million for critical fire safety equipment.
·$3.5 million to keep 11 more ambulances on the street.
·$1.2 million to coordinate fire and police dispatch systems.

The budget maintains police hiring levels and puts at least $15 million toward paying the overtime bank.

The budget provides funding for 8 additional prosecutors at the City Attorney’s office.

Beautify Neighborhoods
·The budget adds $2.1 million to maintain medians and enhance neighborhoods.
·The budget restores $1 million for graffiti abatement.
·Maintain Parks: The budget restores $500K million for park maintenance.

Support the Elderly
·The budget increases funding for senior meals and caregiver programs.
·The budget provides funding for a multipurpose center at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy, providing 38,000 senior meals and 31,000 for homebound seniors.

Keep Animals Alive
·The budget increases funding for medical and food supplies to reduce animal euthanizations at city animal shelters.

Support Communities
·The budget restores funding to support community events and non-profit organizations citywide.
·The budget adds funding for the Congress of Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Council Budget Day.

Improve Voter Access and City Efficiency
·The budget adds funding for new language services in the 2015 city elections: Armenian, Russian and Farsi.
·The budget creates an Innovation Fund to promote city efficiency and creativity.

To read the proposed budget, click here.

National Public Works Week


Public Works Chair Councilmember Buscaino congratulating the Public Works Board
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Today the City Council celebrated National Public Works Week. Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored National Public Works Week. We use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and improving their quality of life.

This year’s theme "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow" represents the classic idea of stewardship embodied by the profession of public works and the professionals that practice it. Focusing on the communities; "building" points out the day to day aspect of public works that is quality of life, while "planning" references the sustainable practices that ensure that quality of life for future generations.

Thank you to our local Public Works board and departments, for your strong support of our ‘Keep It Clean’ initiative. We could not do it without you!


 

 

FIELD UPDATE

Sacred Heart Community Fiesta


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Saturday, CD1 staff Jose Rodriguez presented a certificate of appreciation to Sacred Heart Community Fiesta event coordinators Manny Rodriguez and Robert Vega. The fiesta was packed with hundreds of people enjoying food, information booths, and hearing and seeing great performances by local schools. The fiesta helped raise money to sponsor kids who cannot afford a private school education. With the money raised the school provides scholarships to graduates to offset some of the costs of going to college. 

Casita Verde Clean Up


(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

"Keeping It Clean" is catching momentum all over CD1. La Casita Verde Child Care Center in Sycamore Grove had a successful beautification project on Saturday. Volunteers included parents, families, and staff who dug up plants and spread wood chips. Local residents from Sycamore Grove, Mt. Washington and Montecito Heights whose children attend this marvelous center, were present to lend a hand. Pat Grifith and Martha Benedict serve as board members for La Casita Verde. They happily rolled up their sleeves and participated in all of the activities. Darlene Cabrera, Executive Director, and Mt. Washington resident, was there bright and early and brought her family to help as well. CD1 supports all community efforts to enhance our neighborhoods and improve their quality of life.  

Ebell Club in Highland Park


(Photo Credit: Martha Benedict)

On Wednesday, CD1 provided certificates to the scholarship recipients of the Ebell Club in Highland Park. The Highland Park Ebell Club was built in 1913. This LA historic landmark building is a hidden gem in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Highland Park, one of Los Angeles' oldest communities. Located at 131 S. Avenue 57, Los Angeles 90042, this beautiful craftsman building is a wonderful setting for Puccini's masterpiece, La Bohème. With excellent acoustics, a grand piano, ample parking, and seating for up to 250.

Recipients of the night included: Karla Altamirano, Jomil Conste, Mariah Gonzalez, Camila Hashim, Mariana Marin, Dayana Molina, Maria Rodriguez, Miguel Martinez, Nancy Tang, Andrew Kim, Javier Covarrubias 11, Michael Rojas, Michale Morales, and Evelyn Benitez.

Congratulations!

Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Installations


(Photo Credit: Parliamentarian Ivan Spiegel)

On Monday Councilmember Cedillo was on hand to swear in the new board members of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.

From the left: Lynda Valencia, Richard Schwanbeck, Lenora Bejarano, Brenda Ibañez, Eric Pierson, Joyce Garber, Orville McKinley, Councilmember Cedillo, Tamar Rosenthal, Valerie Harragin, Lynn Moses, Martha Benedict, Padraic Cassidy, Teri Bonsell, Loyd Kattro, Maggie Barto, Roy Payan and Harv Woien.

Not pictured: Erica Bowen, Raul Esquivel, Hassan Nicholas and Sergio Vidal-Echeverria.

Glassell Park & Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council Installations


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Tuesday, staffer Jose Rodriguez presented congratulatory certificates to the newly installed Glassell Park & Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.

The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council was first certified on January 8, 2002 because people in the community wanted to engage City Hall and make a difference. The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council was first certified on November 19, 2002 because people in the community wanted to engage City Hall and make a difference and we are happy to see in 2014 that people are keeping the spirit alive.

Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and serve CD1, together we will work on issues that will make our communities better!


Homeless Outreach at MacArthur Park


(Photo Credit: Sheri Mandel)

On Wednesday Councilmember Cedillo launched the Westlake Coalition, a group that will reach out to the homeless population at MacArthur Park over the next five months in hopes to provide wrap around services. Forming the Westlake Coalition is the first step toward addressing homelessness in Council District One. His first approach to the issue has been to facilitate this interaction through the commitment of community partners to perform a monthly visit where services will be made directly available to the homeless population.

Service providers include: Council District 1, Pacific Clinics, Good Shepherd, Proyecto Pastoral, Sunrise, Royal Palms, MacArthur Park Alliance, People Assisting the Homeless, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, Recreation and Parks, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council, and Central City Neighborhood Partners.

Read LA Times coverage here.

Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program YUCA Club Awards Banquet


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo joined 150 youth to honor the 11 youth cabinet leaders of the Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) club for their dedication and commitment to coordinate academic programs and civic volunteerism. The YUCA club started in 1995 to get high school youth involved in community service, leadership development, and college prep through all of the events and opportunities during the school year. We wish these young people continued success as they continue being leaders in our community.

Nightingale Middle School Parent Volunteer Appreciation


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Friday, CD1 staffer Jose Rodriguez presented certificates of appreciation to Nightingale Middle School parent volunteers for their support to student, families, and school staff. We have enjoyed the partnership with Principal Heideman this school year and look forward to working with her and other school principals to help answer student and parent questions and work on community improvements together. Thank you all parents for your willingness to volunteer and serve your local school.


 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE

Telemundo Highlights Councilmember Cedillo and Ana Gomez


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday Telemundo visited our city Hall office to highlight Latino leaders making a difference in Los Angeles. Councilmember Cedillo was highlighted for his legacy as the people’s representative, championing immigration issues and being the voice for the voiceless. Ana Gomez, field deputy for the Westlake/Pico Union area, was also highlighted for her work in the community. Ana was a product of the Dreamers movement and an early organizer for the CA Dream Act. As a representative for the Councilmember, she has brought together a coalition of nonprofits to help the homeless at MacArthur Park, and has lead countless community clean ups with other community groups to ‘Keep It Clean.”

Congratulations Team Cedillo!

Mt. Washington Preschool Celebrates First Employee’s Retirement


Young women celebrating Marina Dominguez for the care that she provided for them many years ago
(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

Marina Dominguez cared lovingly for many children in a large family daycare in Mt. Washington in the late 80s and early 90s, so she was the logical choice to become one of the first teachers when Mt. Washington Preschool opened their first child care center in 1992. She has continued ever since, providing loving and quality care for generations of children. Over the years, Marina also worked together with other staff to make her centers among the very few National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited in Los Angeles.

Marina now has her first grandchild enticing her to retirement, and plans to travel. Mt. Washington paused to celebrate over 25 years of her quality child care and education. The event, held on May 10, was attended by both recent and not-so recent families who have appreciated her work. Parents enjoyed telling about her many great moments with their kids, and a few now-adult ‘children’ also had stories of her care.

Marina first taught at the center located in the basement of the Coptic Church on El Paso, then moved to the Highlands Center located in the Hathaway-Sycamore grounds in Highland Park. In 2003, Mt. Washington Preschools began managing the Harry Pregerson Child Development center in the Federal building downtown, and since then Marina has been caring for infants for many Downtown families.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Free Co-ed Family Softball Sign Ups
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Cypress Park Recreation Center
2630 Pepper Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90065
(213) 485 – 5384



Discover Recycling

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
North Central District Yard
452 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031




Anonymous Gun Buyback
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 S Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90037




9th Annual Lummis Day
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
11:00AM - 7:00 PM
200 East Avenue 43
Los Angeles, CA 90031




CD1 River Improvement Overlay Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Young Nak Church
1721 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031




Highland Park Independent Film Festival
A Picture of the Three of Us
Thursday, June 5th, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Highland Theatre
5604 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Lincoln Park Recreation Center
Pool & Bathhouse Replacement Project Meeting
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
6:00 PM
Lincoln Park Recreation Center
3501 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031




CD1 Bike Lane Community Meeting
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Franklin High School Auditorium
820 N. Ave. 54
Los Angeles, CA 90042




Plaza de La Raza Golf Tournament

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Montebello Country Club
901 Via San Clemente
Montebello, CA 90640


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

 

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