5.2.14

5.2.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO

Friends,

I love Los Angeles, its rich history and the many cultural assets it provides. This week I was able to enjoy the Latino Culture that is intertwined within that history, by celebrating many different arts programs brought to Angelino’s by the talent of our Latino brothers and sisters. Today, Richard Montoya and Edward James Olmos graced us with their presence in Council. We also introduced the screening of the PBS documentary ‘Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle’ at CSULA, and last night we hosted ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ at MacArthur Park.

In City Council we approved a motion that will take results of our ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign in CD1 and replicate it citywide. The City budget process is moving forward with hearings in Budget & Finance all week. Lastly, we came together as a city to denounce the racist remarks of one individual, proclaiming that racism has no place in the great City of Angels.

The field staff was plenty busy. We helped kids fish at Lincoln Park, joined opening day for another little league in CD1, participated in a peace march in Lincoln Heights, and attended a groundbreaking for an innovative business venture in Lincoln Heights. We also took part in May Day 2014 under the hot LA sun. Please stay hydrated and stay under the shade.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Sharon Tso Approved As New CLA


(Photo Credit: CD11)

On Tuesday the City Council appointed Sharon M. Tso as Chief Legislative Analyst for the City of Los Angeles. The current CLA, Gerry Miller, has been the top policy advisor to the Los Angeles City Council for just about a decade. Miller will step down in August of this year. We welcome the new leadership of the office and congratulate Sharon as the first woman leading the department.

Keep It Clean Citywide


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday the City Council voted to invest in a citywide trash program, modeled after CD1's 'Keep It Clean' pilot, which increases resources for the removal of trash, bulky items, and alleys. Councilmembers Cedillo and Price introduced a motion which instructs the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) to develop a data driven neighborhood clean-up program based on tonnage/level of service, and model after LAPD COMPSTAT, to adequately deploy resources to the neighborhood clean-up program.

LAPD COMPSTAT, short for computer statistics, is used to deploy resources to achieve the desired results based on actual data. Similar program is being used at LAFD and is on track with the Mayor’s goal of open data.

Let’s have Clean Communities citywide!

LA City Budget Underway



Let the Games Begin! The Budget and Finance Committee began hearings for the City's 2014/2015 Budget. As is customary every year, the Mayor proposes a budget, the Budget and Finance Committee examines every proposal and develops recommendations for the City Council to vote on. To read the Mayor’s proposed budget, please click here.

This week we held hearing on the following departments:

·City Controller
·City Attorney
·Office of Finance/Treasurer
·Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System
·Pensions Department
·Police
·Animal Services
·Emergency Management
·Library
·Cultural Affairs
·General Services
·Information Technology Agency
·Personnel (includes Human Resources Benefits)
·Recreation and Parks
·Department of Transportation
·Planning Department
·Building and Safety
·Fire
·Board of Public Works
·Bureau of Sanitation
·Bureau of Street Services
·Bureau of Engineering
·Bureau of Street Lighting
·Bureau of Contract Administration
·Economic and Workforce Development Department
·Housing and Community Investment Department
·L.A. Convention Center
·El Pueblo
·LA Zoo
·Department of Aging
·Department on Disability
·Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Water & Power Cast and Director in City Council


(Photo Credit: Shery Mandel)

Today, Councilmember Cedillo hosted Richard Montoya and the cast of his new film, Water & Power. The Councilmember was joined by Edward James Olmos, Emilio Rivera, and Nicholas Gonzalez.

Twin brothers nicknamed "Water" and "Power" from the hard scrabble Eastside streets of Los Angeles rise like prince's through the city's political and police ranks to become players in a complex and dangerous web of the powerful and corrupt of Los Angeles. One a decorated cop - the other a senator, they find themselves in a seedy motel room on the eastern edge of Sunset Boulevard on a dark and rainy night. Something has gone very wrong. Can Power exist without Water? The Fixers and Powers of the city need answers. Everybody is looking for the Twins.

Water & Power opens in select AMC theaters starting today, Friday, May 2nd. For movie info and tickets go to: http://www.fandango.com/water26power_123393/movieoverview/ 

1.Los Angeles Atlantic Times Square 14
2.Los Angeles Burbank 30 with IMAX & ETX- Burbank 8
3.Los Angeles Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
4.Los Angeles Covina 30 with IMAX
5.Los Angeles Del Amo 18 with IMAX
6.Los Angeles Galleria South Bay 16
7.Los Angeles Montebello 10
8.Los Angeles Norwalk 20 with IMAX
9.Los Angeles Ontario Mills 30 with ETX
10. Los Angeles Orange 30 with IMAX & ETX
11. Los Angeles Puente Hills 20 with IMAX
12. Los Angeles Santa Anita 16 with IMAX
13. Los Angeles Tustin 14
14. Los Angeles Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAX
15. Los Angeles Victoria Gardens 12
16. San Diego Fashion Valley 18
17. San Diego Otay Ranch 12
18. San Diego Plaza Bonita 14 with IMAX


 

 

FIELD UPDATE

Lincoln Park Fishing Derby


(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo, in partnership with: Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, held the Lincoln Park Fishing Derby. Over 250 kids and their families participated. Thanks to the generosity of the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, and support from the CA Department of Fish and Game, over 1,400 lbs. of catfish and rainbow trout were stocked in the lake to be fished out by kids. In addition, kids received education on how to fish and take care of waterways and environment. There was lots of fun and food under the sun at Lincoln Park.

This is part of Councilmember Cedillo’s ‘Environment’ initiative under the P.E.A.C.E. agenda.

Normandie Park Little League Opening Day


(Photo Credit: Ana Gomez)

Last Saturday Normandie Park celebrated yet another beautiful little league opening day. Unlike previous years, this year was a bitter sweet moment for Park Director Kirk Johnson and Park Coordinator Dave Bussey, celebrating opening day without staff member Gustavo "Gus" Beltran for the first time since the 1980's. Mr. Beltran was an integral part of the Normandie family and crucial to the creation of the little league. Opening day was celebration of his life and his dedication to the youth of Pico Union. Dodger Wes Parker opened the season with the first pitch which was followed by the first t-ball game. 

Lincoln Heights Peace March


(Photo Credit: Araceli Martinez)

On April 2nd a person was killed in a gang related shooting in Lincoln Heights. In an effort to stem any future violence, on Wednesday, Council District 1, LAPD, Victory Outreach, and community members participated in a small peace march organized by Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA). SEA is contracted by the City of Los Angeles to help reduce gang violence through multiple programs that interrupt the dynamics of violence among individuals and in communities. It provides intervention workers, case managers, and mental health specialists that offers crisis intervention, trauma care, family support, and long term case managed services to youth and families who have been affected by violence.

This is part of Councilmember Cedillo’s ‘Public Safety’ initiative under the P.E.A.C.E. agenda. Let’s keep our communities safe!

LA Kitchen Dedication


(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

On Thursday, more than 400 people gathered in a former warehouse at Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street to celebrate the launching of a new project in CD1. L.A. Prep will be home to 49 small food business. When this project is complete, it will be the largest wholesale facility for small food makers in the U.S. - creating more than 160 new jobs and thanks to a partnership with the L.A. County Health Department, L.A. Prep’s tenants will have much easier access to wholesale permits. L.A. Kitchen is another enterprise which will occupy the warehouse - recovering countless tons of produce that would otherwise go to waste, and providing life-changing job training to workers from around the City. Every day, L. A. Kitchen – founded by Robert Egger, who created D.C. Kitchen over 25 years ago - will make thousands of delicious, healthy meals for low income families. For more information, see http://www.lakitchen.org/.

The City of L.A. helped make this project happen. The L.A. Development Fund provided a major allocation of tax credits, and the L.A. City Planning Department’s Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan cut the red tape.In the next six months, construction will take place to convert the former warehouse into this amazing opportunity. CD1 congratulates L.A. Prep and L.A. Kitchen for the energy, creativity and positive change they are bringing to the First Council District and the City of Los Angeles.

This is part of Councilmember Cedillo’s ‘Economic Development’ initiative under the P.E.A.C.E. agenda. Let’s keep creating local jobs in the District!

Ambulante California Film Screening at MacArthur Park


(Photo Credit: Ambulante CA)

Residents gathered last night at MacArthur Park for the first film screening of the summer, Cesar's Last Fast. The screening was organized by Ambulante California and made possible by a collaboration with Council District 1. Ambulante is scheduled to begin screening a series of documentary films throughout the City in September.

This is part of Councilmember Cedillo’s ‘Art and Culture’ initiative under the P.E.A.C.E. agenda. Wait till you see what we have in store for the summer!


 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE

Ruben Salazar Documentary Screening


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Monday, Councilmember Cedillo joined the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, PBS SoCal, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Raben Group, for the screening of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. The Councilmember introduced the film, and set the stage for the events that led to this pivotal moment in time; the death of a Latino hero. After the film’s screening, attendees were treated to a classic PBI panel discussion featuring the film’s director, Phillip Rodriguez, Ruben Salazar’s daughter Stephanie Salazar Cook, USC Annenberg School of Communications’ Félix Gutiérrez, and acclaimed filmmaker Jesús Salvador Treviño, moderated by Adolfo Guzman Lopez from KPCC.

To watch the film, please click here.

Standing Up Against Racism


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday, the Councilmember joined LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and a half dozen former and current NBA players to denounce Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks. They agreed that such bigotry has no place in Los Angeles. During the press conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silva announced formal action against Sterling. In response to his remarks, Sterling is now banned from the NBA forever, and will be fined $2.5 million dollars.

We’d like to thank the Los Angeles community for coming together in support of our team players and for standing up against racism. The NBA Commission is also to be commended for their quick response to the situation.

Now let’s hope the Clippers close out this series on Saturday versus the Warriors. Go Clippers and Go LA!

Hollenbeck Youth Luncheon


(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined the Hollenbeck Youth Center for their annual luncheon. Councilmember Cedillo was honored as ‘Man of the Year.’

When riots tore through the East Los Angeles barrios in the 1970s, the Hollenbeck Youth Center formed to reflect the despair and frustration of many young people in the area. Poverty, the lack of opportunity, and the need for respect and acceptance led many down the path of gangs and drugs. A group of business people from the East Los Angeles community, however, wanted things to change for the better. They joined forces with the Hollenbeck Division LAPD to form the Hollenbeck Police Business Council, with a specific mission to help at-risk kids.

Congratulations Hollenbeck Youth Center for another successful year and for honoring the Councilmember with this prestigious award.

May Day 2014


(Photo Credit: Shery Mandel)

Yesterday, Councilmember Cedillo joined immigrant rights leaders and advocates asking for the President and Congress to ‘Keep Families Together’ at this year’s May Day march and rally. May 1st is International Workers Day, also known as May Day. Since 1886, it has been celebrated with demonstrations demanding justice and freedom for all oppressed people.


North Figueroa Bike Lanes Community Meeting – Phase I



Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo (First District), would like your input on LADOT’s proposed bike lanes for North Figueroa (from Avenue 22 to Avenue 52, in Cypress Park, Sycamore Grove and a small portion of Highland Park). The meeting is for Phase I of the proposed N. Figueroa Street bike lanes.

North Figueroa Bike Lanes Community Meeting
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Nightingale Middle School (Cafeteria)
3311 North Figueroa Street (corner of Cypress Ave.)
Los Angeles (Cypress Park), CA, 90065

The proposal would remove one of two southbound traffic lanes (“road diet”) on North Figueroa Street. An alternative proposal will be presented that includes:

•Bike sharrows (shared lane – not removing a traffic lane) along Figueroa from Avenue 22 to Avenue 50 with no “road diet”
•Bike sharrows along Sycamore Terrace between Avenue 50 to Avenue 45/Woodside Drive
•Bike sharrows along Monte Vista Avenue from Avenue 50 to Marmion Way to Figueroa
•Bike sharrows along Avenue 50 between Figueroa and Monte Vista

Bike lanes on North Figueroa are part of the adopted 2010 City of Los Angeles Bike Plan. Refreshments and translation will be provided. RSVP with the District Office at (323)550-1538 or RSVP at: http://goo.gl/zsaZF9


UPCOMING EVENTS



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




Keep It Clean
Main Street Clean Up
Saturday May 3, 2014
9:00am to 12:00pm

Volunteer Deployment Location 1:
Cri Help-Socorro
2010 N. Lincoln Park Ave., Lincoln Heights, CA. 90031

Volunteer Deployment Location 2:
CA Children’s Academy
2701 N. Main St. Lincoln Heights, CA. 90031

Volunteer Deployment Location 3:
Excel Charter Academy
1855 N. Main St. Lincoln Heights, CA. 90031


5th Annual LAAAC Aging Summit
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012




Cypress Park Underground Art Tunnel
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
5:30 PM
3400 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065




24th Street Theatre
Saturday Explorer Series 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
1:00 PM
The Get Down Boys
Saturday, May 17th, 2014
1:00 PM
Los Pinguos
24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007



Public Forum on Improving Park Access
for Underserved Communities
Friday, May 16th, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Casa Italiana
1051 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012




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

 

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