GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
This week’s City Council meetings were packed with items that needed to be approved before we went into legislative recess. From now until Jul 25th, the City Council will be dark. No business will take place in Council, but your CD1 staff will be in the offices ready to serve you.
Three very important pieces of legislation were approved that will benefit the City and CD1 directly. We approved a motion that seeks to crack down on employers who cheat employees of their wages. We approved a motion that will create design restrictions on landscaping, screening and fencing, and exterior site lighting for homes along the LA River. We also announced our first Annual Latin Jazz Music Festival.
The field staff was busy with a new development in Chinatown, welcoming a new bike corral in Cypress Park, and kicking off a new CD1 youth program. We ended this short week by handing out reusable tote bags in honor of the City’s Plastic Bag Ban, which went into full effect as of Tuesday.
We also celebrate our first year in office. I am proud of the work my staff has done in the community and look forward to the year ahead. We are doing everything in our power to make the First District #1!
Here are a few highlights from our first year in office:
·Completed twelve town hall meetings around CD1
·Launched our ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign and picked up over 1,000 tons of trash
·Secured funding to continue ‘Keep It Clean’ next year
·Held Clean-Ups throughout the entire district
·Advocated for and helped secure $1billion to restore the LA River
·Pushed for Great Streets initiative
·Introduced Sidewalk Dining in CD1
·Lifted the Ban on Murals
·Passed the Driver’s License (AB60)
·Brought programs and services to MacArthur Park
·Helped keep the Glassell Park pool open year-round
·Secured funding for Ord and Yale Park
·Moved the stalled Blossom Plaza project
·Secured funding to re-open the Lincoln Park Swimming Pool
·Announced the First Annual Latin Jazz Music Festival
·Broke ground for new State Historic Park
Thank you Team Cedillo for making this happen!
Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1
Wage Theft Motion Approved
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On Tuesday the City Council approved Councilmember Cedillo and Koretz’s Wage Theft Motion. The motion instructs the City Attorney to draft a Wage Theft Ordinance to criminalize the practice of wage theft in the City of Los Angeles and increase tracking enforcement. Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the Nation. Every week workers lose $26.2 million in wage theft violations, the highest of any other major city in the country. Other major cities, including Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas have passed city ordinances to hold unscrupulous employers accountable.
Wage theft is the pervasive and illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work. It includes violating minimum wage laws; not paying time and a half overtime pay; forcing workers to work off the clock; misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime; and not paying workers at all.
Click here to read the motion.
Click here for LA Times coverage on the issue.
click here for La Opinion coverage on the issue.
RIO in PLUM and City Council
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This week, the City Council adopted two ordinances related to the L.A. River after years in the making. First, an ordinance to establish the River Improvement Overlay (“RIO”) District as citywide enabling legislation allowing the creation of a Supplemental Use District for waterways. Second, an ordinance defining the boundaries of the City’s first RIO Supplemental Use District, generally defined as all properties located within approximately 2,500 feet of the Los Angeles River (which is a total of 32 miles in the City of Los Angeles; a total of 52 miles throughout the region). These measures now go to the Mayor for his signature before becoming effective.
These pieces of City legislation will advance the vision of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. New major developments located within a designated district along the River will now be subject to rules regulating landscaping, screening and fencing, and exterior site lighting. For sites directly abutting the River, new development will need to incorporate fence designs, landscape buffers and other features, such as access and a “Riverfront Door”.
For more information on the newly-adopted LA-RIO ordinances and ongoing work on LA River revitalization, please click here and visit: http://www.lariver.org
EIR Meeting for EVOQ Development
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This Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP) held a public scoping meeting to inform the public about EVOQ Properties, Inc.’s proposed College Station Project (924 North Spring Street) and LADCP’s decision to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this Project. The Project proposes a mixed-use transit-oriented development across from the Chinatown Gold Line Station. The Project would subdivide the current site into three smaller parcels separated by two private internal streets. Two development options are proposed.
The public scoping meeting was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Chinatown Youth Center (Far East Plaza) to receive comments as to the scope and content of the EIR, such as what environmental effects and alternatives the EIR should study. LADCP staff and EVOQ’s architect and consultants were on hand to respond to questions from the public. A clear interest from the development community was apparent from those in attendance Tuesday evening.
For more detailed information on the size and scope of the Project and for contact information for LADCP click here.
All comments will be considered in the preparation of the Draft EIR. Written comments must be submitted to LADCP by no later than 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Please direct your responses to:
Mail: Karen Hoo
Environmental Analysis Section
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA90012
Fax: 213.978.1343 (fax)
Email: email@example.com (email)
CD1 Gets Bike Corral
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Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.
Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.
Cedillo Kicks Off Creative Minds Youth Program
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Councilmember Cedillo convened the first meeting of the Creative Minds Youth Program yesterday. The program will teach students different styles and techniques around visual art and will culminate in a public art project along the Figueroa corridor in Highland Park. They will also learn the basics of grassroots organizing in their community and will gather inspiration for their work through their discussions with community members. We are working in conjunction with Scott Howe, of Blank Canvass, who is a graffiti artist that has done programming in the southern part of our district.
We have 10 slots left and will be on a first come- first serve basis. We are accepting students in the Highland Park and surrounding areas between the ages of 14-18. The program will run until August 7th(5 weeks) and we will meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at our Highland Park office located at 5577 N Figueroa Blvd from2:00pmto 5:30pm.
For more information and to confirm availability, contact Melinda Ramos-Alatorre at Melinda.Alatorre@lacity.org or (323)550-1538.
Plastic Bag Ban Tote Bag Giveaway
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As of July 1st, 2014, Phase II of the City of Los Angeles’ Single Use Carryout Bag Ordinance went into effect. Single-use plastic bags will no longer be offered by grocers, pharmacies, mini-marts, and liquor stores in the City of Los Angeles. To avoid a charge of $0.10 per paper bag used, we remind you to bring your own reusable bags when shopping. For tips, log on to www.lacitybag.com.
To make things a little easier for CD1 residents, Team Cedillo was out in full force in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown handing out free reusable bags, courtesy of the Bureau of Sanitation. To get your free reusable bag, please visit our field office at 5577 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
Save the Date: Councilmember Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Music Festival
Councilmember Cedillo has made it a priority to bring PEACE* to the communities of Council District 1. In the spirit of Arts and Culture he is proud to announce his first annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival. This will be an opportunity for the community to celebrate music that brings us together.
The festival will be held at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Artists confirmed to perform on Saturday, August 23rd include: Poncho Sanchez, Heart of Los Angeles Big Band, Plaza de la Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Banda Brothers, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet and Jose Rizo's Mongorama.
On Sunday, August 24th the festival line-up includes: Bravo High Latin Jazz Band, Cold Duck, Son Mayor, Hip Street (Tower of Power tribute band), Andy Vargas and the Souleros, Lucky 7 Mambo.
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival’s sponsors to date include: Media Sponsor, K-Jazz 88.1 FM – America’s Jazz and Blues Station, LA Metro and Union Bank.
For more information please contact Conrado Terrazas at (323)550-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For a booth application for Northeast LA organizations/businesses contact Sylvia Robledo, Sylvia.Robledo@lacity.org for organizations/businesses south of the 101 Freeway contact Ana.Gomez@lacity.org. Both can also be reached at (323)550-1538.
*PEACE are the priorities for Councilmember Cedillo and include public safety, the environment, arts and culture, clean communities and economic development.
4th of July Events
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As we celebrate our Nation’s in dependence, we would like to remind you that the safest way to celebrate is to attend a professional fireworks show. Although there will be no shows within the CD1 boundaries, we invite you to participate in nearby shows.
July 4th at Grand Park
Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with a four-block block party. They're adding a rooftop fireworks display with special effects with pyrotechnics. The Main stage and viewing area are located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.
When: July 4, Music begins at 4 pm, light show at 9:00
Where: All four blocks of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles 200 N. Grand Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Spring Street
Parking: $10 under the park or at the Music Center
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station (Civic Center/Grand Park station will be partially closed)
3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
For 2014 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.
When: July 2-4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: $15-$243 + fee, Bid on tickets at ScoreBig.com
Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide
4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 GA, $25 reserved, Kids 5 and under free in GA section. Children require a ticket in Reserved seating. Active Military with ID Free (up to 4 tickets per family), Veterans get 1 free ticket, available from the ticket booth near Gate B, doesn't include parking. Advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $25 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php
Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion.
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Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers' history, died Monday. He was 59.
Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers' 1981 World Series championship team, died of cancer in a Los Angeles-area hospital, the team announced.
The thick-mustached Castillo had a 38-40 record with a 3.94 earned-run average during his career, all but three years of it spent pitching for his hometown Dodgers.
Robert Ernie Castillo was born April 18, 1955, in Los Angeles. He went to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a third baseman. Cut by the Royals, the right-hander was pitching in a semipro game in Boyle Heights in 1976 when he had the very good fortune of striking out Mike Brito on a screwball.
The lives of Castillo, Brito, and eventually Valenzuela and the Dodgers, would never be the same.
Brito, a former Mexican league player turned scout, signed Castillo to pitch in the Mexican league, and in a short time Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis signed Brito as a scout and Castillo to pitch. That led to Brito signing Valenzuela out of the Mexican league to the Dodgers.
Campanis wanted Valenzuela to learn a third pitch, so he called on Castillo to teach him the screwball. History was set in motion.
When Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, helping the Dodgers to the title, Castillo was a member of the bullpen. In 1979, the affable Castillo survived a spring training incident in which he ran his car into a bridge railing at 5 a.m. in Vero Beach, Fla., injuring a leg and incurring the wrath of Manager Tommy Lasorda.
Castillo's finest season with the Dodgers may have been in 1980, when he appeared in 61 games as a reliever, going 8 and 6 with a 2.75 ERA and five saves.
When the Dodgers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 1982, Castillo said: "It's going to be hard not to put that Dodger uniform on again. They've all been great, even the people in the stands who booed. They booed great."
Castillo spent three years with the Twins but returned to the Dodgers for one final season in 1985. In recent years he had been a member of the Dodgers' community services team.
Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie; daughters Mellanie and Sara; son Robert III; two grandchildren and his sister, Lorraine.
Family Service Center
Family Harmony Workshop
Every Wednesday, Starting June 4th
6:00PM - 8:00PM
6145 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Summer Night Lights 2014
June 25th-August 9th, 2014
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Montecito Heights Recreation Center
4545 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Los Angeles Police Commission
Chief of Police Reappointment Process
July 8th, 2014
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman Street
Los Angeles, California 90031
USC Civic Engagement Job Opps
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
9:00AM - 1:00PM
Abraham Lincoln High School
3501 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Mayor Eric Garcetti's
How to Obtain A Driver's License
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Dolores Mission Church
171 S. Gless St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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
Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012