Greeting from Councilmember Gil Cedillo
We had another productive week at CD1. I was able to enjoy and support multiple arts and music events in the district, which supports the district’s priority to increase Arts & Culture. The children at the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center melted my heart this past week. I joined a recital by Lincoln Heights youth, many of whom had picked up an instrument for the first time in their lives, and in four short weeks mastered the art of music. I also joined my good friend Yancey Quiñones at Antigua Coffee House for NELA Art Walk. Using the local coffee shop as a gallery, Yancey has been able to provide an innovative and creative space to showcase local artists. I encourage other communities to create arts and music programs in the district. Our youth and residents deserve an opportunity to broaden their horizons through art and music.
Cedillo Continues to Push for LA River Revitalization
This week Councilmember Cedillo wrote letters to the President of the United States and the entire LA Congressional delegation thanking them for their continued support of the LA River and urging them to support the most comprehensive plan for the LA River Revitalization, also known as Option 20. This project includes the following project:
• Verdugo Wash Confluence
• Taylor Yard/Bowtie
• Taylor Yard/G-2
• Arroyo Seco Confluence
• Cornfields LA State Historic Park
• Piggyback Yard (Union Pacific Railroad)
A report from the Army Corps of Engineers is expected soon, which will delineate their suggestion for the breath of the revitalization. The majority of the proposed projects fall within CD1 jurisdiction. It is for this reason that Councilmember Cedillo will continue to push for all the proposed projects in the plan. A motion authored by the Councilmember will reach City Council next Friday. Join us for a press conference before the council meeting in support of the LA River on Friday, August 23rd at 9:00am at Downey Recreation Center (1772 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90031).
Crazy Socks Day at City Council
On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined his council colleagues in wearing crazy socks on “Crazy Socks Day.” This initiative, spearheaded by Council President Herb Wesson, is meant to inspire a friendly sock collection drive between the council offices. The goal is to collectively get 1,500 - 15,000 pairs of socks donated during a two week period culminating in a short council presentation/video that will illustrate how important socks are to the LA homeless population. The office that collects the most socks will have bragging rights. All socks will benefit the Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles.
Cedillo Listens to Pico Union/University Park
On Thursday, the 2013 Listening Tour stopped at Pico Union/University Park. The Councilmember and his staff was greeted by a group of 150 residents from the community at the Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Pico Union. Participants were broken up into small groups, where they were encouraged to share ideas and concerns in the following issue areas: Public Safety, Environment, Arts & Crafts, and Economic Development. The group unanimously spoke up against dumping of furniture and trash on curbsides, and a disproportionate amount of marijuana dispensaries in the area (18) and prostitution, that creates public safety concerns, especially for youth in the area. The LAPD was on hand to lend support for the community meeting. The Councilmember will follow up on the marijuana and prostitution concerns with LAPD, in hopes that increased paroles will mitigate the situation.
Ana Gomez, Pico Union/Westlake, Koreatown/University Park/Temple Beaudry Field Deputy, will create a report from the findings in every group and address the issue with the help of the community.
Affordable Housing for Seniors Comes to MacArthur Park
On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo helped celebrate the grand opening of Parkview on the Park, an 80-unit apartment building across the street from MacArthur Park that’s designed as a modern, transit-oriented, community of affordable housing for seniors. Half of the units are reserved for older adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, as well as military veterans.
The building was a five-story Art Deco hotel dating from the 1920s with 198 small rooms and shared bathrooms. Extensively rehabilitated over 18 months by the Los Angeles Housing Partnership using a variety of local, state and federal funding, Parkview on the Park now features furnished larger units with their own kitchen and full bath.
More than 8,000 square feet of Parkview on the Park is devoted to common areas within the building. Each of the floors features a resident lounge and a laundry room. Other amenities include a library, fitness center, arts and crafts/community room, a community kitchen, computer classroom, and a vegetable and community gardens. Social services are provided to the residents by two social workers from Affordable Living for the Aging, who are on site Monday through Saturday.
The Councilmember welcomes and invites more affordable housing to the District.
Lincoln Heights Youth Discover Music
Last Saturday, Council Member Cedillo attended the Music LA Summer Showcase at the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center. An array of talent was displayed by the children, whose ages ranged from 4-12. It is apparent that the instructors, who are professional musicians themselves, have transferred their skills onto their students. Gilberto Torres' band consisted of flute, piano, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and drums and percussion sections. Students performed pieces from classical legends, such as Beethoven and Mozart on the piano. In Inez Woods' guitar class, students learned different techniques for playing the guitar, along with the "call and response" performance style, as was demonstrated in their La Bamba/Twist & Shout Medley.
Achievement awards were distributed by the Councilmember as proud parents stood by taking pictures. Program Manager Angelica Loa Perez has assembled an amazing program that is supported by her talented staff to unleash the talent Lincoln Heights children have within themselves. Councilmember Cedillo was thoroughly impressed by the talent and anticipates the growth of this program and hopes to see more music and art programs throughout the district.
The students were so grateful with the investment and commitment Councilmember Cedillo has made, that they wrote thank you letters for his support and attendance at their recital.
NELA Art Walk
On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo attended two galleries at the NELA Art Walk. Sponsored by the Northeast Los Angeles Arts (NELAart) the Art Walk brings together local artists and arts enthusiasts for a night of art appreciation.
NELAart is based in Highland Park and consists of galleries and art organizations located in Northeast Los Angeles who are dedicated to increase the visibility of the thriving arts community in the area. Northeast Los Angeles has a long tradition in the arts. Many working artists now continue this tradition by making their homes and having their studios here. The neighborhood is also home to many galleries, alternative arts spaces and arts organizations. NELAart provides a resource to share information and ideas, and assist in promoting galleries and organizations.
Yancey Quiñones, owner and attendant at Antigua Coffee House (3400 N. Figueroa St., 90065), showed the Councilmember around the innovatively used underground art tunnel. Kathy Gallegos from Avenue 50 Studio greeted the Councilmember and showed him around her gallery. Councilmember Cedillo hopes to bring a rebirth of Arts and Culture to the First Council District. Thank you NELAart for your efforts to bring arts to the Northeast.
Cedillo Meets with Political Representatives
On Wednesday Councilmember Cedillo hosted a meeting in City Hall with Consul Generals of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and a representative from the National Commission for Immigrants of Honduras and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The meeting was held to forge relationships between LAPD and the Latin American Community, and to address local immigration issues and Special Order 7 (impoundment of vehicles of unlicensed drivers).
Continuing his working relationship with LAPD, Cedillo called a meeting with concerned Latino political representatives over the most pressing issues facing their communities. Citing clean and safe neighborhoods at the top of their agenda, community leaders also expressed concerns over the stalled immigration reform movement and the most recent court decision by Superior Court Judge Terry Green to strike down LAPD’s vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers.
Three items were agreed upon as a result of this discussion. Councilmember Cedillo’s office will help facilitate:
1. Urging the House of Representatives to promptly pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation that mirrors S.744 passed by the Senate, and ultimately signing it into law by the President.
2. Asking LAPD Chief Beck to continue to enforce Special Order 7 until the Court drafts its final ruling, at which time the Councilmember’s office will work cooperatively with the City Attorney's Office to seek an appeal.
3. Work with the City Family to ensure appropriate outreach is being done to our Latino communities regarding available city services, for example our bulky item pick up to keep our streets clean, and our 311 system to assist families. The Councilmember will also continue to promote affordable housing policies that ensure adequate housing to meet the needs of CD1.
1 Year of Deferred Action
On Thursday Councilmember Cedillo held a press conference to commemorate the one year anniversary of the application process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo establishing deferred action (protection from deportation) for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and met certain criteria. Applications under the DACA program began one year ago, on August 15, 2012. Since then, undocumented students have been granted deferred action, attained a driver’s license and a work permit, transforming their lives and expanding their opportunities.
DACA assists undocumented youth who were brought to this Country as children by no fault of their own. CD1 currently has the honor of employing three DACA students, because they are the best and the brightest. These are individuals that have interned with the Councilmember’s office for years (in the CA legislature) without monetary compensation because they could not legally attain employment. They were at the forefront when we passed the CA Dream Act in Sacramento. The press conference asked that the U.S. House of Representatives take note of how the lives of these youth has been transformed by this opportunity, and reminded them that millions more are still waiting for their opportunity. There was a strong push pass a comprehensive immigration reform program that benefits all immigrants in this country, providing a path to citizenship.
2013 Listening Tour: A Conversation with Chinatown/Victor Heights/Solano Canyon
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
6:30PM - 8:00PM
840 Yale Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP: (213)473-7001 or http://goo.gl/9j4EiB
2013 Listening Tour Calendar
Angelino Heights/Elysian Park/Temple Beaudry – Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Montecito Heights – Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00-8:30 pm
Westlake/Koreatown/Rampart Village – Thursday, October 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Highland Park – Thursday, October 17th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sycramore Grove – October – Date/Time TBD
Glassell Park/Cypress Park – October – Date/Time TBD
Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park (Levitt LA)
La Resistencia, Red Store Bums and Profesor Galactico
Friday, August 16th, 2013
Festival begins at 6:30 p.m.
Music begins at 8:00 p.m.
2230 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Fresh Start Working Families Community Festival
Hosted by SEIU ULTCW
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chinatown Summer Nights
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
943-951 N. Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mayor’s Crisis Response Team
Monday, September 9th-Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
100 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Greeting from Councilmember
LA River Push
Crazy Socks Day
Pico Union/University Park
Music for Lincoln Heights
NELA Art Walk
2013 Listening Tour
Mayor's Crisis Response Team