GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
Last week was consumed with contract agreement talks with the Department of Water and Power (DWP) and efforts by my office to support the Los Angeles River revitalization. The mural ordinance vote motion was scheduled to take place last week, but was moved twice due to union negotiation talks with DWP. The official vote will take place Wednesday, August 28th at 10:00am at Council Chambers.
While at the Public Works committee, I heard a motion by my colleague, which eased the process for outdoor seating permits in a business corridor within his district. I quickly asked how we could emulate that in CD1. My legislative staff is working on a motion that will look at all the major corridors within CD1 and allow businesses within those zones to attain an outdoor seating permit without getting caught up in bureaucratic processes. We will cut red tape to begin the economic development transformation this district has been waiting for. Together we will make the First District #1!
Save Our Streets LA
(CD1 Map: red lines indicated "D" and "F" streets in need of repair)
On Thursday, my colleagues presented their plan to repair the streets of Los Angeles, also known as the Save Our Streets LA initiative. More than 8,700 lane miles of streets in the City need rehabilitation. Funding a program of this magnitude would require an additional $300 million annually for the next 10 years. Due to budgetary constraints and other competing needs, this level of funding for street rehabilitation is not feasible. At the rate the City is currently able to tackle this situation it would take 60 years to finish rehabilitating all 8,700 lane miles, barring any additional lane miles falling into critical disrepair. A General Obligation Bond, approved by the voters, is the only option to secure sufficient funding to accomplish this work within a realistic, 10-year timeframe. At the conclusion of the proposed Bond program, all failed and nearly failed streets would be rehabilitated and the City could reasonably maintain the entire public street system in good condition through available sources of funding.
The resolution before the council called for the placing of a 20-year $3 billion Street Repair and Safety General Obligation Bond Program on the May 21, 2013 General Municipal Election Ballot with all work to be performed in 10 years.
Los Angeles and DWP Reach an Agreement
Mayor Eric Garcetti reached an agreement this week for a four-year contract with Department of Water and Power (DWP) workers. It is estimated that the City will save $6.1 billion over 30 years. The agreed upon contract would:
•Delay a raise that was scheduled for October 1st until 2016 and limit it to 2%
•Reduce starting salaries for many classifications of new employees
•Give the mayor more control over work rules that produce extra income for DWP workers
LA River Plan Approved At Council
Friday, the members of the LA City Council unanimously spoke in favor of, and voted for, the LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study alternative resolution. The Los Angeles River watershed was selected as one of only seven nationwide first phase pilots of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, an implementation piece of the America's Great Outdoors initiative, which aims to "stimulate regional and local economies, create local jobs, improve quality of life, and protect Americans' health by revitalizing urban waterways in under-served communities across the country." The Study was selected as the top priority of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership in Los Angeles. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers developed a final array of four "best buy" alternatives for the Study and only one of those alternatives includes both significant restoration at the Los Angeles River's confluence with the Verdugo Wash near the City's border with the City of Glendale, and the only substantial western bank connection-providing a profound hydrological link between the Los Angeles State Historic Park (Cornfields site) and the river, leveraging a significant investment made by the State of California toward river restoration.
The City's Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan identified these two "opportunity areas" as critical opportunities for restoration. The Council, with the concurrence of the Mayor, by the adoption of this Resolution, endorsed a Study alternative that results in the most expansive ecosystem restoration, and sets the following as priorities for the City of Los Angeles:
• Verdugo Wash Confluence
• Taylor Yard/Bowtie
• Taylor Yard/G-2
• Arroyo Seco Confluence
• Cornfields LA State Historic Park
• Piggyback Yard (Union Pacific Railroad)
This resolution will put us in a position to help leverage resources and partnerships to finally restore the LA River.
Conversation with Chinatown/Victor Heights/Solano Canyon
The 2013 Listening Tour made a stop at Chinatown/Victor Heights/Solano Canyon. Team Cedillo was greeted by a room full of 120 local community members at Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown. For the first time in listening tour history, we translated into more than two languages: Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Among the issues raised by the community were public safety, the need for youth programs, and more open space.
Cathedral 12th Annual Alumni Gala
Cathedral High School in Solano Canyon celebrated their 12th Anniversary Gala this past Saturday. Hundreds of alumnae were present to celebrate their alma mater at Dodger Stadium. Council Member Cedillo was in attendance to welcome the group before the festivities began. It was an evening of food and dancing with music from the eras. There was something for everyone. The Council Member was received by the School's President, Martin Farfan, and the Principal, Brother John Montgomery. Cathedral has been educating young men in the Lasallian tradition for over 100 years, preparing them for success in the world.
Over 20,000 people were in attendance at SEIU United Long Term Care Worker's Fresh Start Back to School Festival at Dodger Stadium. Children could be found at the resource fair with ice cream in hand and proudly wearing their new Dodger backpacks. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers, a plethora of resources were available to the community, including enrolling families for health care through Covered California.
Councilmember Cedillo volunteered and handed out back packs to children as they were greeted with high fives.
With a new haircut and school supplies, students were ready go back to school with a Fresh Start for the school year and a "Fresh Start" in the communities.
Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown was bustling with energy, packed restaurants, food trucks, and families enjoying the culture of the final 2013 Chinatown Summer Nights. A joint effort with the Chinatown Business Improvement District and KCRW, Chinatown Summer Nights highlights all that Chinatown has to offer in a safe and clean environment during the summer. Councilmember Cedillo was toured around Chinatown's hotspots like the Starry Kitchen, the historic General Lee's, and Via Cafe by BID President George Yu. Confetti and dancing provided for a block party environment suitable for all ages. The First District looks forward to more community events like this to bring us together and showcase the great businesses that call CD1 home.
Becoming Kingdom Ready Job & Resource Fair
Councilmember Cedillo attended Becoming Kingdom Ready's Job and Resource Fair in Highland Park. Resources were available to the community to prepare them for the workforce. New haircuts and resume workshops were made available to participants.
Becoming Kingdom Ready, a non-profit, faith-based organization, has been empowering the community through their gang and drug intervention program with the leadership of Evangelist Wayne Turner. BKR is an organization in the First District that is working diligently to turn lives around.
LA River Press Conference
Members of the community joined Councilmembers Cedillo, O’Farrell and LaBonge, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and the offices of Congressmembers Roybal-Allard, Schiff and Becerra, Senator de Leon, and the Friends of the LA River for a press conference to push for LA River revitalization efforts. Taking place at the intersections of Broadway and Avenue 19, the press conference was held at the Downey Recreation Center Pool, located alongside the LA River. Councilmember Cedillo spoke about the need, and his commitment, to engage the community and leverage the funds necessary to revitalize the River to its full potential. The press conference called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider adopting the most expansive plan for the River revitalization. Also known as Alternative 20, this option would bring four projects to CD1, one to CD13, and another to CD4.
Councilmember Cedillo will continue to work with his colleagues and coalition members to push the Army Corps to adopt Alternative 20. The Army Corps is expected to make their recommendation public on September 20th, 2013.
•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
Mayor’s Crisis Response Team
Monday, September 9th-Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
100 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Greeting from Councilmember
Save Our Streets LA
Listening to Chinatown/Victor Heights/Solano Canyon
LA River Press Conf
2013 Listening Tour
Mayor's Crisis Response Team