Greeting from Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Our 2013 Listening Tour is well under way. The first stop in Mt. Washington was a success. Participation was spectacular, and we walked away with close to twenty note pages full of your thoughts and ideas to improve your neighborhood. We will soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. We are in the process of updating all our communications mechanisms so that we may relay up to date information to you as quickly as possible. The website should be updated fairly soon. Should you require our assistance with anything, please don't hesitate to pick up the phone. My team is standing by ready to help.
Councilmember Cedillo Chairs Housing Committee
Last week Councilmember Cedillo chaired his first Housing Committee for the City of Los Angeles. The meeting was consumed with motions dealing with the City's Foreclosure Registry Program. As the City of Angels grapples with a recovering housing market, the effects of the housing bubble burst can still be seen in communities around the city. Abandoned and foreclosed homes have created blight in our communities. The establishment of the Foreclosure Registry Program aimed to curtail the issue by creating a registry of foreclosed properties, which would allow the City’s Building and Safety Department to enforce compliance with the program and cite accordingly for failure to maintain properties.
The committee heard motions that would establish a Foreclosure Registry inspection fee in the amount of $274.33 and would mandate the City Attorney to report, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), on the status of the Foreclosure Registry Fund. Another motion instructed the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) to report on the status of their current enforcement efforts under the Foreclosure Registry Program and to present a swift action plan for implementation. The last motion instructed the Chief Legislative Analyst to report on the implementation of habitability inspections by the LAHD and the LADBS of tenant occupied properties on the Foreclosure Registry, including a fee study and staff requirements, as part of its report to Council on the Foreclosure Registry Program.
Trayvon Martin Case Spurs LA City Council to Take Action
Councilmember Cedillo joined Councilmembers Parks, O’Farrell and Koretz in urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorney General to conduct a thorough and objective investigation of possible civil rights abuses and violations related to the death of Trayvon Martin. This issue has undoubtedly raised issues around race and profiling. As a City that represents a richly diverse constituency, Los Angeles has historically played a prominent role with regards to race relations. Today’s unanimous motion by the Los Angeles City Council sends a clear message to the nation that when it comes to standing up for what’s right, the wave moves from West to East. We hope the actions of this council resonate with other cities and municipalities throughout the nation.
Cedillo Pushes for Murals on Single Family Homes
(Photo Credit: Catherine Saillant /Los Angeles Times/July24, 2013)
This week’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee took up the proposed Mural Ordinance which has been in the making for six years. Since 2003, the City has prohibited murals on private property. Up to now, there has been no distinction between an artistic mural and a commercial sign. Councilmember Cedillo made an impassioned plea for the Council to take action, stating that for a whole decade, our muralists have lost opportunities for artistic expression due to no fault of their own. Councilmember Cedillo called for support of an ordinance that would allow murals in both commercial and residential zones, but with an option for a Neighborhood Council or Councilmember to petition to “opt out”. The Committee also considered another version which would prohibit murals in single-family areas. The Committee ultimately decided to forward the matter to the full Council without recommendation. The Council will consider the issue on August 20th.
Conversation with Mt. Washington
On the first stop of his 2013 Listening Tour, Councilmember Cedillo spoke to over 125 community members in Mt. Washington about his vision for the district. Participants then broke up into groups and shared their concerns in the areas of Public Safety, the Environment, Economic Development, and Arts and Culture. By far the most commonly cited issue on the hill was the Southwest Museum. Residents would like to see the gem in CD1 open and accessible to the community once again. Councilmember Cedillo ensured attendees that he understood the importance of the museum to Mt. Washington and the surrounding communities, and asked for their patience as this battle will not be won overnight. Nonetheless, it’s a battle he is willing and ready to wage. Among other issues were general concerns over dumping, public safety and graffiti. Notes from the conversation will be compiled into a report for Mt. Washington. A follow up meeting is scheduled to take place with the Councilmember once the Listening Tour is completed.
Mail Services Resume on Figueroa Terrace
(Photo Credit: www.sodahead.com)
Last week, the residents of the 1000 block at Figueroa Terrace received confirmation that the Postal Service would no longer deliver mail to them due to the threat of a pit bull that had been roaming the neighborhood. Citing a safety concern for its letter carriers, the Alameda Post Office instructed its carriers to hold mail for the 1000 block of Figueroa Terrace. The Postal Service notified the dog pound and police department regarding the matter, but did not see a solution in sight.
A local resident indicated that the dog was being kept in a construction site next door (as security). The workers allegedly visited periodically (2 or 3 times a week) allowing the dog to run loose through the streets. Upon leaving the construction site, the dog would be locked up once more without food or water. Concerned for the dog’s safety, local residents contacted our office for action.
We are happy to report that two days after the initial call to CD1, our four legged friend is in the custody of Animal Services, who we trust will find him a good home, and that mail services have resumed on Figueroa Terrace. Residents praised our Constituent Services Director, Mel Ilomin for his quick response. For any major issue, please contact my office or Mel directly at Mel.Ilomin@lacity.org.
CD1 Staff Tours District
Team Cedillo went on a van tour of CD1 this week. Accompanied by City staff from Cultural Affairs, Street Services, Housing and Community Investment, Aging, Planning, Transportation, Engineering, Recreation and Parks, and Contract Administration, the ride walked us through the many projects in the works to transform our district. It was important for CD1 staff to meet department representatives and build relationships, while at the same time getting briefed on some of the projects that are before the office.
Our tour included the following sites/projects:
·Lincoln Heights Junior Arts Center
·Resurfacing/Reconstruction on Griffin Avenue
·MacArthur Park Metro Apartments
·West Lake Theatre
·St. Barnabas Multipurpose Center
·LANI Byzantine Latino Quarter
·Riverside Drive Bridge Replacement
·Albion Dairy Project
·Chinatown Park Project
·Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan
Join us at one of our upcoming 2013 Listening Tour stops:
Lincoln Heights – Thursday, August 8th, Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Heights Senior Center, 2323 Workman Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Pico Union/University Park - Thursday, August 15th, Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chinatown/Victor Heights/Solano Canyon — Thursday, August 22nd
Montecito Heights – Thursday, September 12
Angelino Heights/Elysian Park/Echo Park – Thursday, September 19
Sycamore Grove – October
Highland Park – Thursday, October 10
Westlake/Koreatown/Temple Beaudry – Thursday, October 17th
Glassell Park/Cypress Park – Thursday, October 24
Oaxacan Heritage Month Celebration
We recently celebrated Oaxacan Heritage Month (July 23rd - August 24th) at City Council. To honor the month-long celebration, Councilmember Cedillo and Councilmember Huizar jointly presented a Oaxacan delegation with a certificate to commemorate the event. Led by Oaxacan Committee President Ilhilcamina Juarez, several other Oaxacan celebrities and officials from the state of Oaxaca were present in their traditional Oaxacan attire. The festivities commenced at City Hall with Dances, Food Tastings and Music.
Celebrations throughout the month will include a procession of the Saints of the different communities in Oaxaca, art and photography exhibits, additional dances, workshops on knitting and athletic events.
There are two upcoming events taking place in the First District:
- The Celebration of La Guelaguetza in Lincoln Park on August 10th
- A basketball tournament/photography exhibit/music at Normandie Park on August 18th
Galco's Soda Tasting Event
Councilmember Cedillo attended the 3rd Annual Summer Soda Tasting event at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum. Over 700 people attended the event where over 80 flavors of pop were available and for the inner child in everyone, blending sodas was allowed.
The yearly event is a favorite for Councilmember Cedillo. Thank you Galco’s for your continued support!
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Visits CD1
Councilmember Cedillo and General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, Mercedes Marquez, hosted U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan for a tour of the MacArthur Park Metro Apartments—a development that demonstrates how housing developed around transit options can spur economic and social revitalization in distressed neighborhoods. The visit came as Phase A of this public/private partnership was just completed as of June 2013, and we prepare to begin Phase B of the project in December 2013. The development provides the Pico Union/Westlake communities with affordable housing along a transit oriented development corridor.
Project financing includes private equity generated for both residential and commercial developments from Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits, Los Angeles Housing Department, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Housing and Community Development Infill Infrastructure Grant, conventional financing, and other resources.
This development is a perfect example of the type of projects that result from bringing together public agencies from every level of government with private sector partners interested in transforming communities.
Councilmember Cedillo and the CD1 family mourn the loss of Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s brother, Christopher Robert LaBonge.
Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD)
12th Annual Home Ownership Fair
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am
Wilshire United Methodist Church
4350 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90005
2013 Listening Tour: Lincoln Heights Conversation
Thursday, August 8th from 6:30-8:00 pm
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Fresh Start Working Families Community Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2013 from 12:00-5:00 pm
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Greeting from Councilmember
CD1 Staff Tour
Oaxacan Heritage Month
Galco's Soda Tasting
HUD Secretary Visit
KCCD Home Fair