GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
City Council only met on Tuesday and was in recess the rest of the week due to the League of California Cities. This did not keep CD1 from our work. We attended “El Grito de Independencia” event at City Hall to celebrate Mexico’s independence, honored the Mexico Food Fair 2013 in City Council, and listened to the communities of Elysian Park, Angelino Heights and Temple Beaudry. We also introduced a motion that calls for increased public safety along the LA River walk. Talking about the River, there is an open public comment period that will dictate the future of our River. Please do your part and advocate for the most comprehensive plan—Alternative 20—to revitalize the River to its full potential. We closed out the week with the Dodgers clinching the National League West. GO BLUE!
Mexico Food Fair Comes to Los Angeles
(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)
On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo welcomed the Mexico Food Fair 2013 to Los Angeles on the Council floor. The Mexico Food Fair: Beyond the Border of Taste is a three day celebration (September 18, 19 and 20) at the LA Convention Center featuring documentaries, lectures, workshops, tastings, photo gallery, exhibition and a conceptual showcase. Mexico Food Fair seeks to become the main window for Mexican producers of quality food products to broaden their exposure to the North American markets.
River Safety A Priority
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Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion on Tuesday to improve safety along the LA River walk paths. The Los Angeles River Bike/Jogging/Walking path is enjoyed by Angelinos and residents of neighboring communities day and night. The communities by the river raised concerns over the safety along this exact path. The Police and Fire Departments have suggested that street signage or other appropriate location markers be placed along the River Bike/Walking path to help ensure safety and facilitate more efficient responses from emergency services. This motion calls for street signage, markers, and for the City to explore mapping specific locations along the River for emergency call boxes.
Click here for motion.
Honoring National Recovery Month
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Councilmember Cedillo and Councilmember Bonin introduced a resolution for the City of Los Angeles declaring the month of September 2013, as National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is an annual national observance to highlight the societal benefits of substance use and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. Preventing and overcoming mental and/or substance use disorders is essential in achieving healthy lifestyles; both physically and emotionally. Each day millions of Americans take courageous steps toward recovery. These examples demonstrate that prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery happens. This year's theme, "Together on Pathways to Wellness" encourages everyone to walk alongside family, friends, and neighbors who need help to overcome problems with addiction and mental illness.
If you or someone you know needs help contact:
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
County of Los Angeles Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
If you are interested in developing or supporting programs in Council District 1 that provide prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services, please contact:
Jose Rodriguez, Deputy District Director
Telephone: (323) 341-5671
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
Last night, Councilmember Cedillo hosted his Listening Tour for the neighborhoods of Angelino Heights, Elysian Park, and Temple Beaudry. Over 100 community members attended the meeting at Betty Plasencia Elementary, in the heart of Temple Beaudry. Enthusiasm filled the room as a plethora of issues were raised, ranging from improving public safety, stopping the construction at Barlow Hospital, and the need for additional arts programs for our youth. Community leaders from each of the different areas were able to not only share their concerns, but work together on finding solutions on some of the more polarizing issues.
Our public safety representatives were also present. Senior Lead Officers Ford and Chovan were able to make an appearance and meet some of the key stakeholders in the communities they service. Fire Fighter Libby and his battalion from Fire Station 3 also stopped by, and had to abruptly leave the meeting twice to tend to emergencies. The Councilmember cannot urge enough how valuable these officers are to our communities in protecting and serving us.
These events continue to prove effective in engaging the communities and are serving as wonderful tools for new ideas in the First District.
Parking Issues at Angelina Apartments
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The 1300 block of Angelina Street has had parking issues for the past two years. There is a 2 hour parking limit on the north side of Angelina, which has become a big problem for tenants, especially when there is street cleaning on the south side of the street. Tenants have to move their cars, but have no place to park. Most of the tenants are low income and work at night. If they don't move their cars in time, they get cited with a ticket in the amount of $65.This would be a source of hardship for any resident.
The tenants at Angelina indicated that they would really appreciate it if our office would help with removing the restriction. We recently met with the principal of Betty Plasencia Elementary, and she has no problem with removing the restriction, and signed a letter to this effect.
For the first time in two years, our office and LADOT have started the petition process to lift the parking restrictions. Barring any unforeseen opposition, the residents of Angelina apartments who work nights can finally park closer to home and have a few more hours of sleep. With the cooperation and support of key community stakeholders we have been able to solve issues in a timely manner.
Go Team Cedillo!
Main/Mission Gets Cleaned Up
Before (Photo Credit: Sharon Lowe)
After (Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)
CD1 first learned of this site from the City Attorney back on July 15th. It has a history with the City for its conditions of trash, bulky items, graffiti and homeless encampments. The area has been completely fenced off, “No Trespass” signs have been placed, graffiti has not recurred and the walls are clean, and trash and debris have been cleared. With the help of: the General Services Department, Bureau of Sanitation, LAPD, LAHSA, and Graffiti Busters, we have transformed a blighted city owned site into a secured and clean site. We will now move forward on exploring with the Lincoln Heights communities and others to make a usable, safe, and friendly open space.
Sycamore Grove Cares
Before (Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)
After (Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)
Montecito Heights residents Anthony Guido and Roy Payan are strong advocates for public safety issues at Debs Parks and Sycamore Grove Park; cleaning up trash, preventing fires and finding alternative housing for homeless encampment residents. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) agreed to do a survey of the homeless encampments in Debs Park and Sycamore Grove Park to assess the needs of the individuals living there. LAPD also initiated outreach to the individuals to provide services available to them. Because the encampments were near the park, and surrounded by brush, they were cleaned up quickly to avoid brush fires. The council office will continue to work with constituents, social service providers and the LAPD to promote public safety with other encampments along the Arroyo Seco.
Ord and Yale Park One Step Closer
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Chinatown achieved a major milestone Wednesday thanks to Team Cedillo's Sharon Lowe and the City family. $5 million Prop 84 grant funds have been preserved for the Ord & Yale Street Park project. We are on track to design and develop a new park behind the Chinatown Library.
The Recs and Parks (RAP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved staff recommendations and granted all the necessary authorities required to acquire the 4 parcels needed for the Ord & Yale Street Park. The City Attorney’s Office is finalizing the three purchases and sale agreements (PSAs).
We are well on our way to expand green space in Chinatown.
Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council Swearing-In
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
On Tuesday the Councilmember joined the new members of the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) for a swearing-in ceremony of new officers. The purpose of the HCNC is to empower: the residents, business owners, property owners, cultural and religious institutions, service organizations and other nonprofit organizations. They help to promote the action of maintaining historical preservation, and enlarging the benefits accruing to them in the fields of scenic beauty, culture, education, health and civic excellence.
Congratulations to you all.
Mexico Food Festival 2013 Ribbon Cutting
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)
On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined Mexican producers of quality food products at the Convention center to officially welcome the Mexican Food Fair 2013 to Los Angeles.
LA River Comment Period Now Open
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The completion of the LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study is a remarkable moment in the revitalization of the LA River. The Study lays the groundwork to bring millions of dollars in investment to the river and to the City of LA.
The Study proposes four restoration scenarios: Alternatives 10, 13, 16 and 20. The Army Corps has determined that Alternative 13 is their preferred option. The City’s preferred alternative is Alternative 20—the most expansive ecosystem restoration possible and it is the only one that specifically includes the following priorities: Verdugo Wash Confluence and the LA State Historic Park (former Cornfields site).
What can you do to help?
It is vital that Angelenos make their voices heard regarding their preferred alternative. Starting on September 20th and continuing until November 5th, members of the public can comment on the Study.
A public meeting will be held on:
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (Atrium)
570 W. Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Public comments in writing:
By Mail: Josephine R. Axt, Ph.D.
Chief, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: Ms. Erin Jones, CESPL-PD-RN
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325
By E-mail: Erin.L.Jones@usace.army.mil
Call for Wall Artists
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The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking artists and artist teams interested in creating a permanent and/or temporary art projects for large scale, outdoor walls in the City of LA. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists working with any medium, style or technique –i.e. murals, aerosol, mosaics, paints, stencils, stickers, wheatpasting, woodblocking, light and/or video projection.
This RFQ is open to professional artists and artist teams living and working in the County of Los Angeles. Artists must demonstrate the vision, past experience and professional qualifications required to create public art for City walls–a process that includes public presentations, production oversight and execution of artwork in the public realm.
For details and the complete Request for Qualifications, please go to
The deadline is Monday, November 4, 2013.
Dodgers Headed to Playoffs
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On Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West. Congratulations to CD1’s very own. We will see you at the playoffs!
Listening Tour Schedule
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Montecito Heights Senior Citizen Recreation Center
4545 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location to be decided
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Cypress Park and Glassell Park
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Aragon Elementary School
1118 Aragon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Date and Location to be decided
75th Annual Chinatown Moon Festival
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
5:00pm - Midnight
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Blossom Plaza Construction Kick Off
September 26th, 2013
10:00am – 12:00pm
900 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
8th Annual Frogtown Artwalk
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
4:00pm – 10:00pm
LA River Rally
Support Alternative 20
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
2960 Marsh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039
People’s Legal Clinic
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 1:00pm
660 S. Bonnie Brae
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Greeting from Councilmember
Mexico Food Fair
National Recovery Month
Ord & Yale Park
LA River Comment
Call for Artists
2013 Listening Tour
75th Moon Festival
People's Legal Clinic