This week was truly exciting. We honored extraordinary Latinas making a difference in the City of Angels, introduced solar powered trash compactors in MacArthur Park, listened to Westlake/ Koreatown/ Rampart Village, made over a bus stop in Glassell Park and made a huge push for the Los Angeles River Restoration by advocating for Alternative 20.

Please make every effort to join us tomorrow at our CD1 Clean Up. Part of our ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign, this one- day event will mark the beginning of an ongoing effort to transform the look of the First District. We will all do our part to ensure Clean Communities in the First!




Latino/a Heritage Month: Women Across Los Angeles

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council honored one woman from each council district in honor of Latino/a Heritage Month. CD1 honored newly appointed Police Commissioner Sandra Figueroa.

Ms. Figueroa-Villa has over 40 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She was appointed as the Executive Director of El Centro del Pueblo in 1980, an organization with a $25,000 deficit and two part time staff members. Through her leadership and perseverance, she manages a $7 million dollar budget to provide services that improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in Los Angeles. She is responsible for the accountability of the agency by implementing fiscal audits, personnel policies and procedures set forth by the agency's Board of Directors. She supervises a staff of over 80 professional and paraprofessional employees who provide direct services to families.

Ms. Figueroa-Villa has been appointed to a number of commissions and boards including the Children, Youth and Family Commission, City of Los Angeles, Redistricting Commission for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Superintendent Search Committee, the Mia St. John Foundation and many others. She has provided capacity building training to other non-profits and volunteers on community advocacy campaigns.

Congratulations Sandra! Es un honor!




Keep It Clean: MacArthur Park

(Photo Credit: Jenn Rivera)

Councilmember Cedillo kicked off his ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign with the installation of solar powered trash compactors in MacArthur Park. He unveiled this state of the art technology that is powered by natural solar energy and displays the ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign and CD1 logo. Councilmember Cedillo plans to set these trash compactors throughout the district. This is one of the many ways Councilmember Cedillo plans to keep CD1 Clean.

Trash compactors will be placed in hot spot areas throughout the district. The first three were placed in the MacArthur Park area. Other trash compactors are expected to be rolled out by year’s end and early into next year.

Since July 1st, 2013, ‘Keep It Clean’ has been able to remove well over half a million pounds of trash (650,000 lbs.) from the streets and cleaned 155 alleys in the District.

Listening to Westlake/Koreatown/Rampart Village

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday, the 2013 Listening Tour stopped at Westlake. The Councilmember and his staff were greeted by residents from the community at SEUI721. 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 & Culture, and Economic Development. The groups unanimously spoke up against dumping, the need to regulate street vendors, the need to improve MacArthur Park, and a desire to beautify the neighborhood.

Westlake/Koreatown/Rampart Village Field Deputy Ana Gomez will create a report from the findings and address the issues with the community in the near future.

Heidelberg Park Celebration

(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

Last Saturday Councilmember Cedillo and the Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance sponsored Heidelberg Park's 10th Anniversary Celebration. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed the beauty of the black walnut trees, open space, and music playing in the background. Clare Marter-Kenyon who spearheaded the project more than 10 years ago, was happy to see this come to fruition. Thank you to the following committee members that made it possible:Daniel Marlos, Clare Marter-Kenyon, Paul Evleth and Sylvia Robledo. Girl Scouts from a local troop also took the opportunity to make cookie sales. The event was such a success, it was decided that it should be an annual celebration!

Glassell Park Bus Stop Gets Make Over

(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

Councilmember Cedillo is pleased to announce that the new bus stop furniture was installed last week at the corner of Edward Ave and N. San Fernando Rd.

The new bus stop shelter, bench, and trash receptacle will provide public transient riders at this location, most of which are seniors, greater comfort and protection from rain and the hot sun.

Team Cedillo is here to listen and work with the community on identifying needs and resources. The need for the bus stop furniture was brought to our attention by the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and Glassell Park Improvement Association through our Bureau of Street Services Street Furniture Program. CD1 staff member Jose Rodriguez worked expediently to get this done.  

If you know of a bus stop that could benefit from receiving Street Furniture, please contact my field staff to discuss: 

Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Glassell Park
Deputy District Director, Jose Rodriguez
[email protected]

Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights
Field Deputy, Sylvia Robledo
[email protected]

Angelino Heights, Chinatown, Elysian Park, Highland Park, 
Solano Canyon,
Field Deputy, Melinda Alatorre
[email protected]

Koreatown, Pico Union, Temple Beaudry, University Park, Westlake
Field Deputy, Ana Gomez
[email protected] 



LA River Press Conference

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Thursday Councilmember Cedillo joined a coalition of elected officials from every level of government and LA River supporters for a press conference in support of Alternative 20 prior to the start of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public comment for the river restoration.

Councilmember Cedillo spoke on behalf of CD1 and the larger Los Angeles community who is hopeful that the Army Corps of Engineers will reconsider their initial recommendation to support Alternative 13—a less comprehensive alternative for the river.

Councilmember Cedillo will join a Los Angeles delegation later this month in Washington DC for the ‘LA River on the Hill Day,’ a lobbying effort to push for Alternative 20.

LA River Public Comment Hearing

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a standing room only public hearing Thursday at the Los Angeles River Center located in CD1. Members from the surrounding community rode their bikes and packed the center’s parking to speak one by one in favor of the most comprehensive restoration for the Los Angeles River, Alternative 20.

The Army Corps will compile public comment and integrate it into their final recommendation after the public comment closing period, which ends November 18th, 2013.




CD1 Clean Up
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
8:30am – 12:00pm
Kick Off at MacArthur Park
2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 473-7001

Latinos, Faith, Culture, HIV & Mental Health
The Wall Las Memorias Project
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
8:30am – 2:00pm
Keck School of Medicine, Aresty Auditorium
1450 Biggy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323)257-1056 X21

Free Consumer Law Clinic
Monday, October 21st, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
LA Law Library
301 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213)385-2977 x702

Listening Tour: Cypress Park/Glassell Park
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Aragon Elementary School
1118 Aragon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Taylor Yard Parcel G2
Soil Clean Up Public Comment
October 24th, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dorris Place Elementary
2225 Dorris Place
Los Angeles, CA 90031
[email protected]

Greeting from Councilmember
Gil Cedillo

Legislative Update 
Women Across LA

Field Update
Keep It Clean
Listening Tour
Heidelberg Park
GP Bus Stop

News Update
LA River Press Conf
LA River Comment

Upcoming Events
CD1 Clean Up
Latino, Faith, Culture
Consumer Law Clinic
2013 Listening Tour
G2 Soil Public Comment


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