We have been working non-stop in CD1. We held our first district-wide community clean-up, heard multiple controversial issues before the City Council, saw Lincoln High School beat Wilson High School, and addressed air quality concerns in University Park. We completed the final stretch of our Listening Tour with Glassell Park/Cypress Park, and now I am getting ready for my first official lobbying trip to Washington DC.

On Saturday I leave for DC to meet with our President and Congressional members to push for a comprehensive funding plan for the ongoing restoration of the LA River. Having served in the legislature with many of the current Congressional leaders will help us get our message across. With four projects in CD1, it is important that LA receives the best alternative to restore the river—Alternative 20.

These combined efforts will ensure CD1 is clean and green!


PLUM Hearing on Superior Market

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

This week, the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee held a public hearing on the nomination of the Superior Market property in Highland Park as a City Historic-Cultural Monument.

Representatives of the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Mount Washington Homeowner’s Alliance and other organizations testified in support of designating the property, arguing that the building is a rare example of “Googie” or Mid-Century Modern architecture. Local residents and grocery store workers who took the Gold Line to City Hall testified in opposition to the proposal, stating that the store’s facade needs to be modernized to fit the needs of Highland Park residents.

Councilmember Cedillo stated he was listening to all sides of this matter. He acknowledged the need to balance preservation of the community's rich and unique architectural heritage while promoting economic vitality.

After the public hearing, the PLUM Committee continued the matter to its November 5th meeting to allow the Council Office to thoughtfully consider all perspectives and listen to all stakeholders.


Over 700 Volunteers Clean Up CD1

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Over 700 volunteers joined Councilmember Cedillo to kick-off of CD1’s"Keep It Clean" Campaign last Saturday at the CD1 Community Clean Up. The primary staging site of the massive clean-up was at MacArthur Park. Residents were so excited to participate that the number of volunteers exceeded our expectations. Well over 500 volunteers gathered at MacArthur Park, 100 additional volunteers at Magnolia Place in Pico Union, 100 volunteers at the Highland Park Recreation Center and 25 volunteers at the Montecito Heights Recreation Center. Over 5 tons of trash was picked up. Trash included bulky items, particles and overgrown weeds.

The Clean Up could not have been possible without the assistance of our community partners:

·Academia Avance
·Amity Foundation
·Antigua Bread
·Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
·Aztecs Rising
·Berendo Apartments
·Bureau of Sanitation
·Casa de Cultura Maya
·Central City Action Committee
·Central City Neighborhood Action Committee
·Children’s Bureau
·Church of the City Coalition
·Clean and Green Crew
·Delicias Bakery
·El Rescate
·El Super
·Franklin High School
·Health RIGHT 360
·Highland Park BID
·Highland Park Kiwanis Club
·Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council
·Los Angeles Conservation Corps
·MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council
·Montecito Heights Improvement Association
·Northeast Graffiti Busters
·Off the Wall Graffiti
·Para Los Niños- Senderos Group
·Park View in the Park
·Pico Union Neighborhood Council
·Royal Palms
·Salvation Army
·St. Barnabas
·St. Thomas Church
·Westlake North Neighborhood Council
·Westlake Protectors
·Westlake South Neighborhood Council

All volunteers and organizations left with a very positive feeling of having done something for their community. We expect to have future clean ups regularly. Stay tuned.

To report bulky items anywhere in CD1, please call 1-800-773-2489.

Kenny Washington Memorial Game

(Photo Credit: Stephen Sariñana Lampson)

Last Friday the Councilmember attended the Annual Kenny Washington Memorial football game at Lincoln High School. The Kenny Washington Memorial Game celebrates the life and legacy of Los Angeles sports legend and LHS alumnus Kenny Washington. This was the third annual game played in his honor.

The Kenny Washington Stadium Foundation was formed in 2011 to preserve the legacy of Kenny Washington and to address the antiquated and inadequate conditions of the athletic facilities at Lincoln High School. The Foundation has long range plans to re-imagine and reinvent the facility into a family-friendly site which embraces the rich history of the 100 year school/community relationship.

This year’s game was vs. cross town rivals Wilson High School. We are happy to announce that the Tigers were triumphant against Wilson High School.

Go Lincoln High School!

Addressing Air Quality Concerns in University Park

(Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times)

In recent news reports, residents have expressed concerns relating to air quality and adverse health impacts to the children and families who live in close proximity to Allenco Oil, located at 814 W. 23rd Street. Many speak of experiencing continuous exposure to odors generating from the operations of the refinery in the University Park neighborhood of our district.

Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will be conducting continuous outdoor air quality monitoring for the next month and the results will be presented to the community at a Town Hall to be held in December 2013.

We have communicated with SCAQMD, and requested that the scope of air quality monitoring be expanded to include indoor air quality monitoring at multiple sites in the neighborhood, including but not limited to the following:

·Frank Lanterman High School
·St. James Park
·Norwood Elementary School
·Star Christian School
·Mount St. Mary’s College Nursing Department, Fritz B. Burns Education Building and additional buildings in immediate proximity to Allenco Oil
·Esperanza Housing Development directly across from Allenco Oil and located on 23rd Street.
·Additional sampling of residences along 23rd Street, Scarff Street, St. James Park, Norwood Street, and Park Grove, Bonsallo, and Estrella Avenues.

CD1 has also asked the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment to conduct a targeted investigation of the potential environmental exposures being emitted into the air from the oil and gas production operations at Allenco Oil.

We will continue to work with all parties involved to protect the health of our children.

Listening to GP/CP

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday, the 2013 Listening Tour stopped at Glassell Park/Cypress Park. The Councilmember and his staff were greeted by community members at Aragon Elementary School. Participants were broken up into small groups, where they were encouraged to share ideas and concerns on the following issue areas: Public Safety, Environment, Arts & Culture, and Economic Development. The groups were concerned with bulky items/trash, street lighting, the need for economic development in the area, and the opening of the Southwest Museum.

Glassell Park/Cypress Park Deputy District Director Jose Rodriguez will create a report from the findings and address the issues with the community in the near future.

Jose can be reached at [email protected].

Keep It Clean Site Tour

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Thursday we went out with the Bureau of Sanitation to monitor the progress of our ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign. The ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign was launched in July, 2013 to change the culture of dumping bulky items and trash throughout CD1. Through a pilot project with the Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, we have been able to clean up the following:

·287 alleys throughout CD1
·800,000 lbs. of trash (400 tons)
·Introduced solar powered trash compactors

The project is transformational. We had a difficult time finding an alley cluttered with bulky items. At the inception of this program, we could not drive through certain alleys because they were filled with couches, mattresses and masses of trash. The Bureau of Sanitation has conducted one round of clean ups throughout the entire district and has focused on maintaining. Having clean alleys is a good problem to have.


Honoring Historic Highland Park NC

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday we honored the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council on the council floor for being recognized by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners with an EmpowerLA Award.


Dodgers Out of Playoffs

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A big round of applause for our boys in BLUE! Although we are officially out of the playoffs, the Dodgers represented us well at the national level. See you next season.


LA River Open Comment Period

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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 October 4th and continuing until November 18th, members of the public can comment on the Study.

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: [email protected]


Community Meeting #3 for the
LAC+USC Medical Center Master Plan
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 PM
LAC+USC Medical Center, Inpatient Tower
Conference Rooms A & B
2051 Marengo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free Parking in Lot 9D on Marengo Street
(Entrance on Brittania Street)

Southwest Museum Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
1:00 PM—Bilingual Presentation
2:00 PM—English Presentation
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles 90065
Free to the Public

Dia de Los Muertos
La Casita Verde
Friday, November 3rd, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
4601 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065


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