GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
CD1 one had another successful week. With a little push from us, the City Attorney decided to appeal a court ruling against Special Order 7, this will bring clarity to our men and woman in uniform and justice for those motorists that wait to apply for their Driver Licence. Speaking of which, it was a great honor to welcome Governor Jerry Brown to City Hall this week to AB60, which will allow undocumented to finally drive legally and with a valid CA driver licence. In the midst of all this excitement we unveiled new stack parking technology in Chinatown, the first of its kind in Los Angeles. We chaired the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM), listened to Montecito Heights,and continued to fight dumping and blight in CD1. Let’s continue to keep our communities safe and clean! KEEP IT CLEAN.
Chairing Planning and Land Use Committee
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This week, Councilmember Cedillo chaired the Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee for his colleague who was tending to family matters. He voted to approve a new Specific Plan, a development guide to the year 2035 for the Warner Center Regional Center Transit-Oriented District. The new plan would permit up to 20,000 new dwelling units, in 23,500,000 square feet of floor area, and up to 14,000,000 square feet of nonresidential floor area within 1.5 square miles in the Woodland Hills district, West Valley. Seven years in the making, the new plan replaces the original Specific Plan adopted in 1993. Councilmember Cedillo was pleased to witness the culmination of planning work amongst diverse stakeholders.
Concerned with the lengthy multi-year plan development process, the Councilmember will encourage the City's leadership to find ways to facilitate a process with a less protracted time frame while still ensuring inclusive community participation amongst diverse stakeholders.
Revising NC Membership Definition
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On Tuesday, the City Council approved a motion to standardize the definition and qualifications of a Factual Basis Stakeholder and amend the Los Angeles Administrative Code (LAAC) that relates to the membership in a Neighborhood Council. Councilmember Huizar raised a valid concern, at the time of NC elections, some use their retail receipts to account for their status as Factual Basis Stakeholders. Other Councilmembers thought the definition needed to be expanded. The City Attorney was instructed to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the LACC section that relates to Neighborhood Councils and instructed the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to report back to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee as it refines and creates administrative oversight over the elections of the Neighborhood Councils.
Federal Government Shutdown
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Today, the City Council approved a motion to produce a report on the effects of the federal government shutdown on the City of Los Angeles. Congress has failed to act to adopt a budget for the federal government for its fiscal year 2014. As a result, the federal government is shutting down. Most federal employees are on furlough and many federal programs and services will be suspended.
This year the City is expected to receive more than $457 million in federal funds. These funds are used to support a wide range of services to the people of Los Angeles including: programs for senior citizens, victim witness programs, community development, human services, job training and housing programs, homeland security and youth violence prevention programs, COPS hiring and other police programs, many public works and transportation safety programs, parks and library programs and Airports, Harbor, and Water and Power programs.
While many of the City's federal grant programs may not be immediately affected by the federalshut-down, we need to continue to monitor what happens in Washington to ensure we can minimize the impact it has on the City and our residents.
Listening to Montecito Heights
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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo held his 6th Listening Tour event at the Montecito Heights Senior Center. The event was organized by Montecito Heights Deputy Sylvia Robledo. Team Cedillo listened to community members discuss the issues of public safety, economic development, arts & culture and the environment.
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council President Martha Benedict introduced the group and challenged them to be upfront with their concerns. Roy Payan, president of the Montecito Heights Improvement Association inspired the crowd to be proactive in their actions. Javier Duran, resident of Montecito Heights and business owner in CD1 introduced the Councilmember and commented on his belief and support for Councilmember Cedillo.
The participants left engaged and enthusiastic about establishing a partnership and commitment to working with Councilmember Cedillo in supporting quality of life issues. The Councilmember was challenged to help revitalize the local shopping corridors in order to spur local economic activity. The Councilmember happily accepted.
Standing Up for Our Constituents
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A Mt. Washington resident/student who was a holder of a handicapped placard was written a ticket for an expired meter at her school because her placard was not visible at the time of her violation. Well within the time of her appeal, she went to the Van Nuys City Hall office and personally filed an initial review request, providing a copy of her handicapped placard and a copy of the law. CA law VC Section 40226 states that upon providing proof that a person has a valid disability placard, they may request the City to only charge an administrative fee of $25, in lieu of the citation fine. Waiting for an answer, she received a letter dated 7/24 charging her $151 for the citation, as if she didn't file an initial review request. On 8/16/13 she received a letter raising her fee to $175 and a hold on her DMV registration.
On a student budget, she was unable to obtain registration tags for her car until she paid the ticket and penalties totaling $175.
CD1 staff called the Parking Violations Bureau on her behalf and appealed her case. Initially, the Bureau denied the appeal based on the Bureau’s position of not having adopted CA VC Section 40226 at the time of her violation. After further review, the Bureau reversed their position and retroactively waived the fees and the penalties in recognition of the Bureau’s recent adoption of the state statute.
Our constituent has since acquired her registration tags and sent her many thanks to CD1 staff.
Go Team Cedillo!
Chinatown Ord & Yale Park (Updated)
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The City team and CD1 staff, particularly Sharon Lowe, are to be commended for their diligent hard work to preserve our $5 million Prop 84 funds for Ord & Yale Street Park behind the Chinatown Library. By the close of last Friday, all three of the purchase and sale agreements were signed by the sellers for the 4 needed parcels of the park, and electric copies of all three agreements were sent to California State Parks. Our City team is now moving forward with the opening of escrow to finalize the acquisition and on commencing the preliminary steps of the design stage for the park.
More green space in CD1!
Office Hours in Westlake
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In an attempt to stay close and serve the communities in the southern part of our district, Ana Gomez—Field Deputy for the neighborhoods of Temple-Beaudry, Westlake, Rampart Village, Koreatown, Pic Union and University Park—along with constituent service representative for those same areas Pedro Ramirez, began hosting office hours in Westlake last Friday September 27th. You can find them there every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Central City Neighborhood Partners’ first floor computer room (501 S. Bixel Ave., Los Angeles 90017).
Feel free to make an appointment in advance with [email protected], or drop in, they would love to meet you.
Special Order 7 Update
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On Mondaythe City Attorney announced that he would file an appeal to challenge a recent Los Angeles Superior Court decision invalidating LAPD's towing protection directive, Special Order 7. They also mentioned they’d seek a stay of the Court’s Order, allowing LAPD to continue with Special Order 7 through the appeal.
The absence of a CA Driver’s License for undocumented motorists has created much confusion with local law enforcement offices. This court appeal brings clarity and simplicity to our rank and file police officers who should not be burdened with interpretation of the law, and asked to act as judge, jury and impounder.
The decision to appeal Special Order 7 comes on the heels of the passage of AB 60 ‘The Safe and Responsible Driver Act’ in the legislature, which would allow undocumented motorists to apply for a driver license in the State of California. Under AB 60 immigrants in California who learn the rules of the road, and pass a driving test will be eligible to receive a license to operate a car.
CA Driver’s Licenses
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On Thursday Councilmember Cedillo closed the final chapter of his legislative career. For the past sixteen years while in the legislature, the Councilmember had championed a bill that would restore the privilege for undocumented motorists to attain a CA Driver’s License. Governor Brown, members of the CA Legislature, immigration advocates and members of the City family came together to witness the signing of this monumental law (AB60). Immigrant families can now live in peace knowing that they are complying with the law, and feel at ease while driving to work, to Sunday services, or driving their children to school.
Lotus Garden Car Matrix
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Councilmember Cedillo drove a car into the first-ever semi-automated stacked parking system built in Southern California. The 17-space system is housed in the garage of the Lotus Garden Apartments, a new 60-unit affordable family housing development under construction in Chinatown. It allows users to park their cars on platforms, which can be mechanically lifted vertically and horizontally, for a stacking effect.
The Councilmember joined the CEO of the Affirmed Housing Group and a representative of Harding Steel, sponsor of the state-of-the-art CARMATRIX© Parking System. The new Lotus Garden Apartments, close to the Chinatown Library and Alpine Recreation Center, will complement the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. Future residents will have a new option to park their cars. Not only will the stacked parking save space, but it is earth-friendly.
Let’s bring innovation to CD1.
LA River Open Comment Period (Updated)
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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.
Please note the comment period date has been changed and begins today!
In Person: Thursday, October 17, 2013
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (Atrium)
570 W. Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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]
Celebrating Heidelberg Park’s 10 Year Anniversary
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Come and bring the family to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Park acquisition on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at noon, sponsored by the Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance and CD1. The event is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, eat and have fun!
Purchased by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 2003 after a dedicated effort by Mount Washington residents, Heidelberg Park is one of the last remaining black walnut woodlands in Southern California. From atop the park's sloped hills, hikers are privy to a panoramic view of the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The 18-acre park is an ideal location for hiking and or bird watching.
Come and celebrate the park in the middle of an urban setting on Saturday, October 12th.For more information please contact Daniel Marlos at [email protected] or Sylvia Robledo at [email protected].
Meeting Location: Intersection of Moon Avenue and San Rafael Avenue.
Parking: Park along San Rafael Avenue between Sea View Drive and Sea View Lane.
Listening Tour Schedule
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
National Day of Dignity and Respect
Los Angeles March of the Stars!
October 5th, 2013
Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Community Meeting #3 for the
LAC+USC Medical Center Master Plan
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00-7:30pm
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
Greeting from Councilmember
Ord & Yale Park
Office Hours Westlake
Special Order 7
CA Driver's Licenses
LA River Update
2013 Listening Tour
National Day of Dignity