This was another great week for Team Cedillo. We introduced several motions this week. We introduced one to acquire a portion of Taylor Yard. Another was introduced for a reward regarding a senseless death in our District. We also followed the lead of Congressional members, calling for President Obama to take action while immigration reform moves along in Congress. We highlighted many of the holiday festivals and parades around the District and introduce you to another Team Cedillo public servant at City Hall, Suzana Muro.


Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


Taylor Yard G-2 Acquisition Motion

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On Tuesday Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion to begin the process for acquisition of the G-2 property at Taylor Yard. Over the course of the past decade, the City has been interested in acquiring the Taylor Yard G-2 parcel located 2.5 miles northeast of downtown. The parcel consists of 42 acres along the Los Angeles River and the Rio de Los Angeles Park. The site is ideal for the development of a vast wetlands/water cleansing landscape and public green space in an area of the City with limited open space.

The Taylor Yard parcel is owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company and has been used as a railroad switching and maintenance operation since the 1920s. Union Pacific has been phasing out its operations and is currently interested in selling the property.

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation has been working with Union Pacific encouraging the sale of the parcel to the City. Recognizing the significance of the parcel for improved water quality benefits, the City's Proposition 0 Clean Water Bond program has set aside funding for the potential acquisition of the site.

This motion asks the City to immediately enter into negotiations with representatives of Union Pacific Railroad Company to seek the potential acquisition of the Taylor Yard G-2 parcel.

For motion, click here.

$50K Reward Motion Introduced

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On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a $50K reward motion for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for the murder of Jesus Eduardo Vargas.

On July 1, 2013, at approximately 7:16 p.m., 27 year-old Jesus Eduardo Vargas became engaged in a physical altercation with a suspect inside a Jack in the Box restaurant located at 2120 West Pico Boulevard. During the fight, a second suspect entered the restaurant and opened fire on Mr. Vargas, fatally injuring him. The suspects then fled the scene. Detectives hope that a monetary reward compels members of the public to provide more information as they continue to investigate this crime.

For motion, click here.

Murals in CD1 Approved

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On Tuesday the City Council approved the murals ordinance that allows murals on single family residences in CD’s 1, 9, 14.




Keystone Art Space- Create LA Holiday Art Show and Silent Auction 

Pictured: Councilmember Cedillo with Create LA Board Members  (L to R: Ben Dalby, Melanie Mandl, Kelsey Wintringham, and Lisa Brewer)
(Photo Credit: Mark Harvey)

On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo visited Keystone Art Space and attended the Create LA Holiday Art Show and Silent Auction in Glassell Park. Keystone Art Space is home to over sixty artists creating sculpture, paintings, public art, and media installations and Keystone Gallery, and Keystone Shoot, a production facility. Create LA is a nonprofit organization providing free arts education programs to Los Angeles youth both in community locations and out of the facility in Glassell Park that it shares with its parent company Keystone Art Space. Create LA is a partner providing arts programs to youth enrolled in Children’s Hospital LA, GRYD Program in Glassell Park and Cypress Park.

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6th Annual Glassell Park Tree Lighting

Pictured: Councilmember Cedillo with community members (L to R: Maggie Quiroz, Mark Melgar, Genesse Hall, and Santa Claus)
(Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez)

On Sunday, I had the honor of joining the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and Glassell Park Improvement Association in an annual community event. Initial event planning determined the 50ft tree was in need of major trimming, old damaged and tangled lights needed to be removed, and new lights hung. The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council bought new lights and my staff worked on getting the tree trimmed, old lights removed, and new lights hung. I truly enjoy community partnerships.

Hot chocolate and cookies, festive Christmas song singing, and lighting up a tree helped us get through a very cold night. The tree lit the path for a special visit by Santa Clause chauffeured and escorted by Los Angeles Fire Department's Station 50. Please pass by the median tree at 4044 Eagle Rock Blvd between Avenue 40 and Avenue 41. Special thank you to everyone that contributed and helped make the event special for the community; The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Glassell Park Improvement Association, The Quiroz Family, Ruby De Vera, Elliot Megdal and Associates, Rite Aid, Super A Market, Verdugo Bar, Jakes Barber Shop, Santa Claus, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Fire Department Station 50, O'Reilly Auto Parts, PG Dance Arts - Patty Gonzalez, Genesse Hall, and Mark Melgar.

10th Annual Lincoln Heights Parade and Festival

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

Caption: "DL 2015 Thanks" and "Gil Zedillo Good Bless You"
(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

On Sunday, Councilmember Cedillo had the honor of joining the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council for their annual holiday parade and festival. The parade celebrated Lincoln High School’s 100yrs in the community with current Principal Jose Torres (2008-Present) and past Principals James Molina (2002-2008), Lupe L. Sonnie (1983-2002), and Pete Martinez (1970-1983) serving as Grand Marshalls. Special thank you to everyone that contributed and helped make the event special for the community; The Lincoln Heights Holiday Parade and Festival Committee, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Heights Business Association, and the countless volunteers and various supporters that contributed to making this a wonderful event.


Panda Express Donates to Typhoon Relief

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Councilmember Cedillo joined Panda Restaurant Group on Wednesday at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts inCD1. Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Express, has raised $645,000 for Typhoon Haiyan victims through donations collected in-store from guests and associates that were matched 100% by the company.

Asking for An End to Deportations

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo joined community groups at La Placita Olvera to lend support to a letter signed on by 29 Congressional leaders, asking for the President of the United States to halt deportations.

On Friday, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a resolution with similar language as the Congressional letter. It is expected to go to the Council for approval on Wednesday of next week.

For resolution, click here.

Toy Drive at CCNP

Pictured: Veronica Olmos-McDonnell and Councilmember Cedillo
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Friday, Councilmember Cedillo teamed up once again with long-time friends Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) for the annual toy drive. More than 2,000 families lined up since the night before in order to have first dibs at Santa’s toy shop. Community members were greeted with music, entertainment and face painting for the children.

This is one of our favorite events of the year. The smile on those children’s faces makes it all worthwhile.

Getting to Know Team Cedillo: Suzana Muro

(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

Name: Suzana Muro

What do you do for CD1?
Currently I am the Office Manager/Scheduler.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in the great state of Texas and raised here in the City of Angeles. I love the diversity that is Los Angeles.

How’d you get your start in Public Service?
I was a young 22 year old who needed a job and found one with then Councilmember Richard Alatorre and so it began!

Favorite place to visit in CD1?
Favorite place? Wow that's a hard one. There are so many in our wonderful district, but I would have to say St. Vincent's de Paul Thrift Store in Lincoln Heights! They have some great finds there.

What’s the best kept secret in CD1?
I think I answered this in question #5.

What is your favorite P.E.A.C.E. issue are and why?
My favorite would be the Clean Communities. I believe that this is a great beginning to establishing parts of our district as the cleanest in Los Angeles.

If you could solve one major issue in CD1 what would it be?
Definitely more resources for our kids. Our children are the future in our district and I believe that we should do more through education, love of the arts, music etc.

What do people not know about you?
My favorite show when growing up was the Carol Burnett show!It was a show that we all watched as a family, mostly because we had only one TV and Dad was in control of the remote. Wait what remote? We were the channel changers. Lol.

Donate Toys for Families in CD 1

This holiday season Councilmember Cedillo is providing families in Council District One with a small gift for children. This time of year is a time for reflection, gratitude and generosity.

If you would like to donate a toy(s) for our toy giveaways in Council District One, please drop your donation off at our Highland Park District Office (5577 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) or contact Conrado Terrazas, District Director, at 213-785-4892 or
[email protected].


CaminoA San Conrado
Elysian Amphitheatre
Friday, December 13th, 2013
7:00 PM
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
4:00 PM
929 Academy Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Community Immigration Seminar
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rampart Police Station
1401 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017



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