I hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving. This week, the world mourns the loss of peace activist Nelson Mandela. Mandela was one of my inspirations while at UCLA. I was at the Coliseum when more than one hundred thousand people greeted his arrival. His greatest aspiration has to be his commitment of twenty seven years served in prison, which could have been shorter, but he refused to compromise his principles. It’s that conviction that inspired me to never give up and continue to fight for inclusion and equality.

We were busy in City Council this week. We hit the ground running, responding to phone calls, e-mails and messages. We approved the mural ordinance in City Council to allow murals in single family residences in CD1. We discussed our motion to take our ‘Keep It Clean’ Campaign citywide in Public Works committee, and collaborated with LAPD to secure a $75K reward for a CD1 crime that is still unresolved. This week we introduce you to our Communications Deputy, Fredy Ceja.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


CD1 Murals Ordinance (Update)

(Photo Credit: Jose Rodroguez)

On Tuesday the City Council approved the murals ordinance that would allow murals on single family residences in CD’s 1, 9, 14. The item will return to Council for a second reading on Tuesday.

City-wide Keep It Clean

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

The Public works Committee heard a motion by Councilmember Cedillo that asks the City to consider a city-wide clean-up effort, similar to CD1’s ‘Keep It Clean’ and to develop a cost estimate for the program. Representatives from the Bureau of Sanitation was on hand to speak about the successes in CD1.

Flattop Conservation

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

For nearly a decade the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has been working on acquiring the Flattop land in Montecito Heights. Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion today asking the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to give us an update their efforts.


Monseñor Romero Statue Comes to CD1

(Photo Credit: Carlos Vaquerano)

Councilmember Cedillo joined the Salvadoran community at MacArthur Park for the unveiling of the Monseñor Oscar A. Romero statue, located within the park for all CD1 residents to admire.

Monseñor Romero was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. Romero was shot on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at a small chapel located in a hospital called "La Divina Providencia", one day after a sermon in which he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God's higher order and to stop carrying out the government's repression and violations of basic human rights. As soon as he finished his sermon, Romero proceeded to the middle of the altar and at that moment he was shot.

As a result of his humanitarian efforts, Romero was recognized internationally.

69th Annual NELA Holiday Parade

(Photo Credit: Sylvia Robledo)

Councilmember Cedillo joined the festivities at 69th Annual NELA Holiday Parade. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the beauty and potential NELA has to offer.

The Wall Las Memorias Celebrates 20 Years

(Photo Credit: The Wall Las Memorias)

Twenty years ago Richard Zaldivar had a vision to create a monument to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS. Today, the AIDS monument proudly sits on the grounds of Lincoln Park, and serves as a place for meditation and remembrance. While in the legislature, Councilmember Cedillo helped secure a portion of the funding needed to construct the monument.


LAPD Offers $75K Reward

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday Councilmember Cedillo joined LAPD for a press conference announcing the $75K reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Teresa Flores and Alex Lara in Pico Union. The murder still remains unresolved.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RACR, the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Recreation & Parks Community Meeting

(Photo Credit: Flickr)

Council Cedillo attended and addressed the LA Department of Recreation and Parks budget meeting to make recommendations about their services. Key issues raised included, keeping pools open, improving lighting and safety, increasing personnel and adding more activities.

Fasting for Immigration Reform

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined countless immigration advocates in a fast for immigration reform at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). This action was done in solidarity with members on their 23rd day of fasting in Washington DC.

Getting to Know Team Cedillo: Fredy Ceja

(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

Name: Fredy Ceja (yes one ‘D’—I always say my mother could not afford the second one)

What do you do for CD1?

I am charged with communications for the office and legislation. What does that mean? Well, it means I am in charge of making sure the media is aware of all the good work we are doing for CD1. I also assist the Councilmember at Council and with putting legislative proposals forward. I am also responsible for this newsletter together every week and getting it out in a timely manner, creating flyers, updating our website (which will be updated really soon) and social media pages.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in El Sereno and moved to the City of South Gate when I was in second grade. After finishing high school, I returned to El Sereno to attend CSULA. I currently live in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and have witnessed all the good work that has gone on there over the years. While in the Senate we oversaw DTLA and did a lot around homelessness and economic development. Councilmember Cedillo has been credited with assisting the development of Downtown. He provided a grant to Pete’s Café while in the legislature, which spearheaded an economic revival in the old Bank District.

How’d you get your start in Public Service?

My years of public services actually stretch back to my days in high school. I was the student representative on South Gate’s Youth Commission, a member of the student government, and a member of a youth organization we founded, the Young Leaders of America. I began working with Councilmember Cedillo when he was running for Congress in 2008, and after we lost I joined his Senate staff, followed him to the Assembly, and now Los Angeles City Council. Through my years in his office, I have championed many issues that are close to home, including immigration, early childhood education, LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues.

Favorite place to visit in CD1?

I love strolling along the LA River. I find it fascinating that we have such a jewel running through not only our district, but multiple districts, and connects us regionally with Long Beach. Sitting by the River is so serene and calming. If you sit there and close your eyes, the traffic seems to disappear and you can actually hear birds and the soothing waves hitting against the retaining walls.

What’s the best kept secret in CD1?

El Huarachito! This Mexican restaurant is amazing! When I go there, I feel like I’m stepping into my mother’s kitchen. Their menu boasts the best authentic Mexican favorites and their salsas are exquisite. My favorite item on the menu is the red chilaquiles and their tortas.

What is your favorite P.E.A.C.E. issue are and why?

All of the issues on our PEACE agenda are important, but two specifically stand out for me; Economic Development and Environment. When we took office, we had a lengthy discussion about our priorities during our staff retreat. I recall speaking about the need to revive the business corridors in our district (Broadway in Lincoln Heights, Figueroa in Highland Park, Broadway and Hill in Chinatown, Wilshire in Downtown West, and Alvarado in Pico Union). We have ample opportunity to bring not only new businesses, but business that appropriately meet the needs of CD1. In reference to the environment, CD1 is blessed with a River that runs through it and many green spaces. The challenge is conserving those open spaces and seeking opportunities for additional open space.

If you could solve one major issue in CD1 what would it be?

If I would wave a magic stick and fix one thing in our district, it would have to be homelessness. In the hierarchy of needs, first and foremost is the need for shelter. I have seen an increase in the transient population throughout the district, an issue that used to be unique to Downtown LA’s skid row. I would love to have an easy fix for this, but understand that I am being idealistic since there is no easy fix to this issue.

What do people not know about you?

People might not know that I am the youngest of seven and have twenty-three nieces and nephews. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be part of Team Cedillo for the past six years, taking on significant legislation to move our state forward. I’ve found that reporting to work is easy, for it feels that I am part of a social movement. My boss has taken on issues that no other member has dared or cared to take on, and for that I am grateful. I truly feel that I am living a life with purpose and that I am making a difference, not only in for my twenty-three nieces and nephews, but for society as a whole.

In Memorium

Nelson Rolihlahla "Madiba" Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was a South Africananti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in afully representative election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Mandela published his autobiography and opened negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory. As South Africa's first black President Mandela formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse racial tension. He also promulgated a new constitution and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Continuing the former government's liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki. Mandela subsequently became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


6th Annual Glassell Park
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 8, 2013
5:00 PM
Rite-Aid Parking Lot
4044 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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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