This week we received incredible news that will dramatically change the urban landscape in CD1 and provide green space and ecological restoration for the City of Los Angeles. The City Council approved an initiative petition to create a City Health Commission tasked with making recommendations to the City Council. We recognized the great work Union Bank is doing at Lincoln High School with their student-run branch. Today we celebrated the beginning of Pride by honoring LGBT Heritage Month. In the field we celebrated Memorial Day and shut down a troublesome marijuana dispensary.

I had the distinct honor of receiving an award from ‘Premios Los Angeles’ for my work on behalf of marginalized communities. We end the week inviting you to the 9th Annual Lummis Day Festival, celebrating the rich history of the First District, and we say goodbye to Maya Angelou and the Honorable John Vasconcellos.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


City Health Commission Approved in Council

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On Tuesday the City Council approved a measure that would create a Los Angeles City Health Commission. An Initiative Petition entitled ‘Creation of a City of Los Angeles City Health Commission: Initiative Ordinance,’ was filed with the Office of the City Clerk on April 14th, 2014. According to the City Charter, City Council must take one of the following actions within 20 days of filing date: (1) adopt the proposed ordinance without changes, (2) call a special election, or (3) include it on the next City or County election.

The City Council voted option one, which creates a 15-member advisory commission to issue annual reports on the state of health care. Each council district is expected to have one appointed member on the commission.

Union Bank Student-Run Branch at Lincoln High School

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On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo recognized Union Bank for their student-run branch at Lincoln High School. LAUSD and Union Bank partnered to open the bank’s first two Los Angeles student-run branches, at Crenshaw High School and Abraham Lincoln High School as part of an innovative program designed to provide students with real-world financial education and work experience. These full-service student-run branches will be staffed by student bankers, who will have an opportunity to acquire skills in finance as well as teamwork and leadership and the hands-on experience of working in a bank.

Thank you for bringing this resource to CD1!

LA River Alternative 20 Announcement

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Councilmember Cedillo joined Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA River advocates for a huge announcement yesterday. After months of continuous lobbying and coalition building, the Army Corps of Engineers has opted to recommend Alternative 20 for the LA River revitalization. Alternative 20 is estimated to invest $1.08 billion in river restoration projects. This is a huge win for the City of Los Angeles, and in particular CD1. The following projects were named as priority for the City in an earlier motion, four of which are in CD1.

·Verdugo Wash Confluence
·Taylor Yard/Bowtie
·Taylor Yard/G-2
·Arroyo Seco Confluence
·Cornfields LA State Historic Park
·Piggyback Yard (Union Pacific Railroad)

Long live the LA River!

LGBT Heritage Month Celebration

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Today the City Council honored LGBT Heritage Month. This marks the beginning of the pride celebrations honoring the remarkable contributions of the LGBT community in our society. I’d like to take this opportunity to mention an LGBT advocacy organization in our very own Northeast LA community. The Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA- www.UGLA.org) was founded in 1983 when a gay man was shot and killed outside a gay bar in Highland Park. Realtor Gus DiClairo, owner of Uptown Properties, was a friend of the slain man and called his friends together for a meeting to protest the relative inaction of the Los Angeles Police Department in the case. From that meeting, Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance was born.

Congratulations to all the LGBT members of our community and those of Team Cedillo!


Highland Park Memorial Day Events

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This weekend, we celebrated Memorial Day all over Highland Park. Last Saturday, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce partnered with the First District to beautify the Veteran's Memorial on York and Figueroa. Community members gathered to plant flowers and clean up the space on Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, we hosted a flag ceremony with the Highland Park American Legion Post 206 and the Franklin High School JROTC. On Monday, Post 206 also hosted a beautiful ceremony at their facility. Their event welcomed community members to commemorate the brave men and women who have served our country. This was a wonderful event that CD1 was very honored to be a part of.

A special thank you to Commander David Bloom at American Legion Post 206, Major Rodriguez and Sargent Major Correa with Franklin High School JROTC for their support, service, and participation in the Highland Park community.

Cypress Park Memorial Day Event

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Over 200 residents from Cypress Park and surrounding Northeast community members came together on Saturday to pay homage to veterans who have served our country. The event, co-sponsored by Councilmember Cedillo and Friends of Cypress Park, was held at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial.

Councilmember Cedillo was the keynote speaker and expressed that he was humbled to join in honoring our brave men and women that died in war. The Councilmember’s father, like many of those in attendance made the choice to serve in the military for love of this country. He expressed his commitment to encourage businesses to hire veterans. He also mentioned that we must end homelessness of our veterans. 1 in 9 homeless in the City of Los Angeles are veterans. We must do more!

Team Cedillo would like to thank everyone who helped organize the ceremony and/or participated in the program including: Friends of Cypress Park; Honorable Bob Archuleta, Veteran, Presidential Appointee to the United Stated Military Academy; Honor Guard, Franklin High School ROTC; Farther Marco Ortiz, Divine Savior Catholic Church; Genessee Hall, singer; American Veterans of America, Post 2, Culver City; Sgt. Rafael E. Gritzwesky-Lopez; Art Sanchez, Veteran, U.S. Army; Marcus Gutierrez, Vietnam Veteran and Guillermo Reyes.

Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program Junior Youth Club Awards Banquet

(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Thursday, my staff Jose Rodriguez joined 100 youth to honor the 10 youth cabinet leaders of the Junior Youth Club for their dedication and commitment to coordinate academic programs and civic volunteerism. The Junior Youth Club started in 1989 to get middle and high school youth involved in community service, leadership development, and college prep through various events and opportunities during the school year. I wish these young people continued success and confident they will continue being leaders in our community.

Marijuana Dispensary Club 58 Shut Down

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A little over a week ago, Club 58, located at 5858 N Figueroa, was shut down. LAPD Northeast Division served a narcotics search warrant. If you have any concerns about potentially harmful facilities in your area, please contact our district office at (323)550-1538.


Dodgers Update

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Councilmember Cedillo, working in partnership Councilmember O’Farrell, championed a historic agreement between the City and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The opening of Scott gate was agreed to by both Councilmembers, both stated that while traffic is a challenge for the communities surrounding the stadium, those challenges should be and will be addressed equitably. This historic agreement was a result of ongoing meeting between the offices of Cedillo and O’Farrell and the Dodgers; a series of traffic mitigations have also been agreed to.

Councilmember Cedillo thanks Councilmember O’Farrell for his ongoing support in making this a success! Councilman O’Farrell's leadership was integral in this agreement to ensure there would be equity among all those communities surrounding the stadium.

Premios Los Angeles

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On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo was recognized by ‘Premios Los Angeles’ for his work with the immigrant community. He joined a distinct group of honorees, including Ramon Ayala receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for music, and Julio Cesar Chavez receiving the Sports Achievement Award for his boxing career. The biggest surprise of the night for Councilmember Cedillo was not the award he received. In the wings of the stage, were dozens of ‘Dreamers’ that have benefited from his progressive legislation, the CA Dream Act. The Dreamers joined him on stage as he was awarded, thanking him for his work to advance their educational goals.

‘Premios Los Angeles’ will air in the U.S. on MundoFox on Sunday June 1st at 7pm, and on Ocho TV in 16 Mexican states.

9th Annual Lummis Day Festival

It’s free, fun and family-friendly. Enjoy some of the city’s best poetry, music, dance and art. Bring the kids for the puppet shows, the theater and the hands-on crafts exhibits. There’s something for everyone at the 9th annual Lummis Day Festival. The festival will showcase our city’s rich tapestry of cultures.

The event occupies two historic walking-distance locations in a corner of Northeast L.A serviced by handicapped-friendly shuttle buses and easily accessible by MTA Gold Line and the 110 freeway. The two sites—Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum—feature some of the city’s most historically significant buildings and serve as perfect backdrops for an all-day celebration of Los Angeles history and arts.

The music offered at this year’s event includes Cumbia, “post-punk glam indie rock opera,” merengue, gospel, classic 1930’s style big-band jazz dance, flamenco, Celtic acoustic music, rock, punk, folk and much more. Dancers represent salsa, tap, modern dance and folkloric styles. There will be lots of things for families and kids to do together.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lummisday.org.

RIO Community Meeting

Join us for a community meeting to give your input on the proposed RIO Ordinance. The RIO would require new major remodeling of buildings near the LA River to comply with certain design requirements (such as landscaping, fencing, screening and lighting). 

RIO Ordinance Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Young Nak Presbyterian Church
1721 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031 

For more information, please contact Sergio Infanzon at (213)785-4886 or [email protected].


Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture.

While in Ghana, Maya met with Malcolm X and, in 1964, returned to America to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity.

Shortly after her arrival in the United States, Malcolm X was assassinated, and the organization dissolved. Soon after X's assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King's assassination, falling on her birthday in 1968, left her devastated.

With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles.

John Bernard Vasconcellos, Jr.

John Bernard Vasconcellos, Jr. passed last Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was an American politician who represented the Silicon Valley as a member of the California State Assembly for 30 years and a California State Senator for 8 years.

He was one of the longest serving members of the Assembly, second only to Speaker Willie Brown. Due to the Assembly's policy of awarding leadership positions based on seniority, he became the chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, one of the most powerful assignments in the California Legislature. His lifelong interest in psychology led to his advocacy of the self-esteem movement in California politics. He proposed the State Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem in October 1986. In 1989, Pat Brown appointed Vasconcellos to chair the Select Assembly Committee on Ethics. Vasconcellos held the positions until he was forced out of the Assembly in 1996 by term limits.

After representing the Silicon Valley for 38 years in the California Legislature, Vasconcellos retired on November 30, 2004. In order to carry forward the vision and leadership of Vasconcellos' politics, friends and colleagues created The Vasconcellos Project. As its first initiative, The Vasconcellos Project launched the Politics of Trust Network (PTN), a civic engagement enterprise that seeks to become a prime mover in advancing this new vision and practice of politics.

Vasconcellos was the second longest elected state legislator in California history (and the longest in length of continuous service). He was known for his work on public education and the state budget during his career in the legislature.



LA River Camp Out
Saturday, May 31st – Sunday, June 1st
4:30 – 6:00 PM Memory Mapping Workshop
6:30 – 8:00 PM Dinner
Rio de Los Angeles Bowtie Parcel
2800 Casitas Ave. (apprx.)
Los Angeles, CA 90039


Discover Recycling

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
North Central District Yard
452 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Anonymous Gun Buyback
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 S Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

California Locos
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
7:00 PM
Redpipe Gallery
978 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9th Annual Lummis Day
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
11:00AM - 7:00 PM
200 East Avenue 43
Los Angeles, CA 90031

CD1 River Improvement Overlay Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Young Nak Church
1721 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Highland Park Independent Film Festival
A Picture of the Three of Us
Thursday, June 5th, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Highland Theatre
5604 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

LAPD Hollenbeck CPAB
Saturday June 7th, 2014
9:00 AM -11:00 AM 
Avenue 21 and Mozart St.
Lincoln Heights, CA. 90031

Lincoln Park Recreation Center
Pool & Bathhouse Replacement Project Meeting
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
6:00 PM
Lincoln Park Recreation Center
3501 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

CD1 Bike Lane Community Meeting
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Franklin High School Auditorium
820 N. Ave. 54
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Safe Summer Clean Up & Kick Off

Saturday, June 21, 20149:00AM-2:00 PM
Sycamore Grove Park (Band Shell)
4702 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Lotus Festival

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Plaza de La Raza Golf Tournament

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Montebello Country Club
901 Via San Clemente
Montebello, CA 90640

Sacred Heart High School
3rd Annual Dinner Dance

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2111 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031


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