This week started with an important press conference, In the name of Public Safety, I joined Councilmember Koretz to voice concerns for the regulations of ridesharing services. I welcomed NCLR to Los Angeles as they get ready to hold their annual conference in the great City of Angels, and I welcomed the Day Laborers as they hosted their National Day Laborer Forum at LA City Hall.

The field was busy ‘Keeping It Clean’ with a clean-up at MacArthur Park and in Lincoln Heights on the same day. We also welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti to CD1 and joined him as he canvassed the Highland Park neighborhoods to do constituent outreach. We jammed out to Ozomatli at the Levitt Pavilion and turned on a traffic signal in the Temple/Beaudry area.

We end the week honoring Congressman Henry Waxman and President Herb and Fabian Wesson’s 33rd wedding anniversary.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


Markers Along the LA River Motion

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday the City Council approved Councilmember Cedillo’s motion to include signage and location markers along the Los Angeles River Bike/Jogging/Walking Path. The motion instructs the Bureau of Engineering with the assistance of the CLA to work with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and Department of Transportation and other relevant Departments to report in 60 days on the following:
·A full assessment that evaluates all safety concerns including a cost analysis.
·Explore mapping specific locations for emergency call boxes or any other appropriate communication system, along the entire river, for the public to report an emergency or incident.
·Report on the locations of existing mile markers on the pavement and their current conditions.
·Have an analysis of current street signage and recommend additions or other appropriate safety markers.
·Report on existing locations where emergency vehicles have proper access to the River.

Councilmember Cedillo is committed to public safety along the River! Click here for the motion.

Honoring Congressman Henry Waxman

(Photo Credit: Sheri Mandel)

Today the LA City Council honored the legacy of Congressman Henry Waxman. A leader on health and environmental issues, Rep. Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women's health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs, and community rights to know about pollution levels.

Rep. Waxman serves his last year in Congress. Thank you for your many years of service.

Celebrating 33 Years of Marriage

Council President Wesson's reaction was priceless
(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Council President Herb Wesson is a tough person to surprise. Today during Council, we were joined by Mrs. Fabian Wesson, who waited until the last minutes of the Council meeting to surprise her husband. Councilmember Cedillo presented the couple with a certificate signed by the entire Council, congratulating them on their 33 year anniversary. The look on President Wesson’s face was priceless.

Congratulations and may you have many more!


Partnering with Supervisor Molina to Keep MacArthur Park Clean

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Councilmember Cedillo was proud to announce a partnership with Supervisor Gloria Molina and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to clean-up and beautify MacArthur Park. ‘Keep it Clean MacArthur Park’ is a partnership with several organizations to coordinate clean-ups and community activities at the park. The first clean up and resource fair took place Saturday with more than 750 residents in attendance. We would like to thank the Department of Recreation and Parks, MacArthur Park Director Andy Ho, the Department of Sanitation and Bladimir Campos, Office of Community Beautification and Thomas Corrales, and ERCD Enterprises for their support in making the clean-up a success. We would be remised if we didn’t thank the following organizations and schools that participated in the clean-up:
·Central City Neighborhood Partners
·MacArthur Park Elementary School
·Charles White Elementary School
·Para Los Ninos
·Praise Chapel

A huge thank you also to the organizations that were a part of the resource fair:
·Fire Department—Recruitment Division
·SAFE MOVES (Metro Safe Routes to School)
·Ventanilla de Salud
·Coalition for Economic Survival
·Mama’s Hot Tamales & LA Commons
·Praise Chapel LA
·Sunrise Community Counseling
·Inquilinos Unidos
·CRCD Enterprises
·Department of Social Services
·St. Barnabas Senior Services
·Para los Ninos
·Casa de la Cultura Maya
·Clínica Romero
·East Los Angeles Community Corporation

Keep It Clean LAPD Hollenbeck/Lincoln Heights Clean-Up

(Photo Credit: Jose A. Rodriguez)

On Saturday, CD1 and LAPD Hollenbeck Division, Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), partnered with over 60 volunteers to clean up Ave 20 and Ave 21, between Mozart St and Manitou Ave and the pedestrian bridge over the 5fwy that connects Ave 20 and 21. Participants included area residents, SEA, and Northeast Graffiti Busters. With tools in hand, together we filled twenty-eight 30 gallon bags with litter, leaves, and weeds, collected 20 illegally dumped bulky items, and removed graffiti on the bridge. Thanks to everyone that volunteered and spent their Saturday contributing to the ‘Keep It Clean’ Campaign.  

CD1 office staff and the City of Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification are ready to help you organize a community clean-up. Please contact the district office at (323)550-1538 to get started.

NELA Walk with Mayor Eric Garcetti

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Saturday, Councilmember Cedillo welcomed Mayor Garcetti to CD 1 as they co-hosted a community walk in Highland Park. The purpose of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Walk was to discuss issues important to them and inform residents of resources available to them. Councilmember Cedillo and the Mayor were joined by State Senator Kevin De Leon and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez while canvassing door-to-door to homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Residents’ concerns included tree trimming, street resurfacing, lighting, graffiti, public safety, activities and arts for youth and the proposed bike lanes on North Figueroa Street.

During the walk, Councilmember Cedillo shared his “Keep It Clean” Campaign with residents in CD 1. He told residents he is creating change with our in-home bulky item pick up. A simple call to the Department of Sanitation and they will come pick up your sofa, mattress or other bulky item right from your door. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-773-2489.

The Mayor introduced his ‘Great Streets Initiative’ on North Figueroa Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 60, which is one of the first 15 segments the Mayor announced recently. The Great Streets program will support and measure 6 goals:
·Safer communities
·Increased economic prosperity
·Improved access and mobility
·Improved sustainability
·Greater community engagement
·Enhanced neighborhood character

For more information go to:

Levitt Pavilion Grand Opening with Ozomatli

(Photo Credit: Ana Gomez)

On Sunday, Levitt Los Angeles celebrated the opening concert for their 7th season at MacArthur Park with one of the largest crowds the pavilion has seen. Since 2007, Levitt has produced fifty summer concerts at that park that feature a variety of artists and genres. The event featured local talent JUiCE and a variety of pre-concert activities and a main performance by Ozomatli who celebrated their 19th year as a band. Councilmember Cedillo and Council District 1 are proud to sponsor the Levitt Concert series at MacArthur Park.

Traffic Signal Installation at Temple and La Veta Terrace

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo, Transportation Engineer Mehrdad Moshksar, LADOT Field Crew and representatives from Angelina Apartments, Echo Park Library, Echo Park Community Center and residents activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Temple Street and Laveta Terrace. The signal came as a response to reported accidents involving pedestrians near that intersection. It will be an opportunity to safely connect the North and South sides of Temple on Laveta.

Over 300 People Attend Bike Lanes Community Meeting II

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Thursday over 300 residents attended a community meeting hosted by Councilmember Cedillo at the Franklin High School auditorium. Residents gave input on options for bike lanes for North Figueroa Street and parallel streets from Avenue 52 to York Blvd in Highland Park.

This was the second community meeting hosted by Councilmember Cedillo on this issue.


NCLR Press Conference

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

On Tuesday Councilmember Cedillo joined the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to announce the upcoming 2014 NCLR Annual Conference and Latino Family Expo coming to Los Angeles. This year’s Conference will take place July 19–22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, themed “Think. Create. Aspire.,” is the preeminent event for NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Previous high-profile guests have included President Barack Obama; Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. John McCain; Melinda Gates; legendary entertainer Rita Moreno; and Suze Orman, financial advisor, author, and television personality.

The briefing also offered a preview of what families can experience at the 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo®. The National Latino Family Expo is one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to free health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment that the entire family will enjoy. The National Latino Family Expo is free and open to all to attend.

Welcome to Los Angeles!

National Day Laborer Forum

(Photo Credit: IDEPSCA)

On Thursday Councilmember Cedillo was invited to provide opening remarks for the National Day Laborer Forum at LA City Hall. The meeting was sponsored by immigration advocacy groups, including CARECEN, IDEPSCA and the UCLA Labor Center. They advocate for Day Laborer Community Job Centers, which provide a humane way to look for work and offer a learning environment through literacy, English classes and information about health, labor and immigrant laws. These centers also function as a public safety alternative to soliciting employment on the street corners and suffering from severe exploitation and unsafe working conditions.

Councilmember Cedillo was proud to join Council President Wesson to find funding for this program during this and next year’s fiscal year.

Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash

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Since 2006, the partnership between Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has provided more than 100,000 children and families with access to extended swimming seasons, free swim lessons, and junior lifeguard training. This summer, Operation Splash will again reach over 15,000 children and their families. This year, Operation Splash will be providing support to 46 pools in the City of LA, including four pools in CD1:
·Downey Pool
·Echo Deep Pool
·Glassell Park Pool
·Highland Park Pool

We thank Kaiser for their commitment to our communities. Summer, here we come!



Family Service Center
Family Harmony Workshop
Every Wednesday, Starting June 4th
6:00PM - 8:00PM
6145 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Avenue 50 Studios

Fostering Youth Connections
Friday, June 13th, 2014
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Safe Summer Clean Up & Kick Off

Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00AM-2:00 PM
Sycamore Grove Park (Band Shell)
4702 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

El Arca’s 2nd Annual Casino Night
Saturday, June 21, 2014
7:00PM-11:00 PM
3839 Selig Place
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Summer Night Lights 2014
June 25th-August 9th, 2014
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Montecito Heights Recreation Center
4545 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Los Angeles Police Commission
Chief of Police Reappointment Process
July 8th, 2014
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman Street
Los Angeles, California 90031

Chinatown Summer Nights
Second Saturdays
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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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