Congrats to all the grads and dads! This week started off with work on mural preservation, conservation and restoration and some community events. We went fishing at MacArthur Park, kicked off Summer Nights in Chinatown, participated in the NELA Art Walk, and kicked off HOLA’s Ghetto Film School for youth. The rest of the week was spent congratulating individuals. We congratulate the LA Kings for winning the championship, Senator Kevin De Leon for being elected Senate President ProTem, and honored CA Governor Jerry Brown and Rick Najera for their accomplishments in the Latino community.

We end the week with a fraud warning from the LADWP department. If you are called and asked to pay an outstanding bill immediately or face service shut off, please call LADWP at 1-877-275-5273.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1


Mural Restoration Efforts

'La Offrenda' by Yrenia Cervantes
(Photo Credit: Yahoo)

On Wednesday during the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee Meeting, Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo voted to support the Proposed Citywide Mural Project. The proposed project allocates $1.75 million to accomplish the following goals:

·Preserve, conserve, and restore historically significant murals throughout the city with an emphasis on City-sponsored murals.
·Produce new murals that re-engage communities, especially youth, and create new opportunities for muralists.
·Provide technical assistance, training and workshops for muralists as well as interested community members and stakeholders, and develop digital mural documentation, presentation and engagement platforms that offer interactive educational and cultural tourism opportunities.

CD1 has two murals up for restoration, ‘La Offrenda’ by Yrenia Cervantes on Toluca Street under the 1st Street bridge, and ‘Return to the Light’ by Charles Freeman on 227 East Avenue 41.

Honoring Rick Najera

(Photo Credit: Fredy Ceja)

Today Councilmember Cedillo honored Rick Najera in Council. Rick is a poet and producer, actor and comedian, award-winning TV writer, denizen of the Latin quarter—Hollywood Hills and Great White Way. He has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Latinos in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine. Rick has directed and written for some of the biggest Latino stars in Hollywood, such as Sofia Vergara, Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias and Mario Lopez. Early in his career he was mentored by Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, comedy producer Keenen Ivory Wayans and Chicano icon Cheech Marin. He also helped launch the first ever Latino Performing Arts Institute at Oxnard College, where he serves as Artistic Director.


MacArthur Park Fishing Derby

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

Saturday Councilmember Gil Cedillo joined hundreds of Westlake children and MacArthur Park residents to fish. The fishing derby is an annual event coordinated by the Daniel Hernandez Foundation and sponsored by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Senator Kevin de Leon, the Department of Recreation and Parks, CA Fish and Game and State Parks. A huge thank you to Andy Ho, MacArthur Park director for helping coordinate the event, and to State Parks for watching the fish overnight.

Chinatown Summer Nights

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

Saturday kicked off the first of three Chinatown Summer Nights (CSN). Put on by the Chinatown Business Improvement District, in partnership with KCRW, CSN provides fun and entertainment for Angelinos of all ages. A blanket of confetti covers Central Plaza as DJ's and live bands bring a new attitude to Chinatown. Community members participated in a meatball eating contest and were able to enjoy Chinatown's best cuisines as well as various food trucks as well as participate in traditional Chinese crafts such as calligraphy and sculpture. This is becoming a favorite tradition in the community and we look forward to many more to come. We look forward to seeing you July 12th and August 9th for the remaining events.

NELA Art Walk

(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)

Councilmember Cedillo’s Highland Park District once again participated in the monthly Northeast LA Second Saturday Gallery Night. The Second Saturday Gallery Night is sponsored by NELAart, an arts organization featuring art at 46 galleries. One of Councilmember Cedillo top priorities is support for the arts. Every quarter his Highland Park District office features a different art exhibition.

The CD1 District Office currently includes art provided by Ave. 50 Studio in Highland Park. The Avenue 50 Studio is an arts presentation organization grounded in Chicana/o and Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles area. They seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. They develop programming to inform the community through innovative projects that connect artists, students, academics, and members of the community. Avenue 50 is committed to providing a place where the life and artistic interests of an under-served community can be made visible.

Join us at the next Northeast LA Second Saturday Gallery Night on Saturday, July 12th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM at Councilmember Cedillo’s Highland Park District Office (5577 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042). We will feature art provided by Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a non-profit organization based in Westlake/MacArthur Park. HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.

Ghetto Film School with HOLA

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

On Monday Councilmember Cedillo celebrated the beginning of Ghetto Film School Los Angeles alongside David O. Russel, Tony Brown and Peter Rice. The program will take place on sight at Heart of Los Angeles, located in the MacArthur Park neighborhood and is sponsored by 21st Century Fox. Twenty-three students will be able to participate in a free, 30-month program that includes instruction in cinematic storytelling and production training. 

Selig Place Sidewalk Replacement



Repairing sidewalks within the City helps improve pedestrian safety, access, and reduces city liability. This year he City set aside $10 million dollars for sidewalk repair associated with City facilities. We are proud to report that the sidewalk along Selig place has been replaced.

Thank you City family.





(Photo Credit: LA Times)

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for once again winning the Stanley Cup. You make us all even prouder to be Angelinos.

Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon

(Photo Credit: LA Times)

Congratulations to State Senator Kevin De Leon, who has unanimously elected to serve as the Senate President ProTem of the California Senate. He becomes the second Latino leader of the Senate, and the first in more than 130 years.

Congratulations Kevin! Si Se Puede!

Thanking Governor Brown

(Photo Credit: Conrado Terrazas)

Today Councilmember Cedillo welcomed California Governor Jerry Brown to Los Angeles to thank him for his unwavering support of the immigrant community and for his leadership in signing the CA Dream Act (AB130 and AB131) and the CA Driver’s License (AB60).

LADWP Scam Alert

Persistent phone scammers are deceiving LADWP customers into paying non-existent water and power bills with threats of immediate service shut off. Don’t fall victim to phone scammers posing as LADWP “collection” personnel. Some things to keep in mind:

• LADWP employees will NEVER ask for personal payment information over the telephone. They will never ask you to purchase pre-paid cash cards from a convenience store to pay your utility bill.
• Payment by telephone can ONLY happen through the Department’s voice automated payment system, not with live employees. LADWP personnel do not accept payment information verbally over the telephone.
• If you receive a call asking for a cash card, credit card, person-to-person cash payment, or a request for any other personal information, hang up immediately and call the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at 1-877-275-5273 or go to your local LAPD station.
• LADWP customers who want to inquire about their accounts should call 1-800-DIAL-DWP and speak to a customer service representative, or check online at ladwp.com with no waiting time.

Safety and service excellence are of utmost importance to LADWP. Victimization of LADWP customers will not be tolerated. Impostors can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Immigrant Heritage Month Celebration

Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Welcome.us (www.Welcome.us), invite you to help us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month on Wednesday, June 25th. We will host a light reception at the rotunda before the council meeting. 

The schedule is as follows:
9:00AM   Press conference at forecourt 
9:30AM   Reception and Recognition 
10:00AM Council Presentation (Proclaiming June as Immigrant Heritage Month)  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fredy Ceja at[email protected]. 



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

AHF National HIV Testing Day
Friday, June 27th, 2014
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Station
Between Wilshire Blvd. and 7th
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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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