This is the first week of our summer recess. As a result, City Hall is pretty quiet and lonely. My staff is on hand, both at City Hall and the District Office, to provide you with assistance. We have plenty to report about in the field. After an RFP process, it looks like the Lummis House will have a new curator. Occidental College will soon take over, to provide programming, outreach and maintenance. LAPD Chief Beck is up for reappointment. CD1 hosted a community meeting at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center, to gather input on the reappointment process. MacArthur Park and Toberman Recreation Center will soon benefit from a huge state grant for park improvements. Our CD1 constituent staff keep hitting them out of the ball park. They managed to assist two local businesses in order to keep them running and operational.

We rounded out the week by participating in a panel discussion with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on the CA Driver’s License and end the week by inviting you to cheer us on at the Dragon Boat Races at the Lotus Festival.

Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, District 1



Council in Recess

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As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, City Council has gone dark for summer recess. City council is expected to resume on Tuesday, July 29. Team Cedillo is still on hand to answer questions and take care of your constituent concerns. Give us a call or stop right on in.




Catholic Charities "Hope for the Future Job and Resource Fair"

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On Thursday, Councilmember Cedillo sponsored the Second Annual Catholic Charities "Hope for the Future Job and Resource Fair". Over 75 vendors including job providers and organizations were present at Immaculate Conception in Westlake, where the job fair took place. This incredible event was planned and organized by the office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Catholic Charities, Angel's Flight, Good Shepherd, Los Angeles County, Immigration and Refugee Department, C.I.U. Glendale, LA County Metro Special GROW Program, Westlalke Worksource Center, and University of Phonenix.

Thank you all for the collaboration.

Parks and Recreation Commission Gives Occidental College Green Light

(Photo Credit: Martha Benedict)

Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.

Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.

Cypress Park Gets EZ Charging Station

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The owner of Alpine Motors in Cypress Park, requested CD1’s assistance with ongoing parking citations at his business. He and his customers received citations on a daily basis. Working with DWP and DOT, we came up with a reasonable solution. DOT added a green loading zone curb and DWP installed an EZ charging station, one of the few electric charging stations in the City.


Team Cedillo, finding solutions.

Los Angeles Police Commission Community Meeting in Lincoln Heights

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On Tuesday over 150 people attended the largest and last of 3 community meetings that occurred across the City to provide the Los Angeles Police Commission input on the reappointment process.Chief Charlie Beck has submitted a request to be considered for a second five year term. The Los Angeles Police Commission now has the responsibility to respond to that request, by August 20, 2014.

If you were not able to attend a meeting you can still provide your input in the following ways:

E-mail: Comments may be sent to [email protected]

Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
100 West 1st
Street, Room 134
Los Angeles, California 90012

CD1 Awarded $2.1 Million for Park Improvements

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The California Department of Housing and Community Development released grant opportunities for funding through the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program. The HRP Program was funded through Proposition 1C, the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006. The Program awards funds on a per-bedroom basis for each residential unit affordable to very low- and low-income households permitted during the designated Program year. The Program provides funds for parks and recreation projects that benefit the community and add to the quality of life.

The 2013 round of funding incentivized a total of 20,533 affordable units in communities across California and will provide $73,605,250 for park-related projects statewide. Based on the applications, 88% of grant funds will be used in park deficient communities and 78% will be put towards projects in disadvantaged communities.71% of funds are proposed for park projects located in both park deficient and disadvantaged communities.

Los Angeles was recently awarded a grant under the HRP Program. Out of the $8.2 million Prop 1C funding Los Angeles was awarded, CD1 projects received $2.1 million. Funds will benefit MacArthur Park and Toberman Recreation Center.

To see other funded programs for Los Angeles, click here.

We’d like to express our appreciation and acknowledgement of the hard work by our City team from Recreation and Parks and Housing & Community Investment Department for pulling together the extensive supportive documentation for the City's successful 2013 HRP grant application which resulted in the City receiving the highest total award amount in this statewide competitive grant round.

Constituent Work ‘With Love LA’

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Recently Team Cedillo worked on a constituent case which led to a win for a small business in CD1. The case involved a healthy food market and café (With Love LA) which sought to convert an old warehouse space near Vermont Ave. and Washington Blvd.  Our office assisted with advocating for a change in posted street parking time limits, which opened up parking opportunities and the economic revitalization of longstanding empty industrial space with a local business providing healthy produce and food options in a food dessert.

Go Team Cedillo!




Dragon Boat Race Practice

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On Wednesday, Team Cedillo was at the Echo Park Lake to practice for Saturday’s Dragon Boat Race at the Lotus Festival. The Dragon Boat Races are a friendly competition between nonprofits and elected offices and Recreation and Parks. Come cheer on Team Cedillo at 2:30pm at the Echo Park Lake.

Driver’s License Panel Discussion

(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

On Thursday, the Mayor's office of Immigrant Affairs hosted a panel discussion on AB 60 Driver’s Licenses at Dolores Mission Church. Participants heard valuable information to prepare for the issuance of driver’s license. Among the information shared was the actual documents the Department of Motor Vehicles will accept as proof of identity. Speakers included: Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lizzette Mata from DMV, and Assistant LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

For a list of acceptable documents for DMV, please click here.

Chinatown Summer Nights

Saturday is the second 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 Saturday!

‘Keep It Clean’ 1 Year Anniversary Clean-Up

It’s hard to believe that one year has gone by already since the inception of our ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign and inaugural clean-up. Join us as we celebrate with another mass clean-up.

1 Year Anniversary Clean Up in Elysian Park
Saturday, July 19th
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Center
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP to: (323)550-1538 or [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

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

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

Kenny Washington Foundation
Robert Ernie "Babo" Castillo Tribute
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
7:00PM - 8:30 PM
Abraham Lincoln High School Auditorium
3501 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Jubilee Consortium Health Advocacy Training
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
All Saints Episcopal Church Highland Park
5619 Monte Vista
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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


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


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