We had another amazing week. In council we introduced a motion to mitigate health risk concerns shared by Cypress Park and Glassell Park residents, am issue we took up while in the Assembly.We also led the way in finally getting rid of the ten year ban on murals and will start a pilot project in CD1 to allow single resident homes to participate. On Thursday, my staff and I went on a ride along with the LA City Bureau of Sanitation as they drove us through some of the most blighted parts of the district and showed us how aggressive they are being at keeping certain hot spots free of dumping. We are well on our way to transform the look and the feel of the First Council District!


Cedillo Continues Work with Metrolink 

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Councilmember Cedillo and O’Farrell teamed up once again on a motion requesting that Metrolink provide the City and the public a review process on the proposed Health Risk Assessment (HRA) framework for its Taylor Yard Central Maintenance Facility. Team Cedillo took on this issue while in the Assembly and will continue conversations with Metrolink until we find a solution.

For the past three years, community residents and elected officials of Cypress Park and Elysian Valley with the facilitation assistance and leadership of the former 45th Assembly District have been actively engaging Metrolink to respond to their demands for proactive accountability to reduce the air and noise pollution caused by the operations at Metrolink's Taylor Yard Central Maintenance Facility.

The growing concern of residents is the extent and magnitude of exposure to unknown quantities of diesel particulate matter and other known carcinogens, generated by the sources of diesel fuel emissions from the servicing of the Metrolink's locomotives and other operations at its Central Maintenance Facility, which is located within a half mile 6 schools and within less than 4000 linear feet the of a 471 mixed-use market and affordable multi-family and senior housing units, Taylor Yard Transit Village.

In June 2013, due to the persistency of the residents of the impacted neighborhoods of Cypress Park, Elysian Valley, and Glassell Park, and growing support from their local, state and federal elected officials, these L.A. river-adjacent neighborhoods achieved a milestone when Metrolink agreed to their request for a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) of its Taylor Yard Central Maintenance Yard Facility.

To ensure the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the HRA that is being prepared and conducted by Metrolink, the City and the communities that have been affected by the unhealthy emissions and noise pollution generated from its Central Maintenance Yard's operations deserve the opportunity to weigh in on the preliminary development stages of the HRA's framework including but not limited to the scope of emission sources to be evaluated and that includes the full breadth of the multiple emission sources generated from the Metrolink Central Maintenance Yard Facility, determination of the assessment impact area; and the methodology and approach to be utilized in the preparation of the HRA.

Los Angeles Mural Ban Lifted

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After a ten year moratorium, murals have once again been permitted by the City of Los Angeles. All the councilmembers were in agreement over the removal of the ban. The issue under debated was whether to allow murals on single family homes. Recognizing that there is no one size fits all approach to certain public policy issues, Councilmember Cedillo introduced an amending motion to create a pilot project in CD1 to allow murals on single family homes. The details over this and other concerns will be heard in a joint committee of the Planning and Arts/Parks Committees.


Cedillo Tours Blighted Areas with Sanitation

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On Thursday, Team Cedillo conducted a ride along with the Northeast Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. When we said dumping and bulky items were an issue in CD1, we meant it. Sanitation has been aggressively tackling hot spots in CD1 to rid alleyways and other corridors from bulky items and piles of trash. Aside from the blight it creates, it is also a health and safety concern for residents living around those areas. Keeping these blighted areas clean not only requires daily rounds by the sanitation trucks, it also requires an ongoing education campaign that is culturally and linguistically appropriate for the residents of CD1. I will work with Sanitation to continue the daily cleaning and develop a program to raise consciousness about keeping our communities clean.

Debs Park Clean Up

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An encampment at Debs Park near the Avenue 52 (110 Freeway entrance) was of growing concern to Montecito Heights and Sycamore Grove residents. The summer heat and dry brush made for vulnerable fire conditions. CD1 Field Deputy Sylvia Robledo worked with community members, the LAPD Senior Lead Officer Graziano and the Department of Recreation and Parks on the situation. A note was delivered to the encampment but it was deserted before we could speak to the person living at the site. Bulky items and trash were left behind in the Arroyo. The site is currently in the process of being cleaned up. We will continue to monitor the situation and the safety of our transient population. Should you come across someone who might be in need of housing, please contact our office for assistance.


CD1 Staff Retreat

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Team Cedillo met over the weekend to create a strategic plan for the office. As we enter our first 60 days in office, we have gotten acquainted with the City and its departments, listened to half of our district through our listening tour, and have set goals and priorities for the upcoming year. The retreat allowed us to continue to get to know one another and better understand our role as public servants to the First Council District.

Website Updated

The CD1 website has been updated. You will now find general contact information, pictures of the staff, our latest newsletter and press releases. We anticipate redesigning the website in the near future.

Elinor Glenn Memorial

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Councilmember Gil Cedillo attended a memorial in honor of the great Elinor Glenn last Sunday. Elinor was the first woman to be hired as an organizer by SEIU. She was a visionary who brought public sector workers together to organize well before they had collective bargaining rights. She built her own union, SEIU Local 434 in Los Angeles, and led the first strike of county workers to protect wages and seniority rights. Elinor helped mentor Local 434's subsequent leaders and secure the ability for homecare workers to organize in this country. Local 434 grew to eventually become SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (SEIU ULTCW), which represents 180,000 long term care workers, making it the largest union of its kind in California.

Elinor's passion for improving the lives of working people was boundless. She never took no for an answer, and was an innovator in developing new models for organizing and collective bargaining. At a time when many sought to limit women's power, Elinor broke down walls for homecare and public service workers when many thought it could not be done. 

City Council Sock Drive

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On Wednesday the City Council sock drive came to a close. Initiated by Council President Herb Wesson, and executed by Councilmember Buscaino, the friendly competition brought in more than 10,000 pairs of socks, which will be donated to the Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. We hope to make this a yearly event.


2013 Listening Tour Schedule
•Angelino Heights/Elysian Park/Temple Beaudry – Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-8:00 pm
•Montecito Heights – Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00-8:30 pm
•Westlake/Koreatown/Rampart Village – Thursday, October 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm
•Highland Park – Thursday, October 17th, 6:30-8:00 pm
•Sycramore Grove – October – Date/Time TBD
•Glassell Park/Cypress Park – October – Date/Time TBD

2013 Sparks Career Fair
September 12th, 2013
4:00pm- 7:00pm
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 929-1320


Greeting from Councilmember
Gil Cedillo

Legislative Update
Mural Ban Lifted

Field Update

Sanitation Ride Along
Debs Park

News Update
Staff Retreat
Website Updated
Elino Glenn Memorial
Sock Drive Ends

Upcoming Events
2013 Listening Tour
Sparks Career Fair


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