Greeting from Councilmember Gil Cedillo

Several major projects came across my desk this week, specifically the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and Save Our Streets LA. Both are massive projects that will substantially transform the landscape of our district.

As we continue with the 2013 Listening Tour, I hope to hear about the specific challenges facing your specific community (crime, bulky items, graffiti), but I also want to hear about big picture ideas. Mt. Washington made it clear they want the Southwest Museum open to a larger extent. This falls in line with the District’s priority to enhance Arts and Culture and improve Economic Development. Lincoln Heights made it clear they want large retail stores as an economic engine in their community. This falls within the District’s priorities of Public Safety and Economic Development. As we visit around the District, we are hearing the tone and seeing the texture of our District. One community at a time, we will bring your ideas and concerns together to address the needs of the First District. Together, we will make the First District #1!


Carrying the Banner for the LA River

(Photo Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 28, 2010)

Carrying the banner of restoring the Los Angeles River, Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD1) and colleague Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD13) presented a resolution on Wednesday that advocates for a comprehensive option for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, calling for an investment of over $1 million. The projects are names in the motion as priority projects for the City. Four out of six of the projects are in CD1. Those projects include:

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

Councilmember Cedillo has written a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers urging them to support all six projects mentioned above for the LA River restoration. He will also send a letter to the President of the United States asking for his support, and a thank you letter to the California Congressional delegation for their continued support. Councilmember Cedillo applauds the efforts of environmental and advocacy groups who have written letters in support of this project and looks forward to collaborating with them to make this plan a reality.

Click here for the resolution.

Cedillo Fights for Community School Parks

(Photo Credit: City Year Los Angeles)

Today, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion to follow up on previous attempts to create 15 pilot sites for community school parks. In 2008, the LAUSD Board approved a motion to “Create School Community Parks in Partnership with Community Groups and the City of Loa Angeles.” The LAUSD Superintendent of Schools was directed to convene a Working Group to plan for creating community school parks, identify proposed school facilities and the necessary external fiscal resources to implement, operate and maintain playgrounds during non-school periods.

To this day, only two community school parks have been developed, one in South Los Angeles and the other in Hollywood. The motion calls for a report on the progress of this project and calls for an ongoing strategy to develop the remaining community school parks.

Cedillo Reintroduces Reward for Missing Girl

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Since the very highly publicized disappearance of BreeAnna Guzman in Dec of 2011, there have been multiple attempts by LAPD to attain good leads, but none have been sufficient to capture the perpetrator.

At the time of disappearance and murder, it was believed that this was the work of a serial kidnap/murderer because of similar kidnap attempts in the area and the discovery of another murder nearby. The community is in continuous fear. This case continues to be a priority for the Northeast Robbery-Homicide Division. They plan a massive Community Alert flyer distribution in and around the areas where BreeAnna was abducted and her body discovered (Southbound Glendale freeway on-ramp from Riverside Drive in Northeast Area).

Because the previous reward has expired, Councilmember Cedillo reintroduced a $50,000 reward to encourage someone to come forward with information leading to the identity and arrest of those responsible.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call LAPD Robbery Homicide Division Detectives Carillo or King at (213) 486-6890.

Public Works Committee Considers Infrastructure Development

(Photo Credit: la.streetsblog.org) 

On Wednesday, the Public Works Committee heard the “Save Our Streets LA” motion, which calls for a $3billion general obligation bond to pay for an infrastructure development program that will improve streets across the city and bring them up to an acceptable standard.

City streets are usually given one of five letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) depending on their physical condition, with the D and F rated streets considered "failed" streets. Failed streets are the most expensive to repair. Approximately 870 lane miles of streets/ would be reconstructed per year.

The bond program is headed to Council for further discussion and evaluation, although it still continues to be vetted with additions. Concerned over the city’s aging infrastructure, Councilmember Cedillo is supportive of the concept, so long as it is fair and equitable. He will continue to monitor and ask questions as the discussion makes its way to Council.

Click here for the motion.


Councilmember Listens to Lincoln Heights

(Photo Credit: Sergio Infanzon)

Well over 130 community members from Lincoln Heights poured into the Lincoln Heights Senior Center on Thursday for the second stop on the 2013 Listening Tour. Group conversations were held centered around the District’s top priorities: Public Safety, Environment, Arts & Culture, and Economic Development. Constituents were free to bring up issues outside of these areas and most did. Local Field Deputy, and Assistant Field Director, Jose Rodriguez, has a list of bulky items and crime hot spots to look into.

Among the issues raised during the group report back period were basic public safety concerns, gang and graffiti activity, continued support for local arts programs, and an overwhelming plea to help Lincoln Heights become a retail hub and force of economic development. A constituent exclaimed during her remarks, accompanied by applauds and cheers from the entire room, that Lincoln Heights was abundant with 99 cents stores. What they need, she added, were larger retail stores like Target, K-Mart, or Costco.

The Broadway district in the heart of Lincoln Heights is an area with tremendous potential, inviting economic growth. We are working with our planning staff to explore economic development opportunities in the area. We heard you loud and clear!

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Gates Street Gets Trash Hauled Away

(Photo Credit: Stephen Sariñana-Lampson, CD1 Resident)

(Photo Credit: Stephen Sariñana-Lampson, CD1 Resident)

A constituent contacted our office last Friday to report a street swamped with trash. Our field team responded immediately and two hours later, the trash was nowhere to be found.

If you have trash or bulky items that need to be picked up, please contact our Constituent Services Director, Mel Ilomin at [email protected] or (213) 473-7001.


National Night Out 2013

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

Councilmember Cedillo celebrated National Night Out’s 30th Anniversary at events hosted by the Northeast and Rampart Divisions of LAPD.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out programs culminate annually, on the first Tuesday of August.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

(Photo Credit: Kris Ortega)

Councilmember Cedillo welcomed Holland Partners (Clyde Holland and Tom Warren) at the grand opening of 1111 Wilshire Blvd, the third part of Holland's "urban village" and investment in Central City West. 1111 Wilshire is a new 210-unit market-rate mixed-use development at Wilshire and Bixel in Council District 1. Holland Partners is a responsible Developer that has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to its tenants and is helping to create a real residential community West of the 110 Freeway. Holland Partners’ two previous projects include "Glo" and the rehab of the Bixel House Apartments.

Thank you for creating housing and jobs in this community.


Culminating Student Showcase
Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center
2911 Altura Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Los Angeles Theatre Academy’s
4th Annual Summer Gala
Saturday, August 10th, 2013
929 Academy Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2013 Listening Tour:
A Conversation with Pico Union/University Park
Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Red Shield Youth and Community Center
1532 W. 11th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chinatown 75th Anniversary
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
943-951 N. Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mayor’s Crisis Response Team
Monday, September 9th-Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
LAPD Headquarters
100 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Info: http//tinyurl.com/LACRT-Fall2013  


Greeting from Councilmember
Gil Cedillo

Legislative Update
LA River
Community School Parks
$50K Reward
Save Our Streets LA

Field Update
Lincoln Heights
Trash Gets Hauled

News Update
National Night Out
1111 Wilshire

Upcoming Events
LH Youth Arts Center
4th Annual Summer Gala
Conversation w/ Pico Union/University Park
Mayor's Crisis Response Team


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