This was our first week back from recess and what a week it was: we celebrated Latino Heritage Month, debated luring a football team to Los Angeles, began construction on a project that is long overdue, honored the deaf community in Los Angeles, and attended our weekly committee meetings. We were in the news regarding public safety issues along the LA River and on our streets. As I celebrate my 90th day in office tomorrow, I will continue to support measures that make our communities safer, attract economic development, and continue to clean our streets until we make the First District #1. I am honored to be able to serve the people of the 1st District each day. 


Hispanic Heritage Month

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We celebrated Latino Heritage Month in City Council on Tuesday. Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th. It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the many contributions Latinos have made to the City of Los Angeles. The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) offers a wide array of arts and cultural events for your enjoyment. Please refer to the calendar to find the numerous festivals, musical events, theatrical performances, films, poetry readings, and cultural activities in your neighborhood.  

Click here for calendar and cultural guide:

Bringing Football Back to Los Angeles

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This week the Economic Development Committee heard an update on the proposed Farmer’s Field in Downtown Los Angeles. As it currently stands the project is contingent on NFL’s interest in bringing a team to Los Angeles. In this regard, the committee voted to support a resolution presented by Councilmember Tom LaBonge relative to reaffirming and reiterating support for the efforts of the National Football League to bring its franchise back to the City of Los Angeles. Should an NFL team not be secured by October 2014, all agreements with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) will terminate. There may be a variety of other avenues through which the City can achieve the renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) to create a world-class facility and the development of new hotels to serve that facility. All members of this committee and of the full City Council are still hopeful that the NFL will do the right thing; Bring Football back to Los Angeles! 


New Highland Park District Office: Serving Constituents with a Smile

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Please drop by or call our new district office in Highland Park. Our field deputies and case workers are here to serve you. The types of services we provide include:


Our staff is ready to assist you with City department issues, including:
Community Beautification—Reporting bulky items, trash in the streets/alleys/parks, removal of graffiti, residential and commercial property upkeep

  • Public Safety—Emergency preparedness, animal control, police and fire resources
  • Transportation—Stop signs, speeding vehicles, traffic signals, parking

Field Deputies

We have four field deputies that represent the Councilmember in your neighborhood. They are available to:

  • Meet with your resident, neighborhood, and business group to work with you on your concerns and find solutions
  • Work with you on clean-ups, community and block events, tree and garden plantings


Our field office is located at 5577 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 at the corner of Avenue 56 in Highland Park. Our phone number is (323)550-1538.

Parking at Angelina Apartments (Update)

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Last week we reported that the 1300 block of Angelina Street had parking issues for the past two years. There was a 2 hour parking limit on the north side of Angelina, which had become a big problem for tenants, especially when there was street cleaning on the south side of the street. Tenants had to move their cars, but had no place to park.

We are happy to report that the two hour restriction on Angelina has been lifted. Tenants are very appreciative.

Way to go Team Cedillo!

Blossom Plaza Construction

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Councilmember Cedillo helped kick off construction on Thursday for the Blossom Plaza development. Blossom Plaza is a mixed-use development in Chinatown that had been held up for years. The development will boast 237 housing units (53 low-income units) and 18,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 16,000-square-foot plaza and 270 parking spaces. The project is slated to be completed Spring of 2016.

Blossom Plaza has been in the works for well over ten years. Moving this project along was a priority for Councilmember Cedillo. Blossom Plaza is estimated to create 400 construction jobs and 109 permanent jobs.

Glassell Park Monument Dedication

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I am pleased to announce that on Saturday the Glassell Park community celebrated the dedication of a monument that also acts as a wireless tower. According to Verizon Wireless it is the first of its kind. Verizon and its Core Development Services representatives worked closely with the Glassell Park community to find a design that was both functional and met the vision of Glassell Park. Originally, Verizon proposed an artificial tree that was opposed by the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council. Glassell Park stands taller today on the shoulders of this monument. Thanks to the joint efforts this wireless tower and monument will connect people and businesses throughout Glassell Park and the region.

Glassell Park 3rd Annual Community Clean Up

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Well over 300 community members from Glassell Park area schools took to the community to sweep, rake, paint, and shovel to beautify neighborhoods. Councilmember Cedillo is happy to have supported this clean up and encourages every community in the district to take the initiative and invite us to help make our vision of clean streets in CD1 a reality. I want to acknowledge the leadership of Bradleyin coordinating the clean-up and thank Art Camarillo, Maggie and Mark Quiroz, Baltazar Vega, and Maggie L. Robles with the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council for making the experience for everyone a success. My deepest appreciation is extended to the students and staff from Glassell Park Elementary School, Santa Rosa Charter Academy, Sonia M. Sotomayor High School Campus, & Learning Complex, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, and St. Bernard Catholic School for spending theirSaturdayvolunteering.

If you are interested in coordinating a clean-up in your area, please give us a two month notice and contact: 

Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Glassell Park
Deputy District Director, Jose Rodriguez
[email protected]

Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights

Field Deputy, Sylvia Robledo
[email protected]

Angelino Heights, Chinatown, Elysian Park, Highland Park, 

Solano Canyon, Victory Heights
Field Deputy, Melinda Alatorre
[email protected]

Koreatown, Pico Union, Temple Beaudry, University Park, Westlake

Field Deputy, Ana Gomez
[email protected] 


LA River Comment Period Now Open

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The completion of the LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study is a remarkable moment in the revitalization of the LA River. The Study lays the groundwork to bring millions of dollars in investment to the river and to the City of LA.

The Study proposes four restoration scenarios: Alternatives 10, 13, 16 and 20. The Army Corps has determined that Alternative 13 is their preferred option. The City’s preferred alternative is Alternative 20—the most expansive ecosystem restoration possible and it is the only one that specifically includes the following priorities: Verdugo Wash Confluence and the LA State Historic Park (former Cornfields site).

What can you do to help?

It is vital that Angelenos make their voices heard regarding their preferred alternative. Starting on September 20th and continuing until November 5th, members of the public can comment on the Study.

In Person: Thursday, October 17, 2013
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (Atrium)
570 W. Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065

By Mail: Josephine R. Axt, Ph.D.
Chief, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: Ms. Erin Jones, CESPL-PD-RN
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325

By E-mail: [email protected]


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The City Council proclaimed September, Deaf Awareness Month. Each of the fifteen council districts honored a representative from the Deaf community at City Council today.

CD1 honored Janette Duran, a proud Deaf Latina who was born in Mexico and moved to Los Angeles at the age of six. Janette’s first language is Spanish. She became fluent in English and American Sign Language, making her trilingual. She is currently a school counselor at Marlton School for the Deaf, located in the heart of Los Angeles. It’s a K-12 school in LAUSD District 1, which services students from City Council District 1. After work Janette also teaches and provides support for families of Deaf children. She is also a board member of Hands On Signs Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to build bridges for families of Deaf children.

Congratulations Janette and thank you for all that you do.

In Memoriam: José Montoya


José Montoya, a nationally renowned artist, poet and musician, passed away Wednesday at the age of 81.

Montoya was born in Escobosa, New Mexico, and grew up in central California. He worked with labor leader Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.

Montoya enrolled in San Diego City College as an art student soon after the Korean War and later transferred to the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. In the early 1970s, he joined students and members of the Chicano community to found the Rebel Chicano Art Front, later renamed the Royal Chicano Air Force, which organized numerous cultural, educational, and political activities in the Sacramento area.

Montoya began his career by teaching high school until he earned his MA in 1971 at California State University.  He was an art professor at Sacramento State for 27 years.

Montoya was Sacramento’s third poet laureate, named to the post by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in 2002.

His son Richard Montoya is a member of the performance troupe Culture Clash.

He will be dearly missed.


Listening Tour Schedule
Montecito Heights
Tuesday, October 1st, 2031
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Montecito Heights Senior Citizen Recreation Center
4545 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA  90031

Highland Park
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location to be decided

Westlake/Koreatown/Rampart Village
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Cypress Park and Glassell Park
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Aragon Elementary School
1118 Aragon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Sycamore Grove
Date and Location to be decided

8th Annual Frogtown Artwalk
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
4:00pm – 10:00pm

Planned Parenthood Insurance Program Kick Off

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
1:00pm – 4:00pm
MacArthur Park
(Alvarado, between 7th and Wilshire)

CCNP Health & Fitness Fair
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 2:00pm
501 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

People’s Legal Clinic
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 1:00pm
660 S. Bonnie Brae
Los Angeles, CA 90057
[email protected]

CD1 Community Clean Up
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
8:30am - 12:00pm
MacArthur Park
2230 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Greeting from Councilmember
Gil Cedillo

Legislative Update 
Hispanic Heritage Month
Football in LA

Field Update
Distric Office Update
Parking Issue
Blossom Plaza
GP Monument
GP Clean Up

News Update
LA  River Comment
Deaf Awareness
José Montoya

Upcoming Events
2013 Listening Tour
Frogtown Artwalk
Insurance Kick Off
CCNP Health Fair
People's Legal Clinic
CD1 Clean Up


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