This week was fruitful for Team Cedillo. Under the banner of creating safer communities, we voted to support two immigration resolutions in City Council. One will allow the local police department to continue building relationships with our constituents and the other calls on the President and Congress to fix our broken immigration system. As we continue to explore Economic Development options for CD1, we began to lay the foundation for future revitalization with the introduction of a motion that creates a pilot project for outdoor dining along two corridors in the district. Lastly, along with all of Los Angeles, we tried to beat the heat in what seems to be an endless summer.


Immigration Reform: City Council Votes to Support AB4/SJR8

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The Los Angeles City Council approved two resolutions authored by Councilmember Cedillo to support two very important pieces of CA legislation. The resolutions call on the City of Los Angeles to include in its 2013-2014 State Legislative Program support for AB4 and SJR8.

AB4, “The Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools—TRUST Act” would prohibit a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody.

SJR8, "Overall Immigration Reform", is a joint resolution by the State of California Senate and Assembly that urges the Congress and the President of the United States to take a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation's immigration system.

A Driver’s License bill is moving its way through the legislative process up in Sacramento. This is a banner I took up since the inception of my legislative career, and is finally being realized by my former colleague Assemblymember Luis Alejo. I urge everyone to call their state elected officials to ensure the bill gets to the Governor’s desk.

To locate your state representatives please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ 

Taking Dining Outdoors

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On Wednesday Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion for sidewalk dining in two CD1 corridors. Dining outdoors is very inviting to many people, and outdoor dining can turn an area into a pedestrian and community destination. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants create a lively street environment, and can limit crime because so many people are keeping an eye on each other. When an area feels active and safe, residents and visitors are more inclined to be outside late into the night.

The implementation of the outdoor dining concept has had a positive impact on the dining customers, participating restaurants, and the City of Los Angles. An outdoor dining experience can result in a unique sense of community that helps to attract business growth in the area.

The communities of CD1 have an immediate need to attract new business to the neighborhoods which could help spur economic development and investment in the surrounding area. It is prudent to identify specific corridors in CD1 which would benefit from a pilot program that would allow sidewalk dining by-right.

This motion asks that the City exempt restaurants along identified corridors below from the R-permit for a l2-month pilot for sidewalk dining:

• Figueroa Avenue Corridor--Cypress Avenue to Avenue 60
• Wilshire Corridor--South Beaudry Avenue to Valencia Street


Cedillo Signs BLQ Business Improvement District Renewal

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Councilmember Cedillo signed the petition to renew the Byzantine Latino Quarter Business Improvement District permit.

The BLQ BID is an assessment district in which property owners are the primary investors in creation of a safe, welcoming and thriving business environment along Pico Boulevard from the 110 FWY to Western Avenue and small portions of Normandie Avenue and Venice Boulevard. On an annual basis, property owners contribute funds towards street maintenance, beautification projects and marketing efforts to benefit the properties and businesses in this bustling area in the City of Los Angeles. The BLQ BID incorporates the communities of the Byzantine Latino Quarter, North Harvard Heights and Pico Union.

The BLQ BID is guided by its mission of keeping the business corridor clean and free of trash and creating a safe and attractive environment in which people can work, shop and conduct business.


Garcetti Calls Emergency in Film Industry, CD1 Responds

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In response to the Mayor’s “State of Emergency” warning as production firms leave Hollywood, Councilmember Cedillo met with film industry leaders to find a resolution. In two separate meetings, one with major studios and another with major industry unions, Councilmember Cedillo discussed the issues around filming/taping in the City that are causing the industry to leave Los Angeles. According to both sides, film production has dramatically diminished in California and less than 40% of primetime scripted 1-hour TV shows are filmed in the State. We must continue to push for a higher California film tax credit to keep filming in Los Angeles.

Councilmember Cedillo will continue conversations with both groups and promises to help create a more inviting community for filming in Los Angeles.

Trust Act Press Conference

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Accompanied by immigrant rights organizations Councilmember Cedillo hosted a press conference calling on the City Council to adopt a resolution in support of AB4 Trust Act (Ammiano). AB4 would prohibit a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of an ICE hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody, unless certain conditions are met. AB4 is crucial in light of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Secure Communities” deportation program which has resulted in the deportation of over 30,000 people from Los Angeles County since its initiation in 2009.

Organizations present included:
·UCLA Labor Center
·National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
·Echo Park United Methodist Church
·Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA)
·Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association (KIWA)
·Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
·CA Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA)
·CA Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
·Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California, Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de CA (IDEPSCA)
·CLEAN Carwash Campaign
·Our Lady of Talpa
·L.A. Voice.

Recognizing Harold Sterker’s Service

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Councilmember Cedillo presented Harold Sterker with a resolution acknowledging his retirement from SEIU 721. Harold was born and raised in New York City, to an Italian mother and German father. Harold attended Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and later attended Loma Linda University where he received his Masters of Public Health degree.

Harold began his career with the County of Los Angeles at the Monrovia Health Center, in the immunization program as a student professional worker while still attending Loma Linda University. His career as a health educator spans over 39 years and 5 months of exceptional service.

Harold has been honored for his tireless efforts throughout the years. The following is a list of his accomplishments.

·Los Angeles County Employee of the Year Award
·Appointed to the LA County HIV Commission by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
·Boardmember of SEIU Local 721
·Chair of the SEIU Local 721 Lavender Caucus
·Chair of the SEIU Local 721 Social & Economic Justice Caucus
·Member of the California Public Health Oversight Board

Cedillo Welcomes Public Works Commissioners

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On Wednesday the Councilmember attended a reception in honor of new Public Works Commissioners Barbara Romero and Monica Rodriguez. Overseeing the downtown skyline, the Councilmember made remarks on the Commissioners’ qualifications and thanked them for their service.

Team Cedillo in DC

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Over the past few years Francisco Medina has work tirelessly to advance his commitment to public service, specifically focusing on his vision to improve the lives of marginalized individuals in our communities as a member of Team Cedillo.

As a meticulous leader and organizer, Francisco possesses the qualities necessary to adequately serve our communities in Los Angeles.  Most recently, he was invited to the Annual Convening Leadership Program in DC. This served as a unique opportunity to empower immigrant leaders with lessons from his experiences on issues campaigns and various efforts to improve the lives of working class communities.

Go Team Cedillo!


Five Ways to Beat the Heat

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It was days like these when my AC failed me that I used to call my mother (when she was still with me) for advice on how to beat the heat. Taking her suggestions into consideration, I now pass along these helpful tips.

1) Visit your local Library/Recreation Center
2) Drink plenty of water
3) Stay out of the sun
4) Do not exercise outdoors
5) Buy a paleta

Summer is almost over, but we can still expect a few more days of hot weather. Please stay cool.

Join the Movement to End Texting and Driving

Drivers who read or send texts while behind the wheel are more likely to cause crashes – often leading to life changing injuries and deaths. To put an end to texting and driving, AT&T launched the It Can Wait campaign, which I am proud to be a part of.

We’re excited to help take the It Can Wait movement one step further with “Drive 4 Pledges Day” on September 19, 2013. On this day, It Can Wait advocates will be asking every driver to join us in making a personal commitment not to text and drive – and recruiting others to do the same. To succeed in making texting and driving a thing of the past, we’re going to need everybody’s help. 

There are many easy ways to get involved. Once you take the pledge online, ask four other people to vow never to text and drive, or simply share your pledge and what it means to you through your social media channels. Here is a sample post:

·No text is worth a life. Join me and @ATT to Drive 4 Pledges against texting while driving. soc.att.com/15W2Ust#ItCanWait

For more ideas on how to get involved and information about texting and driving, visit ItCanWait.com.


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
•Sycamore Grove – October – Date/Time TBD
•Glassell Park/Cypress Park – October – Date/Time TBD

15th Annual LA Greek Fest
September 6, 7, 8
Saint Sophia Cathedral
1324 South Normandy Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Never Forget 9/11 Memorial
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
10:00am – 12:00pm
Los Angeles Fire Department
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

3rd Annual Glassell Park Community Pride Day Clean-Up
Saturday September 21, 2013
8:00am – 12:00pm
Glassell Park Community/Senior Center
3750 N. Verdugo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 806-7477

Greeting from Councilmember
Gil Cedillo

Legislative Update
Immigration Reform
Taking Dining Outdoors

Field Update

News Update
State of Emergency
Trust Act Presser
Harold Sterker
PW Commissioners
Team Cedillo in DC

State of Emergency

Upcoming Events
2013 Listening Tour
Greek Festival
9/11 Memorial
Sparks Career Fair
Clean Up


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