Friday, September 16, 2011

El Grito

Last night, hundreds of Angelenos attended our city's El Grito festivities on Olvera Street.

El Grito celebrates Mexico's independence and is not only part of Mexico's history, but a part of Los Angeles's cultural heritage.

I'd like to thank Consul General of Mexico David Figueroa Ortega and Jose Duarte, President of the Comite Civico Patriotico, for joining us.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celebrating the New Echo Park Solar "BigBelly"

Today we installed a solar-powered “BigBelly” trash can on the corner of Echo Park and Sunset Boulevard. Because it has a built in compactor, the BigBelly unit can hold four times as much trash as the average trash can making it more cost-effective and more environmentally- friendly than traditional trash disposal options.

The BigBelly unit, which was funded through city grants, will help prevent overflow trash from ending up in storm drains and in places like Echo Park.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the BigBelly installation possible, including the Trash Abatement Project.

FAME Church's 7th Annual Back to School Giveaway

Over the weekend, I attended the First AME Church and Economic Development Corporations' 7th Annual Back to School Giveaway and Health Fair.

Families from around Los Angeles enjoyed free health care screenings, food, and entertainment hosted by Power 106 FM. Kids were also eligible to receive a free pair of shoes, backpack and school supplies to help get them off to a successful new school year.

Silver Lake DWP Bypass Line Community Meeting, September 21

Silver Lake community members are encouraged to attend a meeting to get updated on the West Silver Lake Drive Bypass Line.
The meeting will cover topics ranging from the line and site location for the construction tunnel, temporary walking path, and all impacts in and around the knoll area.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday September 21. Community members will meet at the Silver Lake Recreation Center (1850 W. Silver Lake Drive) at 6:30 p.m. to walk the construction site. A formal meeting will be held at the Recreation Center at 7 p.m.

Please contact Silver Lake Field Deputy Ryan Carpio at (323) 957-4500 for more information.

Celebrating the Hollywood Fountain Community Garden

Last weekend, the Fountain Community Garden in Hollywood held a potluck BBQ to celebrate the work of community gardeners. It is so great to have such beautiful green space as a gathering place in Hollywood.

I want to thank all of the community gardeners who are making the garden a special place in the neighborhood.

Dedicating the Belmont High School Field

On Friday night, I attended the dedication of the new Belmont High School Athletic Field, which my office helped get built with Proposition K and Community Development Block Grant funding.

Playing team sports can have a huge positive impact on kids’ lives, and I am thrilled that Belmont now has a wonderful new field for its students.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LA Equine Advisory Committee meeting - September 26

All are invited to the LA Equine Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Auditorium (3201 Riverside Drive). The meeting will include a presentation by the Trust for Public Land on "Acquisition of Park Lands for Local Hikers and Equestrians."

For more information, please contact Lynn Brown at

Hollywood Job Fair - September 15

Looking for a job? The Hollywood Golden Age Spectacular Job Fair will feature more than 40 employees looking to hire. Participants are encouraged to dress in business attire and bring resumes.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pantages Theater Lobby (6233 Hollywood Blvd).

The job fair is being presented by the City of Los Angeles, Managed Career Solutions, State Senator Kevin DeLeon, the Employment Development Department, Pantages Theater, and Los Angeles City College.

For more information, please contact Linda Daniels at 323/960-1300 or Marjorie Gardner-Cruse at 323-454-6100.

Blank Theatre Company celebrates 20 years in our community

This morning we celebrated the Blank Theatre Company's 20th anniversary. For two decades, this non-profit organization has brought more than 30 productions to our community.

In addition to producing high quality plays for its Hollywood stage, the company also established a Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival for people age 19 and younger. It also has a workshop series to develop promising new talents.

Check out the website here!

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/11 remembered

I would like to acknowledge the victims and first responders of 9/11 and the people across the Southland who took time to remember them on the 10th anniversary attacks this weekend.

Today, a new tower is rising from the smoldering rubble in New York, and as we commemorated this solemn occasion, events around Los Angeles also served to raise our spirit as a community. The seal of our great nation reads: e pluribus unum -- out of many, one. Here is a brief look at just a few of the events that brought Angelenos together this weekend:

The Museum of Tolerance held a ceremony at which the names of all 9/11 victims were read and candles were lit in their memory.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Center of Southern California held a special ceremony, "Honoring America's Bravest," to recognize Los Angeles's first responders.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paid tribute to America's first responders.

And I was honored to work with the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders and clergy from around Southern California to present One Light, a gathering of hundreds of representatives from diverse houses of worship.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Youth Art Show in Elysian Valley

The Elysian Valley Arts Collective is coordinating a neighborhood youth art show in conjunction with the Frogtown Artwalk on September 24. The show is being made possible through a grant from the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council.

The EV Arts Collective will award youth art work in various age categories. Prizes include gift certificates for school and/or art supplies and cash awards.

Work must be submitted by September 19 to the Gallery Frogtown at 2808 Newell Ave in Elysian Valley. Artwork will be judged on September 23, and the awards will be presented from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on September 24 just prior to the Frogtown Artwalk.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Echo Park California Coastal Clean-Up Day

Please join the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council on Saturday, September 17, for the Echo Park California Coastal Clean-Up Day.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Vista Hermosa Natural Park (100 N. Toluca Street at First Street)
  • GEPENC Office and Community Center (1572 Sunset Boulevard at Echo Park Avenue)
The Neighborhood Council will provide lunch to event participants at these locations.

To register for the event, please visit

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Elysian Valley community yard sale -- Saturday, September 17

Come to the Elysian Valley community yard sale on Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center (1811 Ripple St.).

Elysian Valley residents will be selling a variety of items including toys, books, clothes, bicycles, and tools.

Residents w
ho are interested in having a booth to sell items at this event can contact the Rec Center at 323-666-5058 to ask for an application. The booth fee is $15.

Volunteer musicians needed for this Saturday

The Silver Lake-based Pay It Forward volunteer band is seeking musicians to perform at nursing homes throughout Los Angeles this Saturday, September 10, in honor of National Grandparents Day.

More than 100 Pay It Forward members -- including professional musicians, students, and amateurs -- volunteer time to play music as part of smaller ensembles. They typically perform jazz or nostalgic music for seniors living in nursing facilities.

If you are interested in participating, please contact band director Gary Gamponia at 213/388-8500.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

FREE job fair in Hollywood

The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council will host a free community job and resource fair on Thursday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Yucca Community Center (6671 Yucca Street) in Hollywood.

Candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend. Companies will be looking to fill full-time and part-time positions. Participants should bring resumes and dress professionally.

Council passes motions on Filipino veterans

This morning the City Council passed two resolutions by Councilmember Richard Alarcon that put Los Angeles officially on record in support of two pieces of state legislation related to Filipino veterans. Assembly Joint Resolution 6 supports H.R. 210 - the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2011, which would provide the benefits that were promised to Filipino veterans who fought alongside American soldiers during World War II. Assembly Bill 199 would encourage teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District to include the history of Filipino veterans in World War II as part of social science lesson plans.

We must make sure our courageous Filipino veterans and their families get the benefits they were promised and earned. And we must teach the next generations about this important part of our American history so that their story is never forgotten.

Silver Lake stoplight activated

Thank you to members of the Silver Lake community who joined me and Councilmember LaBonge during the Labor Day weekend to activate the new stoplight on the 2300 block of Silver Lake Boulevard. The new light will make it safer and easier for pedestrians to access the Silver Lake Meadow and the jogging/walking path around the reservoir.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thank you to PAVA volunteers for cleaning up Hollywood!

Thank you to the hundreds of young people who volunteered their time to help clean up Hollywood last weekend. Volunteers from the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) picked up trash around Hollywood, Thai Town, and Little Armenia. My office was proud to partner with PAVA on this clean-up day.