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.