30189Councilmember Cedillo's E-Newsletter 11.22.13
- Nov 22, 2013
GREETING FROM COUNCILMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
It was wonderful returning to City Hall this week. With the Thanksgiving upon us, Team Cedillo distributed turkeys this past week. We discussed CD1 murals ordinance specifics during PLUM committee and honored the lives lost in the Philippines typhoon. We introduced reward motions for two outstanding criminal cases, and we still squeezed in time to honor one of my favorite breakfast places in Echo Park, Barragan’s Restaurant. We end the week introducing you to another of our Dreamers, Pedro Ramirez.
Murals Ordinance (Update)
Last October, the City Council adopted an ordinance to allow the creation of new original art murals – one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, hand-tiled or digitally printed images on a building exterior that does not contain a commercial message and the preservation of existing vintage art murals on private property. The ordinance prohibited murals on single-family residences.
This week, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee recommended an ordinance to allow murals on single-family residences in Council Districts 1, 9 and 14, as well as on exterior building openings and on roll-down security doors on commercial or industrial buildings. The matter is scheduled for a full Council vote next week on November 27, 2013.
Moment of Silence for Philippines Typhoon Victims
On Tuesday Councilmember Cedillo joined colleagues in a moment of silence to remember those we lost in the typhoon that tragically hit the Philippines. With thousands of lives claimed, this catastrophe is one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Recovery efforts are under way, but we can expect this to be a long and arduous recovery.
To help, please visit the following sites.
American National Red Cross
If you or someone you know is in a situation having difficulty locating loved ones in the Philippines, refer to Restoring Family Links from the International and National Red Cross:
White House webpage on disaster relief efforts:
On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo introduced reward motions for two outstanding murders in CD1. The first reward is for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the death of Cosme Gonzales in the amount of $50,000. The second is for information leading to the arrest for the person(s) responsible for the murder of Teresa Flores and Alex Lara in the amount of $75,000.
Should you have any information on either of these cases, please contact our office (213) 473-7001 and we will connect you with the appropriate detective handling the case.
2013 Turkey Drive
On Tuesday CD1 held its annual turkey give away at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center. Well over 400 turkeys were donated to local community members. An additional 400 were donated to community groups thanks to the generous donations of Aramark, Dodgers and El Super.
Senior citizens from the center were anxiously lined up since noon, hoping to be the first to get a turkey. We are happy to announce that this year we had sufficient turkeys that we did not have to turn anyone away.
LA Downtown Magnet College and Career Festival
Last Friday the Counseling Department at Downtown Magnet High School (DMHS), with the sponsorship of CD1, hosted their College and Career Fair with the hope of better informing and inspiring 943 students with career path options. While public high schools in LAUSD are asked to focus on college readiness, DMHS focuses on deepening student understanding of college with career pathway awareness and relevant conversations with professionals. To enhance the process, an interactive activity took place with music professionals including Ozomatli's Wil-Dog, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Film School, Project Runway, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and others in the field or engineering, medicine, accounting, and education. DMHS is one of the Top 25 Transformative High School in the US according to US News’ The Daily Beast.
Councilmember Teams Up with LAHD and Korean Community
On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo co-sponsored a workshop with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) and the Korean American Federation. This workshop arose out of LAHD related-casework from our office. Landlords were falling into the City's REAP program (Rent Escrow Account Program) creating hardships for Korean landlords (mom and pop 6 units or less). LAHD then decided to host a workshop for both Korean landlords and tenants.
The program is intended to familiarize the community with LAHD rules and regulations, assist landlords with compliance and acquaint tenants of their rights under city and state law.
Honoring Barragan's Restaurant
On Friday we honored Barragan’s Restaurant in Echo Park for their 52 years of service to the community.
It was 5:00 a.m. on the morning of May 16, 1961 when Ramon Barragan left his cooking job at the Nayarit Restaurant. One Hour later he put on an apron in a different kitchen. He made a stop at Pioneer Market to buy some groceries and at 6:00 A.M, he opened his own business, 'Barragan's.'
Today Barragan’s is owned and operated by Ramon’s youngest son, Armando. The small mom-and -pop restaurant in Echo Park is now much larger after several renovations and the family acquired six storefronts over the years. With 350 seats, it now has a full bar, banquet facilities, a patio and a parking lot across the street.
Armando, who can usually be found at the Echo Park restaurant, isn’t doing it alone. Carmen Hernandez, Armando’s sister, overseas the Glendale location. Rose Barragan, Armando’s wife, runs the Burbank restaurant.
Most of the original menu items are still being served, including “Combination #1” (Beef Taco and Cheese Enchilada). That dish was originally priced at 85 cents, and today goes for $8.25 with inflation. A cup of coffee used to sell for a dime.
Even in his retirement, Ramon still can be found behind the scenes at the Burbank restaurant, as Armando would say, doing “quality control.” Ramon Barragan was born in Nayarit, Mexico on September 18, 1930. At the age of 16, he made the journey to the United States to live the American dream, leaving behind his mother and father.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo's favorite breakfast menu item is the Mexican Omelette. The Echo Park restaurant will be closing its doors in December 2013.
Cedillo Helps Homeless Community Celebrate Thanksgiving
On Wednesday, Councilmember Cedillo joined forces with homeless advocate Don Garza and Union Rescue Mission CEO, Rev. Andy Bales to provide turkeys to the homeless population in Downtown LA.
Getting to Know Team Cedillo: Pedro Ramirez
Name: Pedro Antonio Ramirez
What do you do for CD1?
As a member of Team Cedillo I work as a Constituent Service Representative for the residents of the First Council District. I cover half the district with areas in Northeast Los Angeles and some portions in the South covering Pico-Union/West Lake.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in a small pueblo called Capillas De Millpias in Mexico. When I was 3 years old my family made the hard choice to move to the United States in search of a better life. We first settled in the neighborhood of Watts in South Los Angeles and then moved to the Central Valley. I returned to Los Angeles 4 years ago to pursue my Master’s Degree and be active in the city I once called home.
How’d you get your start in Public Service?
My start to public service stems from my advocacy and passion for change. The hardship my family and I have overcome really was the driving force. As immigrants we have experienced discrimination, exploitation, and attaining a university degree was very difficult. I became involved in student government during my undergraduate years eventually being elected as Student Body President and Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the State Student Association, representing over 420,000 students across the State of California. In addition to my outside involvements I had the opportunity to intern for several elected officials including then Assemblymember Cedillo and worked on various campaigns.
Favorite place to visit in CD1?
My favorite place to visit in CD 1 is MacArthur Park. Whenever I have a meeting around the area or free time, I try to visit the park. MacArthur Park has a long and wonderful history as well as a bright future. When I’m there I see a thriving community with great potential.
What’s the best kept secret in CD1?
I personally think the Los Angeles River is truly one of LA’s best kept secret which happens to pass through CD 1. Along the river there are various historic bridges that make perfect locations for photography of the city. I also went kayaking along the river this past summer which was really fun.
What is your favorite P.E.A.C.E. issue are and why?
I think it’s hard to just select one area in PEACE as they are all interconnected. If one stands above the others it would have to be Economic development. It’s essential to bring in good paying jobs and opportunities into the district if we are to successfully execute the other areas of PEACE. Ensuring that residents can shop locally in the district without driving across the city is truly transforming and community building.
If you could solve one major issue in CD1 what would it be?
Street vending is a huge issue in our district. Many of the people selling on the streets are living day-by-day on what little they sell. It’s hard to see many of these people struggling to find good paying jobs because of their immigration status, limited opportunities, and strict business regulations. These people have “ganas” or drive to succeed and we can channel this entrepreneurial spirit into something amazing!
What do people not know about you?
There is a lot to find out. When I was a kid I worked in a restaurant with my dad for a few years. So I gained a lot of cooking and baking experience to the point that my dad and I wanted to start our own business. In High School and college I was a band geek playing in the jazz and marching bands. I played baritone, trombone, bass guitar, and some percussion. Although I don’t have a chance to play an instrument I enjoy going to concerts of all types which makes LA a perfect city for a music lover.
Frying Your Turkey this Thanksgiving?
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, LA Bureau of Sanitation will be accepting household frying oil at six area SAFE Centers (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics). The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy. Pouring oil down the kitchen sink or drains can clog up your house plumbing and sewer pipes and may cause sewage backups and overflows. Let’s take care of our environment as we celebrate the holidays by recycling our fryer oil.
To recycle your oil, please visit the North Central location.
NORTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES
L.A.-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center
4600 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90030
Saturdays & Sundays
9:00 AM – 3:-00 PM
Monsignor Romero Memorial Plaza Inauguration
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
11:00AM - 1:00PM
(7th Street and Alvarado)
Los Angeles, CA 90057
The Wall Las Memorias Project's
World AIDS Day Event
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
AIDS Monument at Lincoln Park
3600 Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
The 69th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
North Figueroa Street and Avenue 60
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo, District 1
200 N. Spring St., Room 470
Los Angeles, CA 90012