E-News from Councilmember Reyes October 19, 2012
- Farm animals, food crafts and fun at Sycamore Park
Learn about organic vegetable gardening, farm animals, seed bombs and more at "Urban Rancho-A Sustainable Garden Party." The event is on Saturday, Oct. 20, from Noon-7 p.m. at Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. The event also features local artists, food crafts, entertainment and children's activities. Urban Rancho is a collaborative effort to introduce historic locations to the people that live near them while promoting sustainability and garden-to-table eating. The event is sponsored by the Office of Councilmember Reyes, LA Conservation Corps and the Gung Hoe Garden Girls. For more information, write to kbparra@..., or find "Urban Rancho - A Sustainable Garden Party" on Facebook.
Lincoln Heights riverway named in honor of Councilmember Reyes
City leaders, Los Angeles River enthusiasts and locals recently broke ground on the "Ed P. Reyes Riverway," a name unveiled that day to the surprise of Councilmember Reyes. Originally called the Humboldt Greenway, the $4-million stormwater project recognizes his efforts to revitalize
the Los Angeles River. The event also marked the 10th Anniversary of the City Council Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles River. In announcing the greenspace dedication to Councilmember Reyes, Public Works commissioner Jerilyn Lopez-Mendoza said, "With your vision and
ability to inspire, you have changed the way we regard the Los Angeles River. You have helped Los Angeles realize that what was once a neglected, graffiti-scarred concrete channel is truly the lifeblood of our city. For that, we thank you and honor you with this project." For more information, visit www.lariver.org.
Latinos for literacy
Councilmember Reyes recently congratulated 155 adults who graduated from the Centro Latino for Literacy program. Since its inception more than a decade ago, Centro Latino has taught Pre-ESL literacy skills, including basic math, grammar, and financial literacy to 4,580 non-literate youth and adults in the Westlake/Pico-Union community. In addition, ESL, computer skills and job readiness skills have been taught to 7,521 low-income adults at our 8th Street classrooms through education partners. The literacy programs have undergone evaluations conducted by Dr. Concepción Valadez, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. At the 6th Annual Manos Amigas/Helping Hands Celebration, Reyes presented each graduate with an official City of Los Angeles certificate for "their commitment to learn which inspires us all in the Latino community." What a sense of accomplishment! For more photos of the event and to listen to the podcast visit www.facebook.com/centrolatinoforliteracy. Information: (213) 483-7753.
Bruins volunteers teach children good food, exercise
Councilmember Reyes thanks volunteers at UCLA, his alma mater, for being an important part of the education of our children. As part of UCLA Volunteer Day, students recently visited Leo Politi Elementary School to teach children the importance of good nutrition and exercise. The UCLA Volunteer Center's mission is to inspire the more than 400,000 members of the extended UCLA family, as well as the community at large, to create social change through lifelong participation in volunteer programs and civic engagement. The Center was launched by its first project: UCLA Volunteer Day on September 20, 2009, which has become the nation's largest service project for new university students. A project that began with 4,000 participants with eight service projects has grown to involve more than 7,000 UCLA community members at sites that reach every major community in the city. Go Bruins!
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Los Angeles City Hall, Office of Councilmember Ed P. Reyes
200 N. Spring St., Room 410
Los Angeles, CA 90012