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1398Newsletter from Councilmember Tom LaBonge - 5.3.13

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  • Karen Gilman
    May 4, 2013
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      Upcoming Events

      Big Sunday Brings Volunteer Opportunities to Toluca Lake, Griffith Park
      The Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council has teamed with Big Sunday andthe LA Conservation Corps to clean the Camarillo/Forman median. Come to 10200 Camarillo Place on May 4and 5 from8:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. Grab your gloves, tools, and sunscreen, and get ready to trim bushes, weed, and spread mulch. More information is available at www.gtlnc.org. Free T-shirts, snacksand water will beprovided. *** Greater Griffith Park's Big Sunday eventwill be Saturday, May 4, 2013 from9 a.m. to11 a.m., meeting at the corner of Vermontand Franklin. From there, volunteers will split
      up into smaller groups and clean up around the Greater Griffith Park area.

      American Diabetes Association To Hold Annual EXPO
      The American Diabetes Association is having its annual EXPO on May 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LA Convention Center. It is freeof charge andwill include a variety of services and programs, such as free health screenings, over 100 exhibitors, educational seminars, cooking & exercise demonstrations, and more. For more information about the EXPO, please visit: www.diabetes.org/laexpo.

      Silver Lake Hosts Garden Compost Mini Parade
      The Silver Lake NeighborhoodCouncilwill host the first annual "Mini" Garden Compost Parade on Saturday, May 4,beginning at 10 a.m. All are encouraged to don their finest festive attire, organic produce wear, or inventive flower, fruit & vegetable costumes, processing from the Micheltorena Elementary Garden to the Silver Lake Farmer's Market and back again, joining the weekly volunteers who collect market produce overflow and bring it back for compost. For more information, contact Amy Clarke, Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee at amy.clarke@...
      or visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/442100402534736.

      Los Angeles River Fun Run Is This Weekend
      The second annual Los Angeles River Fun Run will be held May 5, 2013. For more information on the event, which is sponsored by Councilmember Tom LaBonge,visit lariverfunrun.com. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the organizations that restore and protect the Los Angeles River.

      Attend an Educational Workshop on Greening Your Home
      On May 7, the Green Committee for the
      GreaterGriffith Park Neighborhood Council will host an educational workshop that will help you connect to your home and improve energy use. Come at 7 p.m. to the Citibank Building 2nd Floor at 1965 North Hillhurst Boulevard. Click for more information.

      LAPD Hosts Special Senior Safety Event at Olympia Medical Center
      The Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Aging, Jewish Family Service, and Olympia Medical Center will be presenting a two-hour seminar in recognition of Older Americans Month onMay8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Topics include identity theft, home safety, emergency preparedness, and elder abuse. The event will be atOlympia Medical Center in the Pavilion Conference Room at 5900 West Olympic Boulevard. RSVP to Olympia Public Relations at

      Fire Service Day Pancake BreakfastComes to Toluca Lake
      In celebration of Fire Service Day, Fire Station 86 and the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 9th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 86 at 4305 Vineland Avenue on Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. There will be guided tours, live music, andsurprise guests. All proceeds willbenefit Fire Station 86 and the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund. Parking is availableat Rio Vista Elementary at Whipple and Vineland, and a donation of $5is requested. If you havequestions, contactSteve Hampar at 818.687.4915 or Andrew Mortaza at 818.458.2218.

      What Parents Need to Know About Bullying
      A presentation by Dr. Judy Chiasson of LAUSDwill help parents learn about the complexities of bullying andhow to help our children.Come to Micheltorena Elementary School at 1511 Micheltorena Street on
      Tuesday, May 14, 2013
      at 6:30p.m.All members of the public are invited to this free event.Translation will be available for Spanish speakers. For more information, contact Teresa Sitz at213.375.8836 or at education@....

      Map Bonanza To Be Discussed at Los Feliz Library
      The Los Angeles Public Library's map librarian Glen Creason will speakat the Architecture & Beyond Lecture Series on Thursday, May 16, from6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue. Creason, who wrote ?Los Angeles in Maps,? willgive a talk entitled ?A Gift for the Ages:The Story of the House Full of Maps Given to the Los Angeles Public Library.?

      FoLAR?s Great LA River CleanUp Coming
      FoLAR?s 24th annual Great LA River CleanUp event will be Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Online registration for volunteers should be live by April 3. For more information, visit folar.org. There are 15 confirmed sites to date: Sepulveda Basin, Haines Canyon Channel, Bette Davis Picnic area, Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, Arroyo Seco Pasadena, Los Feliz, Sunnynook Footbridge, Marsh Park, Steelhead Park, Fletcher Drive, Bowtie Parcel, Taylor Yard, Compton Creek, Willow Street Estuary, and Golden Shore Marine Reserve.

      Attend a Free Bike Rodeo in Silver Lake
      A free bike rodeo, hosted by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, will be held at the Micheltorena Elementary School Playgroundat 1511 Micheltorena on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The rodeo will feature LADOT?s Safe Moves Bicycle Safety Course, which allows children to bicycle through a miniature city, consisting of streets, sidewalks, intersections, traffic signals, cars, buses, and a railroad track with signals. Kids aged 5 ? 12donot need a bike or a helmet to participate. Parents may also bring bicycles for safety inspection, and sommunity partners will have tables. Contact Teresa Sitz at education@... for more information.

      Help Save the Arts at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
      All are invited to the Save the Arts Benefitat Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on Saturday, May 18 from 6:00 until 9:30 p.m.The night includes entertainment, silent auction items, and vocal performances that will help celebrate and elevate arts education. There will alsobe amazing artwork and performances by the amazing students of Los Angeles elementary schools. For more information, call 323.219. 5693or visit www.savethearts.net.

      Jewish Family Service to Host Senior Health Fair
      The Freda Mohr Cenetris happy to announce its
      third annual Senior Health Fair on Thursday, May 23 from10 a.m.to1 p.m. at
      330 North Fairfax Avenue. Topics include dental hygiene, the safe lifting of items, driving skills, a nutritional assessment, and blood pressure, vision, and posture screenings. Sign up today at the Freda Mohr reception desk in person or call 323.937.5900 to make a reservation.

      New Playground Comes to LA High Memorial Park

      Councilmember Tom LaBonge, along with the Department of Recreation and Parks, debuted new park equipment at Los Angeles High Memorial Park on Thursday morning. Councilmember LaBongewas joined by Captain Eric Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department and students from nearbyWilshire Crest Elementary School, pictured above and below. Los Angeles High School Memorial Park, located at 4625 Olympic Boulevard in the mid-Wilshire area, is a 2.51 acre facility with a playground and a library. With the use of $300,000 in Quimby fees, the park's play area was completely replaced and walkways were redone. "Parks are the key to a healthy city, and it's important we continue to invest in making our parks even better," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "I'm excited to join with the Brookside community in welcoming these improvements."

      A City How To: Report a Violation to Building and Safety
      Residents who want to report a property violation to the Department of Building and Safety may do so by calling 311 or by visiting this website: http://www.permitla.org/csr/index.html.The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety is responsible for investigating code violations on existing single-family residential, commercial, industrial and vacant buildings inside the City of Los Angeles.

      Councilmember LaBonge Invites LAUSD Students and Parentsto 'Love a Library'

      Councilmember Tom LaBonge had the pleasure to invite the students of Ivanhoe Elementary, Wonderland Avenue School, and Hancock Park Elementary to a special annual program at the beautiful downtown Los Angeles Central Library this Saturday morning.?Love a Library? gives third graders an incredible opportunity to recognize the value of the city's libraries and dive into the world of amazing books. Those students are invited to a bus ride downtown (accompanied by a parent), a story reading, and a tour of the grand library. The Los Angeles Central Library at 630 West Fifth Street is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (only until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).

      City of Los Angeles To Hold Anonymous Gun Buyback
      The City of Los Angeles is sponsoring an anonymous gun buyback on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please transport your firearms unloaded and in the trunk of your vehicle. You will receive up toa $100 Ralph'sgift card for handugns, shotguns,and rifles andup to a $200 gift card for assault weapons as classified by the state of California. Come to the LAFD Fire Academy at the Frank Hotchkins Training Academy at 1700 Stadium Way or the Van Nuys Masonic Building Association at14750 Sherman Way.

      Toyon Canyon Improvements Debut in Griffith Park

      Above, from left to right are Linda Rappoport (riding "Slim"), Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Bureau of Sanitation Director Enrique Zaldivar, and Fourth District Chief of Staff Carolyn Ramsay. (Not pictured is Lynn Brown, Vice President of the Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee.) The group dedicated a revamped and revitalized Toyon Canyon on Monday morning, debuting a small picnic area on the site of what was formerly a landfill. The Toyon Canyon Landfill, which features some of the best views in the City of Los Angeles,operated as a municipal sanitary landfill between 1957 and 1985, and final closure construction was completed in late 2008.The Bureau of Sanitation began construction in early 2012 to retrofit the site for passive recreation, planting trees and shrubs, installing perimeter fencing to guide hikers and equestrians, and building a small picnic area and horse drinking trough. "It's been a long 55 years, but this site is starting to look like a part of Griffith Park again," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "To reverse a quote from Joni Mitchell, this is an effort to bring back some paradise out of the parking lot."

      Use Pools Safely: May is National Water Safety Month
      The Los Angeles Fire Departmentwishes to remind every Angeleno to Pool Safely, as Mayis National Water Safety Month. Pool Safely is a national public education effort to reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions,and entrapmentsin swimming pools and spas. As local temperatures warm up, LAFD reminds everyone to get the most pleasure possible from swimming by following seven simple steps to Pool Safely: Constant Supervision, Proper Fencing, Pool & Spa Safety Covers, Door, Gate & Pool Alarms, Safety Drain Covers, Swimming Lessons, and Learning CPR.

      John Parkinson Day Celebrated at City Hall

      Councilmember Tom LaBonge officially recognized "John Parkinson Day" in the City of Los Angeles Friday morning in a press conference in front of City Hall with members of John Parkinson's family. An immigrant from Britain, John Parkinson was the City of Los Angeles's premier architect in the early 20th century, and his work includes the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Union Station, Bullock's Wilshire, and, most importantly, Los Angeles City Hall. Councilmember LaBonge was joined by author Stephen Gee, who recently penned "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles." A celebration of John Parkinson's life and work coincides with the seventh annual BritWeek, which showcases the connections between Great Britain and California. As a part of Britweek, Stephen Gee will be leading two John Parkinson tours of the City of Los Angelesin conjunction with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Starline Tours."John Parkinson came to Los Angeles, like many Angelenos did, as an immigrant from somewhere else, and then he made an enormous impact," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "This morning we celebrated a man who shaped this great city's built environment like no one else." John B.Parkinson(1861-1935) left a large imprint on the City of Los Angeles, designing many buildings in the city's boom days. Over 50 of his buildings still remain, including buildings at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles, and also in Hollywood.

      Fire Department Sends Out Brush Clearance Notifications
      The Los Angeles deadline for brush clearancewas May 1. The Los Angeles Fire Department asks property owners to check the information at the LAFDBrush Clearance Unit website (lafd.org/brush) and help prevent the spread of wildfires. There is no need to call for an inspection, as an LAFD computer system
      keeps track of all properties. The appropriate inspector is automatically notified when your property is in need of an inspection.

      'March for Babies' Comes to Exposition Park

      Councilmember Tom LaBonge attended the "March for Babies" walk this past weekend at Exposition Park. Over 15,000 walkers came to support the fight to keep babies healthy. March for Babies raises funds to allow mothers to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The organization alsofunds research on prenatal care.

      LADWP To Work on Las Palmas AvenueThis Saturday
      Tomorrow, on Saturday, May 4, Las Palmas Avenue will be shut down from 2nd Street on the north to 3rd Street on the south from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. TwoLADWPcrewswill install 700 feet of 6-inch ductile iron pipe. LADWP also plans to pave the street and again shut down the block on Saturday, May 18.

      Homeboy Industries Celebrates 25th Anniversary

      Above, Councilmember Tom LaBonge is pictured with Father Greg Boyle and his mother Kathleen Boyle. Father Boyle is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, which celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Lo Maximo Awards Dinner on April 27. Homeboy Industries gives young people who were formerly in gangs the opportunity for meaningful employment in its restaurants and stores. Congratulations on a quarter of a century, Homeboy!

      Monday is the Last Day To Register to Vote for May 21!
      City Clerk June Lagmay reminds eligible residents that they must register to vote by Monday, May 6, 2013 in order to be able to vote in the May 21, 2013 City of Los Angeles Municipal and Special Elections. To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years old by Election Day. Go to lavote.net or call 800.481.VOTE. Voter registration forms are also available at most Los Angeles City and County buildings, libraries, fire stations, post offices, and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

      John Marshall High Grad Mike Haynes Inducted into Los Angeles City Section Hall of Fame
      Above, from left to right stand James Lofton (graduate of George Washington High School), Mike Haynes and Councilmember Tom LaBonge (graduates of John Marshall High School), and Warren Moon (graduate of Hamilton High School).Lofton, Haynes, and Moon were inducted into the Los Angeles City Section Hall of Fame this week, along with 39 other inductees. The group joins 55 other accomplished athletes who got their start in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

      Rolling Stones Play Concert at Echoplex

      Forget huge sports arenas and packed stadiums; the Rolling Stones played the Echoplex in Echo Park this past weekend. The 650-person venue played host to the opening show of the Rolling Stones' upcoming tour; the $20 ticket price was a fraction of the $250 seats that the band usually sells out.

      Brother Patrick Corr Celebrates 99th Birthday

      It was 99 years young for Brother Patrick Corr, who celebrated his 99th birthday with friends and family at theSt. John of God Retirement and Care Center at 2468 South St. Andrews Place in the City of Los Angeles. Brother Patrick was born the youngest of eleven children on a farm in County Kilkenny, Ireland, on April 27, 1914, and he began serving at St. John of God in 1946.His spirit of social service continues even in his 99th year. Happy birthday, Brother Patrick!

      'Shotgun' Tom Kelly Honored on Walk of Fame

      Above, Councilmember Tom LaBonge stands with radio disc jockey "Shotgun" Tom Kelly and musician Stevie Wonder. "Shotgun" Tom Kelly was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Kelly has entertained radio audiences as the afternoon host of KRTH since 1997. His star sits near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, next to the star for thelate Real Don Steele, a previous KRTH host.

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