Councilmember Applauds Decision to Close Down Battery Recycling Plant
While Councilmember Huizar applauds last week’s decision to shut down Exide Technologies
, a large battery recycling plant in Vernon with above normal levels of lead, arsenic and other toxic health hazard violations, the Councilmember still has serious questions as to why state regulators (DTSC) allowed the company to operate utilizing a temporary permit for decades.
The decision to shut down Exide comes after Councilmember Huizar, other elected officials and community organizations called for increased scrutiny of the company
after it was revealed by the AQMD that arsenic was being released in the air and that 110,000 people in Boyle Heights, East L.A. and residents living in Southeastern L.A. had to be notified about increased cancer risks with long-term exposure.
As Chair of the City’s Energy and Environment Committee (E&E), Councilmember Huizar convened a meeting where the AQMD, which oversees air regulation for the state, testified about Exide’s responsibilities to reduce the arsenic levels. Councilmember Huizar instructed the City Attorney and Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) to provide a report and plan of action regarding the City of Los Angeles response to these violations.
The E&E committee will reconvene soon to discuss this item again.
In the meantime, regardless of the shutdown, Exide must still hold public hearings and Councilmember Huizar has strongly urged the company to hold at least one of those meetings in Boyle Heights.
Read La Opinion story here.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sunday, May 5, 2013
El pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo De La Plz #400 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Come out and join Councilmember Huizar in celebrating 5 de Mayo at La Placita Olvera. Univision radio and the union de poblanos will also be in attendance. This family friendly event will include musical and traditional performances from the Mexican state of Puebla.
Small Business Development Conference & Expo
"Applying Strategic Planning to help Grow Your Business"
Thursday, May 30, 2013
7:30am – 12:30pm
USC Health Sciences Campus
1969 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Join Councilmember José Huizar, Congressmember Xavier Becerra, the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, LA BusinessSource Center, and local small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about local, state, federal, and private resources to help strengthen your business. Topics include strategic marketing, business plan development, preparing a winning loan application, and contracting with the government.
This event is FREE as well as parking in a designated area. Spanish translation will be available. For more information and to register please contact Vikki at323-264-9020 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) – Boyle Heights Small Grant
The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) – Boyle Heights Small Grant Fund supports projects that enhance the BHC – Boyle Height’s central mission. The Fund seeks to provide additional opportunities for organizations and residents to collaborate on local projects to advance identified BHC-Boyle Heights health priorities and build resident capacity.
Through this funding BHC hopes that local residents within Boyle Heights will have opportunities to acquire new skills and participate in cultural arts, enrichment activities and educational outings, and engage in community projects.
Contact Edith Ramirez at 213.700.5503 for an Application. Completed applications are due by May 14th, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Award notification will be announced on May 30th, 2013.
Lock it, Hide it, and Keep it
•Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in the trunk.
• Hide It: If you don’t have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
• Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
Message from LAPD to safeguard your personal belongings and to help reduce property crimes. For more information please contact the Hollenbeck Police station at
Help Raise Funds for East LA Interchange
The Boyle Heights documentary East LA Interchange
tells the neighborhood’s dynamic story – its history, its present, and its impact on the future of the U.S. Please join them as they raise the funds to finish this film so they can screen it this summer! You will get the satisfaction of being part of this inspirational story, plus you will receive amazing rewards for your efforts. They have signed DVDs, Boyle Heights T-Shirts, limited edition prints, editing room visits, and VIP tickets to their premiere. Please watch their trailer, share their link, and make a contribution today. www.igg.me/at/eastlainterchange
Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Las Fotos Project Photo Exhibit
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time To Shine Gallery
2020 E 7th Street, Suite C, Los Angeles 90021
Las Photos Project is hosting a photo exhibit featuring the work of 24 talented, young Latinas from Los Angeles and Guatemala. Join us! Las Fotos Project is a non-profit organization that provides avenues of self-expression and mentorship for young Latinas. They change lives for young ladies.
If you’d like additional information or would like to contact them, please email: email@example.com
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
(1st and Bailey)
Join the Boyle Heights Farmers Market as they team up with Boyle Heights vendors who will be on hand to bring you organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hot foods, prepackaged nuts and legumes, and a variety of jewelry by artisans. The farmers’ market will operate every Friday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This fun-filled event is the perfect family destination for families every Friday evening. Families can take advantage of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, enjoy a nice meal, and partake in the live entertainment.
Introduction to Quilting
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street, 90033
Learn how to quilt. Sign up in advance and get a list of recommended supplies.Call the Library for additional information.
Free Citizenship Classes!
Classes start in June
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st. 90031
Prepare for the Citizenship Exam. Saturday morning classes will begin in June, but sign up begins now. Call or visit the library to sign up.
Pennies and Keys Campaign in Support of Bracero Statue
The Union Binacional de Ex-Braceros is seeking your donations of pennies and keys or other copper materials to help build a statue that will be dedicated to the hard work of Mexican Braceros between 1942 and 1964.
Donations may be dropped off or delivered to the Mexican Cultural Institute at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is an ongoing campaign. For further information please contact Baldomero Capiz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st International Farmers Market: A Taste of Mexico
12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
The 1st International Farmers Market will be showcasing food from local Boyle Heights restaurants such as-- Santa Cecilia, Yaya's, Las Flautas, Happy Corn, Albanil, and many more! There will also be live performance by our local Mariachis. Don't miss out on some of the best music and food that Boyle Heights has to offer.
LA Business Source Center
The Los Angeles Business Source Center provides local businesses a suite of technical services. These services are at no charge to businesses owners including strategic and analytical consulting, particularly in business development and engaging in State Enterprise Zones (SEZ). Programs include:
· Business Training Workshops
· One-on-One Consulting
· Small Business Financing and Loan Packaging
· Employee Hiring/Work Force Development
· Licensing and Permit
· Business Accounting
For more information please contact (323)264-9020 or visit the office to schedule an appointment at 1852 E. 1st Los Angeles, 90033.
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting
Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Boyle Heights Senior Center
2839 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Please join the Boyle Heights community for their monthly general board meeting. This is a great opportunity for you to network with board members and learn about community issues and concerns. The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (BHNC) meets 4th Wednesday of every month.
Student Zone at Stevenson Library
Monday - Thursday
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St.
Visit your local study zone! Free printing for homework, access to Live Homework Help online tutoring, computers reserved just for homework, and other resources to help students be successful!
Franklin Library Teen Council and Anime Club
Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
2200 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles CA 90033
May 8, 2013 4:00 PM
Teens please come out and get involved by making a difference at your library! It's great opportunity to make new friends, make fun crafts and enjoy free snacks.
May 15, 2013 4:00 PM
If you are a fan come out and hang out with and meet other anime, manga and comic fans. New members always welcome.
For more information contact:
Young Adult Librarian
Stevenson Library Family Story Time and Teen Council
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence Street Los Angeles CA 90023
Family Story Time
Wednesdays 4:00 PM
Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families.
First Friday of the month 4:00 PM
Do you want to hang out with other cool teens? Do you want to help decide what new books/movies to get? Do you want to help plan what awesome programs the library should have? Join the R.L. Stevenson Branch Teen Council! Council meets once a month. Looks great as an extracurricular activity. Snacks provided.
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349
Boyle Heights Parent College Program
Saturday May 18, 2013
9am – 12:30pm
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
The Partnership for LA Schools will kickoff its Boyle Heights Parent College Program at Hollenbeck Middle School. The Partnership invites parents and families of Stevenson Middle School, Mendez Learning Center, Roosevelt High School, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Sunrise Elementary School to take part in this free program to learn about college readiness and access for our youth. Free childcare and breakfast will be provided, for further information contact: Stanley.email@example.com, (213) 201-2000 X 234 or Roberto.Carlos@partnershipla.org, (213) 201-2000 X 211.
Dispute Resolution Program
Community members can benefit from mediation by saving time, money and emotional distress trough the mediation of disputes. DRP offers free mediation services and mediation training for any Los Angeles County resident, or person who has conducted business in our community, and is involved in a dispute. Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between people to resolve their disputes. For more information please contact office of the City Attorney at 213-485-8324.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program
If you or someone you know is a senior (60 years and older) and meets the Senior Income Guidelines of $1,180 per month (1 person) or $1,594 per month (2 persons), they may qualify to participate in the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This program will provide seniors with a FREE Food Kit once a month, prepared with specific nutritional needs in mind, and will include meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related products, cereals and other grain products, plus much more!
Program Requirements are as follows:
Seniors (60 years and older)
*Picture ID with Date of Birth
* Proof of Income – Social Security, SSI or Pension
(Bank Statement, Check Stub, Benefit Award Letter) OR
You can authorize someone to pick up your food every month! Note: Please make sure to bring that person with you at the time of your first visit.
To find your local Multipurpose Senior Center, please call 1-800-510-2020. For Los Angeles Regional Food Bank information www.lafoodbank.org
Department of Aging Programs
The Los Angeles Department of Aging offers free help to family caregivers and seniors. Programs include family caregiver workshops and free legal assistance to help protect your older loved one. For more information on programs offered by the Department of Aging please contact Veronica Sanchez Perez at (213) 482-7243
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Conference Call Information & Resources
for Seniors & Family Caregivers Seminar
If you are a family caregiver for a senior 60 years or older and would like to know about programs that can help you care for your loved one, please participate in the next "Infonar" that best meets your schedule. In only 30 minutes you will learn about the many programs that can help your loved one and reduce some of the stress you might be dealing with in juggling care giving especially if you are also working. For more information please contact: Veronica Sanchez Perez at (213) 252-4097 or email her at email@example.com