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Check out info on My Figueroa Community Meeting, Broadway Facade Lighting grant workshops and more!
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March 29, 2013 Edition

In This Issue:


 



Council District 14 Website Revamped!

The Council District 14 website has been revamped and re-launched.  Please visit to learn vital information about the district and the services and resources available to you, as well as issues and projects our office is working on
 
If you have a service request or any other City need, you can use the CD14 website to contact our office directly or submit a service-request via email.  Let your family and friends know that they can also sign up for the CD 14 eNewsletter at our website. 
 
Check it out when you have a chance and hope you enjoy it.  You can visit our new Council District 14 website by going to cd14.lacity.org, or just type in josehuizar.com.
 
Website design by Ulisses Sanchez.

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Participate In The My Figueroa Community Meeting


When: April 9th, 5:30-8:00 pm
             
Where: Andrew Norman Hall
             Orthopaedic Hospital
             2400 S. Flower Street
             Los Angeles, CA 90007


The Figueroa Corridor is Transforming to promote economic development, improve pedestrian, bike, and transit experience, and beautify some of Los Angeles' most diverse communities.

Come see and hear about the improvements planned for Figueroa Street, 11th Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Children are welcome For more information visit their website. 

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Participate in the Downtown LA Demographic Survey 2013

The Downtown LA demographic Survey needs your help to make it a success!

This survey, conducted every two years, helps recruit preferred restaurants, retailers, and providers of goods and services to Downtown LA to better serve those who live, work, play, and visit here. In the past, it helped to recruit businesses including Ralphs Fresh Fare and CityTarget.

Sponsored by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and the Downtown News, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and will be live on DowntownLA.com from March 18 - April 14, 2013.

All survey participants can enter to win prizes for their participation.

Share  this survey with your community to make Downtown LA a better place to live, work, and play!

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Broadway Facade Lighting Grant Workshops Coming Up!

Councilmember José Huizar is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Broadway Architectural Façade Lighting Grant Program, which will award approximately $750,000 to Broadway property owners as part of his Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) is managing the grant process.  Grants will pay for the design, permitting and construction of architectural façade lighting improvements on up to ten buildings along Downtown Broadway between 2nd & Olympic within the national register historic district.   The façade lighting grant program is yet another tool being implementing by the public sector as part of Bringing Back Broadway to help make private investments along the corridor make more sense, and create a better and more active pedestrian experience both day and night.  

There will be no cost to property owners for the application or for the improvements, however selection priority will be given to property owners who are actively investing or have invested in the revitalization of their buildings, and / or who provide matching funds for in-kind improvements to their buildings during the grant construction period.  Selection priority will also be given to historic buildings. 

Applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application workshop to have questions answered.  Workshops are coming up, so be sure to attend!

Workshop 1:
Tuesday April 2, 2013
2:00pm
City Hall 200 N Spring Street
(Main St. entrance)
4th Floor Media Room

-or-
 
Workshop 2:
Thursday April 4, 2013
11:00am
City Hall 200 N Spring Street
(Main St. entrance)
4th Floor Media Room

Materials are available by clicking below.

Bringing Back Broadway Facade Lighting Grant FACT SHEET

Bringing Back Broadway Facade Lighting Grant WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Bringing Back Broadway Facade Lighting Grant GRANT APPLICATION 

For questions about the Broadway Facade Lighting Grant Program, please contact:

Anna Apostolos
Senior Program Manager
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) 
213-627-1822
anna@lani.org

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Councilmember Joins Al Gore To Applaud City's Clean Energy Goal 

Councilman Huizar joined former Vice President Al Gore and Mayor Villaraigosa to celebrate DWP’s setting forth agreements this week to end its reliance on coal power by 2025. As Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar recently approved a contract for geothermal energy, which will help replace some of this power. 

The City currently gets 40% of its electricity from coal, which we must now replace with cleaner sources. The geothermal project, along with landmark solar programs advanced by Councilmember Huizar, are helping the City transition to a more sustainable energy mix. 

“Kicking our coal habit is the single biggest thing the city can do to cut global warming pollution,” said Councilmember Huizar following the announcement.  “I do think it’s important to make sure that we’re not simply shifting from coal to other fossil fuels, but instead to clean, renewable sources.”

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See the "French Connection" at Les Noces Du Figaro





 

Where: Les Noces Du Figaro
             618 South Broadway 

Les Noces Du Figaro is hosting a month-long exhibit of the work of artist Yarek Godfrey (YGodrey.com) in the upper floor gallery space at Figaro.  Come by and peruse, it's free.  Then treat yourself to a delicious French Treat in the restaurant or pastry shop - breakfast, lunch, dinner or in between!

The French Connection explores the human psyche, motivations, and sex. Dark, emotional undertones are confronted, relents at times to beauty and light. The duality of Godfrey's female figure demands our attention while allowing for fantasy. Set in Downtown Los Angeles, on Broadway with its historic theaters, The French Connection engages in the theater of life. Godfrey explains: "The almost primitive, and for me, the natural need to express the mix of joy, anguish, and solitude is always emotional and magical  like an initiation rite. It is the way to communicate without words and to share profound feelings with the risk of revealing too much...of becoming weak by exposing one's own nature."

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

As a classically trained art, Godfrey studied for 10 years at the College and Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. Along with his technical mastery, Godfrey is a student of humanity, building dramatic  narratives of figurative subjects that are revealed through a subtle, monochromatic palette. In totality, Godfrey's willful artistry arrives in its ability to blend past ad present into one, creating a timeless subject. Born in Poland, Godfrey is a French citizens, and since the 1980s has worked from his studio in Paris. Internationally well received, he has a celebrated realm of exhibitions in Krakow, Paris, Strasbourg, Monaco, d'Angers, Cannes, Montreal, Hanover Germany, New York, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

For additional information, please contact Artist Representative, Alicia Coppola, at 310-904-3686 or amc2255@gmail.com.

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Come Watch Dorfman in Love 

"Dorfman in Love" showcases today’s Downtown LA to the nation, and will screen at the Downtown Independent Theater beginning March 22, 2013.

Set and filmed almost exclusively in Downtown LA, "Dorfman In Love" tells the story of a young single suburbanite who volunteers to cat-sit at her unrequited love’s Downtown loft. Her world changes forever when she embarks on the journey of self-discovery that leads to her true love.

Come see the film and tell your friends!

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City Council Approves $30 Million Contract for 6th Street Bridge

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to approve a $30 million design contract to HNTB to redesign a new 6th Street Bridge, which is located between Downtown's Art District and Boyle Heights, extending over the Los Angeles River. 

The finalized contract comes after HNTB was selected to redesign the iconic bridge in October at an announcement hosted by Councilmember José Huizar and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  In April, Councilmember Huizar announced an international design competition for the redesign and replacement of the 8-year-old Bridge.  Over the past four years, Councilmember Huizar has worked with the Bureau of Engineering to ensure that substantial community outreach and input tok place before last November's City Council vote to replace the bridge as the safest and most cost-effective alternative.  

The $401 million redesign and construction of the 6th Street Bridge will support almost 5,000 jobs and is the largest of the Bureau of Engineering's $1 billion bridge portfolio.  The majority of the funding for the 6th Street Bridge project comes from the Federal Highway Bridge Program.  The remaining money is a combination of State Prop 1B funds and local matching through Measure R and Prop C.  

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 after approval from the Board of Public Works and the City Council.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2018 and opened in 2019.

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Enjoy The New Hours of Operation At Gladys Park

The Gladys Park hours of operation have been extended to coincide with the change to Daylight Savings Time. The park hours will now be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m daily.

Gladys Park is one of the two Skid Row Parks in Council District 14 that were recently threatened with closing at the end of January due to the lack of funds and the state's dismantling of the City's redevelopment agency.  Councilmember Huizar offered up $50,000 in discretionary funding to keep San Julian Park open and worked with the City's Recreation and Parks Department to take over day-to-day services at Gladys Park.  Gladys Park is operating with the same park hours that existed when the SRO Housing Corporation operated the park.   

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Help Improve Public Safety Downtown

No one is more responsible for your public safety than yourself.  Like the LAPD's Central Area Facebook Page, and stay up to date on public safety issues. 

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Fight for Air! CLIMB for the American Lung Association


 

When: Saturday, April 6
Where: 707 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique event in which individuals and teams race, run or walk up approximately 1,400 stairs to the top of the Aon Center. Create a team of friends, family or co-workers and compete together. Every step you take and every dollar you raise in the Fight For Air Climb helps the millions of people who are affected by lung disease.

Commitment - $25 registration fee plus $100 fundraising minimum, regardless if you form/join a team or register as an individual. Awards – We offer medals to top finishers by age category, as well as top fundraisers. Our top climber last year finished in just over 8 minutes! We also have a separate Firefighter and First Responder Division. More info on that can be found at the event website

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Stay Up To Date On Traffic and Road Closures


 

Downtown is a uniquely dynamic, exciting and thriving area of the City, but along with all excitement comes traffic and road closers. Do not let traffic or road closures surprise you again.  Get up to the minute information on traffic conditions and street closures by visiting http://trafficinfo.lacity.org.  

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


March 30, 12 pm to 5 pm
Blessing of The Animals 
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo De La Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 1, 6:30 pm; 
LARABA
801 East 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013

April 6, 9:00 pm; 
Fight For Air
707 Wilshire Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90017

 


                  

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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