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January 10, 2014 Edition

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Councilmember Huizar invites you to 
A Day On Broadway
What: Day on Broadway
           6th Anniversary of Councilmember Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway

When: Saturday, Jan. 25th

Just one more week until A DAY ON BROADWAY.  Are you signed up?  Spaces are running out - don't miss this one-time only opportunity! Go to and click "Plan Your Day"

In celebration of the six-year anniversary of L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway initiative, you are invited to get a first-hand look at the history and future of Broadway, during A DAY ON BROADWAY, Saturday January 25, 2014, beginning at 12:30pm. A Day On Broadway will begin against the backdrop of the newly opened Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles at 929 S. Broadway and will offer something for everyone.  

Six of Broadway's historic theaters (Million Dollar Theatre, Palace Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Globe Theatre, Tower Theatre and Orpheum Theatre) will be open just for this event. Take a rare glimpse inside these glorious movie palaces during a history talk by Ed Kelsey of the League of Historic American Theatres or visit with docents from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation during your self-guided exploration of the corridor.  As space remains available (consult and click "Plan Your Day" for options) you may sign up to enjoy a Broadway walking tour led by Los Angeles Conservancy docents or join a guided tour focused on retail and restaurants and hear about how historic spaces have been transformed into new uses.  

Some adventurous teams have signed up to participate in a fun, clue-solving adventure exploring the district's historic structures, landmark theatres, commercial, retail and restaurant sites in "CityRace: The Best of Broadway," created especially for this occasion by our partners at Race L.A. / CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts.  NOTE:  CityRace: The Best of Broadway has reached capacity, but there's plenty more to do!  And, as you go about YOUR Day On Broadway, watch for the more than 70 teams participating, and cheer them on as they hunt down their clues throughout the corridor!

A Day On Broadway events are free and open to the public. End-of-day happy hours at area venues are no-host bars.  Space is limited and happy hours are open to registered / checked-in participants only. Make sure to check-in on event day at 12:30pm to secure a spot.  

Pre-registration is required for all docent-led / guided tours, as space is limited. Go to and click "Plan Your Day"

METRO RAIL to Pershing Square or 7th / Metro Station, bus or walk to Broadway
METRO Trip Planner:
Parking is available at the Joe's Auto Park lot located at 918 S. Broadway for special $6 flat daily rate for this event.  
Please visit 


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Restaurant of the Week: The Factory Kitchen
Welcome The Factory Kitchen to Downtown Los Angeles! Matteo Ferdinandi brings us this new trendy restaurant with a cool industrial feel. The LA times describes the restaurant as "formal Italian meets friendly arts district." 

The Factory Kitchen features an incredible menu that serves focaccia di Recco – oiled dough that is stretched thin and folded around crescenza cheese. Featured in magazines and blogs across the board since its Halloween Day opening, the Factory Kitchen has made a large splash in the professional culinary world.

They offer a wide variety of options for that casual business lunch or a night out on the town with your significant other – another reason to enjoy the growing revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles! Come down to the Factory Kitchen and enjoy authentic Italian food.

1300 Factory Place, Los Angeles, (213) 996-6000,

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Excited to announce the Restoration of Sunday Library Hours!
Photo: Even my son Simon joins in on a thumbsup to Los Angeles Public Library re-opening on Sundays at 9 branches including Central and Arroyo Seco thanks to voters and Measure L!
Councilmember Huizar proudly attended a ribbon-cutting last week at the Los Angeles Central Library to celebrate the restoration of Sunday hours at Central Library and eight regional branches (1-5 p.m.). Restoration of Sunday library service is made possible by voter-approved Measure L.  

Councilmember Huizar encourages you and yours to enjoy a nice Sunday book session at your local library and journey into the world of countless hidden treasures waiting on library shelves.

If you don't already have a library card, fill out this form and take to your local library or pre-register at this website to join the thousands of patrons of the Los Angeles Public Libraries!

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Downtown mentioned not once but twice as a place to be in 2014! 
We all know the incredible destination spot that is Downtown Los Angeles. Well, the world is now in agreement. GQ Magazine names Downtown Los Angeles as “America's Next Great City!”

Brett Martin writes, "The first time I ever loved L.A. was Downtown." 

Brett’s article highlights the growing city center that is Downtown Los Angeles and references many of the projects on Broadway and beyond that Councilmember Huizar and his Downtown team have been working on with our community and business partners.  And in its annual top "Places to go in 2014," the New York Times named Downtown Los Angeles Number Five! This list highlights 52 cities from all around the world and sheds light on their tourist attractions and local flavor that make them unique destinations. 

Downtown Los Angeles is not only an incredible place for our more than 50,000 residents and 500,000 workers but it is also becoming a prime must-experience destination spot for visitors from all around the world. Congratulations Downtown L.A. – it’s official, you’re cool! 

To read GQ's "America's Next Great City" click on this link.

To read the New York Times Article "52 Places to Go in 2014" click on this link.

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 Public forum to discuss Operation Healthy Streets and street cleaning in Skid Row 
What: Operation Healthy Streets public forum
Who: Bureau of Sanitation & Councilman Huizar's office
When: Thurs, Jan. 23, 2014. 6 - 7:30 PM
Where: James Wood Community Center, 400 East 5th Street @ San Julian Street

Councilmember Huizar invites you to an Operation Healthy Streets public forum to hear an update from the City's Bureau of Sanitation and to share your ideas about how the program might be improved. Please share this information with other community members and neighbors and encourage them to attend, as well. Operation Healthy Streets is an initiative and comprehensive program aimed to address the ongoing health hazards on the streets of Skid Row. With your participation and support, we can ensure that this program will be as effective as possible and serve the Skid Row community well now and in the future.

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Climb for Healthy Lungs and Clean Air at the AON Center 
What: Fight For Air Climb
Who: American Lung Association
When: April 5, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: AON center, 707 Wilshire Blvd. 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Over 100 years of research and public service in the cause of lung health has defeated tuberculosis, and helped keep tobacco advertising away from our children.

Funded in part by the Fight For Air Climb fundraising events, their research awards and grants program helps scientists discover new treatments and cures for lung diseases such as asthma and lung cancer. Their educational programs support those who wish to stop smoking and give people with COPD the tools to live fuller lives. And their advocacy team is committed to working with state and local leaders on issues such as smoke-free environments, enhancing tobacco prevention and control programs and reducing air pollution and global warming. 

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique national fundraiser for the American Lung Association taking place in prominent sky scrapers, stadiums or arenas across the U.S. Sometimes called a “vertical road race” teams and individual participants use this event as a fitness target as well as to honor or remember a loved one affected by lung disease. The Los Angeles climb is taking place on April 5, 2014 inside Los Angeles’ 2nd tallest building, the Aon Center. Supporters climb all 1,391 stairs (63 floors) of the building to reach the roof top, where they are met with 360 degree views of Los Angeles. After the climb, enjoy refreshments, massages, team photos, music, a beer garden and awards. Join close to a 1,000 climbers of all ages and athletic levels in support of improving lung health and preventing lung disease

Registration Fee (per person):
$25 – January 1, 2014 - April 2, 2014
$30 – April 3, 2013 – April 5, 2013 *registration available on-site April 5, 2014
Fundraising Minimum (per person):
$100 (Does not include registration fee amount)

Please go to this link to register and get more information on this exciting event!
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Northridge Earthquake Anniversary Reminder to be Prepared for 'The Big One'
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Friends, on the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Councilmember Huizar wants to remind you to please take a moment to review these earthquake safety tips to keep you and your loved-ones safe during a major earthquake:
Before an earthquake - be prepared:
  • Know the earthquake plans for all buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Practice your earthquake procedure - drop, cover, and hold. Pick the safest place to do so in each room in your home, work, and/or school.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Create and maintain an emergency supplies kit and keep in a convenient location.
During an earthquake:
  • If you are indoors, duck and cover, preferably under a sturdy table or desk, holding onto a leg in case it moves. Avoid doorways, as they are no stronger than any other part of the building structure and swinging doors may cause injury. Do not run outside - you risk being hit by falling debris.
  • If you are outside, find a clear space, drop, and remain there until it stops. Move away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights.
  • If you are in a car, pull over and remain in your car. Getting out will put you at risk of being hit by another car.
After an earthquake:
  • Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides, or, less frequently, a tsunami. Aftershocks can occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months after. Drop, cover, and hold.
  • Check yourself for injuries before assisting others.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires, the most common hazard after an earthquake.
For more information on earthquake safety, please visit
To request an Earthquake Preparedness Handbook (available in Spanish), visit
To plan a drill for your school, organization, or company through The Great California Shakeout, visit
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Learn How To Get An Agent and Launch Your Screenwriting Career 

Did you know that UCLA Extension has a campus downtown that offers Professional Development as well as Creative Self Development? UCLA Extension’s satellite campus at Figueroa & 2nd Courtyard is an unexpected urban haven surrounded by lush greenery, and is one of Downtown's best kept secrets.

Former Hollywood agent Nancy Nigrosh teaches a class there for screenwriters called “How To Get An Agent And Launch Your Screenwriting Career”.  The class focuses on giving writers the tools to understand how their beliefs and behaviors influence the quality of their writing careers, based on her 23 years as a literary agent at The Gersh Agency and Innovative Artists.

UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program offers more writing courses than any other university related program in the world, and the largest open enrollment Writing and Screenwriting Program in the nation. There are countless success stories. In fact, when Nancy was a literary agent, a young writer named Stuart Beattie came to her attention because he’d written a screenplay that won the Extension Screenplay Competition. She signed Stuart, sold his next original screenplay, ‘Collateral’ that starred Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, and got him the job to write ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’

Nancy had been recently teaching at the Westwood campus, but when she learned about Figueroa Courtyard, she approached Linda Venis, the Director of the Writer’s Program, about teaching there since Nancy lives in an iconic deco building on Downtown’s Broadway. Nancy Nigrosh has represented a number of writers and directors, including Kathryn Bigelow (‘The Hurt Locker’) Stuart Beattie (‘Collateral’, ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’), author Amanda Brown (‘Legally Blonde’), and Randy Brown (‘Trouble With The Curve’), among many others.  She earned her M.A in Education from Antioch University and her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Film, Theatre and Television. She is an Advisory Board Member for BookWorks, a world wide Self Publishers Association. She also serves as a judge for UCLA’s Master Screenwriting Competition.

Enrollment for Winter, 2014 is currently open. A full list of downtown Writers’ Program courses can be found here.  Writers' Program classes are weekday evenings, beginning January 23rd. . Nancy's class begins January 30th. For more information email, or call 310-825-9415 

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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Join us every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm in Grand Park for the new and exciting farmer's market! The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway.  Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.

For more information, visit the Grand Park website.

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My Gangfree Life(R) Academy
Photo: Even my son Simon joins in on a thumbsup to Los Angeles Public Library re-opening on Sundays at 9 branches including Central and Arroyo Seco thanks to voters and Measure L!
The Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) will be holding its Gangfree Life® 3-day Academy Training and Certification Series beginning on Wednesday, January 29 to Friday, January 31, 2014. This event is scheduled to be held at the Holiday Inn in Harbor Gateway, CA and participants from Los Angeles and all over the United States are invited to attend. Participants will be provided with access to the academy, meals, networking reception, post conference field trip, certification of completion and a Gangfree Life® grab bag.

GAP’s vision is to prevent young people from joining gangs. The GAP mission is to eliminate the base of gang membership by having a generation of young people say “No” to gangs and “Yes” to positive lifestyle choices. GAP is excited to provide this first of its kind certification and training academy program to other local and national partners. My Gangfree Life®, is a State of California Principals of Learning approved in class gang prevention program and is based on the City of Paramount’s Gang Resistance (G.R.I.P) model. According to the USDOJ, Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, the program model is touted as a “Best Practices” program, which is a nationwide comprehensive gang strategy to address community gang problems.

We invite you to participate! Proceeds from this academy will be utilized to help keep kids out of gangs and graffiti off of our streets by training and certifying Gangfree Life® professionals. GAP is one of the best gang prevention programs ever conceived with many years of successful outcomes! 

There are several ways to get involved and to help. Sponsorships are available at three levels. In addition, you may purchase individual or group (3 or more ) scholarships for those who you would like to sponsor as a gangfree life® professional. See the enclosed for the detailed benefit list for each sponsorship level and for information on scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to register your sponsorship soon to receive the maximum visibility for your marketing dollars. 

Please contact  Victory Medina or SueAnn, GAP’s Public and Governmental Affairs team, at (310) 684-2059 or if you have any questions or need additional information. They would be delighted to include your company on our list of Academy supporters. The children of our communities count on people just like you! 

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January 23 from 6:00pm -7:30pm
Public Forum for Operation Healthy Streets
James Wood Community Center, 400 E 5th Street

January 25th at 12:30pm
A Day on Broadway
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Every Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Grand Park Farmer's Market

Every Thurday, 5:30 - 8pm
Get-Out-of-Work Thursday
Grand Park



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