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District Offices

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788

Boyle Heights
1870 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 266-7511

El Sereno
4927 E. Huntington Dr.
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
Fax: (323) 226-1644

Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
April 27, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

Councilmember Huizar poses after the groundbreaking for the Eastside Improvement Project. The project will enhance pedestrian and ridership experience and support the Boyle Heights Arts District.
Have an awesome picture  to share? Please do! Send photos to   Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review. 

$12 Million Improvement Project Around Eastside Gold Line Kicks-off

April 23, 2013 - Councilmember José Huizar, the Department of Public Works and Metro joined with community members Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony in Boyle Heights – marking an important part of a $12 million pedestrian improvement project in and around four stations of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension along First Street.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking for the Eastside Access Project will help compliment  Mariachi Plaza station, creating a pedestrian connection from the plaza to Pennsylvania Avenue and Bailey Street.

Councilmember Huizar, who is also a Metro Director, worked with Metro and the City’s Department of Public Works to bring the improvements in and around First Street to help increase pedestrian and ridership traffic around the Gold Line, as well as support local businesses and the burgeoning Boyle Heights Arts District.

“Since the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension route opened in 2009, our goal all along was to enhance and transform the areas around the light-rail stations to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and traffic, as well as support business, community and art-related projects,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “The Garden Street on Bailey Project is an important part of a multi-million dollar, multi-agency commitment to do just that.”

Councilmember Huizar also announced that he is submitting a motion in City Council Tuesday to dedicate Bailey Street “Avenida de Lucha Reyes,” in honor of famed Mexican ranchera singer Lucha Reyes, whose statue adorns adjacent Mariachi Plaza.

 “Lucha Reyes is an icon to the Mexican community,” said Huizar. “Dedicating a street in her honor adjacent to Mariachi Plaza will complement the improvements currently underway.”

Funding for the $12 million improvement project comes from Measure R, the 2008 Los Angeles County voter-approved ½ cent sales tax measure.  Metro will oversee the planning and initial design and partner with the City of Los Angeles who will oversee construction.

In November 2009, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension began to provide residents on the Eastside new light-rail transit service. Now Metro is teaming with the City of Los Angeles to improve pedestrian and bicycle access around four of the Eastside station areas. Additional projects include:

· Garden Street on Bailey will be an extension of Mariachi Plaza through sidewalk and lighting improvements in addition to landscaping – there will also be two small gardens at corner of Bailey and Pennsylvania. Seating areas framed by colorful native and drought-tolerant plants will include Mayan-influenced elements to enhance the streetscape.

· 1st and Cummings Plaza: will connect Soto Street and Mariachi Plaza station through landscape, seating, art and shade elements.

· 1st St Arts and Civic Streetscape: project will transform the walking environment between Mariachi Plaza and Soto Street stations, through new sidewalks, trees and lighting.
· Bike friendly streetscape on Mott St.: Create LA’s 1st bike friendly street that will benefit residents through calmer traffic and a safer pedestrian environment.

· Healthy Streets at Evergreen Jogging Path: Encourage walking and promote a healthier community. Install new safety surface and exercise equipment.

· (already implemented) A Bicycle Network for Boyle Heights The Eastside Access Project has funded bike lanes on 1st Street and Echandia Street to provide a safe cycling experience. Sharrows have been added to adjacent streets.

Street improvements around each station will provide a better walking and bicycling experience. These improvements will provide both a healthier environment for the communities, as well as an energized atmosphere for businesses. The Garden Street on Bailey Project is expected to be completed by fall 2013 at a cost of about $600,000.

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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.

6th Street Bridge Replacement Project

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PUENTE Learning Center
501 S. Boyle
Los Angeles, CA 90033

We are excited to share with you that the design contract has been approved for the architecture firm HNTB,  the winner of the international design competition for the design of the Sixth Street Viaduct (Bridge). 
Come out and be a part of public meetings that will provide an update on the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project activities and discuss the street intersections that will be improved before construction begins on the new viaduct.  The project team will also share future plans for the project and how you can stay informed.
*Limited free parking is available in lot and on surrounding streets
*Public Transportation is encouraged: Metro Goldline "Mariachi Plaza" Stop & Bus lines 18 & 62

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 

Costello Recreation Center "Children's Day"

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Costello Recreation Center
3141 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90023
(213) 485-9111

Come out and enjoy this FREE event ! It will be a great time for family and fun! There will be clowns for the kids, a short soccer tournament between the clowns and
 a jumper and games. Don't miss out it will be comical!


Four-Week Run:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Limited Run:  April 5 – 28, 2013
The New Casa 0101 Theater
2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street)
Boyle Heights, CA  90033

A Trilingual Play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language Written by Mecedes Floresislas.
Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present the play, “Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales),” A Trilingual Play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language, written by Mercedes Floresislas, directed by Edward Padilla.
The play can be described as follows:  When Norma’s husband resorts to violence to cope with her son’s deafness, Norma must flee and maneuver in three languages to survive and protect her child.  Recommended for mature audiences only.

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 



Friday, May 3, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Gilmore Adobe
6301 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Celebrate the Art of Children at the Para Los Niños 17th Annual El Gran Baile de Cinco fundraiser. All proceeds support the organization’s educational and social services, which benefit thousands of children living in skid row and at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. To purchase tickets, visit
Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than thirty years to create academic achievement and social well being for children. Through early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers, Para Los Niños offers high-quality education integrated with family support, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in skid row and at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.  

 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.

2013 Healthy Kids Day
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
 April 27, 2013
2900 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90023
Bring the whole family for FREE swim, games, food, health screenings, crafts, giveaways and so much more! Make it a play date for the entire family!Call the YMCA at 323.260.7005 for more information. 

Join the LA Phil's Composer Fellowship Program
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s innovative Composer Fellowship Program, created in 2007 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, gives passionate young composers the tools and the freedom to shape the future of music. Through this intensive two-year program, students experience the creative process from start to finish, with the help of accomplished composers.
Students will have:
The remarkable opportunity to hear their compositions premiered by the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall
20 composition lessons annually with internationally renowned composers
Access to preeminent artists such as Johannes Moser, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös and John Adams
Performances of their works by professional musicians
Tickets to over 15 LA Phil concerts annually at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl
Students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 in fall 2013 are invited to apply. Applications for 2013/14 have been provided to your school or institution. You may also find the application online at Questions? Contact Benjamin Cadwallader, Education Programs Manager, at
Please return your completed application with supporting materials to:
Composer Fellowship Program
ATTN Benjamin Cadwallader 
Los Angeles Philharmonic Education Department
151 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034

Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Every Friday
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
Every Monday 
6-8 pm
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.

¡Ban This! - A Visit with Author Santino Rivera
Tuesday April 23, 
6-8 pm
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street, 90033
Join the Library for a stimulating evening with Xicano writer and indie publisher Santino Rivera. Mr. Rivera is the editor of the anthology, ¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature and the author of two collections of poetry and prose: Demon in the Mirror and AmeriKKKan Stories.

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

 1st International Farmers Market: A Taste of Mexico

Every Sunday
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!

Teen Council
First Friday of the month

Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
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. Snacks provided.

Family Story Time at Robert Louis Stevenson Library

4:00 PM
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St.
Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families.
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349


Boyle Heights Parent College Program 

May 18th
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:, (213) 201-2000 X 234 or, (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
*Medi-CAL Card
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

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
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
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