Check out this week's CD 14 Boyle Heights newsletter for more info on upcoming events in Boyle Heights!

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
November 22, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week


Kids and faculty pose and wave at Assumption Elementary School's Annual Thanksgiving event. 

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In This Newsletter:


CD 14 Successfully Granted Funds for Pedestrian Safety Improvements!

Councilmember Huizar assists in securing federal funding for El Sereno, Boyle Heights and Northeast LA
Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce that CD14 is the beneficiary of critical federal funding for several pedestrian safety improvement projects, including a crosswalk at the “S Curve” on Alhambra Road in El Sereno, pedestrian bump outs and flashing pedestrian crosswalks on Olympic Blvd. in Boyle Heights and flashing pedestrian lights in Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Glassell Park. Councilmember Huizar worked with the Department of Transportation to apply for grant funding to address several pedestrian safety concerns within the district. These approved federal funds have been allocated under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the program administered by Caltrans for project delivery.  

In Boyle Heights funds have been provided for pedestrian safety improvements on Olympic Blvd between Soto and Lorena.  These improvements, totaling over $1 million, will include the installation of pedestrian bump outs at the intersections of Olympic and Evergreen, and Olympic and Dacotah.  At the intersections of Olympic and Orme and Olympic and Camulos, both bump outs and activated pedestrian warning signals will be installed. 

In El Sereno, the long-sought traffic signal at Alhambra Ave and Concord was approved.  This will provide a traffic signal at the location known locally as the "S-Curve," right next to the new El Sereno Arroyo Playground near the City limits with Alhambra.  This is a huge victory for the community as safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians have been an issue at that site for some time now – even more so with the recently installed playground.

In the Northeast,  Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) that provide flashing lights for pedestrians at striped crosswalks without existing traffic signals, will be installed at six locations.  They will be installed on Colorado Blvd. at El Rio Ave. and Glen Iris; on Eagle Rock Blvd at Merton Ave., Ridge View Ave. and Avenue 41; and on York Blvd. at Ave 63.

As part of the Colorado Blvd Safety Improvement Plan, Councilman Huizar has already provided funding to install an additional RRFB at Colorado and Hermosa, and the DOT will install all three RRFB's on Colorado in the first quarter of 2014.
DOT has stated that due to the federal approval and certification process associated with these grant funds, that actual construction will begin in two years.  They have committed to keeping our office and the public informed during the entire process, which includes design, environmental review, utility clearances, Caltrans’ certification, and the City Bid and Award process to grant the final construction contract.

$50,000 Reward Offered For Information In Hit and Run Case

On October 28, 2013, at approximately 5:33 a.m., Kenneth Lloyd Hamilton, an off- duty Los Angeles Probation Officer, was riding a motorcycle southbound on Soto Street near Lancaster Avenue when he was struck by a 1996 through 2000 silver four door Honda Civic OX, which was also traveling southbound on Soto. The driver of the Honda Civic struck Mr. Hamilton as he or she negotiated a lane change. The impact of the collision caused Mr. Hamilton's motorcycle to collide with the curb, ejecting him from the motorcycle and causing him to collide with the upright standard of a traffic signal. The force of the collision killed Mr. Hamilton. The driver of the Honda Civic then fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying themselves, as required by law.
Councilmember Huizar put forth a motion approved by the City Council for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the hit and run death of Mr. Hamilton. The person responsible for this crime represents an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles; therefore, the councilmember believes it is appropriate for the City of Los Angeles to offer a reward in this case.  The offer of reward shall be in effect for six months from the date of the advertisement of the reward by the City Clerk.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact LAPD Detective Michael Kaden at (213) 972-1837

Councilmember Joins Partners in Presenting 23rd Annual Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station
1st & Bailey Streets 
Los Angeles CA 90033

November 24, 2013
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The original Mariachi Festival of Los Angeles is proud to present the 23rd Annual Mariachi Festival at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights California on Sunday November 24, 2013 from 10 am to 4:30pm. This year the festival pays tribute to the female mariachi, with stellar performances including the Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation continues the tradition started in 1990.The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation was formed in 2010 and is comprised of local organizations that have been involved with the Mariachi Festival for the past 24 years.  The mission of the Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation is “To celebrate the heritage of Mariachi Culture, nurture it’s presence in our community and invite new audiences to experience its intricate magnificence”.



Sears Building Is Sold!

The Sears Building in Boyle Heights was sold for $29 million to Izek Shomof who has renovated several office buildings and hotels in downtown's historic core, and is considering redeveloping the site with new housing, offices and stores.

“I am excited to breathe new life into this long neglected building and look forward to working with Councilmember Huizar and his staff on bringing Angelenos back to where it all began in Los Angeles,” said Mr. Shomof following the purchase.

Over the years, Councilmember Huizar has met with numerous interested buyers for the 1.8 million square-foot property but none of those proposals were able to close escrow.  Undeterred, the Councilmember continued to support the redevelopment of this site and recently met with Mr. Shomof after he made the latest proposal. 

Now that the deal is final, Councilmember Huizar looks forward to working closely with Mr. Shomof to maximize the space in order to bring quality services and jobs to Boyle Heights and the City of Los Angeles.


Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project Meeting

Boyle Heights City Hall
Community Room
2130 E 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90033

December 5, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilmember Huizar Council District 14 invite you to:

Public briefing: Project and Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) Updates. Please join us for this community briefing on this very important project.


Boyle Heights Community Clean Up!

Boyle Heights City Hall
2130 E. 1st Street 
Los Angeles CA 90033

December 7, 2013

Registration: 7:30 am (In the parking lot) 
Community Clean Up: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Council District 14 and several community partners invite you to join the Boyle Heights Community Clean up! Please come out and join us as we clean up Boyle Heights and show pride in keeping our community clean. 

Volunteers Needed to Help with Personal Statements and College Applications

Mendez Learning Center and Proyecto Pastoral are Looking for Volunteers 
Do you have at least 4 hours to spare during school hours this week or next week?  We need volunteers who can help proofread personal statements and help students finish their college applications. For more information, email 

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!!


Annual Santa Cecilia Festival

Mariachi Plaza
1st and Bailey Street

November 26, 2013
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join for the annual festival honoring Santa Cecilia. There will be performances by  Mariachi Sol De Mexico, Marichi Internacional De Mexico, Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana, Los Colibri, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Los Toros, Mariachi Tierra Querida, Grupo Trankazo Norteno, Trio Ellas, Mariachi Ambiente, Banda Sinaloense Rio Grande, Highest Desert Mariachi Juvenil, and Juarense Santa Cecilia. 

For more information please call:  Leno Caro (213) 574-6731 or Arturo Ramirez (323) 309-4818

CASA 0101 Presents Award Winning Musical "In The Heights"

The New Casa 0101 Theater
2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street)
Boyle Heights, CA  90033
Five-Week Run:
November 22 – December 22, 2013
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.,
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.,
And Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, and Teatro Nuevos Horizontes, Abel Alvarado, Artistic Director will present a new production of the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated musical, In The Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Rigo Tejeda at the new Casa 0101 Theater.


Councilmember Huizar Contacts State About Conditions at Evergreen Cemetery

After looking into the conditions of Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory, Councilmember Huizar wrote a letter to the State Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. This department oversees memorial parks and crematories in California. 
The cemetery has an incredible and storied history. More than 300,000 individuals are interred there, including soldiers, city builders, and well known actors and activists. At present, their final resting place is not maintained in a manner that honors their lives.
The cemetery is suffering from poor upkeep, most noticeably, a serious lack of irrigation. The grounds are in horrible shape. As a result, the cemetery has become blight in the Boyle Heights community. Its condition is disrespectful to the deceased, as well as those whose loved ones are buried there.
Councilmember Huizar strongly urged the state to look into the matter to ensure that the grounds at Evergreen cemetery are properly maintained and that the operators take all precautions to ensure proper upkeep continues now and in the future. 

Murals on Utility Boxes in Boyle Heights

Nine artists in process of finishing commissioned murals as Councilmember Huizar works on improving First Street and promoting public art - plans to expand project District and Citywide
Councilmember Huizar, the leading force on the City Council in adopting the recent mural ordinance, announced today he has commissioned nine top artists to paint murals on utility boxes on East First Street in Boyle Heights.  
The street, which is currently undergoing a $12 million Eastside Access Project renovation facilitated by Councilmember Huizar, Metro and City departments, is also being enhanced between Boyle and Soto streets by the considerable talent of a wide spectrum of artists utilizing different painting techniques, themes and visions.
Most if not all of the Boyle Heights Utility Box Murals should be completed in the next week or so. Councilmember Huizar will expand the Utility Box Mural Project soon to beautify El Sereno and other parts of his district. The effort is part of Huizar’s push to utilize available public space, such as the recent bus-bench art project he sponsored, for public art.
“Public Art is vitality important to the life of any great City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “As we free artists of the bind they were in through our recently adopted mural ordinance on private property, it’s important that we show our support for art on public property.  Utility Box Murals are an easy and affordable way to beautify our neighborhoods. I am hoping that this will spur a Citywide movement to promote art and give our talented local artists an opportunity to show the world the amazing artistry that we have here in the City of Los Angeles.”
Special thanks for the utility box project goes to artists Raul Gonzalez, who helped CD14 coordinate the effort, as well as participated as one of the featured muralists. Other artists include: Fabian Debora; Nuke; Lilia Ramirez (LiliFlor); Vyal One; Ricardo Estrada; Blossom; Sonji Mariposa and Carlos Callejo.
Below is a youtube link featuring the utility box murals.

Roybal Family Source Center Offering Free Computer and ESL Classes

Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center
2130 E. 1st Street Suite # 110
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free ESL & Introduction to Computer classes
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am -11:00 am
Computer Class
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am -11:45 am
Please visit or call the center on how to register. We hope to see you all there. 
We will also be offering assistance with enrolling in Cal Fresh & Medical-Call for an appointment

For more information please call: 323-526-9301


Self Help Graphics: Community Art Workshops

Every Saturday in October, Self Help Graphics offers the following Dia de Los Muertos Community Art Workshops. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics & Art! This event is free for the entire familia and includes the skill share and creation of flores de papel (paper flowers), paper maché life size calaveras, papel picado, mask making, and calaca rattles. The work created will be a part of our décor for the big celebration!

For more information on how to volunteer contact:
Amber Amaro
Volunteer Coordinator
(323) 881-6444

Learn English and Computers for Free!

Pueblo del Sol
Community Service Center
1300 Plaza del Sol
Los Angeles, CA 90033

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics Class
August 26, 2013 – November 27, 2013
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9 am – 11:40 am

Computer Class, Level 1
August 27, 2013 – November 26, 2013
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 am – 12 pm

Students will receive: Learning! Bus Tokens! Raffles! Free Childcare!

LACC requires 40 students to keep the class, so your participation is important!

To enroll, please come to class or call (323) 980-8100


Free Bulky Item Pick Up in the City of Los Angeles


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 (323) 342-4100 


Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Every Friday
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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 pm – 8:00 pm 
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.

 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.

Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
6:00 pm

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.

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  


Stevenson Library Upcoming Events 

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.
Teen Council 
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.

Crafts for Kids
Every Tuesday 4:00 PM
Come out and bring out your kids creativity with by participating in Crafts for Kids.
Family Story Time
Every Wednesday 4:00 PM
Family story time is a great way to entertain the entire family.
Thursday Night Movies

Every other Thursday 5:00 PM
Thursday night Movies at the library is every other Thursday at 5:00pm 

Student Zone
Monday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
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!
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349

Benjamin Franklin Library Upcoming Events

Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E First St
Los Angeles CA 90033
Thanksgiving Family Program
Puppet Show: The Splashy Sea Saga of Sailor Sam
Tuesday November 26, 2:00pm
STAR Volunteer Readers
Fridays 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Aunt Veronica
Saturdays* 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Uncle Rob (*3 Saturdays a month, call branch for schedule)
Family Movie Night
Tuesday November 26, 3:30pm
Sword Fighting Demonstration
Wednesday November 27, 3:30pm
Come see a live demonstration of sword fighting with the professional stunt team from Tigertainment Studios. Learn about the history of swords, weaponry, and how fights are safely staged in your favorite movies!
CalFresh Prescreening
Saturday November 23, 1:00-5:00pm
Do you qualify for CalFresh/Foodstamps? Do you need help with the application? Get information and assistance at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library.  Please make an appointment in advance. Call 323-263-6901 or sign up at the Information Desk.  For more information about the Cal Fresh program,call Calfresh Outreach line at 212-232-3030 ext 187.
For more information on any of the events call: (323) 263-6901



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) 482-7243 or email her at
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