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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

Northeast
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 15, 2013



Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


 

Boyle Heights Pic of the Week


 
After a Veteran's Day ceremony veteran's of different military branches pose along side members of law enforcement at the Cinco Puntos All Wars Memorial in Boyle Heights.  

 
Have an awesome picture  to share? Please do! Send photos to erick.rivas@lacity.org.   Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review. 

 


In This Newsletter:

 

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
FREE ADMISSION!!

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”.

Producer: EDWARD PADILLA and BARRIO PLANNERS, INC.
 
With Performances By: THE MARCO FIREBAUGH MARIACHI PLAZA DE LA RAZA, MARIACHI TRIO ELLAS, MARIACHI COLIBRI, MARIACHI VOZ DE AMERICA, MARIACHI SANTA CECILIA, MARIACHI REYNA DE LOS ANGELES

 

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 davitia@proyectopastoral.org 

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

 

 

Annual Santa Cecilia Festival

Mariachi Plaza
1st and Bailey Street
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



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.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBIdfuhP8sc&list=PLvfM0z5kUZUefBpXGZKutsXl4EWeogYNY
 

Councilmember Huizar Huizar Leads Improvements at Hazard Park

Working closely with the Department of Recreation and Parks Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce the renovation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Hazard Park! The installation of the HVAC system at the Hazard Park gymnasium has already begun and the new system should be up and running in a few weeks. Funding for this $61,555 upgrade to the HVAC came through Council District 14 Quimby Funds, which are designated to improve local parks and green space. 
 

 

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

         

Immigration Expert Nelson Castillo at Stevenson Library

Stevenson Library
803 Spence Street 
Los Angeles CA 90023

November 16, 2013
1:00 pm 

Please join us for a special presentation by author and immigration attorney,
 
Nelson A. Castillo
 
His Spanish language book, La Tarjeta Verde: Cómo obtener la residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos, is a source of clear and accessible information for immigrants
who want to get permanent residence status in the United States.  Among his many
accomplishments, Dr. Castillo has produced and hosted segments on Univision 34 and writes a weekly immigration column for La Opinión.

For more information call: (323) 263-6901

 

Resurrection Catholic School Turn Around Trip Fundraiser 

Resurrection Catholic School
3360 Opal Street 
Los Angeles CA 90023

Turn Around Trip Fundraiser 
November 16, 2013 
Departure Time: 7:30 am
Arrival Time: 5:30 pm
Ticket Cost: $30

Resurrection Catholic School is a Pre-K through 8th Grade school serving the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles since 1950. Help support 8th grade's scholarship fundraiser! Tickets include transportation and $20 spending tokens at the casino! Bring your own ice chest!

For more information please contact Mrs. Roberta Arroyo, 8th Grade Teacher at (323) 261-5750 or rarroyo@resurrection-school.org
 

 

Resurrection Catholic School Holiday Sports Drive   

Resurrection Catholic School
3360 Opal Street 
Los Angeles CA 90023

This Holiday season we are asking for support of our local community, family, and friends to make a contribution to our physical education and sports programs through an in-kind donation of new sports equipment.

We are accepting the following donations: basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, small cones, volleyballs, jump ropes, bats, baseball mitts, 10 ft play parachute and portable soccer nets.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS!

Donations are tax deductible. Please stop by the school office to make your donation or contact Mrs. Rocio Flores Director of Marketing and Development.

For more information at: rflores@resurrection-school.org or call (323) 261-5750

 

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!

*VOLUNTEERS ARE REALLY NEEDED FOR THESE WORKSHOPS.
 
For more information on how to volunteer contact:
Amber Amaro
Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@selfhelpgraphics.com
(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 unionbinacional@gmail.com.  

 


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
 
Children
Reading with BARK Therapy Dogs
Tuesday November 19, 4:00-5:00pm
 
Thanksgiving Celebration
Thursday November 21, 4:00pm
 
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, 5:30pm
 
Teens
Anime Club
Wednesday November 20, 4:00-5:00pm
 
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!
 
Adults
Covered California Insurance Information Session
Saturday November 16, 11:00am-12:00pm
 
Immigration Expert/Experto en Inmigración: Nelson A. Castillo
Saturday November 16, 1:00-2:00pm
 
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 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 veronica.sanchez@lacity.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) 482-7243 or email her at veronica.sanchez@lacity.org
 
 
 
 
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