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Check out info on the future of Union Station, the street closure on Cesar Chavez Ave., Grant Writing 101, a message regarding Spring Street Park and More!
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July 27, 2013 Edition

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Councilmember Teams With RAP To Add Playground Fence At Spring Street Park

Responding to residents concerns, Councilmember Huizar and the Department of Recreation & Parks are coordinating plans to add a three-foot fence around the children’s playground area at Spring Street Park.  The fence will help keep dogs out of the children’s play area.

As a reminder to all visitors of the park, pets are welcomed but dogs must be kept on a leash at all times while on park grounds. Park rangers will be at Spring Street Park informing people of this requirement and if necessary, citing people who fail to comply.

For more information about the park, visit the park website http://www.springstpark.com

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Help Shape The Future Of Union Station

 

When: August 1st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
              Ballroom A/C

Please join us for our summer Community Workshop to learn about the Metro's progress on the LA Union Station Master Plan. Building on our May 2nd workshop, where we shared the preliminary draft alternatives, we will present the refined alternative concepts that have incorporated stakeholder input and further technical analysis. The meeting is open to the public and we urge you to invite your friends and neighbors.

Served by Metro Red Line Civic Center Station; Metro Lines 4, 10, 48, 81,90/91, 92, 94, 701; Commuter Express 419, 431, 437, 438, 448;  and DASH B.
 
This meeting is scheduled to be live-streamed from their USTREAM channel and will be recorded for later viewing.
 
Spanish and Mandarin translation services will be provided at the meeting. Additional language translation services are available upon request.  ADA Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and additional language translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please telephone the project information line at 213.922.2499 or California Relay Service at 711.

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Enroll In Grant Writing 101 For Individual Artists

When: August 10th, 10am - 12pm

Where: Art Share LA,
             801 E. 4th Place

Joyce Clark is hosting a workshop for artists on grant writing. This 2-hour workshop will concentrate on the needs of individual artists who are looking for funding for their specific arts project. Focus will be a step by step guide on completing a grants application and will include a breakout session to critique your application. Time will be made to enable participants to network, so bring your business cards. Again, this workshop is for individuals artists who are working on that special project that needs additional funding for completion. Bring a pen and paper, tablet, etc and be ready to work; this is an interactive class!

Free parking is available on a rooftop lot on S. Hewitt St., directly across the street from Art Share LA's loading bay doors. Walk down to the bay entrance and follow signs to the workshop.

Price:
CLA Members: $10 online, $15 at the door
General Public: $20 online, $25 at the door
CLA Student/Senior Members: $5 online, $10 at the door

You can register online or by phone at (310)998-5590.

These programs are made possible by grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Arts Commission; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation, with additional support by the California arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit their website.

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Vegan Restaurant Now Open For Business

Where: 334 S. Main Street, Unit 1101
             Los Angeles, California

Good news vegans and food lovers; Dr. J’s Vibrant Café is now open for business in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

All items on the menu follow a set of principles, which aims to eliminate eight harmful ingredients found in other foods, such as sugar, wheat, dairy, and caffeine, to name a few. Dr.J’s Vibrant Café is vegan, gluten-free, uses the highest quality ingredients, organic where available, and makes 100 percent clean food while not compromising on great taste. The café boasts a 100 seat dine-in capacity, a separate tea and smoothie bar, a mini-grocery section and an outdoor patio. Chief Architect Kevin Tsai, of L.A. based Kevin Tsai Architecture, turned the 2700 foot space into a haven of natural comfort and rustic charm, using materials such as refined wood and accents of greenery to bring out characteristics found in nature.

“I am so delighted to share my recipes with the world. At Vibrant Café, we will offer diners an opportunity to enjoy healthy meals without compromising on taste. Our goal is not just to nourish the body, but to nourish the soul by promoting an overall healthy, happy and mindful lifestyle. There is no better place than L.A.’s vibrant downtown scene to establish our presence,” said Dr. Juliet Tien, owner and executive chef at Dr. J’s Vibrant Café.

For more information about Dr. J's Vibrant Café and its delicious menu, visit their website.

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Bicycle-Powered Ice-Cream Shop Rides Into Downtown

 Councilmember Huizar took his turn at churning ice-cream via a bicycle-powered ice-cream maker Thursday at the Grand Opening of Peddler's Creamery, which brings a new, yet old-fashioned concept, to ice-cream making.  The stationary bicycle-powered ice-cream maker is connected to a series gears and levers that churn the ice cream, which customers can see and enjoy.

Peddler's Creamery produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream and frozen desserts for Los Angeles.  Peddler's was started to be a different business that features local products, highlights where their food is grown, and promotes local causes.  They strive to have their customers leave happy, satisfied, and have a smile their face.  They believe that as a Benefit Corporation they can seek the true bottom line that profits the planet and people equally.  Five percent of their profits will go to social and environmental causes. 

For more information, go to www.peddlerscreamery.com

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Participate In A Transportation Research Study

A new study out of UCLA is asking for the public's help in improving transportation in downtown L.A. Researcher Michael Smart leads the study which asks people who live or work in DTLA to answer questions about their lifestyle and transit habits. The survey is posted online and asks people about their daily routine, how they get to work, if they ride a bike and how close they live to their friends.

Smart, of the school's Institute of Transportation Studies, said Downtown is a neighborhood in flux and has seen a huge population growth and demographic change in recent years. "My interest really is in neighborhoods that are changing rapidly and in neighborhoods where we might expect there to be a lot of very local travel," said Smart. "and Downtown Los Angeles checks off both of those check marks."

Smart said that by studying travel patterns of people in Downtown he will be able to determine how well the current transporation system is working He said it will also help identify how the transit needs of people in Downtown may be different from those in other Southern California communities.

Smart is looking for at least 1,000 participants, because this type of study is more effective with a "medium to large" subject pool. Researchers will then take the information from the online survey and "use statistical methods to answer a number of questions about the transportation needs of downtown L.A."

Take the survey here.

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Skid Row's Parks, One Resident's Perspective


Photo Courtesy of Bobby Buck

Below is an article by constituent Katherine McNenny on her perspective on the role of Skid Rows' two parks.

"Among the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of distressing news stories that come out of Skid Row- there exists two notable bright spots that are often overlooked. Namely, Gladys Park at 6th & Gladys, and San Julian Park at 5th & San Julian. These two green spaces are like lifelines to the residents in an otherwise inhospitable concrete environment.
 
Since moving into the Little Tokyo Lofts at 5th & San Pedro 3 years ago, I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the local residents who have made these two park spaces come alive. Working with various government departments, private organizations and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), the people who live in Skid Row have uplifted these two parks with things like a Nike Basketball court, new exercise equipment, the Skid Row 3 ON 3 Street Ball League (now in it’s 7th year), Art and Music festivals, Annual Easter Egg Hunts for children and “Movies on the Nickel”, which is just across the street from San Julian Park. By the way, San Julian Park has never technically been a City of LA park, like Gladys Park is-but, this is changing.
 
Councilman Huizar has recently set aside $150,000 to cover a transition period for San Julian Park, which is in the process of changing hands from being owned by the CRA (now defunct) to being owned by the City of Los Angeles. Being a new Co-Chair of the DLANC Parks Committee, I look forward to learning more about what this might mean for San Julian Park’s future. After the changeover occurs, this also seems like an opportune moment for local residents to reevaluate what they would like to see at this park.
 
I have been attending the Skid Row 3On3Streetball League games this summer at Gladys Park, and even though I admit knowing next to nothing about sports- I was encouraged to attend anyways. The camaraderie and easy acceptance I have seen between all sorts of people there has inspired me to create a Facebook page dedicated to all things Gladys Park called “Gladys Park in Skid Row” (check it out), so that others can see the events that are constantly going on there. The founder of the League, OG Man (Manuel Compito) tells me, “It’s More than Just a Game”, and he is right….it’s about community."

     -Katherine McNenny

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Be Aware of Cesar Chavez Street Closure


 

As part of the ongoing construction activities for the Metro Division 13 Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, the Contractor will perform the installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit along Cesar E. Chavez Ave and the Cesar Chavez Ave & Vignes Street intersection. This activity requires full weekend and weeknight street closures of Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Road. The weekend street closures will begin Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8pm to 5am Monday, July 29. The weeknight closures will occur from 8pm to 5am (the next day) beginning July 29. The closures will continue on weekends and weeknights through September 29 (excluding Labor Day weekend).

WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • Underground DWP electrical and CES low voltage vaults and conduits will be installed along Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Los Angeles River Bridge.
  • Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
  • Access to businesses and residencies will be maintained.
  • Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times. 

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Afternoon Of Fun In South Park District

When: August 10th, 1 - 4pm

Where: Corner of Flower and Olympic

Kid City, a youth leadership and academic enrichment program for kids in downtown Los Angeles, has an annual family festival and fundraiser planned for August 10, Splash of LA. Kids City is jointly sponsored by the Urban Foundation and First Los Angeles United Methodist Church. It is not a religious program, but rather offers teens and younger children a community environment where kids prepare for college, employment, and leadership. 

Their annual "Splash of LA" festival is put together entirely by the young people in their program, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Kid City's college access and mentoring program, The festival features performances by the Baked Potatoes (Kid City's jazz bank), Kid City dancers, home-cooked food, games for children, a dunk-tank and a bouncy house. In the past, other sponsors have included 1010 Development Corporation, South Park Community Benefit District, and Bottlerock Restaurant.

Free on August 10th? Then drop by the 4th annual Splash of LA. As always, there will be great food, music, raffle prizes, games and performances by Kid City kids. Like years before, the event will be held in the beautiful parking lot on the southeast corner of Flower and Olympic in downtown Los Angeles. Everyone is welcomed.

Contact the event organizers if you wish to contribute or volunteer. Clink on the event link for more info.

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On the Air Waves: Skid Row 3 on 3 Basketball League 

When: August 29nd

Players from the "Award Winning" Skid Row 3 on 3 Streetball League will appear on Skid Row Radio. Players will discuss the 2013 season, but more importantly, THEY will speak about other aspects of their lives, futures and careers.
 
IT'S MORE THAN JUST A GAME is the motto of this " amazing, community league " which has survived and continues to ignite the community of SKID ROW after 7 years.
 
The call in number for SKID ROW RADIO is 1-800-893-9562

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Meet The Principal Of The New 9th St. Elementary

When: August 8th, 5:30 pm

Where: 9th St. Elementary School
              835 Stanford Ave.

Since it originally opened, 9th St. Elementary School consisted entirely of portable buildings. The redevelopment of 9th Street Elementary School enabled the District to replace the aging bungalows with new permanent school buildings for the elementary school and a new middle school, each with modern classrooms and administration offices. Shared facilities include a library, a combined multi‐purpose room and gymnasium, food service, lunch shelter, play fields, and a parking garage with a play deck. The elementary school will also have a Kindergarten play area with classrooms.

Purpose of Meeting:
  • Provide overview of the new school facilities
  • Meet and greet Principal and Instructional Team
  • Present overview of instructional programs to be offered.
"Schools don’t build themselves. Communities of students, parents,teachers, administrators,taxpayers, legislators and construction professionals make them possible.We are profoundly grateful for your participation over the years. Your time and effort have paid off."
 
For more information about this meeting please call Elvia Perez at (213) 241‐6515.

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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Grand Park is hosting a farmer's market every Tuesday this summer from 10 am until 2 pm. 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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Councilmember Huizar Announces 100 Bus Bench Art Installation

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar invites Angelenos to keep an eye out for new public art on the streets debuting this week in Council District 14.  Twenty artistic installations will be placed on bus benches throughout Downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights on Friday, July 5, 2013. 

The City of Los Angeles’ DoArt Foundation (DoArt) and Make Art Public (MAP) curated the installations in coordination with Martin Outdoor Media after Councilmember Huizar’s office reached out to the company with the idea of filling available spaces on the benches with art until they are leased out for advertisement.
 
“This project gives us the opportunity to bring art to the public right-of-way,” said Councilmember Huizar, describing how the project got started.  “I want to thank all our partners, especially the artists, for lending their talents to the City.”
 
DoArt, a local arts organization focused on public art and education, and MAP, a Montreal-based collective dedicated to creating public art on unsold advertising space, funded and curated the project, selecting artists Dulce Pinzón and Jon Rafman for the installations.
  

Councilmember Huizar has long pushed for more art in public places through his initiation of a 1st Street Arts Corridor in Boyle Heights and leading the effort to adopt a new Mural Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles.

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Get-Out-of-Work Thursdays

When: Thursdays, July 1 - September 12
             5:30pm - 8pm

Where: Grand Park in DTLA

Come out and have fun at Grand Park all summer long! Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Relax after a hard day's work, meet new people and count down to the weekend with live music, beer garden, food trucks and lawn games.The park will be hosting weekly events every Thursday, until September 12. There will be live music, lawn games, and a beer garden. Below is a list of all the events scheduled. 
 
Aug 1: The Rebel Light / Holly Conlan / The Yong Romans - indie
Aug 8: Subsuelo - global bass collective, live percussion & flamenco dance
Aug 15: Hobart W. Fink / Blackfeet Braves / Jeffertitti's Nile - indie
Aug 22: Colburn Summer Pops - Big band Hollywood hits
Aug 29: SpiritVine / Halfbluud / Infantree - indie
Sept 5: Bullet & Snowfox / Silver Hands / Monster Paws - indie
Sep 12: Conganas - Latin Jazz

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Important Information For All Metro And Metrolink Rail Users!

Red and Purple Line turnstiles at Union Station are now latched. You will need proof of a paid fare to go through the turnstiles. 

If you are a Metro patron, buy a TAP card then load your fair before you ride. Tap your card on the turnstile to deduct your fair and get on board. If you are a Metrolink patron and want to ride a Metro train, buy a tap-compatible Metrolink Ticket at Metrolink stations.

You can buy a Metro TAP Card at Metro TAP Vending Machines located in stations, or Metro Customer Service Centers. 500 other locations sell TAP Cards as well. To find the nearest location to you follow this link.

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Experience Sunday Session At Grand Park

Homeboy Industries in Downtown L.A.

 
Gather together with family and friends for an afternoon of the best in electronic music performance. Carefully curated by Eduardo Castillo from The Eclectech, Castillo brings the beautiful soaring sounds beats of local and international DJs and producers to the heart of Downtown LA.

Happening every last Sunday of the month all summer long, Sunday Sessions will also feature food trucks and cocktails by Pattern Bar.

Prepared food picnics encouraged. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park.

JULY 28 / Scissor + Thread Showcase with Francis Harris / Bob Moses / Gry and Eduardo Castillo … and more

AUG 25 / The Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli / NU / Eduardo Castillo … and more

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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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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


July 28, 2pm - 8pm
Experience Sunday Session in Grand Park
Grand Park

Every Tuesday, 10am - 2pm, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Enjoy Food and Exercise in Grand Park
Grand Park

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

August 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Help Shape of Future of Union Station
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angles - 
Ballroom A/C

August 8, 5:30pm
Meet the Principal of the New 9th St. Elementry
9th St. Elementary School
835 Stanford Ave. 

August 10, 10am - 12pm
Enroll in Grant Writing 101 for Individual Artists
Art Share LA

August 10, 1 - 4pm
Afternoon of Fun in South Park District
Corner of Flower and Olympic

                  

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