Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
October 4, 2013
Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin
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Councilmember Huizar and staffer Erick Rivas pose with members of the Save Hazard Park Coalition after a productive meeting at the Boyle Heights City Hall.
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Council Votes to Dedicate Mariachi Plaza Street in Honor of Lucha Reyes
City approves Councilmember Huizar’s motion to dedicate Bailey Street, adjacent to Mariachi Plaza, in honor of legendary Mexican performer Lucha Reyes
(LOS ANGELES) Oct. 4, 2013 – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to support Councilmember José Huizar’s motion to dedicate Bailey Street “Avenida de Lucha Reyes,” in honor of famed Mexican ranchera singer Lucha Reyes, whose statue adorns adjacent Mariachi Plaza.
The Lucha Reyes dedication comes as First Street is in the midst of a $12 million improvement project. As a former Metro Director and as a City Councilmember, Huizar has been instrumental in working with Metro, City departments, community and business leaders on the Eastside Access Improvement Project, which is aimed at improving pedestrian and bicycle access in and around the Metro Eastside Gold Line route in Boyle Heights, as well as support local businesses and the Boyle Heights Arts District.
Councilmember Huizar announced at a First Street groundbreaking ceremony in April that he was introducing the legislation to honor Reyes. Tuesday’s City Council vote solidifies that plan. Street dedications differ from renaming designations. The Street will remain Bailey Street while additional signage will highlight the Lucha Reyes dedication.
“I’m pleased that the City Council recognized Lucha Reyes’ place as the iconic figure she is to the Latino community,” said Huizar. “As we improve First Street with new signage, gardens, decorative sidewalks, street furniture and trees, we will greatly enhance the area. Dedicating a street in honor of Lucha Reyes adjacent to Mariachi Plaza reminds visitors of Boyle Heights’ Mexican culture and regard for musical legends like Lucha Reyes.”
A dedication ceremony will be planned in the near future.
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Councilmember Leads Effort for Change to USC Plan at Hazard Park
Councilmember Huizar has been instrumental in making sure USC engage with community members, residents and concerned citizens regarding the university’s plans to extend Norfolk Street through Hazard Park to Soto Street as part of USC’s Master Plan to expand its Medical Campus west of Hazard Park.
During early discussions with USC, Councilmember Huizar withheld his support for the project, asking university officials to first meet with residents, hear their concerns and more importantly, make a good-faith effort to act on those concerns.
At the Councilmember’s request, two Town Hall meetings were held at Hazard Park where residents and Hazard Park supporters spoke about the lack of an interactive relationship between the various surrounding eastside neighborhoods and the university, as well as concerns about the effects of cutting through the park and a lack of park and community improvements being offered in return.
Councilmember Huizar’s office and residents subsequently asked USC to consider alternative routes that would not cut through the park. In a meeting with Councilmember Huizar’s staff this week, USC proposed an alternative plan that would extend the street south of the park to Soto without cutting directly through Hazard Park.
This is an obvious improvement from what was first proposed and comes as a direct result of community input and good-faith pressure from Councilmember Huizar’s office.
While this is a significant and important first step by USC, Councilmember Huizar believes there is still room for improvement. He has concerns regarding parking and agrees with the community that more is needed in terms of community benefits.
He has asked USC to address these concerns and then take it back to the community to hear their feedback. In the coming days and weeks, Councilmember Huizar will continue to encourage and engage in dialogue among USC, the community and his office.
The Councilmember understands the social and cultural importance of Hazard Park. He will not support any project that undermines that.
However, if there is an opportunity to improve the park, while allowing USC to improve its campus and the community supports it, we should seriously consider it.
Work on $12 Million First Street Improvement Continues!
Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce that work on the Eastside Access Pedestrian Improvements for Boyle Heights’ First Street is continuing, with major components beginning this week and continuing in the coming months.
Councilmember Huizar worked with Metro and the City’s Department of Public Works to bring the $12 million improvements in and around First Street to help increase pedestrian and ridership traffic around the Gold Line, which opened in 2009, as well as support local businesses and the burgeoning Boyle Heights Arts District.
As part of that vision, the First Street Arts and Civic Streetscape improvements are underway. A key part of that work is a major sidewalk facelift for the Boyle Heights Arts District from Mariachi Plaza to the Soto Station. Newly decorative sidewalks will enhance safety by replacing old sidewalks damaged by tree roots and create a better overall business, pedestrian and bicycling experience in Boyle Heights.
“With the help and support of the Boyle Heights community, we’ve worked diligently for a number of years to improve Boyle Heights after decades of neglect,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “That work is paying off with billions of dollars in public improvements over the last several years, particularly here on First Street where a mix of public and private investment is truly opening a new chapter in the history of Boyle Heights. With its arts-themed focus and decorative sidewalks, the First Street Arts and Civic Streetscape project will give the area a much-needed facelift that compliments the unique character of Boyle Heights.”
Other additions include decorative lights and street furnishings that compliment and enhance the Arts corridor along First Street.
The Urban Forestry Division and the Board of Public Works approved a plan that will see the planting of 180 new trees to coincide with installation of the new decorative sidewalk. The tree replacement plan removes many existing trees on the corridor that have caused damage to the sidewalks and created a safety hazard. Once the project is completed, First Street will be home to twice the number of trees it has today and the new trees will not damage the integrity of the new sidewalks.
Work on the Eastside Access Project will continue in sections in order to minimize the effect on local businesses.
The Eastside Access Improvement Project includes input from a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Notice for meetings and letters to residents and affected businesses are sent out by the City of L.A. and Metro.
As part of this improvement project, Councilmember Huizar announced in April the groundbreaking for the Garden Street on Bailey, an extension of Mariachi Plaza through sidewalk and lighting improvements with improved landscaping. Garden Street on Bailey Improvements will also include two small gardens at the corner of Bailey and Pennsylvania. That work should be completed this fall.
Other related improvements include a newly decorated First Street and Cummings Plaza, which is scheduled to begin and end construction in 2014.
Phase I of The Eastside Access Project work included a Bicycle Network for Boyle Heights, including funding for green bike lanes on 1st Street and Echandia Street. Sharrows designating bikeways were also added to adjacent streets.
As a former Metro Board Director and current City Councilmember, Councilmember Huizar worked to include 1st Street in the 2010 Master Bike Plan, add bike lanes and support an arts, pedestrian and business-focused plan for improving First Street, which in turn will increase ridership along the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension.
Exide Ordered to Reduce Production
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will soon begin administering blood tests to Boyle Heights' residents who may have been exposed to lead, arsenic and other harmful contaminates.
The testing reportedly will be paid for by Exide, the Vernon Battery Recycling company that is at the center of a heated debate regarding possible harmful exposure to residents of Boyle Heights and other surrounding communities.
The call for voluntary testing comes on the heels that the AQMD recently ordered Exide to reduce production by 25% following reports of higher than allowed lead readings in the area. Councilmember Huizar expressed concern over the latest news:
"While I'm pleased that continual oversight at Exide allowed the AQMD to identify this latest lead problem and order an immediate production reduction at the plant, I have very serious concerns over the seemingly endless problems that continue to arise there," Councilmember Huizar said. "High lead and arsenic levels being released into the air of our communities simply cannot continue. Again, it is my hope that those agencies and courts that oversee Exide ultimately make the right choice for the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work around the plant."
Housing and Renters Rights Presentation
803 Spence Street
Los Angeles CA 90023
October 10, 2013
The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) will give a presentation (in English and Spanish) on the following topics:
The Eviction Process
White Memorial: Community Health Wellness & Safety Fair
White Memorial Medical Center
1720 E Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90033
October 12, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
FREE *Flu Shots, Medical Screenings and.....
Body Fat Analysis Dental Senior Pavilion Information Booths
**Cholesterol **Diabetes Kids Zone Ask the Doctor
Osteoperosis Hypertension Safety Zone Fitness Activities
*Flu Shots are limited and will be offered to people 9 years and older on a first come first serve basis.
**Cholesterol and / or Diabetes screenings, fasting 8 hours before-hand is encourages to obtain accurate results.
Free Parking is available. Public Transportation: Take the Metro and exit at Mariachi Plaza Metro Station.
Funded by the USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant.
For more information call (323) 442-3572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Annual La Feria de Los Moles
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, 90012
October 6, 2013
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join Councilmember José Huizar for this family friendly event showcasing the traditional and authentic Mole recipes from the states of Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, and Guerrero. The event will include the best mole contest, live music, folkloric regional dances, food demonstrations, arts and crafts booths and much more.
Brought to you by the Union de Poblanos en el Exterior in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. For further information please contact (323) 246-6430
or visit: www.feriadelosmoles.com
CASA 0101 Third Annual Brown and Out Festival
2102 E. First Street
Los Angeles CA 90033
October 11 - November 3
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays 5:00 pm
Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, and Miguel Garcia, Festival Executive Producer, will present Casa 0101’s 3rd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival (BAOTF) featuring a collection of eight new comedic and dramatic short plays celebrating the LGBT experience.
The Festival will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., kicking off on Friday, October 11, 2013, National Coming Out Day, and continuing through Sunday, November 3, 2013.
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:
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
Traffic Alert: Five and Dime (I-5/I-10) Interchange To Close for "Swarm" Maintenance in East Los Angeles
will deploy 200 personnel and community service workers for “swarm”
maintenance on Sunday, October 6
in closed sections of the I-5/I-10 interchange from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Crews will remove litter and graffiti, trim trees, clear weeds, repair guardrail and irrigation, re-stripe the roadway, re-lamp overhead lights, and replace signs.
Motorist should expect delays. Signed detours will be in place.
The closures will occur at the following locations:
Westbound I-10 to northbound I-5 connector
Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-10 connector
Southbound I-5 Mission off-ramp
Westbound I-10 State Street off-ramp
Northbound I-5 State Street on-ramp
Northbound I-5 Marengo Street on-ramp
Southbound I-5 Mission onramp
Eastbound I-10 Mission on-ramp
Generally, crews only have a short closure window within the I-5/I-10 interchange. By increasing the window to seven hours and placing hundreds of personnel into one closure, crews will be able accomplish several tasks all at once.
Please use quickmap.dot.ca.gov
for up-to-date freeway conditions.
If you have any questions in regards to the traffic alert, please feel free to contact Sylvia Delgado at 213-897-8244
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Sidewalk Astronomers: Telescope Night
Thursday October 10 6:00-7:45
Arts & Crafts
Thursday October 10, 4:00-5:00pm
Latino Heritage Month: Folktales/Legends and Crafts from Central America
Thursday October 17, 4:00-5:00pm
Reading with BARK Therapy Dogs
Tuesday October 21, 4:00-5:00pm
Thursday October 24, 4:00-5:00pm
Halloween Stories and Crafts
Thursday October 31 3:30pm
Join us for scary stories, a few tricks, a few treats, and some crafts. Wear your costume and win prizes!
Halloween Family Movie Night
Thursday October 31, 5:30pm
Join us for Benjamin Franklin's 1st Halloween Family Movie Night! Film screening of a film for the whole family, plus popcorn!
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)
Wednesday October 9, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday October 16, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday October 23, 4:00-5:00pm
Mexican Sugar Skulls
Decorate and take home a sugar skull to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. Free but supplies are limited--first come first served.
Wednesday October 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Monday October 7 and October 28, 4:30-5:30pm
Derechos de Inquilinos
Thursday October 17, 6:00-7:00pm
El Centro de Ley y Justicia de Los Ángeles (LACLJ) proporcionara una presentación gratuita sobre:
Derechos de Inquilinos
Control de Renta
Proceso de Desalojo
Assistance for Seniors: What the Department of Aging can do for you!
Monday October 21, 3:00-4:00
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org