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Councilmember Huizar joins artists to declare "Mural Day" as the City of Los Angeles new mural ordinance, which Councilmember Huizar led the effort to adopt with the artists help, goes into effect on Oct. 12 2013 
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October 12, 2013 Edition

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Welcome Diana To The CD-14 Team!

Councilmember Huizar is proud to announce that he has expanded his Downtown team to include a new member, Diana Edoyan.  Diana will serve as the Councilmember's new caseworker and focus on Downtown constituent requests.  Diana will work with current staff to ensure that the residents of Downtown are heard and their issues are being addressed.  Diana is a current graduate student at California State University Northridge studying Public Administration with an option in Urban Planning.  She has a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning with a specialization in Urban and Regional Planning. Diana has been with the Councilmember's office as an intern since August 2012 and is excited to officially join the CD-14 team.  Feel free to reach out to her and say hello! 


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Don't Miss the New Art Exhibit at Angel City Brewery

When: Oct. 10th - Nov. 10th

Where: Angel City Brewery
              216 S. Alameda St.
              Los Angeles, CA 90012

Angel City Brewery has a new exhibition opening this month that will include a collaboration between two Los Angeles native artists, Becca Midwood and Richard Kessler.  The Brewery hosts a new artist every month bringing in artists from all different areas.  They provide tours within their brewery at a walk in basis. 

Check out this great attraction in DTLA!  For more information go to this link or call (213) 622 1261

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Take Advantage of Free Legal Services

When: Oct. 20th - 26th

Where: L.A.  Law Library
The American Bar Association (ABA) designated the week of October 20–26, 2013, as the National Pro Bono Week Celebration. The National Pro Bono Celebration showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, government benefits, family safety and consumer debt. LA Law Library annual Pro Bono Week Celebration this year is a week-long series of events promoting and delivering legal services for the public good.

For the grand finale to the week-long celebration, LA Law Library is hosting a Public Legal Services Fair. More than 25 legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups will be represented. Legal aid and lawyer referral programs will be available to provide free consultations and referrals for those in need of legal assistance. Clinics and legal information sessions in the areas of expungements, quality of life citations for youth, family law and citizenship eligibility will be provided by legal aid organizations. There will be a variety of resources for job seekers including resume reviews, interview and wardrobe consultations. Free makeovers and haircuts will be available for disadvantaged women.

For more information please visit the website.
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Participate In The 16th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 

When: Oct. 10th - 14th

Where: Multiple Venues 

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), is a non profit 501c(3) whose mission is to showcase, nurture and support existing and emerging creative Latino filmmakers with diverse visions in the United States and internationally. Serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latin films. Bring awareness through film, the most influential audiovisual medium of our time, the richness and diversity of Latin culture. Invest in our community through our mentorship & internships programs and develop an audience for our cinema.

It presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special side bar screenings. The films presented at the festival showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers and distributors. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®. This year it celebrates its 16th anniversary.

The Closing Night Gala is the conclusion and celebration of LALIFF’s 16th year begins with the presentation of ‘Nosostros Nos Nobles’, Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time and it’s first release here in the US. Afterwards follows our commemoration for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Opera Prima, Best Documentary, Best Short and the Audience Award. Our festival concludes with our Closing Night Celebration that brings together the community, filmmakers, and industry professionals.  This year's Gala will be held October 14th at the Orpheum Theater with ticket prices at $75.00

For more information please visit the website.
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6th Annual Halloween Party For DTLA Kids

When: Thursday, Oct., 31 5-8pm

Where: Grand Hope Park @ FIDM
              Enter at Hope St. & 9th

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District is happy to announce that their Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids is back again! The event will be held in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) onWednesday, October 31 from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 and includes Ralphs Fresh Fare candy, hot dogs and refreshments, puppet shows, bouncy houses, crafts, face painting, video games, and "trick-or-treat" doors. Avoid the lines & purchase your tickets now online.

 For more information call: 323-221-2255 or visit this site or this one.

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The New Green Bicycle Lanes on Spring Street are Underway

The Department of Transportation (DOT) continues work to repaint one of City’s first green bicycle lanes on Spring Street.  DOT crews have made all of the necessary asphalt repairs and have already begun installing the new green thermoplastic layer.  The installation of the bicycle lane consists of painting the new lane and applying the new green thermoplastic layer. Luckily, the thermoplastic dries minutes after application, so disruption to the community will be minimal.  To mitigate the impact of this work, crews will perform the majority of their work during night hours.  Barring any further weather delays, total completion of the bicycle lanes is estimated to be next week.
Councilmember Huizar is a strong advocate of “Complete Streets,” streets that work not just for cars but for people.  One of the Councilmember’s top priorities is to make streets that serve pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, sidewalk activity and, yes, cars.  Additionally, the new design for the green bike lane is more cost effective and more durable than the previous treatment, making the neighborhood streets friendlier.

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Don't Miss The Rock 'N' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon!

When: October 27 @ 7:30am

Where: Start Line: L.A. LIVE at Figueroa St.
              Finish Line: L.A. LIVE at S Flower St. and W Olympic Blvd.

Road Closures: USC/ Expo Park Area (6am-9:30am). Figueroa St (6 am-10:30am0, 6th St./Whitier Bridge (6am-12 noon), Downtown Area (6am-12:45pm), L.A. LIVE Area (12 midnight- 3pm)

The world's largest running series is coming to LA! The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is hosting a half marathon on October 27 called the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon. The Marathon is set up to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Along the course there is live music set up as well as cheer teams to help motivate you along! Most exciting part is the world's largest costume contest where you can win Best Rock Star, Best Superhero, Scariest, Most Original and Best Overall Costume.

Put on your best costume and come support the ASPCA with this fun half marathon! For more information, visit their site

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Regional Connector Construction This Week 

When: Oct. 12- Nov. 23 on Saturdays; Oct. 14- Nov. 23 Daily

Where: Southwest Corner of Flower and 6th Street; 2nd St. between Spring St. and Harlem Pl., Spring St. between 1st St. and 3rd St., intersection of 2nd St. and Spring St. 

As part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, there will be excavation and placement of new piping near the southwest corner of Flower St. and 6th St. Due to the construction, the south leg pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Flower St. and 6th St. will be restricted during work hours and pedestrians will be detoured to the next available crosswalk. Also there will be a natural gas line relocated by Southern California Gas which will take place from October 14 through November 23 at the above mentioned locations. During this time access to eastbound through traffic between Spring St. and Main St. will be maintained but westbound 2nd St. traffic will be detoured at Main St. Traffic on 2nd St. in both directions will be restricted. Eastbound traffic on 2nd St. will be detoured at Spring St. and westbound traffic will be detoured at Main St. 

 Please visit this website for more information.
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4th Annual Skid Row Artists Festival

When: Oct. 12th & 13th, from 12-4pm

Where: Gladys Park
              (6th and Gladys Street)

This fall, the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists returns for its 4th annual incarnation. On Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, from 12 – 4 PM, more than 80 artists living and working in Skid Row will assemble in Gladys Park, at the corner of 6th and Gladys Streets, for a weekend of live performances and visual arts showcasing the diverse range of talents among Skid Row residents.

Reggae, rap, gospel, rock, theater, spoken word, poetry and dance will all be featured at the festival. Included among the artists schedule to appear: Franc Foster, an electric guitar virtuoso will perform for the third year running with his band, Franc's Melting Pot.Manuel Compito—aka "O.G.," the Skid Row artist and advocate who at last year’s festival showcased artwork from his series of paintings, "Peace in Da Hood”— also returns with new works from his collection. Jennifer Campbell, a member of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, will perform, "I Lost My Mind on Skid Row, but I Found My Mind on Skid Row," her moving poem about addiction, homelessness and the road to recovery. Festival veterans Melek Zakaryah and the Black Onyx, a unique troupe of high energy singers, for the fourth consecutive year will provide the perfect musical motivation to get attendees feet moving.

Live performances will be complemented by a wide-ranging exhibit by Skid Row’s visual artists. A select number of artists from outside Skid Row have been invited to exhibit as well, reflecting the burgeoning cultural exchange between Skid Row artists and the greater Los Angeles arts community.

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Joy Picus Child Development Center Achieves Accreditation 

Congratulations to the City's own Joy Picus Child Development Center on achieving accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), based on a year-long review process.  The administration, teaching staff, and families of Joy Picus Child Development Center are all to be congratulated for earning the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system.
There are ten program standards, with specific criteria attached to each, that programs must meet in order to achieve NAEYC Accreditation. The framework of the standards and criteria focus on best practices in the field and the benefits to stakeholders in early childhood education.   They include children’s learning and development; the qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment of a program’s teaching staff; relevant partnerships the program establishes with both families and the community; and the program's physical environment and the leadership and management provided by the program administration.
The Joy Picus Center is only the 44th child development and care center in the City of Los Angeles to hold NAEYC accreditation, and Councilmember Huizar joined with Councilmember  Buscaino in providing certificates for all the staff of the center to honor their excellent work on behalf of City children.

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Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Recognized For Exemplary Work

The results are in! The winners of the 2013 EmpowerLA Awards were finalized at the September 9th special meeting of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. The vote on Monday was the culmination of a process that began in May.  A total of 45 nominations were received for projects that exemplified the mission of Neighborhood Councils to engage local stakeholders with government and make government more accountable and responsive to the needs of their communities.

In evaluating the submissions, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners particularly focused on those initiatives that reflect the highest ideals of inclusiveness, non-discrimination, transparency, and independence for the NC system.  One of the winners were our very own Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC).  DLANC, lead by president President Patti Berman, likes to say, “Don’t wait for the City to do something for you, get out there and do something for yourself.”  

With this in mind, the take charge group has had a string of public policy successes most notably the opening of Spring Street Park between 4th and 5th Streets as well as a two parklets along the same corridor! And what is also great is that they are working with ALL the populations of downtown – for example, organizing a high level Town Hall on the TB outbreak of a few months ago and an ongoing Skid Row resident-led Clean-Up Campaign to address needs on Skid Row. They are helping vulnerable homeless populations in the most powerful of ways– through direct engagement, involvement, and empowerment.

Congratulations to our Downtown residents for all of your hard work!

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Union Station Contract Signed for Invisible Cities

Where: Los Angeles Union Station

The Industry signed an official agreement with Metro for the use of Union Station for Invisible Cities! Christopher Cerrone's opera, directed by Yuval Sharon with choreography by Danielle Agami, will premiere on Saturday October 19.

The Industry wishes to thank the many people who helped us achieve this milestone: They are grateful for the time, effort and good will of the many Metro employees whose vision and cooperation are allowing world-class artists to celebrate this extraordinary site in a unforgettable way. The enthusiasm of so many of our fine local politicians,including Mayor Eric Garcetti, has been an overwhelmingly positive part of this process. And they are also immensely grateful for the tireless support and advice of Tara Thomas at TRAXX Restaurant. It truly takes a village to create something that stretches beyond what we normally believe possible. They are proud to be creating performances in and for a city where such seemingly impossible adventures are so openly embraced and supported.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 16 and are extremely limited. Make a tax-deductible donation to The industry today to get access to the performance you want. 

Oct. 19 @ 7pm (Opening Day), Oct. 24, Oct. 26Oct. 29,Oct. 31, Nov. 5, Nov. 8
All dates except Opening Night include a 7:30pm and 10pm performance.

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Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
            Sept. 9 - Oct. 23, 2013

Where: LAPD Headquarters
             100 W. First St.

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.

About the Crisis Response Team:
Members of the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victims and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. During the required seven week training to be a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team, you will be provided the background, information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team. You can complete the CRT application here.

**Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply**
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)

For more information email or find us on Facebook.

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Read this Important Message Regarding the Regional Connector

As part of the ongoing relocation of a So Cal Gas line on Hope St. at 2nd St, the contractor will begin at 7am, Monday through Friday starting on August 29, 2013. This work is ongoing; anticipated work hours are from 7am to 3:30 am, Monday through Friday and Saturday work from 8am to 6pm.

What to expect:

  1. One northbound lane will be maintained from 7am to 9am on Hope St. between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St. 
  2. The northbound detour will be in place from 9am to 3:30 pm; Detour: Northbound Hope St. thru traffic will be detoured to eastbound 3rd St, to northbound Grand Ave, to westbound 2nd St, back to Hope St.
  3. Southbound Hope St traffic will be maintained at all times. 
  4. Local access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
  5. Access to emergency responders will be maintained. 
  6. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction zone.

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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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Every Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Grand Park Farmer's Market

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

M & W, Sep 9-Oct 23, 6:30-9:30pm
Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team
LAPD Headquarters
100 W. First St.


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