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Check out this week's El Sereno newsletter for more info on upcoming events in El Sereno and surrounding communities!

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
2130  E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-9332
Fax: (323) 526-9366

El Sereno
4927 E. Huntington Dr.
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
Fax: (323) 226-1644



 

El Sereno and Surrounding Communities Newsletter
November 22, 2013

 


Community Photo of the Week



 Community members lined up to receive Thanksgiving Dinner at Rose Hill Recreation Center.
 

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In This Newsletter:


 

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin

 


CD14 Successfully Granted Funds for Pedestrian Safety Improvements!


Aerial View of "S Curve" on Alhambra Road in El Sereno

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 and Highland 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 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.
 
Funds have also been provided for pedestrian safety improvements in Boyle Heights 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 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.

 

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Barrio Action - Free Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Date:              Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time:              5pm to 8pm
Place:             4927 Huntington Drive, Suite 200 Los Angeles 90032
 

Come and join Barrio Action Youth & Family Center for a traditional Thanksgiving Meal. 

Pre-Registration has started. Dine-in and to-go orders are available. 


For information, please call (323) 221-0779. 

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90032 Community Wide Clean-Up

Keeping our streets and alleys cleaned are a priority for Councilmember Jose Huizar. Join us as we bring the community of 90032 together for a community clean up. Invite your friends and family.
 
90032 Community Clean-Up
Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
 
Clean-Up Meeting Sites
Rose Hill Recreation Center - 4530 Mercury Ave., Los Angeles 90032
El Sereno Recreation Center - 4721 Klamath St, Los Angeles 90032
Woodbridge Village Apartment (across) -1900 N Marianna Ave, Los Angeles 90032
LAFD Fire Station 47 (across) - 4575 Huntington Dr S, Los Angeles 90032


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El Sereno Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winter Jubilee


 

Date:              Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:              4pm to 9pm
Place:             
 Huntington Drive and Van Horne Avenue (Median)
 
Councilmember Jose Huizar and Comite Navideño  invite you to join us for the El Sereno Tree Lighting Ceremony. Come celebrate the holidays as we light up the Christmas Tree and bring holiday cheer to the community. 

Free Children's activities, entertainment, Toy giveaway (while supplies last - for children under 14 years). Special appearance by Santa Claus!


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Comite Navideño Business and House Decorating Contest


 

Date:              Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:              4pm to 9pm
Place:             
 Huntington Drive and Van Horne Avenue (Median)
 
Councilmember Jose Huizar and Comite Navideño  invite you to join us for the El Sereno Tree Lighting Ceremony. Come celebrate the holidays as we light up the Christmas Tree and bring holiday cheer to the community. 

Free Children's activities, entertainment, Toy giveaway (while supplies last - for children under 14 years). Special appearance by Santa Claus


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ESCCC General Regular Board Meeting
 

Date:              Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Time:              7pm to 9pm
Place:             4760 W. Valley Blvd, Los Angeles 90032
 

Join the El Sereno Community Coordinating Council (ESCCC) and become informed of upcoming events. ESCCC are always looking more ideas, members, and volunteers.  Our general board meets regularly on the last Thursday of each month, with the exception of our meeting in December- we will be meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Our meetings are hosted at Absolute Towing, Large Conference Room, 4760 W. Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90032. 


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Matt's Merry Mules Toy Drive


 

We are proud to announce that starting December 1st through December 15th, the El Sereno Field Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar will serve as another one of Matt's Merry Mules Toy Drive "drop off" locations, at 4927 Huntington Drive N., Suite 100, Los Angeles 90032.

Local talent from El Sereno, Nikki Nicholle, will be performing at Hecho En Mexico restaurant  to benefit the Matt's Merry Mules Toy Drive. This event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th. Bring a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy and dance to the beat of our local rising star. All toys collected will go to sick and low income children in our community.


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ESCCC Scholarship 2013-2014


The El Sereno Community Coordinating Council (ESCCC) was founded in 1934 and has been re-established in 2011 by dedicated Wilson High School alumni and community members. Our mission is to actively serve the people of 90032 by building permanent charitable capital and providing services that contribute to the prosperity and vitality of the community. 

The ESCCC acknowledges that in order to unite, prosper, and empower our community we must support our YOUTH in pursuing their educational goals. Therefore, we established the ESCCC Scholars Program to recognize and award excelling high school seniors who are committed to education and giving back to their community. APPLY NOW for our 2013-2014 Scholarship!! Open to all high school seniors that reside within the 90032 zip code.

If you would like more information or an application packet, please feel free to email us at esccc.scholarship@gmail.com 
 

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Holiday Sidewalk Sale


Date:              Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Time:              9am to 4pm
Place:             
 5371 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles 90032
 
Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea is hosting a Holiday Sidewalk Sale. Stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and see what neighborhood artists have created for your holiday gift options! Bring a friend! 

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Interested in a FREE Street Tree?

                      
Help green our City and beautify your street by adopting a street tree!

Information and an online Permission to Plant form can be found at www.EnvironmentLA.org, or call (213) 485-0527. 

All sites will be surveyed for eligibility and appropriate tree species selection. 
 

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Prevent Copper Wire Theft

 
 

You can help prevent the significant increase of Copper Wire thefts occurring in the City's street lighting system. This has caused a number of street lights not to function for a period of time. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe a wire theft in progress or see any suspicious activity around city street lights. 

What to note if you see suspicious activity:

  • Is there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street? The vehicle has a city seal, the words "Street Lighting" on the driver and passenger doors and the word "exempt" on its license plate. 
  • Is there Street Lighting staff working on a streelight? They can be identified by their orange vest, hard hat and city identification. The Bureau of Street Lighting has contractors who install new lighting. The name of these companies would be identified on their vehicles. 

 

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Healthy Way LA and the New Health Care Law

 
 

Healthy Way LA patients will be transitioning to Medi-Cal starting on January 1, 2014. If your primary care doctor (medical home clinic) is a County facility, you will still be able to keep your current doctor. If you are receiving primary care services at a community partner clinic, in most cases you will be able to keep your current doctor (medical home clinic). Please check with your clinic to find out. Click here for information about the transition.
 
Don't have Healthy Way LA? You can still sign-up between now and December 31, 2013. With Healthy Way LA, you choose a permanent medical home at one of more than 200 clinics. Remember: Enrolled Healthy Way LA patients will automatically transition to Medi-Cal under the New Health Care Law. Click here for more information.
 
If you have questions, our trained specialists can help you. Call 1- 877-333-HWLA today.
 
If you think you meet the eligibility criteria, enroll today! There are 4 ways to enroll:
 

  • At LAC+USC's HWLA Saturday Enrollment Events. Click here for more information
  • At a community enrollment event. Click here for more information.
  • At a participating clinic. To find a clinic near you, please check the HWLA Provider Directory for a complete list of HWLA medical homes.
  • By mail. You can apply by mail. Click here for the application and instructions. Click here for the Spanish version.

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to enroll in Healthy Way L.A.:
 
Residency: Los Angeles County
Age: Adult, 19 to 64 years of age
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen/National or Legal Permanent Resident of 5 + years
Income: Monthly income limit ($1,274 or less for a family of one)
Pregnancy: Not pregnant or eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families
If you meet the requirements above, Healthy Way L.A. could be your passport to a healthier life. Healthy Way L.A. covers both outpatient AND inpatient services. Plus, you receive many other benefits like:
 
Primary Care by Appointment
Access to in-house pharmacies to fill your prescriptions
Preventive Care Mental Health Services
Access to Specialists
Urgent Emergency Medical Care Coverage
24/7 Nurse Advice Line
Caring, Multi-cultural staff who understand your needs


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Small Business Direct Install
Free Efficiency Upgrades for Your Business


 
 

The Small Business Direct Install (SBDI) Program is available to qualifying businesses whose average monthly electrical demand is 30 kilowatts (kW) or less. If you are interested in making your operation more energy and water efficient, LADWP can help. 
 

How It Works:
A trained Energy Service Representative (ESR) will contact you and arrange a time to visit your business and evaluate your energy and water use. This free assessment will identify areas where you can save energy and water.

If you agree with the recommendations, a representative will have you sign an Authorization Form and schedule an appointment to install the equipment at a time most convenient to you. The installation of the recommended equipment will be done without significant interference to your normal business operation – so you can stay open!

Energy and Water Saving Measures Include
• Upgrades to energy efficient lighting system and lamps
• LED exit signs
• Pipe and water heater insulation
• Pre-rinse spray valves
• Low-flow showerheads
• Faucet aerators
• Low-flow toilets

Qualifications
Open to LADWP business electric customers, in good standing, in rate class A-1, whose average monthly electrical use is 30 kW or less. Customers who lease their business are eligible for program participation, but landlord permission is required.

How to Apply
Participation is easy. Everything including the assessment, energy-efficient products, and the installation are provided at 
no cost to you! To signup, visit www.ladwp.com/sbdi or call 1- 877-714-1254.



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City of Los Angeles - CityRide Program

 
 

Cityride is a transportation assistance program for individuals age 65 or older and qualified disabled persons in the City of Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. The program offers Cityride participants reduced costs for the purchase of City of Los Angeles permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services.
 
This guide presents program procedures and rules.
 
The Cityride Program is a transportation program funded by Proposition A, Local Transit Assistance (PALTA) funds and administered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation with the assistance of the Department of Aging. 

For more information regarding the Cityride program call (213) 808-7433 or click here.
 

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MyLA 311 App


Want to make sure LA stays beautiful? Then use MyLA311MyLA311 is designed to bring city services to the palm of your hand.
 
Through MyLA311, you can:

  • Report graffiti, potholes, bulky items, and more
  • Pay your LADWP bill
  • Locate and get directions to local parks, libraries, and other city facilities
  • Follow the Twitter and Facebook accounts of city departments and your local elected officials>
Whenever you submit a request through MyLA311, the respective city department receives an email with the details of your request. If you like, you can include your contact information so the city can follow up with you if they need more details about your request.

You can download the MyLA311 Mobile App here:
 
iPhone - Download Here
 
Android - Download Here

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Keep Us Informed!
 
Do you have an important announcement or news item that should be shared with El Sereno and surrounding communities? Please forward any announcements to julio.esperias.jr@lacity.org. Additionally, please feel free to share our newsletter throughout all of your networks.
 

 
 
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