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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 15, 2013

 


Community Photo of the Week



 Honoring our Veterans at the El Sereno Veterans Day Tribute
 

Have an awesome picture of El Sereno to share? Please do! Send photos to julio.esperias.jr@lacity.org. Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review.
 


In This Newsletter:


 

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin

 


Community Notice: Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Abatement
 


The Department of Recreation and Parks is performing abatement of asbestos containing materials and lead-based paint on the interior and exterior areas of a Community Building, known as the "Clubhouse" at El Sereno Recreation Center (4721 Klamath Street, Los Angeles 90032). The work began Tuesday, November 12th and is scheduled to continue through November 26, between the hours of 7am to 3:30pm.

This endeavour came about upon the completion of survey of asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and hazardous materials on done by  URS Corporation (URS) on behalf of the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks. This survey followed EPA guidelines. 

The building will be demolished in preparation for possible redevelopment. But most importantly this will keep our children and families safe from harms way of exposure to any hazardous materials. The Community Building has been closed to the public for a  number of years. The Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar along with Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks will be working with the El Sereno Recreation Center Park Advisory Board (PAB) and the community to look at how to redevelop this area of the park. 

All asbestos abatement activities will be conducted by the following city-approved abatement and air monitoring contractors, and will be done in compliance with applicable Federal, State and local regulations. If you have questions or concerns please contact Lisa Walldez, Environmental Specialist, at (213) 202-2264.

Abatement Contractor: Asbestos Instant Response: 3517 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles 90018

Air Monitoring Contractor: Integrity Environmental Inc: 16 Peppertree, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 
 

Councilmember Huizar is dedicated to improving and expanding park space, which are essential to keeping people and communities healthy, all throughout Council District 14. Not so long ago,  El Sereno Arroyo Playground on Alhambra Avenue opened – a project that occurred in large part after Councilmember José Huizar successfully lobbied Caltrans to lease the land to the City for a long-term (25-year) lease – a rare action for the state agency. Also just recently a new Fitness Zone was installed at El Sereno North Park (Guardia Park), which is an are easy-to-use outdoor gym that brings a new set of healthy activities to the park experience.

 

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El Sereno Business Watch


 

Date:              Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time:              10am to 11am
Place:             4927 Huntington Drive Los Angeles 90032
 

Councilmember Jose Huizar and the Los Angeles Police Department invite you to attend the El Sereno Business Watch. Every month we will feature guest speakers. If you are small business owner in El Sereno come join us in taking a step toward a safer environment for yourself, your employees, your customers and the community of El Sereno as a whole. For more information, please contact Julio Torres at (323) 226-1646


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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 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. 


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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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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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