Check out this week's CD 14 Boyle Heights newsletter for more info on upcoming events in Boyle Heights!

District Offices

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788

Boyle Heights
1870 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 266-7511

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

Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
August 9, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

The new Boyle Heights City Hall undergoes final touch ups leading up to the ribbon cutting this Saturday August 10, 2013 at 10am.
Have an awesome picture  to share? Please do! Send photos to   Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review. 


In This Newsletter:

New CD 14 Boyle Heights Office Open July 29th!

Our office will be moving to our newly renovated Boyle Heights City Hall located at 2130 E. 1stStreet (1st & Chicago) on Monday, July 29th.
Our new office number is (323) 526-9332 and our fax is (323) 526-9366.
 Stop by to visit us on the 2nd floor, Suite 241 and join is in our Boyle Heights City Hall Grand Opening & Open House on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. (See details below)


Boyle Heights City Hall Ribbon Cutting & Back to School Resource Fair

Saturday, August 10th
10 a.m.
2130 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Join Councilmember José Huizar on Saturday, August 10th for the opening of the newly renovated and retrofitted Boyle Heights City Hall building. Other agencies and community organizations that will have space at the new Boyle Heights City Hall include the Housing and Community Investment Department, Bureau of Street Services, Department of Aging, College Track, SCE Credit Union, and others.

In 2008, our former CD 14 Boyle Heights offices were severely damaged during the Chino Hills earthquake.  Thanks to Councilmember Huizar, working with the City’s Bureau of Engineering and General Services Department, this historic building located at First and Chicago underwent a multi-million restoration that will be the final piece to Councilmember Huizar’s vision for a Boyle Heights Civic Center at First and Chicago, which has already seen the completion of the new Hollenbeck Police Station, Ross Valencia Park, and a renovated Benjamin Franklin Library.

Come take a look at the building and be a part of the Back to School & Resource Fair in preparation for the new school year. There will also be kids activities and a fruit tree giveaway, we look forward to seeing you there!

For further information or to RSVP, please contact the Boyle Heights office at (323) 526-3059.


Auto Body & Repair Expo

August 20, 2013
8:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (in the Transportation Department)
400 W Washington Blvd  
Los Angeles, CA 90015
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is holding an event for auto repair and auto body shops in Boyle Heights.  Qualified businesses (facilities located within the specified zip codes and possessing a current business license) are eligible to receive an aqueous brake washing system for their business.  Likewise, technicians from qualified auto body shops can participate in a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a laser guided paint system.  Technicians that successfully complete the training will receive a laser for use at the qualified auto body shop.  There also will be a workshop on SCAQMD Rules and free ride &drives of the latest clean air cars.  Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP please call: (909) 396-3096 


US Courthouse Subcontracting Seminar

All interested firms, especially Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, are cordially invited to learn about subcontracting opportunities for the U.S. Courthouse-Los Angeles. Come meet the team and learn about the project, schedule, subcontracting opportunities, and Small Business goals.

Meet the Project Team and Get Involved!

WhenAugust 15, 2013, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. 

Los Angeles City Hall, 3rd Floor Rotunda
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, California 90012

• Introductions
• Project Overview
• Project Small Business Goals
• Potential Subcontractor Opportunities
• Networking/Matchmaking

Bring photo identification for security clearance. See Parking Information below.

Parking Instructions
The Parking Structure is located at 201 N. Los Angeles Street (under City Hall East), just south of Temple on the west side of the street, directly across from Parker Center. Enter underground parking structure heading south on Los Angeles St., check-in at the security kiosk. After parking, take elevators to 3rd floor. Follow the signs to the Pedestrian Bridge. See the security officer (show your ID), walk across Bridge to the Rotunda and then the Public Works Board Room on 3rd Floor, just north of Rotunda.

Hosted by the US General Service Administration’s Office of Small Business Utilization, Clark Construction Group - California, LP, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Legacy Harmony Music Series

September 7, 2013 LITTLE TOKYO LIVE 2013 -- at JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theatre
Building Cultural Bridges Through Music, Education & Commerce among CD 14 communities, ELA-born and raised Japanese Americans and others have coalesced with the Little Tokyo business community and the Jazz At Drew volunteer support group (known as ZOKU) to launch the LEGACY HARMONY MUSIC SERIES, a community building initiative based upon music performances of all genres, starting with jazz, jazz fusion, R&B and funk, aimed at a multi-generational audience, for the benefit of student scholarships.
September 7, 2013 LITTLE TOKYO LIVE 2013 -- at JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theatre
Noon – 4 p.m. (free to the public):  Emerging Artists at JACCC Noguchi Plaza
7 p.m. – Aratani Theatre: ELA-based Japanese American taiko groups (Irasshai - Community Rhythms) With 80s Hitmakers, Lakeside & A Taste of Honey, Featuring Janice-Marie Johnson.
Tickets $50-$20 available at
Sponsorship Opportunities (private and nonmonetary for qualifying nonprofits with youth programs), including Balcony Sponsors covering balcony ticket distribution to youth and families for the Aratani Theatre performances. 
Contact Michael Downer with ZOKU for more sponsorship information at (310) 384-5184.

3rd Annual LA Taco Festival

August 17, 2013
12:00pm - 8:00pm

Mariachi Plaza 
First Street & Boyle Avenue

Come out to the 3rd annual LA Taco Festival to eat delicious tacos from restaurants and taco trucks throughout the City. The event is free and opened to the public, featuring Mariachi Shows, Arts & Crafts, Live Music, and Community Resources.

This event is organized by Jovenes Inc., a non-profit empowering youth.

You are encouraged to take the Gold Line to: Mariachi Plaza. For further information please visit



July 19 - August 11, 2013
Friday & Saturday 10 am -  5 pm
Sunday 5 pm

Casa 0101 The
2102 E. First Street
Los Angeles CA 90033

General Admission - $20
Students & Seniors - $17
Boyle Heights Residents - $15
Preview July 12-14 - $15 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! Trio Los Machos celebrates the lives of a male musical trio that gets fired after signing together for 50 years. Faced with uncertainty, they explore their past and their journey into music after escaping the Bracero Program. With songs made famous by Trio Los Panchos, they survive the U.S. and inspire others to fall in love, all while keeping their own secrets from each other. 

For Tickets:
(323) 263 - 7684

Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) -- Volunteers Needed! 

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.  
What: Crisis Response Team Volunteer Program
When: Monday & Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Dates: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 – Wednesday, October. 23, 2013
Where: LAPD Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles
Download the CRT application here:
** Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply **
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)
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 victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a 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. 

Boyle Heights Beat now seeking youth reporters 

Are you a teenager who lives or attends school in Boyle Heights?
Have you ever thought about reporting for your community on topics of health, art and culture or local heroes?
Boyle Heights Beat  is currently seeking youth reporters to participate in an internship program beginning in August. Since 2011, students from the area’s high schools have been mentored by professional journalists to produce a bilingual quarterly community newspaper— por y para la comunidad.
Youth reporters have an opportunity to provide a voice for their community through storytelling—by learning the basics of journalism and interviewing city and state politicians, community leaders, artists and citizens on various topics affecting their neighborhood.
Their stories are published on our website as well as La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country. Interested students must either be a Boyle Heights resident or be enrolled in one of Boyle Heights’ high schools and must commit to regular meetings to complete their stories.
To apply and get more details, email with your name, age, grade, school and phone number.



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: Installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit.

WHEN: Weekends beginning 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, 2013 (excluding Labor Day weekend).

WHERE: Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Rd. adjacent to Metro Operations/Division 13 project site and the Los Angeles River Bridge.

  • 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.

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 a

Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Every Friday
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

Every Sunday
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.


(EGP Photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
6:00 pm

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.
Teen Council 
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 

Student Zone
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

Arts & Crafts
Thursday August 15, 4:00-5:00pm
Reading with BARK Therapy Dogs
Tuesday August 20, 4:00-5:00pm
Thursday August 22, 4:00-5:00pm

Family Movie Night
Thursday August 29 6:00pm
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)
Teen Summer Reading Club: Smoothie Workshop and Pizza Party!
Friday August 2, 3:00pm
Teens come join us for our Summer 'Reading is So Delicious' finale party. Free pizza, fruit smoothie workshop, ice cream, and a prize raffle!
Movie Day
Wednesday August 7, 4:00-5:30pm
Teen council
Wednesday August 14, 4:00-5:00pm
Anime Club 
Wednesday August 21, 4:00-5:00pm
Game Day
Wednesday August 28, 4:00-5:00pm
Citizenship Classes
10:00 am-12:15 pm
Are you considering becoming a U.S. citizen? Come to the library for a series of 12 classes to prepare for the citizenship interview and exam. The classes are presented by CARECEN in English and Spanish.
Investing for Beginners
Monday August 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Life Story Writing
Saturday August 17, 2:00-4:00pm
Computer Classes
Monday August 5 and August 19, 4:30-5:30pm
Downloading Music & Movies with your Library Card
Monday August 26, 4:30-5:30pm
For more information 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
*Medi-CAL Card
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


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
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) 252-4097 or email her at
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