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
March 29, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

 Photo of Councilmember Huizar kicking-off Boyle Heights Soars Job Fair at Puente Learning Center
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In This Newsletter:

Councilmember Reacts to Pollution Violations in Vernon

As was reported in the Los Angeles Times and EGP News, Exide Technologies, a battery recycling operation in the City of Vernon, has been ordered by the AQMD to reduce the higher than acceptable levels of arsenic being released in the atmosphere, which among other health risks, increases cancer risks to those exposed over a long period of time.
The order from the AQMD affects as many as 110,000 residents in Southeast Los Angeles and other surrounding communities, including Boyle Heights.
With the supervision of the AQMD, Exide must now hold public meetings to inform the public on a plan of action to reduce the harmful pollutants.
As the Chair of the City’s Energy & Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar has invited the AQMD and the City Attorney’s Office to Wednesday’s 2 p.m. E & E meeting at City Hall to provide an update.

“I am outraged and appalled by the recent findings of high levels of arsenic and cancer risks associated with operations at Exide Technologies,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “As the Councilmember representing Boyle Heights and as a father who is raising his four children there, I join all Boyle Heights residents and the surrounding affected communities in demanding that these unacceptable exposure levels be addressed immediately by Exide, regardless of the financial costs. From a regulatory standpoint, The AQMD must use all of its authority to protect residents from dangerous emissions, and I intend to work closely with them to control this polluter.”

In the past, Councilmember Huizar has encouraged the City to file suit against two recycling businesses in Boyle Heights that were, in the City’s opinion, operating without proper permits. The City successfully closed one down. The Councilmember also led the effort to have the City of Los Angeles join Southeastern communities in opposing the expansion of the Vernon Power Plant.

Tuesday’s, April 3, 2013 2 p.m. Energy & Environment Committee meeting
City Hall
200 N. Spring St., Room 1010 (10th Floor)
Los Angeles, 90012
Please call the Boyle Heights Office at (323) 526-3059 for more information.


New CD 14 Website Now Up and Running!


The Council District 14 Website has been revamped and relaunched. Please visit to learn vital information about the district and the services and resources available to you, as well as issues and projects our office is working on.
If you have a service request or any other City need, you can use the CD14 website to contact our office directly or submit a service-request via email. Let your family and friends know that they can also sign up for the CD 14 eNewsletter at our website.
Check it out when you have a chance and hope you enjoy it. You can visit our new Council District 14 website by going to, or just type in
Website design by Ulisses Sanchez


Grand Opening Ceremony for Costello Park Fitness Campus Playground and Basketball Refurbishment project

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Lou Costello Jr. Recreation Center 
3141 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
Join Couniclmember Huizar and the Los Angeles Clippers for the Ribbon Cutting of Costello Parks updated fitness campus and Basketball courts. Members of the Los Angeles Clippers will be on hand hosting FIT Clinics including basketball, exercise and play stations. 


Neighborhood Purpose Grant

Looking to improve your community? Apply for A Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG) through the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. An NPG should build community and enhance the neighborhood once completed. Any grant issued must be for a public purpose: in short, how will the grant help the community? Projects may encompass a wide range and can include, but are not
limited to:
The Arts
Community Support
Community Improvements.  
Visit the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Website at or contact Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Funding Program at (213) 485-1360. Deadline to apply is April 1st, 2013. College Track Accepting Applications
College Track is a college access program that works with incoming 9th grade students for 8-10 years until they earn a four-year college degree!  They serve Roosevelt High School and are looking for 60 motivated, dedicated scholars from the Class of 2017 who want to transform Boyle Heights into a college-going community.  Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2013! For more information visit their website at: or e-mail Tina, Boyle Heights Site Director, at


The 2013 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute High School Latino Leaders in D.C.  recruitment information is now available!

The FREE six day civic engagement and leadership program for Latino high school students will take place July 14-19th in Washington, D.C. Students must reside in Los Angeles County, Orange County or San Bernardino County and meet the following requirements:

·         Be a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student
·         Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement

 The program application is due Monday, April 8th at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time and can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact, Aarón Almada, Senior High School Programs Specialist at or 202.548.8781.


    Help Raise Funds for East LA Interchange
The Boyle Heights documentary East LA Interchange tells the neighborhood’s dynamic story – its history, its present, and its impact on the future of the U.S.  Please join them as they raise the funds to finish this film so they can screen it this summer!  You will get the satisfaction of being part of this inspirational story, plus you will receive amazing rewards for your efforts.  They have signed DVDs, Boyle Heights T-Shirts, limited edition prints, editing room visits, and VIP tickets to their premiere.  Please watch their trailer, share their link, and make a contribution today.

2013 Healthy Kids Day
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
 APRIL 27, 2013
2900 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90023
Bring the whole family for FREE swim, games, food, health screenings, crafts, giveaways and so much more! Make it a play date for the entire family!Call the YMCA at 323.260.7005 for more information. 

Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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 – 8:00 p.m. 
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.

2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Library
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), the Internal Revenue Service, and an array of community-based organizations and financial institutions will host the 2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair. 
 Participants will be able to talk to experts about a range of personal finance issues, review their credit report, and receive tax preparation services. Tax preparation services will be available by appointment only. Participants will also be able to meet with trained Financial Coaches for help with creating a budget or a plan to pay-off debt. LA County DPSS Eligibility Workers will also be available to help people apply for public benefits such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal
Workshops scheduled include:
  • First-time homebuyer seminar:  Orientation and resources available to help people buy their first home. 
  • Education savings programs: Information on matched savings programs to help parents save for their child’s college education.
  • Debt Consolidation/Credit Counseling:  How can you reduce debt, improve credit score, and save for a future investment.
  • Guard yourself against identify theft: Information for consumers on how to protect and repair their credit if victims of identity theft.
The registration is FREE and the event is open to to the public. Free tax preparation services are available by appointment only. Please call (323) 909-1975 to schedule. All CDD system contracts are required to promote this event with customers and extended networks.
Parking available at Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street, adjacent to the Central Library. Parking validation at the Library Information Desk (1st Floor) upon presenting a LAPL library card for $1.00 and for cars that enter parking garage after 10:00 a.m.  Without validation parking fee is $8.00

 Healthy Parenting: Three Workshops (Bilingual)
 Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street, 90033
Monday April 1, 6-7:30 pm - Jumpstart to Good Mental Health
Support your children and protect them from exposure to factors that may negatively impact mental health, well-being and academic success.
Conducted by the Zero to Five Program of VIP Community Mental Health Center.

Boyle Heights LGBTQ Forum
Community Resource Fair and Workshops 
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Mariachi Plaza
1831 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
9am   Registration
10am Program
11am Workshops 
12:30pm Lunch and Entertainment 
2:00pm Workshops
The Wall Las Memorias invites you to the first LGBTQ forum in Boyle Heights. Come learn how to make our homes, school &  neighborhoods safer and healthier for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) Youth and their families.This is a free event. All are welcome. 
For more information please call 323.286.7224 or visit 


Pennies and Keys Campaign in Support of Bracero Statue
The Union Binacional de Ex-Braceros is seeking your donations of pennies and keys or other copper materials to help build a statue that will be dedicated to the hard work of Mexican Braceros between 1942 and 1964.
Donations may be dropped off or delivered to the Mexican Cultural Institute at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is an ongoing campaign. For further information please contact Baldomero Capiz via email at

 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.

LA Business Source Center


The Los Angeles Business Source Center provides local businesses a suite of technical services.  These services are at no charge to businesses owners including strategic and analytical consulting, particularly in business development and engaging in State Enterprise Zones (SEZ). Programs include:

·        Business Training Workshops
·        One-on-One Consulting
·        Small Business Financing and  Loan Packaging
·        Employee Hiring/Work Force Development
·        Licensing and Permit
·        Business Accounting
For more information please contact (323)264-9020 or visit the office to schedule an appointment at 1852 E. 1st   Los Angeles, 90033. 


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.

 Coffee with your Congressman

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
PUENTE Learning Center
501 South Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Join Your Congressman for a cup coffee at Puente Learning Center to discuss Federal issues that are concerning to you. For more information please call: 213-481-1425.

Road map to High School College Prep Workshop
Thursday, April 18
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
Middle school students: are you college bound? Your path starts in High School! Learn about grade point averages, honor and AP classes, as well as what the College A-G requirements are and which extra-curricular activities to consider. Workshops are hosted in partnership with the Princeton review and are intended for Middle School Students and their parents.

Citizenship Test Study sessions 

Saturday, March 23 @1:00pm
Saturday, March 30 @1:00pm
Saturday, April 20 @1:00pm
Saturday, May 4 @1:00pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St
Come to the library and  study with others studying for  the citizenship test in English and Spanish. 

Student Zone at Stevenson Library
Monday - Thursday
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
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!

Rexlace Craft for Teens
Friday, April 19, 2013
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St
Make lanyards, keychains, or bracelets using Rexlace (vinyl craft lace). All materials will be supplied. Fun and free activity! 

Teen Council
First Friday of the month

Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
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. Snacks provided.

Thursday Night Movies at the library
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @5:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @5:00pm
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @5:00pm
Thursday, May 09, 2013@5:00pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St

Come watch a movie at the library! Its free and fun for the entire family. 

Family Story Time at Robert Louis Stevenson Library

4:00 PM
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St.
Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families.
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349


Boyle Heights Parent College Program 

 April 20th
May 18th
9am – 12:30pm
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
The Partnership for LA Schools will kickoff its Boyle Heights Parent College Program at Hollenbeck Middle School. The Partnership invites parents and families of Stevenson Middle School, Mendez Learning Center, Roosevelt High School, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Sunrise Elementary School to take part in this free program to learn about college readiness and access for our youth. Free childcare and breakfast will be provided, for further information, (213) 201-2000 X 234, (213) 201-2000 X 211.

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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