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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
 February 21, 2014

 


Community Photo of the Week




Councilmember Jose Huizar enjoying moments with Council District 14 Seniors at his 7th Annual Senior Snowall


 
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

 


 

Councilmember Jose Huizar Invites You to Join in a CD 14 Valley Boulevard Community Clean Up 

 

 

Please join Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD14 staff, University Hills residents and community organizations for a comprehensive community clean-up March 8, 2014. Come ready to work, have fun and enjoy beautifying our beloved University Hills community! 
 
Augie's Fiesta Market (meeting area)
5008 Valley Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90032

March 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Specials Thanks to: El Sereno Coordinating Council, El Sereno Stallions, University Hills Neighborhood Watch, Our Town El Sereno, Barrio Action, and Aztec Rising 


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Councilmember Jose Huizar and City of Los Angeles Honor El Sereno Community Coordinating Council

 

 

Congratulations to the El Sereno Community Coordinating Council on City resolution presented today by Councilmember Huizar. Established in 1934, this organization is all about improving the community and serving the residents of the proud community of El Sereno!


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Hermon Works with Councilmember Huizar's Office, Law Enforcement, to Stop Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary 

 

 

The Hermon community rallied as they came together to voice their concerns against a proposal to open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary (MMD) inside the Monterey Plaza. On Wednesday, February 5th, over 150 community members filled the Hermon Fellowship Center to say no to the illegal medical marijuana dispensary. In a coordinated effort led by community leaders, Wendi Riser, Judy Shane, Andrea Moran and Anne Sakamoto, they reached out to the Office of Councilmember José Huizar voicing their concerns about the proposed MMD and quickly organized a community meeting.

Councilmember Huizar’s office reached out to the proposed operator, informed him his operation wouldn’t be legal under Measure D, and asked him to meet with the community.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to hear from Captain Martin Baeza - LAPD Hollenbeck Division, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, and several staff members from the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar. After hearing from the community and officials on hand, the operator, to his credit, said he would not open in Hermon.

Councilmember Huizar’s office respects the voters’ wishes in passing Measure D, but is diligent in reporting all non-Measure D eligible MMDS to LAPD, the City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. The City Attorney’s office said at the Hermon meeting that no fewer than nine illegal operations in Council District 14 are currently under investigation.

In order to avoid possible punitive legal action, it is imperative that property owners understand their responsibility in leasing space to only legal medical marijuana collectives. For information on ensuring property owners stay in compliance with Measure D, please click here.


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Cash In Your Lawn 


 

                    

The LADWP California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program provides residential and commercial customers with cash incentives for replacing healthy turf with water wise landscaping features. In place of water-thirsty and high maintenance grass, put in California Friendly® plants, mulch, and permeable pathways to save money while conserving water. Residential customers can receive up to $2 per square foot of turf removed. Commercial customers can get $1 per square foot.

 

Outdoor Water Conservation

                  

Approximately 40 percent of water use in Los Angeles is outdoors. To help conserve water, LADWP encourages customers with turf or grass areas to plant California Friendly® species that require less water, once established.

 

Benefits of California Friendly Landscaping

                  

California Friendly® plants are natural to the California climate, attractive, resilient, non-invasive, easy to maintain, and water wise year-round.

 

Elements of a California Friendly® Landscape

                  

Landscapers can select from a rich and diverse plant palette of California Friendly® trees, perennials, groundcover, vines, succulents and shrubs. There are also ways to enhance a landscape with non-vegetative groundcover or paving materials like decomposed granite, pea gravel, rocks, pebbles, mulch and wood chips.       

        

 

Apply for a Rebate

                  

Get your California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program application pre-approved before starting the project. A pre-approval package and guidelines for eligibility are on www.LADWP.com/CF

                  

* Incentives may change. Please check the website prior to starting your project.

 

                

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Councilmember Huizar Invites You To Learn About People St  


 

Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets — into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.

 

This effort began when Councilmember Huizar introduced legislation on the City Council, directing City departments to assist with the installations of Parklets in Council District 14 and create a program to do more throughout the City. With community support and participation, four pilot Parklets were successfully installed on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, Highland Park on York Boulevard, and two on Spring Street in Downtown L.A. Councilmember Huizar also helped bring the City’s first bike corral to CD14.

 

People St expands on those earlier efforts and is overseen by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in collaboration with the Los Angeles City Council, City of Los Angeles Departments of Public Works and City Planning, the Mayor’s Office, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  

 

LADOT will be presenting an overview of the program and walking you through the application.

 

LADOT has held a series of seminars, and below are details of the latest one:

Westside: Monday, Feb 24, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, 90066,
 
For more information on People St: visit peoplest.lacity.org or email peoplest@lacity.org
 


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New Street Lighting on Reynolds Avenue  


 

The residents of the 3300 Block of Reynolds Avenue organized and filed a written petition to the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar about the lack of street lighting on this block, and how it was a public safety concern. After receiving this request, the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar coordinated with the Bureau of Street Lighting and LADWP to look into this matter. After assessing the request, new street lighting was installed and now the residents feel safe and the block is well lit at night. A special thank you to Melanie Masteron for bringing this concern to Council District 14. 


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Free Tax Preparation by Barrio Action 

 

Date:              Started on Saturday, February 8 thru April 2014
Time:              By Appointment Only!  
Place:           Barrio Action 
                       4927 Huntington Dr North, Suite 200, Los Angeles 90032
 

Barrio Action will prepare your taxes for FREE! Just call (323) 221-0779 to schedule an appointment. 

All you have to do is bring the following documents: 

  • Photo ID for yourself and/or spouse
  • Information regarding your wages/expenses
  • Social Security Card for all family members
  • All W-2 forms, 1099 forms, etc
  • ITIN number for all family members (if applicable)
  • Copy of last year's tax return
  • Bank account and routing number (for Director Deposit)
  • Tuition fees and expenses (applicable for college students)
  • Payments make to day care provider and their ID number (only if applicable)
  • Tax payer must be present 
 

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2nd Annual Wilson Baseball Alumni Game Fundraiser

 

 

Date:              Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time:              Baseball Game Starts at 9:30am   
                        Softball Game Starts at 1pm
Place:           
Wilson High School Baseball Field
                       4500 Multnomah St, Los Angeles, CA 90032
 
This is the 2nd Annual Wilson Baseball Alumni Game Fundraiser featuring the Wilson Mules Alumni Team versus the 2014 Wilson Baseball team. Proceeds will go towards the Wilson Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity programs as well as the Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball programs. 

For more information contact Julio Torres at julio@ourtownelsereno.com for more information. 

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ESCCC's "It's Time To Mardi Gras" Fundraiser


 

Date:              Friday, February 28, 2014
Time:              8pm
Place:           
Hecho En Mexico 
                       4976 Huntington Drive South, Los Angeles 90032
 
The El Sereno Community Coordinating Council invites you to celebrate their 1st Annual "It's Time To Mardi Gras" fundraiser event. 

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • Presale $7.00/ per person - $10.00/ a couple 
  • At the Door $10.00/ per person - $15.00/ a couple
  • To purchase a ticket please contact ESCCC at mardigas.esccc@gmail.com

     

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All Saints School Pancake Breakfast with LAFD Station No. 47

Date:              Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time:              9am to 11am
Place:           All Saints Parish Hall
 
                       3420 Portola Avenue , Los Angeles 90032
 
All Saints School, alongside LAPD Station No. 47, invites you to a Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit, and your choice of milk, orange juice, or coffee. The price of the plate will be $5. 

 

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70's Fundraiser - Barrio Action

 

Date:              Friday, February 21, 2014
Time:              7pm to Midnight
Place:           Hecho En Mexico 
                      4976 Huntington Dr South, Los Angeles 90032
 

Barrio Action strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families of Northeast Los Angeles. The programs focus on education, youth and family counseling, fitness and nutrition, community engagement and empowerment. 

The entrance is $10/person (21 and older), all proceeds will benefit Barrio Action. 
 

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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!
 
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