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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
September 27, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

Councilmember Huizar joins community members and city officials for groundbreaking, which will vastly improve First Street in Boyle Heights.
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In This Newsletter:

Councilmember Leads Effort for Change to USC Plan at Hazard Park

Councilmember Huizar has been instrumental in making sure USC engage with community members, residents and concerned citizens regarding the university’s plans to extend Norfolk Street through Hazard Park to Soto Street as part of USC’s Master Plan to expand its Medical Campus west of Hazard Park.
During early discussions with USC, Councilmember Huizar withheld his support for the project, asking university officials to first meet with residents, hear their concerns and more importantly, make a good-faith effort to act on those concerns.
At the Councilmember’s request, two Town Hall meetings were held at Hazard Park where residents and Hazard Park supporters spoke about the lack of an interactive relationship between the various surrounding eastside neighborhoods and the university, as well as concerns about the effects of cutting through the park and a lack of park and community improvements being offered in return.
Councilmember Huizar’s office and residents subsequently asked USC to consider alternative routes that would not cut through the park. In a meeting with Councilmember Huizar’s staff this week, USC proposed an alternative plan that would extend the street south of the park to Soto without cutting directly through Hazard Park.
This is an obvious improvement from what was first proposed and comes as a direct result of community input and good-faith pressure from Councilmember Huizar’s office.
While this is a significant and important first step by USC, Councilmember Huizar believes there is still room for improvement. He has concerns regarding parking and agrees with the community that more is needed in terms of community benefits.
He has asked USC to address these concerns and then take it back to the community to hear their feedback. In the coming days and weeks, Councilmember Huizar will continue to encourage and engage in dialogue among USC, the community and his office.
The Councilmember understands the social and cultural importance of Hazard Park. He will not support any project that undermines that.
However, if there is an opportunity to improve the park, while allowing USC to improve its campus and the community supports it, we should seriously consider it.

Work on $12 Million First Street Improvement Continues!

Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce that work on the Eastside Access Pedestrian Improvements for Boyle Heights’ First Street is continuing, with major components beginning this week and continuing in the coming months.

Councilmember Huizar worked with Metro and the City’s Department of Public Works to bring the $12 million improvements in and around First Street to help increase pedestrian and ridership traffic around the Gold Line, which opened in 2009, as well as support local businesses and the burgeoning Boyle Heights Arts District. 

As part of that vision, the First Street Arts and Civic Streetscape improvements are underway. A key part of that work is a major sidewalk facelift for the Boyle Heights Arts District from Mariachi Plaza to the Soto Station. Newly decorative sidewalks will enhance safety by replacing old sidewalks damaged by tree roots and create a better overall business, pedestrian and bicycling experience in Boyle Heights.

“With the help and support of the Boyle Heights community, we’ve worked diligently for a number of years to improve Boyle Heights after decades of neglect,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “That work is paying off with billions of dollars in public improvements over the last several years, particularly here on First Street where a mix of public and private investment is truly opening a new chapter in the history of Boyle Heights. With its arts-themed focus and decorative sidewalks, the First Street Arts and Civic Streetscape project will give the area a much-needed facelift that compliments the unique character of Boyle Heights.”

Other additions include decorative lights and street furnishings that compliment and enhance the Arts corridor along First Street.

The Urban Forestry Division and the Board of Public Works approved a plan that will see the planting of 180 new trees to coincide with installation of the new decorative sidewalk. The tree replacement plan removes many existing trees on the corridor that have caused damage to the sidewalks and created a safety hazard.  Once the project is completed, First Street will be home to twice the number of trees it has today and the new trees will not damage the integrity of the new sidewalks.

Work on the Eastside Access Project will continue in sections in order to minimize the effect on local businesses.

The Eastside Access Improvement Project includes input from a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Notice for meetings and letters to residents and affected businesses are sent out by the City of L.A. and Metro.

As part of this improvement project, Councilmember Huizar announced in April the groundbreaking for the Garden Street on Bailey, an extension of Mariachi Plaza through sidewalk and lighting improvements with improved landscaping. Garden Street on Bailey Improvements will also include two small gardens at the corner of Bailey and Pennsylvania. That work should be completed this fall.

Other related improvements include a newly decorated First Street and Cummings Plaza, which is scheduled to begin and end construction in 2014.

Phase I of The Eastside Access Project work included a Bicycle Network for Boyle Heights, including funding for green bike lanes on 1st Street and Echandia Street. Sharrows designating bikeways were also added to adjacent streets.

As a former Metro Board Director and current City Councilmember, Councilmember Huizar worked to include 1st Street in the 2010 Master Bike Plan, add bike lanes and support an arts, pedestrian and business-focused plan for improving First Street, which in turn will increase ridership along the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension.

Exide Ordered to Reduce Production

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will soon begin administering blood tests to Boyle Heights' residents who may have been exposed to lead, arsenic and other harmful contaminates.
The testing reportedly will be paid for by Exide, the Vernon Battery Recycling company that is at the center of a heated debate regarding possible harmful exposure to residents of Boyle Heights and other surrounding communities.
The call for voluntary testing comes on the heels that the AQMD recently ordered Exide to reduce production by 25% following reports of higher than allowed lead readings in the area. Councilmember Huizar expressed concern over the latest news:
"While I'm pleased that continual oversight at Exide allowed the AQMD to identify this latest lead problem and order an immediate production reduction at the plant, I have very serious concerns over the seemingly endless problems that continue to arise there," Councilmember Huizar said. "High lead and arsenic levels being released into the air of our communities simply cannot continue. Again, it is my hope that those agencies and courts that oversee Exide ultimately make the right choice for the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work around the plant."

White Memorial: Community Health Wellness & Safety Fair

White Memorial Medical Center
1720 E Cesar Chavez Ave. 
Los Angeles CA 90033

October 12, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

FREE *Flu Shots, Medical Screenings and.....

Body Fat Analysis             Dental                      Senior Pavilion           Information Booths
**Cholesterol                **Diabetes                    Kids Zone                     Ask the Doctor 
Osteoperosis                   Hypertension           Safety Zone                 Fitness Activities

*Flu Shots are limited and will be offered to people 9 years and older on a first come first serve basis.
**Cholesterol and / or Diabetes screenings, fasting 8 hours before-hand is encourages to obtain accurate results.

Free Parking is available. Public Transportation: Take the Metro and exit at Mariachi Plaza Metro Station.
Funded by the USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant.
For more information call (323) 442-3572 or email

Veteran Homebuyer Workshop

Boyle Heights Technology Center
1600 E. 4th Street 
Los Angeles CA 90033

September 28, 2013
9:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Are you a veteran seeking to purchase a home, but are not sure where to start? Enroll today in our comprehensive homebuyer workshop, and learn more about the home buying process and benefits of the VA Loan program. We will provide you with the information and tools needed to reach your dream of homeownership!
Topics covered include:
  • Money Management -Money Management Money Management - Credit
  • Home Buying Process -Home Buying Process Home Buying Process -VA Loans
To register please contact: (323) 604-1973 or

6th Annual La Feria de Los Moles

Placita Olvera
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, 90012

October 6, 2013
10:00 am – 7:00 pm 
Join Councilmember José Huizar for this family friendly event showcasing the traditional and authentic Mole recipes from the states of Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, and Guerrero. The event will include the best mole contest, live music, folkloric regional dances, food demonstrations, arts and crafts booths and much more.
Brought to you by the Union de Poblanos en el Exterior in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. For further information please contact (323) 246-6430 or visit:


"Light in the Darkness" at CASA 0101

CASA 0101
2102 E. First Street 
Los Angeles CA 90033

September 6 - September 29
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays 5:00 pm

Casa 0101 Theater and Mexica Films present “Light In The Darkness,” a story of young gang member’s journey from self-destruction to self-realization.  Written by Victor Tamayo and directed and adapted by Ramon “Monxi” Flores, the play will be presented at the new Casa 0101 Theater.  

Self Help Graphics: Community Art Workshops

Every Saturday in October, Self Help Graphics offers the following Dia de Los Muertos Community Art Workshops. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics & Art! This event is free for the entire familia and includes the skill share and creation of flores de papel (paper flowers), paper maché life size calaveras, papel picado, mask making, and calaca rattles. The work created will be a part of our décor for the big celebration!

For more information on how to volunteer contact:
Amber Amaro
Volunteer Coordinator
(323) 881-6444

Learn English and Computers for Free!

Pueblo del Sol
Community Service Center
1300 Plaza del Sol
Los Angeles, CA 90033

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics Class
August 26, 2013 – November 27, 2013
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9 am – 11:40 am

Computer Class, Level 1
August 27, 2013 – November 26, 2013
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 am – 12 pm

Students will receive: Learning! Bus Tokens! Raffles! Free Childcare!

LACC requires 40 students to keep the class, so your participation is important!

To enroll, please come to class or call (323) 980-8100



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 at (323) 342-4100 


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.

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

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)
Immigration Community Workshop
Saturday September 28 3:00-5:00pm
Questions will be answered regarding immigration reform, the immigration system, and more.  See the library website or call for more details.
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) 482-7243 or email her at
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