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Artist & Historic Core resident, Gabette, paints interactive art as Councilmember Huizar's Utility Box Mural Project Expands to Downtown L.A.
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January 24, 2014 Edition

In This Issue:


A Special Word From Councilmember Jose Huizar
Regarding his Daughter, Aviana
"Our little angel, Aviana, just turned 4 years old on January 15th. Your prayers and the quality of care she has received at Children's Hospital are the reasons why she is in remission and was able to return to school last week. She is a remarkable little girl who has fought hard with great courage and high spirits. Her doctor has placed her on a rigorous two year treatment plan which will include numerous and various medications and procedures, including chemotherapy.  We ask you to please continue praying for her recovery. We are blessed to have such an amazing network of family and friends. Click the link to see a special message to you from Aviana. Thank you."

- Jose Huizar
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Councilmember Huizar invites you to 
A Day On Broadway
What: Day on Broadway
           6th Anniversary of Councilmember Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway

When: Saturday, Jan. 25th
            Check-in:  11:30am


We are very excited about A Day on Broadway, this Saturday Jan. 25.  Pre-registration is now closed, and all guided tours and the Best of Broadway race are at full capacity.  But don't can still participate in A Day on Broadway!  

Self-guided theatre tours, and Theatre Talks are open to everyone, so come on down and bring your friends! Day-of registration will begin at 11:30am and the event will kickoff at 12:30pm. 
Six historic Broadway theatres (Million Dollar, Palace, Los Angeles, Tower, Globe and Orpheum) will be open to the public until 4pm.  Docents from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and Los Angeles Conservancy will be posted inside to give visitors information. Meander the corridor as your heart desires, check out historic sites and enjoy a rare glimpse inside Broadway's famous movie palaces.  
We're told it's been several decades since this many Broadway theatres were open to the public at the same time, and it's free, so don't miss it.  
Be sure to catch a Theatre Talk by noted theatre historian, Ed Kelsey of the League of Historic American Theatres, in one of the theatre auditoriums at scheduled times:
1:30pm - Million Dollar Theatre
2:30pm - Los Angeles Theatre 
3:30pm - Palace Theatre 

METRO RAIL to Pershing Square or 7th / Metro Station, bus or walk to Broadway
METRO Trip Planner:
Parking is available at the Joe's Auto Park lot located at 918 S. Broadway for special $6 flat daily rate for this event.  

Please visit www.DayOnBroadway.LA

Thanks for your support of Councilmember Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway, and for being a part of A Day On Broadway.  
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Councilmember Huizar's Utility Box Mural Project expands 
to Downtown Los Angeles
Councilmember José Huizar announced this week that new public art is debuting this week on six DOT utility boxes in Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core.  The six intersections surround Winston Street along Main and Los Angeles Streets at 4th, Winston and 5th Streets.

The downtown installation, comes after Councilmember Huizar recently announced the installation of nine utility box art  installations along the 1st Street Arts Corridor in Boyle Heights, a street that is currently undergoing $12 million in Gold Line related renovations due to funding Huizar helped secure through Metro several years ago. 

“This latest mural utility box project gives us another opportunity to bring art to the public right-of-way and celebrate local artists and history,” said Councilmember Huizar, describing how the project got started.  “I want to thank all our partners, especially the artists, for lending their extraordinary talents to the City of Los Angeles.”

118 Winston, a local art gallery and yoga studio, has been coordinating a series of murals in and around the historic “Indian Alley” to celebrate the Native American history of the site.  118 Winston’s Stephen Zeigler curated and coordinated the utility box installations, selecting artists who have recently contributed murals to the Indian Alley project. The artists contributing to the utility box installations include: Wild Life; Teacher; Free Humanity; Bandit; Skechy; and Gabbette.  The art installations contain positive messages, images celebrating Native American history, a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and even interactive art.

Councilmember Huizar has long pushed for more art in public places through his initiation of a 1st Street Arts Corridor in Boyle Heights and leading the effort to adopt a new Mural Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles.

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Restaurant of the Week: Pellicola Pizzeria
It's 2am and you're craving a hot slice of pizza?  Welcome to Pillocola Pizzeria, where you can chow down on some delicious pizza as late as 3am!  Cedd Moses has consulted with Guilio Adriani, creator of the hit pizza chainlet Forcella in New York, to open this rustic chic restaurant. The New York Times praises it as a "New York-meets-Naples pizza in downtown LA". 

The pizza is created from the finest Caputo flour mixed with American flour, left to ferment outside the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Cedd Moses says that the result is a light, chewy crust, with a structured base. And whats even better than a New York/Italian style slice of pizza? A movie of course. The word pellocola means "film" in Italian. True to its name, Pellocola will play classic movies on the front window that doubles as a projection screen. 

421 West 8th St, Los Angeles (213) 614-8000

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Metro Charter School Tours City Hall -- and So Can You!  
Photo: Even my son Simon joins in on a thumbsup to Los Angeles Public Library re-opening on Sundays at 9 branches including Central and Arroyo Seco thanks to voters and Measure L!
This September we proudly welcomed the Metro Charter Elementary School to our Downtown community. Councilmember Huizar personally testified at the LAUSD board meeting to ensure the success of this project. This new elementary school aims at providing children the high quality education that is typically only found in wealthy suburbs. The need for a quality elementary school education has been a long time desire for young parents who wish to stay downtown, but who may not want to pay for private schools in order to give their children a education. The Metro Charter school is a huge step forward for the DTLA communities as couples begin to start families and set here roots in the area. 

This week, Councilmember Huizar proudly toured The Metro Charter School class of 2016 kindergartners through City Hall. The tour included some of the famous gifts and treasures received from LA's sister cities, ending with a spectacular view from City Hall's 27th floor observatory. You can also tour the beautiful City Hall building -- once the tallest building in LA -- for free. In addition, Free LA Tour is a two hour tour that starts at Union Station, walking site-seers through historical downtown monuments, and even stopping at some secret LA gems. This tour is perfect for even the seasoned LA resident. Check out their website at to sign up (for free!).   

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California's Driest Winter in 119 Years: What You Need to Know
Governor Jerry Brown recently announced a drought emergency, as California is experiencing its worst drought since weather records have been first recorded in the area. Click here to watch a video of how The LA Dept. of Water and Power is asking residents to take advantage of these money saving rebates to help save both water and money. 

LAWDP offers rebates for efficient appliances and devices. Nevertheless, It is estimated that 40% of LA's drinking water is used for irrigation. During this time of drought, LAWDP wants to reduce this number, making more drinking water available for residents.  The "Cash for Grass" program now offers up to $2 per square foot for customers who replace water-thirsty lawns with California Friendly landscapes. For those who wish to keep their lawns, please remember that house numbers ending in odd numbers should water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Customers with even numbered addresses should water their lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  Regardless of your address, all outdoor watering is prohibited between the hours of 9am and 4pm. 

In addition, LAWDP asks residents to take shorter showers and be mindful of wasting water. More information on LAWDP's water conservation programs, regulations and rebate incentives can be found at

We Want to Hear Your Voice at the Downtown Community Plan Meetings! 
       Meeting 1: Monday, February 3
       Meeting 2: Tuesday, February 4
.      Meeting 1: Cooper Design Space - Penthouse
                           860 South Los Angeles Street 
       Meeting 2: Union Church of Los Angeles
                           401 East 3rd Street

The Department of City Planning staff will be hosting two community meetings open to the public as part of the New Community Planning and Transit Neighborhood Planning efforts. Any and all interested residents, businesses, or other stakeholders are invited to join the meetings for a discussion about the future of DTLA. 

As you know, the cityscape of Downtown Los Angeles is constantly evolving. Help shape the city into the place that you want! Topics of discussion include: Building Design, Public Art, Visitors Amenities, Neighborhood Character and Park Planning. In the past, residents have advocated for more park space, and have made real changes in the planning and development of DTLA. Your voice has an impact! 

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Come and Enjoy Dozens of Exciting Events and Workshops 
This February at Los Angeles Central Library!
Photo: Even my son Simon joins in on a thumbsup to Los Angeles Public Library re-opening on Sundays at 9 branches including Central and Arroyo Seco thanks to voters and Measure L!
Last week, Councilmember Huizar proudly attended a ribbon-cutting at the Los Angeles Central Library to celebrate the restoration of Sunday hours at Central Library and eight regional branches (1-5 p.m.). Restoration of Sunday library service is made possible by voter-approved Measure L. The  Los Angeles Central Library hosts dozens of events and classes for the public to attend throughout the year. There are events for kids, teens, and adults with topics ranging from using 3D printers, how to start your own business, "what they don't teach you in school", or simply playing video games on the Xbox 360 and Wii. 

Click here to view the entire list of events calender for the Los Angeles Public Library, narrow down your search to the Central Library and enjoy an immense assortment of events to please all ages! 

Councilmember Huizar encourages you and yours to enjoy a nice Sunday book session at your local library and journey into the world of countless hidden treasures waiting on library shelves.

If you don't already have a library card, fill out this form and take to your local library or pre-register at this website to join the thousands of patrons of the Los Angeles Public Libraries!

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My Gangfree Life(R) Academy
Photo: Even my son Simon joins in on a thumbsup to Los Angeles Public Library re-opening on Sundays at 9 branches including Central and Arroyo Seco thanks to voters and Measure L!
The Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) will be holding its Gangfree Life® 3-day Academy Training and Certification Series beginning on Wednesday, January 29 to Friday, January 31, 2014. This event is scheduled to be held at the Holiday Inn in Harbor Gateway, CA and participants from Los Angeles and all over the United States are invited to attend. Participants will be provided with access to the academy, meals, networking reception, post conference field trip, certification of completion and a Gangfree Life® grab bag.

GAP’s vision is to prevent young people from joining gangs. The GAP mission is to eliminate the base of gang membership by having a generation of young people say “No” to gangs and “Yes” to positive lifestyle choices. GAP is excited to provide this first of its kind certification and training academy program to other local and national partners. My Gangfree Life®, is a State of California Principals of Learning approved in class gang prevention program and is based on the City of Paramount’s Gang Resistance (G.R.I.P) model. According to the USDOJ, Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, the program model is touted as a “Best Practices” program, which is a nationwide comprehensive gang strategy to address community gang problems.

We invite you to participate! Proceeds from this academy will be utilized to help keep kids out of gangs and graffiti off of our streets by training and certifying Gangfree Life® professionals. GAP is one of the best gang prevention programs ever conceived with many years of successful outcomes! 

There are several ways to get involved and to help. Sponsorships are available at three levels. In addition, you may purchase individual or group (3 or more ) scholarships for those who you would like to sponsor as a gangfree life® professional. See the enclosed for the detailed benefit list for each sponsorship level and for information on scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to register your sponsorship soon to receive the maximum visibility for your marketing dollars. 

Please contact  Victory Medina or SueAnn, GAP’s Public and Governmental Affairs team, at (310) 684-2059 or if you have any questions or need additional information. They would be delighted to include your company on our list of Academy supporters. The children of our communities count on people just like you! 

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Climb for Healthy Lungs and Clean Air at the AON Center 
What: Fight For Air Climb
Who: American Lung Association
When: April 5, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: AON center, 707 Wilshire Blvd. 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Over 100 years of research and public service in the cause of lung health has defeated tuberculosis, and helped keep tobacco advertising away from our children.

Funded in part by the Fight For Air Climb fundraising events, their research awards and grants program helps scientists discover new treatments and cures for lung diseases such as asthma and lung cancer. Their educational programs support those who wish to stop smoking and give people with COPD the tools to live fuller lives. And their advocacy team is committed to working with state and local leaders on issues such as smoke-free environments, enhancing tobacco prevention and control programs and reducing air pollution and global warming. 

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique national fundraiser for the American Lung Association taking place in prominent sky scrapers, stadiums or arenas across the U.S. Sometimes called a “vertical road race” teams and individual participants use this event as a fitness target as well as to honor or remember a loved one affected by lung disease. The Los Angeles climb is taking place on April 5, 2014 inside Los Angeles’ 2nd tallest building, the Aon Center. Supporters climb all 1,391 stairs (63 floors) of the building to reach the roof top, where they are met with 360 degree views of Los Angeles. After the climb, enjoy refreshments, massages, team photos, music, a beer garden and awards. Join close to a 1,000 climbers of all ages and athletic levels in support of improving lung health and preventing lung disease

Registration Fee (per person):
$25 – January 1, 2014 - April 2, 2014
$30 – April 3, 2013 – April 5, 2013 *registration available on-site April 5, 2014
Fundraising Minimum (per person):
$100 (Does not include registration fee amount)

Please go to this link to register and get more information on this exciting event!
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Northridge Earthquake Anniversary Reminder to be Prepared for 'The Big One'
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Friends, on the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Councilmember Huizar wants to remind you to please take a moment to review these earthquake safety tips to keep you and your loved-ones safe during a major earthquake:
Before an earthquake - be prepared:
  • Know the earthquake plans for all buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Practice your earthquake procedure - drop, cover, and hold. Pick the safest place to do so in each room in your home, work, and/or school.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Create and maintain an emergency supplies kit and keep in a convenient location.
During an earthquake:
  • If you are indoors, duck and cover, preferably under a sturdy table or desk, holding onto a leg in case it moves. Avoid doorways, as they are no stronger than any other part of the building structure and swinging doors may cause injury. Do not run outside - you risk being hit by falling debris.
  • If you are outside, find a clear space, drop, and remain there until it stops. Move away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights.
  • If you are in a car, pull over and remain in your car. Getting out will put you at risk of being hit by another car.
After an earthquake:
  • Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides, or, less frequently, a tsunami. Aftershocks can occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months after. Drop, cover, and hold.
  • Check yourself for injuries before assisting others.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires, the most common hazard after an earthquake.
For more information on earthquake safety, please visit
To request an Earthquake Preparedness Handbook (available in Spanish), visit
To plan a drill for your school, organization, or company through The Great California Shakeout, visit
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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Join us every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm in Grand Park for the new and exciting farmer's market! The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway.  Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.

For more information, visit the Grand Park website.

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January 25th at 12:30pm
A Day on Broadway
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Every Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Grand Park Farmer's Market

Every Thurday, 5:30 - 8pm
Get-Out-of-Work Thursday
Grand Park



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