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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
November 1, 2013

 


Community Photo of the Week



 El Sereno Community Coordinating Council and El Sereno Bicentennial Committee gave popcorn and treats to families on Halloween along Collis Avenue.  

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

 


Community Update: Soto Street Bridge over Mission Road and Huntington Drive Project
 


Preliminary work is currently underway, the focus is on potholing for the existing utilities within the project area. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have started the utility relocation work of water-lines in this area on Huntington Drive.  This work is anticipated to take a few months. 

Project Description:
The Soto Street Bridge over Mission Road and Huntington Drive Project would remove the Soto Street Bridge, currently extended between Supreme Court and  Turquoise Street.

 
The proposed project would reconfigure the streets along Mission Road, Soto Street, Huntington Drive North, and Huntington Drive South to provide major north-south traffic movement on Mission Road and Huntington Drive North. A signalized intersection would be constructed at the intersection at Mission Road and Soto Street, and at the existing intersection at Huntington Drive North and Huntington Drive South.
 
Two new frontage roads with cul-de-sacs will be constructed for local street access, and the resulting median area between Mission Road and Huntington Drive North would be improved with trees and landscaping. The project was initiated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, Bridge Improvement Division.

The project will benefit the community by:
 
• Removing a substandard bridge from public use
• Improving traffic flow and mobility in the region
• Increasing traffic and pedestrian safety
• Beautifying the neighborhood by providing green space with trees and landscaping

For any questions, please call:
Cora Jackson-Fossett, Public Affairss Office - (213) 978-0333
George Huang, Bureau of Engineering - (213) 485-2057
Council District 14 - El Sereno Office - (323) 226-1646

 


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Public Safety Improvements


The Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar coordinated with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to install public safety improvements near Bushnell Elementary School in the community of Hermon.
 
Councilmember Huizar and the El Sereno Constituent Services office received numerous requests to improvement public safety concerns near Bushnell Elementary School. As a result the old crosswalks were replaced with “Continental” crosswalks to improve the safety of students and all other pedestrians crossing on Bushnell Way at Redfield Avenue and Kendall Avenue.
 
Continental crosswalks feature two-foot wide yellow stripes paired with a limit (stop) line setback from the crosswalk to reduce vehicular encroachment into the crosswalk. The crosswalks alert motorists that they are approaching a pedestrian zone and are widely considered more safe than pedestrian crossings marked by two thin lines connecting two corners of an intersection.


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Public Improvements Projects


Improving the public infrastructure within Council District 14 is one of Councilmember Huizar's biggest priorities. We are currently producing more infrastructure improvements within Council District 14 than at any other time in the last 50 years.  In the past six years we have resurfaced or slurry sealed over 223 miles of streets in Council District 14, approximately 54% of the total number of streets.

Just this week, Harriman Avenue, starting from Collis Avenue to Cudahy Street was slurry sealed. A series of streets in El Sereno and surrounding communities are scheduled to be slurry sealed.

Slurry Seal is a maintenance operation that applies a liquid asphalt material to the wearing surface of the street. This operation is usually applied to residential streets that have been resurfaced within the past three to six years. This function reseals the street and greatly extends the life of the wearing surface. Slurry seal is a very cost effective maintenance process. 


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Councilmember Jose Huizar Commissions Utility Box Murals In Boyle Heights

 

Councilmember Huizar, the leading force on the City Council in adopting the recent mural ordinance, announced today he has commissioned nine top artists to paint murals on utility boxes on East First Street in Boyle Heights. The effort is part of Huizar’s push to utilize available public space, such as the recent bus-bench art project he sponsored, for public art.

“Public Art is vitally important to the life of any great City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Utility Box Murals are an easy and affordable way to beautify our neighborhoods. I am hoping that this will spur a Citywide movement to promote art and give our talented local artists an opportunity to show the world the amazing artistry that we have here in the City of Los Angeles.”

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Councilmember Huizar’s El Sereno Constituent Center at (323) 226-1646 for more information.


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El Sereno Dia de Cultura
A Day of the Dead Celebration 

                      
A group of neighborhood artists and residents have come together to bring the community of El Sereno a day of art, altars, music, poetry, face painting and more! Join us throughout the day and celebrate the memories of loved ones, friends, and family members that have transitioned. 

Saturday, November 2
2pm to 9pm 


Community Altar at the El Sereno Parklet
Food trucks, crafts, and Entertainment
Organized by Red67
(S. Huntington Drive at Rosemead, in front of Food4Less)
Email: LyzzAngeles@gmail.com or call Liz for more information at (323) 767-6619


Tunnel Art Walk Gallery
Organized by Two Poets in El Sereno
(pedestrian tunnel under Huntington Drive at Pueblo Avenue)
Email: elserenotunnelartwalk@gmail.com for more information 


Eastside Cafe's Dia de los Muertos Event and Procession
Organized by Eastside Cafe
(N. Huntington Drive at Maycrest Avenue) 

El Sereno Community Arts Procession and Altar Walk
Organized by El Sereno Community Arts
( Huntington Drive at Pueblo Avenue)
Email: la32arts@gmail.com 
 

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LA 32 NC General Board Meeting 


 

Date:              Wednesday, November 6 
Time:             6:00pm
Place:            El Sereno Senior Center
                       
4818 Klamath Los Angeles, CA 90032
 
If you are a stakeholder within the communities of the zip code 90032 you are invited to attend the LA 32 Neighborhood Council General Meeting. The mission of LA 32 Neighborhood Council is to preserve and improve the quality of life by creating a sage, health, orderly, and clean environment that promotes the community spirit of inclusion, cooperation, participation and collaboration in accordance with the wishes of the community through outstanding service.

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Interested in a FREE Street Tree?

                      
Help green our City and beautify your street by adopting a street tree!

Information and an online Permission to Plant form can be found at www.EnvironmentLA.org, or call (213) 485-0527. 

All sites will be surveyed for eligibility and appropriate tree species selection. 
 

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Prevent Copper Wire Theft

 
 

You can help prevent the significant increase of Copper Wire thefts occurring in the City's street lighting system. This has caused a number of street lights not to function for a period of time. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe a wire theft in progress or see any suspicious activity around city street lights. 

What to note if you see suspicious activity:

  • Is there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street? The vehicle has a city seal, the words "Street Lighting" on the driver and passenger doors and the word "exempt" on its license plate. 
  • Is there Street Lighting staff working on a streelight? They can be identified by their orange vest, hard hat and city identification. The Bureau of Street Lighting has contractors who install new lighting. The name of these companies would be identified on their vehicles. 

 

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Healthy Way LA and the New Health Care Law

 
 

Healthy Way LA patients will be transitioning to Medi-Cal starting on January 1, 2014. If your primary care doctor (medical home clinic) is a County facility, you will still be able to keep your current doctor. If you are receiving primary care services at a community partner clinic, in most cases you will be able to keep your current doctor (medical home clinic). Please check with your clinic to find out. Click here for information about the transition.
 
Don't have Healthy Way LA? You can still sign-up between now and December 31, 2013. With Healthy Way LA, you choose a permanent medical home at one of more than 200 clinics. Remember: Enrolled Healthy Way LA patients will automatically transition to Medi-Cal under the New Health Care Law. Click here for more information.
 
If you have questions, our trained specialists can help you. Call 1- 877-333-HWLA today.
 
If you think you meet the eligibility criteria, enroll today! There are 4 ways to enroll:
 

  • At LAC+USC's HWLA Saturday Enrollment Events. Click here for more information
  • At a community enrollment event. Click here for more information.
  • At a participating clinic. To find a clinic near you, please check the HWLA Provider Directory for a complete list of HWLA medical homes.
  • By mail. You can apply by mail. Click here for the application and instructions. Click here for the Spanish version.

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to enroll in Healthy Way L.A.:
 
Residency: Los Angeles County
Age: Adult, 19 to 64 years of age
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen/National or Legal Permanent Resident of 5 + years
Income: Monthly income limit ($1,274 or less for a family of one)
Pregnancy: Not pregnant or eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families
If you meet the requirements above, Healthy Way L.A. could be your passport to a healthier life. Healthy Way L.A. covers both outpatient AND inpatient services. Plus, you receive many other benefits like:
 
Primary Care by Appointment
Access to in-house pharmacies to fill your prescriptions
Preventive Care Mental Health Services
Access to Specialists
Urgent Emergency Medical Care Coverage
24/7 Nurse Advice Line
Caring, Multi-cultural staff who understand your needs


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Small Business Direct Install
Free Efficiency Upgrades for Your Business


 
 

The Small Business Direct Install (SBDI) Program is available to qualifying businesses whose average monthly electrical demand is 30 kilowatts (kW) or less. If you are interested in making your operation more energy and water efficient, LADWP can help. 
 

How It Works:
A trained Energy Service Representative (ESR) will contact you and arrange a time to visit your business and evaluate your energy and water use. This free assessment will identify areas where you can save energy and water.

If you agree with the recommendations, a representative will have you sign an Authorization Form and schedule an appointment to install the equipment at a time most convenient to you. The installation of the recommended equipment will be done without significant interference to your normal business operation – so you can stay open!

Energy and Water Saving Measures Include
• Upgrades to energy efficient lighting system and lamps
• LED exit signs
• Pipe and water heater insulation
• Pre-rinse spray valves
• Low-flow showerheads
• Faucet aerators
• Low-flow toilets

Qualifications
Open to LADWP business electric customers, in good standing, in rate class A-1, whose average monthly electrical use is 30 kW or less. Customers who lease their business are eligible for program participation, but landlord permission is required.

How to Apply
Participation is easy. Everything including the assessment, energy-efficient products, and the installation are provided at 
no cost to you! To signup, visit www.ladwp.com/sbdi or call 1- 877-714-1254.



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City of Los Angeles - CityRide Program

 
 

Cityride is a transportation assistance program for individuals age 65 or older and qualified disabled persons in the City of Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. The program offers Cityride participants reduced costs for the purchase of City of Los Angeles permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services.
 
This guide presents program procedures and rules.
 
The Cityride Program is a transportation program funded by Proposition A, Local Transit Assistance (PALTA) funds and administered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation with the assistance of the Department of Aging. 

For more information regarding the Cityride program call (213) 808-7433 or click here.
 

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Cash for College Workshop


 
 

Date:              Wednesday, November 6 
Time:             5:30pm to 9pm
Place:            Los Angeles Convention center 
                       1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015
                      

When it comes to financial aid for college, there's something for everyone, regardless of your age, income, grades or immigration status. Sign up with your school's college counselor to attend during the daytime, or catch a free bus at a community pick-up site to attend Family and Community Night.

The time to start planning for college starts now! Family and Community Night will focus on:

 

  • College applications, the decision-making process and what to expect from campus life.
  • Accessing financial aid resources regardless of immigration status
  • Information and resources regarding the California Dream Act & Federal Deferred Action program
  • Information and resources for Foster Youth students 
Get a free ride to Family and Community Night at one of these locations. 
  • East Region: Youth Opportunity Movement (Boyle Heights) - 1600 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 Contact: (323) 526-5800
  • South Region: Brotherhood Crusade - 5414 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043 Contact: (323) 545-1130
  • Harbor Region: Toberman Neighborhood Center - 131 N. Grand Avenue., San Pedro, CA 90731 Contact: (310) 832-1145
  • Valley Region: Pacoima FamilySource Center - 11243 Glenoaks Blvd, Suite 3, Pacoima, CA 91331 Contact: (818) 834-5179
  • West Region: Latino Resource Organization, Inc. - 610 California Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 Contact (310) 578-6069

 

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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!
 
Do you have an important announcement or news item that should be shared with El Sereno and surrounding communities? Please forward any announcements to julio.esperias.jr@lacity.org. Additionally, please feel free to share our newsletter throughout all of your networks.
 

 
 
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