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

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
October 11, 2013


Community Photo of the Week

 El Sereno Community Coordinating Council was recognized by Council District 14 for their efforts in beautifying the El Sereno Senior Center

Have an awesome picture of El Sereno to share? Please do! Send photos to Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review.

In This Newsletter:


Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Street Lighting Update on Berkshire Drive and Alpha Street

Council District 14 El Sereno staff heard from residents of non-functioning street lights along Berkshire Drive and Atlas Street. Our office coordinated with Field Operations Division - Bureau of Street Lighting to look into this matter. It turned out that the entire system was burning dim.  Bureau of Street Lighting attempted to re-lamp this entire ancient high voltage (HV) system but to no avail. 

As a result just this week Street Lighting has been working diligently to convert the western section of the neighborhood (Alpha Street between Huntington Drive North and Kendall Avenue, Berkshire Drive and Atlas Street between Alpha Street and Berkshire Avenue) to a low voltage system with more reliable lighting. 

This should effectively reduce the strain on the over-loaded LADWP transformer and the remainder of the system should then burn at its normal brightness.  First, they installed approximately 250-300 feet of underground pipe at Huntington Dr and Alpha St to start this process, which occurred this week.  

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Northeast Los Angeles Health & Community Fair

Date:              Saturday, October 19 
Time:             10am to 2:00pm
Place:            Burbank Middle School
                       6460 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042

The Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar along with the office of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez are co-hosting a Free Health and Community Fair in Northeast Los Angeles. 

Stop by to take advantage of free health screenings. Don’t miss this opportunity to get useful information and discuss current legislation on important health and safety issues and the Affordable Care Act and medical coverage for your family.

FREE Health Services, Workshops and Enrollment Opportunities will be provided at the Health Fair, including:

Vision Screenings
Dental Screenings
Affordable Care Act Panel and Counselors
Memory Assessments
Cal-Fresh & Medi-Cal Application Enrollment
Covered CA Health Insurance Enrollment
Prenatal Information & WIC enrollment
Nutrition and Fitness Demonstrations
Blood Pressure Screenings
Free Massages
HIV/STI Testing

FREE to take home!
Dental Kits
Tote Bags
Coloring Books
Other Surprises!

Special Drawing for those who attend!

***First 500 Families to RSVP are entered in a chance to win 1 of 3 FREE BICYCLES!***

Call (213) 483-5151 to RSVP or with any questions. 

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Community Meeting
LAC+USC Medical Center Master Plan

Date:              Wednesday, October 30 
Time:             6pm to 7:30pm
Place:            LAC + USC Medical Center - Inpatient Tower
                       2051 Marengo Strett, Los Angeles 90033

The County of Los Angeles invites you to see the proposed master plan for the LAC+USC Medical Center Campus. Come see the proposed master plan for the 90+ acres of County owned land surrounding the historic General Hospital.

The master plan includes concepts to create a community-friendly LAC+USC Medical Center Campus and improve the delivery of County health-related services and programs. 

Refreshments will be served. Spanish and Chinese translation will be provided. Additional languages and special accommodations can be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice. For information contact Clarice Nash, Project Manager at (626) 300-2369 or 

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Notice of Caltrans Public Workshops

Caltrans will hold two workshops to provide background information and to request public input for the drafting of affordable sales regulations. These regulations will implement existing law (the Roberti Act) and establish the procedure for the sale of SR-710 properties which were developed as single family or multifamily family housing and which are no longer deemed necessary for use by Caltrans (surplus residential properties).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
4818 Klamath Place
Los Angeles, California 90032

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Exhibit Hall and Ballroom
Ballroom C
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, California 91101

Panel members will provide background information on the regulation process. You will have an opportunity to make an oral presentation, limited to 3 minutes, on the topics, strategies and perspectives that you feel should be addressed in the regulations. All oral input will be transcribed by a stenographer so that Caltrans can have a record of all suggestions when drafting the regulations. Spanish interpreters will be available to assist Spanish speaking members of the public. Information cards will also be available for those who prefer to provide their input in writing. The drafting of these regulations constitutes the first step in the process for the sale of SR-710 surplus residential properties. 

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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

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 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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Mayor's Crisis Response Team

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.  
What: Crisis Response Team Volunteer Program
When: Monday & Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Dates: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 – Wednesday, October. 23, 2013
Where: LAPD Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles
Download the CRT application here:
** Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply **
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)
ABOUT THE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM: Members of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents.  During the required seven week training to be a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team you will be provided the background, information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team.  
For more information email or find us on Facebook:

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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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Barrio Action Youth & Family Center's "Inaugural Golf Tournament"


Date:              Thursday, October 17 2013 
Time:             8am to 6pm
Place:            Montebello Golf Course
                       850 Via San Clemente, Montebello 90640

Barrio Action Youth & Family Center presents its "Inaugural Golf Tournament" to be held on Thursday, October 17 at Montebello Golf Course. All donation make a significant contribution towards community programming. Barrio Action was established to empower young people to succeed both academically and socially, working with people of all ages, with a special emphasis on helping high-risk and at-risk youth, young adults and their families. For sponsorship information please contact Blanca Sotomayor at or at (323) 221-0779 x300.

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