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March 22, 2013 Edition

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Council District 14 Website Revamped!

The Council District 14 website has been revamped and re-launched.  Please visit to learn vital information about the district and the services and resources available to you, as well as issues and projects our office is working on
 
If you have a service request or any other City need, you can use the CD14 website to contact our office directly or submit a service-request via email.  Let your family and friends know that they can also sign up for the CD 14 eNewsletter at our website. 
 
Check it out when you have a chance and hope you enjoy it.  You can visit our new Council District 14 website by going to cd14.lacity.org, or just type in josehuizar.com.
 
Website design by Ulisses Sanchez.

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See the "French Connection" at Les Noces Du Figaro

When:  March 23, 2013  from 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Les Noces Du Figaro
              618 South Broadway 


Art meets Architecture and Alicia Coppola are pleased to present, The French Connection, an artist reception with Yarek Godfrey, in participation with French Restaurant  Les Noces Du Figaro. The Southern California, jazz duo, Jazz Cats, will perform at the reception.

The French Connection explores the human psyche, motivations, and sex. Dark, emotional undertones are confronted, relents at times to beauty and light. The duality of Godfrey's female figure demands our attention while allowing for fantasy. Set in Downtown Los Angeles, on Broadway with its historic theaters, The French Connection engages in the theater of life. Godfrey explains: "The almost primitive, and for me, the natural need to express the mix of joy, anguish, and solitude is always emotional and magical  like an initiation rite. It is the way to communicate without words and to share profound feelings with the risk of revealing too much...of becoming weak by exposing one's own nature."

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

As a classically trained art, Godfrey studied for 10 years at the College and Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. Along with his technical mastery, Godfrey is a student of humanity, building dramatic  narratives of figurative subjects that are revealed through a subtle, monochromatic palette. In totality, Godfrey's willful artistry arrives in its ability to blend past ad present into one, creating a timeless subject. Born in Poland, Godfrey is a French citizens, and since the 1980s has worked from his studio in Paris. Internationally well received, he has a celebrated realm of exhibitions in Krakow, Paris, Strasbourg, Monaco, d'Angers, Cannes, Montreal, Hanover Germany, New York, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

For additional information, please contact Artist Representative, Alicia Coppola, at 310-904-3686 or amc2255@gmail.com.

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Come Watch Dorfman in Love 

"Dorfman in Love" showcases today’s Downtown LA to the nation, and will screen at the Downtown Independent Theater beginning March 22, 2013.

Set and filmed almost exclusively in Downtown LA, "Dorfman In Love" tells the story of a young single suburbanite who volunteers to cat-sit at her unrequited love’s Downtown loft. Her world changes forever when she embarks on the journey of self-discovery that leads to her true love.

Come see the film and tell your friends!

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Business of the Week: Hammer and Spear

Where: 255 S Santa Fe Ave. #191, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hammer and Spear is a new design store on Santa Fe Avenue that sells a wide range of new and vintage home goods - from $9 playing cards designed by Shepard Fairey, to designer couches that cost thousands of dollars.

Kristan Cunningham and Scoot Jarrell, the married couple who own the store, say their shop is a product of their 16 years of collecting as a couple. Cunningham says that Hammer and Spear fills a design void - the halfway point between big box retailers such as Target and extremely expensive, Beverly Hills shops.

Their selection includes stationery, furniture, lamps, artwork and knick-knacks. The duo are from West Virginia so a lot of their items come from there as well as estate sales and auctions.

The store will be open from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. It will be closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. 

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Bringing Back Broadway Façade Lighting Grants Awarded 

Councilmember José Huizar announced today that approximately $750,000 in architectural façade lighting grants will be made available to Broadway property owners as part of his Brining Back Broadway initiative, a 10-year plan to revitalize the historic Broadway corridor.  The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) has been awarded a contract by the City of Los Angeles to manage the grant process, which will pay for the design, permitting and construction of architectural façade lighting improvements on up to 10 buildings along Downtown Broadway between 2nd & Olympic within the national register historic district.

There will be no cost to property owners for the application or for the improvements.  Selection priority will be given to property owners who are actively investing or have invested in the revitalization of their buildings, and/or who provide matching funds for in-kind improvements to their building during the grant construction period.  Selection priority will also be given to historic buildings.  Participation in design meetings and maintenance of the final improvements will be required of selected grantees.   Applications will be available after March 11, 2013.  To fill out an application or for more information please visit www.lani.org

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City Council Approves $30 Million Contract for 6th Street Bridge

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to approve a $30 million design contract to HNTB to redesign a new 6th Street Bridge, which is located between Downtown's Art District and Boyle Heights, extending over the Los Angeles River. 

The finalized contract comes after HNTB was selected to redesign the iconic bridge in October at an announcement hosted by Councilmember José Huizar and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  In April, Councilmember Huizar announced an international design competition for the redesign and replacement of the 8-year-old Bridge.  Over the past four years, Councilmember Huizar has worked with the Bureau of Engineering to ensure that substantial community outreach and input tok place before last November's City Council vote to replace the bridge as the safest and most cost-effective alternative.  

The $401 million redesign and construction of the 6th Street Bridge will support almost 5,000 jobs and is the largest of the Bureau of Engineering's $1 billion bridge portfolio.  The majority of the funding for the 6th Street Bridge project comes from the Federal Highway Bridge Program.  The remaining money is a combination of State Prop 1B funds and local matching through Measure R and Prop C.  

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 after approval from the Board of Public Works and the City Council.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2018 and opened in 2019.

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Help Conclude The Spring Street Parklet Impact Study 

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) is seeking volunteers to help conclude the Spring Street Parklet Impact Study.  Using classic techniques, volunteers will survey public life to help understand how these new public spaces create change in our neighborhoods.  

Responsibilities
Volunteers will count pedestrians and cyclists, conduct interviews and map user activities.  Volunteers will receive a gift certificate to a local cafe, and a citation in the final report.

Fieldwork Shifts
Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one of the following shifts:
Sun, 3/24 (raincheck day Sat 3/30) 8-10 am; 12-2 p.m.; or  5-7 pm
Tue, 2/26 (raincheck day Wed 3/27) 8-10 am; 12-2 p.m.; or 5-7 pm

Orientation Session
Volunteers are asked to attend one brief training session prior to volunteering.  Session dates are:
Sat, 3/23 3 pm or
Sun, 3/24 through Sat, 3/30 at 10-11 am; 12-1 pm; 2-3 pm; or 4-5 pm 

For more information email parklet.studies@gmail.com or visit http://parkletstudies.carbonmade.com/

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Enroll In Climate Change and Energy & Environment Class 
At The UCLA Extension

Enroll in "Climate Change, Energy, & Environment" at the UCLA Extension, Downtown LA, on Monday evenings, starting April 1, 2013.  This course counts towards a 'Global Sustainability Certificate' and is given in the Public Policy department.  The class meets on Mondays, from 6 to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks.  Enroll today by following the link

Course Overview:
Climate Change, Air Quality, and Energy are integrally connected for many reasons.  While the first two issues are environmental challenges that affect our health, safety, and wellbeing, they cannot be solved without considering our energy needs and solutions.

 This course integrates, at a policy level, the issues of climate change, energy for both transportation & electric power, and protection of the environment. The science of climate change is introduced, including earth's heat balance, greenhouse gas emissions, adaptations, impacts, and policy initiatives. GHG emissions, models and predictions, as well as energy supply and demand scenarios are briefly covered.  The interrelationships between greenhouse gases, air quality, public health, energy planning, and long-term sustainability is discussed. A focus area for this course is to explore current federal, state and local activities such as CARB's Cap & Trade GHG regulations, air quality and incentive programs, renewable energy, clean transportation, AB 32 and SB 375 related activities.  Market based programs, alternative vehicles & fuels, and renewable electricity and technology advancements are discussed from the policy angle.  Two field trips are planned to visit a utility-scale renewable power generation installation, and alternative fueled vehicles.

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Enjoy The New Hours of Operation At Gladys Park

The Gladys Park hours of operation have been extended to coincide with the change to Daylight Savings Time. The park hours will now be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m daily.

Gladys Park is one of the two Skid Row Parks in Council District 14 that were recently threatened with closing at the end of January due to the lack of funds and the state's dismantling of the City's redevelopment agency.  Councilmember Huizar offered up $50,000 in discretionary funding to keep San Julian Park open and worked with the City's Recreation and Parks Department to take over day-to-day services at Gladys Park.  Gladys Park is operating with the same park hours that existed when the SRO Housing Corporation operated the park.   

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Participate in the Downtown LA Demographic Survey 2013

The Downtown LA demographic Survey launches on DowntownLA.com on March 18. We need your help to make it a success!

This survey, conducted every two years, helps recruit preferred restaurants, retailers, and providers of goods and services to Downtown LA to better serve those who live, work, play, and visit here. In the past, it helped to recruit businesses including Ralphs Fresh Fare and CityTarget.

Sponsored by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and the Downtown News, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and will be live on DowntownLA.com from March 18 - April 14, 2013.

All survey participants can enter to win prizes for their participation.

Share  this survey with your community to make Downtown LA a better place to live, work, and play!

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Join the New DTLA Girl Scouts

When: March 27, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Where: Kid City South Park,
             1010 S Hope St
             Los Angeles, CA 90015 

Have Fun! Make New Friends! Discover Amazing places! Help your community! Join Girl Scouts!

Girls (Grade K- 12 this fall) and adults interested in learning more about Girl Scouts are invited to participate in an information session about Girl Scout troops forming for the 2013-2014 school year. 

Please RSVP to Ginny Brideau at gincase@gmail.com or call at 213 248-0698 

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Help Improve Public Safety Downtown

No one is more responsible for your public safety than yourself.  Like the LAPD's Central Area Facebook Page, and stay up to date on public safety issues. 

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Fight for Air! CLIMB for the American Lung Association


 

When: Saturday, April 6
Where: 707 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique event in which individuals and teams race, run or walk up approximately 1,400 stairs to the top of the Aon Center. Create a team of friends, family or co-workers and compete together. Every step you take and every dollar you raise in the Fight For Air Climb helps the millions of people who are affected by lung disease.

Commitment - $25 registration fee plus $100 fundraising minimum, regardless if you form/join a team or register as an individual. Awards – We offer medals to top finishers by age category, as well as top fundraisers. Our top climber last year finished in just over 8 minutes! We also have a separate Firefighter and First Responder Division. More info on that can be found at the event website

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Stay Up To Date On Traffic and Road Closures


 

Downtown is a uniquely dynamic, exciting and thriving area of the City, but along with all excitement comes traffic and road closers. Do not let traffic or road closures surprise you again.  Get up to the minute information on traffic conditions and street closures by visiting http://trafficinfo.lacity.org.  


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


March 23, 6 pm to 9 pm
The French Connection
Les Noces Du Figaro 618
South Broadway

March 24, 8 to 10 am; 12-2 pm; 5-7 pm
Parklet Impact Study
Spring Street

March 27, 6pm to 8 pm
DT Girls Scouts Informational Meeting
Kids City South Park
1010 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

 



                  

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