Check out this week's CD 14 Boyle Heights newsletter for more info on upcoming events in Boyle Heights!

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
June 21, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

Kids getting fit and healthy at the First Annual Primavera Festival at Prospect Park in Boyle Heights. The Festival celebrated a healthy and sustainable community through activities focusing on gardening, fitness and nutrition.
Have an awesome picture  to share? Please do! Send photos to   Each week a photo will be featured in our week in review. 


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Preparing to Relocate to our Newly Renovated Building!

In 2008, our former CD 14 Boyle Heights offices were severely damaged during the Chino Hills earthquake.  Thanks to Councilmember Huizar, this historic building located at First and Chicago has been completely renovated and retrofitted to serve as the new Boyle Heights City Hall.

In preparation for the move this summer, the temporary Boyle Heights office, located on First and State, will close beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

During this transition, Boyle Heights’ staff will temporarily relocate to our El Sereno Field office, located at 4927 Huntington Dr. North, beginning Tuesday, June 4th and will relocate to our new building at 2130 E. 1st St. sometime this summer. There will be no disruption to service or staff availability. 

You may still reach Boyle Height’s staff by email or by phone at (323) 526-3059.

In addition to Councilmember Huizar’s District Office, the Boyle Heights City Hall is expected to house the Community Development Department; Family Source Center; Bureau of Street Services; Department of Aging; SCE Federal Credit Union; CollegeTrack and other community organizations.

The completion of this multi-million renovation will be the final piece to Councilmember Huizar’s vision for a Boyle Heights Civic Center at First and Chicago, which has already seen the completion of the new Hollenbeck Police Station, Ross Valencia Park, and a renovated Benjamin Franklin Library.

We look forward to serving you soon at the Historic Boyle Heights City Hall!

"Clean Up, Green Up” Campaign Adopted by City Council

City Council approves plan to create environmental “Green Zones” in some of L.A.’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to support Clean Up Green Up (CUGU), a pilot program to reduce harmful emissions in several low-income communities that over time have been exposed to higher levels of pollution than other more affluent communities. 

The plan calls to turn the “toxic hotspot” neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington into Green Zone communities by focusing on accessing economic assistance from a number of governmental agencies in order to clean up and green up existing businesses while creating green innovation opportunities in the communities most in need.

Councilmember José Huizar is one of the original authors of the CUGU legislation and has been instrumental in moving the pilot program forward. 

“The Clean Up Green Up campaign represents a new generation of Environmental Justice where we work hand-in-hand with local businesses to improve the health of our communities,” said Councilmember José Huizar.  “Our vision involves public-private partnerships, familiar planning tools and focused economic investment to green up existing businesses and attract new ones. In Boyle Heights, we will incorporate the CUGU initiative into our Boyle Heights Community Plan, which we are currently revising.”

The City Council’s 12-0 vote directs the City Planning Department to research, analyze and draft policy recommendations for the three communities, with implementation beginning in Boyle Heights, followed by the other communities. The City Council previously approved funding in May as part of its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Wednesday’s vote asked for a 90-day update on outreach to local residents and business entities as part of developing a successful long-term program. 


7th Annual 4th of July Concert & Fireworks Show

June 29, 2013
Hollenbeck Park
415 South Saint Louis Street
Los Angeles CA 90033

Councilmember Huizar and Mothers of East Los Angeles are happy to invite you to the 7th Annual Boyle Heights Concert & Fireworks Show on Saturday, June 29th at Hollenbeck Park at 5pm. Last year, the event drew over 5,000 community members and we expect this year’s event to be even bigger and better! 


For further information please contact the Boyle Heights office at (323) 526-3059, thank you. Hope to see you and your family there!


Senior and Caregiver Resource Fair

June 27, 2013
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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

Rose Hills & Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in partnership with White Memorial Medical Center present  a Senior Caregiver and Resource Fair.

The conference will provide valuable information on  Medicare and Medi-Cal and changes, the Affordable Care Act, Fall Prevention and Safety, and many more.There are many changes taking place with Medicare and Medi-Cal and it's important that seniors and family caregivers, come out and get access to information from sources that are trusted in the community.

FREE: Health Screenings, Information & Materials, Continental Breakfast and Lunch, Entertainment and Parking

SESSION TOPICS: Medicare & Medical, Fall Prevention and Safety, Affordable Care Act & More!

Sponsored by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Rose Hills, White Memorial Medical Center, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging  

Celebration of Lou Costello
June 29, 2013

3141 E. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90023
(East of Soto and West of Lorena)

The legacy of Lou Costello and his special gift to the community of Boyle Heights Lou Costello Jr. Recreation Center will be honored. 

Presented by the Boyle Heights Historical Society in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Neighborhood Music School Alumni & Friends Summer Picnic

June 23, 2013
3:00 pm – 6:00 p.m.
358 South Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Help us celebrate our 99th birthday as NMS kicks off our 100th year birthday year! Gourmet hot dogs with all the fixins, kids and adult beverages and a 99th birthday cake from Wonder Bakery in Chinatown!

Tickets are $5, kids 12 and under free. Parking available at Puente Learning Center, 501 S Boyle (1/2 block from NMS)

Register online at or call (800) 600-7111 x 226.
Host Committee
Armida Brother
Janet Doud
Jeff De Francisco
Ron Gustafson
Serge Kasimoff
Anne Laureano
John Lockhart
Maureen McConnell

Live Music by Fernando Frausto at Un Solo Sol

Un Solo Sol
1818 East First Street 
Los Angeles CA 90033

Every Friday at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm 

Come out and join us at Un Solo Sol for live music by Fernando Frausto every Friday night. 

For reservations please call: (323) 269-8680 

Gang Alternatives Program is Hiring

Gang Alternatives Programs is hiring for the following positions:

Assistant Director, Community Clean Up Department
Please send an email with your resume attached to Juan Torres at                                                                                                    

Crew Supervisor, Community Clean Up Department
Please send a resume to or call (310) 519-7233 for more information. 

Administrative Assistant, Administration Department (Part Time)
Please send a resume to or call (310) 519-7233 for more information

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 


 Help Raise Funds for East LA Interchange

The Boyle Heights documentary East LA Interchange tells the neighborhood’s dynamic story – its history, its present, and its impact on the future of the U.S.  Please join them as they raise the funds to finish this film so they can screen it this summer!  You will get the satisfaction of being part of this inspirational story, plus you will receive amazing rewards for your efforts.  They have signed DVDs, Boyle Heights T-Shirts, limited edition prints, editing room visits, and VIP tickets to their premiere.  Please watch their trailer, share their link, and make a contribution today.

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 – 8:00 p.m. 
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.

Pennies and Keys Campaign in Support of Bracero Statue
The Union Binacional de Ex-Braceros is seeking your donations of pennies and keys or other copper materials to help build a statue that will be dedicated to the hard work of Mexican Braceros between 1942 and 1964.
Donations may be dropped off or delivered to the Mexican Cultural Institute at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is an ongoing campaign. For further information please contact Baldomero Capiz via email at

 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.

LA Business Source Center


The Los Angeles Business Source Center provides local businesses a suite of technical services.  These services are at no charge to businesses owners including strategic and analytical consulting, particularly in business development and engaging in State Enterprise Zones (SEZ). Programs include:

·        Business Training Workshops
·        One-on-One Consulting
·        Small Business Financing and  Loan Packaging
·        Employee Hiring/Work Force Development
·        Licensing and Permit
·        Business Accounting
For more information please contact 
(323)264-9020 or visit the office to schedule an appointment at 1852 E. 1st Street Los Angeles, 90033. 


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.


HEADS UP! Important Information for all Metro and Metrolink Rail users.  

WHAT: Red and Purple Line turnstiles at Union Station will be latched.
WHEN: Beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? You will need PROOF of a paid fare to go through the turnstiles.

Buy a TAP card
  • Then load your fare onto the card before you ride
  • Tap it on the turnstile to deduct your fare
  • Get on board
  • Buy a TAP-compatible Metrolink ticket at Metrolink stations
  • Metro TAP Vending Machines located in stations, or Metro Customer Service
  • Centers
  • 500 other locations, including Ralph’s Markets and many check cashing services
  • Online at
  • $1 with purchase of any fare from Metro TAP Vending Machines
  • $1 aboard buses with purchase of a Day Pass
  • $2 at Customer Service Centers and retail locations with purchase of any type of fare
CAN THE TAP CARD BE RELOADED? Yes. And a TAP card can last at least three years.
Go to:
***Other stations on the Red/Purple Lines will be latched over the next few weeks, and gates on the
Gold, Blue and Green lines will be latched through December***


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.

Cupcake Decorating for Teens
Friday, June 14, 2013 4:00 PM
Decorate homemade cupcakes with different color frosting's and candy decorations.  All materials will be 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 (May 23, June 6 & 20, etc.).

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

Our Summer Reading Club (June 3-August 3) for preschoolers (newborn to age 4), children (ages 5-11) and teens is in full swing! Sign up at the reference desk and be on the lookout for special weekly programs.

Pizza Storytime!
Thursday June 27
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of pizzas! Pizza stories, pizza games, pizza and more pizza!  We will have two programs at the same time--one for younger children (preschool) and one for older children (ages 5-11).

Game Day!
Wednesday June 26 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us to play all different types of games, and sign up for Summer Reading Club if you haven't already!
Citizenship Classes
10:00 am-12:15 pm
Are you considering becoming a U.S. citizen? Come to the library for a series of 12 classes to prepare for the citizenship interview and exam. The classes are presented by CARECEN in English and Spanish.
How to Get Results from the Immigration System
Saturday June 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Have questions on how to apply for residency or how to hire an immigration attorney?  Attend this FREE workshop to know how to handler your immigration matters, the simplest way possible.  Also, come get informed on the current immigration bill.  Hosted by Benjamin Franklin LAPL and Dream Team LA.
Housing and Tenant's Rights Presentation
Tuesday June 25
6:00 pm -7:00 pm
As a tenant, do you have questions about the conditions of your unit, your security deposit, the eviction process?
Brought to you by the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and the Los Angeles Public Library
Computer Classes
Friday June 28
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join us to learn the basics of using a computer.  Topics will include e-mail and general Internet use.  Sign up at the reference desk to be sure you get a spot! 

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) 252-4097 or email her at
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