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
August 16, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

 Members of the community, City departments, LAPD and community service providers join Councilmember Huizar as he cuts the ribbon on the new Boyle Heights City Hall. 
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In This Newsletter:

Boyle Heights City Hall Shines in its Spotlight at Grand Opening

Councilmember José Huizar leads $22.4 million effort to retrofit and renovate building on southwest corner of 1st and Chicago and open it as a full-service community-needs City Hall
Undergoing a $22.4 million facelift under the leadership of Councilmember José Huizar, the 1924-built “Chicago Building,” which once housed a Masonic temple and Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta’s Community Service Organization, reopened Saturday as the newly minted “Boyle Heights City Hall.”
Councilmember Huizar helped identify, secure and then fought to hold-on to funds to complete the seismic retrofit and renovation of the building, located on the southwest corner of East First Street and Chicago Street. The building was severely damaged by the 2008 Chino Hills Earthquake. The new City Hall will house no fewer than 15 city, non-profit, and community organizations and agencies offering a myriad of services and assistance and providing the type of one-stop service that is hard to match in the City of Los Angeles.
“Given its history of service and activism, the completion of the Boyle Heights City Hall is much more than a celebration of a massive brick and mortar improvement,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “It is a reminder of why we did it to begin with: to build a better community and provide a brighter future to the residents of Boyle Heights and our surrounding neighborhoods. It also completes our goal to create a Boyle Heights Civic Center at the intersection of First and Chicago, which is now home to a new Hollenbeck Police Station, Ross Valencia Pocket Park, a renovated Benjamin Franklin Library and the new Boyle Heights City Hall.”
Fulfilling a promise to bring a full-service, City-owned community-needs City Hall to Boyle Heights, Councilmember Huizar also helped facilitate housing no fewer than 15 City departments, non-profits and community organizations at the City Hall site, including the Council District 14 Office; the Bureau of Street Services; College Track (which helps students prepare and succeed in college); the Housing and Community Investment Department; the Economic and Workforce Development Department; Lucille Roybal Family Source Center; Hollenbeck PAL; the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council;  El Centro de Ayuda FSC; Abuelitos de Boyle Heights; Maravilla Foundation; Hollenbeck PAL; Fuego Tech; Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement and Girls Today, Women Tomorrow.
The City’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE), City Administrative Officer’s office (CAO), General Services Department Construction, the Municipal Facilities Committee (MFC), and other agencies, worked in collaboration with Councilmember Huizar to complete the project.
In 2007, the City of Los Angeles purchased the building. Following the 2008 Chino Hills Earthquake, the City found that the east wall of the building was dislodged from its support and had begun to tilt into Chicago Street. Tenants of the building, including Council District 14, had to be relocated. BOE, in conjunction with GSD Construction, carefully designed a plan to upgrade the existing structure that involved fabricating a concrete structure within the existing brick building.  The new concrete is fortified with steel reinforcing bars that strengthen the concrete and tie the existing brick structure to its new concrete skin. 
When the building was originally built in 1924, it housed a Masonic temple.  As a result, it was a gathering space for its members and featured a dance hall on the third floor.  The expanded landings allowed for areas where members could rest and socialize. Much of the building’s historic features have been preserved and it is eligible for state and national historic designation.
The building is also known as the Community Service Organization (CSO) building. The CSO was founded by legendary civil rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and its Boyle Heights location served as a place for rallies and community organizing. In 1949, the CSO is credited with helping elect Edward Roybal to the Los Angeles City Council as the first Mexican American elected to that body and played a big role in transforming Latino politics in California.
The building was also the first location for the Puente Learning Center, which is now located on Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights.
The building’s $22.4 million costs were covered using Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles (MICLA), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Capital Improvement Expenditure Program (CIEP), Federal Seismic Governance and AB 1290 funds.
Councilmember Huizar hosted a breakfast on-site Friday morning to thank City workers and their families, some who have worked on the project for more than six years.
On Saturday, the community Grand Opening celebration, Open House tour and 500 back-pack giveaway drew hundreds of visitors.

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Learn English and Computers for Free!

Pueblo del Sol
Community Service Center
1300 Plaza del Sol
Los Angeles, CA 90033

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics Class
Orientation is August 21 at 10 am 
August 26, 2013 – November 27, 2013
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9 am – 11:40 am

Computer Class, Level 1
Orientation is August 20 at 10 am
August 27, 2013 – November 26, 2013
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 am – 12 pm

Students will receive: Learning! Bus Tokens! Raffles! Free Childcare!

LACC requires 40 students to keep the class, so your participation is important!

To enroll, please come to class or call (323) 980-8100


Auto Body and Repair Expo

August 20, 2013
8:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (in the Transportation Department)
400 W Washington Blvd  
Los Angeles, CA 90015
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is holding an event for auto repair and auto body shops in Boyle Heights.  Qualified businesses (facilities located within the specified zip codes and possessing a current business license) are eligible to receive an aqueous brake washing system for their business.  Likewise, technicians from qualified auto body shops can participate in a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a laser guided paint system.  Technicians that successfully complete the training will receive a laser for use at the qualified auto body shop.  There also will be a workshop on SCAQMD Rules and free ride &drives of the latest clean air cars.  Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP please call: (909) 396-3096 


Application Workshop

August 17, 2013
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

El Gallo Grill
4533 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90022

Please come out and participate in an Application Workshop for the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Program. This is a wonderful, free-of-cost resource that helps business owners grow their revenue.

Please RSVP at:
For more information visit:

Legacy Harmony Music Series

September 7, 2013 LITTLE TOKYO LIVE 2013 -- at JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theatre
Building Cultural Bridges Through Music, Education & Commerce among CD 14 communities, ELA-born and raised Japanese Americans and others have coalesced with the Little Tokyo business community and the Jazz At Drew volunteer support group (known as ZOKU) to launch the LEGACY HARMONY MUSIC SERIES, a community building initiative based upon music performances of all genres, starting with jazz, jazz fusion, R&B and funk, aimed at a multi-generational audience, for the benefit of student scholarships.
September 7, 2013 LITTLE TOKYO LIVE 2013 -- at JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theatre
Noon – 4 p.m. (free to the public):  Emerging Artists at JACCC Noguchi Plaza
7 p.m. – Aratani Theatre: ELA-based Japanese American taiko groups (Irasshai - Community Rhythms) With 80s Hitmakers, Lakeside & A Taste of Honey, Featuring Janice-Marie Johnson.
Tickets $50-$20 available at
Sponsorship Opportunities (private and nonmonetary for qualifying nonprofits with youth programs), including Balcony Sponsors covering balcony ticket distribution to youth and families for the Aratani Theatre performances. 
Contact Michael Downer with ZOKU for more sponsorship information at (310) 384-5184.

3rd Annual LA Taco Festival

August 17, 2013
12:00pm - 8:00pm

Mariachi Plaza 
First Street & Boyle Avenue

Come out to the 3rd annual LA Taco Festival to eat delicious tacos from restaurants and taco trucks throughout the City. The event is free and opened to the public, featuring Mariachi Shows, Arts & Crafts, Live Music, and Community Resources.

This event is organized by Jovenes Inc., a non-profit empowering youth.

You are encouraged to take the Gold Line to: Mariachi Plaza. For further information please visit

Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) -- Volunteers Needed! 

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. 

Boyle Heights Beat now seeking youth reporters 

Are you a teenager who lives or attends school in Boyle Heights?
Have you ever thought about reporting for your community on topics of health, art and culture or local heroes?
Boyle Heights Beat  is currently seeking youth reporters to participate in an internship program beginning in August. Since 2011, students from the area’s high schools have been mentored by professional journalists to produce a bilingual quarterly community newspaper— por y para la comunidad.
Youth reporters have an opportunity to provide a voice for their community through storytelling—by learning the basics of journalism and interviewing city and state politicians, community leaders, artists and citizens on various topics affecting their neighborhood.
Their stories are published on our website as well as La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country. Interested students must either be a Boyle Heights resident or be enrolled in one of Boyle Heights’ high schools and must commit to regular meetings to complete their stories.
To apply and get more details, email with your name, age, grade, school and phone number.



As part of the ongoing construction activities for the Metro Division 13 Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, the Contractor will perform the installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit along Cesar E. Chavez Ave and the Cesar Chavez Ave & Vignes Street intersection. This activity requires full weekend and weeknight street closures of Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Road. The weekend street closures will begin Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8pm to 5am Monday, July 29. The weeknight closures will occur from 8pm to 5am (the next day) beginning July 29. The closures will continue on weekends and weeknights through September 29 (excluding Labor Day weekend).
WHAT: Installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit.

WHEN: Weekends beginning Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8pm to 5am Monday, July 29. The weeknight closures will occur from 8pm to 5am (the next day), beginning July 29. The closures will continue on weekends and weeknights through September 29, 2013 (excluding Labor Day weekend).

WHERE: Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Rd. adjacent to Metro Operations/Division 13 project site and the Los Angeles River Bridge.

  • Underground DWP electrical and CES low voltage vaults and conduits will be installed along Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Los Angeles River Bridge.
  • Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
  • Access to businesses and residencies will be maintained.
  • Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.

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 a

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 pm – 8:00 pm 
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.

 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.


(EGP Photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

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.


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.

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 

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
Reading with BARK Therapy Dogs
Tuesday August 20, 4:00-5:00pm
Thursday August 22, 4:00-5:00pm

Family Movie Night
Thursday August 29 6:00pm
STAR Volunteer Readers
Fridays 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Aunt Veronica
Saturdays* 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Uncle Rob (*3 Saturdays a month, call branch for schedule)
Anime Club 
Wednesday August 21, 4:00-5:00pm
Game Day
Wednesday August 28, 4:00-5:00pm
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.
Life Story Writing
Saturday August 17, 2:00-4:00pm
Computer Classes
August 19, 4:30-5:30pm
Downloading Music & Movies with your Library Card
Monday August 26, 4:30-5:30pm
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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