Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
January 24, 2014
Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin
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A Day on Broadway
What: Day On Broadway
6th Anniversary of Bringing Back Broadway
When: Saturday, Jan. 25th
Check-in begins: 11:30am
Event kick-off: 12:30pm
918 S. Broadway, across from Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Early arrival encouraged due to anticipated number of attendees
We are very excited about A Day on Broadway, this Saturday Jan. 25. Pre-registration is now closed, and all guided tours and the Best of Broadway race are at full capacity. But don't worry...you can still participate in A Day on Broadway!
Self-guided theatre tours, and Theatre Talks are open to everyone, so come on down and bring your friends! Day-of registration will begin at 11:30am and the event will kickoff at 12:30pm.
SELF-GUIDED THEATRE TOURS
Six historic Broadway theatres (Million Dollar, Palace, Los Angeles, Tower, Globe and Orpheum
) will be open to the public until 4pm. Docents from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and Los Angeles Conservancy will be posted inside to give visitors information. Meander the corridor as your heart desires, check out historic sites and enjoy a rare glimpse inside Broadway's famous movie palaces.
We're told it's been several decades since this many Broadway theatres were open to the public at the same time, and it's free, so don't miss it.
Be sure to catch a Theatre Talk by noted theatre historian, Ed Kelsey of the League of Historic American Theatres, in one of the theatre auditoriums at scheduled times:
1:30pm - Million Dollar Theatre
2:30pm - Los Angeles Theatre
3:30pm - Palace Theatre
PARKING & TRANSIT
METRO RAIL to Pershing Square or 7th / Metro Station, bus or walk to Broadway
METRO Trip Planner: http://socaltransport.org/tm_pub_start.php
Parking is available at the Joe's Auto Park lot located at 918 S. Broadway for special $6 flat daily rate for this event.
Please visit www.DayOnBroadway.LA
Thanks for your support of Councilmember Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway, and for being a part of A Day On Broadway.
Bringing Back Broadway is an ambitious 10-year plan led by Councilmember Huizar to revitalize the Historic Broadway corridor in downtown L.A. Goals are to provide economic development and business assistance; reactivate Broadway’s historic vacant theaters, as well as more than one million square feet of vacant commercial space and increase parking and transit options, including bringing the beloved streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles.
Councilmember Huizar Introduces Resolution to Limit Exide & Others Interim Permits
The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution introduced by Councilmember José Huizar to support State Senate Bills 712 and 812, which address putting time restrictions on interim (temporary) permits issued to large hazardous waste facilities after it was discovered that Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon operated for more than three decades with an interim permit. These bills would set time limitations on temporary permits and establish a fixed term for hazardous waste facility permits.
Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon has a history of pollution violations, which were recently heightened by the discovery of high arsenic level emissions that significantly increased cancer risk exposure levels of workers and residents around the plant. Additionally, the plant has a track record of unsafe conditions resulting from its wastewater management system.
As then chair of the City’s Energy & Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar held a public hearing on the issue. There, the committee requested that the City Attorney, Bureau of Sanitation, and Chief Legislative Analyst report back on what action the City can take to hold Exide accountable and resolve these issues. One of Councilmember Huizar’s biggest concern was how an operation so large and potentially so harmful to the community if operating incorrectly, could be allowed to continue doing business with a temporary permit for so long.
State agencies, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), have temporarily scaled back operations at the plant and created new restrictions on toxic emissions from large battery recycling facilities in the region. Ongoing concerns remain about the effectiveness of state regulations, given that the Exide facility had operated on an interim permit from DTSC since December 1981.
With this in mind, on June 11, 2013, the City Council earlier adopted a resolution introduced by Councilmember Huizar, which included a call for a full investigation to determine how a plant with known pollution problems had been allowed to operate for more than three decades on a temporary permit.
Please stay tuned for further developments.
4th Street Bridge Has Been Repaired!
Built in 1928, the 4th Street Bridge is 390 feet in length and adds to the rich architectural history of Boyle Heights with its open spandrel arches. After working with the Bureau of Engineering, Councilmember Huizar is happy to announce that this historic bridge has been repaired. This project fixed a damaged 20-foot section of the bridge barrier railing on the north side to restore safety for pedestrians and drivers using the 4th Street Bridge. This compromised barrier railing was removed and replaced in-kind.
Free Tax Preparation
Salesian Boys and Girls Club
3218 Wabash Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90063
February 8, 2014
8:30 am -2:30 pm
Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center will be doing Free income tax preparation for low income families that earned $52,000 or less in 2013. We will begin February 3rd. On Saturday February 8th we will be doing income taxes at Salesian Boys & Girls Club. This event is in collaboration with East Side Tax Coalition. For more information call 323-526-9301
CASA 0101 Presents A Cat Named Mercy
2102 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90033
January 31, 2014 - February 23, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays 5:00 pm
In 2013 award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Josefina López received a grant from The California Endowment to write a new play about health care and The Affordable Care Act. The result is her new World Premiere play, A CAT NAMED MERCY,
a dark comedy about Catalina Rodriguez, a Latina Licensed Vocational Nurse working at Elysian Estates Nursing Home who gets her hours cut, becomes uninsured and is in desperate need of an emergency operation. With the help of a cat she names Mercy, she is divinely guided to do the unthinkable to save her life.
The story line of this new World Premiere play is extremely topical, given millions of Americans are talking about health insurance these days. Staff members from Covered California will be in attendance at Saturday
performances throughout the play’s run to answers questions theatergoers may have about current health care insurance. The play will be presented by CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, CA, January 31 – February 23, 2014, under the direction of Hector Rodriguez,starring actress Alex Ximenez as Catalina Rodriguez, leading a cast of 14 actors playing 32 roles.
Say NO to Obesity: A Informational Meeting Hosted by Boyle Heights Beat
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center
1600 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90033
February 1, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Childhood obesity is an alarming problem nationwide, and in Hispanic communities, such as Boyle Heights, children are far more likely to be obese. According to the 2013 Los Angeles Health Atlas, 32 percent of children in Boyle Heights were obese in 2010, the second highest level in Los Angeles, where the overall rate was 22 percent.
Join our bilingual informational meeting to learn more about ways to prevent weight-related health problems.
To help our children, the whole family needs to get involved we will have:
CD 14 Successfully Granted Funds for Pedestrian Safety Improvements!
Councilmember Huizar assists in securing federal funding for El Sereno, Boyle Heights and Northeast LA
Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce that CD14 is the beneficiary of critical federal funding for several pedestrian safety improvement projects, including a crosswalk at the “S Curve” on Alhambra Road in El Sereno, pedestrian bump outs and flashing pedestrian crosswalks on Olympic Blvd. in Boyle Heights and flashing pedestrian lights in Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Glassell Park. Councilmember Huizar worked with the Department of Transportation to apply for grant funding to address several pedestrian safety concerns within the district. These approved federal funds have been allocated under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the program administered by Caltrans for project delivery.
In Boyle Heights funds have been provided for pedestrian safety improvements on Olympic Blvd between Soto and Lorena. These improvements, totaling over $1 million, will include the installation of pedestrian bump outs at the intersections of Olympic and Evergreen, and Olympic and Dacotah. At the intersections of Olympic and Orme and Olympic and Camulos, both bump outs and activated pedestrian warning signals will be installed.
In El Sereno, the long-sought traffic signal at Alhambra Ave and Concord was approved. This will provide a traffic signal at the location known locally as the "S-Curve," right next to the new El Sereno Arroyo Playground near the City limits with Alhambra. This is a huge victory for the community as safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians have been an issue at that site for some time now – even more so with the recently installed playground.
In the Northeast, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) that provide flashing lights for pedestrians at striped crosswalks without existing traffic signals, will be installed at six locations. They will be installed on Colorado Blvd. at El Rio Ave. and Glen Iris; on Eagle Rock Blvd at Merton Ave., Ridge View Ave. and Avenue 41; and on York Blvd. at Ave 63.
As part of the Colorado Blvd Safety Improvement Plan, Councilman Huizar has already provided funding to install an additional RRFB at Colorado and Hermosa, and the DOT will install all three RRFB's on Colorado in the first quarter of 2014.
DOT has stated that due to the federal approval and certification process associated with these grant funds, that actual construction will begin in two years. They have committed to keeping our office and the public informed during the entire process, which includes design, environmental review, utility clearances, Caltrans’ certification, and the City Bid and Award process to grant the final construction contract.
$50,000 Reward Offered For Information In Hit and Run Case
On October 28, 2013, at approximately 5:33 a.m., Kenneth Lloyd Hamilton, an off- duty Los Angeles Probation Officer, was riding a motorcycle southbound on Soto Street near Lancaster Avenue when he was struck by a 1996 through 2000 silver four door Honda Civic OX, which was also traveling southbound on Soto. The driver of the Honda Civic struck Mr. Hamilton as he or she negotiated a lane change. The impact of the collision caused Mr. Hamilton's motorcycle to collide with the curb, ejecting him from the motorcycle and causing him to collide with the upright standard of a traffic signal. The force of the collision killed Mr. Hamilton. The driver of the Honda Civic then fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying themselves, as required by law.
Councilmember Huizar put forth a motion approved by the City Council for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the hit and run death of Mr. Hamilton. The person responsible for this crime represents an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles; therefore, the councilmember believes it is appropriate for the City of Los Angeles to offer a reward in this case. The offer of reward shall be in effect for six months from the date of the advertisement of the reward by the City Clerk.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact LAPD Detective Michael Kaden at (213) 972-1837
Roybal Family Source Center Offering Free Computer and ESL Classes
Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center
2130 E. 1st Street Suite # 110
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free ESL & Introduction to Computer classes
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am -11:00 am
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am -11:45 am
Please visit or call the center on how to register. We hope to see you all there.
We will also be offering assistance with enrolling in Cal Fresh & Medical-Call for an appointment
Free Bulky Item Pick Up in the City of Los Angeles
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 (323) 342-4100
Boyle Heights Farmers Market
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
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.
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting
Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
ELF Toddler Time
Thursday January 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and dancing. Best for ages 18 months to 4 years old.
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)
Hoop Girls by Gabriela Lopez de Dennis
Reading presented by Casa 0101
Wednesday, January 29, 5:00-7:00pm
Covered California Insurance Information Sessions
For more information on any of the events 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
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 www.lafoodbank.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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) 482-7243 or email her at email@example.com