June 2018 Recap

June 2018 Recap

In June we focused on a wide range of issues and causes, including fighting for immigrant children and families, building the Civic Center our City deserves, quality-of-life battles in our neighborhoods and honoring the class of 2018!

I joined my wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, to urge the Trump administration to keep immigrant families together, and then days after that bad policy was retracted, I issued a City of Los Angeles resolution with Councilmember Cedillo to ensure the City supports legislation and/or court actions that reunite families to end this horror.

In other actions, my Civic Center Master Plan will save hundreds of millions of dollars by centralizing City employees and services in one location. It will also turn the Civic Center into a 24-hour destination with housing and retail space, and it will reconnect to Little Tokyo with a new tower and open paseos after a quarter of Little Tokyo disappeared forever when Parker Center was built with its back turned to that community. Watch our Civic Center Master Plan video here.

We used our Chair position in the City’s Planning Committee to put legal restraints on an El Sereno liquor store that has been a nuisance for far too long. We also held a committee meeting to hold the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director, Barbara Lee, accountable for her agency’s slow Exide Cleanup, and to get Lee to publically discuss her agency’s plan, which is like no plan at all, to have Exide pay for the remaining and large majority of contaminated properties that still need to be funded and cleaned up.

We also took actions to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness and prevent others from falling into homelessness. In Boyle Heights, we hosted another Team Huizar Homeless Connect Day with our partners at Exodus Recovery. In Northeast LA, we held a "Know Your Renter's Rights" housing workshop to educate people on their rights under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. We also celebrated the Downtown Women's Center Advocate Program graduates in DTLA. This great program empowers formerly homeless women to become successful advocates for themselves and other women experiencing homelessness.

In Highland Park, the Arts Development Fee program that I championed in City Council with Councilmember O'Farrell is paying dividends. A new mural is going up by talented artist Pola Lopez on the Starlite Glass Building next to York Park. The Department of Cultural Affairs is also creating a pre-qualified list of artists for future projects in the City and we want to see as many CD14 artists as possible. Apply here.

We also celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in graduation/promotion ceremonies across CD14, and at our 15th Annual Adelante Awards, recognizing the top boy and girl from 63 schools across our district for their outstanding academic achievements. Congratulations to all our graduates. We wish you well. Go out and make the world a better place!

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. As always, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns. And please follow me on social media on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José


 

Table of Contents 


Team Huizar 4th of July Celebrations This Weekend

Our Team Huizar 4th of July shows start tomorrow, Saturday, June 30th! We're kicking things off in El Sereno at 10 a.m. at the 59th El Sereno Bicentennial Committee Independence Day Parade, with Councilmember Huizar's wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, serving as the Grand Marshal. We’ll start the concerts at El Sereno Park and at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights Saturday at 5 p.m. with fireworks once it gets dark. We’ll do it all again on Sunday at Eagle Rock Park starting at 5 p.m. And we’ll finish it up at Grand Park in DTLA on Wednesday, July 4th with a block party starting at 3 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy good music, great food and an amazing fireworks show in a safe environment.

Check out the video and Councilmember Huizar’s Facebook page for more information! Happy Independence Day!


Councilmember Huizar Advocates to Keep Immigrant Families Together

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined immigrant rights advocates and organizations and elected officials to increase pressure on the Trump administration to end its inhumane policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. As many as 329 children a week were being pulled away from their parents - that is unfathomable.

This cruel practice is the direct result of a new “zero-tolerance” policy enacted by the Trump Administration at the border aimed at dismantling our country’s legal asylum system and terrorizing families, many of whom are fleeing for their lives.

This policy often involves moving children to facilities thousands of miles from their detained parents and giving parents no information about the whereabouts of their children. Councilmember Huizar lent his voice to this effort as an immigrant who benefited from a since-abandoned family reunification policy that allowed him, his family and so many others, to earn citizenship and pursue the American Dream.

Councilmembers Huizar and Cedillo also introduced a resolution calling for the City of Los Angeles to support all legislative or court actions to reunite the current 2,300 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at our US border, including approximately 100 children in the Los Angeles area. Since President Trump abolished the federal government’s family separation practice by executive order, reuniting those children with their parents must be prioritized. The trauma of separation for those children will not end until they are reunited with their parents.

The City Council (Martinez/Bonin) also introduced legislation this week to allow the City/County Justice Fund to be used for legal services to assist immigrant children separated from their parents.


Watch the Visionary Plan For A New Civic Center

Check out this cool video that shows you, with full overhead graphics, what our Downtown L.A. Civic Center can be in the very near future.

It's all part of the Civic Center Master Plan that Councilmember Huizar called for in 2015. The plan will save hundreds of millions of dollars by centralizing City employees and services in one location. It will turn the Civic Center into a 24-hour destination by creating an open, pedestrian-focused design with a plaza, paseos and a campus full of residential and retail space.

It will also ensure that the surrounding communities, most notably Little Tokyo, are not shut out in both form and practice - as they were decades ago when their property was taken. A quarter of Little Tokyo disappeared forever when Parker Center was built with its back turned to that community.

It's time to build the Civic Center Los Angeles deserves.

Watch the video to learn more about our efforts!


DTSC Director Speaks Before Huizar Committee to Explain Slow Exide Cleanup

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Responding to a Councilmember Huizar motion, the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director, Barbara Lee, testified before Huizar’s City Planning committee to explain the DTSC's incredibly slow cleanup effort related to the Exide contamination, as well as their plan of action moving forward to thoroughly and quickly cleanup contaminated properties.

Councilmember Huizar demanded an explanation from the DTSC after it was revealed that only 270 parcels had been cleaned of lead contamination over two years. Governor Brown allocated $176.6 million in taxpayer funds in 2016 to cleanup 2,500 parcels, despite evidence of contamination at 7,500 parcels at least.

The DTSC’s unacceptable cleanup efforts thus far are exacerbated by the fact that two-thirds of the contaminated parcels do not have a cleanup plan or funding source. Lee said at the committee hearing that the state will make Exide pay for it, which Huizar pointed out was highly unlikely.

The constant delays and lack of robust preparation and implementation from the DTSC continue to put the communities surrounding Exide, including Boyle Heights, in danger of toxic exposure. This long-standing environmental injustice adversely affects predominately Latino, immigrant and low-income communities. The DTSC needs to step up or step aside, plain and simple.


Council Confirms New Police Chief Michel Moore

This week, Councilmember Huizar and the Los Angeles City Council confirmed new LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore. Chief Moore has more than 35 years of experience throughout all ranks of the LAPD, and has already begun his quest to hear directly from Angelenos in all our neighborhoods to make sure that community policing is a collaborative effort. Councilmember Huizar congratulates Chief Moore on his appointment and thanks retiring Chief Charlie Beck for his decades of service.


Know Your Rent Control Housing Rights Continues in Northeast LA

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Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA Field Office and the City's Housing and Community Investment Department were happy to provide a Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Renter's Rights information session for parents at Luther Burbank Middle School. Councilmember Huizar started the “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign in April 2017. Since that time, we have successfully contacted nearly 15,000 households in CD14 about their rent control rights.

It is a first-of-its-kind effort for a Council office in the City of Los Angeles, and more like this are needed across the City to inform RSO residents that they have considerable rights and they should exercise them.


Huizar Committee Denies El Sereno Liquor's Appeal


The City's Planning and Land Use Committee, which Councilmember Huizar chairs, voted to uphold new and stricter public nuisance conditions at the El Sereno Liquor Store. Over the next year, the store must have a security guard from 6 p.m. to closing time, reduce closing time to 1 a.m., and create a 24-hour hotline for complaints, as well as keep video surveillance. Let's remain vigilant.

For any nuisance issues, please call the 24-hour hotline at 818-730-3699.


Councilmember Huizar, Exodus Recovery Host Homeless Connect Day

Councilmember Huizar and our partners at Exodus Recovery hosted a “Homeless Connect Day” at Hollenbeck Park, a direct outreach event for those experiencing homelessness to get connected to services and housing from expert service providers. As Councilmember Huizar continues to lead efforts to get our homeless neighbors into housing through efforts like Measure HHH, which he co-authored, events like this go a long way in getting people the assistance they need. We thank all our service providers for their participation!

Homeless Connect Day's are meant to quickly connect people experiencing homelessness to services as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Councilmember Huizar has also hosted Homeless Connect Day's in DTLA and Northeast LA. 


Councilmember Huizar Recognizes Downtown Women's Center

Councilmember Huizar honored the 16 women who graduated from the Downtown Women's Center's Advocates program. In 2016, the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) launched the Advocates Program to empower formerly homeless women to become successful advocates for themselves and other women experiencing homelessness.

For the past four months, DWC Advocates participated in press interviews, public policy meetings, lobby visits with legislators, fundraising events and press conferences. Congratulations ladies!

For more information on the program and to learn how you can support, please visit DowntownWomensCenter.org/Advocates


The Start of the York Park Mural

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Highland Park is getting a new mural thanks to the CD14 Mural Program and a revamped Arts Development Fee program Councilmember Huizar successfully championed and implemented with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

The new mural by talented artist Pola Lopez (@s360fotografia) will be located at the Starlite Glass Building next to York Park. It should be completed in early August.

Stop by and check it out!


Alhambra Avenue Makeover Underway!

As part of the $1.2 million in safety improvements Councilmember Huizar is bringing to Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno, a new signal was activated at Alhambra and Lowell! Other upgrades include bike lanes, a new sidewalk next to our El Sereno Arroyo Playground, a newly resurfaced street, a new crosswalk and an art wall. When complete, Alhambra Avenue will truly be a complete street!

Thanks to all our partners, including our local residents and Vecinos of El Sereno Arroyo Playground, the City's Department of Transportation, Bureau of Street Services, Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Street Lighting and the Department of Cultural Affairs for their great work on this project!


Congrats Class of 2018!

This June, Councilmember Huizar attended ceremonies across CD14, from elementary and middle school promotions to high school graduations. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Continue to strive for excellence in your future endeavors. We are proud of you!


Celebrating the 15th Annual Adelante Awards

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, recognized the top boy and girl from 63 schools across CD14 at their 15th Annual Adelante Awards. The Adelante Awards honor and encourage students to go forward and pursue academic excellence, be positive role models and make a difference in our communities. We also honored the parents who sacrifice so much so these wonderful students can pursue the American Dream! Congratulations to all!

Click here to view the 2018 Adelante Awards photos.


Recognizing CD14's LGBTQ Heritage Month Honorees

Councilmember Huizar honored Oliver Alpuche and Eric Solis as CD14's LGBTQ Heritage Month Honorees! Thank you for establishing DTLA as a home for the LGBTQ community and creating the DTLA Proud Festival - an all-inclusive festival spreading optimism and ensuring our City's definition of diversity includes all people. And Councilmember Huizar is honored to have the DTLA Proud team as a featured partner at our annual “Night on Broadway” Festival.

The DTLA Proud Festival is coming to you August 25 - 26! Get further information here.


Calling All Artists!

Calling all artists! Apply to have your art displayed in open spaces, medians, parks and more throughout Los Angeles. The City's Department of Cultural Affairs is creating a pre-qualified list of artists for future projects in the City and you must apply by July 16 to be considered for future contracts! 

Apply here!


CD14 Pics

Councilmember Huizar joined his wife, Richelle Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, new Police Chief Moore, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the City's Recreation and Parks to kick-off Summer Night Lights 2018. Summer Night Lights is a violence-reduction program that offers a diverse range of activities to keep our kids safe and active during the summer. 

 

Councilmember Huizar joined Councilmember O'Farrell to celebrate and honor the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. Los Angeles is home to the largest number of Filipinos living outside the Philippines, with a strong presence in Northeast LA. At City Council, Councilmember Huizar honored and thanked our Filipino community, and Filipino service organizations, for the great work they've done to make LA the greatest city in the world.

 

As a Commissioner on the Status of Women, Councilmember Huizar's wife, Richelle Huizar, moderated the 3rd Annual Latina Conference - sponsored by Councilmember Price. This year's theme was 'Mujeres Empowered for Success' and was a day filled with empowerment, advocacy, sisterhood and entertainment. Commissioner Huizar moderated the panel “Mujeres en Lucha” on social change and justice in our communities.

 

Councilmember Ryu and Councilmember Huizar made a friendly wager on the Mexico v. Korea game during the World Cap. Since Korea lost that game, Councilmember Ryu's office gave Team Huizar some great Korean BBQ and dumplings. When Korea beat Germany, Councilmember Huizar decided to return the favor and treat Team Ryu to Guisados tacos, Mexican Cokes and Jarritos! Two proud immigrants who've achieved the American Dream!

 

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Councilmember and his wife, Richelle Huizar, honored the Hermon Neighborhood Council on their first “Picnic at the Park” event. It was a fun-filled day with free food, resource booths and activities for children. It's great to see all the positive things the Hermon Neighborhood Council are already doing for our community and Team Huizar looks forward to the continued partnership.

 

Councilmember Huizar joined the Little Tokyo community to celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the Go For Broke monument. The monument is dedicated to Japanese Americans who served during WWII. These soldiers are true American Heroes. Thank you for your service!

 


Councilmember Huizar worked with the Bureau of Street Services to install a new rubber jogging path along the north side of 1st Street between Evergreen Avenue and Fresno Street. This sidewalk repair program is one of several improvement projects Councilmember Huizar is working on to make sure our streets are safe and accessible for all.

 

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Congratulations to AMP Studios on your 8th Youth Awards Show and Exhibit! Thank you for mentoring the youth through the arts in Highland Park and throughout all of Northeast Los Angeles. 

 

Our third Envision Eastern meeting had another great turnout! Councilmember Huizar hopes to continue a track record of success of street improvements in El Sereno like the work on Valley Boulevard, Alhambra Avenue and the Soto Street Corridor. Envision Eastern will continue that legacy of high-scope streetscape improvements that significantly improve main public thoroughfares.

 

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The Los Stemateros from Boyle Heights STEM Academy were recognized for their hard work and achievements by the school's Parent Teacher Student Association. This year, they made Boyle Heights extremely proud by winning the FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional competition and earning a spot in the World Championship in Houston. Way to go!

 

Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA office welcomed Piencone to the Eagle Rock community. Piencone opened in April and has quickly become a destination in Northeast Los Angeles for pizza and ice cream. We wish Herbert, Corey and Michelle many years of success in Eagle Rock. 

 

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Councilmember Huizar thanks Santa Teresita School Principal Sister Mary Catherine for a dedicated 12 years of service in leading the school and he wishes her much happiness in her new endeavors!

 

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Councilmember Huizar's office partnered with the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA) to celebrate Pride Month with a banner over Colorado Boulevard recognizing the stellar Northeast LA organization.

 

Councilmember Huizar was honored to speak at the Central City Association's June Executive Committee meeting and recognize L.A. LIVE for their 10th Anniversary. L.A. LIVE has been a critical partner in the renaissance of DTLA by bringing entertainment and sports to the heart of our city. 

 

About 1,000 people, including Councilmembers Harris-Dawson and O'Farrell, gathered at Grand Park for Councilmember Huizar's first monthly "Food Truck Tuesday!" This event is in collaboration with Grand Park's Lunch a la Park program. Be on the lookout for our next date in July! Click here to watch for a video recap


Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA Field Office joined students of Dahlia Heights Elementary at the ribbon cutting for their new mural in the pedestrian tunnel. The Northeast LA Field Office provided the base coat of white paint for parents and students to draw the colorful images. Councilmember Huizar secured funding to apply graffiti coating on the tunnel to protect the mural. 

 

The new 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project will be more than just a bridge to get from point A to point B, it will be a destination in and of itself with a beautiful ribbon arch design with extended sidewalks for pedestrians, protected bike lanes, access to the LA River and an incredible 12-acre park with amenities for Boyle Heights, the Arts District, DTLA and all of Los Angeles!

 

Team Huizar was happy to sponsor the Lummis Day Boulevard Stage on Ave. 50 and York. Thank you Lummis Day Organizing Committee for celebrating the arts, history and diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. It was a great time!

 


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June 2018 Recap

In June we focused on a wide range of issues and causes, including fighting for immigrant children and families, building the Civic Center our City deserves, quality-of-life battles in our neighborhoods and honoring the class of 2018!

I joined my wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, to urge the Trump administration to keep immigrant families together, and then days after that bad policy was retracted, I issued a City of Los Angeles resolution with Councilmember Cedillo to ensure the City supports legislation and/or court actions that reunite families to end this horror.

In other actions, my Civic Center Master Plan will save hundreds of millions of dollars by centralizing City employees and services in one location. It will also turn the Civic Center into a 24-hour destination with housing and retail space, and it will reconnect to Little Tokyo with a new tower and open paseos after a quarter of Little Tokyo disappeared forever when Parker Center was built with its back turned to that community. Watch our Civic Center Master Plan video here.

We used our Chair position in the City’s Planning Committee to put legal restraints on an El Sereno liquor store that has been a nuisance for far too long. We also held a committee meeting to hold the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director, Barbara Lee, accountable for her agency’s slow Exide Cleanup, and to get Lee to publically discuss her agency’s plan, which is like no plan at all, to have Exide pay for the remaining and large majority of contaminated properties that still need to be funded and cleaned up.

We also took actions to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness and prevent others from falling into homelessness. In Boyle Heights, we hosted another Team Huizar Homeless Connect Day with our partners at Exodus Recovery. In Northeast LA, we held a "Know Your Renter's Rights" housing workshop to educate people on their rights under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. We also celebrated the Downtown Women's Center Advocate Program graduates in DTLA. This great program empowers formerly homeless women to become successful advocates for themselves and other women experiencing homelessness.

In Highland Park, the Arts Development Fee program that I championed in City Council with Councilmember O'Farrell is paying dividends. A new mural is going up by talented artist Pola Lopez on the Starlite Glass Building next to York Park. The Department of Cultural Affairs is also creating a pre-qualified list of artists for future projects in the City and we want to see as many CD14 artists as possible. Apply here.

We also celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in graduation/promotion ceremonies across CD14, and at our 15th Annual Adelante Awards, recognizing the top boy and girl from 63 schools across our district for their outstanding academic achievements. Congratulations to all our graduates. We wish you well. Go out and make the world a better place!

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. As always, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns. And please follow me on social media on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

José


 

Table of Contents 


Team Huizar 4th of July Celebrations This Weekend

Our Team Huizar 4th of July shows start tomorrow, Saturday, June 30th! We're kicking things off in El Sereno at 10 a.m. at the 59th El Sereno Bicentennial Committee Independence Day Parade, with Councilmember Huizar's wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, serving as the Grand Marshal. We’ll start the concerts at El Sereno Park and at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights Saturday at 5 p.m. with fireworks once it gets dark. We’ll do it all again on Sunday at Eagle Rock Park starting at 5 p.m. And we’ll finish it up at Grand Park in DTLA on Wednesday, July 4th with a block party starting at 3 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy good music, great food and an amazing fireworks show in a safe environment.

Check out the video and Councilmember Huizar’s Facebook page for more information! Happy Independence Day!


Councilmember Huizar Advocates to Keep Immigrant Families Together

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined immigrant rights advocates and organizations and elected officials to increase pressure on the Trump administration to end its inhumane policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. As many as 329 children a week were being pulled away from their parents - that is unfathomable.

This cruel practice is the direct result of a new “zero-tolerance” policy enacted by the Trump Administration at the border aimed at dismantling our country’s legal asylum system and terrorizing families, many of whom are fleeing for their lives.

This policy often involves moving children to facilities thousands of miles from their detained parents and giving parents no information about the whereabouts of their children. Councilmember Huizar lent his voice to this effort as an immigrant who benefited from a since-abandoned family reunification policy that allowed him, his family and so many others, to earn citizenship and pursue the American Dream.

Councilmembers Huizar and Cedillo also introduced a resolution calling for the City of Los Angeles to support all legislative or court actions to reunite the current 2,300 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at our US border, including approximately 100 children in the Los Angeles area. Since President Trump abolished the federal government’s family separation practice by executive order, reuniting those children with their parents must be prioritized. The trauma of separation for those children will not end until they are reunited with their parents.

The City Council (Martinez/Bonin) also introduced legislation this week to allow the City/County Justice Fund to be used for legal services to assist immigrant children separated from their parents.


Watch the Visionary Plan For A New Civic Center

Check out this cool video that shows you, with full overhead graphics, what our Downtown L.A. Civic Center can be in the very near future.

It's all part of the Civic Center Master Plan that Councilmember Huizar called for in 2015. The plan will save hundreds of millions of dollars by centralizing City employees and services in one location. It will turn the Civic Center into a 24-hour destination by creating an open, pedestrian-focused design with a plaza, paseos and a campus full of residential and retail space.

It will also ensure that the surrounding communities, most notably Little Tokyo, are not shut out in both form and practice - as they were decades ago when their property was taken. A quarter of Little Tokyo disappeared forever when Parker Center was built with its back turned to that community.

It's time to build the Civic Center Los Angeles deserves.

Watch the video to learn more about our efforts!


DTSC Director Speaks Before Huizar Committee to Explain Slow Exide Cleanup

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Responding to a Councilmember Huizar motion, the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director, Barbara Lee, testified before Huizar’s City Planning committee to explain the DTSC's incredibly slow cleanup effort related to the Exide contamination, as well as their plan of action moving forward to thoroughly and quickly cleanup contaminated properties.

Councilmember Huizar demanded an explanation from the DTSC after it was revealed that only 270 parcels had been cleaned of lead contamination over two years. Governor Brown allocated $176.6 million in taxpayer funds in 2016 to cleanup 2,500 parcels, despite evidence of contamination at 7,500 parcels at least.

The DTSC’s unacceptable cleanup efforts thus far are exacerbated by the fact that two-thirds of the contaminated parcels do not have a cleanup plan or funding source. Lee said at the committee hearing that the state will make Exide pay for it, which Huizar pointed out was highly unlikely.

The constant delays and lack of robust preparation and implementation from the DTSC continue to put the communities surrounding Exide, including Boyle Heights, in danger of toxic exposure. This long-standing environmental injustice adversely affects predominately Latino, immigrant and low-income communities. The DTSC needs to step up or step aside, plain and simple.


Council Confirms New Police Chief Michel Moore

This week, Councilmember Huizar and the Los Angeles City Council confirmed new LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore. Chief Moore has more than 35 years of experience throughout all ranks of the LAPD, and has already begun his quest to hear directly from Angelenos in all our neighborhoods to make sure that community policing is a collaborative effort. Councilmember Huizar congratulates Chief Moore on his appointment and thanks retiring Chief Charlie Beck for his decades of service.


Know Your Rent Control Housing Rights Continues in Northeast LA

My_office_and_the_Housing___Community_Investment_Department_were_happy_to_provide_a_Rent_Stabilization_Ordinance_Renter's_Rights_information_session_for_parents_at_Luther_Burbank_Middle_School._Please_continue_t.jpg

Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA Field Office and the City's Housing and Community Investment Department were happy to provide a Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Renter's Rights information session for parents at Luther Burbank Middle School. Councilmember Huizar started the “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign in April 2017. Since that time, we have successfully contacted nearly 15,000 households in CD14 about their rent control rights.

It is a first-of-its-kind effort for a Council office in the City of Los Angeles, and more like this are needed across the City to inform RSO residents that they have considerable rights and they should exercise them.


Huizar Committee Denies El Sereno Liquor's Appeal


The City's Planning and Land Use Committee, which Councilmember Huizar chairs, voted to uphold new and stricter public nuisance conditions at the El Sereno Liquor Store. Over the next year, the store must have a security guard from 6 p.m. to closing time, reduce closing time to 1 a.m., and create a 24-hour hotline for complaints, as well as keep video surveillance. Let's remain vigilant.

For any nuisance issues, please call the 24-hour hotline at 818-730-3699.


Councilmember Huizar, Exodus Recovery Host Homeless Connect Day

Councilmember Huizar and our partners at Exodus Recovery hosted a “Homeless Connect Day” at Hollenbeck Park, a direct outreach event for those experiencing homelessness to get connected to services and housing from expert service providers. As Councilmember Huizar continues to lead efforts to get our homeless neighbors into housing through efforts like Measure HHH, which he co-authored, events like this go a long way in getting people the assistance they need. We thank all our service providers for their participation!

Homeless Connect Day's are meant to quickly connect people experiencing homelessness to services as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Councilmember Huizar has also hosted Homeless Connect Day's in DTLA and Northeast LA. 


Councilmember Huizar Recognizes Downtown Women's Center

Councilmember Huizar honored the 16 women who graduated from the Downtown Women's Center's Advocates program. In 2016, the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) launched the Advocates Program to empower formerly homeless women to become successful advocates for themselves and other women experiencing homelessness.

For the past four months, DWC Advocates participated in press interviews, public policy meetings, lobby visits with legislators, fundraising events and press conferences. Congratulations ladies!

For more information on the program and to learn how you can support, please visit DowntownWomensCenter.org/Advocates


The Start of the York Park Mural

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Highland Park is getting a new mural thanks to the CD14 Mural Program and a revamped Arts Development Fee program Councilmember Huizar successfully championed and implemented with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

The new mural by talented artist Pola Lopez (@s360fotografia) will be located at the Starlite Glass Building next to York Park. It should be completed in early August.

Stop by and check it out!


Alhambra Avenue Makeover Underway!

As part of the $1.2 million in safety improvements Councilmember Huizar is bringing to Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno, a new signal was activated at Alhambra and Lowell! Other upgrades include bike lanes, a new sidewalk next to our El Sereno Arroyo Playground, a newly resurfaced street, a new crosswalk and an art wall. When complete, Alhambra Avenue will truly be a complete street!

Thanks to all our partners, including our local residents and Vecinos of El Sereno Arroyo Playground, the City's Department of Transportation, Bureau of Street Services, Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Street Lighting and the Department of Cultural Affairs for their great work on this project!


Congrats Class of 2018!

This June, Councilmember Huizar attended ceremonies across CD14, from elementary and middle school promotions to high school graduations. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Continue to strive for excellence in your future endeavors. We are proud of you!


Celebrating the 15th Annual Adelante Awards

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Commissioner Richelle Huizar, recognized the top boy and girl from 63 schools across CD14 at their 15th Annual Adelante Awards. The Adelante Awards honor and encourage students to go forward and pursue academic excellence, be positive role models and make a difference in our communities. We also honored the parents who sacrifice so much so these wonderful students can pursue the American Dream! Congratulations to all!

Click here to view the 2018 Adelante Awards photos.


Recognizing CD14's LGBTQ Heritage Month Honorees

Councilmember Huizar honored Oliver Alpuche and Eric Solis as CD14's LGBTQ Heritage Month Honorees! Thank you for establishing DTLA as a home for the LGBTQ community and creating the DTLA Proud Festival - an all-inclusive festival spreading optimism and ensuring our City's definition of diversity includes all people. And Councilmember Huizar is honored to have the DTLA Proud team as a featured partner at our annual “Night on Broadway” Festival.

The DTLA Proud Festival is coming to you August 25 - 26! Get further information here.


Calling All Artists!

Calling all artists! Apply to have your art displayed in open spaces, medians, parks and more throughout Los Angeles. The City's Department of Cultural Affairs is creating a pre-qualified list of artists for future projects in the City and you must apply by July 16 to be considered for future contracts! 

Apply here!


CD14 Pics

Councilmember Huizar joined his wife, Richelle Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, new Police Chief Moore, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the City's Recreation and Parks to kick-off Summer Night Lights 2018. Summer Night Lights is a violence-reduction program that offers a diverse range of activities to keep our kids safe and active during the summer. 

 

Councilmember Huizar joined Councilmember O'Farrell to celebrate and honor the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. Los Angeles is home to the largest number of Filipinos living outside the Philippines, with a strong presence in Northeast LA. At City Council, Councilmember Huizar honored and thanked our Filipino community, and Filipino service organizations, for the great work they've done to make LA the greatest city in the world.

 

As a Commissioner on the Status of Women, Councilmember Huizar's wife, Richelle Huizar, moderated the 3rd Annual Latina Conference - sponsored by Councilmember Price. This year's theme was 'Mujeres Empowered for Success' and was a day filled with empowerment, advocacy, sisterhood and entertainment. Commissioner Huizar moderated the panel “Mujeres en Lucha” on social change and justice in our communities.

 

Councilmember Ryu and Councilmember Huizar made a friendly wager on the Mexico v. Korea game during the World Cap. Since Korea lost that game, Councilmember Ryu's office gave Team Huizar some great Korean BBQ and dumplings. When Korea beat Germany, Councilmember Huizar decided to return the favor and treat Team Ryu to Guisados tacos, Mexican Cokes and Jarritos! Two proud immigrants who've achieved the American Dream!

 

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Councilmember and his wife, Richelle Huizar, honored the Hermon Neighborhood Council on their first “Picnic at the Park” event. It was a fun-filled day with free food, resource booths and activities for children. It's great to see all the positive things the Hermon Neighborhood Council are already doing for our community and Team Huizar looks forward to the continued partnership.

 

Councilmember Huizar joined the Little Tokyo community to celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the Go For Broke monument. The monument is dedicated to Japanese Americans who served during WWII. These soldiers are true American Heroes. Thank you for your service!

 


Councilmember Huizar worked with the Bureau of Street Services to install a new rubber jogging path along the north side of 1st Street between Evergreen Avenue and Fresno Street. This sidewalk repair program is one of several improvement projects Councilmember Huizar is working on to make sure our streets are safe and accessible for all.

 

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Congratulations to AMP Studios on your 8th Youth Awards Show and Exhibit! Thank you for mentoring the youth through the arts in Highland Park and throughout all of Northeast Los Angeles. 

 

Our third Envision Eastern meeting had another great turnout! Councilmember Huizar hopes to continue a track record of success of street improvements in El Sereno like the work on Valley Boulevard, Alhambra Avenue and the Soto Street Corridor. Envision Eastern will continue that legacy of high-scope streetscape improvements that significantly improve main public thoroughfares.

 

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The Los Stemateros from Boyle Heights STEM Academy were recognized for their hard work and achievements by the school's Parent Teacher Student Association. This year, they made Boyle Heights extremely proud by winning the FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional competition and earning a spot in the World Championship in Houston. Way to go!

 

Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA office welcomed Piencone to the Eagle Rock community. Piencone opened in April and has quickly become a destination in Northeast Los Angeles for pizza and ice cream. We wish Herbert, Corey and Michelle many years of success in Eagle Rock. 

 

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Councilmember Huizar thanks Santa Teresita School Principal Sister Mary Catherine for a dedicated 12 years of service in leading the school and he wishes her much happiness in her new endeavors!

 

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Councilmember Huizar's office partnered with the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA) to celebrate Pride Month with a banner over Colorado Boulevard recognizing the stellar Northeast LA organization.

 

Councilmember Huizar was honored to speak at the Central City Association's June Executive Committee meeting and recognize L.A. LIVE for their 10th Anniversary. L.A. LIVE has been a critical partner in the renaissance of DTLA by bringing entertainment and sports to the heart of our city. 

 

About 1,000 people, including Councilmembers Harris-Dawson and O'Farrell, gathered at Grand Park for Councilmember Huizar's first monthly "Food Truck Tuesday!" This event is in collaboration with Grand Park's Lunch a la Park program. Be on the lookout for our next date in July! Click here to watch for a video recap


Councilmember Huizar's Northeast LA Field Office joined students of Dahlia Heights Elementary at the ribbon cutting for their new mural in the pedestrian tunnel. The Northeast LA Field Office provided the base coat of white paint for parents and students to draw the colorful images. Councilmember Huizar secured funding to apply graffiti coating on the tunnel to protect the mural. 

 

The new 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project will be more than just a bridge to get from point A to point B, it will be a destination in and of itself with a beautiful ribbon arch design with extended sidewalks for pedestrians, protected bike lanes, access to the LA River and an incredible 12-acre park with amenities for Boyle Heights, the Arts District, DTLA and all of Los Angeles!

 

Team Huizar was happy to sponsor the Lummis Day Boulevard Stage on Ave. 50 and York. Thank you Lummis Day Organizing Committee for celebrating the arts, history and diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. It was a great time!

 


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