March 2018 In Review

March 2018 In Review

In March, we introduced legislation to create a Youth Development Strategy to help our kids across the entire City – the motion  which I co-introduced with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino, asks for, among other things, the creation of a department, commission or office dedicated solely to assisting our youth with targeted services, jobs and opportunities to succeed. Our youth are our greatest resource and we must put them first.

We also broke ground on a historic monument honoring the millions of Mexican nationals, including my father, who served in the Bracero Program, a US work program that assisted the US to meet work-shortage needs from 1942 and 1964.

And our efforts to address the City’s homelessness crisis continue as the City Council approved a full report to my motion calling for a triage-like response equal to the scale of the crisis in Skid Row – where more than 2,000 individuals sleep on the streets unsheltered nightly – the largest such encampment in the nation.

Read my call to action here.

While housing from Measure HHH is being built, those experiencing homelessness need shelter now. The City Council also approved my El Pueblo shelter motion, establishing trailers along with support services to house our homeless population around El Pueblo at a City-owned parking lot.

We need similar emergency programming and housing implemented in Skid Row and throughout the entire City. I am thankful that a motion by two colleagues that I work with closely on homeless issues, Councilmembers Bonin and Harris-Dawson, will also study an emergency housing plan in all neighborhoods throughout the City.

While CD14 is home to the most supportive housing units for homeless individuals in the City, I was proud to join my colleagues in pledging at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing every three years in each council district. Measure HHH, which I co-authored, ensures that we pay for homeless supportive housing together, and the 222 pledge ensures that we all build housing together throughout the City – including areas with little to no such housing currently.

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on, often with your friends and neighbors (and maybe even you!). 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 


Huizar Calls for Major Shift Focused on Youth

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino to introduce a motion asking the City to invest in our future: our youth. He called for a Youth Development Taskforce and to establish a Department, Commission or Office specifically for youth. Our kids are our most precious resource and we need to have an established forum to help them secure educational, job and youth-program opportunities that will help them today and in the future.

As they become the leaders of tomorrow, their success is our success! Councilmember Huizar looks forward to hearing this motion move forward in the Economic Development Committee and City Council so youth from all corners of our great city can do the same!


Huizar Honors LA Diversity and Braceros with New City Plaza

Councilmember Huizar joined the City's Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Works, Street Services, the Department of Transportation and members of the Union of Bi-national Ex-Braceros to break ground on a 7,000 square-foot plaza across from El Pueblo, the birthplace of Los Angeles, dedicated to the City’s diverse culture and heritage.

The centerpiece of the new plaza will be a 19-foot monument by sculpture artist Dan Medina depicting a Mexican man leaving his family to head north to work in the US during the “Bracero” work program, which began in 1942 during World War II when there was a shortage of US workers and continued until 1964 – when it closed down amid complaints of low wages and poor working conditions for the laborers who worked in farms, mines and railyards throughout the US. The program employed millions of Mexican nationals during that time through agreements between the US and Mexico.

This statue represents the great sacrifice Mexican immigrants underwent who participated in the Bracero program, including Councilmember Huizar's father, and speaks to the value of Los Angeles’ rich immigrant community.

The plaza, and its diversity-driven design elements featuring Native American, black and a number of immigrant cultures, is being constructed as part of a $3.2 million streetscape and pedestrian improvement project along Cesar Chavez Avenue. The plaza is designed by the Bureau of Street Services’ Landscape Architect Scott Shimatsu.

For more on this story, check out KTLA, ABCDowntown NewsLA Times and the last section in the New York Times "California Today."


Huizar's Motion To House Homeless Near El Pueblo Passes Council

The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Huizar’s motion to provide five trailers at a City-owned parking lot for temporary shelter, restroom and showers, as well as case management space to assist those experiencing homelessness near El Pueblo in Downtown Los Angeles. 

The temporary shelter is expected to consist of three leased 24’ x 60’ housing trailers; one leased 24’ x 60’ office trailer for administrative work and case management services; and one leased 12’x 60’ hygiene trailer with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Ongoing services will be managed by a non-profit service provider identified by and under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Participants will be actively case-managed toward long-term stabilization and permanent housing. By establishing a temporary shelter at Parking Lot 5, Huizar’s motion aims to help those experiencing homelessness around El Pueblo and help ensure public right-of-way access in and around the area can improve. City officials have stated that outside of Skid Row, the streets around El Pueblo are home to some of Downtown’s largest homeless encampments.

“This City-owned parking lot is an excellent pilot ground because El Pueblo has a persistent concentration of individuals experiencing homelessness and we want to target those people for services and assist them in getting off the streets,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Our Measure HHH will help us build long-term housing with supportive services, but it is clear to everyone in Los Angeles, we need temporary, emergency housing. This is the model I want to see next used to create a triage-like response in Skid Row – ground zero of the nation’s homelessness.”

For more on Councilmember Huizar's action, check out LA Times, Urbanize LAPatch and LA West Media


Council Approves Huizar's Call for Triage Response in Skid Row

The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Huizar’s motion directing City staff to report back on funding and implementation of emergency shelter for Skid Row’s homeless population. More than 2,000 people in Skid Row have no shelter and sleep on the streets on a nightly basis. Council approved the recommendation by the Homelessness & Poverty Committee that the City’s Homelessness Coordinator, Meg Barclay, work with city departments to produce a report. 

“If this was a natural disaster, FEMA would be on the streets of Skid Row tonight,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Skid Row is ground zero for homeless encampments in the city and indeed the entire nation – we need a response that is equal to the tragedy that Skid Row has been allowed to become for far too long. We are building long-term housing through Measure HHH, but we need a triage-like response to provide temporary, emergency shelter housing with services in Skid Row as soon as possible. It is absolutely untenable. The shelter we're seeking needs to be identified and funded as quickly as possible.” 

Councilmember Huizar’s motion calls for a full study of the number of shelter beds currently available and an estimate of the number needed; cost estimates and potential funding sources; study of city-owned properties that might be suitable for temporary emergency shelter; strategies to ensure that participants in emergency shelter are being readied for long-term housing; near-term actions needed to establish the first sites with community input; recommendations for storage and other services needed to augment shelter and address street conditions.

For more, check out NBC and City News

Share your thoughts on addressing homelessness with us here.


Council Pledges Homeless Housing in Every Council District

City Council approved a resolution, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored, to provide at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing in each Council District every three years.

"This decisive vote sets the City of Los Angeles on a historic course of action,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar, co-author of Proposition HHH. “While some council districts like the one I represent have supported a disproportionate amount of similar housing, never before has the City Council spoke in one voice in our commitment to bring supportive housing to assist our homeless brothers and sisters to every corner of our city.  As the City of Los Angeles moves forward with HHH-funded projects, this strategy will prove wise since homelessness is no longer delegated to a few areas of our City – it is everywhere and everywhere is where we will build.”

For more on this story, check out LA TimesKTLA and CurbedLA.


Huizar Committee Approves Two Plans to Expedite Housing Homeless

Councilmember Huizar's Planning and Land Use Committee unanimously approved two proposals aimed at speeding up and easing City processes in order to expedite housing the City's homeless population.

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) ordinance will streamline production of units by simplifying the entitlement and environmental review process, reduce the overall processing time for each project and remove parking requirements for homeless units. The Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance will allow participating motels and hotels to be renovated and used for supportive and transitional housing. The ordinance would allow property owners to convert the units back to hotel and motel use later if they so choose.

Both ordinances were first recommended as part of the City's Comprehensive Homelessness Strategic Plan, which Councilmember Huizar and Councilmember Harris-Dawson helped draft as co-chairs of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and will now move to the full City Council for approval.

“These two ordinances expedite our previous practices to provide new tools to speed up desperately needed housing to assist our homeless population,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance will mean Measure HHH housing will get built quicker. The Motel Conversion Ordinance gives greater flexibility and incentives to motel and hotel owners to convert their operations into homeless housing. The bottom line is we have to accelerate our efforts to provide more long-term supportive housing and temporary, emergency housing. The need is great on both ends and we simply must do more to meet that demand.”

These ordinances are expected to go before the full City Council in April.

For more on this story, check out Curbed LA.


Huizar's Call to Action on Homelessness

From Councilmember Huizar: My office has spent hundreds of hours working to implement policy and programs to break the cycle of homelessness in Downtown, Skid Row and our city. It is the single biggest issue we work on daily. And while not all of the changes that need to occur to get people off the streets and into housing or needed-services fall under my jurisdiction, I will continue to push the envelope for radical change to address homelessness. See my call-to-action plan below and ways you can help. - José


Share your thoughts on helping the homeless here.


CD14 Pics

Councilmember Huizar honored Proyecto Pastoral's Guadalupe Homeless Project Director, Raquel Roman, as the CD14 2018 Pioneer Woman of the Year! Thank you Raquel for your work with people experiencing homelessness, including homeless senior women. Thank you for your work protecting immigrants, domestic violence victims and all who need your compassion and positive spirit. The world is a better place because of your selfless service.

 

Councilmember Huizar's wife, Richelle Huizar, and daughter, Isabella, joined the “March For Our Lives” rally in Downtown Los Angeles with tens of thousands of Angelenos calling on our state and federal government to adopt sensible gun control laws.

 

Congratulations to the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights Robotics team on competing and winning first place in the 2018 Los Angeles Regional First Robotics Competition! They competed against 53 other teams and will be representing Boyle Heights and Los Angeles in Houston for the First Robotics World Championship. Way to go Stemateros!

 

Congratulations to Wilson High School's Girl Varsity Soccer Team for winning the 2018 CIF Los Angeles City Section Division V Championship! Wilson defeated Aspire Hollin (Huntington Park) 3-2 to claim the school’s first soccer title in its history. Way to go, Mules!

 

El Sereno parents and Boyle Heights’ educators, Jose and Yvette Estrada, created the Embrase Foundation to honor their son Jose "Jojo" Estrada Jr., a brilliant actor, artist and activist whose life was cut tragically short when he passed suddenly at 23 in 2014. Through their foundation, the Estradas have provided more than $50,000 in arts and educational scholarships and programs so that eastside kids can realize their own dreams, something their son actively advocated for. Councilmember Huizar and the City Council honored the Estradas and their EmBrase Foundation for being such incredible role models for our community and taking such a tragic event, and creating something beautiful and lasting to honor their son.


Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, hosted 500 seniors from across CD14 for the 11th Annual Senior Snowball. Our seniors have made CD14 and our City a better place to live and we are truly thankful.

 

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, pictured with Art Share Executive Director Cheyanne Sauter, attended Art Share LA's 4th Annual "Above the Streets" Gala. Art Share LA provides a creative space for artists to live, perform and exhibit and we are truly grateful for their work.

 

Councilmember Huizar joined Clínica Oscar Romero staff, leadership, promotoras and patients in breaking ground on their Boyle Heights Clinic's renovation work and expansion, which will enable this excellent community partner to serve an additional 1,200 new patients a year!

 

Councilmember Huizar and his City Council colleagues, along with Mayor Garcetti and others, honored Norooz, the Persian New Year, which marks the start of spring. Councilmember Huizar also honored the late Ezat Delijani - a great man who helped us preserve our Broadway theaters and led the effort to start the City's Norooz celebration years ago.

 

Councilmember Huizar was in attendance as his wife, Richelle Huizar, served as co-chair of the 27th Annual Latina History Day with HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality). HOPE is a world-class empowerment organization and this year’s conference was a big success – thanks to all who attended!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the second “Rock the Boulevard” community meeting. Rock the Boulevard is a community-driven initiative led by The Eagle Rock Association and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and supported by Councilmember Huizar to make Eagle Rock Boulevard safer for all people.

 

Councilmember Huizar spoke at the ground blessing for the Joshua House health clinic by Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, offering medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, social work, vision and pharmacy services to those experiencing homelessness and low-income residents in DTLA. The new health center will serve an additional 1,200 patients in its first year & eventually 7,000 patients each year - a great addition to Skid Row and DTLA.

 

Councilmember Huizar read to Mrs. Nishinaka’s 2nd-grade class at Delevan Elementary in Eagle Rock for National Read Across America Week. This event is in honor of Dr. Seuss and is celebrated every year the week of his birthday. 

 

Councilmember Huizar recognized Monsignor John Moretta for 50 years of priesthood and 35 excellent years with Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights.Thank you, Monsignor Moretta, for your selfless service, advocating for Boyle Heights, our Latino communities and fighting for the people.

 

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Mayor Garcetti to open a new “Homeless Help Desk” in DTLA's Civic Center to connect those experiencing homelessness with services. The help desk is open Monday through Saturday with Volunteer Corps and the Older Workers Employment Program members servicing the desk — including some who are formerly homeless. Councilmember Huizar and the Mayor also hosted a “Homeless Connect Day” with 20 organizations providing mental health, housing and hygiene service assistance. The next “Connect Day” is Thursday, April 5, at the Highland Park Senior Center.

 

Councilmember Huizar spent International Women's Day with his wife, Richelle Huizar, commemorating the one-year anniversary of The Midnight Mission's Women's Crisis and Bridge Housing Center. Midnight Mission has given hope, family and community to thousands suffering from homelessness, addiction and personal tragedy. Thank you Midnight Mission for your service!

 

Congratulations to the Highland Park Heritage Trust on their 35th Anniversary! Their dedication to the historical preservation of the Northeast LA Arroyo Seco communities through education, advocacy and preservation projects has truly been impressive. A huge thanks from Councilmember Huizar and Team Huizar for all they do!

 

On the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts by Mexican American students across Los Angeles’ eastside communities protesting systemic racism and oppression in our schools, Councilmember Huizar was very proud to assist community partners to place a commemorative plaque at El Sereno Middle School – site of original Wilson High and first walkouts on March 1, 1968. Thanks to El Sereno Historical Society, Wilson High School Alumni Association, InnerCity Struggle, El Sereno Middle School and Wilson High School administration and faculty, LAUSD, United Students, the brilliant artist Carlos Callejo and all the committee members and community supporters who worked on this project.

 

Following his earlier actions to protect against the expansion of Scholl Canyon landfill, Councilmember Huizar wrote letters to the City of Glendale in November and March, outlining extensive concerns about its proposal to burn landfill gas at Scholl Canyon and demanding a more comprehensive and inclusive analysis through a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR). A full house of Eagle Rock and Glendale neighbors stood up against the proposal at a recent meeting of the Glendale Planning Commission, which then denied the permit and voted to study alternatives for the project in an EIR - a big win for the community - and one step of others needed in ensuring Eagle Rock is represented as Glendale considers its plans for the landfill.




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March 2018 In Review

In March, we introduced legislation to create a Youth Development Strategy to help our kids across the entire City – the motion  which I co-introduced with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino, asks for, among other things, the creation of a department, commission or office dedicated solely to assisting our youth with targeted services, jobs and opportunities to succeed. Our youth are our greatest resource and we must put them first.

We also broke ground on a historic monument honoring the millions of Mexican nationals, including my father, who served in the Bracero Program, a US work program that assisted the US to meet work-shortage needs from 1942 and 1964.

And our efforts to address the City’s homelessness crisis continue as the City Council approved a full report to my motion calling for a triage-like response equal to the scale of the crisis in Skid Row – where more than 2,000 individuals sleep on the streets unsheltered nightly – the largest such encampment in the nation.

Read my call to action here.

While housing from Measure HHH is being built, those experiencing homelessness need shelter now. The City Council also approved my El Pueblo shelter motion, establishing trailers along with support services to house our homeless population around El Pueblo at a City-owned parking lot.

We need similar emergency programming and housing implemented in Skid Row and throughout the entire City. I am thankful that a motion by two colleagues that I work with closely on homeless issues, Councilmembers Bonin and Harris-Dawson, will also study an emergency housing plan in all neighborhoods throughout the City.

While CD14 is home to the most supportive housing units for homeless individuals in the City, I was proud to join my colleagues in pledging at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing every three years in each council district. Measure HHH, which I co-authored, ensures that we pay for homeless supportive housing together, and the 222 pledge ensures that we all build housing together throughout the City – including areas with little to no such housing currently.

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on, often with your friends and neighbors (and maybe even you!). 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 


Huizar Calls for Major Shift Focused on Youth

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Councilmembers Rodriguez and Buscaino to introduce a motion asking the City to invest in our future: our youth. He called for a Youth Development Taskforce and to establish a Department, Commission or Office specifically for youth. Our kids are our most precious resource and we need to have an established forum to help them secure educational, job and youth-program opportunities that will help them today and in the future.

As they become the leaders of tomorrow, their success is our success! Councilmember Huizar looks forward to hearing this motion move forward in the Economic Development Committee and City Council so youth from all corners of our great city can do the same!


Huizar Honors LA Diversity and Braceros with New City Plaza

Councilmember Huizar joined the City's Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Works, Street Services, the Department of Transportation and members of the Union of Bi-national Ex-Braceros to break ground on a 7,000 square-foot plaza across from El Pueblo, the birthplace of Los Angeles, dedicated to the City’s diverse culture and heritage.

The centerpiece of the new plaza will be a 19-foot monument by sculpture artist Dan Medina depicting a Mexican man leaving his family to head north to work in the US during the “Bracero” work program, which began in 1942 during World War II when there was a shortage of US workers and continued until 1964 – when it closed down amid complaints of low wages and poor working conditions for the laborers who worked in farms, mines and railyards throughout the US. The program employed millions of Mexican nationals during that time through agreements between the US and Mexico.

This statue represents the great sacrifice Mexican immigrants underwent who participated in the Bracero program, including Councilmember Huizar's father, and speaks to the value of Los Angeles’ rich immigrant community.

The plaza, and its diversity-driven design elements featuring Native American, black and a number of immigrant cultures, is being constructed as part of a $3.2 million streetscape and pedestrian improvement project along Cesar Chavez Avenue. The plaza is designed by the Bureau of Street Services’ Landscape Architect Scott Shimatsu.

For more on this story, check out KTLA, ABCDowntown NewsLA Times and the last section in the New York Times "California Today."


Huizar's Motion To House Homeless Near El Pueblo Passes Council

The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Huizar’s motion to provide five trailers at a City-owned parking lot for temporary shelter, restroom and showers, as well as case management space to assist those experiencing homelessness near El Pueblo in Downtown Los Angeles. 

The temporary shelter is expected to consist of three leased 24’ x 60’ housing trailers; one leased 24’ x 60’ office trailer for administrative work and case management services; and one leased 12’x 60’ hygiene trailer with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Ongoing services will be managed by a non-profit service provider identified by and under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Participants will be actively case-managed toward long-term stabilization and permanent housing. By establishing a temporary shelter at Parking Lot 5, Huizar’s motion aims to help those experiencing homelessness around El Pueblo and help ensure public right-of-way access in and around the area can improve. City officials have stated that outside of Skid Row, the streets around El Pueblo are home to some of Downtown’s largest homeless encampments.

“This City-owned parking lot is an excellent pilot ground because El Pueblo has a persistent concentration of individuals experiencing homelessness and we want to target those people for services and assist them in getting off the streets,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Our Measure HHH will help us build long-term housing with supportive services, but it is clear to everyone in Los Angeles, we need temporary, emergency housing. This is the model I want to see next used to create a triage-like response in Skid Row – ground zero of the nation’s homelessness.”

For more on Councilmember Huizar's action, check out LA Times, Urbanize LAPatch and LA West Media


Council Approves Huizar's Call for Triage Response in Skid Row

The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Huizar’s motion directing City staff to report back on funding and implementation of emergency shelter for Skid Row’s homeless population. More than 2,000 people in Skid Row have no shelter and sleep on the streets on a nightly basis. Council approved the recommendation by the Homelessness & Poverty Committee that the City’s Homelessness Coordinator, Meg Barclay, work with city departments to produce a report. 

“If this was a natural disaster, FEMA would be on the streets of Skid Row tonight,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Skid Row is ground zero for homeless encampments in the city and indeed the entire nation – we need a response that is equal to the tragedy that Skid Row has been allowed to become for far too long. We are building long-term housing through Measure HHH, but we need a triage-like response to provide temporary, emergency shelter housing with services in Skid Row as soon as possible. It is absolutely untenable. The shelter we're seeking needs to be identified and funded as quickly as possible.” 

Councilmember Huizar’s motion calls for a full study of the number of shelter beds currently available and an estimate of the number needed; cost estimates and potential funding sources; study of city-owned properties that might be suitable for temporary emergency shelter; strategies to ensure that participants in emergency shelter are being readied for long-term housing; near-term actions needed to establish the first sites with community input; recommendations for storage and other services needed to augment shelter and address street conditions.

For more, check out NBC and City News

Share your thoughts on addressing homelessness with us here.


Council Pledges Homeless Housing in Every Council District

City Council approved a resolution, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored, to provide at least 222 units of permanent supportive housing in each Council District every three years.

"This decisive vote sets the City of Los Angeles on a historic course of action,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar, co-author of Proposition HHH. “While some council districts like the one I represent have supported a disproportionate amount of similar housing, never before has the City Council spoke in one voice in our commitment to bring supportive housing to assist our homeless brothers and sisters to every corner of our city.  As the City of Los Angeles moves forward with HHH-funded projects, this strategy will prove wise since homelessness is no longer delegated to a few areas of our City – it is everywhere and everywhere is where we will build.”

For more on this story, check out LA TimesKTLA and CurbedLA.


Huizar Committee Approves Two Plans to Expedite Housing Homeless

Councilmember Huizar's Planning and Land Use Committee unanimously approved two proposals aimed at speeding up and easing City processes in order to expedite housing the City's homeless population.

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) ordinance will streamline production of units by simplifying the entitlement and environmental review process, reduce the overall processing time for each project and remove parking requirements for homeless units. The Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance will allow participating motels and hotels to be renovated and used for supportive and transitional housing. The ordinance would allow property owners to convert the units back to hotel and motel use later if they so choose.

Both ordinances were first recommended as part of the City's Comprehensive Homelessness Strategic Plan, which Councilmember Huizar and Councilmember Harris-Dawson helped draft as co-chairs of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and will now move to the full City Council for approval.

“These two ordinances expedite our previous practices to provide new tools to speed up desperately needed housing to assist our homeless population,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance will mean Measure HHH housing will get built quicker. The Motel Conversion Ordinance gives greater flexibility and incentives to motel and hotel owners to convert their operations into homeless housing. The bottom line is we have to accelerate our efforts to provide more long-term supportive housing and temporary, emergency housing. The need is great on both ends and we simply must do more to meet that demand.”

These ordinances are expected to go before the full City Council in April.

For more on this story, check out Curbed LA.


Huizar's Call to Action on Homelessness

From Councilmember Huizar: My office has spent hundreds of hours working to implement policy and programs to break the cycle of homelessness in Downtown, Skid Row and our city. It is the single biggest issue we work on daily. And while not all of the changes that need to occur to get people off the streets and into housing or needed-services fall under my jurisdiction, I will continue to push the envelope for radical change to address homelessness. See my call-to-action plan below and ways you can help. - José


Share your thoughts on helping the homeless here.


CD14 Pics

Councilmember Huizar honored Proyecto Pastoral's Guadalupe Homeless Project Director, Raquel Roman, as the CD14 2018 Pioneer Woman of the Year! Thank you Raquel for your work with people experiencing homelessness, including homeless senior women. Thank you for your work protecting immigrants, domestic violence victims and all who need your compassion and positive spirit. The world is a better place because of your selfless service.

 

Councilmember Huizar's wife, Richelle Huizar, and daughter, Isabella, joined the “March For Our Lives” rally in Downtown Los Angeles with tens of thousands of Angelenos calling on our state and federal government to adopt sensible gun control laws.

 

Congratulations to the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights Robotics team on competing and winning first place in the 2018 Los Angeles Regional First Robotics Competition! They competed against 53 other teams and will be representing Boyle Heights and Los Angeles in Houston for the First Robotics World Championship. Way to go Stemateros!

 

Congratulations to Wilson High School's Girl Varsity Soccer Team for winning the 2018 CIF Los Angeles City Section Division V Championship! Wilson defeated Aspire Hollin (Huntington Park) 3-2 to claim the school’s first soccer title in its history. Way to go, Mules!

 

El Sereno parents and Boyle Heights’ educators, Jose and Yvette Estrada, created the Embrase Foundation to honor their son Jose "Jojo" Estrada Jr., a brilliant actor, artist and activist whose life was cut tragically short when he passed suddenly at 23 in 2014. Through their foundation, the Estradas have provided more than $50,000 in arts and educational scholarships and programs so that eastside kids can realize their own dreams, something their son actively advocated for. Councilmember Huizar and the City Council honored the Estradas and their EmBrase Foundation for being such incredible role models for our community and taking such a tragic event, and creating something beautiful and lasting to honor their son.


Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, hosted 500 seniors from across CD14 for the 11th Annual Senior Snowball. Our seniors have made CD14 and our City a better place to live and we are truly thankful.

 

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, pictured with Art Share Executive Director Cheyanne Sauter, attended Art Share LA's 4th Annual "Above the Streets" Gala. Art Share LA provides a creative space for artists to live, perform and exhibit and we are truly grateful for their work.

 

Councilmember Huizar joined Clínica Oscar Romero staff, leadership, promotoras and patients in breaking ground on their Boyle Heights Clinic's renovation work and expansion, which will enable this excellent community partner to serve an additional 1,200 new patients a year!

 

Councilmember Huizar and his City Council colleagues, along with Mayor Garcetti and others, honored Norooz, the Persian New Year, which marks the start of spring. Councilmember Huizar also honored the late Ezat Delijani - a great man who helped us preserve our Broadway theaters and led the effort to start the City's Norooz celebration years ago.

 

Councilmember Huizar was in attendance as his wife, Richelle Huizar, served as co-chair of the 27th Annual Latina History Day with HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality). HOPE is a world-class empowerment organization and this year’s conference was a big success – thanks to all who attended!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the second “Rock the Boulevard” community meeting. Rock the Boulevard is a community-driven initiative led by The Eagle Rock Association and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and supported by Councilmember Huizar to make Eagle Rock Boulevard safer for all people.

 

Councilmember Huizar spoke at the ground blessing for the Joshua House health clinic by Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, offering medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, social work, vision and pharmacy services to those experiencing homelessness and low-income residents in DTLA. The new health center will serve an additional 1,200 patients in its first year & eventually 7,000 patients each year - a great addition to Skid Row and DTLA.

 

Councilmember Huizar read to Mrs. Nishinaka’s 2nd-grade class at Delevan Elementary in Eagle Rock for National Read Across America Week. This event is in honor of Dr. Seuss and is celebrated every year the week of his birthday. 

 

Councilmember Huizar recognized Monsignor John Moretta for 50 years of priesthood and 35 excellent years with Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights.Thank you, Monsignor Moretta, for your selfless service, advocating for Boyle Heights, our Latino communities and fighting for the people.

 

Councilmember Huizar partnered with Mayor Garcetti to open a new “Homeless Help Desk” in DTLA's Civic Center to connect those experiencing homelessness with services. The help desk is open Monday through Saturday with Volunteer Corps and the Older Workers Employment Program members servicing the desk — including some who are formerly homeless. Councilmember Huizar and the Mayor also hosted a “Homeless Connect Day” with 20 organizations providing mental health, housing and hygiene service assistance. The next “Connect Day” is Thursday, April 5, at the Highland Park Senior Center.

 

Councilmember Huizar spent International Women's Day with his wife, Richelle Huizar, commemorating the one-year anniversary of The Midnight Mission's Women's Crisis and Bridge Housing Center. Midnight Mission has given hope, family and community to thousands suffering from homelessness, addiction and personal tragedy. Thank you Midnight Mission for your service!

 

Congratulations to the Highland Park Heritage Trust on their 35th Anniversary! Their dedication to the historical preservation of the Northeast LA Arroyo Seco communities through education, advocacy and preservation projects has truly been impressive. A huge thanks from Councilmember Huizar and Team Huizar for all they do!

 

On the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts by Mexican American students across Los Angeles’ eastside communities protesting systemic racism and oppression in our schools, Councilmember Huizar was very proud to assist community partners to place a commemorative plaque at El Sereno Middle School – site of original Wilson High and first walkouts on March 1, 1968. Thanks to El Sereno Historical Society, Wilson High School Alumni Association, InnerCity Struggle, El Sereno Middle School and Wilson High School administration and faculty, LAUSD, United Students, the brilliant artist Carlos Callejo and all the committee members and community supporters who worked on this project.

 

Following his earlier actions to protect against the expansion of Scholl Canyon landfill, Councilmember Huizar wrote letters to the City of Glendale in November and March, outlining extensive concerns about its proposal to burn landfill gas at Scholl Canyon and demanding a more comprehensive and inclusive analysis through a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR). A full house of Eagle Rock and Glendale neighbors stood up against the proposal at a recent meeting of the Glendale Planning Commission, which then denied the permit and voted to study alternatives for the project in an EIR - a big win for the community - and one step of others needed in ensuring Eagle Rock is represented as Glendale considers its plans for the landfill.




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