May 2018 Recap

May 2018 Recap

This month, we adopted the City's $9.9 billion budget, providing more funding to address our homelessness crisis, creating more temporary emergency shelter and funding more encampment cleanup teams. Meanwhile, the State has nearly $9 billion in surplus funds and I joined our Mayor, County and State elected officials demanding more funding from the state to address our homelessness crisis. While we’re doing more than ever before on the City and County level, it's time for the State to treat homelessness like the moral crisis it is.

On a local level, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released their 2018 Homeless Count, which showed people experiencing homelessness declined 5% in the City and 3% in the County. While this is good news, the overall population is way too high still and challenges remain, even neighborhood by neighborhood. But we’re doing better overall as a City/County and our efforts are starting to take hold.

The fight continues to protect families and our children from contaminated soil from the Exide Technologies debacle. In May, I issued legislation calling on Barbara Lee, the Director of the State's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), to come before the City’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which I chair, to explain the agency’s incredibly slow cleanup efforts. It is unacceptable that only 270 parcels of the initial 2,500 most contaminated sites identified by the DTSC have been cleaned and I will continue to fight against this environmental injustice.

In May, we also celebrated an amazing amount of community improvements completed and underway throughout CD14. In El Sereno, we are improving Soto Street, Eastern Avenue and Alhambra Avenue with great community support and participation. In Boyle Heights, we broke ground on safety improvements to protect children and families walking around Breed Street Elementary, Sheridan Street Elementary and the Soto Street Corridor. In Northeast LA, we joined students from San Pascual Elementary to celebrate improvements at San Pascual Park, and had a blast with dog lovers for a groundbreaking on the new Eagle Rock Rec Center’s Dog Park. And in, DTLA’s Fashion District, we cut the ribbon on $2 million in street improvements, part of our DTLA FWD initiative. Finally, I introduced legislation to completely overhaul construction traffic management in our city. Pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters need real-time and up-to-the-minute info on street and sidewalk closures due to construction, filming and other uses. My motion will create a real-time, online citywide site where Angelenos can check for new construction closure notices.

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 


Council Adopts City's $9.9 Billion Budget with Victories for CD14

This month, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the City's $9.9 billion budget. While Councilmember Huizar advocated for an additional $20 million in emergency shelter homeless funding, he successfully fought, along with his colleagues Councilmember Bonin and Harris-Dawson, to include an extra $10 million ($30 million total) for homeless emergency shelters.

Besides millions of dollars in funding for local projects throughout Council District 14, Councilmember Huizar also helped secure $17 million to double encampment cleanup crews, move up their start date and have some crews for an extra 3 months, while adding a new team to handle park-related encampments and illegal dumping.


Homelessness Down 5% in the City of Los Angeles

California has an $8.8 billion budget surplus and Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, and County and State officials to advocate for a fair amount of that funding to go toward homeless housing and services.

As the co-author of Measure HHH, Councilmember Huizar is one of the most proactive officials working locally to respond to the crisis of homelessness and strongly believes the state needs to step up their support and join the City and County in putting significant dollars where they are needed to help end the misery on our streets.

Click here to read the full report. 

For more on this story, check out LA Times and NBC LA.


Huizar Advocates for State Budget to Provide Funding to Address Homelessness

California has an $8.8 billion budget surplus and Governor Brown wants to spend $359 million to address homelessness, with $250 million going to areas that have declared a shelter crisis like Los Angeles. The State Assembly has a proposed using some of the surplus to create a Local Homelessness Solutions Fund (LHSF) for cities based on their proportion of the state’s homeless population as recorded in the Homeless Count. The fund would include flexible funding for local governments, expanded uses of the funding, CalWORKS Homeless and Housing supports, Mental Illness Programs, funding for homeless seniors, changes to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to support housing construction, and accountability provisions.

This month, Councilmember Huizar joined City, County and State officials to advocate for the Assembly's proposal. Councilmember Huizar is one of the most proactive officials working locally to respond to the crisis of homelessness and we need the state to support our work.

Share your thoughts on homelessness with us here.


Huizar Motion Calls for Complete Overhaul of Construction Traffic Management in the City

City of LA residents – pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters – need real-time and up-to-the-minute information on street and sidewalk closures due to construction, filming and other uses. Our current system is horribly inaccurate and ineffective – particularly in DTLA where residents, workers and stakeholders need accurate data to plan their daily lives.

This month, the City Council adopted Councilmember Huizar's motion to fix this long-time problem and create an online citywide site where Angelenos can check for new construction closure notices. The City will also develop a standard construction notice for all construction projects citywide and increase the fines on those illegally blocking our streets without proper permits. The 2018-2019 City Budget added staff to implement a new and improved Citywide public notification system.


Huizar Calls Out State for Unbelievably Slow Response to Exide Cleanup

Councilmember Huizar issued legislation via a motion this month calling on the Director of the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to come before Huizar’s City Planning Committee to explain the agency’s incredibly slow response to the largest toxic cleanup in state history related to violations by Exide Technologies in Vernon. Exide, a battery recycling center, which polluted Boyle Heights and surrounding communities with lead and other contaminants for decades, was allowed by the DTSC to operate without a full permit for more than 30 years. 

As part of the cleanup, only 270 parcels of the initial 2,500 most contaminated sites identified by the DTSC have been cleaned to date. The DTSC has never had a permanent contractor in place, nor is it clear when one will be approved to do the cleanups. In fact, DTSC has only recently entered into an interim contract with a cleanup contractor to do only 215 parcels. At the rate projected by this interim contract, it will take five more years to clean just the initial 2,500 parcels. There are 5,000 more sites with significant contamination, as well as parkways, that the state has not yet provided any funding or timeline to clean up. 

Meanwhile, residents of Boyle Heights and the communities surrounding the Exide facility must live and work in areas contaminated by toxic waste.  

Huizar’s motion also calls on City Departments, including the City Attorney, to report back on any and all options available to the City of Los Angeles to compel DTSC or Exide to perform the necessary cleanups on a much faster timeline with a sense of urgency that this contamination demands.

“I am outraged and our state should be outraged by the ineptitude and lack of urgency under the most urgent circumstances possible,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I have little faith that an agency that failed to do its job and duty on behalf of the residents of Los Angeles’ east and southeast communities to properly regulate Exide, would then be able to lead the largest contamination cleanup in state history. The state has done an extremely poor job of keeping track of this issue in what is an environmental justice affront of epic proportions to the mostly Latino, immigrant and low-income residents of our affected communities, including Boyle Heights. The City of Los Angeles deserves answers about immediate remedies and funding plans for all the cleanups, including the 5,000 sites and parkways that currently have no funding or cleanup plan. These plans need to be in place now – not years or decades from now. The health and welfare of our families and children depend on it.”

In 2016, Councilmember Huizar joined with Resurrection Church and Boyle Heights’ residents to call out the disparity between the lack of response to lead exposure from Exide in the low-income communities of Boyle Heights, East L.A. and the surrounding communities, compared to the quick response to Porter Ranch residents, a more affluent community, and their concerns over the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Days after the action by Resurrection Church and Councilmember Huizar, Governor Brown announced $176.6 million offered by the state with the DTSC overseeing cleanups. 

That money is still not enough to do all the needed cleanups, and the DTSC still has not hired a permanent contractor to do the work it says it intends to do.


El Sereno Street Improvements Moving Forward

Councilmember Huizar is sponsoring major improvements throughout El Sereno. The Soto Street Corridor has three distinct projects, with $40 million in improvements, that when completed will make Soto Street safer for all modes of transit. The First Phase was the Soto/Mission Bridge removal, upgrades and artwork. The Second Phase will be widening the Soto/Valley Bridge to allow for bike facilities and safe lane widths. The Third Phase will be widening Soto Street between Huntington Drive and Multnomah Street. This will involve the addition of a southbound travel lane, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

#EnvisionEastern, Councilmember Huizar's effort to partner with the community to revitalize and enhance Eastern Avenue from Huntington Drive to Druid Street, is also underway. The third meeting is Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church.


New Improvements at San Pascual Park With More on the Way

Park.jpg

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined students from San Pascual Elementary and the City's Recreation and Parks to celebrate $700,000 of improvements at San Pascual Park! The upgrades include a new playground, basketball court, outdoor fitness area, ADA walkways and a refurbished parking lot along Comet Street. Phase II of the project will add new restrooms. Thank you San Pascual Neighborhood Watch for your input along the way. 


$2 Million in Fashion District Streetscape Improvements

Councilmember Huizar joined with Fashion District Business Improvement District BID Director Rena Masten Leddy, the City's Board of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services and community stakeholders to unveil $2 million in street and sidewalk improvements in the Fashion District.

The improvements, part of Councilmember Huizar's DTLA Forward initiative, include repairing more than 13,000 square feet of sidewalk on Los Angeles Street between 7th Street and Olympic Boulevard, installing 18 pedestrian lights, 27 new trees, new ADA curb ramps, 14 high visibility crosswalks, new trash cans and two curb extensions at existing mid-block crosswalks on Los Angeles Street between 7th and 8th and 8th and 9th.

“Our greatest achievements in the City of Los Angeles no doubt come from partnerships forged with local stakeholders to bring improvements to our communities,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This is another example of our commitment in Downtown Los Angeles and throughout Council District 14 to support ‘Complete Streets’ strategies that prioritize pedestrians and multi-modal users as much as cars. I want to thank Metro, the City’s Bureau of Street Services and the Board of Public Works. I especially want to thank the Fashion District BID for their commitment in ensuring that these improvements reflect the community’s needs and desires.”

For more on the improvements, check out this video and UrbanizeLA.

What transportation improvements would you like to see?


Community Breaks Ground on $5 Million in Major Safety Improvements around Boyle Heights Elementary Schools

sheridan.jpg

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined City officials to break ground on $5 million in safety improvements to help students in Boyle Heights. These new "neighborhood friendly streets" will improve the safety of kids and adults walking and biking around Sheridan Street Elementary, Breed Street Elementary and the Soto Street corridor.

The improvements include:

  • High visibility crosswalks on Chicago, Soto and Sheridan streets
  • Pedestrian Headstart crosswalks (where pedestrian get a 4 second head-start) at intersections on E. Cesar Chavez Ave. at N. St. Louis St. and N. Breed St.
  • Mini-roundabouts on St. Louis St. at 2nd St. and at Michigan St.
  • Speed humps on St. Louis and Breed streets from 6th St. to Sheridan St.
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk on E. Cesar Chavez Ave. and Cummings St.
  • Curb extensions on Soto Street at Folsom, 3rd and Sheridan streets, on Breed Street at 3rd, 4th and Folsom streets, at Sheridan and Cornwell streets, at Cesar Chavez Ave. and Brittania St., and at 4th and St. Louis streets
  • Bike boxes and bike loop detectors on Cesar Chavez Ave. at N. St. Louis and N. Breed streets, and at Soto and Sheridan streets
  • New traffic signal on S. Soto and 3rd streets and N. Soto and Boulder streets
  • Sidewalk repair at Chicago St. and 2nd St., and Soto from 4th to 2nd streets
  • Curb Ramp Repair on Cornwell and Bird streets

“Our children are our greatest resource and of all the improvements I’ve been involved with, none are more important than those that will better protect students walking to and from school,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I thank LADOT, our parents, school staff and community members who helped us create the ‘Safe Routes to School Neighborhood Safety Improvement Project.’”

This streetscape/sidewalk improvement project is one of several Councilmember Huizar is involved within the Boyle Heights area, which collectively total more than $38 million. Other projects include Metro’s Eastside Access Project Phases I and II in and around First Street, the Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project, Olympic Boulevard Safety Improvements, Whittier Boulevard Sidewalk Repairs and Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds around the future 6th Street Bridge and PARC space. The $5 million in funding for the “Safe Routes to School” improvements also come through ATP.

Bureau of Engineering expects construction to be completed by fall 2019.

For more on the upcoming improvements, check out Streetsblog LA and My News LA.


Eagle Rock Dog Park Groundbreaking

The Huizar family (José, Richelle, Aviana & dog Beau) joined dog lovers at Eagle Rock Rec Center to break ground on what will be the first dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 13 years! This effort started with 2,000 signatures collected by the community based “Dogs of the Rock,” then Councilmember Huizar fought to include the funding of the park through $768,000 in the City's 2016-2017 budget. The Eagle Rock Dog Park is a great win for NELA and man and woman's best friends! Rec and Parks estimates the dog park will be completed by Spring 2019.

Check out ABC's story here.


CD14 Pics


Councilmember Huizar was blessed to receive the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers Spirit of Healing award for co-authoring Measure HHH and his efforts to end homelessness. Congratulations to all of the honorees and to LACHC for giving hope and healing through healthcare to our most vulnerable population.


Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, hosted a Mother's Day Tea and Brunch with women across CD14. During the event, Mrs. Huizar honored Downtown Women's Center in DTLA, Proyecto Pastoral's Guadalupe Homeless Project in Boyle Heights, Barrio Action in El Sereno and Miry's List in Northeast LA for their incredible work helping our youth, immigrants and families.

 

 

Councilmember Huizar honored Wilson High School in El Sereno for more than 80 years of excellence! Wilson is the only K-12 International Baccalaureate program feeder, along with Farmdale Elementary School and El Sereno Middle School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even more impressive, 95% of graduating students attend college. The Councilmember also honored the Wilson High School Girls Soccer Team for winning Wilson's first soccer City championship in school history! Continue making us proud, Mighty Mules!

 

Congratulations_to_ERHS_Model_United_Nations_for_being_honored_with_an_award_of_recognition_by_the_City_of_Los_Angeles_for_receiving_the_Award_of_Excellence_at_the_National_High_School_Model_United_Nations_Conference_i.jpg

Councilmember Huizar congratulates the Eagle Rock High School's Model United Nations for receiving the Award of Excellence at the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York. Way to go, Eagles!

 

Councilmember Huizar spoke with Hal Eisner of Fox 11's 'In Depth' about his work on homelessness, the #1 issue in our city, with Councilwoman Rodriguez and Councilmember Ryu. Watch it here.

 

20180428_1120551.jpg 
Councilmember Huizar was proud to work with Recreation and Parks to bring upgraded playground equipment to Wabash Park, part of $700,000 in improvements we are bringing to the park, as they celebrated their Opening Day ceremony.

 

IMG_5616.JPG
Councilmember Huizar hosted another Take Back the Boulevard meeting. This community-driven effort will bring $12 million in upgrades to improve the safety of pedestrians, bikes and cars on Colorado Boulevard. Thank you to The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) for your continued partnership and leadership throughout this process.

 



The Soto Street Widening project had another community meeting hosted by Councilmember Huizar. This is a $9.3 million Complete Streets project upgrading Soto between Multnomah Street and Huntington Drive.

 

IMG_5602.JPG
Councilmember Huizar provided the 6th grade class of Delevan Drive Elementary with a bus for their field trip to the aquarium at Manhattan Beach. The thoughtful students stopped by Eagle Rock City Hall to thank Councilmember Huizar with a picture from their trip. 



Councilmember Huizar helped secure $5 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds to improve safety and pedestrian access in Boyle Heights so that Pico Garden residents and other Boyle Heights’ residents have safe access to the new park (aka PARC) that is coming below the new 6th Street Bridge. There are more community meetings in the future so stay tuned!

 

 

Councilmembers Huizar, Cedillo, Martinez and Rodriguez celebrated Cinco de Mayo by honoring Jaime Lucero for his work supporting immigrants and DACA students through scholarships! They also honored the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo, and the importance it has in our Mexican and Mexican-American communities. Thank you La Union de Poblanos en el Exterior (UPEXT), Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, Consul de Comunidades del Consulado de Mexico En LA and the Council of Mexican Federations in North America for their support!

 


Councilmember Huizar attended the Central City Association's 24th Annual Treasures Of Los Angeles event, celebrating the diversity, strength and excellence of our city. CCA has been a big partner in the revitalization of DTLA. Congrats to this year's honorees: Olympian Janet Evans, Sam Nazarian, Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 



Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, Metro, Little Tokyo and Arts District communities to celebrate the Regional Connector's 50% completion milestone. When finished, the Regional Connector will add three new Metro stations in Little Tokyo and the Arts District, 2nd St. and Hope St. and 2nd St. and Broadway. The Regional Connector will allow riders to effortlessly crisscross the region, with DTLA, the heart of our City, representing the intersection of progress.

 


On Memorial Day Weekend, Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, honored our fallen service men and women at the El Sereno Veterans monument (top photo) and at the Mexican-American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos in Boyle Heights (bottom). 



Congratulations to the Los Angeles City Hall Farmers Market on their 10-year anniversary! Thank you for empowering small family farms, local businesses and artisans by providing them with a space to thrive. We look forward to hosting you at City Hall for many years to come! The Farmers' Market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 


Councilmember Huizar congratulates Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch on their 1,000th Meeting! For 19 years they've been a huge advocate for Boyle Heights on environmental and public safety issues. The Councilmember also thanks Monsignor Moretta, for “fighting the good fight” and LAFD firefighters at Station 25 and 2 and Battalion 1 for saving Resurrection Church from being completely destroyed after the arson attack in January.


beautification.jpg
Cesar Chavez Elementary in El Sereno hosted its first beautification day to clean up the school and make it more beautiful. Councilmember Huizar provided the tools to make this event possible. Thank you to all the staff, parents, students and local residents who stopped by to help. 

 


Students from 2nd Street Elementary School visited the Team Huizar Boyle Heights City Hall office to learn about civic engagement and the importance of school attendance. Thank you students for stopping by!

 

hermon_cleanup.jpg
Congratulations to the Hermon Neighborhood Council for hosting their first community cleanup! Councilmember Huizar cosponsored the event by providing the tools and two bulky item bins. We look forward to many more community collaborations in the future!

 

senior_trip.jpg
Councilmember Huizar provided a bus for our El Sereno Seniors for for an excursion to the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet, California. The amphitheater is home to "Ramona," the longest-running outdoor play in the United States.




Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, attended the 12th Annual Hollenbeck Police Activities League Awards Gala. This year's event honored USC's Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Elizabeth and William Shatner, Hollywood Charity Horse Show and Fausto Zapata. Thank you Hollenbeck PAL for passionately serving our communities since 1992!


{{ broadcaster.name }}
{{ settings.site.full_url }}

May 2018 Recap

This month, we adopted the City's $9.9 billion budget, providing more funding to address our homelessness crisis, creating more temporary emergency shelter and funding more encampment cleanup teams. Meanwhile, the State has nearly $9 billion in surplus funds and I joined our Mayor, County and State elected officials demanding more funding from the state to address our homelessness crisis. While we’re doing more than ever before on the City and County level, it's time for the State to treat homelessness like the moral crisis it is.

On a local level, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released their 2018 Homeless Count, which showed people experiencing homelessness declined 5% in the City and 3% in the County. While this is good news, the overall population is way too high still and challenges remain, even neighborhood by neighborhood. But we’re doing better overall as a City/County and our efforts are starting to take hold.

The fight continues to protect families and our children from contaminated soil from the Exide Technologies debacle. In May, I issued legislation calling on Barbara Lee, the Director of the State's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), to come before the City’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which I chair, to explain the agency’s incredibly slow cleanup efforts. It is unacceptable that only 270 parcels of the initial 2,500 most contaminated sites identified by the DTSC have been cleaned and I will continue to fight against this environmental injustice.

In May, we also celebrated an amazing amount of community improvements completed and underway throughout CD14. In El Sereno, we are improving Soto Street, Eastern Avenue and Alhambra Avenue with great community support and participation. In Boyle Heights, we broke ground on safety improvements to protect children and families walking around Breed Street Elementary, Sheridan Street Elementary and the Soto Street Corridor. In Northeast LA, we joined students from San Pascual Elementary to celebrate improvements at San Pascual Park, and had a blast with dog lovers for a groundbreaking on the new Eagle Rock Rec Center’s Dog Park. And in, DTLA’s Fashion District, we cut the ribbon on $2 million in street improvements, part of our DTLA FWD initiative. Finally, I introduced legislation to completely overhaul construction traffic management in our city. Pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters need real-time and up-to-the-minute info on street and sidewalk closures due to construction, filming and other uses. My motion will create a real-time, online citywide site where Angelenos can check for new construction closure notices.

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 


Council Adopts City's $9.9 Billion Budget with Victories for CD14

This month, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the City's $9.9 billion budget. While Councilmember Huizar advocated for an additional $20 million in emergency shelter homeless funding, he successfully fought, along with his colleagues Councilmember Bonin and Harris-Dawson, to include an extra $10 million ($30 million total) for homeless emergency shelters.

Besides millions of dollars in funding for local projects throughout Council District 14, Councilmember Huizar also helped secure $17 million to double encampment cleanup crews, move up their start date and have some crews for an extra 3 months, while adding a new team to handle park-related encampments and illegal dumping.


Homelessness Down 5% in the City of Los Angeles

California has an $8.8 billion budget surplus and Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, and County and State officials to advocate for a fair amount of that funding to go toward homeless housing and services.

As the co-author of Measure HHH, Councilmember Huizar is one of the most proactive officials working locally to respond to the crisis of homelessness and strongly believes the state needs to step up their support and join the City and County in putting significant dollars where they are needed to help end the misery on our streets.

Click here to read the full report. 

For more on this story, check out LA Times and NBC LA.


Huizar Advocates for State Budget to Provide Funding to Address Homelessness

California has an $8.8 billion budget surplus and Governor Brown wants to spend $359 million to address homelessness, with $250 million going to areas that have declared a shelter crisis like Los Angeles. The State Assembly has a proposed using some of the surplus to create a Local Homelessness Solutions Fund (LHSF) for cities based on their proportion of the state’s homeless population as recorded in the Homeless Count. The fund would include flexible funding for local governments, expanded uses of the funding, CalWORKS Homeless and Housing supports, Mental Illness Programs, funding for homeless seniors, changes to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to support housing construction, and accountability provisions.

This month, Councilmember Huizar joined City, County and State officials to advocate for the Assembly's proposal. Councilmember Huizar is one of the most proactive officials working locally to respond to the crisis of homelessness and we need the state to support our work.

Share your thoughts on homelessness with us here.


Huizar Motion Calls for Complete Overhaul of Construction Traffic Management in the City

City of LA residents – pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters – need real-time and up-to-the-minute information on street and sidewalk closures due to construction, filming and other uses. Our current system is horribly inaccurate and ineffective – particularly in DTLA where residents, workers and stakeholders need accurate data to plan their daily lives.

This month, the City Council adopted Councilmember Huizar's motion to fix this long-time problem and create an online citywide site where Angelenos can check for new construction closure notices. The City will also develop a standard construction notice for all construction projects citywide and increase the fines on those illegally blocking our streets without proper permits. The 2018-2019 City Budget added staff to implement a new and improved Citywide public notification system.


Huizar Calls Out State for Unbelievably Slow Response to Exide Cleanup

Councilmember Huizar issued legislation via a motion this month calling on the Director of the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to come before Huizar’s City Planning Committee to explain the agency’s incredibly slow response to the largest toxic cleanup in state history related to violations by Exide Technologies in Vernon. Exide, a battery recycling center, which polluted Boyle Heights and surrounding communities with lead and other contaminants for decades, was allowed by the DTSC to operate without a full permit for more than 30 years. 

As part of the cleanup, only 270 parcels of the initial 2,500 most contaminated sites identified by the DTSC have been cleaned to date. The DTSC has never had a permanent contractor in place, nor is it clear when one will be approved to do the cleanups. In fact, DTSC has only recently entered into an interim contract with a cleanup contractor to do only 215 parcels. At the rate projected by this interim contract, it will take five more years to clean just the initial 2,500 parcels. There are 5,000 more sites with significant contamination, as well as parkways, that the state has not yet provided any funding or timeline to clean up. 

Meanwhile, residents of Boyle Heights and the communities surrounding the Exide facility must live and work in areas contaminated by toxic waste.  

Huizar’s motion also calls on City Departments, including the City Attorney, to report back on any and all options available to the City of Los Angeles to compel DTSC or Exide to perform the necessary cleanups on a much faster timeline with a sense of urgency that this contamination demands.

“I am outraged and our state should be outraged by the ineptitude and lack of urgency under the most urgent circumstances possible,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I have little faith that an agency that failed to do its job and duty on behalf of the residents of Los Angeles’ east and southeast communities to properly regulate Exide, would then be able to lead the largest contamination cleanup in state history. The state has done an extremely poor job of keeping track of this issue in what is an environmental justice affront of epic proportions to the mostly Latino, immigrant and low-income residents of our affected communities, including Boyle Heights. The City of Los Angeles deserves answers about immediate remedies and funding plans for all the cleanups, including the 5,000 sites and parkways that currently have no funding or cleanup plan. These plans need to be in place now – not years or decades from now. The health and welfare of our families and children depend on it.”

In 2016, Councilmember Huizar joined with Resurrection Church and Boyle Heights’ residents to call out the disparity between the lack of response to lead exposure from Exide in the low-income communities of Boyle Heights, East L.A. and the surrounding communities, compared to the quick response to Porter Ranch residents, a more affluent community, and their concerns over the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Days after the action by Resurrection Church and Councilmember Huizar, Governor Brown announced $176.6 million offered by the state with the DTSC overseeing cleanups. 

That money is still not enough to do all the needed cleanups, and the DTSC still has not hired a permanent contractor to do the work it says it intends to do.


El Sereno Street Improvements Moving Forward

Councilmember Huizar is sponsoring major improvements throughout El Sereno. The Soto Street Corridor has three distinct projects, with $40 million in improvements, that when completed will make Soto Street safer for all modes of transit. The First Phase was the Soto/Mission Bridge removal, upgrades and artwork. The Second Phase will be widening the Soto/Valley Bridge to allow for bike facilities and safe lane widths. The Third Phase will be widening Soto Street between Huntington Drive and Multnomah Street. This will involve the addition of a southbound travel lane, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

#EnvisionEastern, Councilmember Huizar's effort to partner with the community to revitalize and enhance Eastern Avenue from Huntington Drive to Druid Street, is also underway. The third meeting is Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church.


New Improvements at San Pascual Park With More on the Way

Park.jpg

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined students from San Pascual Elementary and the City's Recreation and Parks to celebrate $700,000 of improvements at San Pascual Park! The upgrades include a new playground, basketball court, outdoor fitness area, ADA walkways and a refurbished parking lot along Comet Street. Phase II of the project will add new restrooms. Thank you San Pascual Neighborhood Watch for your input along the way. 


$2 Million in Fashion District Streetscape Improvements

Councilmember Huizar joined with Fashion District Business Improvement District BID Director Rena Masten Leddy, the City's Board of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services and community stakeholders to unveil $2 million in street and sidewalk improvements in the Fashion District.

The improvements, part of Councilmember Huizar's DTLA Forward initiative, include repairing more than 13,000 square feet of sidewalk on Los Angeles Street between 7th Street and Olympic Boulevard, installing 18 pedestrian lights, 27 new trees, new ADA curb ramps, 14 high visibility crosswalks, new trash cans and two curb extensions at existing mid-block crosswalks on Los Angeles Street between 7th and 8th and 8th and 9th.

“Our greatest achievements in the City of Los Angeles no doubt come from partnerships forged with local stakeholders to bring improvements to our communities,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This is another example of our commitment in Downtown Los Angeles and throughout Council District 14 to support ‘Complete Streets’ strategies that prioritize pedestrians and multi-modal users as much as cars. I want to thank Metro, the City’s Bureau of Street Services and the Board of Public Works. I especially want to thank the Fashion District BID for their commitment in ensuring that these improvements reflect the community’s needs and desires.”

For more on the improvements, check out this video and UrbanizeLA.

What transportation improvements would you like to see?


Community Breaks Ground on $5 Million in Major Safety Improvements around Boyle Heights Elementary Schools

sheridan.jpg

Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, joined City officials to break ground on $5 million in safety improvements to help students in Boyle Heights. These new "neighborhood friendly streets" will improve the safety of kids and adults walking and biking around Sheridan Street Elementary, Breed Street Elementary and the Soto Street corridor.

The improvements include:

  • High visibility crosswalks on Chicago, Soto and Sheridan streets
  • Pedestrian Headstart crosswalks (where pedestrian get a 4 second head-start) at intersections on E. Cesar Chavez Ave. at N. St. Louis St. and N. Breed St.
  • Mini-roundabouts on St. Louis St. at 2nd St. and at Michigan St.
  • Speed humps on St. Louis and Breed streets from 6th St. to Sheridan St.
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk on E. Cesar Chavez Ave. and Cummings St.
  • Curb extensions on Soto Street at Folsom, 3rd and Sheridan streets, on Breed Street at 3rd, 4th and Folsom streets, at Sheridan and Cornwell streets, at Cesar Chavez Ave. and Brittania St., and at 4th and St. Louis streets
  • Bike boxes and bike loop detectors on Cesar Chavez Ave. at N. St. Louis and N. Breed streets, and at Soto and Sheridan streets
  • New traffic signal on S. Soto and 3rd streets and N. Soto and Boulder streets
  • Sidewalk repair at Chicago St. and 2nd St., and Soto from 4th to 2nd streets
  • Curb Ramp Repair on Cornwell and Bird streets

“Our children are our greatest resource and of all the improvements I’ve been involved with, none are more important than those that will better protect students walking to and from school,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I thank LADOT, our parents, school staff and community members who helped us create the ‘Safe Routes to School Neighborhood Safety Improvement Project.’”

This streetscape/sidewalk improvement project is one of several Councilmember Huizar is involved within the Boyle Heights area, which collectively total more than $38 million. Other projects include Metro’s Eastside Access Project Phases I and II in and around First Street, the Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project, Olympic Boulevard Safety Improvements, Whittier Boulevard Sidewalk Repairs and Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds around the future 6th Street Bridge and PARC space. The $5 million in funding for the “Safe Routes to School” improvements also come through ATP.

Bureau of Engineering expects construction to be completed by fall 2019.

For more on the upcoming improvements, check out Streetsblog LA and My News LA.


Eagle Rock Dog Park Groundbreaking

The Huizar family (José, Richelle, Aviana & dog Beau) joined dog lovers at Eagle Rock Rec Center to break ground on what will be the first dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 13 years! This effort started with 2,000 signatures collected by the community based “Dogs of the Rock,” then Councilmember Huizar fought to include the funding of the park through $768,000 in the City's 2016-2017 budget. The Eagle Rock Dog Park is a great win for NELA and man and woman's best friends! Rec and Parks estimates the dog park will be completed by Spring 2019.

Check out ABC's story here.


CD14 Pics


Councilmember Huizar was blessed to receive the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers Spirit of Healing award for co-authoring Measure HHH and his efforts to end homelessness. Congratulations to all of the honorees and to LACHC for giving hope and healing through healthcare to our most vulnerable population.


Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, hosted a Mother's Day Tea and Brunch with women across CD14. During the event, Mrs. Huizar honored Downtown Women's Center in DTLA, Proyecto Pastoral's Guadalupe Homeless Project in Boyle Heights, Barrio Action in El Sereno and Miry's List in Northeast LA for their incredible work helping our youth, immigrants and families.

 

 

Councilmember Huizar honored Wilson High School in El Sereno for more than 80 years of excellence! Wilson is the only K-12 International Baccalaureate program feeder, along with Farmdale Elementary School and El Sereno Middle School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even more impressive, 95% of graduating students attend college. The Councilmember also honored the Wilson High School Girls Soccer Team for winning Wilson's first soccer City championship in school history! Continue making us proud, Mighty Mules!

 

Congratulations_to_ERHS_Model_United_Nations_for_being_honored_with_an_award_of_recognition_by_the_City_of_Los_Angeles_for_receiving_the_Award_of_Excellence_at_the_National_High_School_Model_United_Nations_Conference_i.jpg

Councilmember Huizar congratulates the Eagle Rock High School's Model United Nations for receiving the Award of Excellence at the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York. Way to go, Eagles!

 

Councilmember Huizar spoke with Hal Eisner of Fox 11's 'In Depth' about his work on homelessness, the #1 issue in our city, with Councilwoman Rodriguez and Councilmember Ryu. Watch it here.

 

20180428_1120551.jpg 
Councilmember Huizar was proud to work with Recreation and Parks to bring upgraded playground equipment to Wabash Park, part of $700,000 in improvements we are bringing to the park, as they celebrated their Opening Day ceremony.

 

IMG_5616.JPG
Councilmember Huizar hosted another Take Back the Boulevard meeting. This community-driven effort will bring $12 million in upgrades to improve the safety of pedestrians, bikes and cars on Colorado Boulevard. Thank you to The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) for your continued partnership and leadership throughout this process.

 



The Soto Street Widening project had another community meeting hosted by Councilmember Huizar. This is a $9.3 million Complete Streets project upgrading Soto between Multnomah Street and Huntington Drive.

 

IMG_5602.JPG
Councilmember Huizar provided the 6th grade class of Delevan Drive Elementary with a bus for their field trip to the aquarium at Manhattan Beach. The thoughtful students stopped by Eagle Rock City Hall to thank Councilmember Huizar with a picture from their trip. 



Councilmember Huizar helped secure $5 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds to improve safety and pedestrian access in Boyle Heights so that Pico Garden residents and other Boyle Heights’ residents have safe access to the new park (aka PARC) that is coming below the new 6th Street Bridge. There are more community meetings in the future so stay tuned!

 

 

Councilmembers Huizar, Cedillo, Martinez and Rodriguez celebrated Cinco de Mayo by honoring Jaime Lucero for his work supporting immigrants and DACA students through scholarships! They also honored the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo, and the importance it has in our Mexican and Mexican-American communities. Thank you La Union de Poblanos en el Exterior (UPEXT), Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, Consul de Comunidades del Consulado de Mexico En LA and the Council of Mexican Federations in North America for their support!

 


Councilmember Huizar attended the Central City Association's 24th Annual Treasures Of Los Angeles event, celebrating the diversity, strength and excellence of our city. CCA has been a big partner in the revitalization of DTLA. Congrats to this year's honorees: Olympian Janet Evans, Sam Nazarian, Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 



Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, Metro, Little Tokyo and Arts District communities to celebrate the Regional Connector's 50% completion milestone. When finished, the Regional Connector will add three new Metro stations in Little Tokyo and the Arts District, 2nd St. and Hope St. and 2nd St. and Broadway. The Regional Connector will allow riders to effortlessly crisscross the region, with DTLA, the heart of our City, representing the intersection of progress.

 


On Memorial Day Weekend, Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, honored our fallen service men and women at the El Sereno Veterans monument (top photo) and at the Mexican-American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos in Boyle Heights (bottom). 



Congratulations to the Los Angeles City Hall Farmers Market on their 10-year anniversary! Thank you for empowering small family farms, local businesses and artisans by providing them with a space to thrive. We look forward to hosting you at City Hall for many years to come! The Farmers' Market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 


Councilmember Huizar congratulates Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch on their 1,000th Meeting! For 19 years they've been a huge advocate for Boyle Heights on environmental and public safety issues. The Councilmember also thanks Monsignor Moretta, for “fighting the good fight” and LAFD firefighters at Station 25 and 2 and Battalion 1 for saving Resurrection Church from being completely destroyed after the arson attack in January.


beautification.jpg
Cesar Chavez Elementary in El Sereno hosted its first beautification day to clean up the school and make it more beautiful. Councilmember Huizar provided the tools to make this event possible. Thank you to all the staff, parents, students and local residents who stopped by to help. 

 


Students from 2nd Street Elementary School visited the Team Huizar Boyle Heights City Hall office to learn about civic engagement and the importance of school attendance. Thank you students for stopping by!

 

hermon_cleanup.jpg
Congratulations to the Hermon Neighborhood Council for hosting their first community cleanup! Councilmember Huizar cosponsored the event by providing the tools and two bulky item bins. We look forward to many more community collaborations in the future!

 

senior_trip.jpg
Councilmember Huizar provided a bus for our El Sereno Seniors for for an excursion to the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet, California. The amphitheater is home to "Ramona," the longest-running outdoor play in the United States.




Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, attended the 12th Annual Hollenbeck Police Activities League Awards Gala. This year's event honored USC's Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Elizabeth and William Shatner, Hollywood Charity Horse Show and Fausto Zapata. Thank you Hollenbeck PAL for passionately serving our communities since 1992!


{{ broadcaster.name }}
{{ settings.site.full_url }}

Get
Involved