I hope your New Year is off to a great start.
Please see below for our 2018 review highlighting the immense work my CD14 staff and I did – oftentimes with your help and support – in order to improve Council District 14 and the City of Los Angeles.
We moved major policy through, including a home-sharing ordinance that allows good operators to participate, while creating standards to eliminate bad operators, as well as protect our existing housing stock and affordable housing market. And the City Council at long last approved the sidewalk vending ordinance that Councilmember Curren Price and I first called for in 2013, in order to bring vendors out of the shadows and into a legal city framework. We also renewed our commitment to fight food insecurity by reviving a policy I first proposed in 2010 to donate surplus food from city events and facilities to shelters and food banks.
We also took steps in 2018 to honor an iconic labor and civil rights leader, Dolores Huerta, the brilliant late LA food and culture writer, Jonathan Gold, as well as our City’s diverse immigrant population, and workers in the US “Bracero Program.”
We also took steps in 2018 to complete, begin or plan for major infrastructure and complete streets projects throughout Council District 14 – something my staff and I take great pride in doing.
Lastly, 2018 also brought the first decrease in our homeless population for the first time in four years. While the reduction is modest at best, we appear to be headed in the right direction, but much more work and commitment is needed.
To that end, I began 2018 by introducing a motion for the City’s first temporary, emergency shelter with supportive services for those experiencing homelessness at an El Pueblo (Olvera Street) parking lot. In September, Mayor Garcetti and I cut the ribbon on this, the City’s first “A Bridge Home” shelter.
As the co-author of Measure HHH, I was proud to join my Council colleagues and our partners at the United Way to pledge at least 222 units of supportive housing in each Council District every three years. This “Everyone In” campaign will get us close to the up to 10,000 units of housing throughout the City that Measure HHH promised.
Council District 14 is home to the most existing supportive-housing units in the City, and we are already over our three-year, 222 new-units goal, with more to come. Read more about that here.
Beyond looking back at 2018, we need to look forward to 2019 to see what we all can do to combat homelessness.
I encourage you to participate in the 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Count, which will take place January 22-24. The Count helps the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority better understand homelessness in our region and direct resources where they are needed most. Please sign up here to help.
Thank you and God bless you and yours in 2019!
TOP STORIES OF 2018:
- Committing to HHH Housing in All Council Districts
- Honoring LA’s Diversity and Bracero Program with New City Plaza
- Major Shift Focused on City’s Youth Needed
- Mayor Signs Huizar Led Homeless Legislation
- New Housing Office Opens at Boyle Heights City Hall
- Council Approves Huizar motion for Overhaul of City Construction Traffic Management System
- Video Highlights Visionary Plan For A New Civic Center
- Coming Soon: the New 6th Street Bridge!
- Councilmember Huizar, Bringing Back Broadway, Welcome Apple to Tower Theatre
- Huizar Motion Calls For AC Repairs Across City Parks & Rec Centers
- Jonathan Gold Plaque Unveiled at Grand Central Market
- City’s First A Bridge Home Shelter Opens in CD14
- Huizar To Honor Dolores Huerta With Boyle Heights Square
- City Council Approves Huizar-led Surplus Food Motion
- City Adopts First Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
- Council Approves City’s First Home-sharing Ordinance
- Complete Streets Projects Kick-Off in El Sereno and NELA
- Improving Open Space in NELA
- Making Streets, Sidewalks Safer for All in CD14
- Protecting Our Environment and Communities
- CD14 Pics
Committing to HHH Housing in All Council Districts
Councilmember Huizar joined colleagues and housing advocates in February to back the United Way’s “Everyone In” campaign, with every LA City councilmember committed to supporting at least 222 units of HHH-funded Supportive Housing every three years.
In order for Measure HHH to provide up to 10,000 units in 10 years, the 222 units represents the figure needed from each Council Office to ensure production of supportive housing equally throughout the City.
While Council District 14 is home to the highest number of existing supportive homeless housing units in the City and Councilmember Huizar has already committed his support to 423 new HHH units, Councilmember Huizar co-sponsored a motion laying out the City Council’s commitment to support 222 in each of the districts every three years.
As a co-author of Measure HHH, Councilmember Huizar strongly supports the pledge to provide homeless housing more equally throughout the City and decentralize service and housing in areas like Skid Row. Studies have shown that individuals have a much better chance to get out of homelessness in communities they have a connection to.
Honoring LA’s Diversity and Bracero Program with New City Plaza
In March, 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 rail yards 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.
Major Shift Focused on City’s Youth Needed
In March, 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.
Councilmember Huizar looks forward to hearing this motion move forward in the Economic Development Committee and City Council in order to bring more City resources and focus to empower our youth.
Mayor Signs Huizar Led Homeless Legislation
In April, Mayor Garcetti signed three ordinances to help those experiencing homelessness. The Shelter Crisis Ordinance, which Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion for in March, makes it easier to establish new emergency shelters on public property, like the City’s first “A Bridge Home” shelter at El Pueblo in CD14.
The Permanent Supportive Housing and Motel Conversion Ordinances, which Councilmember Huizar helped lead in Council, provide new tools to speed up desperately needed housing and streamline our approval processes, meaning Measure HHH housing will get built quicker.
“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. I applaud my City Council colleagues for their support.”
New Housing Office Opens at Boyle Heights City Hall
New resource opens as CD14 completes City Council’s first door-to-door Rent Control Rights Campaign – reaching nearly
15,000 households in Boyle Heights
In April, Councilmember Huizar’s office completed a “Know Your Rent Control Rights” door-to-door campaign, which Councilmember Huizar began in April 2017. Since that time, CD14 walkers successfully contacted nearly 15,000 Boyle Heights’ households to inform them 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.
As part of the CD14 campaign, Councilmember Huizar worked with the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCID) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to open a new Housing Department Office in Boyle Heights to serve the 75% of residents in Boyle Heights who are renters, with the large majority of those living in Rent Control units.
The City’s Housing Department Office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Boyle Heights City Hall, on the corner of East 1st Street and Chicago Street and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Thanks to our CD14 partners, Inner City Struggle, Casa 0101, Self Help Graphics & Art, and especially our walkers who knocked on all those doors, for their work on our “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign.
Council Approves Huizar motion for Overhaul of City Construction Traffic Management System
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.
In May, 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.
Video Highlights Visionary Plan For A New Civic Center
In June, Councilmember Huizar’s office released a video that shows, 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 to construct Parker Center. 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.
The new 6th Street Bridge will be one for the ages. Councilmember Huizar worked to get a new $28 million, 12-acre park space below the bridge filled with activities that Boyle Heights, Arts District and DTLA residents requested through a series of community meetings.
Councilmember Huizar is also working to make it safer and easier for people to access the new bridge and park. Infrastructure improvements are coming to Boyle Heights and the Arts District as part of the new bridge and park.
Councilmember Huizar, Bringing Back Broadway, Welcome Apple to Tower Theatre
Apple, which in 2018 became the first publicly traded trillion-dollar company, officially announced in August in their first on-the-record interview that a new store and event location are coming to the historic Tower Theatre on Broadway.
A new Apple Store and event space will make Broadway its home with a restoration of the Tower Theatre, which was built in 1927 by famed theater designer S. Charles Lee. The building, located at 802. S Broadway, will see a major historic restoration, including revitalizing the theater’s terracotta tile exterior, as well as its marquee and tower blade. The new store will honor the theater’s past while creating a new space with modern amenities, such as balcony level access via elevators.
Apple’s arrival on Broadway is a signature moment for our Bringing Back Broadway Initiative. Councilmember Huizar’s goal is to revitalize the street, including reactivating our historic theaters as assets that could bring people to Broadway. Apple’s new store helps accomplish that.
It is also a tribute to our many partners, including the Delijani family, who have been invested in preserving historic theaters on Broadway for decades. Our collective vision and efforts to revitalize Broadway have paid off and will continue to do so for years to come.
Huizar Motion Calls For AC Repairs Across City Parks & Rec Centers
Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in August asking the City to report back on a comprehensive plan to make sure every recreation center has a working HVAC system. With Global Warming, heat waves are becoming more common and longer every year.
The City provides cooling centers at parks and libraries throughout the City as a safe place for the public to beat the heat.
Due to the age of city facilities, many have old and broken Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems or no system at all, including several in CD14. Currently, a large number of recreation centers across the City have requested HVAC repair. It’s essential that all of our City’s recreation centers have working air conditioning for kids, parents and the elderly.
Jonathan Gold Plaque Unveiled at Grand Central Market
In August, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion to name the outdoor pedestrian plaza in front of Grand Central Market on Broadway after Jonathan Gold. The plaza is part of Councilmember Huizar’s Broadway Streetscape Plan dress rehearsal and Grand Central Market on Broadway, where Los Angeles’ diverse food and culture intersect under one century-old roof in the heart of Downtown, is the perfect place to honor an LA icon.
Councilmember Huizar joined the Gold family, the LA Times, Grand Central Market Owner Adam Daneshgar and former owner Adele Yellen to unveil a plaque and historic light posts in Jonathan’s honor before a celebration of Gold’s life at Grand Park. Once the City builds out sidewalks for Bringing Back Broadway’s streetscape plan, gold speckles will be added in front of Grand Central Market for a sidewalk of Gold.
City’s First A Bridge Home Shelter Opens in CD14
In September, Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, other elected officials and John Maceri, Executive Director of The People Concern to open the City’s first “A Bridge Home” emergency, temporary shelter.
The City’s goal for this temporary shelter located at El Pueblo, the birthplace of Los Angeles, is to serve as a place of rebirth for people experiencing homelessness and put them on a path to recovery and long-term housing. This shelter offers immediate beds, showers, mental health services, restrooms, storage facilities, and pet accommodations while housing through Measure HHH, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored, is built.
Councilmember Huizar stepped up to sign on as the first Council Office of the 15 Council Districts to work with the Mayor on the new emergency housing plan. Huizar has called for an emergency plan to address Skid Row, the largest homeless encampment in the nation, and believes the City needs more temporary shelters in Downtown and throughout Los Angeles to get more people off of the streets. Opening the El Pueblo shelter is a big step forward, yet much more work lies ahead.
Huizar To Honor Dolores Huerta With Boyle Heights Square
Councilmember Huizar joined his wife, Richelle Huizar, to honor Dolores Huerta at Cal State LA’s Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies 50th Anniversary in September for her unwavering passion and fierce advocacy to our Latino and communities of color. Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to name in the near future the intersection of 1st Street and Chicago Street “Dolores Huerta Square” – home to the Boyle Heights City Hall – once the Community Service Organization (CSO) LA headquarters.
Huerta helped start a CSO chapter in Stockton through which she met Cesar Chavez. It was in Boyle Heights that Chavez first proposed starting a farm workers union with Huerta … and the rest is history!
Check out ABC for more.
City Council Approves Huizar-led Surplus Food Motion
As part of the 8th Annual Food Day LA in October, the City Council voted to do more to fight food insecurity by reviving a policy first proposed by Councilmember José Huizar in 2010 to donate surplus food from city events and facilities to shelters and food banks. The revised Surplus Food motion sponsored by Huizar and Councilmember Paul Krekorian was adopted unanimously and calls for a full Surplus Food ordinance.
City Adopts First Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
The Los Angeles City Council adopted the City’s first sidewalk vending ordinance in November. Councilmembers Huizar and Price first introduced a motion to legalize sidewalk vending in November 2013. The November vote creates regulations for sidewalk vending in the City, as well as in City parks. The new rules are now in effect.
“While it has taken longer than we expected to get here, I want to thank, first and foremost, the sidewalk vendors for coming to Councilmember Price and me five years ago and saying, ‘please regulate our industry,’ which is unheard of,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “The vendors’ entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance and dedication to legalize their industry, which is such a strong part of L.A.’s culture, is why we are all here today. I also want to thank my colleague, Curren Price, and all our Councilmembers, for their help in bringing these hard-working people out of the shadows so they can pursue the American Dream, make a living and support their families in a safe, regulated and legal environment.”
Council Approves City’s First Home-sharing Ordinance
In December, the Los Angeles City Council approved the City’s first home-sharing ordinance. Councilmember Huizar helped shape and oversee many of the key provisions of the ordinance over the last few years.
“This home-sharing ordinance protects our existing housing stock and the quality-of-life in our neighborhoods, ensures the short-term rental industry contributes its fair share of taxes and enacts a policy that, once fully operational, will reward good hosts and limit bad operators,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Our goal in crafting this ordinance was to allow Angelenos to earn income, including those who need to in order to stay in their homes, and at the same time protect our much-needed rent-control units to ensure those who need affordable housing have access to it.”
Many thanks to Councilmembers Bonin and Wesson for introducing the motion calling on the need for a home-sharing ordinance in 2014 and Councilmember Harris-Dawson for his assistance in ushering the legislation through City Council. The ordinance will become effective July 2019.
Improving Open Space in NELA
New Improvements at San Pascual Park With More on the Way
In May, Councilmember 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.
Eagle Rock Dog Park Groundbreaking
The Huizar family (José, Richelle, Aviana & dog Beau) joined dog lovers in May 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.
Complete Streets Projects Kick-Off in El Sereno and NELA
In January, Councilmember Huizar’s office partnered with The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), along with assistance from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and others to launch the Eagle Rock Boulevard Vision Plan called Rock the Boulevard. Proposed improvements for Eagle Rock Boulevard include a new traffic light, new crosswalk, curb extensions, pedestrian lighting, bus stop islands and protected bike lanes.
#EnvisionEastern meeting in El Sereno
In El Sereno, Councilmember Huizar led in constructing the Valley Blvd Bridge, completed Phase I of CD14 Soto/Mission improvements (with two more Phases coming soon), and completed major safety and traffic improvements on Alhambra Avenue. Now CD14 office is focused on making Eastern Avenue safer, more accessible and a nicer experience for pedestrians, bikes and cars. Through community planning meetings in April, residents had the opportunity to provide feedback and help us develop the improvements the community wants to see on Eastern.
We had a fantastic turnout for this year’s Envision Eastern meetings where residents shared their thoughts and concerns with CD14 staff and planners working on a scope to improve Eastern Avenue. Our office is committed to bringing improvements to Eastern!
Making Streets, Sidewalks Safer for All in CD14
$5.3 million in Little Tokyo Improvements
In April, Councilmember Huizar, Chris Komai, chair of the Little Tokyo Community Council, the Bureau of Engineering, the City’s Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Street Lighting and community members broke ground on $5.3 million in street improvements coming to Little Tokyo!
The improvements are part of Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA FORWARD initiative and include extending the pedestrian plaza by the Japanese American National Museum and connecting it to the Go For Broke Monument. Additional enhancements will close the slip lane at 2nd Street and Alameda Street for public art.
The scope of the project encircles Little Tokyo, from Alameda on the east, 3rd Street and San Pedro to 4th on the south, to Main Street and Judge John Aliso Street on the west, and First Street and Temple Street on the north.
Once completed, the upgrades will include 50 curb ramps, 56 pedestrian lights, continental crosswalks at six intersections, two new traffic signals and more than 22,000 square feet of sidewalk repairs throughout the historic Little Tokyo community.
Major Safety Enhancements Around Boyle Heights Schools
Councilmember Huizar joined City officials in May 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.
“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.
$2 Million in Fashion District Upgrades
In May, Councilmember Huizar joined with Fashion District Business Improvement District 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.”
El Sereno Community Drives Alhambra Ave Overhaul
Councilmember Huizar and the El Sereno community cut the ribbon in August on $1.2 million in safety upgrades on Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno – another huge community victory!
The improvements include a new traffic signal light at Lowell Avenue, a new sidewalk adjacent to the El Sereno Arroyo Playground, a new crosswalk with flashing lights at Alhambra Avenue and Hollister Avenue, bike lanes between Alhambra’s city limit and Valley Boulevard, center left-turn lanes that will make it easier and safer for residents to turn, and a future art wall welcoming all to the El Sereno community.
The art wall will be finished by summer 2019. These improvements were requested by the community and make Alhambra Avenue safer for pedestrians, bikes and cars. Special thanks to the Bureau of Street Services and the Concerned Residents of El Sereno.
For more on the improvements, check out StreetsblogLA.
MyFig – LA’s Most Comprehensive Complete Street
Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Price, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, City Planning Director Vince Bertoni, bike and pedestrian advocates in August to celebrate the opening of the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project or “MyFigueroa.”
MyFig is a $20 million multimodal transportation upgrade in DTLA and South LA. With improvements for bicycles, pedestrians, public transit users and automobiles, My Figueroa is now the City’s most comprehensive Complete Street. The new upgrades include new bike lanes, pedestrian head start signals, new bus stop platforms, new trees, public art and more.
Councilmember Huizar was happy to work with pedestrian and bike advocates, along with LADOT, to include their recommendations into MyFig with a commitment to continue the dialogue. The success of MyFigueroa will be contingent on the use it gets by the people who need it most – pedestrians, bikes and public transit users.
Springing DTLA’s Spring St Forward
Councilmember Huizar worked with City departments and bike and pedestrian advocates to bring complete streets improvements in October to ease congestion and improve safety on Spring Street, a major DTLA thoroughfare.
The Spring Street upgrade, which completely reconfigured the street to create protected bike lanes curbside on the eastside of the street, with parking now in the street next to traffic flow, is Phase I of Councilmember Huizar and LADOT’s $2.3 million Main and Spring Forward project.
Councilmember Huizar is one of the City’s biggest complete streets supporters and is working with our city and local partners to transform DTLA’s transportation infrastructure and public realm through his DTLA Forward initiative.
Protecting Our Environment and Communities
Glendale City Council Votes to Study Alternatives!
In April, Councilmember Huizar’s staff joined Eagle Rock and NELA residents at a nine-hour Glendale City Council meeting considering the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed rebuilding of the Grayson Power Plant. The proposed power plant would be all fossil-fuel gas because it would stop using the landfill gas currently collected at the Scholl Canyon dump above Eagle Rock, which is why Glendale wants to build a power plant at Scholl Canyon to burn landfill gas.
Northeast LA community members, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, the Glendale Environmental Coalition and Councilmember Huizar’s staff all testified in support of cleaner strategies to deal with Glendale’s power needs. At 3:15 a.m., the Glendale City Council voted 4-1 to ask Glendale Water and Power to solicit green alternatives that could be used instead of gas! In parallel, the Councilmember’s staff continues to encourage a cleaner proposal for using the landfill gas produced at the Scholl Canyon.
DTSC Director Speaks Before Huizar Committee to Explain Slow Exide Cleanup
In May, Councilmember Huizar requested the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director Barbara Lee come before the City’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee to explain the DTSC’s plan to more thoroughly and quickly clean up contaminated properties. In June, Director Lee and her staff testified before the committee.
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 no fewer than 7,500 parcels. In addition, Huizar pressed for an agreement to allow the state and the City to coordinate the removal of lead paint in buildings at the same time that lead is being removed from soil. This strategy, which also requires additional funding, would help ensure that residents can have greater confidence that their homes are truly safe from lead after undergoing a cleanup.
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. 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.
DTSC is the same agency that allowed Exide to operate without a proper permit for more than 30 years. In 2015, after decades of community complaints, findings of hazardous levels of arsenic contamination, improper disposal of toxic wastewater, and the involvement of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the South Coast Air Quality Management Board, the DTSC finally denied Exide’s application and began proceedings to close the facility.
The Boyle Heights community relayed to Department of Toxic Substances Control director Barbara Lee that the toxic lead Exide cleanup is going way too slow for what is clearly a community catastrophe. DTSC needs to step up or step aside, plain and simple.
Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Solis, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and Dr. Astrid Heger and others opened the Family Justice Center on the USC Health Sciences Campus. The Center provides services for victims of domestic violence, and improve law enforcement’s response to these cases.
The Family Justice Center serves DTLA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno, and Northeast LA, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Councilmember Huizar celebrated the 10-year Anniversary of Bringing Back Broadway at the same place it kicked it off in 2008 – the beautiful Los Angeles Theatre!
The public/private initiative has been an incredible ride – with a lot of hard work and accomplishments along the way to revitalize one of the City of LA’s most historic streets.
Councilmember Huizar worked with the Real Change Movement and The People Concern to bring the City and County’s first homeless donation meter program to DTLA as part of an effort to raise awareness and allow locals and visitors to donate money and know that it will directly assist those experiencing homelessness in Skid Row.
Councilmember Huizar honored Robert “Bob” Gotham, former president for The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) in City Council.
Bob’s impact on Northeast LA & the City will be felt for years to come with his leadership on TERA, the “Take Back the Boulevard” initiative for Colorado Blvd. and “Rock the Blvd” initiative for Eagle Rock Blvd.
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.
Eastside parents and educators Jose and Yvette Estrada created the Embrase Foundation to honor their son Jose “Jojo” Estrada Jr. who tragically passed in 2014. At 23, Jojo did more than most do in a lifetime. He cared deeply about education for our youth & promoting the arts in Los Angeles.
Councilmember Huizar honored EmBrase for raising, to date, more than $70K in scholarship funds to help young people in our community realize their dreams. Their annual 5K fundraiser is March 2, 2019.
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 near City Hall on Los Angeles St. 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 — some of whom are formerly homeless.
On the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts by Mexican American students across Los Angeles’ eastside protesting systemic racism and oppression in our schools, Councilmember Huizar was 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 for attending the 19th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, a great community event bringing a diverse mix of music to Eagle Rock and Northeast LA while benefiting the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock.
The event was a great success thanks to our many community partners, volunteers, local bands and small businesses.
Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, Congressmember Jimmy Gomez and the East LA Community Corporation celebrated the grand opening of the Cielito Lindo Apartments in Boyle Heights, welcoming families into quality affordable housing.
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.
Councilmember Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, recognized the top boy and girl from 63 schools across CD14 at our 15th Annual Adelante Awards. The Adelante Awards honor and encourage students to go forward and pursue academic excellence and make a difference in our communities.
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.
Councilmember Huizar joined 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
Councilmember Huizar joined Councilmembers Rodriguez, Martinez and Cedillo to celebrate Latino Heritage Month with Los Angeles Dodgers icon Jaime Jarrin, talented Mexican food writer Bill Esparza, art and food vendors Molcajete Dominguero and Boyle Heights’ art trailblazers Self Help Graphics & Art.