November 2018 Recap: City Legalizes Sidewalk Vending, Fixing Hillside Streets and more

In November, five years after Councilmember Price and I first introduced a motion to create a legal sidewalk vending ordinance, the City Council took a seminal vote to bring thousands of mostly immigrant and low-income entrepreneurs out of the shadows by legalizing sidewalk vending. They now have the opportunity to feed their families and become part of the City’s economy.

And while overall, homelessness has decreased slightly in the City, the number of Latinos experiencing homelessness has increased. With the assistance of the Guadalupe Homeless Project at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights, I introduced a motion calling for an ad hoc committee to find strategies to combat this increase and create solutions specific to the Latino community, much in the same way homelessness experts do with other communities.

In other actions, CD14 is home to many hillside streets. The age and condition of these streets prevent the City from performing preventative maintenance as part of the Pavement Preservation Program. I introduced a motion, along with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, requesting a report on the condition of these critical streets and a comprehensive plan to fix them.

For Thanksgiving, our field staff gave out turkeys to ensure thousands were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

We’re kicking off the winter holidays with festive events across CD14. Please see a full list in our calendar section below.

Finally, we honored our CD14 Veteran of the Year, Marcos Trinidad, for his service to our country and his work creating a more environmentally inclusive Los Angeles.

Please read below for more details on some of the things we’re working on. I hope you have a wonderful December.

Sincerely,

José

IN TODAY’S LETTER:

  • City Adopts First Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
  • Huizar Motion Calls for Study Due to Increase in Latinos Experiencing Homelessness
  • City Effort Needed To Fix Hillside Streets
  • CD14 Gives Back For Thanksgiving
  • Elephant Hill Receives $700,000 for Trail Construction
  • CD14 Veteran of the Year
  • CicLAvia Returns to DTLA and Boyle Heights Sunday
  • CD14 Photos
  • Holiday Events Across CD14

City Adopts First Sidewalk Vending Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council adopted the City’s first sidewalk vending ordinance on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Councilmembers Huizar and Price first introduced a motion to legalize sidewalk vending in November 2013. Wednesday’s action creates regulations for sidewalk vending in the City, as well as in City parks. The new rules go into effect in January. 
“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.”

Huizar Motion Calls for Study Due to Increase in Latinos Experiencing Homelessness

This month, Councilmember Huizar, along with Councilmember Harris-Dawson, introduced a motion to better identify strategies and challenges unique to the Latino homeless population. While the City saw a slight decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the City, there has been significant growth in the number of Latinos experiencing homelessness.
Councilmember Huizar’s motion calls for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to convene an Ad Hoc Committee on Latinos Experiencing Homeless. The goal for this committee is to find tactics and best practices to deal with the growing number of homeless Latinos and report back to Council with its recommendations.
Special thanks to the Guadalupe Homeless Project at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights for their assistance with this motion.

City Effort Needed To Fix Hillside Streets

Bureau of Street Services performs an interim repair on a hillside street in CD14
Councilmember Huizar co-introduced a motion with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez asking the City to report on the condition of hillside streets and how to repair them. Many hillside streets are old, have narrow access points and can’t be resurfaced through normal means.
Councilmember Huizar believes the City needs a comprehensive plan to repair these streets so that all residents have safe access to their homes.

CD14 Gives Back For Thanksgiving

Councilmember Huizar’s field offices donated over 2,500 turkeys to families throughout CD14. Thank you to the Los Angeles Cadets and CD14 field staff for distributing the turkeys, ensuring thousands of Angelenos had a nice Thanksgiving meal.

Elephant Hill Receives $700,000 for Trail Construction

A huge congratulations to El Sereno’s Elephant Hill advocates are in order after LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis and the Board of Supervisors voted to approve $700,000 in Measure A funds Tuesday. The monies will be allocated to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) to construct trails and other uses at the “Elephant Hill” open space project.
Previously, with the support of the local community, Councilmember Huizar worked to get the City Council to purchase and rezone 57 parcels on 20 acres of the rolling hillside landscape of El Sereno’s Elephant Hill. That purchase came after decades of fighting off a 1980s development deal that grew in size and would’ve led to the loss of the treasured open space. Huizar and the community’s next action was to sell and transfer five acres of the rezoned City land to the MRCA, which is dedicated to the preservation and management of local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails and wildlife habitat.
This month’s action by the LA County Board of Supervisors will allow the MRCA to build a walking trail and other improvements that will enhance the experience for countless hikers and residents in this otherwise urban area.
Special thanks to all the members of the Elephant Hill Advisory Task Force for their longtime activism and assistance, especially Elva Yanez, Alina Bokde, Jeff Chapman, Dan Cooper, Hugo Garcia, Tori Kjer, James Rojas, and Marybeth Vergara.

28th Annual Mariachi Festival y Fiesta Anual de Santa Cecilia

Councilmember Huizar was happy to support the 28th Annual Mariachi Festival y Fiesta Anual de Santa Cecilia!
Thank you to our mariachis, musicians, as well as the Mariachi Festival Foundation members who organize this beautiful community event every year to give thanks and pay tribute to the “patroness of music.”

Eagle Rock High School Football Completes Undefeated Season!

Following the end of the regular football season, Councilmember Huizar’s office honored Eagle Rock High School Varsity Football Head Coach Andrew Moran and Assistant Coach Greg Pierce and the team for going undefeated (9-0) during the regular season!
With the help of these beloved coaches, Eagle Rock High School won their first playoff game against Palisades and advanced to the second round.

CD14 Veteran of the Year

Congrats to CD14 Veteran of the Year Marcos Trinidad! Marcos is an Army veteran who spent three years stationed in Germany and also served as a Calvary scout. In addition to his military service, Marcos continues to serve in creating a more environmentally inclusive Los Angeles. Born and raised in Northeast LA, where his family has lived for 70 years, Marcos has deep roots in the community and has spent the last four years serving as the Director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.
Marcos is an award-winning leader in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental movement, including co-directing LA’s Environmental Professionals of Color chapter.
Councilmember Huizar and CD14 would like to thank Marcos Trinidad and all our Veterans for their incredible service to our country.

CicLAvia Returns to DTLA and Boyle Heights

The last CicLAvia of 2018 returns to Downtown LA and Boyle Heights Sunday, December 2. CicLAvia transforms streets into safe, car-free spaces for thousands of people to bike, walk, skate and play.
Councilmember Huizar is a big supporter of open streets and helped bring the first CicLAvia to DTLA in 2010. CD14 booths will be at the Little Tokyo and Mariachi Plaza hubs.
Looking to bring a smile to a child in need? Collection bins will be Downtown for the CD14 Toy Drive!

CD 14 Photos

Councilmember Huizar’s Northeast LA Office participated in a pumpkin decorating event at York Park. Kids received a free pumpkin to paint and decorate while they listened to festive songs.
Councilmember Huizar was proud to honor Fugetsu-Do, a Little Tokyo staple, for its 115th anniversary. Stop by the confectionery at 315 E 1st Street.
Thanks for everyone who came out to the Rose Hill Courts design update meeting. City Departments and the project developer shared the latest information about the new construction site plan, preliminary elevation, landscape and unit design for this affordable housing project.
Residents saw the proposed renderings for the new Boyle Heights Sports Center. This Proposition K funded project will bring a brand new gym to the area.

Holiday Events Across CD14

Boyle Heights Winter Wonderland – December 1
DTLA Events
NELA Events
El Sereno Winter Jubilee
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