Friday, March 26, 2010

District Wide Newsletter for March 26, 2010

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District Wide Newsletter for March 26, 2010

Census Week in CD14
Joined by hundreds of volunteers throughout CD14, Councilmember Huizar, along with the CD14 Complete Count Committee, participated in Census canvassing events last weekend throughout hard-to-count areas in the district. The Census brings millions of dollars to the City of Los Angeles.Remember, April 1st is National Census Day. Please use this day as a reminder to send in your Census form.

From Interns to Fellows
Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in Council that would form the creation of a formal City Fellowship Program for the City of Los Angeles. The fellowship would work with the volunteer program from the Office of the Mayor and would create a second new category of full or part-time volunteer ("Angels") for any recently retired City employee who is willing to assist the City. The fellowship would also provide opportunities to recruit young talent and offer real work experience while they build their professional portfolios. The motion was approved and more information will be available as the program is developed.

Honoring Captain Rudy De Leon
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to support Councilmember Huizar’s legislation Wednesday to dedicate the Hollenbeck Police Station in honor of the late Capt. Rudy De Leon. Capt. De Leon was a trailblazer who had the distinction of being one of the first Latino commanding officers in LAPD history when he oversaw the Hollenbeck Police Station in the 1970s. Joining Councilmember Huizar in their support of the designation Wednesday were community members, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Rudy De Leon II and other family members, and several police groups, including members of the Latin American Law Enforcement Association (LA LEY), which De Leon helped found. De Leon first entered the Police Academy in 1947, shortly after completing his service with the Navy during WWII. He went on to enjoy a stellar 31-year career at the LAPD. De Leon is especially remembered for his unique style of “community policing” and creating a boxing program for youth. That program grew to become the Hollenbeck Youth Center, a nationally recognized center that provides athletic and extra-curricular activities for young people. A ceremony dedication to the Rudy De Leon Hollenbeck Police Station will take place within the next few months. Picture of Rudy De Leon courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

It’s the Season for Little League!
Councilmember Huizar kicked off the Little League season at Garvanza Park this past weekend with 29 teams and more than 400 children and parents ready to play baseball. The Garvanza Park Little League is one of the largest in Los Angeles and is supported by Councilmember Huizar, parents, community members and sponsors who believe sports helps develop teamwork, promote physical health, and build good character, all in the spirit of community fun. See pictures HERE!

Downtown Leaders Breakfast
Councilmember Huizar hosted a Downtown Leaders Breakfast this week at the Tiara Café Restaurant to discuss CD14 issues in the growing Downtown community. The Downtown area is experiencing tremendous growth, change and revitalization. CD14 includes significant portions of the Arts District, Historic Downtown area, Fashion District, Industrial District, and Jewelry District and experienced a 30 percent increase in population over the last three years.