Wednesday, February 16, 2011

District 14 News - February 16, 2011

Dear Friends:

Please read below for important updates in Council District 14, including efforts to increase pedestrian safety at the iconic 4th street bridge, raise awareness for the Jessica Triangle designation, showcase the 1st Annual East L.A. Alumni Classic, provide entertainment for local seniors and adopting pets, and much more.

* 4th Street Bridge Improvements
* Jessica Triangle-Mt. Washington Designation
* 1st Annual East L.A. Alumni Classic
* 4th Annual Senior Snowball
* Adopt-A-Pet Adoptions
* Our Downtown El Sereno Vision Workshop
* Fitness Zone Ribbon Cutting

4th Street Bridge Improvements

Councilmember Jose Huizar-CD 14-Los Angeles-Smart Pedestrian Crosswalk-4th Street Bridge

Councilmember Huizar joined community members in Boyle Heights Saturday to celebrate the addition of a Smart Crossing Walk on 4th Street and Concord, which had long been identified by the community as a dangerous place to cross. Now when pedestrians push the cross button, large caution lights flash overhead, alerting drivers to stop. The improvements are part of $412,000 seismic retrofitting of the 4th Street Bridge. Other improvements include storm drain upgrades, landscaping and paving underneath the bridge.

Jessica Triangle-Mt. Washington Designation

Councilmember Jose Huizar-CD 14-Los Angeles-Mt Washington-Jessica Triangle

Following on the heels of the Verdugo Village designation in Glassell Park, Councilmember Huizar joined members of the Mt. Washington community to celebrate the Jessica Triangle designation with two new signs. Jessica Triangle is a triangular shaped median at Cleland Avenue and Jessica Drive that has been turned into a mini-garden with trees, plants and a trail. This community improvement project, which has had many volunteer community stewards over the years, is a source of pride for the Mt. Washington community. In 2007, Councilmember Huizar protected it from destruction when he worked with Public Works to re-direct a proposed sewer line, which was scheduled to run right through the garden. He also had the City designate Jessica Triangle as an official City of Los Angeles site.

Bulldogs Win 1st Annual East L.A. Alumni Classic

East LA Alumni Classic-High School Football-Garfied Bulldogs-Roosevelt Rough Riders-ELACC

Councilmember Huizar served as the Honorary Coach for the Rough Riders in the 1st Annual Alumni East L.A. Classic at E.L.A.C.C. Garfield dominated for three quarters but Roosevelt almost tied it up in the closing minutes. It was a great showcase for healthy competition, respect and sportsmanship. Congratulations went out to all of the alumni as the relived some of their gridiron glory. This should be the first of many alumni East L.A. Classics to come.

Enjoy the slideshow from the event.

4th Annual Senior Snowball

Group Shot-Councilmember Jose Huizar-4th Annual Senior Snowball-Valentines Day-El Sereno-CD 14-Los Angeles

More than 600 seniors from all over Council District 14 came out for the 4th Annual Senior Snowball sponsored by Councilmember Huizar. Attendees were treated to a delicious meal and desserts. With more than 20 senior clubs present, all the seniors were recognized for their leadership and community involvement, and also had the opportunity to win raffle prizes. Musical entertainment by Chico followed dinner and the seniors took to the dance floor without invitation.

Enjoy the slideshow from the event.

Adopt-A-Pet Valentine Adoptions

Councilmember Jose Huizar-CD 14-Los Angeles-Adopt A Pet

As part of Valentine’s Day weekend, Councilmember Huizar participated in the Adopt-A-Valentine Pet Adoption at the North Central Animal Shelter on Lacey. Sponsored by his office, the City of Los Angeles, CD 13 and Friends of Hermon Dog Park, the community came out to adopt some of our four-legged friends in need of a home.

Enjoy the slideshow and footage from the event.

“Our Downtown” Living Streets Plan Workshop

Edward Santillan-Our Downtown-El Sereno-Los Angeles-Barrio Youth Action Family Center-Vision Plan Workshop

Sponsored by Councilmember Huizar, the El Sereno community held its third vision workshop on how to spend funds for improving Huntington Drive. Friends and neighbors came out to vote on their priorities. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Fitness Zone Ribbon Cutting

Fitness Zone-CD 14-Los Angeles-Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Recreation Center is the latest Council District 14 park to see new improvements. Councilmember Huizar secured $150,000 to install an Outdoor Fitness Zone at the park, consisting of 10 exercise machines, which were installed near the playground so parents watching their kids, and seniors from the nearby Senior Center, could get in some exercise free of cost. Other improvements at the park include upgrades such as a new gym floor, repaired basketball hoops and improved lighting in the Recreation Center and a new dumpster location to address trash and illegal dumping problems that were beginning to happen at the park.

Enjoy the slideshow from the event.