Friday, March 4, 2011

District 14 News - March 4, 2011

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Dear Friends:

Please read below for important updates in Council District 14, including the City’s new bike plan, the Eagle Rock Centennial Kick-Off, a new playground in Hermon Park, the Ascot Hills Open House, and much, much more.

* Fresco Community Markets Grand Opening
* LA Gets New Bike Plan
* Broadway 100 Kick-Off
* Eagle Rock Centennial Kick-Off
* Ascot Hills Phase II Open House
* Hermon Park Playground Equipment Ribbon-Cutting
* New Reward Ordinance for Law Enforcement
* LA Street Car Gets Funded

Fresco Community Markets

The Hermon Park and surrounding communities were out in force for the grand opening of the new Fresco Community Market. Access to healthy foods has been a priority for Councilmember Huizar since his days on the L.A. School Board and he was there to welcome the new establishment and help cut the official ribbon.

Council Adopts – Mayor Signs Master Bike Plan

After the City Council adopted the City’s Master Bike Plan on Tuesday, Mayor Villaraigosa signed it into law Wednesday on City Hall’s South lawn steps. With hundreds of bike enthusiasts in attendance, Councilmember Huizar joined with the Mayor and bicycle advocates to celebrate the groundbreaking plan, which significantly increases bike lanes throughout the City. Just a couple of weeks ago, Councilmember Huizar helped bring the City’s first bike corral to Highland Park.

Click here for the LADOT Bike Blog. Enjoy the slideshow from the recent bike corral dedication in Highland Park.

“Broadway 100” Centennial Celebration Kicks Off with World Premiere of Theatrefication

Council District 14 and Bringing Back Broadway joined producers Helene Federici and David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets); Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy; Mark Murphy, executive director of REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater); and a lively troupe of artists, dancers, and performers, including opera vocalist Rachel Staples and break dance / krump performers The L.A. Breaker and Xtreme Motion on stage at the historic Million Dollar Theatre on Broadway today to kick off BROADWAY 100.Bringing Back Broadway’s BROADWAY 100 is a multi-event festival of films, art, theatre productions and tours throughout the year to honor the oldest surviving theatre district in Los Angeles, and commemorate important Broadway milestones, including the 100-year anniversaries of the three oldest remaining historic theatres within the Broadway Historic Theatre District. Special performances highlight detailed announcement of a multi-event theatrical, cultural and artistic series in celebration of important Broadway milestones in Downtown Los Angeles’ Broadway Historic Theatre District

Click here for the press release. Enjoy the L.A. Times and Downtown News Stories.

Eagle Rock Centennial Kick Off Celebration

Hosted by the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Councilmember Huizar congratulated Eagle Rock on their 100 year anniversary and recognized community leaders for their involvement. The day included musical performances, kids and family programs, a historial presentation and a silent auction and reception in the evening. For more information, go to

Eagle Rock Day in LA is on Friday, March 4, 2011.

Ascot Hills Open House Celebration

Councilmember José Huizar joined community members and local high school students for the “Open House” celebration of the much-anticipated Ascot Hills Phase II park improvements—which includes full stream restoration, an outdoor amphitheatre, irrigation and fire safety installations, landscaping, hiking trails, and native plantings.

Hermon Park Playground Gets New Playground

Councilmember José Huizar and the Hermon community were out in numbers for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of their new state-of-the-art ADA compliant playground at Hermon Park. Aside from the new playground, the $750,000 Hermon Park improvements include more security lighting throughout the park, and new irrigation.

New Reward Ordinance for Law Enforcement

The City Council voted 11-0 to adopt Councilmember Huizar’s legislation closing a loophole, which left LAPD officers who fall victim to assaults while off-duty and out of City limits without any means to have rewards issued on their behalf. After the vote this week and one more second-reading vote next week, the City of Los Angeles will now be able to issue rewards on behalf of officers who are assaulted or killed, whether officers are attacked while on-duty or off, in or out of City limits. The maximum rewards for assaults on Los Angeles Public Safety officers will also be raised to $100,000.

Council Approves Huizar Motion for $1 Million Allocation to Streetcar

The Downtown L.A. Streetcar, a public-private partnership project championed by City Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative and a non-profit L.A. Streetcar Inc., won unanimous City Council support for a $1 million allocation of the City’s Measure R Local Return funding to assist the project through its environmental and engineering phases. The funding will assist Downtown L.A. Streetcar with environmental review and engineering -- Council action comes as recent report states streetcar will generate 9,300 jobs, spur $1.1 billion in development and generate $24.5 million in annual tourism and spending.

City Launches Councilmember Huizar’s Graffiti Tracking Program

Councilmember Huizar joined with Mayor Villaraigosa Friday, along with LAPD officials and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Friday to launch TAGRS, a graffiti tracking program in Hollenbeck, Van Nuys, Habor and Central LAPD divisions. Huizar first proposed creating a City-operated program in 2008. Mayor Villaraigosa provided funding for the program, which will equip the City’s Graffiti Removal teams with smartphones to take pictures of tags, which will go into the TAGRS database monitored by LAPD. Police will use that evidence to help persue prosecution and restitution against the City’s worst taggers and tagging crews.