(Monday, October 28, 2013; Los Angeles) Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association invite you to attend the dedication ceremony of the new street "Cahuenga Court" and a celebration of the completion of the planted median, signal & crosswalk, and street repaving on Cahuenga Boulevard West. This dedication and celebration will take place on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:00am at Theatre West.
Councilmember LaBonge will lead Valley View Elementary School students across our busy main street, using the new signal and crosswalk, and as he dedicated a new street in our beautiful neighborhood.
*Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association.
WHAT: Dedication of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden
WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd West, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (FREE PARKING across the street at 3330 Cahuenga Blvd West)
WHO: Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, Fourth Council District Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association
MEDIA CONTACT: Alice Roth, Deputy District Director, email@example.com or (818) 755-7894
(Friday, October 4, 2013; Los Angeles) Councilmember Tom LaBonge will join officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office to advocate for public safety at the annual 10-4 Day Parade to be held Friday, October 4, at 12 p.m. at the Los Angeles Fire Museum at 1327 North Cole Avenue.
A parade of vintage police cars will descend upon Hollywood Boulevard, with a brief stop at the Walk of Fame star of Broderick Crawford, who starred in the 1950s television show Highway Patrol.
"This is a great opportunity to recognize our public safety officers and all they do to protect and serve,” Councilmember LaBonge said.
WHAT: The 10th Anniversary Annual 10-4 Day Parade
WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2013; 12:00 p.m. Classic Police Car Line-up; 1:00 p.m. Parade; 1:15 p.m. Ceremony
WHERE: Parade begins at LAFD Fire Museum, 1327 N. Cole Avenue; Ceremony at Broderick Crawford’s Walk of Fame Star, 6901 Hollywood Boulevard
WHO: Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles Shotgun Tom Kelly, K-Earth 101 Leaders from the CHP, LAPD, and LASO Celebrities including stars of TV police shows, such as CHIPS and Highway Patrol
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Goltz, Event Organizer, 909.702.3250
(Los Angeles; September 27, 2013) It's 94 years young for Musso & Frank Grill, the Hollywood Boulevard institution. On September 27, 1919, "Frank's Cafe" opened at 6669 Hollywood Boulevard. Councilmember Tom LaBonge will mark the 94th birthday of this storied restaurant with a certificate presentation ceremony TODAY at 5 p.m.
The Musso family acquired the restaurant in 1927 and still operates it to this day. The restaurant moved to 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in the 1930s and underwent an expansion in the 1950s.
"There aren't too many places in this city that have seen nearly the whole history of Los Angeles unfold in front of it. Musso's has," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said.
WHEN: September 27, 2013, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the servers and patrons of Musso & Frank Grill
(Los Angeles; September 26, 2013) Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell will speak at a demonstration for the conversion of Yucca Street into a "bicycle friendly street" tomorrow morning in an event at 10 a.m. All community members are invited to join in riding the street, which has been improved from Cahuenga Boulevard to Highland Avenue. (Helmets are required.)
The improvements include added sharrows (shared lane markings), new wayfinding signage, and modified street signs that clearly indicate Yucca Street's status as a bicycle friendly street facility. Additionally, three intersections have new permanent diverters that that forbid through-traffic for automobiles, while allowing bicycles to go east-west the length of Yucca Street.
"Let's take 'nobody walks in L.A.' and make it 'nobody drives in Hollywood,'" Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "Yucca Street is for bikes."
WHAT: Yucca Street Bicycle Friendly Street Demonstration
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Yucca Community Center, 6671 Yucca Street, Hollywood, CA 90028 (northwest corner of Yucca Street and Cherokee Avenue)
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, 4th and 13th Districts, City of Los Angeles Tim Fremaux, Bikeways Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
(Los Angeles; September 24, 2013) The Los Angeles City Council's Economic Development Committee will discuss a resolution in support of bringing back the National Football League to the City of Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon.
The motion, authored by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and seconded by six fellow members of the Los Angeles City Council, "reaffirms and reiterates [the City Council's] support for the efforts of the National Football League to bring its franchise back to the City of Los Angeles." It also encourages the league to encourage bringing two football teams to the city.
WHAT: A committee hearing to discuss the pending motion to support the NFL's efforts to bring a team to Los Angeles
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Room 1010
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 1 p.m.
(Los Angeles; September 21, 2013) With summer's end comes the arrival of fall. Celebrate the autumnal equinox with a hike to the top of Mount Hollywood with Councilmember Tom LaBonge. The hike will be TOMORROW at 6 p.m. Meet at the Griffith Observatory parking lot and make your way up the Charlie Turner Trailhead for a great sunset over the city. See you there!
WHEN: TOMORROW, September 21, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Charlie Turner Trailhead (up to the summit of Mount Hollywood), 2800 East Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHAT: Autumnal equinox hike in Griffith Park
(Los Angeles; September 19, 2013) Councilmember Tom LaBonge, a member of the Transportation Committee of the Los Angeles City Council, introduced two motions to be referred to that committee this week prior to the body's legislative recess.
The first (Council File #13-1233) asks that the pending valet parking ordinance be modified to include a provision that all valet parking attendants be required to wear reflective vests during night-time hours of operation. A recent hit-and-run accident on Ventura Boulevard injured a valet attendant and killed a patron as they were handing off a vehicle in Sherman Oaks.
"We don't know if better visibility would have helped on Ventura Boulevard," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "But the city needs to do all that it can when it comes to public safety."
The second (Council File #13-1235) asks that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation partner with CalTrans to study pinch points in the Los Angeles freeway system and develop estimates for the feasibility and cost of alleviating them. "Pinch points" are small impediments to traffic flow that are more cost-effective to fix than large-scale freeway improvements.
"It's time we sweat the small stuff," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "We can get L.A. moving with smaller-scale, more tactical infrastructure projects."
(Los Angeles; September 18, 2013) Los Angeles city officials, including Councilmember Tom LaBonge, will break ground on another key piece of the Los Angeles River revitalization puzzle tomorrow morning in a ceremony at 9 a.m. along the river, extending the river bike path for another important stretch.
The "Los Angeles Riverfront Greenway Project: Phase II" focuses on two stretches of the south bank of the Los Angeles River in Sherman Oaks/Studio City. The project includes landscaping, irrigation, gateways, paving, seating areas, ornamental fencing, environmental education signage, a community "greenbelt" park, and, most importantly, an extension of the Los Angeles River bike path.
The bike path currently stretches from Griffith Park to Elysian Valley, and this project adds another important portion to eventually one day complete the dream of having a bike path stretch from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.
"Inch by inch, we make our Los Angeles River a better place for all," Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. "I'm excited to take one more step in that direction tomorrow."
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Fourth District, City of Los Angeles Carol Armstrong, Ph.D., Los Angeles River Project Office, Bureau of Engineering Local stakeholders
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Corner of Morrison Street and Noble Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA (east of Sepulveda), http://goo.gl/maps/2VgTV
WHAT: Groundbreaking for Los Angeles Riverfront Greenway, Phase II