(Monday, December 15, 2014; Los Angeles) - Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, invite you to a very special commemoration! Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16th at 4:00PM please join them in celebrating the 118th Anniversary of Griffith Park at the Griffith Observatory to mark this wonderful occasion.
Originally a part of the Spanish land grant, Rancho Los Feliz, the park was named for its former owner, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. Griffith emigrated to the United States in 1865, eventually, making a personal fortune in California gold mine speculation. In 1882, Griffith settled in Los Angeles, and purchased a 4,071 acre portion of the Rancho Los Feliz. On December 16, 1896, Griffith bequeathed 3,015 acres of his Rancho Los Feliz estate as a Christmas gift to the people of Los Angeles to be used as parkland. The enormous gift, equal to five square miles, was to be given to the city.
With over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States. Today's Griffith Park offers numerous family attractions, an assortment of educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and provides visitors an ideal environment for enjoyable recreation activities.
WHAT: Celebration to commemorate the 118th Anniversary of Griffith Park. *B-roll opportunity will be available.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:00PM – 5:00PM
WHERE: Griffith Observatory: 2800 East Observatory Road Los Angeles, CA 90027 (parking on site) Celebration will take place inside the Griffith Observatory
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, District 4 Dr. Edwin C. Krupp, American astronomer, author, and director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles since 1974. Joe Salaices, Superintendent of Griffith Park, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Councilmember LaBonge in partnership with A Runner's Circle will host the Second Annual Miracle Mile Run on Saturday, December 6, 2014 through the Miracle Mile District on Wilshire Boulevard. Runners will gather at 6:30AM for registration and will begin racing at 7:00AM. The race will start at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Orange Drive, ending at Urban Light on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Campus at Wilshire Boulevard and Odgen Drive. This race is free and open to all ages.
Participants will be timed and will receive race bibs. All participants under 17 will be able to sign up for LACMA NextGen membership, which offers art activities and tours for youth during the museum’s “Family Sundays,” held weekly on Sunday from noon to 3PM.
Known as the only 1 mile run in Los Angeles, the Councilmember created this run to showcase destinations along the Miracle Mile, while promoting outdoor exercise and health. The Miracle Mile features museums, restaurants, and safe neighborhoods, which make it one of greatest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile community joins Councilmember LaBonge in the creation of this run to benefit their neighborhood.
WHAT: A free 1 Mile Run through the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard *B-roll opportunity will be available.
WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014. Check In: 6:30AM. Race Start: 7:00AM. Registration will happen on the morning of the race.
WHERE: Starting at the Intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Orange Drive, ending at Urban Light on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Campus at Wilshire Boulevard and Odgen Drive.
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, District 4 A Runner's Circle Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division Cadets St. Teresa School Cross Country Team
Councilmember Tom LaBonge will join officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office to speak about public safety issues at the annual 10-4 Day Parade, to be held tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd with staging starting 9:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Fire Museum.
Special guests include K-EARTH’s Shotgun Tom Kelly, actors from famous TV police shows, and many more! A brief ceremony will be held at 10:04 a.m. by Councilmember LaBonge to honor our public safety officers and all they do to protect and serve our city. The group of classic police cars will then head west on Hollywood Boulevard, Code 3, stopping at to pay homage to beloved television cop, Broderick Crawford, at his Walk of Fame ‘Movie’ Star.
Councilmember LaBonge originated the parade along with his dollar a year man, Gary Goltz, who is also the #1 fan of the classic TV series Highway Patrol that aired from 1955-59 and starred the Academy Award Winning Best Actor of 1949.
WHAT: The 11th Annual 10-4 Day Parade *B-roll opportunity will be available.
WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Classic Police Car Staging; 9:00 a.m., Ceremony 10:04 a.m. (followed by Parade) (Afterwards the participants will re-group at the LAFD Fire Museum at 11:00 a.m.)
WHERE: Parade begins at LAFD Fire Museum, 1327 N. Cole Avenue Ceremony at Broderick Crawford’s Star, 6901 Hollywood Boulevard
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, District 4 Shotgun Tom Kelly, K-Earth 101, MC Leaders of the CHP, LAPD, and LASO Celebrities including stars of TV Police Shows Larry Wilcox, Officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker from American Television Series, CHiPs Gary Goltz, Event Organizer with his 55 CHP Buick
City Council will be honoring a fan favorite on Wednesday. The extremely talented and cuddly puppy sensation, “Jiff the Pomeranian,” has not only made his way to stardom in the TV and movie industry, but now he’s making his way to City Hall.
Jiff has appeared in many advertisements and commercials, touching the hearts of all who meet him. He's appeared in productions such as Covergirl with Katy Perry, New York State Lottery, Target, Banana Republic, OnePiece and MTV. Jiff is also a regular on ABC’s Good Morning America, entertaining the audience with his tricks, including walking on his front paws, signing his own autograph, and many more.
With a rapidly growing fan base, Jiff is a star on social media with over 1.3 million Facebook fans and nearly 300,000 followers on Instagram. Jiff is represented by Zero Gravity Management of Los Angeles who is active in placing Jiff in many new film, television and advertising roles.
Jiff was recently spotted with the Councilmember supporting the Hollywood Arts Council’s 29th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts. The Chicago native officially became a Los Angeles resident in 2013 to focus on his acting career.
Councilmember LaBonge and his fellow colleagues will salute Jiff and declare August 20, 2014 as Jiff Day in the City of Los Angeles.
WHAT: City Council presentation to declare August 20, 2014 as Jiff Day in the City of Los Angeles.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: City of Los Angeles City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
WHO: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, District 4 Los Angeles City Councilmembers
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his staff invite you to the opening of his new Sherman Oaks Council District Four Office today, Tuesday February 25, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. To celebrate Council District Four's new district office, a ribbon cutting will begin at 4, following a general community engagement after that.
The new office will be open Monday through Friday, standard business hours. Council District Four is also thrilled to share some space within the office with the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. The office will be located at 13907 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 104 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (second floor).
Please join CD4 and celebrate in beautiful Sherman Oaks! Parking will be available behind the building in the McDonalds' parking lot.
WHAT: Council District Four's Opening of New Sherman Oaks District Office.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Ribbon Cutting begins at 4:00pm.
WHERE: 13907 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 104 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (second floor)
WHO: Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, Fourth Council District Council District Four staff Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Sherman Oaks Business Improvement District
Please join Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Department of Public Works at the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project Groundbreaking. This will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9 a.m., at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Irving Boulevard. "The Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project will expedite the largest and best public bus route, west of Manhattan," commented Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
The Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is intended to further improve bus passenger travel times, service reliability, ridership of the existing Wilshire BRT system, and encourage a shift from automobile use to public transit. â€œDuring peak hours along Wilshire Boulevard, Metro operates buses every two minutes between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica and many of those buses are standing room only,â€ said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. â€œThe Wilshire Boulevard corridor has the highest ridership in the Metro bus system so it is a natural place for this rapid transit lane that can shave commute times by as much as 15 minutes when the project is complete.â€ When implemented, bus passenger travel times are expected to improve by an average of 24%. Up to a 10% mode shift from mixed flow to bus use is projected. Based on the bus travel time improvements and associated ridership increases experienced with the Metro Rapid Program to-date, transit ridership along the Wilshire corridor is anticipated to increase between 15% and 20%. "The Bureau of Engineering is pleased to partner with Metro, and lend our project management expertise to execute this important mobility project for the City. It is rewarding to know commute times will be improved by the Wilshire Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit project," commented Deborah Weintraub, Interim City Engineer.
The project is being constructed in collaboration with Metro, the City and County of Los Angeles. The majority of the project funding is being provided through a federal Very Small Starts (VSS) grant awarded to Metro in August 2011. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months, and includes the reconstruction of the curb lane (using concrete) and inner traffic lanes (using asphalt). Existing medians will be maintained as they are today.
A number of general improvements will be implemented as part of the proposed project. They include: restriping of traffic lanes, as necessary; conversion of the existing curb lanes to peak period bus lanes in each direction; upgrade of the existing transit signal priority system; selective street widening; curb lane reconstruction/resurfacing in select areas; and installation of traffic/transit signage and pavement markings, as necessary.
The bus lanes would operate during the hours of 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday only. Bicycles will also be allowed in the bus lanes. Vehicles wishing to make right turns will be allowed into the bus lane near the intersections in order to do so.
*Please RSVP to Brenda Gonzalez (213) 485-3337 or Brenda.Gonzalez@lacity.org
WHAT: Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project Groundbreaking
WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 9:00am - 10:00am
WHERE: Wilshire Boulvard at South Irving Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010
WHO: Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, Fourth Council District Matt Szabo, Board of Public Works Commissioner Deborah Weintraub, Bureau of Engineering, Interim City Engineer Paul Taylor, Metro, Deputy Chief Executive Officer John L.Reamer, Jr., Contract Administration, Inspector of Public Works Jon Kirk Mukri, Los Angeles Department Of Transportation, General Manager
MEDIA CONTACT: Brenda Gonzalez, Communications Deputy (213) 485-3337 or Brenda.Gonzalez@lacity.org
Please join Councilmember Tom LaBonge & Yavneh Hebrew Academy for a tree planting and free tree give away event in celebration of Tu B'Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day) on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30am at Yavneh Hebrew Academy.
Joined by students at Yavneh, the Hancock Park HOA, and the Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), Councilmember LaBonge will be planting a tree in the front lawn of Yavneh. Working with the 1 Million Tree Program, KYCC will be giving away fruit trees to residents. There will be Plum, Pomegranate, Avaocado, and more for you to plant at your home!
*Please RSVP to Ben Seinfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 804-2388
WHAT: A tree planting and free give away event in celebration of Tu B'Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day) *Interviews will be available on site.
WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 8:30AM
WHERE: Yavneh Hebrew Academy (5353 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90020) *In consideration of the neighbors, please do not park on McCadden Pl.
WHO: Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, Fourth Council District Yeshivat Yavneh Hebrew Academy Koreatown Youth and Community Center
MEDIA CONTACT: Brenda Gonzalez, Communications Deputy (213) 485-3337 or Brenda.Gonzalez@lacity.org
We are very proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary between the City of Los Angeles and its Sister City, Bordeaux, France with a year-long reciprocal cultural arts exchange program, Bordeaux-Los Angeles: A 50 Year Partnership. We are hosting a once-in-a-lifetime patron reception at the LA Art Show on January 15, 2014, 7 to 11PM at the Convention Center, to serve as the kick-off event. The Patron Reception will include exclusive wines by Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, food by Bordeaux-Los Angeles chosen chef of note, John Sedlar of Rivera Restaurant, and a preview of the art exhibit. The exhibit includes works from Cheech Marinâ€™s The Chicano Collection / La ColecciÃ³n Chicana, photography from Gil Garcetti, and works from participating Los Angeles and Bordeaux artists of the France Los Angeles Residency Exchange (FLARE) program. Special musical guest, Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli, will be playing a short set with one of Cheech Marin's Blazing Chicano Guitars! For more information, please check out the LA Art Show website.