Posted on:
Feb 25, 2014
03:35PM

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Councilmember LaBonge Opens New Sherman Oaks Council District Four Office

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


 



 
Posted on:
Jan 21, 2014
08:32AM

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Councilmember LaBonge and the Department of Public Works invite you to the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transi

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. “During 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,” said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. “The 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.” 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


 



 
Posted on:
Jan 15, 2014
09:00AM

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Councilmember LaBonge and Yavneh Hebrew Academy celebrate Tu B'Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day)

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 ben.seinfeld@lacity.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


 



 
Posted on:
Jan 15, 2014
08:57AM

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Sister Cities Patron Reception, LA Art Show

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 Marin’s The Chicano Collection / La Colección 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.


 



 
Posted on:
Oct 24, 2013
08:34PM

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Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Association Dedicate "Cahuenga Court"

(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, alice.roth@lacity.org or (818) 755-7894


 



 
Posted on:
Oct 02, 2013
11:30AM

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Councilmember LaBonge To Host CHP, LAPD, and Stars of Screen in 10-4 Day Parade of Vintage Cars

(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


 



 
Posted on:
Sep 27, 2013
11:47AM

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Musso & Frank Grill Turns 94 TODAY!

(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


 



 
Posted on:
Sep 25, 2013
02:43PM

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Councilmembers LaBonge + O'Farrell Host Yucca Street Bicycle Friendly Street Demonstration

(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