Councilman Tom LaBonge was joined by Linda Hope -- the daughter of Bob and Dolores Hope -- to unveil a sign marking the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street as "Bob and Dolores Hope Square" on Monday February 27th. The event took place in front of St. Charles Borromeo Church and Monsignor Robert Gallagher delivered the invocation, and provided the refreshments at a reception following at the church service center that Dolores Hope provided the funds to build. The Hopes were married at the Church and Dolores Hope's Memorial Service was held in a smaller chapel adjacent to the church. The St. Charles Childrens Choir performed a few selections, including "America the Beautiful". Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes was there, as were about 30 community members from Toluca Lake, including Toluca Lake Homeowners Association President Peter Hartz. LAPD North Hollywood Station Senior Lead Officer Rob Benavidez was there, along with Los Angeles City Firefighters from local fire stations 86 and 60 and their Battalion Chief Peter Benesch. Even Linda Hope's son Andrew Lande showed up to enjoy the festivities.
Councilman LaBonge said, "Bob and Dolores Hope were great entertainers and great people. They're together in heaven now, but they're immortalized with a square here at Lankershim and Moorpark in our own slice of heaven -- Toluca Lake."
Join us for the season's third Tour LaBonge Bike Ride on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm. This one takes us through the streets of Toluca Lake and North Hollywood. We'll meet around 5:30 P.M. at Councilman Tom LaBonge's District 4 Field Office on 10116 Riverside Drive. Make sure to bring a helmet. Plan to use street parking. LAPD will provide traffic control. Paty's Diner is offering riders a $5-dollar burger, fries and soft-drink combo after the ride ... and Marie Callenders will be providing free pie.
There's no dispute about the importance of childhood reading to a student's continuing educational success. That's why I support programs like "Read Across America", which instills the love of reading early in a child's life. "Read Across America" came to Rio Vista Elementary School on February 28th, with Curious George, the character from the series of childrens' books by HA Rey that have delighted kids for generations. Curious George was a big hit with the kids, thanks to the folks over at Universal Studios, where the curious monkey lives. I just want to make sure all students are curious about their world ... and discover their universe -- and beyond -- through a lifetime of reading. "Read Across America" Day is March 2nd, which happens to coincide with Dr. Seuss' birthday!click here to see more photos
The traffic-signal at Talofa and Riverside is up and running, activated during a community ceremony on February 23rd in Toluca Lake. This project was funded by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Dozens of people turned out at the intersection for the activation. We'd like to thank the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, the West Toluca Lake Residents Association. As retired St. Joseph Medical Center Chaplain Father James Boal quipped during his invocation: "Let there be light" at Talofa and Riverside. The light helps the flow of traffic at the increasingly busy intersection, where people flock to the Trader Joe's on the southwest corner. The signal also allows pedestrians to safely cross the street to businesses like the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the north side of Riverside. It's a safety improvement the community needed, and I'm proud my office could help make it happen.Click here for more photos
My staff and I fanned out on Friday and Saturday January 7th and 8th to clean-up neighborhoods in Council District 4. From North Hollywood to Koreatown ... mid-Wilshire to Hollywood ... Los Feliz to Silver Lake, we really cleaned-up. Many thanks to the Bureau of Sanitation, which provided several trucks and drivers to help us pick-up bulky items, such as old couches, mattresses, assorted furniture and rugs, old toys and construction waste left on the streets and sidewalks. We also removed discarded Christmas Trees, palm-fronds and other yard-waste. We cleaned-up several tons of debris from the streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles. It's amazing what you can do with a little cooperation and a lot of heavy-lifting.
The time is NOW to be heard on the proposed expansion of Universal Studios. The Public Comment Period ends on February 4th. Take your opportunity to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Everybody deserves an opportunity to be heard on this massive project, with more than two-million square feet of new development. All comments that are received before February 4th -- written or verbal -- must be responded to in the Final EIR. For many of us, the main issue is TRAFFIC. I certainly have concerns about the plan's impact on traffic in the area. I believe good development can occur and I would support NBC Universal's project, IF and only IF, the project mitigates traffic. There are opportunities to get a bikeway along the Los Angeles River. Pinch-points in the Cahuenga Pass must be resolved, and it's extremely important to get a Hollywood Freeway southbound on-ramp at Universal Studios Boulevard. And certainly, improvements to the Hollywood Freeway interchange should occur sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about how to submit your comment before February 4th, please contact our office at 213-485-3337.
Nearly eight years in the making, residents of Toluca Lake are celebrating the final product of a major collaborative effort involving Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s office, city departments, community organizations and neighborhood volunteers. The much-anticipated Moorpark Street garden median, at the intersection of Moorpark Street/Moorpark Way and Strohm Avenue, was completed for its Monday afternoon dedication.
“Through the hard work and commitment of community members and the City of Los Angeles, Moorpark will be a safer, more beautiful thoroughfare,” Councilmember LaBonge said. "This new gateway to Toluca Lake shows its visitors just how much this neighborhood cares about this street and its gateway."
The Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, Toluca Lake Homeowners Association and local volunteers were honored by Tom for their strong commitment to work with the City on this beautification and safety project. Michael Espinosa from Department of Public Works and Richard Lee from the Bureau Street Services also spoke.
The major thoroughfare of Moorpark Street forks left to Moorpark Way and straight to the quiet, residential Moorpark Street. The garden median, created and cared for by neighboring resident Philip Dagort, leads drivers onto Riverside Drive, shielding residents from a possible onslaught of confused drivers.
The project was funded by donations from the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association and Los Angeles’ now-suspended Community Beautification Grant Program.
The search for Omar Armando Loera, the sole suspect in the murder of Valley Village resident Cheree Osmanhodzic, intensified this week when Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge unveiled a digital media billboard donated by Clear Channel that displays a wanted poster for Loera.
“I urge the community to be watchful,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “Omar Armando Loera has been known to frequent Studio City, East Los Angeles and Harbor City. Be aware and if you see this man, call the LAPD North Hollywood Station.”
On July 24, Osmanhodzic’s fiancee, Adam Culvey, saw the suspect leaving the couple's home and chased him for blocks before giving up. Upon his return, the couple’s house on the 11500 block of West Riverside Drive was on fire. Osmanhodzic’s body was found inside. The 34-year-old had been brutally stabbed.
Omar Armando Lorea, also known to use the aliases “Taz” and “Arturo Benitez,” was released on early parole from state prison prior to the murder. He is described as a 5-foot-9-inch Hispanic male with large tattoos of Aztec women on both shoulders. To view photos of Loera and the wanted poster, click here.
Tom urges the community to help bring justice for Osmanhodzic’s family and peace to the Valley Village community. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call detectives at the LAPD North Hollywood Station at (818) 623-4016. A $50,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction.
For more information, visit America’s Most Wanted in-depth report at amw.com