Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Reyes, Community Groups Fight for Families, Seniors and Students

Stop the Cuts!, an alliance of community organizations, gathered in front of City Hall today to urge California lawmakers to halt nearly $950 million in “Trigger” cuts to health, education and disability programs.

Councilmember Reyes says it is unjust for teachers, elderly, disabled individuals and low-income families to bear the brunt of these depleted health and education services. He calls for individuals to take action.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Director of Finance Mike Genest are charged with identifying by April 1 whether California will receive at least $10 billion from the federal stimulus package approved last month.

If that determination is made, it will trigger the elimination of critical services for Los Angeles' most underserved residents including low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities and millions of taxpayers. Cuts impacted include dental and other Medi-Cal benefits, cutting public hospitals, SSI/SSP, IHSS, and CalWORKS and money for higher education.

For more information, or to comment on the trigger cuts, visit the State Treasurer's website at:

Friday, March 06, 2009

Reyes, Community To Unveil 116-Year-Old Jewel TOMORROW

The Longfellow-Hasting Octagon Home with veranda.
Photo courtesy of the Heritage Square Museum

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes on Saturday will celebrate with the Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park their 40th birthday and the unveiling of the long-awaited, newly rebuilt, veranda at the Longfellow-Hastings Octagon Home. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon Home at Heritage Square Museum, originally built in Pasadena in 1893, had a wrap-around veranda (or porch) that was last seen on the home in 1917. The veranda was removed from the three story octagon house during its move to another location in Pasadena in 1917.

The Longfellow-Hasting Octagon Home is the only known surviving, unaltered example of octagonal architecture in California.

Heritage Square Museum
Admission to the event is $10 and is free for museum members.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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3800 Homer St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Exit Avenue 43 off 110 Pasadena Freeway)
(323) 225-2700

Monday, March 02, 2009

Reyes, Community, Celebrate New Fire Station in Pico Union

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, joined by City leaders and more than 3,500 people, officially opened Los Angeles Fire Department's Fire Station 13 in the Pico-Union community. The $13 million station, at 2401 Pico Blvd., covers a 2.1 square mile area and serves First District communities including Pico-Union, Koreatown and Harvard Heights.

Fire Station 13, modernized through Proposition F funds, replaces the Old Fire Station 13 at 1206 S. Vermont Blvd. that was built in 1949. The new fire station will better serve the growing population of a fire district that is projected to increase to 337,144 by 2010.

The grand opening celebration featured entertainment from local schools and community groups, and the inaugural ribbon cutting and cake axing.