Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Highland Park Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety TONIGHT


Councilmember Ed P. Reyes invites the Northeast community to join him at 6 p.m. tonight at Franklin High School for a Q&A town hall meeting on public safety. This is a follow-up meeting to one held in March.

Reyes will be joined by Los Angeles Police Department Captain William A. Murphy, of the Northeast Station, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Yolie Flores Aguilar and a representative from the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development.
Information: (213) 485-0763

Franklin High School Auditorium, 6 p.m.
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820 N. Ave. 54
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Reyes Supports Youth Program at Casa de Adobe

Councilmember recently visited the Casa de Adobe in Highland Park to see local eighth graders from Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School bring Spanish Colonial history to life.

The live history tour, in which they portray early 20th Century Angelenos, is a partnership with the Autry National Center. The students educate local elementary youth and visitors about life in the Casa de Adobe. The program also helps improve the eighth graders' public speaking skills and boosts their self-esteem.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reyes Opens Community Garden in Highland Park

For more than twenty years, the area behind the Highland Park Theatre was little more than a dirt lot. But residents saw hope in this land. Highland Park residents Nicole Gatto and Oscar Duardo worked with Councilmember Reyes to transform this fenced-off area to create the Milagro Allegro Community Garden. The 10,000-square-foot garden features 32 raised beds where neighbors can plant flowers or harvest fruits and vegetables. There is also a community gathering circle for classes and events.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Reyes, Cyclists, Kick Off Bike to Work Week




Councilmember Reyes joined bicycle enthusiasts this morning at Olvera Street to kick-off Bike to Work Week. The weeklong festivities include the Blessing of the Bicycles tomorrow(Tuesday, May 12) at 8 a.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital, 616 S. Witmer, in the Councilman's First District. This and other bike events were celebrated by Reyes, Councilmembers José Huizar and Tom LaBonge, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Los Angeles Department of Transportation chief Rita Robinson, Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andrew Leeka, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition director Jennifer Klausner. Bart Simpson and a German visitor also joined the group to encourage people to leave their keys behind and bike to work.



Friday, May 08, 2009

Reyes, River Leaders TOMORROW Celebrate 20 Years of Cleaning the L.A. River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:
May 8, 2009 Monica Valencia, (213) 473-7001
Tony Perez, (213) 761-2281(cell)


REYES, RIVER LEADERS CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF CLEANING THE L.A. RIVER

4,000 People Expected TOMORROW at 14 sites from the Mountains to the Sea

PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE ORIGINAL CLEANUP SITE

WHAT: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes will join thousands from 9 a.m.-Noon for Friends of the Los Angeles River's (FoLAR) annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp, La Gran Limpieza, as it turns 20 tomorrow. (LIST OF CLEANUP SITES BELOW)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: 3207 Los Feliz Blvd, adjacent to the Municipal Golf Course and Los Feliz Café

WHO: Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, Assemblymembers Paul Krekorian and Kevin De Leòn, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and FoLAR Founder and Board Chair, Lewis MacAdams, more than 400 participants.

DETAILS: What began with 30 stalwarts at one site has grown into the largest urban river cleanup in the country. This year 4,000 people will gather along the 52-mile River, from Tujunga Wash in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills to the Golden Shore Wetlands in Long Beach. In the past 19 years an estimated 40,000 people have converged on the River and its tributaries to haul out 250 tons of garbage that would otherwise have washed into the Pacific Ocean.

CleanUp sites are located primarily in natural-bottom areas where trash becomes entangled in vegetation. Each has its own unique character and live music. Disposable gloves, trash sacks, snacks and water are provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, to bring a reusable water bottle, work gloves, sunscreen and hats. The first 100 people at each site receive a 20th Anniversary CleanUp t-shirt and all participants receive a reusable shopping bag courtesy of Earthwise Reusable Bag.

14 CLEANUP LOCATIONS

1. Tujunga Wash
9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, adjacent to the Angeles National Golf Course

2. SEPULVEDA BASIN - BALBOA LAKE
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, adjacent to Balboa Blvd. Bridge

3. GRIFFITH PARK, BETTE DAVIS PICNIC AREA
1526 Riverside Drive, Glendale

4. LOS FELIZ – Original CleanUp Site and Press Conference!
3207 Los Feliz Blvd, adjacent to the Municipal Golf Course and Los Feliz Café
9:00 am, Assemblymember Paul Krekorian, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Ed Reyes, FoLAR Founder Lewis MacAdams address the crowd.

5. SUNNYNOOK
3700 Legion Lane, L.A., at Sunnynook Drive and the River

6. ELYSIAN VALLEY – MARSH STREET PARK
2940 Marsh Street, L.A.

7. BLAKE AVENUE LOFTS
1839 Blake Ave., L.A.

8. TAYLOR YARD
1528 N. San Fernando Rd. L.A., Enter unnamed access road by Future Street
10:00 am, Assemblymember Kevin De Leòn anticipated.


9. ELYSIAN VALLEY – STEELHEAD PARK
2230 Oros Drive, L.A.

10. ARROYO SECO
360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena

11. SOUTHEAST STRETCH – CITY OF BELL
6400 River Drive, Bell

12. LOWER COMPTON CREEK
2867 E. Del Amo Blvd, Compton, adjacent to the Blue Line Station

13. ESTUARY AT WILLOW STREET
2500 De Forest Ave., Long Beach
9:00 am, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga address the crowd.

14. GOLDEN SHORE WETLANDS
100 Golden Shore, Long Beach
9:00 am, Councilmembers Suja Lowenthal and Patrick O’Donnell address the crowd.
11:30 am, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal arrives

Site information, maps, community groups expected and event sponsors: http://folar.org/?page_id=5

For more information call (323) 223-0585.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Two Outdoors Events this Saturday



Councilmember Reyes invites you to enjoy the outdoors with him at two Saturday morning events--The Great Los Angeles River Clean-up and the MacArthur Park Youth Fishing Derby.

More than 4,000 volunteers flanked across the Los Angeles River are projected to participate in the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) 20th Annual 'La Gran Limpieza'. There are 11 spots near the River scheduled for a deep cleaning from community members from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Northeast Area of the River clean-up has five designated sites including Taylor Yard.

If you find yourself closer to the Westlake community, then come join me at the 6th Annual MacArthur Park Youth Fishing Derby. Anglers will have the chance to catch from a lake with 700 pounds of catfish. Youth age 15 and under will receive a one-day fishing license and fishing gear. Adults must bring their own fishing license and gear.

MacArthur Park Youth Fishing Derby

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2009
WHERE: MacArthur Park, 2230 West 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90057
WHAT: MacArthur Park Youth Fishing Derby: 8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Youth 15 and under enter FREE)

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Lincoln Heights Youth Get Dodgers Dream Field

Before a cheering crowd of children and parents, Councilmember Reyes broke ground Saturday on a dream field for the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Heights. The baseball field, the first major renovation at the club since 1950, is made possible through a partnership with the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bank of America and anonymous private donors. Thanks to these supporters, the youth of Lincoln Heights and surrounding communities will get to play ball on a new baseball diamond equipped with modern amenities. Reyes was joined by Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt, Dodgers Hitting Coach Don Mattingly, Dodgers first baseman James Loney, community leaders and families.

The Boys & Girls Club, at 2635 Pasadena Ave., will be renovated with a new grass infield, warning track, chain-link backstop, dugouts, side fencing, irrigation system and environmentally-friendly Musco lighting to replace older fixtures.

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