Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010 Census: It's In Our Hands

The future of our communities is in your hands

Make sure your family, your friends and neighbors are counted when the 2010 Census questionnaires are mailed to households in mid-March. I encourage you to share this brief video in which I discuss the importance of the Census.

Census data defines our voice in Congress. It helps determine how federal dollars are spent on schools, hospitals, child care, roads, senior citizen centers and other services. Businesses use census data to locate supermarkets, shopping centers, new housing and other facilities.

The City of Los Angeles lost more than $200 million in federal funds from the last census.

That's why it is extremely important that you fill out and mail back the census questionnaires. It should take about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions. Remember to include everyone in your household. Strict confidentiality laws protect your personal data in the completed census forms from being shared with law enforcement, immigration or other agencies.

Talk to your family, friends and neighbors. Talk with your coworkers, clients, and even strangers. Make the Census the talk of the town.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Save the Date--March 6--for Job Fair at Dodger Stadium

Councilmember Reyes encourages you to save the date, Saturday, March 6 for the 15th Annual Community Job & Information Fair at Dodger Stadium. This FREE event for the community drew close to 10,000 people last year and more than 1,000 people were hired on the spot that day. Close to 90 different employers, from small restaurants to private businesses to corporations and the Dodgers, will be on-hand to hire new employees.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1000 Elysian Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 485-0763

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Councilmembers Bring A Bit of Seoul to the L.A. River


CONTACTS: Monica Valencia/Reyes (213)280-0740
Carolyn Ramsay/LaBonge (213)359-3593

City Leaders Bring A Bit of Seoul to the Los Angeles RiverCity, Korean leaders pour Cheonggyecheon river water into L.A. River site marked for concrete removal

LOS ANGELES (February 4, 2010) – Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes and Tom LaBonge today joined environmental and Korean leaders in an international Sister River ceremony at Taylor Yard, the L.A. River site marked for concrete removal.

To inspire the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, the Councilmembers joined Friends of the Los Angeles River(FoLAR) in welcoming Seoul, Korea’s Stream Restoration Team to Los Angeles by co-mingling the waters of the two urban rivers.

During the press conference, officials holding a blue vase poured water hand-carried from the Cheonggyecheon Stream, which flows through Seoul, South Korea, into the L.A. River. The Stream had been encased in concrete until a two-year, $384 million dollar restoration effort transformed it into a park and recreation area in the city’s core.

“Imagine permanently shutting down one of L.A.’s major freeways to create a living, breathing river,” said Councilmember Reyes. “That’s essentially what happened in Seoul, Korea and today Korean delegates are here to inspire us as we revitalize the L.A. River, the birthplace of our City. They demonstrated to the world, novel and innovative ways of engaging citizens on how river renewal could improve the quality of life of all residents.”

"Co-mingling the waters of these two great rivers is a symbolic gesture of hope," said Councilmember LaBonge. "By admiring and celebrating the success of our Korean neighbors we can see with our own eyes how restoring a river to its natural habitat can bring beauty, grace and economic vitality to a great city."

In addition to the Korean delegates, the Councilmembers were joined by City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, FoLAR Founder and President Lewis MacAdams, Korean Cultural Center Director Jaewon Kim and and FoLAR Executive Director Shelly Backlar.

The ceremony was held at Taylor Yard, the site identified in the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan for large-scale ecosystem restoration and concrete removal. The LARRMP, adopted in May 2007, is a 25-50 year blueprint to transform a more than 30-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River into a continuous greenbelt linking communities.

This is the first in a series of events co-sponsored by Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles to bring together the stories of two rivers.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Reyes, LA Dodgers, Kids Celebrate New Dreamfield in Lincoln Heights

Councilmember Reyes and the Los Angeles Dodgers joined children and their families today to dedicate the Dodger Dreamfield at the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Heights. The Dodger Dreamfield is the ninth Dreamfield in Los Angeles. The children enjoyed practicing their runs, hits and throws with current and former Los Angeles Dodger players including Andre Ethier and Bobby Castillo. Children also embraced the message, "Always follow your dream!" at today's event.


Food Bank Program for Seniors TODAY in Lincoln Heights

Councilmember Reyes and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank invite seniors(60+ years) to participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.-Noon at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center, 2323 Workman St.
Seniors who meet program requirements can receive a free monthly food kit—prepared with specific nutritional needs such as meats, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals and other grain products.
The program requires seniors to have a valid California identification or driver’s license, proof of income or Medi-Cal card.
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 225-9339


Monday, February 01, 2010

Dodgers Dreamfield Opens TOMORROW in Lincoln Heights

Councilmember Reyes and the Los Angeles Dodgers invite children and families to the dedication of the Dodgers Dreamfield TOMORROW, Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club, 2635 Pasadena Ave., in the Lincoln Heights community. Surprise Dodgers players will be in attendance to open the ninth Dreamfield in Los Angeles.

The baseball field, the first major renovation at the club since 1950, will feature a new grass infield, warning track, chain-link backstop, dugouts, side fencing, irrigation system and environmentally-friendly Musco lighting to replace older fixtures.

The Dreamfields program is a major initiative of the Dodgers Dream Foundation, which provides educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for kids in the greater Los Angeles area. Funding for the project was provided by the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, Proposition K, LA for Kids, Bank of America, Councilmember Reyes and anonymous private donors.

The Boys & Girls Club
2635 Pasadena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 221-9111