Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Community Fun in the Northeast

Come join Councilmember Reyes, Saturday, May 1 for fun community events in the Northeast.

First stop-Highland Park. Join Councilmember Reyes from 8a.m. to 11a.m. as he partners with La Casita Verde and Clean & Green for a community clean-up as part of the annual Big Sunday weekend. Volunteers from La Casita Verde and Clean & Green will join together to clean up North Figueroa Street.
Big Sunday Weekend is a national clean-up day that takes place every first weekend of May. Communities from all over the United States come together to beautify, recycle, paint and plant gardens in their community.
La Casita Verde
4601 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Final stop-Cypress Park.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Councilmember Reyes will join the Cypress Park community in a Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival at 12p.m. The parade will begin at Cypress Avenue and Pepper Avenue and then head north on Cypress Avenue to Future Street. The festival will begin at 1p.m. at El Rio de Los Angeles State Park, 1900 San Fernando Road, and will feature music, food and entertainment.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free and Low Cost Legal Help for People Facing Eviction

The Justice for Tenants Campaign is offering FREE and LOW COST representation by qualified licensed attorney's for people facing eviction in Los Angeles. There are two agencies-- in Lincoln Heights and Westlake-- working to help residents in Council District 1.

Lincoln Heights Housing Rights Clinic is offering legal help at Cafe in the Heights, 3510 N. Broadway, every Wednesday from 6p.m. to 9p.m. No appointment necessary, no one is turned away due to lack of funds and no restrictions on eligibility.

Inquilinos Unidos is holding their low cost representation help at 660 S. Bonnie Brae St., on the second floor, every Wednesday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Donations are requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. It's walk-in only, first come, first served legal help.

At least 40,000 tenants are evicted in Los Angeles County each year. Studies show that tenants have less than 1% chance of winning when they go to court without a lawyer.

For more information about FREE and LOW COST representation for people facing eviction, please call
(213) 485-0763

Monday, April 12, 2010

Reyes Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing at MacArthur Park Metro Station

I joined the community and local leaders today to break ground on more than 170 affordable housing units at the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Rail Station. As one of the strongest advocates for mixed income housing, I made sure the apartments are affordable to local families. Monthly rents will range from less than $300 for a two-bedroom to $1,153 for a three-bedroom unit.

These units are for the people. It happens because we never stopped believing in a mixed income community. An environment where folks of different income, different ethnicity, different countries, can be sitting elbow to elbow in a subway, in a park and share a living space in an international setting like Los Angeles.

The first phase of construction, on land adjacent to the Metro Station, includes 90 units, 15,000-square-feet of retail space and 100 parking spots. Phase 2, located directly above the Metro Rail Line subway tunnel, will have 82 units and 17,000 square feet of retail space. Additionally, a community room will be designed within each phase, along with sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street trees, and underground utilities.

This development is a public-private joint venture between McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), the Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Polis Builders, the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority and Community Redevelopment Agency. Working together, we are not only building housing. We are building a stronger community.

FREE LA Philharmonica Concert at St. Thomas the Apostle Church TODAY

Councilmember Reyes invites you to hear chamber music at a free concert by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The concert is on Monday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church . The event, which features the music of Mozart, Telemann and Romero, is funded by a grant through the City's Department of Cultural Affairs.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church
2760 W. Pico Boulevard (Pico and Mariposa)
Los Angeles, California 90006
(213) 972-7297

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Cypress Park Chamber of Commerce Meeting WEDNESDAY

Do you own a business in Cypress Park? Are you interested in getting more customers to your business? If so, join stakeholders April 7 at 7:30 p.m. as they plan a new Chamber of Commerce for Cypress Park. Representatives from the office of Councilmember Reyes and the Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division will be present to hear your ideas and concerns. For more information, please call (213) 485-0763.

Antigua Coffee House 3400 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90065