Friday, May 28, 2010

Remembrance Ceremony at Cypress Park Veterans Memorial

Councilmember Reyes will join Cypress Park veterans Saturday, to remember our local fallen heroes for Memorial Day. The ceremony will begin at 10:30a.m. at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial, corner of Cyress Avenue and Pepper Avenue. A reception will be held after the ceremony at the community room at El Rio de Los Angeles State Park.

The annual ceremony is organized by the Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association and the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.

Rio de Los Angeles State Park (Community Room)
1900 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Enter the park through Macon Avenue gate.

Please inform the Cypress Park Youth and Family Center of other veterans who work, live or lived in Cypress Park. We wish to honor them at future events.
Cypress Park Youth and Family Center
929 Cypress Ave. or call (323) 226-1682

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Showing Love to our Unsung 'Men & Women in Green'

Courtesy of Department of Public Works

Sanitation workers at the North Central District Yard in Lincoln Heights were highlighted in a recent Los Angeles Times article for their hard work and popularity among the community they serve. The article covered an open house hosted by the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, one of several the agency puts on to promote recycling. Attendees who came to celebrate the hard work of these city employees were treated to a barbeque lunch, recycling-themed beanbag tosses, and free plants and trees.

Councilmember Reyes encourages you to visit one of the open houses to learn more about recycling and the workers that help us do it. The next open house is scheduled for June 5 at the South Los Angeles District Yard. For a complete list, click here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pico Union Townhall TOMORROW

Councilmember Reyes invites Pico Union residents to join him tomorrow, May 27, from 6-8p.m. for a town hall meeting at the Olympic Community Police Station. Come learn about how the Byzantine Latino Quarter Business Improvement District can spur neighborhood revitalization along Pico Boulevard. Representatives from city departments and neighborhood groups will be available to share resources and answer questions on how to start a small business.

Olympic Community Police Station
1130 S. Vermont Blvd. (corner of 11th St./Vermont Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 382-9102

Friday, May 14, 2010

CNN Interviews Reyes, Sheriff Arpaio about AZ Immigration Law

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to L.A. City Council member Ed Reyes and Sheriff Joe Arpaio about the Arizona immigration law.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Boycott Arizona

For Immediate Release
May 12, 2010

Contact: Monica Valencia (213) 473-7001 or Tony Perez (213) 761-2281 (cell)

LOS ANGELES BECOMES LARGEST CITY TO BOYCOTT ARIZONALos Angeles City Council today approves Reyes-Hahn Motion to suspend travel to state and end business with Arizona

Los Angeles became the largest city to boycott Arizona after the Los Angeles City Council today approved a motion proposed by Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Ed P. Reyes to end business with Arizona.

“Bad things happen when good people don’t stand up and speak out, and that’s exactly why 13 members of the Los Angeles City Council stood together today,” said Hahn, after the motion passed by a 13-1 vote. “We are sending a message, loud and clear, that we will not tolerate a law which breeds fear and discrimination.”

“Los Angeles is the second largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard,” Reyes said. “As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. As an American, I am offended that I can’t feel comfortable traveling in my country without fear of falling victim to racial profiling. Whatever one’s feeling might be about the undocumented, no American should ever have to feel that threat.”

The Reyes-Hahn motion specifically calls for the City of Los Angeles, and all of its departments, to:

· Immediately suspend travel to Arizona to conduct City business.
· Direct City Departments to refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase goods or services from any company that is headquartered in Arizona.
· Instruct the City Administrative Officer to identify which contracts can be terminated immediately.

The proposal could affect a portion of the City’s more than $56 million in contracts with Arizona-based companies. Los Angeles joins Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and other cities nationwide in calling for an economic boycott after an Arizona immigration law was passed that would encourage racial profiling.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reyes, Councilmembers Call for Arizona Boycott

For Immediate Release Contact:
May 11, 2010 Reyes/Tony Perez (213) 473-7001
or (213) 761-2281


Who: Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Ed P. Reyes

What: Press Conference following Arizona boycott vote by the Los Angeles City Council

When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Top of Spring Street steps outside of Los Angeles City Hall


A resolution proposed by Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Ed P. Reyes to denounce Arizona’s new immigration legislation and boycott the State of Arizona will be voted on by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, May 12. The resolution calls for Los Angeles, and all of its departments, to end current contracts with, and refrain from future contracts with, Arizona-based companies.

According to a City report, Los Angeles has 35 contracts totaling about $7.7 million with Arizona-based companies. The City and its proprietary departments, not including Department of Water and Power(DWP), have 48 contracts totaling at least $56 million with Arizona-based companies. Proprietary departments include the Harbor Department, Community Redevelopment Agency/LA, Los Angeles World Airports(LAWA) and LAWA Airlines. Data from DWP is not yet available.


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