Thursday, November 18, 2010

Reyes Brings National Prescription Discount Program to L.A.

(Photo: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes hands out free prescription discount cards to seniors at St. Barnabas Senior Services.)
Los Angeles, (November 18, 2010) — Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, joined by health leaders, today launched the National League of Cities (NLC) free prescription discount card program at St. Barnabas Senior Services, 675 S. Carondelet St.

“The free card helps the nearly 29%, or 2.7 million, uninsured residents younger than 65 Countywide,” said Reyes, to a crowd of more than 50 seniors at St. Barnabas in the Westlake community. “People of any age, income level, residency status or level of health care coverage can get an average savings of 20% of their prescriptions.”

The card also helps nearly half a million elderly living alone who barely make ends meet. The 29% figure is significantly higher than the statewide average of 24.3%, according to a recent UCLA study.

The NLC program has been successful in hundreds of cities nationwide, including Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY.

“We are pleased that Los Angeles has joined the more than 400 cities from around the country to participate in this important program,” said Donald J. Borut, NLC Executive Director. “As cities struggle during these tough economic times, residents must be able to access much-needed and potentially life savings prescriptions.”

Reyes was joined by Rigo J. Saborio, St. Barnabas President & CEO, Brad Stone, CVS Caremark Regional Vice President, and Vivian Gonzales, Director of Nursing, Arroyo Vista Family Health Center and senior card users. They discussed the importance of the discount cards during these challenging economic times. The press event concluded with a performance by St. Barnabas line dancers and questions from news reporters and seniors. Prescription card information was available in English, Spanish and Korean.

The discount card may be used by all residents at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country, including major chains throughout Los Angeles. There are no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. Pets that take prescriptions that are also used to treat human conditions are covered.

The NLC card is available at L.A. City hall, Office of Councilmember Reyes, St. Barnabas, and dozens of other centers, schools and libraries. They can also be printed from the Internet at For more information, call 1(888) 620-1749 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1(888) 620-1749      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

NLC is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. To learn more about NLC, go to


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Reyes Opens The Para Los Ninos-Evelyn Thurman Gratts Primary Center

Reyes recently joined the Gratts family and educators to celebrate the opening of The Para Los Ninos-Evelyn Thurman Primary Center.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Reyes Installs New Bike Racks at CARECEN Day Labor Union in Pico Union

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Reyes recently hacked away at a new bike rack at the CARECEN Day Labor Union in Pico Union. Four new bike racks were installed to provide bike parking for locals and workers. In conjunction with the City of Lights Program, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Reyes plan to make bicycling a viable, safe, and convenient option of transportation by offering safer facilities to park bicycles and bike passageways for commuters.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

2,000 Show Up for Rally at Levitt Pavillion MacArthur Park

Attendee speaks with Reyes about election.

Everyone’s vote counts, and one cannot undo ten years of an economic decline within two years, said Reyes, as attendees nestled up in their lawn chairs, were dressed up in stars and stripes, and held posters with messages of hope for change.

LA River Restoration Kick-off at North Atwater Park

Reyes, Chair of the Ad Hoc River Committee, joined Councilmember Tom LaBonge to break ground on the North Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration construction.

The LA River Creek will undergo restoration, which includes native California plant landscaping to prevent future erosion of the creek and improve the water quality of the LA River.

Copa COFEM y Festival de la Familia

Reyes recently joined children dressed in Oaxacan costumes at the 2nd Annual 5K run and Health Fair in Cypress Park.