Monday, April 18, 2011

Reyes discusses the issue of porn in public libraries on KPCC's Air Talk

Libraries are sanctuaries for learning. They should not be places where children are vulnerable to viewing offensive images that can affect them for years to come. I called for action after a man was seen viewing pornography on a Chinatown public library computer in plain sight of children. Library staff responded promptly. I joined City Librarian Martin Gomez today to discuss this on "Air Talk with Larry Mantle."

Check it out: Porn in our public libraries?

The passage of Measure L last month is proof positive that we still place a great value on our libraries as bastions of learning and information. So can such a trusted resource be allowed to put any kind of limits on the information it disseminates? What if that information is pornographic?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Reyes joins LAPD Chief Beck for media availability

April 6, 2011

Contact: Monica Valencia
(213) 473-7001

WHAT: Media Availability

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Police Administration Building (PAB) Plaza
100 W. First Street
Los Angeles, Calif. 90012

WHO: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, District One
Los Angeles Police Department(LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck
LAPD Central Bureau Deputy Chief Jose Perez
LAPD Northeast Area Captain David Lindsay
LAPD Northeast detectives
Glynn Martin, Los Angeles Police Historical Society
Eddie Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times
Nancy Sullivan, Los Angeles Times
Family members of Brian Stow

WHY: Councilmember Reyes will join Chief Beck to address the press during his monthly media availability. Issues include:
--Recent crime statistics
--Update on the Dodger Stadium assault
--Update on the Sylmar OIS and the condition of Officer Steven Jenkins
--Display of newly-discovered historical photos of LAPD Officers
--Update on the Grim Sleeper investigation.

CONTACT: For more information, contact LAPD Media Relations Section at (213)486-5910.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Bicyclists roll with Reyes, Mayor for CicLAvia 2011

April 6, 2011
Contact: Monica Valencia
(213) 473-7001

WHO: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, First District
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles
Chief of Police Charlie Beck
CicLAvia organizers

WHAT: Councilmember Reyes, joined with City leaders, environmental and bicycle advocates, announce details about CicLAvia, 7.5 miles of car-free streets for walking and bicycling on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 10-11 a.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall South Lawn steps, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012.

PARKING: Media parking will be along Main St. between 1st and Temple St. Since Main Street is a one-way street, we recommend that media enter via 1st Street.

DETAILS: CicLAvia returns to Los Angeles to promote bicycles as a means of sustainable transportation, increase use of public space, and to provide a safe and car-free route to unite the community. CicLAvia was inspired by an international phenomenon that started in Bogotá, Colombia more than 30 years ago. Streets are blocked off for bicyclists and pedestrians every Sunday in Bogotá for Ciclovía (Spanish for “bike path”).

The City’s first CicLAvia in October 2010 drew about 100,000 bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters to enjoy 7.5 miles of car-free streets. The event returns to L.A. this Sunday, April 10, with a 7.5 mile-route through the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Little Tokyo, Downtown, Westlake and MacArthur Park, Koreatown, and East Hollywood. CicLAvia organizers plan to expand the next event, scheduled for October 9, 2011, to the University of Southern California and Exposition Park.

Reyes, who chairs the City's Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles River, has been a leader in creating bicycle paths along the Los Angeles River, bike lanes on Riverside-Figueroa St. Bridge and more bike racks.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Reyes announces $50,000 reward in attack of Giants fan at Dodger Stadium

April 5, 2011 For Immediate Release
Contact: Monica Valencia (213) 473-7001,

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes today announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the two men (sketched above) responsible for beating a San Francisco Giants fan unconscious at Dodger Stadium. The reward was unanimously (12-0) approved today by the Los Angeles City Council.

"Violence has no place at what should be a family venue," said Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium. "My heart goes out to the victim’s family. I can assure you that our officers will do everything we can to bring these perpetrators to justice."

Rewards for the attack on Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, on Opening Day now total $100,000. In addition to Reyes’ $50,000, rewards include $25,000 from the Los Angeles Dodgers, $10,000 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, $10,000 from the Giants and $5,000 from Stow’s employer, American Medical Response.

"I applaud Councilmember Reyes and the entire City Council for approving this reward in an effort to apprehend the individuals involved in the attack at Dodger Stadium," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Violence like this will not be tolerated and I encourage anyone with knowledge of the attack to assist the LAPD in their investigation."

On Thursday, March 31, 2011 just after 8:30 p.m. Stow and three friends, all wearing Giants apparel, were followed and confronted by two men in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, according to Los Angeles Police Department detectives. The attackers, both between 18 and 25 years old and sporting Dodger apparel, yelled derogatory comments and taunted them for being Giants fans. They ignored the suspects and continued walking.

The pair continued to follow Bryan, at which time one of the suspects struck him in the head with a closed fist, knocking him unconscious. The attackers continued to kick Bryan in the head and torso as he lay on the pavement. They then fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, an off white or tan four-door, driven by a female who had a child, between 8 and 10 years old, in the passenger seat.

Bryan, a father of two from Scotts Valley (near Santa Cruz), sustained life threatening head injuries. He is receiving medical care at USC Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Northeast Homicide Detectives PJ Morris, Lisa Governo or Jose Carrillo at (213) 847-4261. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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