Sister Cities Newsletter Edition 2014
As Chairman of Sister Cities, this week I am turning over Council District Four’s newsletter to Sisters Cities of Los Angeles Inc. for a special newsletter edition.

Greetings from Sister Cities of Los Angeles, and a Happy New Year!
The year 2014 marks a new beginning for the City of Angels, for Council District 4, and for Sister Cities of Los Angeles. We are very proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary between the City of Los Angeles and its Sister City, Bordeaux, France with a year-long reciprocal cultural arts exchange program, Bordeaux-Los Angeles: A 50 Year Partnership. To celebrate this historical relationship, we are hosting a once-in-a-lifetime patron reception at the LA Art Show on Jan. 15, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Convention Center. It serves as the kick-off event to this people-to-people anniversary.

The LA Art Show Patron Reception will include exclusive wines by Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, food by Bordeaux-Los Angeles chosen chef of note, John Sedlar of Rivera Restaurant, and a preview of the exhibits. The exhibit includes works from Cheech Marin’s The Chicano Collection / La Colección Chicana: Fine Art Prints by Modern Multiples, photography from renowned photographer and father of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Gil Garcetti, and works from participating Los Angeles and Bordeaux artists of the France Los Angeles Residency Exchange (FLARE) program.

We are also very excited to announce that Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be receiving a distinguished honor from a “special guest” for all of his work with our organization and for his dedication to international cultural exchange in the City of Los Angeles and around the world at the LA Art Show.

We are glad to be joined by Los Angeles City Officials and Officials from Bordeaux for this momentous occasion. For more information, please check out the LA Art Show website.

Join us for an unforgettable night of fine arts, gastronomy, and art de vivre in celebration of the French-American cooperation and the Bordeaux-Los Angeles friendship at the Patron Reception.

Tom Gilmore
President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Kamilla Blanche
Director of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc.

LaCityBag.com Website
City of Los Angeles officials launched the LaCityBag.com website as part of its Bring-Your-Own-Bag Campaign and in anticipation of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance that takes effect on January 1, 2014. Under the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance, large supermarkets such as Ralphs, Vons, Albertson’s and Wal-Mart that are located in the City of Los Angeles will no longer offer free single-use plastic carryout bags to the consumer. For more information visit LACITYBAG.COM

December 2013 Legislative Report
Motions Introduced by Councilman LaBonge:

Residential Street Addresses
Relative to requesting the Department of Building and Safety to report on the current standards relative to residential street addresses and to work the LAFD, LAPD, and the EMD to ensure that current standards meet their operation requirements for emergency response.

Mid City West Community Council
Relative to having Council approval to lease office space for the Mid City West Community Council to lease office space at 543 North Fairfax Ave.

2917 North Beachwood Drive | Surplus Asset
The City of LA owns a vacant residential property located in CD4: 2916 N. Beachwood Drive. This property is not needed by the City and GSD has designated it as a surplus asset. Therefore a motion was introduced to have the City Council declare this property a surplus property and direct the Department of General Services initiate and complete the surplus property process, prepare the property for sale at public auction, and prepare and present any necessary documents to the City Council.

Rose Bowl Economic Impact
With the Rose Bowl Game & the Rose Parade happening on January 1, 2014 – Councilman LaBonge introduced a motion requesting the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention board be requested to report back to the City Council on the economic impacts of the Pasadena Rose Bowl Activities taking place on January 1st.

Cultural Tourism Plan
Motion relative to requesting the Department of Cultural Affairs to report on an immediate plan of action to establish a “Cultural Tourism” plan.

Citywide Fraud
Motion relative to conducting a study on the number of fraudulent incidents that occurred and were reported from 2001-2013; and requesting to study a comprehensive plan on how the City can better deal with fraud.

LAPD Recruitment
Motion relative to having the LAPD come up with a plan outlining how to improve the department’s recruitment efforts – including innovative ways to recruit more military veterans in the program.

Griffith Park Volunteer Conservation Corps
Motion relative to establishing a mechanism to find ways to recruit and coordinate volunteers for the continued maintenance of Griffith Park, including but not limited to the landscaping of gardens, vistas and trails.

Metro Transit Projects
Motion relative to having Department of Planning and Department of Transportation report on how Metro’s priority projects will benefit ridership and how it will encourage efficiency for residents in Los Angeles.

WiFi at the Griffith Observatory
Motion relative to implementing WiFi at the Griffith Observatory, relative to the already approved municipal WiFi initiative.

City Historian
Motion relative to preparing a report setting forth actions necessary and fiscal impacts relative to determining the feasibility of authorizing a City Historian position within the Office of the City Clerk’s Records Management Division.

Hollywood High School Graduation
Motion relative to providing $5K from CD4’s GCP account to assist the 107th graduating class of Hollywood high School to hold their commencement ceremony at the Hollywood Bowl

Writers & Photographers Wanted
Are you an outgoing person who’d like to cover the “beat” of the Valley? We’re looking for experienced photographers & writers to profile local businesses in our paper. If you think this is you, shoot us an email: info@tolucantimes.com.

LaMar S. Brown of Ramsey-Shilling Associates awards the winner J.R. Zuniga a turkey from their annual holiday open house turkey giveaway.

LaMar S. Brown of Ramsey-Shilling Associates awards the winner J.R. Zuniga
a turkey from their annual holiday open house turkey giveaway.

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