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Tom LaBonge at the dedication of Randal D. Simmons Park in Reseda.

On Thursday, Councilmember Tom LaBonge spoke at the dedication of Randal D. Simmons Park in Reseda. Officer Simmons was a 20-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite SWAT team, and was killed in the line of duty in February 2008. He was remembered by the assembled as a loving father, husband, and friend. Councilmember LaBonge personally knew Officer Simmons to be an outstanding public servant and a pillar of the community.
This week the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance capping the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city at 70 and regulating their locations and hours of operation, among other provisions.  Some existing dispensaries that meet strict new guidelines will be grandfathered in. The measure next requires the council to approve its associated fees, and will then go to the Mayor for his signature.
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for the arts in Los Angeles. Last week, Tom helped launch the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This week, Tom joined Mayor Villaraigosa and officials from the Getty Foundation to announce $3.1 million in new grants awarded to local arts institutions as part of the foundation’s “Pacific Standard Time” initiative.
Working families can get help with their tax preparation through a program offered by the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC). Councilmember LaBonge congratulated KYCC on this program, which brings together volunteers from several area banks with families making less than $41,000 for free, accurate tax preparation.
ouncil District 4 sponsored a School Shopping Day at L.A. SHARES this week, at which local principals were able to obtain needed furniture and supplies for their schools at no cost.  L.A. SHARES is a non-profit program that accepts donations from local businesses and makes them available to schools and non-profit organizations for free. Tom has been a proud supporter of the program since its inception.
Tom was on hand for the opening of the new W Hollywood Hotel & Residences at the world famous corner of Hollywood and Vine this week. The new development is part of a continuing effort to revitalize Hollywood and brings with it more than 600 permanent jobs to Los Angeles. Visiting the W Hollywood is easy – just take the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Vine station.
The Los Feliz Improvement Association is hosting new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at a neighborhood forum on public safety on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park.
Remember to fill out the easy-to-understand census form, which will be mailed in mid-March.


Burbank Chamber of Commerce Events

  • Business Connection Lunch: $21.50 for members, $29 for prospective members. Reservations required—register by Thursday (Feb. 4) to be included on the hot sheet! To exhibit at this event, call Kimberly Thompson at (818) 846-3111.

Thurs. Feb. 11, 11:30am-1:30pm
The Castaway Restaurant
1250 Harvard Rd., Burbank, CA


The Valley Watercolor Society
Barbara Shade taught watercolor classes and workshops at Brandes Art Institute in the San Fernando Valley, at the Janss House in Thousand Oaks, at Carmel and the Eastern Sierras for many years. In 1997, she won an individual Emmy award as a background artist. Barbara worked for 23 years in the animation industry at The Walt Disney Company, Film Roman, Hanna Barbera, UPA, Format Films, Hearst Animation and other independent projects in various mediums.

Thurs. Feb. 11, 7:30 pm
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Blvd. Encino, CA

For further information, call (818) 407-0828.

Los Angeles

Getty Center News

  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Three contemporary photographers see three cities: Catherine Opie drives by L.A.’s ubiquitous mini-malls, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao rides the 7 subway from Queens to Manhattan, and Soo Kim looks down on Reykjavík during the summer solstice. Their carefully composed, large-format images, including several new additions to the Museum’s collection, capture the character and tempo of three dramatically different urban environments.
    (Free panel discussion on Thursday, February 18. Reserve early to get a seat!)
  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Frederick H. Evans was a meticulous craftsman and a poet of light and space. He created a richly atmospheric record of Victorian and Edwardian England: soaring stone cathedrals, majestic landscapes, portraits of literary greats, Arts and Crafts interiors. The exhibition features over 100 of his photographs as well as a slide projection of his glass plates.
    Accompanying the exhibition are free artist-at-work demonstrations offered on Sundays from February 7 through April 11.
  • Closing Soon: Six exhibitions close in February! Not to miss: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (Feb. 28), hailed as “exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times; The Chimaera of Arezzo (Feb. 8), featuring the stunning Etruscan bronze beast; and the Medieval Scriptorium (Feb. 14), a medieval romp for kids and families.

Live a Light-Hearted Life—Rediscover inspiration
Weekly meditation classes presented by Kadampa Meditation Center California with Buddhist Nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong starting January 20 through March 31. Live a light-hearted life through practicing Buddha’s teachings on meditation and positive ways of thinking.

Every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm
Kadampa Meditation Center California
1492 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA

For more information, call (323) 223-0610.

North Hollywood

North Hollywood Regional Library Events

  • The classic heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is chronicled in the prize winning documentary When We Were Kings on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 2PM. Free popcorn and free admission.
  • Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee star in A Raisin In The Sun based on the award winning play by Lorraine Hansberry on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2PM. Free admission.
  • One man’s fight against genocide is powerfully dramatized in the award winning Hotel Rwanda starring Don Cheadle on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 2PM. Free admission and free popcorn.

North Hollywood Regional Library is located at 5211 Tujunga Avenue. For information call (818) 766-7185.

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