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Tom LaBonge News

Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

If you look up at the Hollywood sign, you’ll see a rare message from the City of Los Angeles to its residents: Save the Peak. Councilmember LaBonge and the Trust for Public Land launched a fundraising campaign this week to purchase Cahuenga Peak, the pristine hillside above and to the west of the Hollywood sign and preserve it for future Angelenos.
Join Tom for two upcoming events: A Griffith Park Community Leadership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library. A morning clean-up in North Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 8 a.m.  Meet at the NoHo BID office at 5026 Lankershim Blvd. We will beautify the area between Magnolia Blvd. and Camarillo St., Tujunga Ave. and Vineland Ave.
There are two important city meetings coming up that deal with the City budget and city fees: The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will begin its 2010-2011 Budget on the Road Series. These meetings provide the community an opportunity to actively participate in the city’s annual budget process. The city’s current fiscal realities require nothing less than intense and collective engagement by residents and city leaders to protect core services.  The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton High School Cafeteria, 955 S. Robertson Blvd., LA 90034. The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will hold six public hearings to air public responses to proposed changes and reductions to LADOT Transit Services as well as proposed fee increases.  These changes are being recommended to address the significant transit budget shortfall of $350 million that is projected over the next decade. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m. at the Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility, Second Floor Roll Call Room, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., LA 90064.


Black History Month Storytime
Celebrate Black History Month at this special storytime. We will be reading about important African Americans and their wonderful contributions to our nation’s history and culture. All are welcome to come hear inspiring stories from this community’s rich history. Storytime will be followed by activities and treats.

Sat. Feb. 20, 11 am
Barnes & Noble
731 N San Fernando Blvd.
(818) 558-1383

Come to the Burbank Historical Society’s next program “Off the Beaten Path”
Our guest speaker, Bronwyn Ralph, will be telling about many wonderful places that she has visited in or close to the San Fernando Valley. Many interesting places are hidden, but in her guide book there are maps, features and days open and any costs of visiting the various locations.

Sat. Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
Gordon R. Howard Museum
1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank
(818) 841-6333


Dear Friends,

Hollywood sign.

This weekend, the Hollywood sign will be draped with a fabric sign that reads “Save the Peak.” This effort has been sanctioned by the city and Hollywood Sign Trust. Officials from the Trust for Public Land and I launched a public fund-raising campaign to purchase a 138-acre parcel of land called Cahuenga Peak, which is situated just to the west of the Hollywood sign. It is absolutely critical that we preserve the view of the famous landmark and open the land to hiking and other recreational uses for future generations of Angelenos. Once the land is purchased, it will be turned over to the city and become part of Griffith Park.
You may be aware that I have worked to purchase this parcel for years. I hope you’ll support this effort. For more information about Cahuenga Peak, visit: www.savehollywoodland.org If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact my Director of Communications, Carolyn Ramsay, at (213) 485-3337.

Thank you.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge

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

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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