Tom LaBonge News
The City Council grappled with serious budgetary issues all week and on Thursday, voted to eliminate 4,000 city staff positions to close a $212 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. A serious decline in anticipated revenue caused the current budget shortfall. The city faces a $484 million shortfall in the 2010-2011 budget as well. The City Council instructed staff to begin identifying jobs that could be cut. Councilmember LaBonge will focus on stretching the public dollar to provide as much service as possible during this difficult economic period.
Save the Date! Tom is holding an Emergency Community Congress on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the budget issues. Please mark your calendars and check www.tomlabonge.com for location and details. We hope you can attend this important meeting.
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.
Tom invites you to two other upcoming events, as well:
- A Griffith Park Community Leadership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library. For more information, see the attached flier.
- A Saturday 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. See the attached flier for more details.
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
The Valley Watercolor Society
Chris Van Winkle is an award-winning artist in both the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Whiskey Painters of America. For the past 21 years Chris has been teaching watercolor at Citrus College
Thurs. March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino, CA
For further information call, (818) 407-0828 or (818) 882-4897.
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 Regional Library Events
- Sylvester Stallone punches his way to movie stardom in the original Rocky on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 2 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.
- An Italian town tries to survive World War II in the award winning drama fantasy The Night of the Shooting Stars on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2p.m.
- Gene Kelly stars in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical fantasy Brigadoon on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.
- A lonely man searches for love in the Oscar winning movie Marty starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Screening will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 2 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.
North Hollywood Regional Library is located at 5211 Tujunga Avenue. For information call (818) 766-7185.