Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! Councilmember Tom LaBonge led a group of over 200 hikers up Mount Hollywood Monday for the annual Summer Solstice Hike. The hike, a celebration of Los Angeles’ Sister City program, finished with a feast at the top, featuring an array of international and local cuisine.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge celebrated the installation of a much-needed traffic light on the corner of Finley and Hillhurst avenues on Tuesday. The intersection has been the site of a number of car and pedestrian accidents.

The 4th Street Bicycle Route in the Wilshire area received a flood of new visitors Wednesday evening as Councilmember Tom LaBonge led a group of 50 cyclists on the second night of “Tour LaBonge,” the Councilmember’s summer bike ride series. Tour LaBonge continues every Wednesday night in a different area of the Councilmember’s district until July 21st. Next week’s ride will leave from the Councilmember’s Valley Field Office, 10116 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, at 5:30 on Wednesday night. Please join us!

Councilmember LaBonge joined people from around Koreatown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shatto Park on 4th Street on Thursday. New all-access play equipment, adult exercise equipment, badminton courts and landscaped play areas were in active use after the City’s $600,000 facelift.

Councilmember LaBonge and Charles Fleming, author of the book Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles, walked through Silver Lake with a group of residents and fans of Fleming’s book on Friday. The charming residential “Coffee Table Loop” walk from Fleming’s book was the route for the excursion.

The last Wilshire BRT meeting will be held at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard Tuesday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Korean interpreter will provide translation services.

Have a great weekend and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

Toluca Woods 4th of July Parade & Popsicle Celebration with All American Bake Sale to Benefit “Family Promise”

It’s time to pull out your patriotic spirit and your pocket change, and join in the 9th Annual Jon & Wendy 4th of July Parade and Popsicle celebration. The event also features an All American Bake Sale with goodies baked by Toluca Woods residents, to benefit Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley.

Family Promise (East SFV) – is a local nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Interfaith Congregations mobilize volunteers in order to provide transitional safe shelter, meals, and support services for local homeless families. In addition to baked goods, organizers will be collecting toiletries for Family Promise, along with diapers & baby wipes on behalf of the 1st Marine Division (L.A. Chpt) to be delivered to Camp Pendleton for the wives of deployed Marines.

“We started this parade after 9/11 as a way to show our love for our country and the community we are so fortunate to be a part of,” explains Wendy Hauptman parade organizer. “It is so much fun! Everyone decorates their “floats” (bikes, skates, strollers, etc …) and they walk around the neighborhood for just a few blocks. What’s more, the funds raised are for a really good cause – to fight hunger in our own community.”

Over the years local Toluca Woods residents have used this event to raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. In 2007, the organizers received an official Certificate of Appreciation from Councilman Tom LaBonge.

The fun begins with the All American Bake Sale at 10:00 a.m. in front of Jon and Wendy’s house 4930 Arcola Avenue (3 blks East of Cahuenga, 1.5 blks North of Camarillo). The Parade will start promptly at 10:20 a.m. This year, the Parade will feature entertainment from DK Dance Factory. As always, Fire Station 86 will be there to kick off the parade, and Popsicles will be provided to everyone at its conclusion!

Los Angeles

Arthur Mitchell: Dancer, Choreographer, Educator and Founding Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem at the California African American Museum

The culminating event for the popular “Dance Theatre of Harlem; 40 Years of Firsts” exhibition will be a public discussion featuring Arthur Mitchell on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Mr. Mitchell will discuss his renowned career beginning on the streets of Harlem to becoming the first African American to be a permanent principal dancer with a major ballet company to co-founding the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and then leading the DTH professional ballet company for four decades.

A Kennedy Center Honoree, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, among many more honors, Mr. Mitchell has inspired thousands of young people around the world through his leadership in the dance world. CAAM is proud to have him grace our stage to reminisce about his lifetime of achievements.

RSVPs are requested at 213-744-2056.

This event is open to the public with free admission. Parking is $8 at 39th and Figueroa Streets. CAAM is located in Exposition Park at 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Tel# 213-744-7432, www.caamuseum.org.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension is First Measure R Rail Project to Begin Construction

When the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension breaks ground this Saturday, June 26, it will significantly advance plans to improve public transportation throughout the region. It also will be the first Measure R rail project to begin construction.

The Foothill Extension will extend the Metro Gold Line from Pasadena 11 miles west to Azusa, with a later link planned to Montclair. The Metro Gold line – now operating between East Los Angeles and Pasadena — is an integral part of the Metro Rail system, which today spans 79 miles of track criss-crossing Los Angeles County.


GREENspot DROPoff awarded “Collection Program of the Year” by International Electronics Recycling

GREENspot DROPoff, California’s Leading e-waste recycling collector, was named “Collection Program of the Year” by International Electronics Recycling during this year’s Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony in 2010.

International Electronics Recycling honors those recyclers and eco-friendly companies who are “trendsetters and leaders in electronics waste management.” GREENspot DROPoff’s unique approach to e-waste recycling, dedication to providing free and convenient e-waste recycling to the public, and GREENsquared fundraising program have set GREENspot DROPoff apart as a leader in e-waste recycling.

“We are honored to be receiving this award so soon after we launched our GREENspot program,” beamed Barry Keyes. “With only 6 months under our belt, we have successfully opened over 150 GREENspots throughout the State of California and have plans for another 150 in the next 60 days. Our goal of providing free e-waste recycling to our local communities is becoming more and more of a reality each day as we continue to expand and offer more convenient locations throughout the State.”

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