TOM LABONGE NEWS
Lake Hollywood Reservoir Trail Reopens to Public
Councilmember Tom LaBonge hosted a re-opening ceremony of the Lake Hollywood Reservoir walking trail on Thursday morning in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. After a seven-year closure, the Lake Hollywood Reservoir perimeter road is now open in its entirety. Lake Hollywood has long been a popular destination for tourists, walkers, cyclists, and joggers from across the city. In 2005, after a record-breaking 35 inches of rainfall, landslides destroyed the perimeter road running around the Lake Hollywood Reservoir that so many visitors have enjoyed. “The story of Los Angeles is the story of water. Lake Hollywood Reservoir, which is nearly 90 years old, is a local landmark,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “I am excited to re-open this amenity, which will encourage outdoor fitness and public health.” The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power collaborated with the community, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge to analyze the geology of the area and develop plans for repair and restoration. The total cost of restoring the hillside and road was over $9.5 million.
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Griffith Park Adult Community Center Turns Five
The Griffith Park Adult Community Center rang in its fifth birthday with a community celebration this past Saturday. Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented a commendation to the participants. The GPACC was a long sought-after neighborhood improvement that is a credit to the tenacity of the seniors who advocated for it. It opened at 3203 Riverside Dr. in February 2008.
Carol Burnett Square to Be Unveiled Next Thursday
Councilmember LaBonge and Carol Burnett will unveil Carol Burnett Square at the intersection of Highland and Selma at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The public is welcome to join in the celebration.
Carol Burnett, award-winning actress, comedienne, and best-selling author, will be honored by the City of Los Angeles for her lifetime achievements in the entertainment industry. The location next to Hollywood High School was chosen because Burnett grew up in the neighborhood and Hollywood High was her alma mater.
City of Los Angeles Declares “Jackie Robinson Day”
Councilmember Tom LaBonge declared the 12th annual “Jackie Robinson Day” in the City of Los Angeles this Friday morning in the John Ferraro Council Chambers. Councilmember LaBonge was joined by several members of the Los Angeles Dodger family, including Dodger greats Tommy Davis and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Jackie Robinson’s relatives, and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) founder John Young. Jackie Robinson is legendary not only for his stellar career with the Dodgers but for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
Help Save Performing Arts School
The students of The American National Academy of Performing Arts are raising money to save their school. The Academy has been a landmark of Studio City for the past 56 years and is co-owned and run by Dorothy Barrett, who at 96 years old still teaches at the school. It has also been her home for the past 50 years, and she is now in danger of having to move due to a new outside investor. The property is scheduled to be auctioned on May 17, 2013. Students are collecting donations online to save the school and Dorothy’s home. For more information on how you can help, please visit facebook.com/groups/anaperformingarts.
Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City
The Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee and the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library present “Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City,” a free program and film screening. The event honors the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Mack Sennett Studio on May 1, 1928.
Sennett historian Brent Walker will give a PowerPoint presentation followed by a free screening of the Sennett shorts, The Dentist (1932), starring W.C. Fields, Taxi for Two (1930), and Match Play (1930). A reception will follow the screening.
Accommodations are available under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Studio City Library
12511 Moorpark St.
Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m.
For further information, visit studiocitynyc.org or lapl.org.
African Violet Society
The Burbank African Violet Society is having their next club meeting. Parking is on Jeffries off of Hollywood Way. The entrance to the auditorium is from the parking lot. Our club member Hanna Olson will be giving the program on “Growing Plumerias.” Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.
The Little White Chapel
1711 North Avon St.
Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m.
For more information please telephone (818) 951-3597.
Community Collaborates to Benefit Local High School
The 2013 graduating class of the Burbank Neighborhood Leadership Program (BNLP) has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to help Monterey High School update its library. Monterey High School is a continuation high school, with an alternative educational program providing a smaller setting for students to earn high school credits to graduate.
Plans for the day include local leadership, Saturday Storytime at 11:00, and a Special Storytime at 3:00 with crafts, the Monterey High School Book Wishlist, and discount coupons for use in the Café the day of the event for every book purchased for the library.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
731 N. San Fernando Rd.
(across from IKEA in Burbank)
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.—11 p.m.
Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival
This fun-filled family fundraiser benefitting the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue, and New Directions for Youth will feature a two mile walk-a-thon through the crystal clear rolling hills of Calabasas. Route highlights will include the Rover Rest Stop sponsored by The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa with plenty of water, food, and fun for pets of all kinds and their human companions.
Admission is free to the Canine Classic Festival, featuring dog adoptions, celebrity guest judges, the area’s top food trucks, The Anza Wine & Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Zone, Zoom Room Dog Agility Area, and a Silent Auction benefitting New Directions for Youth plus over 30 pet industry vendors. All dogs must be on leash.
Check in for the Dog Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the Dog Walk starts at 10 a.m. Festival hours are 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
Juan Bautista de Anza Park
3701 Lost Hills Rd.
Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
For more information or to sign up as a walker or vendor, visit canineclassic.org or call (818) 880-2993.