Tom LaBonge News
Greetings! Councilmember LaBonge was happy to announce on Monday that the Peak has been saved. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) joined the Councilmember to announce a $900,000 donation from Hugh Hefner of Playboy Enterprises closed the gap on their Save the Peak campaign. The 138 acres of pristine hillside just to the west of the famous Hollywood sign will be annexed to Griffith Park. Many, many thanks to all of the community members and neighborhood groups who contributed to this important effort.
To preserve one of the beautiful historic neighborhoods in his district, Councilmember LaBonge directed the City Planning Department today to move forward on an Interim Control Ordinance for Hollywood Grove. This ordinance would impose a moratorium on tear-downs during the establishment of a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, or HPOZ.
The Councilmember joined Oprah Winfrey in her No Phone Zone campaign to stop teens in particular from texting while driving. The talk show host launched the nation-wide campaign during her show on Friday, which included a segment from John Marshall High School in the Franklin Hills.
An immigrant rights march is expected to disrupt traffic downtown tomorrow. Please see the attached flier for more information.
This weekend is Big Sunday and there are several wonderful volunteer projects in Council District 4. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating, please visit bigsunday.org/
The Relay for Life Griffith Park Community, which is chaired by Mrs. LaBonge, is looking for volunteers to work short shifts at the event on Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6. The Relay for Life Griffith Park Community will be held at the Mulholland Fountain, at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. If you’d like to volunteer, email Brigid LaBonge at Relaygpc@gmail.com
Have a great weekend and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!
“A Song for Mom” at St. Charles Borromeo Auditorium
The 3:00 p.m. Spanish Choir of the famed St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, under the direction of Jose Mata, will present an evening of song, theater, and liturgical dance in “A Song for Mom” on May 8th, 2010. The evening is to honor Our Lady and all the mothers in our community. Famed opera singers Diana Jimenez and Roberto Matta will also be in attendance to perform in this exquisite program.
The musical evening will also include a photo montage of all our loving mothers in a special segment during our evening’s performance. Be a part of this presentation by submitting a photo of your mom. Photos may be dropped off at the church any time during working hours, or a jpeg file may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 8, 2010 at 7 p.m.
North Hollywood, CA
Tickets: $10 pre-sale,
$15 at the door
VIP Tickets available for $25
Postal Services’ Annual Food Drive
It’s that time of the year again and the men and women of the U.S. Postal Services Union are carrying letters that spell help for those who need it most in our communities. So join them as you clean out your pantries, even buy new cans and packages of the most basic foods for them to carry to their destination, St. Charles Borromeo Holy Family Community Service Center, located at the corner of Lankershim and Moorpark. The deliveries are expected by the smiling volunteers of the Holy Family Community Service Center on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8th, at around 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Holy Family Community Service Center at 818-985-7365.
Bartenders School Throwing Responsible Drinking Event
National Bartenders School of Sherman Oaks is proud to present a celebrity event on Saturday, May 8th at 6 pm. It is open to everyone. CHP Officer Rick Quintero will be giving a DUI safety presentation also appearing will be nationally famous comedian Rudy Moreno.
The goal is to educate Los Angeles on the importance of drinking responsibly. California is the second highest state with alcohol related fatalities. Through the school, we hope to get out the message, but also make you laugh while thinking. The event is absolutely free, and everyone of all ages is welcome. Please call to reserve a spot at (818) 783-0300.
L.A. Zoo Announces Birth of Bighorn Sheep
On Monday, April 26th, 2010, a female desert bighorn sheep was born at the Los Angeles Zoo. The healthy newborn lamb is on exhibit with her parents in the North American area of the Zoo.
“The species is considered threatened across its range,” says Curator of Mammals Jeff Holland. “Population is declining due to drought, predators, disease from domestic sheep and goats, and an inability to move from one mountain range to another because of overdevelopment by humans.”
The desert bighorn sheep will be available to the media on Wednesday, May 5th, from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. If you plan on filming these animals, please arrive early as they are most active in the morning. Park in the Zoo’s main lot and proceed to the bus circle where a cart will transport you to their habitat. To request photos or RSVP, please call (323) 644-4273.
The L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located at the junction of the 134 and 5 freeways. Admission is $13 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club Stops In L.A.
The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1859 and considered one of the finest men’s choirs in the world, makes a special one-night stop in Pasadena as part of a tour celebrating the choir’s 150th Anniversary. The Glee Club will appear in a free concert presented by and also featuring the Young Men’s Ensemble of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus – a new choir under the auspices of LACC for boys with changing voices – on Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. This noteworthy collaboration features both individual and joint performances by the two choirs.
LACC’s new Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, a University of Michigan Glee Club alumnus who holds bachelor and masters degrees from the institution in vocal performance and choral conducting, performs a range of folk songs and other compositions.
Among the works the two choirs will perform jointly are Ching-a-Ring Chaw by Aaron Copland, arranged by Irving Fine; Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor, arranged by Andrea Clouse; and ‘Tink of Me, a South African folk song arranged by Stephen Holmes.
The concert is free and reservations are not required. For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org