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Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! For information on the items below, or to see photos from any of the Councilmember’s events this week, please visit: www.tomlabonge.com

On Monday, the City Council approved a $6.7 billion budget for fiscal 2010-2011. It includes as many as 1,761 layoffs of city employees, reductions in city services and some fee increases, while maintaining current police staffing levels. The dramatic reductions are a response to declines in property and sales tax revenue over the past several quarters. Councilmember LaBonge supported the budget and felt the Council made difficult choices that had to be made.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing serious budget issues as well. School Board Member Steve Zimmer encourages residents to support a federal bill that will help preserve teaching jobs.

Councilmember LaBonge and hundreds of skateboarders were happy to open a new skate park in North Holllywood this week. The Rob Dyrdek Safe Spot Skate Spot was funded jointly through a grant from 7-Eleven and Department of Recreation and Parks Quimby fees. These fees come from condominium developments to create or enhance nearby park space.

Bike to Work Week gave the Councilmember a great opportunity to announce Tour LaBonge, his series of summer evening bike rides. The rides will be held on Wednesday nights between June 16th and July 21st. We hope you’ll join us for these fun, free, healthy summer events.

The city offers free tire recycling tomorrow at the sanitation yard on San Fernando Road. For more information, see the attached flier.

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

Century City

Photography Center Opening

On June 8th, West Ridge Chapter of ORT America invites you to join us to see the Water Exhibit at the exciting new Annenberg Space for Photography at 200 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA.

We will be viewing the exhibit at 11 a.m. and has a no-host lunch afterwards.

The minimum donation to ORT is $5. Parking is $3.50 for three hours with a validation.

Please call Sue Caplan at 818-884-1718 for information, carpooling, and reservations.

North Hollywood

Providence School Nurse Program Presents “Nutrition Olympics”

Coconut bowling, watermelon weightlifting, bobbing for apples and tossing peppers – fun ways to learn about eating right. Providence Health & Services’

School Nurse Program will present the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition Olympics games and lessons to first-, second- and third-graders at St. Patrick Catholic School in North Hollywood. Activities also include bunny hop and potato sack races and a heavy dose of trivia questions about fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, May 26
9 to 11 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic School
10626 Erwin St.
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Los Angeles

Summer Reading Program at Norwalk Library

Summer is fast approaching. Looking for something fun and educational for your children to do? The Norwalk Regional Library is offering a summer library program to the children of our community to encourage them to read for pleasure during the summer and to help them maintain or improve their skills.

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Make A Splash! Read!” To add to the fun and to create a sense of challenge that will keep kids reading, we are offering incentives and weekly shows. Participation in the program is absolutely free! Just register starting on June 30.

There are also FREE family shows on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Meditation Class: Opening the Heart, the Power of Love

Through the practice of love we are empowered to live a happy and meaningful life. The mind of authentic love naturally moves us away from our painful and excessive self-involvement towards an open and wonderful connection with others and with our world. In this series, we will explore a special sequence of meditations that will help us to heal our relationships, both with ourselves and others. Drop-in summer classes. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm (start June 2). $12 per class.

Kadampa Meditation Center
1492 Blake Avenue
At The Getty Center

  • The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (June 29–November 14): Controversial in the 19th century, forgotten in the 20th, Jean-Léon Gérôme is rediscovered in this new exhibition organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. See Gérôme’s masterful, provocative paintings of exotic subjects, such as gladiators in the Roman arena and snake charmers on the streets of Cairo, and explore his pioneering use of photography and mixed-media sculpture.
  • The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (June 1–August 8): The Old Testament was one of the richest sources for narrative art in the Middle Ages. Drawn from the Museum’s collection of manuscripts, this exhibition features stories of the Hebrew Bible in a wide variety of books, including Bibles, private devotional manuscripts, books for the mass, and world histories.

Hollywood Bowl Announces L.A. Zoo Shuttle Lot Closure For 2010 Summer Season

The LA Zoo Shuttle Lot for transportation to the Hollywood Bowl is closed for the entire 2010 summer season due to construction by the City of Los Angeles. Alternative shuttle lots as well as Park and Ride can be accessed at the following locations.

Bowl Shuttle Lots

  • 3 shuttle lots – $4.00 round trip per person. No fee to park (Ventura and Ventura Annex lots). [Ventura, Ventura Annex and Hollywood & Highland*]

*(Separate parking charge applies for Hollywood & Highland lot.)

Park and Ride – LA Phil Presentations

  • 14 Park and Ride locations – $8.00 round trip per person. No fee to park.
    [Sherman Oaks, Westwood, Chatsworth, Westchester, Pasadena, El Monte, Torrance, Santa Monica, East L.A., Lakewood, Downey, Culver City, Arcadia, Rowland Heights]

Park and Ride – Lease Events

  • 6 Park and Ride locations – $8.00 round trip per person. No fee to park.
    [Sherman Oaks, Westwood, Chatsworth, Pasadena, Torrance, Lakewood]
    (Only 5 locations will be available for the Playboy Jazz Festival June 12 & 13 and Mariachi USA concert, June 19.)
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