TOM LABONGE NEWS
LaBonge Motion to Study Sepulveda Transit Passes Council
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion authored by Councilmember Tom LaBonge this week to encourage the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (Metro) to reopen consideration of a transit option on Sepulveda Boulevard for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project. Metro is currently in the process of studying either bus rapid transit or light rail on Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. Councilmember LaBonge believes that further study of the Sepulveda corridor will enhance connectivity with a future rapid transit line along the Sepulveda Pass leading into the Westside of Los Angeles. Councilmember LaBonge’s motion was seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Los Angeles Reaches Out to Help Oklahoma Victims
Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Command Staff have been sent to assist those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City. They are being sent as members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s overhead command team. LAFD Urban Search and Rescue Teams are also standing by. For more than two decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has helped organize and support a system of regional Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces available for mobilization by state and federal governments on an as-needed basis. Now is the time to get prepared for other disasters such as earthquakes that threaten the Los Angeles area. Visit readyla.org for more information.
Sister Cities Cultural Day Comes to the Grove
The City of Los Angeles celebrated its many global relationships with the “Sister Cities Of Los Angeles Cultural Day At The Grove” on Sunday, May 19, in an event sponsored by Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Over 75 musicians, dancers, drummers, and singers from 10 different Sister Cities performed for free on the stage in The Grove’s outdoor park. Participating cities included Beirut, Lebanon; Busan, Korea; Giza, Egypt; Lusaka, Zambia; Mexico City, Mexico; Mumbai, India; Nagoya, Japan; and Yerevan, Armenia. For more information on Los Angeles’s Sister City relationships, visit sistercitiesofla.com.
Travel Town Museum Honors Volunteers
Councilmember Tom LaBonge stands with winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which was recently bestowed upon 24 volunteers at Travel Town. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service, and the Travel Town Museum Foundation gave the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers. More than 100 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization. This year alone, they have fully restored the Railroad Express Agency truck, replaced flooring in the historic “Little Nugget” train car, added signals, and updated crossings to improve ADA access. Travel Town Museum, which showcases historic railcars, is open 364 days a year (except Christmas Day) and is located at 5200 Zoo Drive.
Toluca Lake Players Holds Auditions for Summer Show
The Toluca Lake Players, performing in Taber Hall at the Toluca Lake Methodist Church, will hold auditions for their summer show Crazy Love. The show is written by Dean Scott Schulman and parodies famous songs that talk about all kinds of “love.”
Needed are singers and actors who can carry a tune (ages 20—70).
Please sing a song to your own accompaniment, tape or CD, as piano unavailable. Tape/CD player will be provided.
The show performs weekends of July 12-14, 19-21, 26- 28th.
4301 Cahuenga Blvd.
Saturday, June 1, 5—7 p.m.
No audition appointments necessary, but for additional questions please call (323) 653-3498.
Los Angeles Master Chorale Concludes Season with Program of American Songs and Spirituals
A celebration of American choral and roots music – classic and new – wraps the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 49th season with the world premiere of Plath Songs, set to the poetry of Sylvia Plath by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner, as well as works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Abbie Betinis, Eric Whitacre, and celebrated spiritual composer/ arrangers William Dawson, Jester Hairston, André Thomas, and Moses Hogan. Tickets range from $29—$134. Group rates are available.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Sunday, June 2, 7 p.m.
(ListenUp! pre-concert talk, 6 p.m.)
For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)