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Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! After a long journey that began four years ago, the City Planning Commission approved Councilmember LaBonge’s proposal to preserve the scale of hillside neighborhoods by limiting the over-expansion or mansion-ization of homes. The Councilmember’s goal is to preserve the harmonious aesthetics of Los Angeles neighborhoods. The ordinance will be heard in Council in July.

Councilmember LaBonge applauds the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the City’s 2002 ban on supergraphic signs. The upheld ban allows the City to determine where the cumbersome signage is appropriate, allowing neighborhoods to maintain their character.

On Thursday, Councilmember LaBonge spoke at The Third Annual City Employee Memorial. Members of the police department, fire department, the Department of Water and Power and the Department of Transportation honored colleagues whose lives were lost while on duty. The Councilmember began the commemorative event three years ago to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while in service to the City.

Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Bill Rosendahl joined Councilmember LaBonge to celebrate The Bradley International Terminal Renovation Project’s Completion. The stylish remodel allows passage to be safer, faster and more convenient for international passengers, allowing LAX to retain its status as the premier West Coast international gateway.

Councilmember LaBonge will join Mayor Villaraigosa, the League of Women Voters and other elected officials in a “No on Prop 16” rally at City Hall on Thursday, June 3.

Please join Councilmember LaBonge June 5 and 6 for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a 24-hour relay to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and services. For more information on what you can do, please go to www.tomlabonge.com.

Dust off your bicycles for this year’s Tour LaBonge, the Councilmember’s series of summer evening bike rides. The rides will be held on Wednesday nights between June 16th and July 21st. These are fun, free, healthy summer events and a great way to see some of your favorite sights of the City. See the flier attached for more information.

The Councilmember reminds Angelenos to call 811 before you dig around your homes to avoid hitting underground natural gas pipelines. This free service, provided by the Underground Service Alert, will notify you if there are any pipelines near you.

The Department of Pulbic Works’ Bureau of Sanitation is holding its 8th Annual Open House, a fun and informative day of recycling education, trash truck rides, equip.m.ent demonstrations, games and refreshments. For more information, call (800)773-2489.

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


Burbank Accepting Applications to Art in Public Places Committee

Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by the Burbank City Council for a vacancy on the following board. Anyone interested in applying for this vacancy can obtain an application form on the City’s Web Site, www.BurbankUSA.com or pick up an application in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 275 East Olive Avenue.

The deadline for submitting an application to the City Clerk’s Office is Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The appointment is scheduled to be made at the July 20, 2010 City Council Meeting. All City Board, Commission and Committee members serve without compensation from the City (BMC Section 2-1-405) and must be electors of and actually reside in the City. No person shall serve on more than one Board, Commission or Committee at the same time.

Compost Workshop at Sheridan Gardens Nursery

Learn to turn your leaves, grass, and food scraps into rich nutritious soil for your yard.

Burbank is celebrating the 20th anniversary of it’s Backyard Composting Program with neighborhood workshops and Free bins to Burbank Residents.

More than 10,000 Burbank residents have already been through the workshop. Join us as we build a truly sustainable city together. Workshops are free and fun for the whole family.

June 9th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Call Burbank Recycle Center
to RSVP at (818) 238-3900

Los Angeles

L.A. Zoo Announces Birth of Red River Hogs

The Los Angeles Zoo is proud to announce that three red river hogs were born here on April 22, 2010. This litter, one male and two females, marks the fourth litter for these parents. The piglets and their parents are currently exploring their exhibit, located in the Zoo’s Africa section.

At birth, red river hogs weigh about two pounds. When full grown, they’ll weigh between 120 and 264 pounds and reach three to five feet in length. Males grow to be slightly larger than females and males have a large bony protuberance on each side of their snout.

The L.A. Zoo has a larger collection of wild swine including the Visayan warty pig and babirusa. The Zoo is also home to the pigs’ cousin, the Chacoan peccary.

If you would like to request b-roll or photos of the red river hogs, please call 323-644-4273.

National Barefoot Week Kicks Off June 1st at the Los Angeles Mission

More than 2,000 pairs of new shoes were given away to the homeless on Skid Row at the Los Angeles Mission.

Soles4Souls is the title sponsor of National Barefoot Week (June 1-7) which encourages people to temporarily go barefoot and donate their shoes. Events will be held in six cities with nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed.

At the Los Angeles Mission celebrities and other volunteers distributed the new shoes as part of this effort. Shoes are donated by manufacturers, shoe stores, and inviduals. Hope4Homeless, a UCLA student group, distributed hygiene kits at the event.

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