Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News Greetings!

Mayor Antonio Vllaraigosa and Councilmember Tom LaBonge joined Kaiser Permanente for their Summer Swim Season Kick-Off event at Griffith Park Pool last Friday. The event marks the pool’s opening for the rest of the summer.

Councilmember LaBonge celebrated the 5th Annual Culture Day on Sunday at The Grove in Hollywood. A variety of dancers, singers and percussionists from Los Angeles’ Sister Cities performed at the celebration of cultural diversity.

Please join Tom Wednesday night for the fourth ride in Tour LaBonge. We will leave from the Hollywood Field Office, 6501 Fountain Ave. at 5:30 p.m. for a gentle 10-mile ride through the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park. This past Wednesday evening, Tom led a group of over 50 cyclists on a tour of the NoHo Arts District and the Chandler Bike Path with stops at Paty’s Restaurant for their 50th Anniversary celebration. The summer bike series continues every Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. until July 21st.

Councilmember LaBonge announced “Chuck Berry Day” in Los Angeles on Friday. Chuck Berry joined adoring fans and Councilmember LaBonge at the Hollywood & Highland Center where he accepted a Citywide resolution and a plaque commemorating his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.

We hope you had a great Fourth of July and celebrated with your loved ones safely and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

Fun Had at July 4th Parade & Popsicle Celebration

The patriotic spirit was demonstrated in the Toluca Woods neighborhood as residents joined in the 9th Annual Jon & Wendy 4th of July Parade and Popsicle celebration. The event also featured an All American Bake Sale with goodies baked by Toluca Woods residents, to benefit Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley Family Promise (East SFV) www.FamilyPromiseESFV.org is a local nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Interfaith Congregations mobilize volunteers in order to provide transitional safe shelter, meals, and support services for local homeless families. In addition to baked goods, organizers collected toiletries for Family Promise, along with diapers & baby wipes on behalf of the 1st Marine Division (L.A. Chpt) to be delivered to Camp Pendleton for the wives of deployed Marines.

We started this parade after 9/11 as a way to show our love for our country and the community we are so fortunate to be a part of, explains Wendy Hauptman parade organizer. It is so much fun!

Everyone decorates their floats (bikes, skates, strollers, etc.) and they walk around the neighborhood for just a few blocks. What’s more, the funds raised are for a really good cause: to fight hunger in our own community.

Over the years, local Toluca Woods residents have used this event to raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.

The organizers have also received an official Commendation of Appreciation from Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the dedicated efforts put forth by the neighborhood for the worthy causes.

The fun began with the All American Bake Sale in front of the home of Jon and Wendy Hauptman 4930 Arcola Avenue. This year, the Parade featured entertainment from DK Dance Factory. Fire Station 60 was there to kick off the parade, and Popsicles were provided to everyone at its conclusion!

Sun Valley

Konjoyan Leaves Oaks Christian to head Sun Valley School

Tom Konjoyan, the Vice-President for Development and the Associate Head of Schools at the prestigious Oaks Christian High School in Westlake has been named the new Head of School at Village Christian Schools, a K-12 private Blue Ribbon School in Sun Valley, the VCS board of directors has announced. Konjoyan replaces outgoing superintendent Ron Sipus who resigned early last fall.

After enjoying enormous success at Oaks, Konjoyan comes to head up the smaller, struggling private school, which just celebrated its 60th anniversary, but has struggled with a 50 percent drop in enrollment in the last three years, and suffered program and staffing cuts.

He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, Kyler 9, Mackenzie 7, and Delaney 5.


Stimulus Provides $1.1 Million to Resurface Ventura Freeway Ramps in Burbank

Caltrans today announced the completion of a $1.3 million project that resurfaced 32 on-ramps and off-ramps along the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) between Bob Hope Drive and the Glendale Freeway (SR-2). The project is financed primarily ($1.1 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

“My administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama’s team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance – invest in the future of California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

The repaved ramps will provide a smoother ride for more than 220,000 motorists who regularly travel the 6.5-mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway between Bob Hope Drive and the Glendale Freeway.

“All American Asphalt is proud to be part of the state’s economic recovery and to provide employment to Californians through this stimulus project,” said Cory Gawryluk, Project Engineer with All American Asphalt, the project contractor.

Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 930 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”

Los Angeles

“Mummies of the World” Opens at Science Center with Discounts for Metro Customers

Given the publicity, you may know by now that the world premiere of Mummies of the World — the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled — has opened at the California Science Center. It’s a collection of more than 100 mummies, both intentionally preserved, of the King Tut type, and accidentally made by nature.

What you might not know is that Metro riders are being offered a $2 discount per person for up to four tickets. Take your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or Destination Discounts card to the box office to receive the discount. Or use discount code MUMMIES when buying tickets at californiasciencecenter.org. Because of anticipated crowds, Science Center reps are recommending advance ticket purchase … and thus, reservations.

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