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Tom LaBonge News Greetings!

With great regret, Councilmember Tom LaBonge has requested that the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) pass on the 2010 Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park. Due to the cost and amount of time need to halt a major construction project – the installation of a major water line, the River Supply Conduit – as well as the installation of the new zoo parking lot, it is in the public’s best interest to cancel this year’s event. The Councilmember is looking for an alternative location for this great, free, family-friendly event. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

The City Council sent back for further consideration the Department of Water and Power’s (DWP) plan to address recent water main breaks by revising the mandatory water conservation measures that have been in place since last year. (A recent study linked the lawn irrigation restrictions to the water main breaks.) The Board of DWP Commissioners will meet again in two weeks to further consider this measure.

In a joint meeting, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the The Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, which Tom chairs, will hear a motion Tuesday to define murals as fine art. Under current City code, there is no distinction between advertisements and fine art murals (both are under a blanket definition of “signs”), subjecting murals to citations and requests for removal. Councilmembers LaBonge and Huizar introduced the motion to prevent murals from being removed and their owners from being unfairly cited.

Please join Tom Wednesday night for the fifth ride in Tour LaBonge.

We will leave from Mullholland Fountain, corner of Riverside Drive and Los Feliz at 5:30 p.m. for a gentle 10-mile ride through Griffith Park and LA River. This past Wednesday evening, Tom led a group of over 50 cyclists on a tour of the Miracle Mile where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greeted riders outside his Windsor Square home. There are two more bike rides in the series! Don’t miss it! For more information, visit www.tomlabonge.com!

On Monday, July 26, the City’s Department on Disability and Los Angeles World Airports will hold a celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact the Department on Disability at (213) 202-2764 Voice or (213) 202-2715. Councilmember LaBonge will present awards for a poster art contest which promoted the celebration.

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

Tour LaBonge Meanders Through the Miracle Mile

Miracle Mile and Hancock Park received a flurry of nearly 60 cycling visitors Wednesday as Councilmember Tom LaBonge rolled Tour LaBonge, his series of summer evening bike rides, through the historic neighborhoods.

“There is immense history here in the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park areas,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “The vision of A.W. Ross and the Hancock family who developed these areas in the 1920s is still readily apparent. Many of the founders of Los Angeles lived right here.”

Midway through the ride, Councilmember LaBonge highlighted one of the councilmember’s favorite landmark eateries, Pink’s Hot Dogs. Other stops included the historic Farmer’s Market and the Grove.

The Tour LaBonge bike rides are fun events that promote cycling as an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and healthy form of transportation. Every ride includes a police escort that will lead, accompany and follow the group.

The last two Wednesday evenings will take cyclists through other portions of Councilmember LaBonge’s district. July 14 will include a ride by the LA River and Griffith Park. The series will conclude with a tour of Hollywood on July 21st.

All riders are required to wear helmets and sign liability waivers. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and children must be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults. No pets allowed.


Burbank Accepting Applications to Police Commission

Applications are being accepted through Friday, July 30, 2010 by the Burbank City Council to fill an unexpired term on the following Commission. 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 Friday, July 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. The appointment will be made at the August 10, 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.

Van Nuys

Financial Literacy Workshop for Women

On Friday, July 16, 2010, Assemblymember Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) will host a Financial Literacy Workshop and Resource Fair for Women. The Workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Van Nuys State Building followed immediately by the Resource Fair at 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard.

Co-sponsoring the event with Assemblymember Blumenfield is State Controller John Chiang, Senator Alex Padilla, Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, and LAUSD Boardmember Nury Martinez.

The following organizations are participating and most will have tables at the Resource Fair: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, California Board of Equalization, California Society of CPAs, California Franchise Tax Board, Financial Planners Association, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Initiating Change in Our Neighborhoods (ICON), National Assn. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA), National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW-LA), National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC/SFV), New Economics for Women, OneGeneration, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA).

For more information, please contact Rosalba Gonzalez in the office of Assemblymember Blumenfield at (818) 904-3840 or Rosalba.Gonzalez@asm.ca.gov.

Studio City

Library Has Sports Photographer Speak to Teens

The Studio City Branch of the L.A. Public Library is pleased to announce that sports photographer Tony DiZinno will talk to teens about his adventures on land, sea, and air.

Tony has visited most of the countries of the world (most recently Italy and Afghanistan) and he has photographed adventure sports participants, athletes, celebrities and sports cars.

When not on assignment for clients, such as Nike, he teaches sports photography at his alma mater, the Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena.

His presentation is part of the Teen Summer Reading series of events. This summer, the Teen Reading Program has as its theme, “Reduce, Recycle and Read.” The program will be given on Thursday, July 22nd at the Studio City Branch Library. The library is located at 12511 Moorpark Street at the corner of Whitsett Avenue in Studio City.

Teens and all interested folks are invited to attend this free presentation. It begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

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