TOM LABONGE NEWS
Joint Statement on NBCUniversal Evolution Plan
The Final EIR on NBCUniversal’s long-term Evolution Plan contains a “no-residential alternative” that eliminates 2,937 residential units and associated retail and community-serving uses that would have been located on what is now a portion of the studio backlot. The no-residential alternative was strongly urged in writing by Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
“I applaud NBCUniversal’s decision to respond to the community’s and our feedback and eliminate the residential component of this project,” Yaroslavsky said. “I am pleased that NBCUniversal and Comcast are focusing on the core elements of their studio and entertainment businesses, which in turn will provide a huge economic boost toLos Angeles.” Yaroslavsky added, “The Evolution Plan project without residential represents a long-term investment in irreplaceable production space. That investment will yield thousands of well-paying jobs, serve as a shot in the arm forLos Angelestourism, and provide a major boost for our hometown movie and television industry.”
“I have always opposed this kind of development on the NBCUniversal backlot,” said Councilmember Tom LaBonge. “I want to see balanced development, and I support investments that would protect and upgrade the studio complex. Eliminating these nearly 3,000 housing units is an important step so that the region can benefit from the jobs and revenues produced on the property. NBCUniversal has been and continues to be a critical part of our regional and state economic engine. It’s important that we focus on Studio jobs on this critical studio property.”
Yaroslavsky concluded, “Our work is not done. There will undoubtedly be remaining matters to resolve, and we look forward to reviewing the Final EIR and continuing to work with all interested stakeholders during the upcoming public process. Today’s release of the no-residential alternative, which NBCUniversal has embraced, represents a win for theLos Angeleseconomy, a win for Universal, and a win for the community.”
Tour LaBonge 2012 Summer Bike Rides Continue
With only four more stages left in the Tour LaBonge Summer Bike Ride Series, be sure to invite your friends and grab your helmet! There will be two rides in July with the first on Thursday, July 19, taking place inTolucaLakeand the second on July 26 along theLos AngelesRiverand intoSilverLake. Mark your calendars and come ride with our staff and fellow community members through the summer breeze. The Toluca Lake Ride will start at 6 p.m. in front of 10116 Riverside Dr. Hope to see you there!
Burbank African Violet Society
The Burbank African Violet Society’s next monthly club meeting will be held. Guests are always welcome to attend meeting.
2828 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m.
For more information please telephone (818) 951-3597.
“Grand Park” to Have Civic Dedication
TheCountyofLos Angelesand The Music Center announced a series of special events that will officially open the first two blocks ofLos AngelesCounty’sGrandPark, located in downtownLos Angeles, later in July. Festivities will begin with a civic dedication on Thursday, July 26, followed by a public inaugural event on Saturday, July 28, in conjunction with National Dance Day.
The dedication of the first two blocks ofGrandParkwill include music and dance artists along with a procession of young people representing the cultural quilt ofLos Angeles. The event will culminate with a distinctive ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring key dignitaries at the restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain.
Blocks one and two (from Grand Avenueto Hill Street) of GrandParkwill open to the public on July 28, with the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day Celebration presented by The Music Center and The Dizzy Feet Foundation. The event invites all park visitors, young and old, to participate in the arts with a free, interactive dance experience. Conceived originally by executive producer and co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), Nigel Lythgoe, and acknowledged by Congress in 2010, National Dance Day is a nationwide grassroots initiative that promotes the joy and benefits of dance for everyone.
Each year, in honor of National Dance Day, The Dizzy Feet Foundation, of which Lythgoe is a founder and co-president, produces one or more official dance routines and makes them available for everyone to learn in preparation for National Dance Day. This year’s videos can be found at www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org. On July 28, Lauren Gottlieb, SYTYCD Season 3 finalist and Season 7 All-Star, and Gina Grant from Zumba will lead the public at Grand Park in the two dance routines in celebration of National Dance Day. Park visitors will also enjoy free community dance classes and performances, a special performance by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, other family-friendly activities and a number of food trucks on-site. The weekend’s public celebration will continue on Sunday, July 29, with inaugural musical events, featuring regional musical performers presented by Grand Performances in partnership with The Music Center.
Grand Park Opening Event Schedule
GrandPark(adjacent to Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain) Thursday, July 26, 12 p.m.
Public Inaugural Events National Dance Day Celebration GrandPark (Main Stage, Performance Lawn,Olive Court)
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Grand Park (Main Stage) Sunday, July 29, 11:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.GrandParkLA.org.
Library to Have Teen Impressionist
Simon Fields will present impressions of two of the most famous writers of classics: Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens.
Simon has visitedLondonand became enthralled with areas and issues that are associated with Charles Dickens. Mr. Dickens wrote about the evils of child labor and of poverty among the residents ofLondon. Simon asked the library to allow him to give his impressions of Mr. Dickens.
The Young Adult Librarian said, “Yes, please do so. Would you also be interested in portraying Edgar Allan Poe?” Simon has agreed to do his impersonations of both famous authors. Edgar Allan Poe is the American Father of the scary, short story. The Teen Summer Reading Program has as its theme “Take Back the Night.”
Though this program is primarily intended for pre-teens and teens, fans of both authors are welcome to attend regardless of one’s age. The program is free.
12511 Moorpark St. (Corner of Whitsett Avenue)
Thursday, July 19, 3—4 p.m.