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Tom LaBonge News Greetings!

For information on the items below or to see photos from any of the Councilmember’s events this week, please visit: www.tomlabonge.com.

The City of Los Angeles released an emergency bulletin warning Angelenos that we are experiencing temperatures just above seasonal norms across the Southland. So, hydrate and stay cool!

Tom joined Ridgewood-Wilton community members and city officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for new landscaped traffic triangles at Wilton Place at 1st and 2nd Streets. The Councilmember had been seeking funding for this project since 2001. The neighborhood lobbied local groups for funding as well and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council agreed to finance the maintenance. The medians will add greenspace and provide safe crossing to those who walk in the area.

The Councilmember moved to note and file a proposal to place a parcel tax on the November ballot to generate funds to re-institute library hours that were eliminated because of budget cuts. He felt the cost of putting the measure on the ballot – $4 million – was prohibitive in this economic climate.

Tom joined Hollywood seniors in welcoming Pat Boone to the Las Palmas Senior Center on Pat Boone Day. The seniors watched “State Fair,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in which Boone starred, and were treated to a question-answer session with the star after the screening.

The Councilmember led about 100 cyclists through the hills of Griffith Park and the LA River on Wednesday on the fifth night of Tour LaBonge, his annual bike series. Please join Tom next Wednesday night for the FINAL RIDE. We will leave from the Hollywood Field Office, 6501 Fountain Ave. at 5:30 p.m. for a gentle 10-mile ride through Hollywood.

In a related warning, the DWP reported no unusual occurrences in electrical demand, however there are ways to curb your energy use during heat waves when energy use is at its highest:

  • Turn off your lights when they are not in use.
  • Adjust the thermostat to 78 degrees.
  • Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day—use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours.
  • Try to avoid cooking during the heat of the day to keep your home cool.
  • Ventilate your home during the cool of the night by opening windows and doors, allowing cooler air to circulate.

Heat stroke is also a danger during these heat waves, so stay indoors as much as possible, drink plenty of water, check on family, seniors, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, never leave children or pets in locked vehicles and visit libraries, malls and movie theaters as often as possible to take advantage of the free air conditioning.

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

Tour LaBonge to Challenge Cyclists to Climb Trails in Griffith Park

Tour LaBonge, Councilmember LaBonge’s series of summer evening bike rides, celebrated its fifth night on Wednesday beginning at the historic Mulholland Fountain.

The Councilmember led the way through the rolling hills of Griffith Park on Crystal Springs Drive, past the Autry National Center and onward along the Los Angeles River. Riders were treated to ice cream at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 56.

Local woman, Clare O’Callahan, was awarded a certificate during the bike ride. O’Callahan began riding with the Councilmember on his annual tours through the City. The rides inspired her to leave her car in the garage and take her bicycle to work.

“Clare O’Callahan was motivated by the Tour to keep on bicycling, but I’ve met so many people who are motivated by her,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “That is the great thing about cycling: we’ve all got it in us. Thanks to Clare for being today’s inspiration through the climbs of Griffith Park.”

The annual 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 final bike ride on Wednesday, July 21 will take cyclists through Hollywood. It will begin at Councilmember LaBonge’s Hollywood Field Office at 6501 Fountain Avenue.

Free bicycle tune-ups were provided by Pasadena store, Incycle Bicycles. 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.


Free Events Sponsored by the International Dyslexia Association Serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange Counties

Learning Disabilities Parent

Lecture & Discussion Group
3rd Tuesday of Every Month
Beginning September 2010
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
NCR#3 in the Conference Center
2010 Dates: Sept. 7, Oct. 19, Nov. 16,
2011 Dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 18, May 16

Learning Disabilities Adult Support Group

2nd Saturday of Every Month
Beginning September 2010
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
NCR#3 in the Conference Center
2010 Dates: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11
2011 Dates: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11

For more information about any of these events contact the L.A. County Branch of IDA at (818) 506-8866
Website: www.dyslexiala.org

Los Angeles

Meredith Baxter, Gina Torres and Marissa Jaret Winokur Try on Love, Loss, and What I Wore

After weeks of playing to packed houses, Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore is continuing its Los Angeles run in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse with a new cast through August 29. The new actresses include Meredith Baxter, most recognized for her longtime stint on TV’s Family Ties; Gina Torres, best known for her recurring roles on Firefly and Angel; and Marissa Jaret Winokur who won the Tony Award for her leading role in Broadway’s Hairspray.

The opening night festivities this time around will have a little more focus on the “what I wore” portion of the show – the Geffen Playhouse is partnering with Dress for Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing tools to help women thrive in work and in life. One dollar of every ticket sold for the entire run of Love, Loss, and What I Wore is donated to Dress for Success, but patrons attending this particular performance will also be encouraged to bring a gently-used handbag to donate to the organization. Members of the Love, Loss cast will present the purses and celebrate the partnership at the post-show party hosted by Napa Valley Grille and Chef Joseph Gillard.


“Walk the Walk” Community Festival Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with “Walk the Walk” on Sunday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This day-long festival is Hollywood’s “open house” with tours of iconic Hollywood theatres and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and activities for the whole family. Events have been scheduled throughout Hollywood, many are offered free or at a deep discount for this one day only. Four key locations – Hollywood & Highland Center including the TV Guide studio, Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records and the Montalban Theatre – will showcase the five categories of stars: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theatre – and of course the Walk of Fame itself.

Details, map, program of events, and regular updates on activities and participating businesses at www.WalkofFame50.com.

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