Brand New Toluca Lake Gateway Sign Shines

T32-Community News LaBonge 1 tolucalakesignAfter being destroyed in a vehicular collision, Toluca Lake has a new getaway sign, installed in the past six months. Councilmember Tom LaBonge helped to fund the sign, as he has long believed that gateway signs help to bring recognition to great neighborhoods. The next time you get a chance, take a step out into Toluca Lake.

Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park Expands Fitness Area

T32-Community News 2 LaBonge vnsoparkribbon2Councilmember Tom LaBonge cuts the ribbon on new fitness equipment at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, surrounded by children from the park’s summer camp and, from left to right, Chief of Staff Carolyn Ramsay, Recreation and Parks (RAP) Superintendent Ramon Barajas, RAP General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri, Los Angeles Parks Foundation Executive Director Judith Kieffer, and RAP Landscape Architect Craig Raines. The expanded fitness equipment area debuted Thursday morning in an event hosted by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, located at 14201 Huston Street, is a 65.18 acre facility with a swimming pool, recreation center, a play area, tennis courts, and multipurpose fields for the use of the surrounding community. Thanks to the gift of an anonymous donor who shares Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s belief in fitness, parks, and health, more adult fitness equipment was added to the park. The first installation of fitness equipment finished in January of 2013. Adult fitness “playgrounds” have taken off in popularity in recent years, as they encourage lifelong use of the city’s public parks system. “These are long summer days, a great time to enjoy Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park and its new fitness equipment,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said.

LaBonge Meets with DOT on District Traffic Issues

T32-Community News 3 ladotmeetingCouncilmember Tom LaBonge, joined by several members of his staff, met with General Manager Jaime de la Vega from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (DOT) this week to discuss traffic issues within the Fourth District. Councilmember LaBonge handed DOT a list of 27 top priorities for the department to address. The list spanned issues of signal timing, speed control, and traffic management. Parking solutions within the Fourth District were also discussed. Do you have an issue that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation could address? Call Councilmember LaBonge’s office at (213) 485-3337.

Tour LaBonge Comes to a Close; Keep Cycling!

“Tour LaBonge,” the six-part summer bike ride series on the streets of the Fourth District, came to a close this week with a final ride in Hollywood. There were six rides: Downtown, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Griffith Park, Miracle Mile, and Hollywood. While Tour LaBonge may now be over, it’s never a bad time to ride your bicycle on the streets of Los Angeles. Additionally, the Los Angeles River bike path allows cyclists to bike for miles and miles without any car traffic. The summer is still young; think about taking a ride.

Beautification Team Continues Cleanup Work

Every corner of the Fourth District, from Los Feliz to Sherman Oaks, received a clean-up from the beautification team this week. Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s team carried a number of discarded mattresses away from city streets. The group cleaned gutters, picked up bulky items from the public right-of-way, and cleared plant debris. Councilmember Tom LaBonge is unique in providing this service to his constituents; if a part of the Fourth District could use some special attention, please email tracy.james@lacity.org or call (213) 485-3337.


Award-Winning Baker Shows Teens Secrets of Great Cookies

Teens and pre-teens are invited to attend a program at the Studio City Branch Library. Chef Andrea Dettman of “Sycamore Café” in the La Brea district will share insights about baking cookies. She is a Cordon Bleu graduate and is part of the team of chefs at a restaurant, which was recently named “One of the Best 100 Restaurants in Los Angeles.”

The program will conclude with teens getting a hands-on, finger-licking experience of icing cookies. The program is part of a series on the theme “Reading Is So Delicious!”

The library has hundreds of informational books, pieces of fiction, DVD’s, and magazines featuring cooking techniques and recipes. The event is free.

Teens are encouraged to attend, to bring a friend or two, and to put the frosting on the cookies. Ms. Dettman will be able to share insights about the challenges and benefits of attending a world-famous culinary school.

This series is provided by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Friends of the Studio City Branch Library.

Studio City Branch Library (Meeting Room)

12511 Moorpark St.

Thursday, July 25, 3-4:30 p.m. 


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