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Tom LaBonge News

On Saturday, Councilmember LaBonge and the Los Angeles Bicycling Coalition spoke to an audience of over 60 cyclists about the future of bicycling sharrows, lanes and boulevards in Los Angeles. The day kicked of with a ride down the 4th Street Sharrow.

Councilmember Emcees Ceremony as ADA turns 20 Tom was the master of ceremonies for the 20th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (Act) on Monday. The celebration included special performances and speeches by actress and comedian best known for her role on 1980s hit television series “Facts of Life,” Geri Jewel, and from AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” R.J. Mitte.

City transit services will implement an increase of fees and a reduction of services, beginning August 1, 2010. Both actions will address the significant shortfall in the City’s Proposition A transit fund (C.F. #10-0082) and will affect all LADOT transit services including DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride and Charter Bus.

10,000 coin and card parking meters will be installed in the Hollywood area. The solar-powered parking meters also use wireless communication to report their status and activity to staff, and send text alerts to instantly report jams to parking meter technicians in the field.

Northeast Division LAPD apprehended a suspect in a rash of car and home break-ins.Recovered property, including jewelry, CD’s and glasses can be recuperated at the Northeast station. Call 213-485-2563.

Los Feliz Summer Festival is here! Saturday, July 31 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., business along Vermont, Hillhurst and Hollywood are celebrating summer with specials and discounts! There will be entertainment, food and an iPad raffle. For more information call (818) 669-2618.

Silver Lake Library is holding a book sale on Satruday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For volunteer information, please contactfriendsofsilverlakelibrary@gmail.com.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Los Angeles school officials will unveil façade improvements at John Burroughs Middle School on Wednesday, August 4 at noon to thank Walt Disney Studios for funding the project. The project, supported and designed by the school community and neighborhood, was initiated by Joe Nussbaum, director of the upcoming Disney movie Prom, which was shot at Burroughs. During filming, Nussbaum fell in love with the school’s unique Northern Italian Renaissance Revival styling and worked with neighbors for the enhancement.

San Fernando Valley

Philharmonic Choir Auditions

Auditions are being held by the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, Terry Danne, conductor, for their 21st season on Saturday, August 7th, Sunday, August 8th, and Saturday, August 14th. Professional soloists, ensemble singers, and community singers are encouraged to call.

Times and places are different for these auditions, and singers must call 818-985-7312 to reserve a time and hear the details. An accompanist will be provided and singers should bring two contrasting songs, plus resumes and photos if available. Within the organization, there are openings for the Satain Dolls Jazz Trio, the jazz vocal quintet, and the Chamber Chorale. Some paid positions are available.

The season will begin with a German program of Bach, Brahms, and Mendolssohn, followed by a holiday concert. In the early spring the group will present a Rodgers & Hart revue, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in April.

Here’s your chance to raise your voice in glorious song!

Los Angeles

Stars of Sage and Screen Were “Puttin’ on the Ritz” for Los Angeles Premiere of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein

The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, the new musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award® winning smash The Producers, will celebrate its Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages Theatre with a limited two week engagement Now Through August 8, 2010.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS(2787). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office is open every day beginning at 10 a.m.

On July 27th, the Pantages Theatre had a monster of a star turnout. Stars of film, stage and screen alike were in attendance for this opening night gala. Stars in attendance included show creator and comic legend Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein’s original “Frau Blucher” Cloris Leachman, Elliot Gould, Corey Feldman, Dick Van Patten, Donna Mills, Bruce Vilanch, Ed Ames, Jack Carter, Josh Sussman, Rachel York, Patrick Gallagher, Shirley Jones, Samantha Harris, Vic Sahay, Mindy Sterling, Ken Davitian and many more!


Burbank’s Teens in Action Takes Home Second Emmy

The City of Burbank’s Teens in Action program was honored with its second LA Area Emmy award this weekend for its innovative television documentary work.

The City accepted the prestigious award Saturday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood for the 2009 program titled “Laying Down the Law.” The show’s theme focused on a variety of subjects including texting while driving, drunk driving and the consequences they can have on young people and those around them.

“The Emmy is the gold standard and we are so grateful to be recognized,” says Program Coordinator Colleen Felix of Burbank’s Public Information Office. “The teens work so hard throughout the year and truly care about making a difference with the topics they choose to tackle.”

The Teens in Action team produces video documentaries by teens directed at teens. Video topics have included bullying, discrimination, drugs & alcohol, teen depression, suicide, and smoking. The programs air on Burbank’s government access channel and have been utilized in the classroom by local Burbank schools.

Nominated a total of five times for their work, team members were honored with an LA Area Emmy in 2005 for the dating violence documentary “Violence – What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

The Teens in Action team plans on debuting a new bi-monthly program and Web site this fall.

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