Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News Councilmember Moves to Silence Tour Buses

Tom entered a motion on Tuesday to investigate the City’s ability to reduce chatter from tour buses. Buses roaming through residential areas often feature blaring open-air public address systems causing homeowners great distress. Tom proposed tour buses use headsets instead, like those mandated in New York City and popular in Europe.

Calling All Volunteers: Councilmember Moves to Utilize Federal Volunteer Funds. Also on Tuesday, Councilmember LaBonge made the first move towards a Volunteer Division within the City of Los Angeles. By utilizing federal funds established by the Edward M. Kennedy Volunteers Act (Act), qualified volunteers would be able to earn a wage while assisting city services whose staffs have been cut such as libraries, parks and animal shelters.

Councilmember: No More McMansions on Our Hillsides

Tom and his City Council colleagues unanimously voted on Wednesday to draft the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO), which will limit over-sized, out-of-character construction in hillside residential areas. Oversized developments have been on the Councilmember’s radar since May of 2006.

Dr. Sammy Lee Honored by the City of Los Angeles

Councilmembers LaBonge and Wesson joined Olympians and members of the Korean American community to honor Olympic legend and pillar of the community, Dr. Sammy Lee, on Thursday. The Normandie Avenue/Olympic Boulevard corner in the cultural center of Koreatown was christened “Dr. Sammy Lee Square.” Ninety-year-old Dr. Sammy Lee is the first American of Asian descent to win an Olympic gold medal. He is also the first person of color to win a medal in diving and the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.

The Councilmember will co-host the Second Annual Korean BBQ Cook-Off this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at 3600 Wilshire Blvd. in the building parking lot. For more details, visit www.kbbqcookoff.com.

The lights along the Silver Lake Walking Path have been installed and illuminate the path beautifully! Now’s the time to begin serene, summer evening walks around Silver Lake!

Tom would like to thank the students from John Marshall High School’s Environmental Studies class for caring for the trees on Tracy Street, between Hyperion Avenue and Talmadge Street. You’re all Angels in the City of Angels!

Thank you to Walt Disney Studios for your donation to John Burroughs Middle School! The Councilmember’s staff joined community members for an unveiling of a brick façade funded by Disney. The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society and the Hancock Park Homeowners Association were also applauded for their role in design and implementation.

Every Friday is “Jazz at LACMA” with FREE admission, no reservations. August 6 features Skipper Henry Franklin.


Macular Degeneration: Everything You Never Wanted to Know! Free Breakfast Seminar & Screening

With low vision optometrist Richard J. Shuldiner, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Low Vision Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry Founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists.


8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, California 91324
Friday, August 13, 2010
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For information call Renee at 818-701-1001.


7945 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 91304
Saturday, August 14, 2010
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

For information call Charlie Rosenson at 818-716-9900.

Los Angeles

CRA/LA-Assisted W Hotel & Residences Receives 2010 AIA Los Angeles Award

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) has been awarded a 2010 Presidential Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Los Angeles Chapter (AIA/LA) for the W Hotel & Residences. CRA/LA and its development partners will jointly accept the AIA/LA’s award for “Building Team of the Year.”

The W Hotel & Residences, which opened in January at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, received $6.5 million in CRA/LA funding. CRA/LA is among 11 agencies and corporations that will be honored for development of the W Hotel & Residences at the 2010 Design Awards Party on October 27 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The total cost of the project was $600 million.

Formed 115 years ago, AIA|LA (www.aialosangeles.org) is a non-profit organization serving the local architecture and design community and affiliated with the nationwide, parent architectural organization. The AIA|LA Design Awards showcase the best architectural work located in Los Angeles or designed by LA-based architects.


Early Warner Bros. Studios Book Signing & Slide Presentation By Authors E.J. Stephens & Marc Wanamaker

Thursday, August 12th@ 7:00 p.m.
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Since 1928, Warner Bros. has produced thousands of beloved films and television shows at the studio’s magical 110-acre film factory in Burbank. This collection of evocative images concentrates on the Warner Bros. legacy from the 1920s to the 1950s, when timeless classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and East of Eden came to life. It also looks at WB’s earlier homes along Hollywood’s “Poverty Row,” the birthplace of Looney Tunes, and the site of WB’s pioneering marriage between film and sound in the 1920s. Early Warner Bros. Studios also tells the tale of four brothers—Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner—scions of a Polish Jewish immigrant family who rose from the humblest of origins to become Hollywood moguls of enormous and lasting influence.

Beverly Hills

Avalon Hotel Removing Foie Gras From Menu

In Defense of Animals (IDA) today congratulated the luxurious Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel for their compassionate decision to remove foie gras from their menu. The Avalon Hotel joins Spago as the second Beverly Hills establishment to remove foie gras.

Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese through metal pipes inserted down their throats, swelling the animals’ livers five to ten times their normal size.

The production and sale of foie gras will be banned throughout California by statute effective July 1, 2012. Foie gras is already banned in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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