TOM LABONGE NEWS
‘Ventura Boulevard: Operation Street-Lift’ Debuts
From l, stand Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Boardmember Jules Feir, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council President Jill Banks Barad, Board of Public Works Commissioner Monica Rodriguez, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce President Bob Cohen, and Board of Public Works Commissioner Kevin James. Together with the Bureau of Street Services, the group announced “Ventura Boulevard: Operation Street-Lift,” an innovative, comprehensive program that brings a host of fixes to Ventura Boulevard between I-405 and Van Nuys Boulevard. Councilmember LaBonge reminded residents of parking restrictions that will forbid cars from parking on the street after 6 p.m. for a period of two weeks, beginning tomorrow evening. Work will be conducted entirely at night so as to avoid disruptions and support local businesses. The repairs to Ventura Boulevard will include three components: tree trimming, concrete bus pad replacement, and street resurfacing. In all, 219 trees have been trimmed across Ventura Boulevard, and 35 new trees will be planted.
L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Garden Breaks Ground
From l, stand Griffith Park Deputy Anne-Marie Johnson, Los Feliz Improvement Association President Don Seligman, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager James McDaniel, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Los Feliz Neighborhood Council President Linda Demmers, Griffith Park Honorary Mayor Louis Alvarado, Los Feliz Improvement Association Vice President Chris Laib, and Los Feliz Improvement Association Ex-President Marilyn Bush. To help mark the 100-year anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is making significant improvements to the grounds surrounding the Mulholland Memorial Fountain in Los Feliz. A new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden with drought-tolerant landscaping and plants, walking paths, park benches, and educational signage will complement the recent renovations made to the water landmark. The space will also feature a decomposed granite path that depicts the Aqueduct’s alignment starting from Mono Lake to Los Angeles, as well as a 10-foot diameter riveted steel section of the original Aqueduct pipe as interactive display and monument to the engineering marvel’s centennial anniversary. Stay tuned for a grand opening this fall.
Councilmember LaBonge Honors Irish Legal Externs
Councilmember Tom LaBonge feted a group of Irish law students this week. The students are serving as externs for Los Angeles-based judges and came to Los Angeles City Hall for a tour. The group stands with a cardboard cut-out of William Mulholland, perhaps the city’s greatest Irish-Angeleno, born in Belfast in 1855.
JCC Co-Director Ruthie Shavit Honored in Council
Ruthie Shavit, retiring as Co-Executive Director of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center after a 41 year career there, was honored in Los Angeles City Council this week. She stands with her family, pupils, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell, and three of Councilmember LaBonge’s deputies, all of whom were personally educated by Shavit at some point. Shavit was born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel and came to the United States for her education. She became the center’s preschool director in 1978 and has touched the lives of thousands of local youth.
City of Los Angeles Offers Free Car Seat Program
The Community Development Department has a child passenger safety team composed of certified technicians that train parents on the proper and safe use, installation, and selection of car seats. Classes consist of a video presentation and hands-on demonstration. At the end of the class, child seats are distributed to program participants for free. Participants must be a resident of the City of Los Angeles, qualify as low-income, and attend the class, which is available in English and Spanish. For further information, contact the Child Passenger Safety Program Manager Jimmy Valenzuela at (213) 744-7161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Shakespeare Company Presents Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
The Independent Shakespeare Company hosts free performances of classic works of Shakespeare Thursday through Sunday nights at 7 p.m. at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park throughout the summer. The festival, which began June 27, continues through September 1. For more information, visit iscla.org or call (818) 710-6306.
Wilshire Library Hosts Book and Bake Sale
The Friends of Wilshire Library will host a “Book and Bake Sale” on Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilshire Branch Library at 149 North St. Andrews Place at Council Street. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library. For more information, email Nona Friedman at email@example.com.
Van Nuys Airport Hosts Community Day
Join in for a free Community Day on Saturday, August 31, for a behind-the-scenes look at Van Nuys Airport as it celebrates its 85th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly improved main runway. Enjoy free parking, guided airfield bus tours, plane-spotting, vintage aircraft displays and more. Come be a part of history! Tours are limited and advance reservations are required. Register at vny85.eventbrite.com.
United Way Hosts HomeWalk
United Way of Greater L.A. will host the nation’s only 5K fundraiser to end homelessness, HomeWalk, on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Exposition Park at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90037. For more information and to register, visit HomeWalkLA.org.