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Tom LaBonge News Councilmember and City Officials Celebrate Green Fire Station

Councilmember LaBonge and LAFD Chief Peaks joined other city officials, firefighters and community members for the “Topping Off Ceremony for Fire Station 82,” the City’s first green fire station. The long-anticipated event was held at the building site on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, August 19th. Commissioner Steven Nutter from the Department of Public Works and Chief Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub were also in attendance.

“This station will meet the needs of the firefighters of Battalion 5, making it easier for them to answer the calls of residents,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “Not only will the fire station promote public safety, but it will be environmentally friendly. The residents in this area will think green whenever they hear those sirens.”

The original fire station on Bronson Avenue was over-crowded with outdated equipment and will now be transformed to include a community room, classroom space and equipment storage. The new building is nearly three-times the size of the old structure at 18,900-square-feet and can house 16 firefighters per shift, far exceeding the six-per-shift maximum of the old station. The building will also boast underground parking and a variegated roof with a garden. The roof garden, which will keep the station cool, is part of a rainwater treatment system.

City officials and community members signed the final beam, symbolizing the nearly 10 years of community collaboration and the interdepartmental negotiation involved in the project. The crowd looked on as a crane lifted the final beam to the top of the third story.

“This is a very exciting occasion for both our City family and the community. This project is symbolic of the vision Los Angeles voters had back in 2000 to construct and renovate fire stations and animal shelters across the city,” said Board of Public Works Commissioner, Steven Nutter. “The Department of Public Works is very proud to be part of this rewarding partnership.”

The $30 million building is being funded through the Prop F General Obligation bond, approved by voters in November, 2000. The new fire station, designed by RRM Design Group, will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2003, all Department of Public Works’ newly designed and constructed projects of 7,500 square feet or more must be LEED-certified.

Fire Station 82 serves areas of Councilmembers LaBonge and Garcetti’s districts, including the eastern part of Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills.

Highland Medians a Priority

The landmark medians of Highland Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will have new caretakers, thanks to a motion entered by Councilmember LaBonge.

9/11 First Responders Need Aid

The Councilmember presented a resolution to support the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in order to provide health services and compensation to Ground Zero emergency workers.


GQ Magazine listed Griffith Park and Los Feliz shopping in their “Ten Reasons Why Los Angeles is the Coolest City on the Planet” in the September issue. See the GQ Ten Reasons Slide Show.

The cultural centers of Koreatown and Little Bangladesh were officially recognized in Council on Friday! Thank you to the Wilshire Center communities for a job well done!

Congratulations to the neighborhood of Sycamore Square for their official designation by the Council on Friday! Stay tuned for a celebration!

To all Griffith Park tennis players: the Vermont Canyon parking lots will be re-surfaced next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The courts themselves will still be open to the public, however, and parking will be available along Commonwealth Ave.

American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to plan their2011 Relay for Life. To join the August 24th meeting in Burbank, or for more information on how you can help, contact Vanessa: vanessa.petersen@cancer.org or 213-427-7291

Tom’s pictures are on display at the Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery! The exhibit will run until August 27. For more information, contact the Photographers Society of Southern California at 213-253-8999 or go towww.psscphoto.com

Nicholas Royce

Nicholas Royce, entertainer, Greek Orthodox activist and long-time member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was recently approached by Turkish Muslim friend, Farouk Ubasyi, to endorse him to become a member of the TV Academy. In the true spirit of inter-religious recognition, Royce was more than happy to comply.

As legendary journalist Harry Golden, once said, “This could only happen in America,” when a Greek Orthodox, Royce extended a helping hand to a Turkish Muslim, Ubasyi. It also reflects the diversity found in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

North Hollywood

Second Annual 50s Style Sock Hop at St. Charles Borromeo.
All proceeds to benefit the Saint Charles Borromeo Service Center


Catholic Daughters of the America’s
Court: Our Lady of the Angels #2599
Saturday, August 28th, 2010
In the Social Center 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
10850 Moorpark Street, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Children – $8.00 (12 and under)
Adults – $12.00
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Veggie Burger’s, Chips & Ice Cream
Cash Bar / Beer & Wine
DJ and dancing, 1950’s Costume Contest, Games & Prizes for Adult’s and Children…

Please Bring Canned Food and/or Slightly Used Clothes for Additional Donations

San Fernando Valley

Top Gun Flag Football Team

Register now for 5-man all-passing flag football leagues in San Fernando Valley, S. Pasadena, and Van Nuys/Balboa Park (also Santa Fe Springs). Evening & weekend leagues begin late September. Inter-league playoffs with neighboring counties. Call toll free to 877-846-3178 or visit www.TopGunFlagFootball.com. Must be 18+ to play. Referees needed.

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