Councilman Hikes at Deervale Park in Sherman Oaks with Community Members
T37-Community News LaBonge 1 DeervaleCouncilmember LaBonge was invited out to a hike at Deervale Park in the hills of Sherman Oaks, by a group of community members led by Elke Heitmeyer. Some of the challenges at the parks geography were discussed and all remarked on what a wonderful crystal clear day it was for being the middle of August. The Councilmember looks forward to working with the community to make the park all that it can be.

City Officials Announce New LADWP Labor Deal
T37-Community News LaBonge 2 Labor Deals dwpcontractA group of city officials stood together with Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce a revised labor contract for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers on Thursday morning. The new deal will defer annual cost-of-living increases for three years. It also decreases pension benefits for new hires and seeks to revise work rules that increases labor costs. The new contract comes after weeks of negotiations between the Los Angeles City Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the local utility.

City Hall Hosts Design Exhibition on L.A. River
T37-Community News LaBonge 3 LA RiverCouncilmember Tom LaBonge stands with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and former Councilmember Ed Reyes to address a group of USC students at Los Angeles City Hall. Students from the USC School of Architecture recently studied the Los Angeles River in an exhibition entitled “The Los Angeles River: The Urban Mosaic.” The design showcase, which features creative ideas for a new Los Angeles River, is displayed in the bridge gallery linking City Hall and City Hall East. Visitors can see the exhibit now through August 30.

Motorists Reminded to “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It”
T37-Community News LaBonge 4 Lock ItCouncilmember Tom LaBonge stands with Deputy Chief of Staff Stacy Marble, Griffith Park Deputy Anne-Marie Johnson, Senior Lead Officer Leo Rey, and Northeast Division Captain Jeffrey Bert to unveil newly installed “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It” signs in Griffith Park this Tuesday morning. The signs, which have been put into place in an effort to cut down on a rash of vehicle-related burglary crimes in the park, remind visitors to “lock your vehicle,” “hide your valuables,” and “keep your property” with you when you leave your cars in Griffith Park. In all, 18 signs have been installed throughout the park in an effort funded by Councilmember Tom LaBonge. In June and July of 2013, there were 17 car-related crimes in Griffith Park, and that total includes burglaries from vehicles and grand theft auto. “Griffith Park is one of the City of Los Angeles’s greatest gifts,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “These signs serve as a much-needed deterrent to auto-related crimes in the park.”

Middle Ground for IVT: Community Impacts Addressed
A reduced Il Villagio Toscano project (located at 4827 Sepulveda Boulevard) was recently approved by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council. The project, which brings 325 units and retail space to the site, will feature numerous traffic mitigations, some of which were negotiated by Councilmember Tom LaBonge on behalf of the community. (They are: 1. Ventura Boulevard will be widened to provide an exclusive westbound right-turn lane onto I-405. 2. The intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard will add protected left-turn phasing and a dual left-turn lane. 3. Ventura Boulevard will be widened at Beverly Glen Boulevard and a dedicated right-turn lane onto Beverly Glen will be provided. Ventura will also be widened at Haskell Avenue. 4. A through-lane on Sepulveda Boulevard will be made to allow for better through traffic to flow southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard. 5. A traffic signal with ATSAC will be added at Route 101 and Sepulveda Boulevard. 6. $400,000 will be provided in a fund to mitigate parking congestion and neighborhood impacts.) The current project is 35% smaller in terms of residential density than the one that was initially proposed. Fewer units add up to less overall traffic from the site. Quimby fees will also be paid to the city for every unit approved; these fees go toward improving (and creating new) local parks within a 2-mile radius of the project. Councilmember Tom LaBonge believes that this project adequately balances the competing demands of groups that wanted a more dense project and groups that requested less residential density. The project has the support of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, United 818 (adjacent homeowners), Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and local park boosters.

Van Nuys Airport Hosts Community Day
Join in for a free Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 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.

Mayor’s Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers
The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers. Members of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel, and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime, or other traumatic incidents. For more information email lacrt@lacity.org.

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