California Birthday Party
Celebrate the Birthday of California at the
Birthplace of California Campo de Cahuenga.

Tri-Tip Dinner – $35; Kids: $15.
Music by The Dogtown Filharmonik.
Living History: Bill Howard portrays Archibald Gillespie.
Dancing: Los Fandangos de Californios.

Attendees encouraged to wear costumes of any period of Campo history up to 1900.

Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

For more information, visit campodecahuenga.com or email campodecahuenga@hotmail.com.


Councilmember LaBonge Announces $50,000 Reward for Sherman Oaks Hit-And-Run Information
T38-Community News 1 LaBonge 50krewardshermanoaksFrom l, Aurelio Lazalde, Patricia Lazalde, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Detective Bill Bustos, Valentine Marquez, and Gilberto Ochoa. The group, which includes the friends and family of Ernesto Melendez, gathered to announce a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person responsible for the hit-and-run collision on August 18 in Sherman Oaks that took Ernesto Melendez’s life. On August 18, 2013 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a gray 2010-2013 Hyundai Tucson was traveling westbound on Ventura Boulevard when it collided with the open driver’s side door of a parked Ford Focus and two pedestrians who were standing on the roadway by the door. Ernesto Melendez, who was 22 years old, died of his injuries after being transported to the hospital. “This reward serves as an added inducement for people to come forward and provide information regarding this hit-and-run fatality,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “Anyone with information should call Valley Traffic at 818-644-8000 or 877-LAPD-247 immediately.”

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Celebrates 76th Anniversary, Volunteers Clean Fern Dell Area
T38-Community News 2 LaBonge MerrygoroundCouncilmember Tom LaBonge marked the end of summer with an offer of free rides on the historic Griffith Park merry-go-round. The event also marked the 76th anniversary of the merry-go-round coming to Griffith Park. The structure was built in 1926 and brought to Griffith Park in 1937. Earlier in the afternoon, a group of volunteers and Fourth District staff members gathered in the Fern Dell area of the park to do a massive clean-up of the area. Friends of Griffith Park aided in this effort. Fern Dell is one of the most historic parts of Griffith Park but has lost some of its grandeur over the years.

Los Angeles City Hall ‘Lets Freedom Ring’
T38-Community News 3 LaBonge mlkbellCouncilmember Tom LaBonge and Arts and Culture Director Kamilla Blanche rang the bell at the top of Los Angeles City Hall this Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. Hundreds of locations across the country rang bells to “let freedom ring” across the land. The City of Los Angeles was proud to join in this effort.

LaBonge Meets with LAFD’s Rueda & Arbuthnott
Councilmember Tom LaBonge confers with Deputy Chief Mario D. Rueda and Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott of the Los Angeles Fire Department in Los Angeles City Council Chambers. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a request for mutual aid by assigning a strike team of firefighters to assist in the ‘Rim’ wildfire. The 23 firefighters are stationed 260 miles northwest of the City of Los Angeles near Yosemite National Park.

Help the College Applicants of John Marshall High
T38-Community News 4 LaBonge ruedaarbuthnottCollegePath LA is seeking volunteers to help students at John Marshall High School craft personal statements for college, assist parents with financial aid forms, and talk with students about their career and college experiences. Sessions will take place at John Marshall High in late September. If you think you can participate, please email Susan Philips at sphilips4@aol.com. Last month, Sotheby’s International Realty in Los Feliz, awarded CollegePath LA a grant to provide assistance to students who are applying to college and those who are currently attending college. Funds will be used to help students take SAT tests, and register to colleges. For students in college, the funds will be used for everything from purchasing cold weather clothing, books, fees, and even emergency trips home. This was all due to the work of Diane Evans, an agent for Sotheby’s and one of CPLA’s most active volunteers. She convinced the other agents and Marc Giroux, the Vice President/Brokerage Manager, to fund this program. This is one wonderful example of how a community business can support its young people.

Councilmember LaBonge: Legislative Update

Councilmember Tom LaBonge had a busy month of August on the legislative front. Below, a summary of some of the motions he introduced:

  • Extension of Griffith Park Pool Hours. Councilmember Tom LaBonge allocated $12,500 to keep the Griffith Park Municipal Pool open on weekends from Labor Day through the end of September.
  • Travel Town Locomotive Pavilion Project. Councilmember LaBonge allocated $20,000 for the preparation of a feasibility study for a Travel Town Locomotive Pavilion in Griffith Park.
  • Soft-Story Residential Buildings. To encourage seismic safety, Councilman LaBonge introduced a motion to create a comprehensive proposal for how the Department of Building and Safety can identify and account for wood-frame soft-story residential buildings (with two or more stories, and five or more units) built prior to 1978.
  • Hollywood Boulevard & New Hampshire Avenue Pedestrian Tunnel Closure. Councilmembers LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell passed legislation to instruct city agencies to immediately close the pedestrian tunnel located on the corner of Hollywood and New Hampshire in Los Feliz on a permanent basis.
  • Alternative Routes in an Unexpected Traffic Emergency. In response to the explosion at the I-5/SR-2 interchange in July, Councilmember LaBonge introduced a motion to develop a comprehensive plan for what alternative streets may be used when disaster occurs within the freeway system.
  • Emergency Field Investigation at Wilton Place. Councilmember LaBonge introduced a motion to conduct boring logs as part of an emergency field investigation required for a possible street failure of Wilton Place at Foothill Drive due to identified ground water emanating from an adjacent retaining wall.
  • Griffith Observatory Transportation Plan. Councilmember LaBonge introduced a motion to study the viability of extending the currently operating DASH shuttles to Griffith Observatory to run on a daily basis as opposed to limiting it to the weekends.
  • Beachwood Drive Transportation Pilot Program. Councilmember LaBonge introduced a motion to study the feasibility of implementing a transportation pilot program that ferries tourists and hikers in a small van to the Hollyridge trailhead at the end of Beachwood Drive in a safe and organized manner.
  • Beachwood Drive Emergency Temporary Preferential Parking District. Councilmember LaBonge introduced a motion to immediately study the current traffic situation on Beachwood Drive and all surrounding streets in order to consider the possibility of immediately establishing an emergency Temporary Preferential Parking District in the appropriate residential areas.
  • Beachwood Drive Traffic Control Services. Councilmember LaBonge passed legislation to instruct the Department of Transportation to continue to provide the necessary traffic control services for the Hollywood Hills, specifically on upper Beachwood Drive.
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