TOM LABONGE NEWS
City of Los Angeles Grows Another Year Older
It’s now been 232 incredible years since the City of Los Angeles was first founded, and city leaders marked this great achievement with birthday cake and a celebration this past weekend. The festivities included a nine-mile re-enactment of the original walk from the Mission of San Gabriel that the city’s founders first made all those years ago. Happy birthday, Los Angeles!
LAUSD Educators Honored in City Council
Two treasured educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District were given hero’s welcomes by the Los Angeles City Council this week. Dr. Kristen Murphy, who served four years as the Principal at Thomas Starr King Middle School, is moving on to become Field Director for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school saw a huge increase in test score results during her time there. Councilmember Tom LaBonge stands with Vahe Markarian and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. Markarian helped to found the Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School and served as its principal for the last 11 years.
Jane Lynch Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame
It was actress Jane Lynch’s time for a star turn on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, as she was awarded the 2505th star on Hollywood Boulevard near Cherokee Avenue. From l, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, his wife Brigid LaBonge, Jane Lynch, and Sergio Gonzalez, the long-tenured waiter at Musso and Frank Grill on Hollywood Boulevard. Lynch, who stars in the television show Glee, received a loaf of pumpkin bread from the Monastery of the Angels, courtesy of Councilmember LaBonge.
Councilmember LaBonge Pens Letter to NFL Commissioner
Councilmember Tom LaBonge wrote a letter to the Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell this week, urging him to consider bringing back football to the City of Los Angeles. Councilmember LaBonge also introduced a resolution in Los Angeles City Council, seconded by five other councilmembers, that “reaffirms and reiterates its support for the efforts of the National Football League to bring a franchise back to the City of Los Angeles.” The National Football League is about to begin its 19th season without having a team in the greater Los Angeles area. “We’ve waited far too long to root for the home team,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “Our collective excitement for the new NFL season is dampened by Los Angeles’s lack of a team.”
Teens to Hear Speaker from Heal the Bay
Teens and pre-teens are invited to participate in the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Moby Dick Week of Celebration” by attending a free talk by Dave Weeshoff of the Heal the Bay Organization. Dave has extensive experience improving the environment and saving animals. He has traveled extensively and been involved in myriads of aquatic bird rescues and projects relating to water quality and other aspects of animal habitat. As such, he is aware of the many types of dangers posed by the presence of plastics in our oceans.
Refreshments will be served. Attendees are welcome to ask questions of the speaker and to linger after the program. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Studio City Branch Library and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
Studio City Branch Library
12511 Moorpark St.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m.
You may call the library at (818) 755-7873 for further information.
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Athletic Hall of Fame Barbecue & Football Game
Entrance: Only $5 – includes BBQ, Drinks, and the Game!
Meet Hall of Fame Inductees!
Proceeds to benefit the Athletic Hall of Fame & Endowment.
Sponsored by LAVC Athletics, LAVC Foundation, and generous donors.
Monarch Stadium Barbecue Area (adjacent to visitor side)
Saturday, Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m.
For food accommodations, please RSVP to Lu Grella at (818) 947-2894, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.