Ventura Boulevard Cuts Ribbon on Street Revamp
T40-Community News 1 LaBonge venturastreetliftparttwoLos Angeles city officials, including Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Public Works Commissioner Monica Rodriguez, and Director of Bureau of Street Services Nazario Sauceda, gathered on Ventura Boulevard on Monday morning to inaugurate a fully complete “Ventura Boulevard: Operation Street-Lift.” The weeks-long work by the Bureau of Street Services was a multipronged effort to revamp the street. One mile of Ventura Boulevard was repaved from the I-405 freeway to Van Nuys Boulevard. New concrete bus pads were installed at bus stops to extend the life of the street. 219 trees have been trimmed on Ventura Boulevard, and 35 new trees were planted.

“I want to thank the small businesses that operated during the work and all the workers who made it happen,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “We now have a better Ventura Boulevard.”

Los Angeles Remembers On September 11
T40-Community News 2 LaBonge 911memorial2013Angelenos gathered in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday to commemorate the tragedy of September 11 at the 9/11 Memorial Fountain located in front of Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Station 88. LAFD Fire Station 88 is home to California Task Force 1, the premier 70-member Urban Search and Rescue Team that was the first US&R Team called to Ground Zero on 9/11/2001. CA-TF-1 has responded to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, as well as many local disasters. The memorial is dedicated to the first responders lost on 9/11 and all who risk their lives daily.

Council Committee Passes LaBonge Quake Motion
Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s motion on the seismic safety of soft-story wood-frame buildings passed the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council this week. The motion, which Councilmember LaBonge introduced on the heels of San Francisco’s legislation on the same issue, asks the Department of Building and Safety to report back on the feasibility of conducting a survey to create a list of such buildings in the City of Los Angeles. As of yet, no decisions have been made as to how to mitigate against the danger of these buildings.

NBCUniversal Gives Check to Campo de Cahuenga
T40-Community News 3 LaBonge campocheckSupporters of the Campo de Cahuenga gathered to celebrate the birth of California, known as California Admissions Day. The celebration came with a bonus; NBCUniversal delivered a $50,000 check to Campo de Cahuenga as a part of its mitigations for its upcoming development master plan.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge was able to negotiate a number of important community mitigation efforts with NBCUniversal, in addition to encouraging the company to drop its plans to include new housing on the site. Congratulations, Campo!

Get to Know Contest Seeks Submissions
All youth are invited to get outdoors and celebrate nature through the Get to Know Contest. Share your outdoor experiences by creating original works of art, writing, photography, video, or music inspired by nature. Winners will receive prizes including art supplies, books, cameras, and the chance to have their work published in the 2014 Get to Know Contest Calendar. Until Nov. 1, the City of Los Angeles is in a friendly competition with the Cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver to see which city can get the most youth outdoors and participating. For more information on the contest and to enter, please visit gettoknow.ca.


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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