Tom LaBonge News

In an effort to ban the illegal sales of used cars along the Los Feliz Boulevard corridor, Assemblyman Gatto, along with Councilman Tom LaBonge and the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigation Unit, have begun the process of cracking down on the culprits who have caused a public outcry and significant inconvenience to local residents.

For years, unlicensed dealers who “flip” automobiles have taken advantage of the great exposure along busy Los Feliz Boulevard, by parking their vehicles for sale there. In recent months, however, Los Feliz Boulevard has seen a sharp increase in parked for-sale vehicles, giving the residential street an odd commercial look, and preventing those who live along the boulevard from parking their own cars there.

“This is extremely burdensome for residents and their visitors,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “Allowing Los Feliz Boulevard to become a used-car lot would perpetuate an eyesore, and is unfair to residents and their visitors who need on-street parking.”

Watchdog Office

The City Council voted unanimously to add a ballot item for the March 2011 municipal election that would allow voters to amend the City Charter creating a watchdog office for the Department of Water and Power (DWP). If approved, the new Office of the Inspector General would include a Ratepayer Advocate, charged with investigating rate changes and allegations of DWP fraud.

Money for Libraries

Voters will decide to amend the City Charter to give a larger portion of the General Fund to the library department. The measure was introduced by LaBonge and Bernard Parks.

Native American Heritage Month

The Councilmember and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched Native American Heritage Month, sparking cultural events across Los Angeles.


NBC Universal Evolution Plan

The City of Los Angeles has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed “NBC Universal Evolution Plan” for public review. The EIR analyzes the possible environmental impacts from the proposed project, which would be located in the Universal City area next to Burbank.

Although the project is not located within the City of Burbank, it will have effects on Burbank. As such, Burbank residents and businesses may wish to review the EIR and submit comments. The proposed project includes substantial new development at and around Universal Studios including about 2.01 million square feet of new commercial development, 500 hotel rooms, and 2,937 residential units.

The EIR and additional information about the project can be viewed online at the Los Angeles Planning Department’s website.


Just Dance

The L.A. Catholic Alumni Club Singles will host its Day After Thanksgiving Dance Friday, November 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Days Inn, 450 W. Pioneer Dr. in Glendale. The event open to the public. All are welcome. Admission is $18. For more information, call (818) 759-1545.


St. Paul’s Yard Sale

St. Paul’s Lutheran School, North Hollywood, is hosting its bi-annual “yard sale” on Saturday November 20 and Sunday, November 21, in the school gym. Sunday’s sale begins at approximately 1 p.m. to allow morning services/bible classes to complete. Proceeds benefit the 2011 Junior High trip to Washington D.C.

For more information, contact Principal Rendy Koeppel at (818) 763-2892. St. Paul’s Lutheran School is located at 11330 McCormick St. in North Hollywood, across from the North Hollywood Library at Tujunga and Magnolia avenues.


Congratulations, WeHo!

The City of West Hollywood has been chosen to receive a 2010 B.E.S.T. APWA Project of the Year Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the City’s Robot Sewer Inspection program. APWA is the professional association of Public Works leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Southern California Chapter includes more than 1,400 members. The purpose of the Chapter’s awards program is to recognize public agencies for their outstanding projects and programs and to share the wealth of good ideas.

“A special congratulations to the City’s Public Works Department for their continued dedication in the exploration of new technologies,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “The Solo robots have been an excellent infrastructure investment, helping to inspect miles of sewer pipe, much of which is several decades old, in order to maintain the City’s vital infrastructure.”

World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, Wednesday, December 1, the City of West Hollywood will once again sponsor and originate AIDSWATCH, an electronic, televised memorial. The name roster for the 2010 AIDSWatch program is now open. The public is invited to contribute names of people to whom they would like to pay tribute on AIDSWATCH. Names may be added at www.aidswatch.org.

For 24 hours beginning at midnight, West Hollywood Citychannel 10 on Time Warner Cable will display the names of thousands of people who have died of AIDS, one at a time. Twice each hour, information about HIV/AIDS service providers will be displayed. The goal of the televised memorial is to reach into people’s living rooms and remind them that HIV and AIDS touches everyone. AIDSWATCH has been a part of World AIDS Day since 1996, and the City of West Hollywood continues to be a sponsor. AIDSWATCH will also be available on the City’s website and on some cable channels outside West Hollywood.

For more information, please contact Kent Egenberger at (323) 848-6593. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


Wine Tasting

Today, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Studio City Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer at the Wine Bistro, 11915 Ventura Blvd., in Studio City. The mixer will include a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres . Admission is $10. RSVP by calling the chamber at (818) 655-5916.


Business Luncheon

The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce will host its business luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 18 at Café Bizou, 10416 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

Talk show host and LA Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre will be the guest speaker. Lunches are $30 for members with pre-paid reservations and $45 for non-members. RSVP with the chamber office at (818) 906-1951.

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