From My Family to Yours … Happy Holidays from Council District Four! Greetings friends!

Councilmember LaBonge's service to the City of Los Angeles began in the 1970s when he served on Mayor Tom Bradley's youth council.

Councilmember LaBonge’s service to the City of Los Angeles began in the 1970s when he served on Mayor Tom Bradley’s youth council.

There are two things about me that have never changed — my zip code and my love for Los Angeles. I consider this a privilege and for over 40 years, I have used the photographic skill taught to me by my brothers to document the city that my parents raised me to love. Having a camera is your best tool in enjoying this city, where you can see great everyday shots like the Urban Lights exhibit at LACMA and seagulls feeding in the Los Angeles River, or once-in-a-blue-moon shots like Opening Day at Dodger Stadium and early morning fog by the Griffith Observatory.

Living here is much like a sunset over the Hollywood Sign – no one moment is quite the same as the next. This holiday season, I encourage everyone to take many photos and videotape all the memories you will make during this joyous season with your families and friends. Get lost in Los Angeles and take a walk or hike, visit a library or a museum and explore the wonders that our beautiful city has to offer. What a better way to remember historical places and our loved ones than by documenting every memorable event that will last a lifetime! From the Silver Lake Reservoir to the Sepulveda Dam, I have many shots of the city’s beauty.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your Councilmember since 2001. My staff and I wish you all health and happiness this holiday season and an abundant new year!
Let’s continue to enjoy and love the great City of Los Angeles! You are all truly Angels in the City of Angels!

Councilmember, Fourth District
City of Los Angeles


Chabad of Toluca Lake
Over the past three years Chabad of Toluca Lake (10660 Riverside Dr.) has shared the wisdom and beauty of Judaism, reached out to help individuals in crisis, dispensed care and friendship, inspired children and families, and continued to create a vibrant and warm local Jewish community. Our programs have enjoyed tremendous success, enabling us to touch lives and serve our community’s needs. We are incredibly grateful for your participation and support.

Clearly we are living in difficult economic times. So many in our community have been personally affected. Despite these challenges and thanks to the support of our wonderful friends, we have kept our doors wide open. We are there – day in and day out – but we need your continued support.

Our 2013 operating budget is over $150,000 and even with the challenging times we are almost there.

We hope and pray that you consider making a year-end donation as it is vital in helping us sustain our open-door policy for every member of the Los Angeles Jewish population – regardless of membership, background, or financial ability.

This, and only this, provides the next link in the chain for Jewish continuity. Please don’t wait for the last minute.

You can make a donation now and benefit yourself at the same time with:

  • 100% tax deduction on the contribution
  • Potential to win big in our Big Raffle
  • Get one large Mitzvah for giving Tzedakah

To participate through the raffle or make a regular donation, please visit chabadoftolucalake.com.

May Hashem open His heavenly storehouse of blessings and shower you and your family with an abundance of blessings and with a happy, healthy 2014.
With profound thanks and gratitude,

Rabbi Moishe Carlebach


Writers & Photographers Wanted
Are you an outgoing person who’d like to cover the “beat” of the Valley? We’re looking for experienced photographers & writers to profile local businesses in our paper. If you think this is you, shoot us an email: info@tolucantimes.com.

Support Grows for Statewide Phase out of Single-use Plastic Bags

By California State Senator Alex Padilla –
District 20

Each year, 13 billion single-use plastic bags are used in California. Less than 5% are actually recycled. The rest end up in our trees, our gutters, our creeks, and rivers and along our coastline and in our landfills.

About $2 million a year is spent to clean up plastic bags in Los Angeles alone, money that would be much better spent on parks, libraries, and after-school programs.
Starting January 1st, single-use plastic bags will no longer be available in large grocery stores and drug stores in the City of Los Angeles, making our city the largest in the country to have a plastic bag ban ordinance. Reusable bags are widely available for purchase and free reusable bags are being distributed at select city events and locations on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

I applaud the city council for phasing out single-use plastic bags here in Los Angeles. This law will reduce litter and improve our environment.

Just as importantly, this law also gives additional momentum to my efforts in the state capitol. This past year, I authored Senate Bill 405 which would phase out single-use plastic bags statewide. More than 80 California cities have banned plastic bags, creating a patchwork of conflicting local ordinances. A statewide policy makes more sense. SB 405 fell just 3 votes short of passage in the Senate. With your support, we can ensure passage of SB 405 in the coming year.

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