Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! Next week is Bike to Work Week, so strap on your helmet and enjoy a healthy, non-polluting commute. Next Thursday, any DASH bus or Commuter Express rider who brings a bicycle or wears a bicycle helmet will be given a free ride. For more information, visit ladot.lacity.org

Councilmember LaBonge and LAPD officials from the Northeast Division met with more than 100 Silver Lake residents on Wednesday night to discuss a recent series of home burglaries in the area. Police are looking for young males who stole items they could carry with them as they left the scene. Anyone with any tips on these crimes should call the police station at (213)485-2563.

Today marked the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Griffith Observatory, the architectural gem and city landmark in Griffith Park. It is the most visited public observatory in the world. Celebrations last throughout the weekend.

The LAPD invites you to enroll in a special Police Academy for community members. It’s an informative 11-week free course designed to teach community members how to build a rewarding partnership with the Department, help reduce crime, and improve the quality of life in your neighborhood. Contact Your Local LAPD Senior Lead Officer or your LAPD Community Relations Office for an application: Hollywood Area (213) 485-4316 ? Wilshire Area (213) 473-0288 ? Olympic Area (213) 382-9114.

A new online service for Los Angeles County lists all kinds of used and new materials for local residents to pick up for a low cost. The website was created to reduce landfill waste. Listings include common items such as furniture, electronics, and household goods as well as more uncommon items like unused paint and/or construction equipment. The listings also contain contact information, allowing you to make direct contact with the listing party. For more information, visit www.LACoMAX.com.

Two Relay for Life events are coming up:

  • The Bark for Life will be held on Sunday, May 16th in Silver Lake. Dog owners will walk their best friends around the Silver Lake Reservoir to raise money for cancer research. See the attached flier for more information.
  • The Relay for Life Griffith Park Community, which is chaired by Mrs. LaBonge, is looking for volunteers to work short shifts at the event on Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6. The Relay for Life Griffith Park Community will be held at the Mulholland Fountain, at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. If you’d like to volunteer, email Brigid LaBonge at: Relaygpc@gmail.com.

Mrs. LaBonge was also named a Woman of Distinction by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce today. Congratulations, Brigid! The other honorees were: Norma Foster, President of the Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunday Service; Philanthropist and Homeless Advocate Aileen Getty; City Controller Wendy Greuel; Margaret Martin, Founder of the Harmony Project and Cynthia Ruiz, Chair of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. Actress Jo Anne Worley and Duke Gallagher, Hollywood business advocate and former Vice President of The Production Group, were also honored. Have a great weekend and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

ALERT: Coyotes Spotted in the Area

There have been sightings of coyotes in the area. Coyotes may come out at any time of day or night. A number of factors encourage coyotes to interact with humans including: people leaving out food for animals and the presence of unenclosed refuse containers.

Coyotes are wild animals. Do not encourage or approach them. They are smart, fast, and will take what they can get.

Cats should be kept indoors at all times. Dogs must be kept under direct supervision and restrained on a chain or leash, not exceeding 6 feet in length, while being walked in any public area.

Please report wildlife sightings and issues to Los Angeles Animal Services at (888) 452-7381.

For further wildlife information on the web, please visit laanimalservices.com/aboutani_wildlife.htm


Velo Studio Opens in Toluca Lake

The exquisitely appointed Velo Studio opened on May 15th by husband-and-wife team Hrach and Nevrik Gevrikyan. it boasts a stunning collection of high-end bicycles and accessories. This is Mr. and Mrs. Gevrikyan’s second store, and will specialize in accommodating dedicated hobbyists as well as serious professionals.

The merchandise speaks for itself — immaculate hand-finished De Rosa and Colinago frames from Italy, glittering racks of custom pedals and wheels, and the finest in contemporary cycling fashion. Complimenting the meticulously displayed products are the inviting showroom, its vibrant pop art paintings, and the terrific location.

At Velo Studio, customers can order custom bikes built in-house, specifying every possible detail of their construction. Mr. Gevrikyan, a former racer himself, oversees the custom orders personally, guaranteeing the highest level of quality and service.

Velo Studio
4150 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 841-8408


Belmont Village Burbank to Host Course Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring a free six-week course with two hour sessions to help family caregivers better understand the stages of Alzheimer’s disease, learn how to cope with the care of loved ones, and how to take of themselves as they care for others.


May 26 through June 30
10 a.m. – Noon


Belmont Village of Burbank
Theater room, 4th Floor
455 E. Angeleno Avenue
Burbank, CA 91501
Light refreshments will be served.
Reservations required: please call
Susan Howland, Alzheimer’s Assn. at
323-930-6230 or susan.howland@alz.org.

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