TOM LABONGE NEWS
Beautification Team Picks Up in Sherman Oaks
It was a busy week of work for Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s beautification team, the innovative public service that does spot work throughout the Fourth District. The team picked up abandoned bulky items in Sherman Oaks. The group also removed rocks from gutters, picked up dozens of bags of trash, pulled up weeds and discarded palm fronds, and painted over graffiti. If you see the group on a street corner near you, don’t hesitate to say hello!
North Hollywood Historic Depot Renovation Begins
From l, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and Metro CEO Art Leahy. Work has begun on an ambitious restoration of the historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood train depot. The $3.6 million project, which will take 10 months to complete, is funded by Metro and the City of Los Angeles. The depot began life as a station for loading trains from local farms and later was used as a pedestrian station for the Red Car until 1952. It will be leased to a tenant when the project is complete. Councilmember Tom LaBonge was proud to be an advocate for this project for many years, prior to giving up North Hollywood in redistricting in 2011.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge Pens Transportation Motions on Valet Attendants and Traffic Pinch Points
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, a member of the Transportation Committee of the Los Angeles City Council, introduced two motions to be referred to that committee this week prior to the body’s legislative recess. The first asks that the pending valet parking ordinance be modified to include a provision that all valet parking attendants be required to wear reflective vests during night-time hours of operation. A recent hit-and-run accident on Ventura Boulevard injured a valet attendant and killed a patron as they were handing off a vehicle in Sherman Oaks. “We don’t know if better visibility would have helped on Ventura Boulevard,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “But the city needs to do all that it can when it comes to public safety.” The second asks that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation partner with CalTrans to study pinch points in the Los Angeles freeway system and develop estimates for the feasibility and cost of alleviating them. “Pinch points” are small impediments to traffic flow that are more cost-effective to fix than large-scale freeway improvements. “It’s time we sweat the small stuff,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “We can get L.A. moving with smaller-scale, more tactical infrastructure projects.”
LA River Restoration Study Seeks Public Comment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles, announces the availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report, which includes a Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, for review and comment. The Draft IFR is available for a 45-day review period from Sept. 20 through Nov. 5, 2013. The study evaluates alternatives for the purpose of restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles, while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. A public meeting will be Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and will take place at the LA River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26, LA 90065.
Lions Garage Sale
The Toluca Lake Lions Club is having a garage sale. The proceeds will go into a charity account.
We will also be accepting used eyeglasses for our Lions In Sight program. The eyeglasses are distributed around the world to give people the gift of sight they cannot otherwise afford.
The Toluca Lake Lions Club is a community service organization and part of Lions International with over 1.3 million members around the world. We hold our meeting at Mo’s Restaurant on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and learn how Lions serve their community.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 5—6, 8a—4p
Corner of Colfax Avenue and Morrison Street
If you would like to make a donation to the garage sale please contact Margit Loudermilk at (818) 762-2932 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Educational Presentation by Leaders in Elder Law & Medicine
Please join us for a special Open House Dinner & Presentation by Mitchell A. Karasov, Attorney at Law & Isaac Vielma, MD at the new Brandman Centers for Senior Care to understand options to protect your money and healthcare wishes.
This FREE event is being hosted for the community by The Law Offices of Mitchell A. Karasov and the Brandman Centers for Senior Care. (A Program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Brandman Centers for Senior Care
7150 Tampa Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:30—7:30 p.m.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Sept. 26 to (818) 654-5573.
Writers & Photographers Wanted
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