Tom LaBonge Cahuenga Peak
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Trust for Public Land (TPL) President and CEO Will Rogers thanked Playboy Founder Hugh M. Hefner, philanthropist Aileen Getty and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for their generous gifts toward the acquisition of Cahuenga Peak, a 138-acre parcel of hillside to the west of the Hollywood sign at an event on December 9. The land purchase expands Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation.
Last year, the Councilmember partnered with the TPL, which made an agreement with private property owners to buy the land for $12.5 million to expand Griffith Park. The effort, which launched a grassroots effort to Save the Peak, attracted donations from Hollywood stars, inspired an outpouring of support from the local community and attracted media attention from around the world.
The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale presents their Family Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 at Pierce College. Traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music will be presented in a contemporary setting with special seasonal offerings. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. For tickets and information, call (818) 753-3306.
Hunger Action LA and the City of Los Angeles worked together to create the first ordinance in Los Angeles requiring the city to donate surplus food from its facilities and events.
In that spirit, the city and the organization are:
- Encouraging food businesses to donate.
- Educating food businesses on the laws that protect them.
- Facilitating connections between food businesses and local charities who can receive donated food.
- Call 3-1-1 and ask for a charity near you that accepts donations, or
- Contact one of the city’s food collection partners.
- Let them know what kind of food you’re donating, if it needs refrigeration, how much food there is and when it can be picked up or dropped off.
- Try to arrange for pickup or delivery well in advance.
New Ballot Item
On December 8, Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones issued a writ directing the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk to place the so-called “Tax Billboard Act” initiative on the March 8, 2011 ballot. The proposed “Tax Billboard Act” initiative would change the City’s tax scheme by imposing a 7 percent excise tax on advertising revenue received from the lease of any billboard, video sign tall wall or other off-site advertising sign, and amend the city’s zoning code to allow tall wall signs on Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. The proposed initiative would also allow the tall wall signs without a discretionary permit from the city.
Holiday Open House
From 3 to 6:30 p.m. on December 16 The Neighborhood Connections Office will host a holiday open house where you’ll enjoy refreshments and meet neighborhood leaders and city officials at 1384 E. Walnut St. For more information, call (626) 744-7290. At 3:30 p.m., make ornaments, listen to stories, enjoy special treats and help decorate the Christmas tree at Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr. For more information, call (626) 744-7266.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, children will enjoy holiday fun and hear stories about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa in the Story Room at Pasadena Central Library. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Festival of Giving at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., will include photos with Santa, arts and crafts, a gift-wrapping fundraiser and a bake sale. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped gift for the Spark of Love Toy Drive and non-perishable food items and gently used outerwear for Union Station Homeless Services. Please note that items for donation may be dropped off at Victory Park through December 23. For more information, call (626) 744-7507.