Greetings to all of 90032!!  Thank you for your loyalty and pride in our Community.

We have an opportunity to show this pride on Saturday August 30, 2014, by supporting
Councilmember Huizar’s efforts to maintain the beauty of our neighborhoods.
I encourage everyone to participate in this Community Cleanup and look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday August 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
Huntington Drive Elementary School – located at 44 Huntington Drive North.
Sincerely,
Marleen Fonseca
President, LA32 Neighborhood Council

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In early June 2014, the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar along with the Bureau of Engineering and North East Trees held a community update meetings regarding the traffic plan for this intersection improvement project. The second half of the convening was a workshop which served as an opportunity to obtain community feedback as it relates to the landscape/beautification aspect of this project. Stay tuned for upcoming meetings!

A temporary traffic signal will be activated at Huntington Drive South and Mission Road. Traffic will be shifted as follows:

  • Soto Street northbound traffic will be shifted to the Huntington Drive South connector and will proceed through the temporary traffic signal to Huntington Drive North
  • Soto Street southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound Soto Street travel lanes
  • Southbound Huntington Drive South traffic to Mission Road will need to use Esmeralda Street and make a left onto Huntington Drive North in order to continue on Mission Road
  • The northbound Mission Rd to southbound Soto Street connector will be closed – traffic will  be diverted to Huntington Drive South, making a left on Esmeralda Street and making another left onto Huntington Drive North/Soto Street
Project Description:
The Soto Street Bridge over Mission Road and Huntington Drive Intersection Improvement Project will remove Continue reading

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Los Angeles: Today, Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated the following:

Today, my fellow Commissioners and I completed the process of reviewing Chief Charlie Beck’s request for a second five-year term, and we granted him that request in a 4 yes and 1 no vote.

We received a great deal of help in our decision making process, and that help came from the people of Los Angeles. I want to thank each and every person who sent an email, wrote a letter, or came out to a community meeting to let us know exactly what they want, need and deserve in their Chief of Police. These comments made an impact on each of us and we are very appreciative for the assistance.

This process lasted approximately three months and included numerous interviews with Chief Beck. During those interviews, Continue reading

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Councilmember José Huizar was joined by the City’s Bureau of Engineering and community members for a groundbreaking on a major transportation project: the removal of the Soto Street Bridge and new graded realignment construction of two new signalized intersections, which eliminates the need for the bridge and its archaic and poorly designed exit/entrance points.

The bridge was originally designed as a rail line in the 1930s. It was converted into an automobile-only bridge in the 1960s, but its design created dangerous blind crossings and entrance and exit points in and around the bridge. The bridge gets high use from local traffic and commuters who use it to travel to and from Pasadena to Downtown L.A. and beyond. The reconfigured street will greatly increase safety by creating an at-grade design with two signalized intersections. One is at Mission Road and Soto Street at Supreme Court, and the other is at Huntington North and Huntington South at Radium Drive to provide major north-south through traffic movement.

There will be two new frontage roads with two cul-de-sac for local access and pedestrian-friendly green space, which will be developed with the assistance of Northeast Trees. The exterior lanes will be striped with shoulder with the necessary width for future bike lanes. The final design will also include a nod to the bridge’s rail history as a grade separation for the Pasadena Short line of the Pacific Railway System. Details about that aspect will be worked out in the coming months through community meetings. The new realignment is expected to open in 2017.

Protections are necessary to preserve L.A.’s history and community identity for Berkshire area

4431 Atlas Street HPOZ

Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in February for the Planning Department to initiate a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in the Berkshire area of El Sereno. This area has some of the most beautiful craftsman bungalows that defines Southern California’s spirit.

Recent development interests in the area involving the potential demolition of a craftsman bungalow home have sparked the need to preserve the potentially historic structure ahead of implementation of the HPOZ. Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in June to direct Planning, along with the City Attorney, to develop an interim control ordinance for this area in an effort to ensure the historic assets that remain are preserved, and that no features or structures that define the cultural legacy of that neighborhood are destroyed or altered while Planning undertakes the study requested in Huizar’s earlier motion.

See Huizar’s latest motion here.

See the original motion put forth by Councilmember Huizar here.

Check out Curbed LA coverage here.

Article from Councilmember Huizar’s Email Newsletter.

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Hazard Park
2230 Norfolk St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
5PM

Join Councilmember Huizar and some of the worlds best skate boarders as they celebrate the opening of the Diamond Supply Co. Public Skate Plaza at Hazard Park. Councilmember Huizar worked closely with Diamond Supply Co., Street League Foundation, CA Skateparks, CA Endowment, and the Department of Recreation and Parks to make this new Skate Plaza possible for the community.

The new Skate Plaza will compliment the $1 million park improvements commitment by USC at Hazard Park, which includes a new jogging/running path; upgrades to the park gym, outdoor basketball/tennis courts and restrooms; new outdoor fitness equipment; a new toddler play area; additional security lighting and financial support for the park’s youth sports programs.

Don’t miss out on being first to skate the new park alongside some of your favorite Street League Pros and Diamond riders.

For more information, contact Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 226-1644.

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Single Use Carryout Bag Ordinance - L.A.M.C. 182604 (LAMC section 195.01, et. Seq)

Key Provisions:

  • Stores may no longer use single-use plastic bags (pharmacy and produce bags are exceptions)
  • Stores must charge a $0.10 fee for each recyclable paper bag used
  • Stores must offer reusable bags free or at a cost to shoppers
  • Stores must provide free recyclable paper bags or free reusable bags to participants of California special programs (WIC, SNAP, EBT)
  • Stores must provide a quarterly report to the City with the number of recyclable paper bags provided to customers, the amount collected from paper bag charges, and the efforts taken to promote the ordinance

Stores affected January 1:

All large stores with gross annual sales of over $2 million a year or with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generate sales or use tax and have a licensed pharmacy (includes large grocery stores like Vons, Ralphs, Food-4-Less, etc., large pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, etc., large retail stores selling groceries like Target, Walmart, etc.)

Stores affected July 1:
Small grocery stores and markets, small pharmacies, convenience stores selling milk/bread/soda/snacks (7-11, Arco ampm, etc.), liquor stores Continue reading