WATCH: WILMINGTON ART WALK AND DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION
Last Friday, Councilman Buscaino participated in the first anniversary of the Wilmington Art Walk, and celebrated Día de los Muertos on Avalon Blvd., where two blocks, between C and E streets were transformed in a night filled with art, music, food and culture. The event included 70 artists and craft boots, a community altar, food trucks and restaurants including Maya Restaurant and Santa Luna. Thank you to the Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance for leading the way and being a great example of what is possible in Wilmington.
WATCH: WATTS COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING
Last Saturday, Councilman Buscaino opened the new Watts Community Garden on 103rd street across the street from Jordan High School in Watts. The garden was created from an empty lot which previously had a lot of dumping issues.
A partnership with a non-profit called From Lot To Spot, which conducted community engagement and created the design for the garden and with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps made the garden a reality.
The garden has 22 new raised beds where the community has planted fruits and vegetables.
“Projects like this can only be successful with dedicated residents like Maryanna Cortez who are committed to the cause. They are the reason this garden was approved, funded, and will be cared for with love for years to come,” said Councilman Buscaino.
CITY CHANGES LAWS GOVERNING LIVING IN VEHICLES
This week the LA City Council voted to change the rules governing living in vehicles in Los Angeles. Councilman Buscaino voted "No" on these changes because his belief that the changes will disproportionately affect Council District 15 due to the district's large amount of industrial areas particularly in Wilmington and the Harbor Gateway. Additionally, these changes also have the potential to reverse the significant progress made in beautifying Council District 15's commercial corridors.
JOIN COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO’S WORKOUT ON THE LA WATERFRONT WITH NEW EXERCISE EQUIPMENT!
Join Councilman Buscaino this afternoon on the LA Waterfront as he leads you in an hour workout! The new equipment has been put in along the LA Waterfront by the Port of Los Angeles.
When: Friday, November 11th at 4:30PM
Where: Plaza Park at 11th and Beacon
What: An hour long workout led by Councilman Buscaino
CLEAN IT UP: 311 CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Thank you to everyone heeding Councilman Buscaino’s call to report issues they see in the District to 311 via a phone call, the app or online. The more reports our district makes the more resources will be assigned us. Here is a great “Before” and “After” picture of an alley clean up in Watts this week! And big thank you to the LA Conservation Corps for both providing jobs and job training and keeping our communities beautiful!
COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL RETURN DOLLARS TO BE SPENT ON REPAIRING CITY STREETS
The overwhelming passage of Measure M on Tuesday means that LA County will continue fast tracking the build out of our public transportation system including a rail line to LAX, a 10-mile high-capacity transit corridor underneath the Sepulveda Pass, and a Purple Line extension to Westwood. It also means each of the 88 cities in the County will receive 17 percent of the total funding in “local return” amounting to millions of dollars each year. As the chairman of the Public Works committee, Councilman Buscaino has an obligation to use local return funding wisely and ensure that Los Angeles’ street infrastructure is healthy. Currently, over a third of our streets are in failed condition. These broken streets cost drivers an average of $1,000 per year in additional car repairs and maintenance. Councilman Buscaino is working with Mayor Eric Garcetti and his council colleagues to make certain that Los Angeles’ allotment of “local return” dollars from Measure M is used to fix our broken streets, respecting the will of the voters. It is imperative that Measure M funding is invested efficiently and that the City gets the biggest bang for each dollar it spends. By doing this the City will create positive results from the investment while earning the public’s trust as it continues to bring a more efficient transportation system to our region.
“I am also very excited by the fact that Measure M will create 465,000 new jobs,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.
VETERANS DAY IN LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL
For Veterans Day, the LA City Council honored our veterans from across the City. Councilman Buscaino was proud to be able to honor Senior Master Sergeant David Larriva as the Council District 15 Veteran of the Year!
RSVP: WATTS WINTER WONDERLAND
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Angelenos passed Measure M which will bring billions of dollars in local return to fund road repairs in the City and Measure HHH which will create 10,000 units for homeless individuals over the next 10 years.