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JULY 29TH, 2016

READ: COUNTY SEEKS DEVELOPERS FOR SAN PEDRO'S OLD COURTHOUSE

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By Donna Littlejohn, Daily Breeze

Wanted: A developer with vision, creativity — and money — to transform a corner parcel that has become one of San Pedro’s most tantalizing blank slates.

Touting the anticipated boom coming with waterfront and other nearby redevelopment, Los Angeles County officials this week issued an invitation to developers to submit proposals on a makeover for San Pedro’s shuttered courthouse property at 505 S. Centre St.

The 30-page request for proposals document — register to download it here — lays out a rather ambitious time line: Interested bidders are invited to a conference at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at the San Pedro Municipal Building and proposals are due by 2 p.m. Sept. 27. The goal is to select a developer by Nov. 1.

“The courthouse property is the centerpiece for the development and evolution of downtown San Pedro,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said in a written statement. READ MORE...


COUNCILMAN RESPONDS TO SHOOTING AT NICKERSON GARDENS

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On Tuesday the Watts Gang Task Force held an emergency meeting regarding Monday night's officer involved shooting in Watts.

"I am blessed to have amazing community members in my district who bring people together and who work with LAPD to find and create community specific solutions to violence," said Councilman Buscaino. "Thank you to every one of the Watts Gang Taskforce members for the work you do and thank you to our ‎LAPD officers who put their lives on the line for us every day."


READ: MACHADO LAKE UPDATE AND PROGRESS REPORT

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By Donna Littlejohn, Daily Breeze

All those slithering, nasty black snakes? Gone. Yes, all of them. So are thousands of golf balls, car doors and chunks of metal debris.

It was all sucked out of Machado Lake, along with 246,000 cubic yards of polluted sediment, at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park on the border of Wilmington and Harbor City.

The three-year project to clean up the runoff water and the rambling park surrounding it under Proposition O is now 75 percent finished, city officials said. A reopening of what’s promised to be a cleaner, more natural 231-acre oasis is slated for spring.

“People will be jogging by and ask, ‘When will we get our park back?’ ” said Alvaro Prada, lead construction manager at the site. Prada’s response: soon.

And it will all be worth the wait. Among the new features:

• Paved pathways and 600 additional trees throughout the park area.

• New grass and mulch throughout, along with an irrigation system

• Four fishing piers and two shoreline fishing platforms

• Cleared vegetation that in the past attracted non-native wildlife, homeless encampments and meet-up areas for criminal activity

• Pedestrian bridges and benches

READ MORE...

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$50,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST OF HARBOR GATEWAY HIT AND RUN DRIVER

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By Mariel Turner, KTLA

The Los Angeles Police Department released a description Thursday of the driver who crashed her car into a home during a prayer group in Harbor Gateway, leaving one dead and eight injured.

The driver is described as a black woman in her 40s with red hair, according to an LAPD news release. Police think she may live in the area.

The victims, who were between 40 and 80 years old were gathered at a house in the 14800 block of South Orchard for a regular prayer meeting when a car crashed into the home, according to officials.

After crashing into the home around 8 p.m., the woman fled the scene. The car is described as a 1999 maroon Buick Regal.

The deceased victim was an Asian woman in her 80s, according to Ed Winter of the L.A. County coroner’s office. He did not release her name.

A $50,000 reward is offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the suspect’s identification, arrest or conviction.

Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD’s South Traffic Division Watch Commander at 323-421-2540 or South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2500. Anonymous tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. READ MORE...


BUY TICKETS: TASTE OF SAN PEDRO NEXT WEEKEND

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Additional highlights of the festival include:

  • 20+ restaurants

  • 5 hours of live bands on the main stage including L.A.vation & Street Corner Renaissance

  • 5 hours of special performances including the Los Angeles Taiko Institute

  • Craft Beer, Wine, and Spirit pavilion MORE INFORMATION...


TONIGHT: FREE TOMORROWLAND MOVIE SCREENING AT GONZAQUE IN WATTS!

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***POSTPONED*** Watts Back to School Extravaganza 

Please note that the Back to School Extravaganza at Watts Serenity Park will not be held on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, and instead will be rescheduled for a later date.  


RSVP: WILMINGTON ART WALK TIKI BEACH PARTY NEXT FRIDAY

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2016 EVENTS THIS TUESDAY
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Additional Events:
San Pedro: 
New Harvest Church, 385 W. 18th St, San Pedro 90731, 6pm - 8pm.
Southeast: 
Community Police Station, 145 W 108th St, Los Angeles 90061, 4pm.
Wilmington:
 Banning's Landing, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington 90744, 5pm - 7pm. 


TRAFFIC ADVISORY: EXPECT DELAYS IN AND AROUND LAX UNTIL AUGUST 27TH
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Three separate projects involving temporary closures of portions of Century Boulevard and the I-405 freeway on- and off-ramps near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are expected to impact passengers and motorists coming to and from the airport beginning tonight, July 26 through Saturday, August 27.  Passengers and motorists are advised to plan ahead and expect delays due to these temporary closures.  Century Boulevard is a major artery to and from LAX used by more than half of the average 90,000 vehicles entering the Central Terminal Area every day. MORE INFORMATION...


HIRING EVENT THIS TUESDAY AT THE HARBOR GATEWAY WORKSOURCE CENTER
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This year's Port of LA Lobster Festival and Music Weekend drew more than 25,000 attendees to the LA Waterfront. 
Photo credit: Michael Justice.

JULY 22ND, 2016

COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO ADDRESSES RECENT VIOLENCE AND ATTACKS

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"The recent attacks on police officers in the United States has brought so much pain to my heart, because I know these officers have devoted their lives to protecting the public.

As a police officer with the LAPD, I did my job with pride, honor, and by the rule of law and intimately understand the complexities of the job.

In officer Montrell Jackson from the Baton Rouge Police Department, I see the persona of many of our Community Safety Partnership Officers who are dedicated to the community they have sworn to protect, and seek to build trust and bring resolution.

The LAPD CSP (Community Safety Partnership) established by LAPD Southeast Community Police Station division in the Watts public housing developments is a successful and effective model that every police department in the country can follow. Not only has the model reduced violent crime by well over 60 percent, but it is responsible for creating harmony between the LAPD and the residents of Watts.

So much of the violence we have seen in the past weeks has created a sense of mistrust between communities and the police. However, mistrust solves nothing. In Watts, we have seen and statistically proven how building trust in the community, and between officers and communities members, reduces violence each and every day.

An attack on police is an attack on democracy. I pray that our country can unite and create peace and trust in all of the communities that create the fabric of America. Now is the time, more than ever, to show our collective appreciation for the police officers that put their lives on the line everyday to ensure we live in a safe city." - Councilman Joe Buscaino



PORT OF PALERMO PORT AGREEMENT SIGNED AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP ESTABLISHED


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Last week, Councilman Joe Buscaino led an LA City delegation to Italy on a business, trade and culture exchange mission, establishing the continuity of the Italian community in Los Angeles. The mission included meetings with the Italian Trade Agency, the renewed activation of the Los Angeles Sister Cities Organization, and an agreement with the Port of Palermo and the University of Palermo.

The Los Angeles delegation included Councilmembers Gilbert Cedillo, David Ryu and Mitch Englander, Paul Pagnone, president of the Italian-American Museum of Los Angeles, Tom Gilmore, president of Los Angeles Sister Cities of Los Angeles, and Mary Carley, Director Senior Business Affairs at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. The delegation paved the way to create a business exchange environment and a path for investment predictability, mechanisms for processes, investment attractions as well as leverage the expansion of the Panama Canal.

The delegation met with Piergiorgio Borgogoelli, General Manager of the Italian Trade Agency and Roberto Luongo, Foreign Direct Investment Department Director, and Luca Lupi of the Port of Civitavecchia in Rome.

The delegation also met with Annalisa Bisson and Christina Pace of Confindustria, the lead organization representing the manufacturing, construction, energy, transportation, ITC, tourism and services industries in Italy. Confindurstria brings together over 150,000 companies with over five million employees, converting the entrepreneurial and management qualities characterizing the Italian business model into ideas for the country’s growth.

With over 30,000 Italians living in Councilman Buscaino’s district, with a majority of them coming from the small island of Ischia off the coast of Naples, it is important to recognize and sustain the cultural ties that have made Los Angeles what it is today.

While in Ischia, the delegation celebrated the ten year anniversary of the sister city agreement with the City of Los Angeles and renewed its commitment toward a partnership that includes municipal, business, professional, educational, and cultural exchange.

In Palermo, the Ports of Palermo and Los Angeles signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which builds on the history and culture between the two port cities and will work to enrich relationships in trade, culture and tourism. The MOU has already begun to identify business partnerships that will increase market access for both ports.

The LA delegation presented the Port of Palermo two canvas panels of LA artist Colette Miller’s “Global Angel Wings Project.”

The colorful wings first appeared in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Without prompting, people began posing with the wings and shared the photos on social media. The angel wings have since taken flight around the world. Miller has painted them in Los Angeles, across the country, and internationally in France, Mexico, Kenya and Australia.

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“We hope that these wings become as popular in Palermo as they have been in Los Angeles and serve as a constant public art reminder of the relationship we have created here in Italy and the friendship we will share for generations to come,” said Councilman Buscaino during the MOU signing ceremony.

UCLA signed an MOU with the University of Palermo, establishing a student exchange between their respective engineering departments.

Councilman Buscaino also met with Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando.

Italy has always had a great relationship with the East Coast of the United States. However, the Port of Los Angeles offers the quickest access to America’s markets. This delegation worked not only to strengthen the relationships with Italy, but to enlarge and expand Italian presence on the American West Coast.

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“The personal connection of Councilman Buscaino made the relationship connections in Italy much more authentic and real,” said Councilman Gilbert Cedillo.

“It is important to practice collaboration, cooperation and regeneration of culture in communities that act as the catalyst for peace in the world,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.

No taxpayer funding was used by any delegation member to fund this mission.



LOS ANGELES HOMELESS SERVICES AUTHORITY EXPANDS HOMELESS SHELTER HOURS

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The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has announced that nine crisis housing facilities previously open 14 hours per day are now open 24 hours per day.  The total of 820 beds accounts for 93 percent of the crisis housing beds funded by the City of Los Angeles through LAHSA. 

“The increase in operating hours will better enable LAHSA and its funded agencies to provide critically-needed services to the population that access these facilities,” said Peter Lynn, LAHSA Executive Director.  “This change is an important component of the City’s Comprehensive Homeless Strategies to better address homelessness across Los Angeles.”

The City of Los Angeles provided $1.5 million to convert the facilities from 14 hours to 24 hours.

When these facilities operated on the shorter schedule, the people they served had to vacate the premises – along with their possessions ‑ between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.  These residents would often return in the late afternoon to get in line for a bed, which was not guaranteed.  

With the expanded hours, using a crisis housing center can remain there 90 consecutive days, in some cases longer.  These sites are open throughout the day for clients to work with case managers in determining needed services. 

“We expect that the additional stability and greater access to services will help people move more quickly into permanent housing,” said Lynn. 

"Expanding homeless shelter hours is a common sense solution that will bring with it a sense of stability and consistency to those in need of this service," said Councilman Joe Buscaino. "It will also give our LAHSA teams a better opportunity to build relationships and trust with individuals to help them into permanent housing."



RSVP:
 PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL AND MUSIC WEEKEND STARTS TODAY

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“Come for the feast, stay for the fun!” is the motto for the world’s largest lobster festival, featuring family entertainment, live music, and of course, fresh Maine lobster! In addition to the famous lobster meals, try lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster mac & cheese, and lobster fries. The festival also offers a variety of culinary delights from vendors and food trucks, with seafood, sausages, barbecue, tacos, rice bowls, and vegetarian options. A wide range of beverages and desserts are not to be missed. For more information, visit lobsterfest.com. 

NEW FOR 2016: Festival grounds are even larger this year, located near Battleship IOWA at the Port of Los Angeles, not at Ports O' Call Village. Also, temperatures in Southern California are typically lower in July (vs. September), so a cooler, more comfortable setting is anticipated.

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CURRENT: LA
 CONVERSATION AT THE IDES THIS SATURDAY

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In collaboration the Angels Gate Cultural Center + KChung Radio will present experimental, musical, and/or interactive performances and temporary one day installations at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, and performances in Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery Theater.

Listen to KPARK Radio, programmed by KCHUNG on AM1620 for park visitors (in and around 0.5 miles of Point Fermin Park) or stream anywhere from www.kchungradio.org. 

Schedule of Events: 

Saturday July 23rd
12-6pm Point Fermin Park: Michael Haight plein air painting, Katelyn Dorroh installation, Christine Hudson endurance writings performance, Juliet Johnson + Michael Beltran installations w/prerecorded sound pieces
12-6pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery Theater: Jaime Muñoz Villafaña interactive performance, Erich Wise site specific installation 
1:30 pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery Theater: Michelle Antonisse She Shell performance
2pm Point Fermin Park: Michael Parker + AGCC's Martabel Wasserman talk at The Ides
5-6pm Point Fermin Tide Pools: Marshall Astor picnic and talk on water issues
 
Sunday July 24th
12-3pm Point Fermin ParkMichael Haight plein air painting, Marshall Astor high tide hikes, Keith Rocka Knittel's Everthing Must Go! Performance
12-3pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterJaime Muñoz Villafaña interactive performance, Erich Wise site specific installation 
1:30-2pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterLaub music-based performance
2pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterMike Watt music performance 
 
Saturday August 6th
12-6pm Point Fermin ParkEric Parren performance, Josh Vasquez  alphabet blocks, Christine Hudson endurance writings performance, Gordon Winiemko Denise Johnson sound installation
2pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterGabie Strong sound performance
5-6pm Point Fermin Tide PoolsMarshall Astor picnic and talk on water issues

Sunday August 7th
12-3pm Point Fermin ParkJacquenline Johnson rain chains, Gordon Winiemko Denise Johnson sound installation, Emily Lacy interactive sound project
12-6pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterJaime Muñoz Villafaña interactive performance
12:30-1pm Point Fermin ParkJose Richard Aviles performance
12:30-2:30pm Point Fermin ParkSoyoung Shin + Anthony Dodlovic play 
12:30-3pm Point Fermin ParkMarshall Astor high tide hikes
12-3pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterJaime Muñoz Villafaña interactive performance, Erich Wise site specific installation 
1-2pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Artillery TheaterEdgar Fabián Frías performance
1-3pm Point Fermin ParkJim Ovelmen performance
 


RSVP:
 FLASHBACK FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT: THE LOST BOYS AT MARINA CAFE TONIGHT

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LOS ANGELES RAMS ARE HIRING! APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE IN ADVANCE
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FREE CAT SPAY AND NEUTER IN WILMINGTON 

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RSVP:
 TASTE OF SAN PEDRO SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT CRAFTED AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Last Sunday, East Side Riders BC rode with Los Ryderz, Barkada C, The Others, Syndicate Riders, Living Low, Ratrod Riders Bike Club and CicLAvia from Wilmington to San Pedro as a possible route for CicLAvia 2018!

JULY 15TH, 2016

A WEEK IN COUNCILMAN JOE BUSCAINO'S OFFICE

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OFFICIAL WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR LOS ANGELES FLEET WEEK COMING THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND TO THE LA WATERFRONT

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By Donna Littlejohn

Hotel reservations are going fast, traffic wonks are huddled over their maps and you can almost hear the strains of “Anchors Aweigh” as San Pedro anticipates its collective end-of-summer Navy salute.

With Thursday’s launch of the official website, the scramble is on to finalize plans for the inaugural L.A. Fleet Week on Labor Day weekend. 

The four-day event — Friday through Monday over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5 — is expected to bring as many as 200,000 to 300,000 visitors to the Harbor Area for tours of active-duty Navy ships, military demonstrations and other attractions and activities. READ MORE...

"L.A. Fleet Week is a phenomenal opportunity for to showcase the beauty, food, activities and landmarks of San Pedro and Wilmington to visitors from across the country," said Councilman Joe Buscaino. "I am excited that in less than two months we will kick-off the inaugural year of this new Los Angeles tradition!"

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SUMMER EVENTS GUIDE

Movie Nights in Council District 15

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RSVP: Inside Out at Downtown Harbor and Wilmington Waterfront Park,Friday, July 15th, Family Activities: 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Movie: 8:10pm to 10:00pm

Upcoming Events

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2016 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend,  Friday July 22nd to Sunday July 24th, Port of Los Angeles
Back to School Extravaganza at Watts Serenity ParkSaturday, July 30th, 2016 from 9am to 12pm, 1789 E. 114th St. Watts, CA 90059
Taste of San Pedro at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 
Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm, 112 E 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Sabor de Wilmington - Taste of Wilmington at Banning's Landing
, TBA - September, 2016, 100 E. Water St. Wilmington, CA 90744


SHAREFEST'S SUMMER YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY KICKS OFF

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Since arriving in office, Councilman Buscaino has supported community organizations like Sharefest Community Development in Council District 15. Sharefest hosted their annual workday on April 30th this year and transformed over a dozen community spaces throughout CD15 with the support of corporate partners, non-profit organizations, and thousands of residents.

However, many people do not know that in addition to the their annual work day Sharefest has a year round Youth Development Academy (YDA) in all CD15 continuation schools, proving time and time again their commitment to the community and youth.

Currently, Sharefest is hosting their first summer session of YDA at Councilman Buscaino's alma mater, California State University Dominguez Hills. With
sessions focused on middle and high school students, Sharefest provides a fast paced leadership training for students from every neighborhood in the district. The training is designed to bring out students' individual voices and strengths and then combine those strengths into a collective effort in just two weeks! This summer Sharefest enrolled 299 students into the program! 

"I am excited to see the outcome of these students work and look forward to this incredible continued partnership," said Councilman Buscaino. "I also want to thank Chad Mayer the Executive Director of Sharefest for your heart, vision and dedication to bring this program to my district year after year!"


WATTS COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT BEGINS

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The Watts community garden was a project that came about in 2014 when Councilman Buscaino was visiting Jordan High School. Councilman Buscaino and his staff saw the empty lot across from the high school that need to be cleaned and it turned out that the lot belonged to the City. Councilman Buscaino's staff met with community residents who decided that they wanted to see a community garden in the lot. The Council office then partnered with Film Lot to Spot (FLTS) who helped conduct more community outreach while the Council Office began the design process, and secured dollars to help improve the parkways in and around the garden. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps will be building the garden and FLTS will maintain the garden along with Ms. Cortez, Jordan High school students and the community. 


VOTE FOR THE BATTLESHIP IOWA!

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THE WAY MOVIE SCREENING AT THE CABRILLO MARINE AQUARIUM 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Summer sailing on the TopSail program aboard the tall ships out of the LA Waterfront. 

Photo credit: @ArtDavidPhoto
Photographers show us what you got! We want to show everyone why #Wilmington, #SanPedro, #Watts, #HarborCity and #HarborGateway are the neighborhoods to visit this summer! Tag your Instagram photos of summer fun, or cool places to visit with#IHeartWatts, #IHeartWilmington, #IHeartSanPedro, #IHeartHarborCity, #IHeartHGNorth, and #IHeartHGSouth for a chance to be featured on Councilman Buscaino's Instagram and LA15th.com!

JULY 8TH, 2016

CITY OF LOS ANGELES KICKS OFF NEW FISCAL YEAR

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The City of Los Angeles operates on a fiscal year which means that the City's budget goes from July 1st of 2016 to June 30th of 2017. This year's budget begins to restore many of the departments and programs that were cut during the recession. Some of the main highlights include adding more police officers to reach Chief Beck's goal of having 10,000 officers and hiring additional firefighters. There was also funding set aside for sidewalk repair, trash removal, and homelessness. 


WATCH: 109TH ST. POOL GRAND OPENING IN WATTS

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Last Saturday neighbors celebrated the reopening of the Department of Recreation and Parks' 109th St. Pool in Watts. After being closed for years, the $4 million new accessible pool opened complete with changing rooms, a splash pad and play equipment. Additionally, Cedars Sinai's COACH for Kids program was on hand to pass out free kids' swimsuits. The pool is open and free all summer long. Recreation swim time is from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and swim lessons begin as early as10:00amWATCH...

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FOUR NEW STARBUCKS COFFEES COMING TO COUNCIL DISTRICT 15!

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This week the Los Angeles City Zoning Board heard proposals for four new Starbucks Coffees in Council District 15. Two of the new Starbucks' will be located in Harbor Gateway South, one in Harbor City and one in San Pedro. As an added bonus all of these locations will be drive-thru!


SUMMER EVENTS GUIDE

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Save the Date: 
Back to School Extravaganza at Watts Serenity Park
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 from 9am to 12pm, 1789 E. 114th St. Watts, CA 90059
Taste of San Pedro at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 
Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm, 112 E 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Sabor de Wilmington - Taste of Wilmington at Banning's Landing
, TBA - September, 2016, 100 E. Water St. Wilmington, CA 90744

July Movie Nights in District 15:
Watts Family Fun Movie Night -  Tomorrowland, July 29th at Gonzaque
Wilmington Flashback Friday Movie Nights - 4th Friday of the Month at Marina Cafe at 8pm
Wilmington Family Movie Nights - Jumanji - July 9th at Banning Park at 7PM

San Pedro and Wilmington Family Fun Movie Nights at the Battleship Iowa and the Port of LA
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SUMMER PHOTO CONTEST - EXPLORE COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

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CREATING A BRAVE NEW WORLD AT THE WARNER GRAND

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FREE FAMILY FUN IN WATTS TOMORROW!

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CHILDREN'S TAKEOVER IN SAN PEDRO

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SMALL BUSINESS TENANT WORKSHOP IN WILMINGTON

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino and his daughter Gia take a jump into the new 109th St. Pool in Watts. 

JULY 1ST, 2016

WATCH: THE STORY OF THE JORDAN DOWNS REDEVELOPMENT

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By Derrick Shore

Watts is home to the largest concentration of public housing west of the Mississippi. Jordan Downs is one of the biggest projects, home to 2,100 people. It was built as military housing in the 1940s and '50s and hasn’t been renovated since. Grand plans call for tearing down Jordan Downs and building a new model of public housing. This new complex will include commercial and residential space, low-income and market rate apartments. But the project has been stalled for more than twenty years. Officials say 2016 is the year it will finally break ground.  What has taken so long? What is life like for the families who have lived in Jordan Downs for generations? Will there be new units for everyone? WATCH...


READ: HOMELESSNESS: A YEAR IN REVIEW

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By Donna Littlejohn

Nearly 10 months ago, 1,200 people packed San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre following a tense summer that had brought the community to figurative blows over what to do about the rise in homelessness.

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Since the September forum, Buscaino and others said the work has been slow but steady and ultimately will rely on the costly fix of building more permanent housing. 

On the plus side:

• A more intensive street outreach has been executed that brings together field workers from numerous agencies in a “triage” format. The goal: to place — or at least enroll — homeless individuals for services that eventually will get them off the streets.

• Volunteer feeding programs are finally benefiting from better coordination and geared toward providing more than just food, even if it’s just to collect names so that they are in the system for possible follow-ups.

• Emergency response teams have been expanded.

• A foot patrol beat was added in the downtown and Gaffey Street areas of San Pedro.

• The South Bay and Harbor Area as a whole, Buscaino said, are beginning to work together. “It’s everyone’s responsibility,” he said.

• Vermont Villa, a 79-unit permanent supportive housing project, opened up in Harbor Gateway earlier this year.

• A “road map” has been established, Buscaino said, that better connects the city and county in providing services.

READ MORE...


4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS AND SUMMER EVENTS GUIDE

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Friday, July 1st, Cars and Stripes Forever, Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain, San Pedro, 5 to 10pm, classic car show, live bands and a fireworks finale. 

Monday, July 4th, 4th of July Extravaganza, Exposition Park, 3980 Menlo Ave. 9pm12pm to 10pm, family fun, music, and fireworks show.

Monday, July 4th, 66th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular, Cabrillo Beach, 3800 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro,12pm to 10pm, music, family activities, and fireworks show at 9pm

Click here for a list of professional fireworks shows in Los Angeles County.

Save the Date: Summer Community Events 

Kite Flying at Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center, Sunday, July 17th, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm, 3000 Shoshoean Rd. San Pedro, CA 90731

Back to School Extravaganza at Watts Serenity Park, Saturday, July 30th, 2016 from 9am to 12pm, 1789 E. 114th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059

Taste of San Pedro at  Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm, 112 E 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Sabor de Wilmington - Taste of Wilmington at Banning's Landing, TBA - September, 2016, 100 E. Water St. Wilmington, CA 90744

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ANNOUNCING THE DESIGNS FOR LOS ANGELES SISTER CITIES PLAZA

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The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Councilman Joe Buscaino unveiled the design for the Los Angeles Sister Cities Plaza in San Pedro, pending the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners approval.

“After years of work, I am excited to release the designs for the beautiful new Los Angeles Sister Cities Plaza in San Pedro,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino. “This plaza is a testament to interconnectivity of Los Angeles – a constant reminder of both the global impact Los Angeles makes and countless lives from around the world who helped build this great City.”

The elegant new plaza will greet visitors to San Pedro with a monument to all of Los Angeles’ Sister Cities - symbolizing San Pedro’s role as the City’s gateway to the rest of the world.

"The Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to see the development of a new, open green space underway for this area of San Pedro," said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. "Los Angeles Sister Cities Plaza will feature a new plaza with twenty-five flags representing each of Los Angeles' sister cities around the globe and will be filled with drought tolerant and California native trees and plants providing a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike."  

The plaza’s twenty-five flags represent each Sister City country and represent cities including Ischia, Italy; Split, Croatia; Nagoya, Japan; and more.

The plaza, on the corner of Gaffey St. and O’Farrell St., will feature twenty four drought tolerant and California native trees to create a dense canopy over the pedestrian walkways lined with native perennials and succulents. Construction is set to begin this summer.


CENTRAL AVE. IMPROVEMENTS DISCUSSION KICKS-OFF IN WATTS

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Councilman Buscaino helped secure $3.6 million for improvements to Central Ave. between Imperial Hwy and 103rd St. This week community members attended the first community workshop to discuss what issues on Central Ave. need to be addressed and what the community envisions for the future of Central Ave. The workshop was presented in conjunction with Councilman Harris-Dawson, Bureau of Street Services, and the LA Department of Transportation. 


JOIN COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO FOR THE WATTS 109TH ST POOL GRAND OPENING TOMORROW!

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Click here for a list of Year Round Pools and Summer Pools hours and locations..



TALL SHIPS JULY 4TH EXTRAVAGANZA

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino joined the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in welcoming La Espada, Harbor Breeze Cruises' new multi-million dollar, eco-friendly vessel, to the harbor. 

JUNE 24TH, 2016

WATCH: NEW 110 OFF-RAMP AT HARRY BRIDGES BLVD. AND REDESIGNED INTERSECTION OPEN 

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On Monday, Councilman Buscaino, the Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, I HEART Wilmington and members of the community celebrated the $51 million completion of the Harry Bridges off-ramp as well as the reconfiguration of C Street, realignment of Harry Bridges Blvd. and John S Gibson Blvd., and the combining of the two intersections. The completed improvements are expected to significantly improve traffic flow, ease merging on and off the freeway, as well as reduce traffic congestion.WATCH...

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WATCH: BOEING CO. IN FINAL TALKS TO JOIN ALTASEA 

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By Donna Littlejohn 

AltaSea, San Pedro’s emerging marine research campus, announced Tuesday that Boeing Co., creator of the unmanned submarine Echo Voyager, will come on board as an anchor tenant, with a formal agreement expected by fall.

Boeing is expected to move in by the end of the year to begin planning a 60,000-square-foot space at the 35-acre campus on the wharf space in the Outer Harbor.

The announcement, made at a Los Angeles City Council committee meeting, comes on the heels of the earlier news in May that Robert Ballard and his exploration/research vessel Nautilus will “winter” at AltaSea for at least three years beginning in 2016. READ MORE...


COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO HOSTS SUMMER EVENTS IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

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Join Councilman Buscaino for a summer of fun throughout Council District 15. The City of Los Angeles offers a number of free and low-cost activities that are fun for the whole family. Check out the guide below to see what is happening in your area!

109th St. Pool Grand Opening Next Saturday and City of LA Pool Hours and Locations
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Join Councilman Buscaino for a celebratory cannonball at the 109th St. Pool Grand Opening next Saturday!

Click here for a list of Year Round Pools and Summer Pools hours and locations...

RSVP: Family Movie Nights, 2nd Saturday of the Month at Banning Park at 7PM
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RSVP: Flashback Friday Movie Nights, 4th Friday of the Month at Marina Cafe at 8pm
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Summer Night Lights
Summer Night Lights kicks-off next Wednesday across Los Angeles. Starting June 29th to August 6th, every Wednesday through Saturday, August 12th to August 26th every Friday and Saturday. Every location is open from 7pm to 11pm. In addition to locations at Recreation Centers at Jordan Downs, Imperial Courts, Nickerson Gardens, Toberman and Wilmington, Councilman Buscaino, GRYD, HACLA, Recreation and Parks, The Gabriela Foundation and LAPD CSP will be hosting Summer Night Lights at Gonzaque with events next Wednesday (June 29th), Friday (July 1st) and Saturday (July 2nd). 

Click here for a full list of Summer Night Lights Locations...

LA Metro YMCAs: Teens Join Free in June and July
This summer the YMCA is offering free membership to teens as well as teen focused fitness classes including Cycling, TRX, Zumba, Weight Training, Yoga and more! Click here for more information...

Upcoming Summer Events at the Port of LA
July 1st, 8th Annual Cars and Stripes Forever
July 9th, Pawsitive Vibes Pet Expo and Concert
July 15th, Inside Out Movie Night at the Wilmington Waterfront Park 

Click here for the full calendar...


VOTE TO NAME THE BATTLESHIP IOWA THE #1 MUSEUM SHIP IN THE USA

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RSVP: JOIN COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO TO WELCOME THE LA ESPADA TO THE HARBOR

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS IN WATTS

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REMINDER: ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This week Councilman Buscaino and the LA City Council honored Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger (who grew up in Harbor City) for his 40+ years of service to LAPD. Every bar on his sleeve represents 5 years of service and on behalf of Council District 15, Councilman Buscaino thanks him for each and every one.

JUNE 17TH, 2016

COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 HOMELESSNESS UPDATE FOR APRIL AND MAY

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Councilman Buscaino and his staff have continued their efforts to offer services and reach out to homeless individuals throughout the district. The Councilman's staff meets monthly with LAHSA to discuss cases and make sure that a coordinated and strategic approach is being made to address homelessness from all angles, district-wide. 

In April, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) met with 145 homeless individuals, 85% of whom are from the Harbor Area. A common narrative is that many people, particularly senior citizens, lost their homes during the recession and have been homeless since. In April, six shelter placements were made including one family (three of the placements were from Wilmington and three from San Pedro).

In May, the ERT participated in a four day consecutive joint outreach with Harbor Interfaith, Veteran Resources and the County Department of Mental Health SB-82 team. The ERT met with 61 individuals and conducted transports to the DMV and Social Security offices. For the entire month of May the team met with 170 individuals, 88% of whom were from the Harbor area. The team also made seven housing placements including three permanent housing and four shelter placements! One of the great moments this month was that the team was able to unite a 75 year old woman with her family who has been looking for her for 10 years! The woman has now moved back with her family and is very happy.  

"Addressing a crisis is always complicated," said Councilman Joe Buscaino. "It takes hard work, dedication and creative thinking. I am proud that my team continues to be at the forefront of coming up with innovative solutions to address LA's homelessness crisis from all angles - providing compassionate care and service to everyone they meet."


READ: NEW DEVELOPMENT WITH TOP FLOOR RESTAURANT COMING TO DOWNTOWN SAN PEDRO

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A contemporary, glassy high-rise — with a restaurant on the top floor and automated parking — is planned near San Pedro’s downtown shopping district and just a couple blocks from the waterfront.

Called Nelson One, the 47-unit project offering “luxury apartment living” and commercial space on the ground floor is planned to be built at 533-537 Nelson St.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino unveiled the plans Thursday at a community leadership awards lunch in San Pedro attended by about 200 people.

“It’s ready to rock ’n’ roll,” Buscaino said of the planned $26 million project that is slated to begin construction by the end of this year and take 18 months to build. READ MORE...



WATCH:
 WATTS WATER UPDATE FROM LADWP


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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has completed flushing pipes in the Watts and Green Meadows neighborhoods to clear sediment and prevent cloudy water. A total of 265,500 feet, or over 50 miles of pipe have been flushed by LADWP crews in the area ranging from Alameda Street to Central and 92nd Street to Imperial Highway.

LADWP began flushing pipes on May 11 in response to an increased number of reports of discolored and cloudy water in the Watts and Green Meadows communities. The operation concluded on June 11. All told, approximately 30,000 customers’ LADWP water main pipes supplying their homes and businesses have been flushed.

The flushing program should improve the quality and reliability of water that LADWP provides to customers’ homes and businesses. However, it will not correct private plumbing or corrosion problems. When discoloration occurs, it is often an indication of aged residential or private property plumbing. It can also be caused by excessively high water flows, which happen during a major fire or as a result of knocked over fire hydrants and disturbs natural sediment that builds up in pipes over time. Even though this water is safe to drink, discolored or cloudy water in LA's pipe system is unacceptable and LADWP has and will take action to correct it.

If you experience cloudy water, please contact LADWP's Water Quality Hotline at 213-367-3182 or email waterqualityoffice@ladwp.com Staff will come out to inspect the water and flush pipes if necessary. LADWP relies on and appreciates the public letting them know about discolored water as it assists them in their ability to provide the highest quality water to customers.


WATCH: WATTS SENIOR PROM

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This week Councilman Buscaino hosted the Watts Senior Prom, recognizing and honoring the senior citizens of the Watts community. This year Ms. LaVar Marcella Newberry was crowned Prom Queen and Mr. Paul A. Williams, who attended his Prom over 40 years ago at Jordan, was named Prom King. Thank you to LAPD CSP for coming out and lending some moves on the dance floor and Jordan High for providing the space. 



REMINDER:
 FREE FITNESS CLASSES AT PLAZA PARK THIS SUMMER

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This week Councilman Buscaino participated in the TRX boot-camp led by Carla Baccio. WATCH... Councilman Buscaino is proud to partner with San Pedro Fit and Hey Day Fitness to bring FREE summer exercise classes to Plaza Park

Location:
Plaza Park, Beacon Street between 7th and Gulch, San Pedro
The schedule will run through summer from May 30th to August 26. All classes are FREE:
  • Tuesday 5:00PM Run Club
  • Wednesday 6:45AM Bootcamp
  • Friday 4:30PM CrossFit Kids
  • Saturday 9:00AM Glute Camp
  • Saturday 11:30AM Yoga

WATCH: CONGRATULATIONS COUNCIL DISTRICT 15'S GRADUATES

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As graduation season comes to close, Councilman Buscaino would like to recognize the amazing work of all students across the district. Every student is a champion whether graduating college, high school, 8th grade, 5th grade or kindergarten. The schools in Council District 15 have also been champions on the field as well as off the field, from the Narbonne Gauchos to the San Pedro Pirates to the Jordan Bulldogs to the Harry Bridges SPAN all-star basketball and football teams. This year every graduate, teacher and administrator is a champion! 


PET PARADE AT THE WILMINGTON WATERFRONT PARK THIS SATURDAY
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RSVP: POPFUJI AT BROUWERIJ WEST THIS SUNDAY

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SIGN UP FOR FREE TURF REMOVAL WORKSHOP
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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In light of this week's tragedy in Orlando, Councilman Buscaino honors the victims of this week's attack. Read their names and stories here

JUNE 10TH, 2016

SAN PEDRO PUBLIC MARKET LEASE APPROVED BY THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL

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Today is the start of history in the making. The San Pedro Public Market lease was approved by the Los Angeles City Council and sent to the Mayor's office to be signed. This historic agreement has been 40 years in the making and ground breaking will begin in late 2016 with the Sampson Way realignment. 



SUMMER EVENTS IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 BROUGHT TO YOU BY COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO

Senior Citizens Prom in Watts Next Week

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Join Councilman Buscaino for dinner and dancing on Thursday, June 16th from 3pm to 7pm at Jordan High School. Please call323.568.2083 with questions. Attendance is limited, so pick up a free ticket at the Watts Civic Center. Thank you Dr. Vladovic and LAUSD for helping make this possible!

RSVP: Free Movie Nights in Wilmington at Banning Park Starting Tomorrow!

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SAVE THE DATE: Taste of Watts, Wilmington and San Pedro

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Taste of Watts: Saturday, June 25th

Taste of Wilmington: TBA
Taste of San PedroSaturday, August 6th

Be on the lookout for these and other exciting events coming to you this summer including outdoor movies in Watts, Harbor City and Harbor Gateway!

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LA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE CREATION OF A PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY OFFICE

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In Councilman Buscaino's district, Wilmington, and much of the Port are above one of the largest oil fields in the region, with numerous active wells in close proximity to housing.  San Pedro is home to a massive butane and propane storage facility, also right next to housing. And both Harbor City and Wilmington are home to 3 oil refineries, one of which is the largest on the West Coast. The City of Los Angeles needs an expert on staff to help oversee these facilities and ensure public health and safety is protected. This is why this week's approval of the creation of a Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety Office by the Los Angeles City Council is an important step forward for the harbor communities. 

 


MONA SUTTON APPOINTED AS HARBOR AREA PLANNING COMMISSIONER 

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This week the Los Angeles City Council confirmed Mona Sutton as the new Harbor Area Planning Commissioner. Commissioner Sutton's dedication to the Harbor area can be seen in her volunteer work with CPAB, involvement in her local neighborhood council and the countless hours she has poured into her business: the Omelette and Waffle Shop.


READ: LOCOL NAMED ONE FOOD AND WINE'S TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2016

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"Los Angeles: I’m outrageously proud of LocoL, the restaurant that supports the unlikely concept that fast food can be a force for good in the world. It is the brainchild of F&W Best New Chefs Roy Choi (class of 2010) and Daniel Patterson (class of 1997), but that’s not the reason I’m the hugest supporter. Located in L.A.’s underserved Watts neighborhood and Oakland, LocoL employs and trains people from the community to run the operation. It also uses top-quality ingredients—like Straus Family Creamery milk for the soft-serve sundaes—but manages to keep prices superlow." READ MORE...



FIESTA CORAZÓN DEL PUERTO 

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NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTIONS THIS WEEKEND

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This week Councilman Buscaino voted in his local Neighborhood Council election and he encourages everyone to come out and vote in their local Neighborhood Council elections!

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METRO VETERANS JOB AND RESOURCE FAIR

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FREE USED TIRES RECYCLING EVENT THIS SATURDAY


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HIRING FAIR FOR THE HARBOR AREA
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino congratulates Lt. Emada Tingirides on her promotion. Lt. Tingirides has served the Watts community through the Community Safety Partnership for years and will be greatly missed, but the community and Councilman Buscaino are excited for her bright future ahead. 

JUNE 3RD, 2016

RSVP: SAN PEDRO SHRED: FESTIVAL OF SKATE THIS SUNDAY!

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The streets of San Pedro will be turned into one gnarly skate park Sunday when the San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate returns. About 2,500 people, including hundreds of skaters, are expected at the fourth annual skate festival on June 5. The event will shut down traffic on a nearly mile-long steep section of Gaffey Street for daredevil downhill skaters; participants can also grind on a street course and catch air on a half-pipe ramp. READ MORE...

This year's festival will feature:

  • Free Ride Side 
  • Street Skate Course
  • ***NEW***Kids Street Course
  • Kids Activity Booths Including: Face Painting & Coloring Station by Diamond Cheer, Live Music by DJ Andres, Kids Art Station - mural painting, Aquarium of the Pacific – Aquarium on Wheels, Port of Los Angeles TransPORTer, LAFD - Fire Truck, LAPD – Squad Car, Sprint, DWP Community Booth and more!

Be sure to fill out a Registration Form and Waiver Here or fill out a form on-site starting at 9:30am. All participants must fill out a registration form and waiver to participate. 

All participants are expected to wear a helmet, to ensure safety and adhere to the following:

  1. Helmet must have working chinstrap,
  2. Gloves covering from the tip of fingers to the wrist are required for downhill areas, and
  3. Closed toe shoes are required.

Parking and Road Closure Information 

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Don’t want to deal with parking? New Uber users can use the SHRED2016 promo code for a free ride up to $20. 
Sign Up Here.

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LISTEN: SAVING OUR STREETS: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO CALLS FOR INVESTMENT IN ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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Councilman Buscaino continued his fight to dedicate secure and long-term funding to improve the quality of LA's streets. As of now, the City of Los Angeles is barely maintaining the status of streets as they are today. Ensuring that we not only maintain our streets, but also create a schedule to upgrade their quality is necessary for the future of Los Angeles. Whether you are traveling by car, bike, bus or rail you will at some point on your journey use a street, which is why it is of the utmost importance to keep long term street repair and maintenance as a top priority. LISTEN...


INTRODUCING NEW WORKOUT EQUIPMENT AT PLAZA PARK AND STRONG PEDRO SUMMER SCHEDULE

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Councilman Buscaino is proud to partner with San Pedro Fit and Hey Day Fitness to bring FREE summer exercise classes to Plaza Park! These classes are in addition to the new exercise equipment installed at Plaza Park by Councilman Buscaino and LA City Recreation and Parks. None of this would be possible without the dedicated effort of Nicole Deering, Councilman Buscaino's Constituent Services Manager, who has spent over 8 months making all of this possible. If you haven't had a chance already then come on down and work out in Plaza Park this week! #StrongPedro

Location:
Plaza Park, Beacon Street between 7th and Gulch, San Pedro
The schedule will run through summer from May 30th to August 26. All classes are FREE:
  • Tuesday 5:00PM Run Club
  • Wednesday 6:45AM Bootcamp
  • Friday 4:30PM CrossFit Kids
  • Saturday 9:00AM Glute Camp
  • Saturday 11:30AM Yoga

L.A. IMPACT TASKFORCE MAKES MAJOR DRUG BUST IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

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Detectives seized 83 kilos of cocaine Tuesday and arrested three men when a tour bus that drew suspicion as it traveled across the border from Mexico was stopped at an auto yard in Wilmington, police said.

Officers with the LA IMPACT task force made the bust at Jimenez Auto Electric at Avalon Boulevard and F Street, Los Angeles police said.

“This bust was made across the street from my Wilmington field office,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino wrote on Facebook. “The drugs crossed into the U.S. at 4 a.m. and, thanks to the good work of our officers, they did not get very far.” READ MORE...


WATCH: INCREASED COYOTE SIGHTINGS CONTINUE ACROSS LOS ANGELES

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As increased coyote sightings continue in many neighborhoods across Los Angeles, please take the following steps around your home to keep your children and pets safe. Additionally, please note that humans are more likely to be attacked by a dog or killed by a mountain lion than a coyote.  

LA Animal Services urges the community to follow these prevention tips and actions to keep two and four-legged family members safe:

  • Never feed coyotes (it is against the law to feed any wildlife).
  • Do not approach coyotes for any reason.
  • Closely supervise all children while outside.
  • Keep pets on leash and close by at all times.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
  • Secure food and trash at all times and remove all sources of water.
  • Remove overgrown brush and hanging bushes to improve visibility.
  • If a coyote approaches or acts aggressively, throw rocks, make noise, look big, and pick up small children and pets. Do not turn your back to the animal.
  • If a coyote is frequently seen around schoolyards or playgrounds or is acting aggressively, contact Los Angeles Animal Services Wildlife program at (323) 225-9453 or the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) at (858) 467-4201 or the Los Angeles City Park Rangers at (323) 644-6661.
  • For an injured, distressed or deceased coyotes call LA Animal Services at 888-452-7381 and follow the prompts.
  • If a coyote attacks, call 911. The county’s Veterinary Public Health Program works with bite victims to ensure they receive proper care, and CDFW is notified of all attacks.

FREE SUMMER LUNCH FOR ALL KIDS AND TEENS 1-18 YEARS OLD

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FREE SUMMER BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL IN WILMINGTON AND SAN PEDRO
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NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN CD 15

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LILYAN FIERMAN WALKWAY RIBBON CUTTING NEXT FRIDAY

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino dances with his daughter Gia at the LAPD Community Safety Partnership Father/Daughter dance at Compton Elementary School in Watts. 

MAY 27TH, 2016

WATCH: WILMINGTON WATERFRONT UPDATE

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On Wednesday evening, the Port of Los Angeles reveal a number of concepts for the Wilmington Waterfront park at the Wilmington Neighborhood Council meeting. If you missed the presentation you can also attend the June 2nd Harbor Commission Meeting to give your feedback. WATCH THE PRESENTATION...


WATCH: ALTASEA DESIGNS UNVEILED

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On Thursday ALTASEA at the Port of Los Angeles unveiled designs by their architect Gensler for their buildings and complex at City Dock No. 1. Dr. Robert Ballard, the scientist who found the Titanic, and his research vessel the Nautilus will be part of Altasea beginning this summer. Also, Boeing will house their autonomous underwater vehicle as the anchor tenant at AltaSea.WATCH or READ MORE...


READ: PLANTS STOLEN FROM WILMINGTON POST OFFICE, COUNCILMAN TO ORGANIZE REPLANTING

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The battle cry in Wilmington on Wednesday quickly became “Replant!” when it was discovered that thieves had made off with a new tree and several shrubs that had been planted by volunteers at the Wilmington post office.

The landscaping, installed by dozens of community volunteers on April 30 as part of the Sharefest Workday event in the South Bay and Harbor Area, was part of a daylong makeover at the building at 1008 N. Avalon Blvd.

Diana Medel of I Heart Wilmington was among the volunteers that day of the project, which also included fresh coats of paint and other improvements on the property. READ MORE...


READ: COYOTE UPDATES AND NEXT STEPS 

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With an uptick in coyote sightings in San Pedro this spring, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino this week will ask the city’s Department of Animal Services to develop a more proactive management plan for the animals.

The city of Long Beach drew up such a plan late last year, providing guidelines for trapping and euthanizing the animals in some circumstances.

“We have a coyote issue developing in our district where cats, geese and other pets have gone missing,” Buscaino said. The report he’s requesting would explore “how to better address this issue with an ordinance or a policy action.” READ MORE...

In the interim, please take the following steps in and around your home. Please note that humans are more likely to be attacked by a dog or killed by a mountain lion than a coyote: 

LA Animal Services urges the community to follow these prevention tips and actions to keep two and four-legged family members safe:

  • Never feed coyotes (as a matter of fact, it is against the law to feed any wildlife).
  • Do not approach coyotes for any reason.
  • Closely supervise all children while outside.
  • Keep pets on leash and close by at all times.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
  • Secure food and trash at all times and remove all sources of water.
  • Remove overgrown brush and hanging bushes to improve visibility.
  • If a coyote approaches or acts aggressively, throw rocks, make noise, look big, and pick up small children and pets. Do not turn your back to the animal.
    • If a coyote is frequently seen around schoolyards or playgrounds or is acting aggressively, contact Los Angeles Animal Services Wildlife program at (323) 225-9453 or the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) at (858) 467-4201 or the Los Angeles City Park Rangers at (323) 644-6661.
  • For an injured, distressed or deceased coyotes call LA Animal Services at 888-452-7381 and follow the prompts.
  • If a coyote attacks, call 911. The county’s Veterinary Public Health Program works with bite victims to ensure they receive proper care, and CDFW is notified of all attacks.

RSVP: MEMORIAL DAY FUN RUN 5K AT PLAZA PARK
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KEEP CALM AND EXPRESS YOURSELF PARTY IN WILMINGTON
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE BATTLESHIP IOWA 

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Come out to the Battleship IOWA tonight to watch Toy Story Under the Guns, tomorrow for Military Appreciation Day and Sunday for Concert Under the Guns and for a free firework spectacular. Additionally, next Friday don't miss the Salvation Army’s National Donut Day celebration honoring veterans on Friday, June 3 at the USS Iowa. This year’s celebration will feature a donut themed festival in front of the USS Iowa with attendees getting to relive history as Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” in historical costume serve up sweet treats. The public is welcome beginning at 10 am to enjoy live music, a special presentation honoring The Salvation Army’s programs for veterans and, of course, plenty of gourmet donuts to go around!


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino was on hand for the launch of uberESPAÑOL a new service from Uber that allows drivers to work in English or Spanish and for passengers to request a Spanish speaking driver. 

MAY 20TH, 2016


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By Donna Littlejohn/Daily Breeze

Capping three years of negotiations, port officials on Thursday approved a landmark 50-year land lease for the developers who plan to transform aging Ports O’ Call Village into the San Pedro Public Market.

The approval calls for a $150 million development on 30 acres of the waterfront where the 1960s-era Ports O’ Call once packed in visitors before falling out of popularity in the late 1980s. CONTINUE READING...

WATCH AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAN PEDRO PUBLIC MARKET...

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THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR CICLAVIA SOUTHEAST CITIES

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Thousands of people came to Watts for the first time on Sunday during CicLAvia Southeast Cities. Visitors to Watts and the Councilman's Watts Hub, the largest hub ever in CicLAvia history, were treated to iconic landmarks like the Watts Towers and world renowned restaurants like Loco'l. Sunday morning also brought the re-opening of Watts Civic Center to better connect the residents of Watts with local city government. Additionally, Councilman Buscaino along with East Side Riders and CicLAvia Gives gave away bikes to kids. SEE MORE PHOTOS...

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BLESSING OF THE BIKES AND WATCH: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO BIKE TO WORK

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This week during "Blessing of the Bicycles,"Good Samaritan Hospital honored Councilman Buscaino with the 2016 Golden Spoke Award for creating a safe environment for bicyclists in Los Angeles. On Friday, Councilman Buscaino participated in Bike to Work Week and rode an IZIP Ebike courtesy of Tony Jabuka and the Bike Palace to work. East Side Riders BC also accompanied the Councilman on the 26 mile journey from San Pedro to Los Angeles City Hall. 

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PET PARADE AND FREE HARBOR TOURS TOMORROW

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RSVP: SHRED: FESTIVAL OF SKATE COMING SUNDAY JUNE 5TH

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The San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate is the first-ever sanctioned skateboarding festival in the greater Los Angeles area—encompassing a wide range of skateboarding disciplines including: downhill, street, and transition. This festival is FREE and open to all. The San Pedro Shred is a community event featuring local food, local music, and local skateboarding. Make sure you fill out and bring your release and waiver forms (page 1 and page 2)...
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LAFD CAREER EXPO THIS SATURDAY


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JOB FAIR FOR THE HARBOR GATEWAY NEXT WEDNESDAY

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LOS ANGELES POET LAUREATE AT SIRENS JAVA AND TEA

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ON AVALON SMALL BUSINESS CONCIERGE CONTINUES

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TALL SHIP SUMMER CAMP

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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On May 16th, ILWU honored Harry Bridges and all the fallen working men and women for the annual First Blood commemoration. 

MAY 13TH, 2016

LIGHTING UP WATTS AND HARBOR GATEWAY WITH TIVOLI LIGHTS!

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This week the Tivoli lights installations continued on 103rd St. in Watts and on Gardena Blvd in the Harbor Gateway. This is in addition to the Tivoli lights that were installed last week on Avalon Blvd in Wilmington. Tivoli lights are just one of the many components that Councilman Buscaino is installing to enliven these main corridors for each neighborhood in Council District 15. Be on the lookout for continued transformation in the months ahead. 

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CICLAVIA AND WATTS CIVIC CENTER GRAND OPENING

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Councilman Buscaino will be opening the Watts Civic Center at 10AM on Sunday, May 15th during CicLAvia - Southeast Cities! Councilman Buscaino has moved his Watts field office into the building along with LAPD's Community Safety Partnership program and YO! Watts. The revitalized Civic Center which was shuttered for a number of years will now allow Watts residents to easily access city services by bringing City government closer to the people of Watts. 

For the first time, CicLAvia will connect six communities in Southeast Los Angeles with an open streets event this Sunday, May 15th. The communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts will host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for Sunday:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line - begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

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How to Participate at CicLAvia

No cars on the street! No cares on your mind! Now what? There are many ways to enjoy the opportunity that CicLAvia offers to connect to the communities of Los Angeles County. Here are our tips for a few of the most common:

SAFETY AT CICLAVIA

Prior to heading to the route, please review our safety page for information on having a safe CicLAvia.

Route Angels will be riding the route, looking for any riders who need simple bike assistance. They're there to help out and get you up and moving as fast as possible. If you're interested in becoming a Route Angel, click here.

IF YOU PLAN ON WALKING AT CICLAVIA

All pedestrians of all ages are encouraged to enjoy CicLAvia. If you’re in the street, stay to the right with other slower paced traffic to avoid creating a safety hazard for yourself and for the faster moving bicyclists in the center of the street. If you move to the center of the street to get a better perspective of a building, for example, please do so with caution and only if it is safe. Of course, you are always welcome to enjoy the route walking on the sidewalk where you will be closer to the many businesses and cultural institutions open on CicLAvia day.

IF YOU PLAN ON RIDING A BIKE AT CICLAVIA

First, you need to get your bike to CicLAvia. You might want to join a feeder ride from elsewhere in the city and add some miles and new friends to your CicLAvia day. We will have a list of feeder rides on our site closer to the event date. Want to help LA’s air quality out and not use your car at all on CicLAvia day? Try taking Metro. We aren’t anti-car at CicLAvia, so we’ll provide tips on finding parking in the area near the route closer to the event date.

Once at CicLAvia, you can enjoy riding at a leisurely pace (slow traffic stay to the right) or have a more brisk ride. YOU are responsible for your own speed and actions, so make sure to travel in a safe manner. The route offers plenty to see, both at CicLAvia hubs and in the neighborhoods and business districts along the route. Feel free to hop on and off as much as you want. There will be plenty of bike parking at the hubs, and there are sidewalk bike racks throughout the route.

Have a minor problem with your bike? Stop by any one of the hubs along the route to for free minor repairs: tire pumping, popped chains, etc. Please do not come to CicLAvia expecting to get a full service repair.

IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO CICLAVIA

Our route map shows where the nearest rail stops are in relation to the route. Please familiarize yourself with the rail schedule and Metro’s guidelines here.

IF YOU’RE TAKING YOUNG CHILDREN TO CICLAVIA

First and foremost, EVERYONE 18 and under must wear a helmet if they are on anything with wheels that is human powered. It’s the law. Bikes, scooters, skates, even as passengers in a bike trailer behind their parent’s bike. Police may fine parents $25 if kids don’t have helmets. That $25 is much better spent buying an actual helmet to protect your child.

We strongly recommend that children who are beginner cyclists walk instead of ride, or at the very least have the entire family move to the right side of the street with the slower traffic. This is for their safety and for the safety of other participants. CicLAvia is not a place to learn to ride a bike and can be intimidating and frightening for children who do not possess moderate cycling skills.

If your children ride a bike at CicLAvia, please ensure they stay to the right if they are going slow. And please encourage them to pay attention to other riders and communicate before they get on or off the route.

There is a lot of programming especially for families. Our website will have more information about activities closer to the date.

IF YOU’RE DISABLED AND WANT TO ENJOY CICLAVIA

CicLAvia is for everyone, not just those on foot, bike or skateboard. CicLAvia welcomes wheelchairs, scooters and other means of travel for our handicapped participants in the streets or on the sidewalk. Please stay to the right of the street with slower traffic or on the sidewalk.

The only motorized vehicles allowed at CicLAvia are motorized scooters, wheelchairs or electric bikes with a handicapped placard. Please note: If your motorized vehicle requires registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles, it cannot be on the CicLAvia route.

IF YOU’RE AN ARTIST OR PERFORMER AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE AT CICLAVIA

CicLAvia loves artists and performers! If you are making art along the route or want to play some music or recite some poetry, we ask that you stay on the sidewalk and keep at least a four foot clearance for other sidewalk users (it’s the law). Also, talk to property owners along the route so that you don’t block their sidewalk space, but work with them to enhance it. Remember: to set up on the sidewalk you need permission from the property owner / business.

IF YOU’RE PART OF A CIVIC GROUP

Civic groups are welcome at CicLAvia. Please do not distract bicyclists and create a safety hazard, however, and be mindful of the environment and clean up any of your materials that you see along the route.

If you want to set up a table on the route and distribute information to participants, you must secure permission from a property owner along the route and follow the city’s guidelines (which is to leave a four-foot clearance on the sidewalk). You may not block the sidewalk. You many not stand stationary in the street and hand out materials, though you may move along the route to hand things out.

MORE INFORMATION...


WATCH: COUNCILMEN BUSCAINO AND HARRIS-DAWSON QUESTION DWP OVER WATER ISSUES 

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On Tuesday, Councilman Buscaino and Councilman Harris-Dawson questioned the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the recent water issues in the Watts and Green Meadows neighborhoods. If you see or have any issues with your water please call 1-800-342-5397. On Tuesday the LADWP began the process of flushing all the pipes in the area. Completely flushing the pipes will be finished in the coming weeks and residents will be notified as their blocks are flushed. WATCH VIDEO...



VIDEO: LOS ANGELES CONSERVATION CORPS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS!

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Since 1986, LA Conservation Corps has transformed thousands of lives and enhanced communities by educating, training and employing at-risk young adults through their participation in conservation projects across Los Angeles. Empowering youth through academics and experiential learning, they’ve planted over 90,000 trees, built more than 50 community gardens and awarded over $2 million in scholarships, among other milestones. 

"I am proud of the work of the LACC and their contribution to our city. I will support them as long as they continue to change young lives for the positive," said Councilman Buscaino. WATCH THE VIDEO...



FIRE SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY IN SAN PEDRO TOMORROW

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SCAQMD PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING THIS TUESDAY IN CARSON
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SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATION ON AVALON BLVD

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BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS IN SAN PEDRO

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Nuria Ortiz brightens up Harbor Blvd this week. 

MAY 6TH, 2016

RSVP: WILMINGTON ART WALK TONIGHT ON AVALON!

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Ready to get your art on? Join Councilman Buscaino tonight for The Wilmington Art Walk's Cinco De Mayo Celebration from6pm to 10pm On Avalon between F and G Streets. Tonight's Art Walk will feature food trucks and a beer garden, live music including Trio Ellas, free kids activities, artists and craft vendors and more!



WATCH: SHAREFEST COMPLETES OVER HALF A MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN CD15

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Councilman Buscaino is proud to have sponsored the 13th Annual ShareFest Workday, a community-building and service day that brings together volunteers of all ages to donate their time and talents to beautify and meet tangible needs at schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations in the South Bay and Harbor areas. Because of the tireless work of over 3,000 volunteers, corporate sponsors and a wonderful non-profit organization, Council District 15 was the beneficiary of many amazing community projects. Last week Councilman Buscaino made a request for the City's new budget for $3 million to the Office of Community Beautification Contractual Services account — to be split evenly into $200,000 portions for each of the city’s 15 council districts — to fund more community beautification work days in conjunction with nonprofits such as the Gang Alternatives ProgramLA Conservation Corps and Sharefest. We maximize city services and supplement with with these non-profits. The money would provide needed services and community benefits — along with job training for participants — a fraction of the cost.

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READ: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO CALLS FOR INCREASED LOCAL RETURN FROM MEASURE R2

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"Measure R2 deserves Angelenos' support, but only if we can ensure that it will provide funds to stabilize L.A.'s now shaky transportation platform — its currently crumbling surface streets — and to meet important city transportation needs far into the future," said Councilman Buscaino. READ MORE IN THE LA TIMES...


WILMINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL SELECTED AS A STEAM MAGNET SCHOOL

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Councilman Buscaino congratulates Wilmington Middle School for being selected to become a Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Magnet School! Becoming a Magnet School is an honor bestowed upon only a select few schools district-wide and the stakeholders in Wilmington are truly grateful for this opportunity. Wilmington Middle School is a special place, featuring exceptional students, dedicated parents who advocated for this change and outstanding staff who work together to consistently demonstrate superior teaching and learning. The progress made at WMS thus far is due in part to putting students first, and in telling students that no matter their personal barriers, they can succeed. The faculty and staff at WMS will unleash the learning and leading potential of every child by transitioning into a STEAM Magnet School. Congratulations Principal Brutti and Dr. Richard Vladovic who has led the effort to support our Wilmington schools and congratulations Wilmington staff, parents and students!



OLGUIN POOL OPENING THIS SUMMER

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Councilman Buscaino is pleased to once again be partnering with Dr. Richard Vladovic of the LAUSD on a joint use agreement to open the John and Muriel Olguin SPHS Campus Pool for community use this coming summer.  “Much like last year, we are appreciative of the work done by the LA Rec and Parks and LAUSD Facilities departments to find the necessary funds to ensure we have a functional pool in the Coastal San Pedro area pending the final construction of the Gaffey Street “Hey Rookie” Pool later this year,” said Buscaino

 

Councilman Buscaino thanks members of the community, like Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood President James Dimon who demand and deserve the use of this pool for the Public.

 

Gaffey St. Pool is still under construction and should be open by next summer.


Until then, enjoy the Olguin pool!



RSVP: CICLAVIA AND WATTS CIVIC CENTER GRAND OPENING NEXT SUNDAY

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Councilman Buscaino is excited to announce that he will be opening the Watts Civic Center on Sunday May 15th during CicLAvia - Southeast Cities

For the first time, CicLAvia will connect six communities in Southeast Los Angeles with an open streets event on May 15. The communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts will host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

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New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for May 15:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line - begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

MORE INFORMATION...

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ART WARS THIS WEEKEND IN WATTS

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REGISTER NOW: FREE LUNCH AT YOUTH JOB TRAINING AND PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP

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SCAQMD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MAY 17TH
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HELP CLEAN WILMINGTON CREATE A PARKLET THIS WEEKEND

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WLCAC COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FAIR TODAY
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the Jordan Downs Housing Development in Watts. This event is sponsored by Shields for Families, CSP, Watts Family Health and other community partners. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla.

APRIL 29TH, 2016

RSVP: TIVOLI LIGHTS INSTALLED ON AVALON BLVD FOR WILMINGTON ART WALK CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

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The first set of Tivoli lights were put in place On Avalon this week for The Wilmington Art Walk Cinco De Mayo Celebration on Friday, May 6th! Featuring performances by Trio EllasSol Pacifica,Ballet Folklorico Sol De Mexico and more! And food from The Lobos Truck,The Greasy WienerThe Grilled Cheese TruckAtomic Cafe, and more! Beer garden provided by Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill. "This will be a very special, new and exciting evening in Wilmington," said Councilman Buscaino. "I invite all of my friends to Wilmington to experience the culture and flavor of this amazing community," RSVP HERE...

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WATCH: ADVOCATING FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 DURING BUDGET HEARINGS AT CITY HALL

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This week budget hearings began at City Hall where the Budget and Finance Committee accepted public comment relevant to next year's proposed budget. Councilman Buscaino's office was represented by Jacob Haik, Councilman Buscaino's Acting Chief of Staff, who followed up on a letter Councilman Buscaino sent to Chairman Paul Krekorian, asking for specific projects to be funded. Councilman Buscaino and his office are every opportunity to advocate for efficiencies in investing public funds toward getting the best return for every dollar the City spends. One of Councilman Buscaino's asks is for $3 million to the Office of Community Beautification Contractual Services account — to be split evenly into $200,000 portions for each of the City’s 15 council districts — that will fund more community beautification work days in conjunction with nonprofits such as the Gang Alternatives ProgramLA Conservation Corps and ShareFest. The money helps provide needed services and community benefits — along with job training for participants — that normally would cost much more if it were not done by a non-profit.READ MORE...



SHAREFEST WORK DAY TOMORROW! IT'S NOT TO LATE TO VOLUNTEER!

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Councilman Joe Buscaino is a longtime supporter of Sharefest and is excited to partner with Sharefest once again to bring positive community change. As a title sponsor, Councilman Buscaino is helping support all 10 sites within the district: the Wilmington Post Office, Fire Station 111 in Terminal Island, Wilmington Park Elementary School, Markham Bridge in Watts, Fire Station 65 in Watts, Zamora Walk in Watts, Point Fermin Annex in San Pedro, Denker Avenue Bus Stop in Harbor Gateway, the new council building in Watts, and Dana Middle School in San Pedro. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER...



ROY CHOI NAMED ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

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Councilman Buscaino congratulates Chef Roy Choi on being honored as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People! TIME cites both his and Daniel Patterson's "ambitious startup, LocoL" in Watts as one of the many reasons behind this recognition. READ MORE...



RSVP: JOIN US FOR CICLAVIA SOUTHEAST CITIES ON MAY 15TH!

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For the first time, CicLAvia will connect 6 communities in Southeast Los Angeles with an open streets event on May 15, 2016.More info on CicLAvia - Southeast Cities Presented by Metro.

The communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts will host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things to know for May 15:

- It's FREE!
- It's not a race and you don't need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart's content.
- There's no beginning or end. Start and end anywhere!
- It's from 9am - 4pm.
- The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.


MORE INFORMATION... 


I HEART WILMINGTON 4TH ANNIVERSARY

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Last Saturday Councilman Buscaino was proud to join in the celebration for the 4th Anniversary of I HEART Wilmington!



STAY IN THE KNOW, FOLLOW JOE FOR THE LATEST ON EVENTS IN DISTRICT 15

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SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EVENT IN SOUTH LA

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FREE FITNESS FIESTA THIS THURSDAY IN WILMINGTON

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DOG ADOPTION THIS SUNDAY AT BROUWERIJ WEST 


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BATTLESHIP IOWA CONCERT UNDER THE STARS

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This Saturday will feature a tribute to ABBA on the Battleship Iowa this Saturday (FREE) and in two weeks Gary Wright the musician behind "Dreamweaver" and "Love is Alive" and the Stone Temple Pilots will perform at the Warner Grand on May 13 (TICKETS). 


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino visited the locker of officer Roberto Sanchez who lost his life while on duty May 3, 2014 patrolling in Harbor City. Next Tuesday will mark the second anniversary of his passing. The messages on the locker serve both as a memorial to our fallen brother and a reminder of how fragile life is and how dangerous the job can be. 

APRIL 22ND, 2016

WATCH: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO VISITS HOMELESS WITH HIS LAHSA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

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Last weekend Councilman Buscaino accompanied his dedicated Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority outreach team as they work to build relationships with homeless individuals to help provide them with services. Several weeks ago, the Councilman put out a stat sheet which illustrated the team's engagement over the past year including 4,620 referrals. The aboveVIDEO will give you a perspective of the people they serve and the challenges they face. Thank you Gilbert Jimenez, Jardin Cooper and Pierre Kyle for all that you do on a daily basis for the communities of the 15th Council District. SEE THE STATS...



SIGN THE PETITION: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO URGES CONGRESS TO PASS MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

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On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to officially support the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 will, among many other things:

  • Modernize grants to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to homeless individuals;
  • Ensure that vets are connected with a veterans' suicide prevention specialist when calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline ;
  • Strengthen the leadership and accountability for federal mental health programs; and
  • Ensure that programs incorporate the most up-to-date approaches to treat mental health conditions.

These are all common sense solutions that need to be enacted, which is why Councilman Buscaino is asking everyone to tell Congress: pass this act! SIGN THE PETITION...



MAYOR GARCETTI RELEASES HIS 2016-2017 BUDGET

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On Wednesday, Mayor Garcetti released his proposed budget which would dedicated $138 million for homelessness as well as $150 million for street paving. It will also hire more firefighters and police officers. READ MORE...

Fox 11 reports on $138 million budget item for homelessness:

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SAVE THE DATE: WILMINGTON ART WALK CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

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Join Councilman Buscaino on May 6th for LA's newsest Cinco De Mayo celebration at The Wilmington Art Walk! Featuring performances by Trio EllasSol Pacifica,Ballet Folklorico Sol De Mexico and more! And food from The Lobos Truck,The Greasy WienerThe Grilled Cheese TruckAtomic Cafe, and more! Beer garden provided by Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill. "This will be a very special, new and exciting evening in Wilmington," said Councilman Buscaino. "I invite all of my friends to Wilmington to experience the culture and flavor of this amazing community," RSVP HERE 

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SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER: SHAREFEST WORKDAY NEXT SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH

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Councilman Joe Buscaino is a longtime supporter of Sharefest and is excited to partner with Sharefest once again to bring positive community change. As a title sponsor, Councilman Buscaino is helping support all 10 sites within the district: the Wilmington Post Office, Fire Station 111 in Terminal Island, Wilmington Park Elementary School, Markham Bridge in Watts, Fire Station 65 in Watts, Zamora Walk in Watts, Point Fermin Annex in San Pedro, Denker Avenue Bus Stop in Harbor Gateway, the new council building in Watts, and Dana Middle School in San Pedro. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER...



RSVP: JOIN THE (I HEART WILMINGTON) 4TH ANNIVERSARY PICNIC TOMORROW!

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FREE VET SERVICES FOR PETS IN WATTS THIS SUNDAY

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DOWNLOAD THE NEW BUILDING AND SAFETY APP

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This week the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) announced the launch of a new mobile app, LADBS Go, which offers customers easy access to the department’s most-requested services from their smartphones.

The frequently-requested services accessible through LADBS Go include requesting inspections, accessing permit information, reporting code violations and locating a Development Services Center (DSC). LADBS Go also provides features available exclusively on the app, including access to real-time DSC counter wait times. This feature saves customers time and money by helping them avoid long lines during busy hours.

LADBS Go also takes advantage of mobile device capabilities, including the ability to scan permit barcodes and save data to a device. The pre-programmed DSC locator directs customers to any DSC through their device’s GPS.

The intuitive interface of LADBS Go will save time and money on customer projects, especially with inspection requests. LADBS receives an average of 2,500 inspection requests daily. LADBS Go uses your smartphone's scanning feature to simplify the inspection request process; the app's auto-save feature makes it easier to request a follow-up inspection.

LADBS Go is another tool in the suite of development services enhancements and customer service improvements recently rolled out by LADBS," said Ray Chan, General Manager of the Department of Building and Safety. "Others include Online Building Records, Inspection Case Management, and Saturday inspections, all of which are designed to help our customers build well, safe, and fast."

Mobile devices currently represent nearly 20% of all methods used to request LADBS services. The department expects LADBS Go to increase mobile device access to more than 25% over the next 12 months.

LADBS Go is available for both iOS® and Android™ devices and is free to download from the App Store and on Google Play™

 


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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"I only want to see you, bathing in the purple rain." Los Angeles remembers music legend Prince. 

APRIL 15TH, 2016

LA COUNCIL PASSES INNOVATIVE CLEAN UP, GREEN UP PROGRAM

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It's taken 5 years, but Clean Up Green Up was finally adopted by the City Council on Wednesday. Clean Up Green Up is a package of groundbreaking environmental measures that will work to reduce health risks from pollution in three communities in Los Angeles including Wilmington. Councilman Buscaino also fought to include increased enforcement for existing businesses who skirt our environmental laws. READ MORE...


MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI GIVES THE STATE OF THE CITY IN HARBOR CITY

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During this annual State of the City, Mayor Garcetti made the following announcements: 

  • "I am here to announce that, this year, we will connect 15,000 young people to jobs, tripling the number of youth jobs since I took office."
  • "Los Angeles will become the largest city in the nation to commit ourselves to a new goal: Every hard working student who graduates from LAUSD will receive one free year of community college."
  • "Last year, we recovered 6,900 firearms — the most in five years. We’re going to keep taking guns — and shooters — off the streets of Los Angeles."
  • "My budget will dedicate $138 million dollars to get homeless people off the streets. That increases our investment in housing and services by ten-fold."
  • "Already, in the first three months of 2016, nearly $45 billion dollars’ worth of goods have moved through our port — the busiest first quarter in its 109-year history."

READ THE SPEECH...

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LA CITY ATTORNEY HONORS COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR EFFORTS TO STOP ILLEGAL DUMPING

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On Monday, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer honored three Council District 15 community members for their efforts to combat illegal dumping in their neighborhoods. Leland Wu of Packers Express in Wilmington used his own money to have the streets around his business paved as well as installing cameras to catch illegal dumpers. Due to his efforts the streets around his business have been taken off he chronic dumping list. David Jones of Harbor Gateway is heavily involved in the local MAC group which sponsors monthly clean ups in the Gateway and makes sure to educate students by including them in the monthly clean ups. Salvador Lara is the founder of Clean Wilmington and proactively goes around the community looking for illegal dumping site and then takes it upon himself to clean them up. Councilman Buscaino thanks each one of the City Attorney's honorees for their efforts to keep Council District 15 beautiful as well as the CD15 neighborhood prosecutor Lauren Halligan. 


EARTH DAY EVENTS IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 

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Earth Day Celebration: Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 for a volunteer opportunity, a hike with rangers, a nature-inspired art project, native plant sale, backyard birding presentation, refreshments and more. The event will be held at White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar. To sign up for the volunteer outdoor work day, call Jill Wittman at 310-541-7613 or go to http://pvplc.volunteerhub.comwww.pvplc.org.

Earth Day Fair and Coastal Bird Fest: A celebration of nature and local wildlife with a beach cleanup, educational demonstrations, music, arts and crafts, children’s activities will be held April 16. Cleanup from 8-10 a.m.; bird fest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. 310-548-7562,www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

E-Waste Recycling Collection Drive: Don’t leave electronic waste at the curb, bring it to Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. Fifth St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. Proceeds go to the National Honors Society.

Earth Day Expo and Interfaith Service: The Garden Church will host is first Earth Day event in collaboration with Green Girl Farms and the South Coast Interfaith Council. Highlights include educational booths, music, readings, garden activities and other events honoring the planet. 429 W. Sixth St. 1-6 p.m. April 24. 310-929-0547www.gardenchurchsp.org.

Wilmington 
Chalk Fest and Tree Giveaway:
 Create family-friendly art with an Earth Day theme. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. First 100 attendees provided with free chalk, or bring your own biodegradable chalk. Distribution of free trees to L.A. City residents while supplies last. Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. C St. Free. www.portoflosangeles.org

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SAVE THE DATE: WILMINGTON ART WALK CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

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Councilman Buscaino is working hard to reestablish Avalon Blvd. as the center of life and culture in Wilmington. This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration will be one of the largest in the entire city and will solidify Avalon as one of the great streets in Los Angeles. "Lets make this celebration a tradition in Wilmington," said Buscaino. "I am beyond impressed with the passion and organizational skills brought forth by the Avalon Arts and Cultural Alliance. I am proud to partner with them and with "We Are the Next" to make the Cinco De Mayo Wilmington Art Walk a true success."


COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTIONS

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I HEART WILMINGTON PICNIC NEXT SATURDAY

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WATCH: COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO HONORED TO BE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE 2016 SHAREFEST WORKDAYON APRIL 30TH

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Councilman Buscaino is proud to be a Title Sponsor of the 2016 Sharefest Workday, an annual community-building and service day that mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages to work on community projects designed to meet tangible needs. Sharefest volunteers clean, plant, refurbish, and beautify schools, parks, and public facilities at no cost to recipients. 

Some of the projects in Council District 15 that you could volunteer to help beautify include:


It is important to note that because Sharefest is volunteer-based, Councilman Buscaino is leveraging half a million dollars of value in community improvements! Please consider volunteering on April 30 and participating in the annual Sharefest Workday. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER...


REMINDER: REPORT INCIDENTS YOU SEE TO 311, 1-877-ASK-LAPD, 911

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WILLOWBROOK/ROSA PARKS STATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT METRO MEETING IN WATTS

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There are two upcoming meetings for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project to help improve the busy station that also serves as the transfer point between the Blue Line and Green Line. The improved station will include: new lighting and signage; upgraded stairs, elevators and escalators; a civic plaza with a Metro customer service center; bike station; transit security facility, and; enhanced connections to the surrounding community. 

The meetings are a chance for Metro to share the latest project information with riders and stakeholders. The meetings will also include county representatives who will be available to provide updates on other projects near the station.

The meetings are: 

Tuesday, April 19
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Tuesday, May 17
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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On Monday Councilman Buscaino participated in the naming of Vin Scully Avenue at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Councilman Buscaino also had the honor of bringing his father Matteo with him to experience this historic day.

APRIL 8TH, 2016

COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO TO SPONSOR SHAREFEST WORKDAY APRIL 30TH

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Councilman Buscaino is proud to be a Title Sponsor of the 2016 Sharefest Workday, an annual community-building and service day that mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages to work on community projects designed to meet tangible needs. Sharefest volunteers clean, plant, refurbish, and beautify schools, parks, and public facilities at no cost to recipients. 

For 12 years, Sharefest has joined over 50,000 volunteers and organizations to complete 2,500 projects in the greater South Bay and L.A. Harbor areas to create positive change in their communities. This year some of the projects in Council District 15 include painting a mural on the restroom building at Pt. Fermin Park in San Pedro, fixing the 204th St. bus stop in the Harbor Gateway, revitalizing the Post Office, Fire Station 11, and Wilmington Park Elementary in Wilmington, and beautifying the 103rd St Parkway, Watts City Hall, Zamora Walk and Markham Bridge in Watts. 

It is important to note that because Sharefest is volunteer-based, Councilman Buscaino is leveraging half a million dollars of value in community improvements! Please consider volunteering on April 30 and participating in the annual Sharefest Workday. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER...



WATCH: HIGHPARK GRADING BEGINS IN SAN PEDRO

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Grading work begins at the former Ponte Vista property recently renamed Highpark. Developer iStar says total build out will take 4-5 years. WATCH...



HARRY BRIDGES SPAN BASKETBALL TEAM PLAYS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Congratulations the Harry Bridges Span basketball team for making it all the way to the championship game at the Staples Center! Harry Bridges Span's basketball team is coached by Marcus Crawshaw and went undefeated for the season before making it to the championships to compete against a team from a school with over 1,500 students (Harry Bridges has a school population of 400, K-8th). The team made a heroic effort and lost by just two point in the last eight seconds of the game. This is the second time this year that a Harry Bridges Span team has made it to the championships. The school's football team played and won their game at the Coliseum earlier this year. 



SAVE THE DATE: SAN PEDRO SHRED: FESTIVAL OF SKATE SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH

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Spread the word, Shred is back! RSVP...



WILMINGTON MEET AND GREET WITH THE NEW LAPD HARBOR CAPTAIN MICHAEL OREB
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AN ABALONE AFFAIR AT THE CABRILLO AQUARIUM 

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HARBOR AREA RECODE LA PUBLIC FORUM TOMORROW

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EARTH DAY CHALK FESTIVAL ON THE LA WATERFRONT NEXT WEEKEND

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FREE VETERINARY EXAMS, SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC AND MORE IN WATTS ON APRIL 24TH

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino joined the Watts Gang Taskforce for their 10th Anniversary Gala last Friday night. 

APRIL 1ST, 2016

WATCHLISTEN AND READ: 56.11 - SIDEWALK CAMPING - ORDINANCE CHANGES APPROVED IN CITY COUNCIL

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On Wednesday, the LA City Council voted to adopt Councilman Buscaino's amendments to the city's ordinance requiring the removal of tents from city sidewalks during daytime hours and limiting personal possessions to a 60 gallon equivalent bin. The ordinance also changes the 72-hour notice of an encampment cleanup to a 24-hour notice. 

While the City is working towards solutions to permanently house our homeless population, daytime tents attract crime and predators and must be eliminated for the health and safety of our homeless population and of our city. The City Council moved forward with a balanced approach that sets reasonable rules and limitations on how much, what kind, and where property can be stored in public. 

This ordinance strikes that proper balance: it allows the homeless to keep as much personal property as can fit in a standard blue recycling bin, but, it cannot: block ADA pathways, be within 10 feet of an entrance or exit, or pose a hazard to public health. The ordinance passed on Wednesday will not solve homelessness; it merely provides an interim fix to deal with one of the impacts, while we continue to implement the long term strategies each and everyday. 

"We need a multi-pronged and comprehensive approach to address homeless not just our district, but across the City and this ordinance is an important part of that approach," said Councilman Buscaino. READ MORE...

LISTEN to Councilman Buscaino defend the new ordinance on AirTalk with Larry Mantle. 

8 STEP HOMELESSNESS ACTION PLAN PROGRESS REPORT

Each month Councilman Buscaino will provide an update on the 8-Step Homelessness Action Plan. 

Step 1: Expansion of our LAHSA Emergency Response Team and Adding the Mental Health Street Team
UPDATE:  Last week Councilman Buscaino released his LAHSA Emergency Response Team statistics which revealed the outstanding work the team has done in District 15 while also highlighting the complexity of providing services. The City cannot force an individual to accept help and these statistic show the effort it takes to build relationships with someone to get them to the place to accept help. SEE THE STATS...

Step 2: Create a downtown San Pedro and Gaffey St. Foot Beat Patrol
COMPLETED: WATCH...

Step 3: Calling on our South Bay neighbors to develop a comprehensive approach to homelessness 
UPDATE: Early this year, Councilman Buscaino held the first South Bay Cities Homelessness Committee meeting. This forum was created for cities to work together, share ideas and experiences to address homelessness across the region and yesterday, the County followed Councilman Buscaino's lead and asked 54 cities to contribute money to a range of county homeless initiatives. READ MORE about this exciting effort here...

Step 4: Promoting more public and private and investment into Permanent Supportive Housing
UPDATE:  San Pedro Chamber of Commerce hosted a workshop educating landlords about Section 8 housing vouchers. In order to fully address homelessness the City must also address its affordable housing crisis and one way to do that is to expand the City and surrounding communities' supply of Section 8 housing, so we can prevent people from falling into homelessness. If you are a property owner interested in learning more about Section 8 Housing please attend the April 7th Owner Orientation from 10am to 12:30pm at HACLA 2600 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90057 Board Room, Lobby. Please call (213) 252-4249 to RSVP. Learn more about Section 8 Landlord Benefits here. Late in 2015 Councilman Buscaino also helped open the 79-unit Vermont Villas supportive housing project which mainly serves homeless veterans in the Harbor Gateway.

Step 5: San Pedro and Wilmington Homelessness Taskforces
UPDATE: The San Pedro and Wilmington Taskforces have been working in their communities to address each neighborhoods specific problems. The Wilmington Taskforce forces has been meeting for the past couple of months and is working on creating storage for service providers working with the homeless to not only store supplies, but also furniture so when a person is placed into housing the providers can help make it feel like home to help keep the person in housing.

Step 6: On-going encampment clean-ups
UPDATE:  Throughout Council District 15, the City's Watershed Protection Unit is keeping our public areas and parks safe and clean by routinely removing hazardous waste. SEE THE PHOTOS... 

Step 7: Develop City and County Road Maps to Address Homelessness 
COMPLETED: The Los Angeles City Council approved the Comprehensive Homeless Strategy. This strategy lays out the road map for the city's efforts over the next decade to address homelessness. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also approved their homeless strategies in February. 

Step 8: Promote Services Providers in Council District 15 
UPDATE: So far the community has raised over $4,600 for Harbor Interfaith not including in kind donations and volunteer hours. If you would like to donate click here

 


WATCH: LA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW COMPREHENSIVE SIDEWALK REPAIR POLICY

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On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council approved a comprehensive plan for fixing sidewalks for years to come, sending the message that help is on the way for every sidewalk in the City. 

The new program will provide one free repair to every sidewalk in the City over the next 30 years with priority given to residents with disabilities. Property owners who do not want to wait for their free repair can get an approximately 50% cash rebate for repairs they make to their own sidewalks under a limited time program. DIY repairs will also have permit and inspection fees waived. 

Program roll out will begin this summer. Repairs will have a 20 year, or until one additional fix, warranty before responsibility for maintaining the sidewalk will be returned to the property owners. LA sidewalks have been broken and in an embarrassing state for over 40 years and Councilman Buscaino is proud to have championed moving this plan forward as Public Works Committee Chair. 



WATCH: WELCOMING CAPTAIN OREB TO HARBOR DIVISION

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This week community members welcomed the new Harbor Division Captain Michael Oreb to the District. 


COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO HELPS RAISE OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR DIABETES RESEARCH

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This week Councilman Buscaino was roasted at the 19th Annual Los Angeles Political Roast helping raise over $500,000 for the American Diabetes Association. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Controller Ron Galperin, and Mayor Eric Garcetti assisted with the roasting. 


COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE TOMORROW IN WATTS

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SAVE THE DATE: CICLAVIA SOUTHEAST CITIES

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READ: BUSCAINO DEPUTY BUILDS COMMUNITY WITH BICYCLES 

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Ten years ago, no one rode a bike through Watts—or even came to Watts, according to local John Jones III. But a lot has changed in the South Los Angeles neighborhood since then, thanks in large part to the bicycle club Jones and his family started in 2008, the East Side Riders. READ MORE...


FREE CONCERT FOR DISTRICT 15 RESIDENTS AT THE WARNER GRAND TOMORROW

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YO! WATTS COMMUNITY CORNER PARTY TOMORROW
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SPRING AND SUMMER CALENDAR FOR THE LA WATERFRONT
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COME GIVE YOUR INPUT ON LA ANIMAL SERVICES

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HARBOR L.I.T.E.S FUNDRAISER FOR LA HARBOR DIVISION

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino celebrated the holidays this weekend with family and wishes everyone a happy and blessed spring. 

MARCH 25TH, 2016

HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM UPDATE

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Homeless have become a familiar sight to all of us. Many feel not enough is being done and Councilman Buscaino agrees. Since last February, Councilman Buscaino's homeless outreach team has been working hard everyday in an attempt to reach and help as many people who are willing to accept help. Starting this week, Councilman Buscaino will be regularly sharing the homeless outreach statistics for District 15. So far the outreach team has made 1,482 contacts between Feb. 1, 2015 - March 11, 2016. They made a total of 4,620 referrals and 235 Emergency Housing and Detox Placements. This is a herculean task. There are many challenges and there will continue to be challenges, but Councilman Buscaino's staff, LAHSA outreach team, and the dedicated volunteers and donors in the community are committed to doing the work that makes a real change in people's lives. If you would like to help please consider donating to Harbor InterfaithDONATE...


CLEAN STREETS HERO HONORED AT CITY HALL

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A huge congratulations to Diana Medel of Wilmington who was honored by the Board of Public Works as a Clean Streets Hero. A Clean Streets Hero is a Neighborhood Council board member that has led, organized, and/or supported community clean up efforts in the community. Diana has been instrumental in carrying out clean up efforts throughout Wilmington and for that we thank her for her hard work and dedication. 



WATTS: MARKHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATE ROBOTIC ARM AND CERT GRADUATION

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The Markham Middle School MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) program students were working hard this spring break. These students who all have a 4.0 or higher GPA and are not only learning about robotics, but they are also creating a robotic arm for their entry into the MESA competition this April. Also, this week 22 community members finished becoming CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified and 33 community members became CPR certified. 

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UNITED WILMINGTON YOUTH FOUNDATION COMMEMORATES THE LIFE OF CESAR CHAVEZ

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This week the United Wilmington Youth Foundation (UWYF) represented the community at the AQMD luncheon commemorating the life of Cesar Chavez. Serla Rodriguez, Christian Rodriguez, Lorenzo Rodriguez, Monique Barajas had the chance to meet with California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and discuss the mission of UWYF to foster, build and encourage a more united community by providing alternative educational program opportunities at a youth-to-adult training center, promoting a strong educational and technological pathway to port careers empowering the entire community to advocate for a higher standard of living. Cesar Chavez Day is a national commemorative holiday in the U.S. observed this Monday. It is aimed at celebrating the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist.



JOIN US IN WELCOMING HARBOR DIVISION CAPTAIN MICHAEL OREB NEXT TUESDAY

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I HEART WILMINGTON SWAP MEET THIS WEEKEND

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FREE SPRING EVENTS IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15: EGG HUNTS, PRIZES, CRAFTS AND MORE!

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Spring Eggstravganza Games, Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts
Friday, March 25th, 2:00pm ‐ 4:00pm, ages: 5-12, Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse 3800 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548‐7554

Spring Hunt Special Event
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am‐12:00pm, ages: varies, Banning Recreation Center 1331 Eubank Street Wilmington, CA 90744 (310) 548‐7776

Spring Festival Egg Hunts, Arts and Crafts and Photos with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 26th, 11:00am ‐ 2:00pm, ages: 3-12, Harbor City Recreation Center 24901 Frampton Avenue Harbor City, CA 90710, (310) 548‐7729

Spring Egg Hunt Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am, ages: 3-11, Normandale Recreation Center 22400 S. Halldale Avenue Harbor Gateway, CA 90501 (310) 328‐3689

Spring Eggstravangaza Giveaways, Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts, and Food
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am ‐ 2:00pm, ages: all, Rosecrans Recreation Center 840 West 149th Street Harbor Gateway, CA 90247 (310) 327‐365

Earth Day Begin the day caring for our Earth with a beach cleanup at 8am. Then at 10am head over to CMA to interact with local agencies and environmental groups, make projects to take home. Visit the Salt Marsh, and much more. 
Saturday, April 16, 10:00am ‐ 3:00pm, ages: all, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548‐7562



ST. PATRICK'S DAY PET PARADE ON THE LA WATERFRONT TOMORROW

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SANDWICH SALOON 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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Join Councilman Buscaino on Friday, April 1st for the 30th Anniversary of the Sandwich Saloon, 813 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, from 10am to 4pm. 



HARBOR GATEWAY NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTION REGISTRATION AND FREE SHREDDING

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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The City of Los Angeles stood in solidarity this week with Brussels, Belgium and lit up City Hall with the colors of the Belgium flag to honor the victims of this week's horrific attacks. Photo Credit: @sh8dyone.

MARCH 18TH, 2016

WATCH: LA MOVES FORWARD WITH COMPREHENSIVE SIDEWALK PROPOSAL

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A joint Public Works and Budget committee session this week unanimously agreed to move forward on a new comprehensive sidewalk policy for the City. The plan still needs to be voted on by the entire Council, but since the vote was unanimous, the proposal already has enough support to pass.

The proposal will create a cash rebate program for DIY repairs, prioritize sidewalk repairs for residents with disabilities, emphasize diverse hiring, and provide one no-cost repair to every sidewalk in the City.

The City Council has spent over a year carefully crafting this new comprehensive sidewalk policy for the City of Los Angeles and now it is ready to move forward and get the work done. This policy accelerates decades of overdue repairs and keeps the City’s promise to residents to fix sidewalks.

The City will also establish a cash rebate program to incentivize proactive repairs by property owners who do not want to wait in line to get their free City repair. This limited-time rebate program will pay property owners a cash rebate per square foot of sidewalk repaired at a rate of approximately 50% of the average repair cost per square foot. The rebate program will also eliminate all permit and inspection fees related to the do-it-yourself repair. This also stretches the city's repair budget so that there is more money to fix sidewalks faster.

Twenty percent of the annual repair program budget will be set aside for those repairs requested by residents with disabilities.

The proposal will also explore tree removal mitigation measures to preserve the urban forest and explore the use of alternative materials for sidewalk construction.


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DAILY BREEZE: SIDEWALK CAMPING DISCUSSED IN CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE

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By Donna Littlejohn, Daily Breeze

It’s been nearly a year since city officials conducted a high-profile sweep of a budding homeless encampment in front of the closed Ante’s Restaurant in San Pedro.

Still, the battle for the streets goes on.

In what has become a semi-permanent harbor skid row district, rows and rows of tents, shopping carts and tarps rotate around the port community’s Post Office, Plaza Park overlooking the Main Channel, and city sidewalks on Seventh, Eighth and Palos Verdes streets.

At one 1 p.m. today, the Los Angeles City Council’s homelessness and poverty committee will take another crack at a revised ordinance designed to toughen enforcement options for the city’s tens of thousands of street dwellers. 

Referred to by City Hall staffers simply by its code designation of “56.11,” the ordinance addresses such issues as how to deal with storage and the possessions of those who live on the streets. It also bans tents on the sidewalks during daytime hours — from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. — but does allow the homeless to set up tents and sleep in them overnight.

READ MORE...


YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT DELEGATES VISIT AND ARE HONORED AT CITY HALL

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This week Councilman Buscaino stood with the future leaders of Los Angeles and California in the City Council Chambers. California YMCA Youth & Government's Model Legislature and Court program is run and led by 3,300+ students each year with the support from over 250 volunteers. Since 1948 the program has served over 70,000 youth in California through its middle school and high school programs. Councilman Buscaino honored Youth and Government and the 68th Youth Governor Nicolas Gardner for his incredible service to our state. 


COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO JOINS SNAPCHAT @JOEBUSCAINO

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Follow Councilman Buscaino's Snapchat for the latest updates on Watts, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway North and South, Harbor City and San Pedro. 



RSVP: LA WATERFRONT BIKE RODEO TOMORROW: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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WATTS CERT TRAINING COMPLETED

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This week 33 Watts residents were trained in CPR/First Aid by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and South LA/Watts Teen CERT.


PORT OF LA INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 25TH

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The Port of Los Angeles is now accepting resumes from college students for the 2016 Summer Internship Program.  More information can be found at: https://www.portoflosangeles.org/contact/internship.asp and you can find the application at:  https://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/2016_Summer_Internship_Application_Form.pdf.  Deadline to apply is March 25, 2016. 


FREE SPRING EVENTS IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 15: EGG HUNTS, PRIZES, CRAFTS AND MORE!

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Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts, Live Music, Free Giveaways and More!
Saturday, March 19th, 10:00am‐1:00pm, ages: 5‐12, 109th Street Recreation Center, 1464 East 109th Street Watts, CA 90059, (323) 566‐4561

Spring Egg Hunt, Games, and Prizes
Saturday, March 19th, 10:00am‐12:00pm, ages: 13 and under, Bogdanovich Recreation Center 1920 Cumbre Drive San Pedro, CA 90732, (310) 548‐7590

Spring Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts, Egg Dying, Prizes
Saturday, March 19th, 11:00am‐2:00pm, all ages, Peck Park Recreation Center 560 North Western Avenue San Pedro, CA 90732, (310) 548‐7580

Spring Egg Hunt Egg Hunt at 11:00 a.m. sharp, Come Early for Arts and Crafts and Popcorn
Saturday, March 19th, 10:30 am ‐ 12:00pm, 2-10 years, Point Fermin Lighthouse 807 West Paseo Del Mar San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 241‐0684

Spring Egg Hunt Come and join the fun in search of treats! Bring your own basket or other container; make & take crafts, moon bouncer & candy prizes for first 100 children.
Saturday, March 19th, 11:00am ‐ 2:00pm, ages: 5 to 14, Wilmington Recreation Center 325 North Neptune Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744 (310) 548‐7645

Spring Eggstravganza Games, Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts
Friday, March 25th, 2:00pm ‐ 4:00pm, ages: 5-12, Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse 3800 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548‐7554

Spring Hunt Special Event
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am‐12:00pm, ages: varies, Banning Recreation Center 1331 Eubank Street Wilmington, CA 90744 (310) 548‐7776

Spring Festival Egg Hunts, Arts and Crafts and Photos with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 26th, 11:00am ‐ 2:00pm, ages: 3-12, Harbor City Recreation Center 24901 Frampton Avenue Harbor City, CA 90710, (310) 548‐7729

Spring Egg Hunt Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am, ages: 3-11, Normandale Recreation Center 22400 S. Halldale Avenue Harbor Gateway, CA 90501 (310) 328‐3689

Spring Eggstravangaza Giveaways, Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts, and Food
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00am ‐ 2:00pm, ages: all, Rosecrans Recreation Center 840 West 149th Street Harbor Gateway, CA 90247 (310) 327‐365

Earth Day Begin the day caring for our Earth with a beach cleanup at 8am. Then at 10am head over to CMA to interact with local agencies and environmental groups, make projects to take home. Visit the Salt Marsh, and much more. 
Saturday, April 16, 10:00am ‐ 3:00pm, ages: all, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548‐7562


I HEART WILMINGTON SWAPMEET NEXT WEEKEND

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RSVP: LA FLEET WEEK THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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LA Fleet Week will be held on Labor Day Weekend 2016 at the LA Waterfront. RSVP and MORE INFO...


FREE CONCERT FOR DISTRICT 15 RESIDENTS

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This weekend hundreds of people turned out for the first I HEART Watts annual picnic at Ted Watkins Memorial Park. 

 

MARCH 11TH, 2016

PORT TECH LA'S ANNUAL EXPO

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On Thursday at PortTechLA's annual PortTechExpo Councilman Buscaino spoke about creating a mecca along the LA Waterfront for talented entrepreneurs looking to make their mark in green tech industries. PortTechLA has already helped start the creation of Silicon Harbor here on the LA Waterfront - a place where entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can come together to advance clean technologies. The Harbor area is an excellent place for new start-up companies to establish their roots with office rent as low as $2 a square foot and retail as low as a dollar a square foot.

"In order for our vision of the Harbor Area to become a reality, we need not only the community amenities necessary for a modern-day active lifestyle that attracts visitors, we need to attract new industry to set up shop here. We need the tech industry to bring their workforce here. We need Green Tech to thrive here," said Buscaino.

"We are in a district of Los Angeles that is home to the region’s largest job generators - The Ports of LA and Long Beach. However, we have to look beyond our reliance on goods movement and adopt opportunities around tourism, technology, and science," he said.



PORT OF LA HAS BUSIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD

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The Port of Los Angeles handled 713,721 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February 2016, an increase of 42 percent compared to the previous year. It was the busiest February in the port’s 109-year history and comes on the heels of its best January volumes.

“Back to back record months to start 2016 indicate consumer confidence in the U.S. economy and strong shipper confidence in our terminal and supply chain partners to deliver on speed and efficiency,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

 


COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO LEADS EFFORT TO BRING NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES' CITY SUMMIT IN 2018

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On Saturday March 5th, the National League of Cities (NLC) Board unanimously voted to select Los Angeles as the host city for the 2018 City Summit. The NLC’s City Summit brings together 3,800 elected leaders, guests and speakers for four days to showcase collaborative solutions to the issues facing local governments across the country. 

“I am thrilled to bring thousands of new faces to discover Los Angeles in 2018,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “The City Summit will allow Los Angeles to showcase its success stories with the country as well as learn best practices from other cities regarding the most important issues that face our residents.” 

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board estimated that the City Summit would generate at least $4.7 million dollars in direct business sales and nearly half a million dollars in local sales taxes. 


NEW COMPUTER LAB DONATED TO AVALON HIGH SCHOOL

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In partnership with ShareFest Community Development, students at Avalon Continuation School published a book of poems to share with the community. Each piece reflects personal stories of struggle and triumph. Councilman Buscaino thanks Sharefest for its investment in our continuation schools throughout the district as well as Tesoro Corporation for donating $10,000 for a new school computer lab.



STEM WORKSHOP IN WILMINGTON THIS WEEKEND

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SIGN UP: WATTS WHOLE COMMUNITY CERT INITIATIVE

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The South Los Angeles Teen CERT Collaborative invites you to participate in free CERT/CPR/First Aid Training. Adults and youth (12 and up) are welcome to sign up. 

Training Schedule

March 11, 2016 (5:00 PM- 8:30 PM)

March 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

March 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)

March 18, 2016 (5:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

March 19, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

SIGN UP HERE...


PORT OF LOS ANGELES $1 MILLION COMMUNITY GRANT PROCESS BEGINS
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BIKE RODEO NEXT WEEKEND 

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FREE CONCERT FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 RESIDENTS

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NEW GAS COMPANY PAYMENT BRANCH GRAND OPENING THIS MONDAY AT 9AM

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This week Councilman Buscaino joined the entire country in mourning the passing of First Lady Nancy Reagan. 

 

MARCH 4TH, 2016

PORTS O' CALL TO BE REDEVELOPED AND RE-BRANDED "SAN PEDRO PUBLIC MARKET"

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Plans were unveiled Wednesday to the public to re-brand Ports O'Call as the San Pedro Public Market. The 30-acre first phase, expected to be completed in 2020, would feature an open-air amphitheater, a Ferris wheel and event spaces amid a hub of culinary markets with restaurants, shops and boutique-style office space. 

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By Donna Littlejohn/Daily Breeze

Developers rolled out plans for a new Ports O’ Call on Wednesday, unveiling a new name — San Pedro Public Market — and a more authentic wharf-and-warehouse look reminiscent of San Francisco’s successful waterfront.

The first phase of the ambitious $100 million waterfront makeover is slated to be finished in 2020, officials said.

“This has been talked about for decades,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “We’re finally there and we’re no longer (just) talking about it.”

 The plans also passed the big test, a preview presentation Wednesday night at a packed Warner Grand Theatre, where long-skeptical residents and business owners gathered for the latest of what have been a string of Ports O’ Call revival plan meetings over the years.

“I just want to say ‘Wow, wow, wow,’ ” said Jenny Krusoe, executive director of AltaSea, the marine research lab that will be located near the project.

CONTINUE READING DAILY BREEZE STORY......

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Watch the San Pedro Public Market Community Meeting HERE...

According to developer Wayne Ratkovich, the six principles that guided the redevelopment plans include:

1. The site is publicly owned. Therefore it has to be very public in its use. Open to all, to residents and visitors alike.

2. The redevelopment of the site should serve to improve the quality of life in San Pedro, Wilmington and beyond.

3. It should become a landmark of lasting stature in Southern California.

4. The development should attract entrepreneurial tenants that collectively create a unique experience in Southern California. A special emphasis is to be placed on those foods and products that relate to the ocean front location.

5. The development should connect the waterfront to downtown San Pedro and serve as a stimulant of revitalization of downtown San Pedro.

6. The use should begin to connect various attractions and activities along the San Pedro and Wilmington waterfront. 

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MAYOR GARCETTI TOURS COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

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On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti took an abbreviated tour of Council District 15. The Mayor started off with lunch atSanta Luna, a Wilmington gem with some of the best ceviche in the City and a five-star rating on Yelp. Mayor Garcetti honored Santa Luna Chef Antonio for his contributions to the Wilmington community before heading to San Pedro for the unveiling of the San Pedro Public Market. After the unveiling, Councilman Buscaino and the Mayor headed to Nickerson Gardens in Watts to play basketball with local students and CSP officers and visit the new Boys and Girls Club. 

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COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF NOW OPEN IN HARBOR CITY

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Councilman Buscaino welcomed the first Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to his district on Thursday. The new store has a drive thru, created 15 jobs and is located at 1307 W. Sepulveda Blvd in Harbor City. HOURS AND DIRECTIONS...



BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB RENOVATED IN WATTS

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Councilman Buscaino welcomes the beautiful new Boys and Girls Club facility to Nickerson Gardens in Watts. MORE INFORMATION...



SOUTH LA CONSTRUCTION AND JOB FAIR THIS THURSDAY

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SURVEY: LA SANITATION NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK 

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COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO TO JOIN ASSEMBLYMEMBER O'DONNELL AND SENATOR HALL FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

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RSVP | Get Directions



STEM WORKSHOP IN WILMINGTON NEXT WEEKEND

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SIGN UP: WATTS WHOLE COMMUNITY CERT INITIATIVE

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The South Los Angeles Teen CERT Collaborative invites you to participate in free CERT/CPR/First Aid Training. Adults and youth (12 and up) are welcome to sign up. 

Training Schedule

March 11, 2016 (5:00 PM- 8:30 PM)

March 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

March 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)

March 18, 2016 (5:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

March 19, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

SIGN UP HERE...



13TH ANNUAL LA HARBOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL KICKS-OFF


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Over 4,500 people came out Saturday for the grand opening of Brouwerij West at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. 

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2016

VIDE0: STATE OF THE DISTRICT - THE FUTURE OF THE LA WATERFRONT

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By Donna Littlejohn/Daily Breeze

San Pedro’s popular Red Car — modified to run on light rail — will return as a feature of the new Ports O’Call makeover, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said Thursday.

The announcement was the highlight of a waterfront update to preview the much-anticipated public rollout Wednesday of the first phase of Ports O’Call plans by the L.A. Waterfront Alliance. It was at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles and sponsored by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. About 400 people gathered.

“We took note of the public’s displeasure, frustration and even anger last September when the Red Car was taken out of service,” Buscaino said of the Port of Los Angeles’ decision, prompted by the realignment of Sampson Way and other waterfront developments that would conflict with the rail line.

“We saw how much it meant to the community, to the city and to our history

That is when we knew that it must become a part of the new development.” CONTINUE READING.

It is important to note that the return of the Red Car would not be possible without the persistent ingenuity of Jerico Development brothers Alan and Eric Johnson who are a part of the LA Waterfront Alliance developers team for the new Ports O'Call property along with Wayne Ratkovich. 

Please join the LA Waterfront Alliance, including Wayne Ratkovich and Alan and Eric Johnson, next Wednesday at 6pm at the Warner Grand Theatre for their reveal of the new waterfront development at Ports O'Call.
 RSVP HERE and LEARN MORE HERE...

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Following Councilman Buscaino's "Future of the LA Waterfront" speech the community joined Brouwerij West's co-owners Brian Mercer and Dave Holop in a ribbon cutting to officially open the brewery. The public grand opening will be celebrated Saturday! LA MAGAZINE Q&A with Mercer and Holop....

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SAN PEDRO NATIVE MICHAEL OREB NAMED NEW HARBOR DIVISION CAPTAIN

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Los Angeles police Capt. Michael Oreb, a San Pedro native, has been named commander of the LAPD’s Harbor Division station, city officials announced Tuesday.

He begins on March 20.

The appointment comes amid an uptick in crime and homelessness that has battered the Harbor Area in recent months, prompting two communitywide forums that packed the Warner Grand Theatre.

Oreb brings experience in working with the homeless on Skid Row as commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division following stints with the department’s Hollywood Area Gang Impact Team, which brought him a meritorious unit citation from the LAPD. He went on to become commanding officer of Hollywood detectives and was promoted to captain of Central Patrol Division in 2012. READ MORE...



LEADING THE WAY WITH SOLAR ENERGY

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On Thursday, Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Buscaino turned on the new solar panels on the roof of Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles which will produce 1.21 megawatts of solar power for the new Feed-In Tariff project.

The Interconnection is a good example of a community increasing the capture of local energy dollars with energy generation, as well as using local labor and materials for the construction. 

Councilman Buscaino is committed and supports ensuring the continuation of programs like this to boost the local economy by investing in new rooftop solar. Councilman Buscaino commends the Los Angeles Business Council on their efforts to reach the goal of generating a third of the City’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020. With this project and many others, the City is well on the way to making the Port of Los Angeles the greenest, most sustainable Port not only in the country, but the world.



AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: HONORING TIM WATKINS AND WLCAC


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The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is a non-profit, community-based, human social services organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for South Central Los Angeles residents. Lead by President and CEO Tim Watkins, the WLCAC has provided over 50 years of service to the Watts community. Born out of the aftermath of the Watts riots in 1965, the WLCAC now serves more than 3,600 unduplicated homeless clients each year, provides job training and job placement, operates one of the largest senior citizen programs in the LA area, and conducts cultural programming in the community. 
As a part of African American History Month, Councilman Buscaino honors and recognizes the great works that the WLCAC is doing in the Watts community under the leadership of Tim Watkins.  LEARN MORE...



MIGUEL GIVES SURPRISE PERFORMANCE AT DANA MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Grammy-nominated R&B singer Miguel proved that stardom has not made him forget where he came from. The "Adorn" crooner headed home to his old stomping grounds, Dana Middle School, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of San Pedro, to treat some lucky students to a surprise performance at their third annual talent show. READ MORE...



STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ENGINEERING WEEK AT CITY HALL

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This week Taper Elementary School and Dana Middle School students participated in Engineering Week at the Los Angeles City Hall. For the second year in a row Dana Middle School took home a major competition win when Dana student Helena Ashmore won the City's middle school level engineering competition!



RSVP: LUNCH MOB AT JACARANDA GOURMET IN SAN PEDRO THIS MONDAY

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Please join Councilman Buscaino next Monday at Jacaranda Gourmet for a Lunch Mob from 12pm to 1pm. RSVP HERE...



COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF GRAND OPENING IN HARBOR CITY

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BIKE RODEO AT THE PORT OF LA

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Last Friday, solar trash cans were delivered to Avalon Blvd. as a part of the implementation of the On Avalon Roadmap. You can learn more about solar trash cans HERE

 

FEBRUARY 19TH, 2016

ON AVALON BLVD AND GAFFEY STREET PLANS RELEASED

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This week Councilman Buscaino announced the release of the On Avalon Roadmap and the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan which were created with help from community partners LA-Más and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative. The On Avalon Roadmap kicks off this month with the installation of solar-powered trash cans and continues with street lighting improvements and the opening of the small business concierge and makeover support programs. Additionally, in January we kicked off the community input meetings for the revitalization of the Wilmington Town Square also on Avalon. For the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan, a construction contract has been signed to begin project implementation which is set to start in the end of 2016 and continue into 2018.



AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: COUNCILMAN HONORS TWO WATTS LEGENDS WITH SQUARE NAMING

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On Friday, Councilman Buscaino stood with the Watts Area Ministers and recognized the powerful and positive impacts that Congressman Augustus Hawkins and Watts legend Harold Hambrick left on the community. Congressman Augustus Hawkins was the first African American from California to serve in Congress and was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement. Harold Hambrick was dedicated to increasing the profile of Watts and serving his community and was involved with the Watts Health Foundation, the Black Business Expo and the Watts Summer Festival and Christmas Parade.  In recognition of these men's legacies, the City of Los Angeles has named the intersection of 103rd St and Compton Ave. Augustus Freeman Hawkins and Harold Hambrick, Jr. Square.



TRASH CAPTURED AND REMOVED AFTER EL NIÑO RAINS

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New trash nets funded by Proposition O collected 27.5 tons of trash from the January rains alone and prevented the debris from entering the Wilmington Drain and Machado Lake. The trash and debris are trapped behind a set of bars and nets and then removed. Twenty-two trash nets that collected the debris have been replaced and are ready for the next storm. Every year trash dumped in our streets enters the storm-water drain system and ends up in our lakes and oceans. Learn how you can help stop storm-water pollution HERE...

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GREAT STREETS LAUNCHES $200,000 ARTS ACTIVATION FUND

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply. LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE...



SR 47 FREEWAY CLOSURE: TODAY THROUGH MONDAY

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PET PARADE TOMORROW

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

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BEACH CLEAN UP NEXT WEEKEND

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Please join the LAPD Cadets, Cabrillo Beach Boosters, Shannon Ross and Leslie Jones at a much needed beach clean up on Saturday February 27th at 9AM at the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse, 3800 Stephen M White Dr. San Pedro, CA 90731. Service hours for high schoolers will be offered. 



PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino joined with residents and Harbor police officers to announce the roll out of a pilot jail transport system which will allow officers to focus on patrolling, rather than having to transport detainees up and down the Harbor Freeway. READ MORE...

 

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2016

SOUTH BAY CITIES MEET AND LA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW INITIATIVES REGARDING HOMELESSNESS

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On Thursday Councilman Buscaino chaired the first South Bay Cities Council of Governments' Homeless Services Committee meeting. This meeting is a product of Step 3 of his Homelessness Action Plan which is focused on streamlining the South Bay’s collective response to homelessness. This unprecedented effort will help coordinate services across our entire region. The South Bay's collective dedication to homelessness was evident in the fact that the South Bay Service Provider Area was the only one in the county where every city opted in to be counted for the annual homelessness count.

That meeting was held just one day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a comprehensive blueprint to address homelessness over the next decade in Los Angeles. The plan is a long term road map which includes strategies to prevent individuals from becoming homeless, centralized case management to ensure the most efficient use of resources, housing to provide short and long-term solutions unique to the needs of the homeless individual or family, and on-going support.

Funding for certain immediate strategies in this blueprint will be provided for during the current fiscal year, some will be provided for in the next fiscal year, and the majority will need additional revenue through a voter-approved ballot measure, which is in the process of being developed.

"I am also leading the charge in the LA City Council to pass amendments to municipal code section 56.11, which will limit the amount of personal property the homeless can keep in public areas, require homeless individuals to remove tents and tarps during daytime and reduce the notice period of Sanitation cleanups from 72 to 24 hours. This ordinance will help untie the hands of our officers who are doing their best to balance the complexity between personal freedoms and public safety," said Buscaino.



AMVETS' WELCOME HOME PROGRAM SERVES DISTRICT VETERANS

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Team AMVETS is a wonderful organization that provides services to homeless veterans. One such service is The Welcome Home Program that helps to furnish homes once a veteran and their family move in. AMVETS takes care of the delivery, set up and purchasing for everything. They buy furniture, pots, pans and more. Many programs help with housing, but very few help once the person (veteran in this case) is actually housed. Setting up a home is important to ensure the person stays housed long term.

This week Councilman Buscaino's staff and LAPD went on delivery with AMVETS team to locations in CD15.

If you are interested in contributing, AMVETS will pick up all donations, please contact the program director, Sharon Elefant at (619) 732-2135 OR selefant@teamamvets.com.


 

VIDEO: CALIFORNIA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS NARBONNE GAUCHOS IN CITY COUNCIL

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This week Councilman Buscaino honored the California State Football Champions, the Narbonne Gauchos in Los Angeles City Council. WATCH VIDEO...



YOUTH JOB FAIR IN WATTS


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UPCOMING SR 47 FREEWAY CLOSURE: FRIDAY FEB. 19th to MONDAY FEB. 22


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HAMWICH SHACK GRAND OPENING AND RIDE FOR LOVE TOMORROW IN WATTS 
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EITC TAX WORKSHOPS IN WATTS

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino observes Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA.

 

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016

VIDEO: LAPD CHIEF BECK COMMITS MORE OFFICERS AND OPEN JAIL IN HARBOR DIVISION

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Speaking before a packed auditorium, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck promised that San Pedro’s jail would reopenin 36 months, prompting applause from the estimated 450 residents who gathered for a crime forum Thursday night.CONTINUE READING DAILY BREEZE STORY....

James Dimon, president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and member of the Forum on Crime citizen panel said, "Together we will persevere! Last night was not even conceived just one week ago, don't concentrate on three years, the Chief promised to get right to work for more officers at Harbor Division. Do not go negative, do not get discouraged let's make sure we grow our group, and move foreword in a positive and responsible manner! Thank you to Mayor Garcetti, Chief Beck, Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell, Commander Tingirides, all the officers at Harbor Division and most importantly Joe Buscaino and his staff! We look forward to working with you Mr. Councilman," 

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"Tonight we came together to acknowledge that we have a complex problem to solve. Our neighborhoods have lost our sense of community standards and crime is affecting all of us negatively. We want our Police Department to work effectively in helping us return decorum, respect, and safety to our streets," said Councilman Buscaino.

"I will continue to work with all of you, my city council colleagues, the Chief, and the Mayor to deliver the resources necessary to achieve our goals.

First, as many of you know, I am leading the charge to pass amendments to municipal code section 56.11, which will limit the amount of personal property the homeless can keep in public areas, require homeless individuals to remove tents and tarps during daytime and reduce the notice period of Sanitation cleanups from 72 to 24 hours. This ordinance will help untie the hands of our officers who are doing their best to balance the complexity between personal freedoms and public safety.

Second -- I support more patrols - more eyes and ears on the streets. (PAUSE) While even having an officer on every street corner of the city would likely still not eliminate all crime, having a presence on our main corridors where a majority of incidents happen, will help to maintain a sense of order.

Third - I support a renewed focus on civilian hiring for the LAPD. This action would get more officers out from behind desks and back onto the streets -- which is what everyone here is asking for.

And lastly, I support the hiring of more jailers to staff our unused jail in the Harbor. In fact, it’s one of five jails citywide that are closed. We all know that an open jail here in the Harbor Area will go a long way toward allowing our officers to be more present on our streets and creating a more safe environment for all of us.

The bottom line is that the people here tonight love their community. These are proud residents of San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City. Proud residents of Los Angeles. 

We live in the richest country in the world. We live in a global city. We live in a future that offers limitless technology and opportunities for solutions.

We came together tonight to acknowledge that we can work together toward creating peace and prosperity in our city.

This is effort will be continuous and ongoing and if we commit and stick together as proud communities of this city then we will become a force to create a better future for ourselves and our families," said Buscaino.

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VIDEO: CITY COUNCIL HONORS WATTS COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

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Last week in City Council we honored LAPD Commander Phillip Tingirides and his Community Safety Partnership which is responsible for dramatically reducing crime in Watts public housing developments.

The city’s Housing Authority has poured more than $10 million into special projects there in the last several years. The Police Department has dedicated 10 officers and a sergeant to each of the housing complexes, with officers generally signing on for a five-year commitment to patrol the area by foot each day. The police officers have begun a football league for 9- to 11-year-olds and work as coaches on their days off. CONTINUE READING NEW YORK TIMES STORY...


USE 311

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In light of the strong winds last weekend, Councilman Buscaino would like to remind everyone that if you see a tree emergency or obstruction, palm fronds down, land or mudslides, and/or flooding, please report it by calling 311 or using the online form. 311 is a very effective tool for all of us to use!


ANNUAL PORT TECH EXPO

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GRAND OPENING OF THE HAMWICH SHACK AND RIDE FOR LOVE IN WATTS NEXT WEEKEND!

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Watts is getting another great eatery and we will be celebrating with a Grand Opening and a bike ride with the East Side Riders Bike Club. Please join us at 10am at 1330 East Imperial Hwy on Saturday, February 13!


LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL AT THE LA WATERFRONT!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Last week City Council voted to name a street after legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Now Dodger fans can drive into Chavez Ravine for a summer night of baseball and look up to see a street sign that reads: “Vin Scully Avenue”. Elysian Park Avenue currently connects Dodger Stadium and Sunset Boulevard. With the name changing to Vin Scully Avenue, the address of Dodger Stadium will now become, “1000 Vin Scully Avenue”.

JANUARY 29TH, 2016

56.11 AMENDMENT APPROVED BY PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

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While the City Council works on solutions to get the homeless off the street and into permanent housing, there is also a need to create a better balance between personal rights and public safety. Daytime tents pose a real public safety hazard. If the City asks officers to enforce these laws, it needs to give them the tools to do so. Councilman Buscaino added an amendment to ordinance 56.11, giving officers the appropriate enforcement tools, requiring tents to come down during the daytime, and new enforcement protocols for encampment cleanups that were approved this week in his Public Works committee. Next, Councilman Buscaino's amendment will go to the Homelessness committee before being addressed in front of the full Council. READ MORE...



RSVP
: LOS ANGELES FORUM ON CRIME WITH CHIEF CHARLIE BECK


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Violent crime in Los Angeles climbed nearly 20 percent and property crime increased 10 percent citywide in 2015. In the Harbor Division, overall violent crime was up 34 percent, and property crimes went up nearly 17 percent. South Los Angeles experienced its deadliest August since 2007 with 15 people killed in just a two-week period.  All 21 LAPD divisions reported crime increases this year.

This is why Councilman Joe Buscaino will be presenting the Los Angeles Forum on Crime on Thursday, February 4 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

"This is the single most important issue facing our city and the Harbor community. I encourage my colleagues, friends and residents of Los Angeles to attend this event," said Councilman Buscaino.

The featured speakers will be LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD Police Commission president Matthew Johnson, and Assistant Commanding Officer of South Bureau Phillip Tingirides. 

We know the residents of Los Angeles are frustrated by the spike in crime and deserve answers. 

The speakers will address the new challenges of policing cities which are enduring a rise in crime. RSVP HERE...



HOMELESS COUNT KICKS OFF ACROSS LOS ANGELES COUNTY

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This Thursday evening, the Los Angeles Homeless Count kicked off across Los Angeles County. An accurate count ensures that the County gets the federal funding it needs to continue to provide services to our homeless population. It also provides the County with a better portrait of our homeless population, so that they can ensure the right resources are being provided. 



WINTER YOUTHBUILD FINISHES PEDESTRIAN TUNNEL BEAUTIFICATION IN WILMINGTON


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After months of hard work, WINTER YouthBuild is putting the final touches on murals that span the 150 foot tunnel.WINTER YouthBuild works with at risk students and uses workforce development to complete community services projects. Previously, the pedestrian tunnel from Figueroa to Harbor College was filled with trash and broken lights, and now the tunnel is clean and well lit at night. This project was completed in partnership with Assemblymember Mike Gipson's office and CalTrans and is a great example of how local and state partnerships can better a community. 

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MAYOR LAUNCHES $200,000 ARTS ACTIVATION FUND

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Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, visit dcaredesign.org/artsactivate. To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, visit www.lamayor.org/greatstreets


2016 NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTIONS

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​The City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils and your community partners are gearing up for their 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections, including actively recruiting candidates, registering voters, and coordinating outreach events for their NC Election Days. Everyone has the opportunity to run for a board seat, volunteer, and/or vote. Click the following links to FIND YOUR COUNCIL or REGISTER TO VOTE...

For more information ​please ​go to www.empowerla.org/elections, email elections@empowerla.org, or call (818) 293-VOTE (8683).



COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO HONORS THE COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP WITH COUNCILMAN HARRIS-DAWSON

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Today, Councilman Buscaino joined Councilman Harris-Dawson and honored the transformational partnership created between the Watts and Ramona Garden communities and the Los Angeles Police Department. After suffering through years of violent crime the community and LAPD came together under the leadership of Commander Tingirides and created a program that has set a national standard for policing. The mission of the program is to foster relationships with the residents of the Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts and Ramona Gardens housing communities. The ongoing focus of the program is to support community and youth programs, address quality of life issues and develop programs to address and reduce violent crimes. Year after year the nation has watched as CSP has proven that community collaboration is the most important ingredient in effective policing. Councilman Buscaino is proud to honor this program and its leader, Commander Tingirides, who will speaking at Councilman Buscaino's upcoming Los Angeles Forum on Crime next week. 



CHARGE AHEAD EVENT IN WILMINGTON

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CASH FOR COLLEGE TOMORROW IN WATTS

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino takes the Silverline Express round trip to City Hall in downtown Los Angeles this week. It is the second time he has used the service since he helped extend and launch it in December. 

JANUARY 15TH, 2016

RSVP: LOS ANGELES FORUM ON CRIME WITH CHIEF CHARLIE BECK

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Violent crime in Los Angeles climbed nearly 20 percent and property crime increased 10 percent citywide in 2015. In the Harbor Division, overall violent crime was up 34 percent, and property crimes went up nearly 17 percent. South Los Angeles experienced its deadliest August since 2007 with 15 people killed in just a two-week period.  All 21 LAPD divisions reported crime increases this year.

This is why Councilman Joe Buscaino will be presenting the Los Angeles Forum on Crime on Thursday, February 4 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

The featured speakers will be LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD Police Commission president Matthew Johnson, and Assistant Commanding Officer of South Bureau Phillip Tingirides. 

We know the residents of Los Angeles are frustrated by the spike in crime and deserve answers. 

The speakers will address the new challenges of policing cities which are enduring a rise in crime. RSVP HERE...


PORTS O'CALL REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY MEETING 

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Councilman Buscaino is pleased to announce that Wayne Ratkovich and his LA Waterfront Alliance will be presenting the plan to redevelop Ports O' Call during a public meeting at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on March 2, 2016 at 6pm. Councilman Buscaino is eager for everybody to see the newest addition to our expanding waterfront. LEARN MOREAND RSVP HERE...



OPERATION FIREFLY KICKS OFF IN WILMINGTON

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This week Councilman Buscaino kicked off Operation Firefly by providing bike lights to over 45 riders in Wilmington. All the riders who received lights were riding without them. This event was in partnership with LA County Bicycle Coalition and funded through Councilman Buscaino's office. Keep an eye out for Operation Firefly in your neighborhood during the month of January. 


CONNECTED FAMILIES, STRONG KIDS LAUNCH IN WILMINGTON

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LOCOL GRAND OPENING THIS MONDAY

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Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's revolutionary new fast food restaurant will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Watts. The restaurant will be the first new sit down restaurant in Watts in decades. The first 100 people in line for the 11:00amopening on January 18 will also get their very own LocoL swag bag and free food! CONTINUE READING...


JOIN THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY HOMELESS COUNT

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Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Count

WHEN: January 27, 2016 at 8pm - 11pm
WHERE: Kaiser South Bay Conference Ctr Rm A1/A2, 25825 Vermont Ave, Harbor City, CA 90710

San Pedro Count

WHEN: January 27, 2016 at 8pm - 11pm
WHERE: Anderson Senior Ctr, 828 Mesa St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Watts Count

WHEN: January 28, 2016 at 8pm - 11pm
WHERE: Watts Labor Community Action Committee, 10950 S Central Ave, Watts, CA 90059

Wilmington Count

WHEN: January 27, 2016 at 8pm - 11pm
WHERE: Providence Lifelong Learning Ctr, 470 N Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington , CA 90744


HOLD UP OPENING

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Councilman Buscaino joined the Los Angeles Conservation Corps in Harbor Gateway North for an alley clean-up this week. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps provides at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community. This year the Corps is celebrating its 30th year anniversary in LA. 

 

JANUARY 8TH, 2016

EL NIÑO ARRIVES 

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With this week's series of storms El Niño has officially arrived in Los Angeles. Please take a few moments to review the following information to help you and your family prepare for this year's rains. 

Sand Bags Available


With the upcoming rain in our forecast, the LAFD is offering free sandbags and/or sand at the following stations in the 15th District.

FS 38 - Banning Park, 1331 Eubank St., Wilmington, (310) 548-7538 (bags only, call to confirm availability)

FS 85 - 24801 Frampton Ave., Harbor City, (Harbor City Recreational Center) (310) 548-7585 (call to confirm availability)

FS 101 - Peck Park - 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, (310) 548-7580 - Dept. of Recs. & Parks (sand only, call to confirm availability)

FS 112 - 444 South Harbor Boulevard, Berth 86, San Pedro, (310) 548-7542 (bags only, call to confirm)

FS 64 - 10811 South Main St, South LA, (213) 485-6264 (bags and sand to be resupplied today, call to confirm)

FS 65- 1801 East Century Boulevard, Watts, 213-485-6265 (bags only, call to confirm availability)

FS 79 - 18030 South Vermont Avenue, Harbor Gateway, 310-548-7579 (bags only, call to confirm availability)

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts and Stay Up to Date
Please take a moment to sign up for NotifyLA, the City's Emergency Alert System, to receive emails, texts or voice messages in the event of an emergency. SIGN UP... 

Stay informed before, during and after a storm and report problems to the following:


Helpful Tips

  • Place your trash bins 8 to 10 inches away from the gutter: 

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  • If you haven't already, now is the time to create an emergency kit for your family. A good emergency kit includes food, water, and medications to last you at least 72 hours. Be sure to include a flashlight and spare batteries in case you lose power. Also, make sure to also consider your pets when making your emergency plan. For more information about what to include in a comprehensive emergency kit visit the ReadyLA website. 
  • To connect people with Winter Shelter assistance dial 211 to receive the latest information. You can also visit the LAHSA website to learn more about shelter locations and bus pick ups. 

More Information
Have more questions? Check out: http://www.elninola.com/ for additional information. 



LOS ANGELES RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE HOMELESS STRATEGY

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Yesterday, the City of Los Angeles released its Comprehensive Homeless Strategy

The City of Los Angeles continues to face growing numbers of homeless individuals and families, even as national trends show homelessness decreasing across the United States. The City's elected leadership has taken important steps and actions to address homelessness. Mayor Garcetti included a Priority Outcome to prevent and reduce homelessness in the 2015- 2016 Budget and Policy Goals. Council President Wesson created the standing Homelessness and Poverty Committee. The Committee itself, led by Councilmembers Harris-Dawson and Huizar, has introduced and passed a series of Motions on a range of topics from safe parking and rapid rehousing to winter shelters. Councilmembers Buscaino, Bonin, Koretz, O'Farrell and Price have also submitted separate motions related to homelessness. At this critical juncture, the City recognizes the need to address homelessness in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.

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This report is not a $100 million expenditure plan. Rather, it is a blueprint for a comprehensive strategy to address homelessness in the short term and long term. Given the City's financial constraints due to extraordinary expenditures for liability claims, it is unlikely that we will be able to identify a significant amount of additional funding on an interim basis beyond the $15 million already appropriated in prior Financial Status Reports. Future funding considerations should be included in the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget cycle based on the priorities and strategies included in this report as well as the others approved by the Mayor and Council. The report also identifies potential new funding sources the Mayor and Council may wish to consider to fund priority initiatives. 

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PORT'S O'CALL REDEVELOPMENT

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Recently even some of Councilman Buscaino's own family members have been confused about the the reality of the redevelopment of Ports O' Call in San Pedro. In less than a month the Port will sign a lease agreement with the developer at which time construction will begin. The project will take about three years to complete. Read more from Councilman Buscaino's most recent San Pedro Today column above. 



LOCOL GRAND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT

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Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's revolutionary new fast food restaurant will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Watts. The restaurant will be the first new sit down restaurant in Watts in decades. The first 100 people in line for the 11:00amopening on January 18 will also get their very own LocoL swag bag and free food! CONTINUE READING...



VIDEO: THE LARGEST CONTAINER SHIP TO DOCK IN THE US ARRIVES AT THE PORT OF LA

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On December 26, following its arrival to the Port of Los AngelesMayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Buscaino toured the CMA CGM GROUP (Official) Ben Franklin which is the largest ship to ever call at a U.S. Port. At 1,300 feet, the Ben Franklin is longer than the Empire State Building is tall, and is wider than a football field. The ship can carry up to 18,000 containers. By deploying an 18,000-TEU capacity vessel to the U.S., CMA CGM is showing faith in long-term growth potential of the U.S. economy, and its commitment to increasing its U.S. market share. The ship was docked at Pier 400 where seven out of a possible 10 cranes tended to it over the course of five days.



COUNCILMAN BUSCAINO NAMED STREETSBLOG'S ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR FOR 2015

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Thank you to Los Angeles Streetsblog which named Councilman Buscaino the 2015 Elected Official of the Year! "I will always fight for sustainable transportation and livable communities in Los Angeles," said Buscaino.



THIS MONDAY WILMINGTON TOWN SQUARE PARK COMMUNITY MEETING 

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LOAN MODIFICATION AND FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SYMPOSIUMS 

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COUNTY PARKS ASSESSMENT COMMUNITY MEETINGS

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Photographer Lee Uran (Instagram: @sanpedropics) captured an amazing view of downtown Los Angeles from 21 miles away Thursday following stormy weather the night before.