Save the Date: Councilmember Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Music Festival
Councilmember Cedillo has made it a priority to bring PEACE* to the communities of Council District 1. In the spirit of Arts and Culture he is proud to announce his first annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival. This will be an opportunity for the community to celebrate music that brings us together.
The festival will be held at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Artists confirmed to perform on Saturday, August 23rd include: Poncho Sanchez, Heart of Los Angeles Big Band, Plaza de la Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Banda Brothers, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama.
On Sunday, August 24th the festival line-up includes: Bravo High Latin Jazz Band, Cold Duck, Son Mayor, Hip Street (Tower of Power tribute band), Andy Vargas and the Souleros, Lucky 7 Mambo.
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival’s sponsors to date include: Media Sponsor, K-Jazz 88.1 FM – America’s Jazz and Blues Station, LA Metro and Union Bank.
For more information please contact Conrado Terrazas at (323)550-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For a booth application for Northeast LA organizations/businesses contact Sylvia Robledo, Sylvia.Robledo@lacity.org for organizations/businesses south of the 101 Freeway contact Ana.Gomez@lacity.org. Both can also be reached at (323)550-1538.
*PEACE are the priorities for Councilmember Cedillo and include public safety, the environment, arts and culture, clean communities and economic development.
Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, died Monday. He was 59.
Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series championship team, died of cancer in a Los Angeles-area hospital, the team announced.
The thick-mustached Castillo had a 38-40 record with a 3.94 earned-run average during his career, all but three years of it spent pitching for his hometown Dodgers.
Robert Ernie Castillo was born April 18, 1955, in Los Angeles. He went to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a third baseman. Cut by the Royals, the right-hander was pitching in a semipro game in Boyle Heights in 1976 when he had the very good fortune of striking out Mike Brito on a screwball.
The lives of Castillo, Brito, and eventually Valenzuela and the Dodgers, would never be the same.
Brito, a former Mexican league player turned scout, signed Castillo to pitch in the Mexican league, and in a short time Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis signed Brito as a scout and Castillo to pitch. That led to Brito signing Valenzuela out of the Mexican league to the Dodgers.
Campanis wanted Valenzuela to learn a third pitch, so he called on Castillo to teach him the screwball. History was set in motion.
When Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, helping the Dodgers to the title, Castillo was a member of the bullpen. In 1979, the affable Castillo survived a spring training incident in which he ran his car into a bridge railing at 5 a.m. in Vero Beach, Fla., injuring a leg and incurring the wrath of Manager Tommy Lasorda.
Castillo’s finest season with the Dodgers may have been in 1980, when he appeared in 61 games as a reliever, going 8 and 6 with a 2.75 ERA and five saves.
When the Dodgers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 1982, Castillo said: “It’s going to be hard not to put that Dodger uniform on again. They’ve all been great, even the people in the stands who booed. They booed great.”
Castillo spent three years with the Twins but returned to the Dodgers for one final season in 1985. In recent years he had been a member of the Dodgers’ community services team.
Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie; daughters Mellanie and Sara; son Robert III; two grandchildren and his sister, Lorraine.
Protesters demanding a safer Figueroa march on council member’s office
Public Meeting Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion
Thursday, July 31st
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr.
Public Comment Period Extension
Friday, August 29th
The Office of Councilmember Huizar will host a public meeting for City of Los Angeles residents regarding the City of Glendale’s proposed expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill. Hear from Glendale officials about the expansion, get your questions answered, and voice your concerns.
For more information, please call (323) 254-5295 or email email@example.com.
Councilmember Huizar Introduces Motion to Explore Amending Hours of Colorado Blvd Specific Plan
At the request of several community groups in Eagle Rock including the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Association, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to amend the hours of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan.
The Colorado Blvd Specific Plan was originally authored and adopted in 1992 – over 20 years ago. Since that time, the corridor has undergone tremendous growth to the benefit of the Eagle Rock Community.
The plan has been an effective tool in managing the look and preserving the pedestrian friendly feel of the neighborhood but like all city plans, needs to be updated to continue to provide public convenience and benefit to our community.
One regulation, or limitation of the current plan, is a prohibition on business operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. – meaning neighborhood establishments that choose to move here need to close earlier, and – in some instances – open later than their competitors in nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale.
In 2014, the Eagle Rock community questioned the relevance of such a limitation on hours of operation. CD14 staff has been working closely with the various community groups and the Planning Department to look into what we can do to ensure a healthy business climate remains on Colorado Boulevard.
The motion formally asks the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to look into the matter.
ERNC in collaboration with TERA, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Blvd Design Review Board, will host a meeting to discuss the amendment in August. More details to follow
For more information, please call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295.
CD1 Gets Bike Corral
Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.
Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.
Call For Entries
1st Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival,
Oct. 9-12, 2014
The Highland Park Independent Film Festival was founded by a group of filmmakers whose mission is to promote the art of film in their community. We seek filmmakers who produce the most unique and captivating independent cinema to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.
Highland Park is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area and in recent years, has become the new home to first class restaurants and inviting boutique shops. These new establishments are thriving next to beautiful old landmarks along historic Route 66 which runs through the neighborhood which is also nestled in the beautiful San Rafael Hills and along the Arroyo Seco.
We have opened the call for entries to films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Unique to our Festival, are two special awards. Along with Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc are Best Cinematography and Best Musical Composition. This creates an opportunity to uniquely feature these talented artists in your filmmaking team.
An opening gala and tribute will open the Festival on Oct. 9, followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside keynote speakers, panels and fun networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival. To submit your film, please visit www.hpifilmfest.com.
We look forward to seeing your work.
(Alessandro Gentile, Marita de la Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)
New Cocos Management On-Board with FHS Discount cards
Thank you for getting William involved in our effort to help Benjamin Franklin School Booster Club achieve the $18,000 they need this year for their football and soccer team equipment. A number of problems began this year with EVERYONE being new to the community. The Principal, the Coaches, the CoCos District Manager, Team Managers were all new to how to get things done regarding the booster cards. The problem has been solved.
New cards will be issued on 7/14/2014. William will generously honor the current cards (7/1/14) until 7/15. Next week Superior Cards will contact the Manager of 6040 York, for approval for the coming year. Franklin School students will sell 2,000 cards; with three to five hundred being sold for customers of CoCo’s.
My company, Community Helpline, and many customers appreciate your help in getting this task accomplished.
“THE FROG SPOT” OPENS ON THE L.A. RIVER
FOLAR’S NEW VISITOR CENTER & POP-UP CAFÉ ON THE L.A. RIVER OFFERS AN OASIS WITH COOL REFRESHMENTS & RELAXATION BY THE SIDE OF THE BIKE PATH
The Frog Spot, a pop-up café and free weekend visitor center operated by Friends of the Los Angeles River, is open in Elysian Valley for the summer of 2014.
“For years, FoLAR’s work has shown Los Angeles that its river is a place to be enjoyed and experienced, not just driven past,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “With the opening of Frog Spot, Angelenos now have a base of operations for river explorations, and a café with a nature-oriented location like nothing else in L.A.”
Tucked behind a sculptor’s studio on the edge of the Glendale Narrows portion of the river, the Frog Spot is landscaped in bright-white garden stones, with seating areas, shade sails, a concession stand and information kiosk operating from a vintage trailer, and a convertible stage area. The entire patio overlooks the lush green-bottomed river, affording a view of bicyclists and herons alike.
“For individuals or families who want to start exploring the Los Angeles River, the Frog Spot is a great starting or stopping point,” said Jennifer Kang Erwood of FoLAR. “There’s a lot of river to see, and this is a great place to pick up a map or to rest up after a bike ride.”
The Frog Spot is a pilot program funded by Miss Me Jeans, REI and Metabolic Studios. Further information can be found at www.thefrogspot.org and on Twitter @TheFrogSpot.
Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm through October 5th
Saturday evenings from 5pm to 8pm for ticketed events (see calendar at www.thefrogspot.org) featuring live entertainment and food
2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (also accessible from bike path at Newell Street)
Pre-made concessions (light snacks)
Brewed and iced coffee
Free drinking water with ice
Restrooms open to all
Visitor information for L.A. River
Shaded outdoor seating
Bocce court – the only one on the L.A. River
Ample street parking
Access to L.A. River Bike Path
Kayak venture information
Bicycle parking, pumps and patches (as of July 12)
Kid’s corner with books and art supplies