Former Councilman Named 2016 Lummis Day ‘Noisemaker’ of the Year

By EGP Staff Report

Former Los Angeles councilman Ed Reyes will receive the 2016 “Noisemaker Award” at the Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraising gala on April 16 at the Highland Park Ebell Club.

Reyes, who spent 12-years representing the city’s first council district, will be recognized for his work and contributions to the community, which event organizers say are consistent with their mission “to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Born and raised in Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park and a current Mt. Washington resident, Reyes was elected to the city council in 2001. He “worked tirelessly on a range of projects and programs that improved the quality of life for the City and District 1,” the Foundation said in its award announcement.

While in office, Reyes policies supported construction of mixed income housing with affordable units, preservation of natural habitats, and the recovery of spoiled ecosystems in a manner that allowed for both natural regeneration and the construction of improved infrastructure, according to the announcement. It also cited improvements to the Taylor Yard corridor, Cornfield Park, a rehabilitated McArthur Park the Los Angeles River Master Plan among his accomplishments while in office.

Former Los Angeles Councilman Ed Reyes, pictured, will be honored by the Lummis Day Community Foundation April 16. (Lummis Day Community Foundation)

Former Los Angeles Councilman Ed Reyes, pictured, will be honored by the Lummis Day Community Foundation April 16. (Lummis Day Community Foundation)

Reyes was and still is a steadfast supporter of the Lummis Day Festival.

Since being termed-out of office, Reyes has worked as a private consultant helping private companies build much needed housing, develop water harvesting technology to recycle storm water and create mixed income and mixed use projects through the L.A. region.

He also sits on the Commission for the LA County Parks and Recreation Dept., representing Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Proceeds from the fundraising gala support the annual Lummis Day Festival taking place this year June 3-5 at five Northeast Los Angeles locations: Occidental College in Eagle Rock, the Audubon Center in Montecito Heights, the Southwest Museum in Mt Washington, Sycamore Grove Park and surrounding the York Boulevard & Avenue 50 park in Highland Park.

Founded in 2006, the Lummis Day Festival includes live entertainment, poetry readings, art and other activities that celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles.

As always, admission to all festival events will be free of charge.

Tickets to the gala (6:30-10 p.m.) are now on sale: $40 per person in advance, $45 at the door. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission. The Highland Park Ebell Club is located at 131 S. Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

For more info, email lummisdayweb@gmail.com or call 323-646-8331.

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