A Boyle Heights rooftop with solar panels capable of generating 300 kilowatts of energy is the latest addition to a solar power grid providing energy for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, DWP officials and others gathered Wednesday at Angelus Grand plaza, which includes a Food 4 Less supermarket and a CVS pharmacy, to switch on the solar panel installation.
Power from the solar array will be sold to DWP to add to the utility’s menu of renewable power sources.
The project is in what USC and UCLA consider a “solar equity hotspot ” which is a place where there is a low-income community and ample number of rooftops for potential solar projects.
This solar panel project is part of several in the DWP’s feed-in tariff program, known as CLEAN LA Solar, that allows commercial property owners to set up their own solar arrays to generate energy for the utility’s use, as opposed to just using the panels to power the buildings.
The company Edge3 Solar owns the solar installation at a 103,000-square-foot property owned by Levy Affiliated Holdings. The project was initially submitted by Solar Provider Group, which later sold it to Edge3.
The feed-in-tariff program, which began in 2013, has so far led to 14 projects able to generate 7.1 megawatts of solar energy, according to a release from the Los Angeles Business Council, which has championed this program. The DWP has a goal of setting up a grid of solar panel installations that can create 150 megawatts, under this program.
“I am excited to see a local business step up and join the CLEAN LA Solar movement in Boyle Heights,” Huizar said. “I hope it inspires others in Council District 14 and throughout the city of Los Angeles to apply to this valuable, environmentally friendly program, which creates jobs and clean, renewable energy while reducing pollution.”
Authorities Monday announced a program to double the number of police footbeat patrols in the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and El Sereno areas.
The “Hollenbeck Community Partners Program” will add four “corridors” to the existing four corridors that are patrolled on foot by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.
Officers will work with businesses and residents to improve the quality of life in the community, LAPD officials said at a late-morning news conference at Mariachi Plaza, at First Street and Boyle Avenue.
The program takes LAPD’s community policing efforts to a higher level, Hollenbeck Capt. Martin Baeza told EGP.
Baeza said the timing could not be better given the recent nationwide focus on police interactions with the community, many of which have negative overtones.
“What this program does is put our police officers out in the community, where they can get to know the community and the community can get to know them,” Baeza said. “They will get to know people’s name and hear their concerns,” the captain said.
Councilman Jose Huizar represents the area and strongly supports Beaza’s effort.
He said the community has been asking for footbeat patrols to be expanded to other areas for some time, but it took a while to marshal the resources and get everything in place.
“The timing is great,” said Huizar. “We’ve been working hard on the commercial corridors in the area, to make them more walkable, the police foot patrols will add to that,” the councilman said.
Residents will feel safer, business owners will feel safer and visitors to the area will feel safer, and that’s a positive thing for the community, Huizar said.
Growing up in Boyle Heights, Huizar said the LAPD did not always have a good relationship with the community, but times have changed and the majority of residents welcome the larger police presence in their neighborhoods.
While crime across the city has dropped significantly over the last decade, reaching lows not seen in decades, Baez says there’s still more to do.
But the police can’t do it alone, he said, adding that they need the cooperation of the community.
“That’s why I named it the ‘Hollenbeck Community Partners Program,’ to show that it takes everyone working together to solve problems,” Baeza told EGP.
“We are working with the [City Attorney’s] neighborhood prosecutor for the area, the chamber of commerce” and other groups to solve quality of life issues in these areas, emphasized the captain.
Footbeat patrol officers will not replace senior lead officers in the area, but will work directly with them, he said
Nor will the increase of officers walking reduce the number of patrol cars, he added, explaining the division was able to secure six additional officers to beef up the number of police assigned to Hollenbeck. “We had support from the top of the department.”
All of the 16 officers assigned to the footbeats volunteered for the assignment, according to Baeza. He said, like him, several of the officers have roots in the local community. At least one officer on each patrol team speaks Spanish, he said.
“And I think in our community, which is an immigrant community, I think it’s very important that the community have a trust with the police,” Baeza said.
“What Capt. Baeza has proposed is the next step in community policing,” said Huizar. “We will be looking at it, to see how it works, and if it’s something that will work in other neighborhoods.”
The eight footbeat patrol corridors are:
— Cesar Chavez Boulevard between State Street and Evergreen Avenue;
— North Broadway between Avenue 21 and Lincoln Park Boulevard;
— Huntington Drive between Eastern Avenue and Pueblo Street;
— Whittier Boulevard between Indiana Avenue and Lorena Street;
— Soto Street between Olympic and Whittier boulevards;
— Olympic Boulevard between Soto and Camulos streets;
— Eastern Avenue between Huntington Drive and Klamath Street; and
— First Street Between Boyle Avenue and Soto Street.
Autoridades anunciaron el lunes un programa para duplicar el número de oficiales de policía a pie en zonas de Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights y El Sereno.
El “Programa de Socios de la Comunidad de Hollenbeck” agregará cuatro “Corredores” a los cuatro existentes que se patrullan a pie por los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles, División Hollenbeck.
Los oficiales trabajarán con las empresas y los residentes para mejorar la calidad de la vida en la comunidad, dijeron funcionarios del LAPD en conferencia de prensa el lunes por la mañana en Mariachi Plaza, en la calle Primera y la Avenida Boyle.
“Este es un esfuerzo de base”, dijo el capitán de policía de Hollenbeck Martín Baeza a CBS2. “Creo que en nuestra comunidad, que es una comunidad de inmigrantes, es muy importante que [tengan] confianza con la policía”, agregó Baeza.
Los ocho corredores con oficiales de policía a pie son:
-Bulevar César Chávez entre la Calle State y la Avenida Evergreen;
-North Broadway entre la Avenida 21 y el Bulevar Lincoln Park;
-Huntington Drive entre la Avenida Eastern y la Calle Pueblo;
-Whittier Bulevar entre la Avenida Indiana y la Calle Lorena;
–Calle Soto entre los bulevares Olympic y Whittier;
–Bulevar Olympic entre las calles Soto y Camulos;
–Avenida Eastern entre Huntington Drive y la Calle Klamath; y
–Calle Primera entre la Avenida Boyle y la Calle Soto.
El concejal José Huízar (CD-14), autor del proyecto “Bring Back Broadway” (Devolver Broadway), defendió el lunes esta iniciativa que pretende revitalizar la calle Broadway, situada en el centro histórico de Los Ángeles y que agrupa doce teatros, el mayor número del país en una sola avenida.
Estamos creando más trabajos en el centro urbano de Los Ángeles y en Broadway de los que había antes de que comenzáramos, y esto es crítico para la gente de toda la ciudad”, señaló el concejal.
En declaraciones a Efe, Huízar aseguró que este sector angelino se encontraba en decadencia y que parecía una “ciudad fantasma”, pero que con este proyecto de renovación se están invirtiendo miles de millones de dólares para reactivar la zona en un plazo de diez años.
Sin embargo, las restauraciones de edificios abandonados y la llegada de nuevos negocios está encareciendo el precio del alquiler y de la vida, una circunstancia que ha llevado a muchos residentes, especialmente latinos, a criticar este proceso que a la larga puede significar que trasladen sus residencias o negocios.
Según Huízar, entre las décadas de los años 70 y 90 la comunidad hispana era una parte fundamental de la vida en Broadway, a donde se acercaban para realizar sus compras, pero luego los “números comenzaron a caer dramáticamente conforme los latinos empezaron a comprar en zonas más próximas a sus casas -en comunidades latinas como Huntington Park o en centros comerciales locales”.
El objetivo prioritario del concejal es reconvertir los espacios vacíos en las plantas superiores de los edificios históricos en ambientes residenciales o de negocios.
El Quinto Festival Anual de Papalotes en el Parque Ascot Hills atrajó a más de 1,500 personas a lo largo del día domingo. Las personas pudieron disfrutar el volar papalotes sobre las montañas del parque en El Sereno y se repartieron 1,000 papalotes gratis.
El evento familiar patrocinado por el Concejal José Huizar y el Consejo Vecinal LA 32 se ha hecho muy popular a través de los años atrayendo a visitantes de todas partes de Los Ángeles. El festival incluyó otras actividades como manualidades, carpintería para niños y música.
(Foto cortesía de la oficina del Consejal José Huizar)
City Councilman Jose Huizar fended off a spirited challenge from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina to retain his 14th District seat, headlining a winning night for council incumbents.
“We did it!” Huizar shouted at his election-night party Tuesday night at Salesian High School, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Huizar’s battle with Molina – billed a heavyweight bout between two Eastside political veterans – turned out to be a largely one-sided affair. Huizar grabbed a commanding lead when vote-by-mail ballots were tallied, and he never looked back.
As a former county supervisor, city councilwoman and assemblywoman, Molina was the best known of the four challengers attempting to unseat Huizar, who will return for his third and final term representing the district that stretches from downtown Los Angeles to Eagle Rock.
Huizar — whose most recent term was marred by sexual harassment allegations — insisted the 14th District has seen improvements thanks to his efforts to secure funding for graffiti removal, repair work on a City Hall building in Eagle Rock, initiatives to help the homeless and other programs to address local needs.
“Last night’s results are a testament to the great work that we have accomplished together over the last 9 years,” Huizar said in a statement posted Wednesday on his campaign’s facebook page.
“We move forward with a commitment to prioritize basic services in the city budget and improve their systematic and procedural delivery,” his post said.
He went on to say that more needs to be done to “ensure that working and middle-income families have housing options” and the city implements new affordable-housing policies and deals with its “disgraceful lack of an approach to homelessness.”
In the eastern San Fernando Valley’s 6th District, incumbent Nury Martinez emerged victorious in a rematch with former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez.
Montanez was the top vote-getter in the 2013 primary election to complete Tony Cardenas’ unexpired term, but she lost to Martinez in an upset in the runoff election. Martinez said during her more than 18 months on the job, she has fought prostitution and human trafficking crimes, brought in economic opportunities and jobs, and worked to clear up blight.
Herb Wesson, who represents the 10th Council District, cruised to victory over Koreatown activist Grace Yoo, who last clashed with the powerful council president during contentious proceedings to redraw district lines in the Koreatown area.
Councilman Paul Krekorian also held onto his early lead in his bid for a second term representing the 2nd District — which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and Van Nuys, against challenger Eric Preven, a television writer who is a regular gadfly at City Council and County Board of Supervisor meetings.
Councilman Mitch Englander ran unopposed in the 12th District, which includes Reseda, North Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth and Porter Ranch.
In the 8th District, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a former executive director of a nonprofit founded by Rep. Karen Bass to improve economic conditions in South Los Angeles communities, defeated three other candidates to replace termed-out Councilman Bernard Parks.
The race to replace termed-out Tom LaBonge in the 4th District will move to a May 19 runoff election, with 14 candidates splitting the vote and preventing any candidate from earning the more than 50 percent needed to win the seat outright.
The council members elected today will serve 5 1/2-year terms. The passage of Charter Amendment 1 will mean a one-time lengthening of the terms of city and school board officials elected in the 2015 and 2017 elections, with future elections being held in even-numbered years.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Member of the Board of Education
**Bennett Kayser 1,558 (39.5%)
**Ref Rodriguez 1,792 (45.5%)
Andrew Thomas 593 (15%)
City of Los Angeles
City Council District 14
Mario Chavez 385 (2.3%)
Nadine Momoyo Diaz 742 (4.4%)
*Jose Huizar 11,081 (65.8%)Gloria Molina 4,033 (23.9%)
John O’Neill 612 (3.6%)
Charter Amendment 1 – Shall Elections Change to Even Number Years for L.A. City?
*Yes 109,948 (76.9%)
No 32,968 (23%)
Charter Amendment 2 – Shall Election Change to Even Number Years for LAUSD?
*Yes 114,605 (76.5%)
No 35,277 (23.5%)
City of Commerce
City council seats (2)
*Hugo Argumedo 510 (38.8%)
John Diaz360 (27.4%)
Denise Robles 440 (33.5%)
*Oralia Rebollo 499 (38%) Sonia Rodriguez 257 (19.6%)John Sonria 247 (18.8%)
Voter Turnout 1,313 (20.4%)
Total registered voters 6,429
City council seats (3)
Joe Ray Avila 537 (4.8%)
*Mitchell Ing 2,847 (25.5%)
*Stephan Lam 2,346 (21%)
Delario Robinson 599 (5.4%)
*Teresa Real Sebastian 2,643 (23.7%)
Anthony Wong 2,182 (19.6%)
Voter Turnout 4,588 (16.7%)
Total registered voters 27,474
La comunidad de Highland Park se unió con el Concejal José Huizar y funcionarios electos el sábado para celebrar la inauguración de “York Blvd. Park”, un nuevo parque en York Boulevard y la Avenida 50, la mejora de la comunidad más reciente del Plan de Visión York implementado por el concejal y la comunidad.
“Traer este parque a la comunidad de Highland Park e incrementar el acceso de espacio verde para estos residentes es una gran alegría para mí”, dijo el concejal Huizar. “En pocas palabras, mi trabajo consiste en escuchar lo que la comunidad quiere y luego salir y encontrar los recursos para convertir esos deseos en realidad”, agregó.
El Concejal Huizar financió y trabajó con el Departamento de Recreación y Parques, La Iniciativa de Vecindario de Los Ángeles (LANI) y Living Streets LA para solicitar y recibir $2.875 millones en fondos estatales de la Proposición 84. Junto con los fondos garantizados por la Fundación Parques LA a través del Programa de Subsidios para la Comunidad de Wells Fargo Urban LIFT, la financiación total de los parques es de más de $3 millones.
Last Friday, elected officials including Councilmember Jose Huizar and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gathered to break ground on the $440 million Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project.
Considered the largest federally funded bridge in the nation and one of the largest public works projects ever undertaken by the City of Los Angeles, the Sixth Street Bridge is a connection between Boyle Heights and Downtown LA.
Officials say that the bridge replacement is necessary because the existing bridge has “concrete cancer” or alkali-silica reaction and has a 70% chance of failure during a major earthquake over the next 50 years.
The new bridge is already considered a modern landmark for Los Angeles that will accommodate traffic needs with improved vehicle flow, pedestrian amenities, bicycle infrastructure, and a dramatic design that demonstrates our city’s place as the creative capital of the world, according to Garcetti.
“We are a world class city, and it’s time we invested in world class infrastructure,” he said in a press release.
“From the very beginning my thought was if we have to replace an iconic bridge, we must replace it with something even more iconic – a ‘bridge for the ages’,” said Huizar.
The bridge will include an Arts Plaza, soccer field and pedestrian walkways.
This endorsement has been one of the most difficult for EGP to make in along time.
The 14th Council District is lucky to have such a talented pool of candidates from which to choose, including two seasoned elected official who have each served residents of the district and the County well.
Many in the community have told us they too are torn, and believe that both former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina and incumbent Councilman Jose Huizar each have strong records to stand on.
They say both have done an excellent job of getting things done for their constituents, of turning big ideas into big realities by breaking down the bureaucracy that often stands in the way.
Molina deserves praise for her persistence on the Gold Line Extension to the eastside, development of the East Los Angeles Civic Center and for building transitional housing and more recently, her tough negotiations to get Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles funded and open, and to insist on a set aside for affordable housing in the Grand Park plan.
We also respect her determination to ensure that the history and culture of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles be preserved and respected, opening LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to Angelenos and visitors.
And who can forget her battle with her former fellow supervisors over more hospital beds at the planned County USC Hospital? Or her strident resolve to fund services for the undocumented and to keep the County budget balanced through hard times, even through angry threats from County employees?
But on the Board of Supervisors she was one of five, on the Los Angeles City Council she would be one of 15, a far more difficult arena to negotiate.
Much has been made of her temperament and public dressing down of county employees, and rightly so, especially given that to date she has not yet said whether she would seek a second or third term. She will need cooperation from her peers on the council and the bureaucrats who will still be working when she leaves office, to get anything done.
Huizar also has his share of accomplishments, both as a councilman and as former member of the LA Unified school board, where he spearheaded the successful effort to build the first new high school on the eastside in 85 years.
During his term on the city council he has had to work to gain support from his fellow members of the council on funding priorities for the 14th District. We believe he has made significant gains, from preserving open space to making improvements to parks and recreation centers, building affordable housing and spurring job creation by attracting more business to CD-14.
He’s been criticized for not getting enough accomplished since taking office, but the reality is that many projects take years to come to fruition, especially when there is money to be found and public input to be obtained.
Many of the district’s commercial corridors are more vibrant and booming with activity than when Huizar took office, in our view that’s important.
Have all the streets been repaired and trees trimmed? No, but we have heard from residents that they see an improvement despite the city’s lack of sufficient funding to get the job done.
Gentrification in East and Northeast Los Angeles is happening and will continue. But not all gentrification is bad and it can be respectful of the community, acting as a conduit to improved services and opportunities and greater pride in one’s neighborhood.
Huizar’s effort to rebuild downtown has been positive for the city, bringing entertainment, shopping, jobs and art closer to east and northeast neighborhoods and preserving some of the city’s most beautiful and significant architecture for future generations.
This experience is made more accessible by improvements to our Metro rail system.
We believe Huizar has contributed to the re-vitalization of many neighborhoods in the district, where families can now enjoy working and meeting their neighbors in a safer environment.
We are, however, concerned about the councilman’s over enthusiastic support for designating streets as bike lanes suitable.
We encourage him to give more attention to those opposed, such as fire, police and emergency vehicles, and businesses that sell products and not just food and drink.
Huizar has been no stranger to controversy, and we were disappointed by his actions involving a former member of his staff who sued him for sexual harassment, though he claims it was a consensual extramarital affair, which he has apologized for. The case was settled out of court but not before city taxpayers paid $200,000 to defend the councilman.
Two of the other three candidates in the race, Nadine Diaz and Mario Chavez have been good advocates for their community and we see potential as future leaders. They are to be commended for stepping up to the challenge.
But in our view, Councilman Jose Huizar has earned another term on the council and the opportunity to continue the progress underway. Therefore, we endorse Jose Huizar in the 14th District.