Councilman LaBonge reacted with disappointment on the draft redistricting maps released on January 25th by the Redistricting Commission.
“In the interest of the city as a whole, I’m very disappointed in the draft-map released by the Redistricting Commission," said Councilman LaBonge. "The people of the 4th District participated in the public hearings on redistricting, stating loud and clear the importance of neighborhood integrity, the balance of diversity and the political representation of communities of interest in Council District 4. This draft redistricting map weakens the political representation of the Santa Monica Mountains, fractures the community of Hollywood among three Council districts and dissolves the historic core of Council District 4 – the greater Wilshire area, including the Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, Pan Pacific Park and Park La Brea. What disappoints me most is that the will of the people of the 4th district was seemingly ignored by this important process. “I therefore encourage all interested residents and community leaders of the 4th District to attend the upcoming public meetings on redistricting and make their voices heard unequivocally on keeping their neighborhoods and communities of interest together.”
Come to one of the 7 public hearings below to comment on the draft maps, make your voice heard, and share your vision for our great City!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:30PM Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:30PM Loyola Marymount University, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11:00AM Pierce College, The Great Hall 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Monday, February 6, 2012, 6:30PM Occidental College, Thorne Hall 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Wednesday, February 8, 6:30PM
Los Angeles City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chambers 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thursday, February 9, 6:30PM Walter Reed Middle School, Auditorium, 4525 Irvine Avenue, Studio City, CA 91602
Saturday, February 11, 11:00AM South Los Angeles (To be announced later this week)
Councilman LaBonge welcomes Councilman-elect Joe Buscaino to Los Angeles City Hall the day after Buscaino won a special-election to fill the 15th Council District seat of former Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Buscaino is a former Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer in the San Pedro area. He prevailed over former Assemblyman Warren Furutani in the 15th District race, which saw a turnout of only about 16% of the registered voters.
Councilman Tom LaBonge was on-hand to help "start-up" LACMA's new Kinetic Sculpture installation called Metropolis II. Designed and built by artist Chris Burden, who created the Urban Lights installation outside of LACMA, Metropolis II is a complex, large-scale kinetic sculpture modeled after a fast-paced modern city. The armature of the piece is constructed of steel beams, forming an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of eighteen roadways, including a six-lane freeway, train tracks and hundreds of buildings. 1,100 miniature toy cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour on the specially-designed plastic roadways. Every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulates through the sculpture. It's futuristic and retro at the same time ... and sure to fascinate kids of all ages.
Councilman Tom LaBonge -- at the request of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- rang the bell atop Los Angeles City Hall on January 8th to mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings at a Tucson shopping center that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is on the road to recovery despite a gunshot wound to the head. Mayors of 21 cities across the country participated in the bell-ringing commemoration at the exact moment of the shooting one year ago. Councilman LaBonge tolled the bell six times in memory of the six people who were killed the day Rep. Giffords was shot and wounded. The councilman says Los Angeles participated along with 21 other cities at the request of Tuscon's Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "It's important that we all come together at this moment to remember the victims of that tragic and shocking attack on 19 people, and to speak-out against violence. I'm honored to stand in for Mayor Villaraigosa for this commemoration on top of Los Angeles' majestic City Hall, joining with other US cities who've pledged to raise the civility of political discourse in these challenging times." Said Councilman Labonge.
Councilman LaBonge introduced an emergency motion in City Council this week to help victims of a wave of arson fires in Hollywood during the New Year's holiday. With the arrest of a suspect, and the apparent end of the fires, Councilman LaBonge is looking to recovery for those affected. There were more than 50 deliberately-set blazes in Hollywood and the neighboring communities of Studio City and North Hollywood, causing more than 3-million dollars in damages. The arsonist mostly targeted vehicles parked outside homes or in car-ports under apartment buildings. Councilman LaBonge's special motion -- seconded by Councilman Paul Koretz and passed unanimously by the City Council on January 4th -- requests the Department of Building and Safety establish or modify any existing expedited permitting process to assist the victims of the arson fires to make the necessary repairs to their damaged structures. "We want to help our residents get back to normal as quickly as possible with as little red-tape as possible in the wake of the arson-fires," said Councilman LaBonge.