I am a firm believer that it doesn’t matter who you love, just that you love. This has always been one of my mantras, and it is a belief that has been strengthened each day that I have served as your Councilman and Council President. Beyond the chocolates and teddy bears, tomorrow is a time for us to recognize and appreciate the people in our lives who make each day exceptional and memorable. It is also a time for us to look forward and discover how we can do little things to ensure every day is Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is the second busiest day of the year for restaurants. Throughout my time living in and working for Council District 10, I have watched it transform into one of L.A.’s great food meccas. I cannot think of a more delicious district to celebrate with your loved ones. For the first time ever, we are excited to share with you our list of 10 CD10 Restaurants For Valentine’s Day. From a traditional Ethiopian dinner to a casual coffee date, we wanted these recommendations to reflect the diversity of our district’s cuisine and people. No matter what you like to eat or who you are celebrating with, I am confident you will not forget a Valentine’s Day spent in CD10.
10 CD10 Restaurants For Valentine's Day
1) Paper or Plastik Café
Coffee and Tea, Breakfast and Brunch, American
5772 W. Pico Blvd.
2) Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
1041 S. Fairfax Ave.
3) Trejo’s Tacos
1048 S. La Brea Ave
4) Wako Donkasu
2904 W. Olympic Blvd. and 3377 Wilshire Blvd. #112
5) Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken
Southern, Soul, Chicken
1262 Crenshaw Blvd.
6) CJ’s Café
Mexican, Soul Food, Breakfast and Brunch
5501 W. Pico Blvd.
7) Natraliart Market and Restaurant
3426 W. Washington Blvd.
8) Café Korobokgur
Korean, Coffee and Tea, Tea Rooms
3464 W. 8th St.
9) Harold & Belle’s
2920 W. Jefferson Blvd.
10) Tak’s Coffee Shop
Breakfast, Coffee, American
3870 Crenshaw Blvd.
( Map of 10 CD10 Restaurants for Valentine's Day)
LA2024 and Team USA Bring the Olympics to CD10
Last week, a piece of the Olympics came to CD10. LA2024 hosted an evening of curling and karaoke at Chapman Market to celebrate One Year until PyeongChang 2018. With a custom-made 4-lane street curling stage, experts from the Hollywood Curling Club, Olympians from Team USA and Angelenos of all ages, the event truly embodied the diversity of Los Angeles. Having a piece of Team USA in CD10 got us even more fired up for L.A’s 2024 Olympic Bid.
To learn more about Los Angeles’ journey to 2024 visit www.la24.org.
(Angelenos of all ages enjoyed the event hosted by LA2024. Photo by LA2024)
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Dinner
On January 31st, I joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for the annual Inaugural Dinner. We honored Vin Scully, Sandi Scully and Paul Kaufman for their leadership in business and welcomed Steve Nissen as the organization’s incoming Board Chair. The dinner reaffirmed L.A.’s dedication to business and reminded us how organizations like the chamber are essential to L.A.’s economic development.
(Addressing the L.A Area Chamber of Commerce at their annual Inaugural Dinner on January 31st)
Mid-City Neighborhood Council (MINC) Neighborhood Cleanup
On Saturday morning we joined the Mid-City Neighborhood Council for the Mid-City Cleanup. This zero-waste event saw a great turnout from local businesses, volunteers and community-members. Cleaning up our neighborhoods is an important job, and we were excited to see so much enthusiasm and positivity at Saturday's cleanup.
(Volunteers meet on Saturday morning for the Mid-City Cleanup. Photo by MINC)
The 2017 Great Streets Challenge
Last week, we were thrilled to learn that two CD10 streets were winners in the 2017 Great Streets Challenge. The program will award $2 million to community-driven initiatives to help re-imagine some of L.A.’s most iconic commercial corridors. Community groups will be awarded funds to pursue transportation, economic and cultural projects in the 15 streets selected. Pico and Western Ave., which both run through CD10, were chosen as winners.
These grants will not only enhance the quality of our neighborhoods, but will also spur our local economy by increasing foot traffic along our busiest boulevards. The long-term benefits of these projects will provide for the residents of the tenth council district and will serve Angelenos citywide for years to come
To learn more about the Great Streets Challenge and how to get involved in projects near you visit www.lagreatstreets.org
(A map of L.A illustrating the 2017 Great Streets)
LAPD Deputy Chief Matt Blake Community Room Dedication
Earlier this month, we joined LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station to honor Deputy Chief Matt Blake by dedicating a Community Room in his name. Chief Blake is a second generation police officer who has served Los Angeles in a variety of roles and departments within LAPD. We were humbled to be a part of this dedication and wish Chief Blake and his family all the best in the future.
(With Deputy Chief Blake at the dedication of the LAPD Olympic Station Community Room)
February is American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month. It is a time for us all to focus on making small changes in our daily routines and raising awareness in our communities about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States, and cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. These statistics are a wake-up call for us to start taking our heart’s health more seriously. To learn more about small changes you can make that could have big benefits, visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/.
(On February 3rd, I joined millions of Americans in raising awareness for American Heart Month by participating in National Wear Red Day)
African-American History Month Kicks Off at City Hall
On February 1st to mark the beginning of Black History Month, City Council hosted some of L.A.’s most preeminent and hard-working African-American leaders for a morning of discussion, recognition and celebration. We honored legendary artist Johnny Mathis, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, LAPD Commission President Matthew Johnson and US District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. for their contributions to our communities and our city. The ceremony was followed by a reception on City Hall’s South Lawn.
This month, exhibits from the last nine years of African-American Heritage Month will be on display throughout City Hall. We invite you to visit and take in the variety of galleries honoring African-American leaders, culture and history. To take a tour of the display please contact my office at 213-413-7010.
(From Left to Right: Councilmember Curren Price, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, Johnny Mathis, myself, US District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. and LAPD Commission President Matthew Johnson)
Announcing Our New YouTube Channel
We are excited to announce that we have created a YouTube channel. As part of our continued efforts to make our government’s work more transparent, we are starting to upload videos about Los Angeles, City Council, events and beyond. We would love to learn more about what kind of content you want to see on this channel in the future. To send any recommendations or ask questions, please reach out to us via Facebook or email.
(An example of the videos we will be uploading to YouTube)
Upcoming Events in Los Angeles
“Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis”
Film Screening (Free Admission)
Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
L.A. Cookie Con 2017
The West Coast's Biggest Baking and Pastry Convention
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Revolution Songs Chapter
Musical Performance featuring Dorian and Nyanna Holley
Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
Palms Emergency Preparedness Coalition
Monthly discussion of emergency preparedness and the Palms community
The Iman Center
3376 Motor Ave.
(Cookie Con 2017 will take place February 18 and 19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center)
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Los Angeles City Council President
Councilmember, 10th Council District