Springtime is one of the most beautiful times of year in Los Angeles. There is something about March, April and May that makes us feel a little bit extra grateful to live in the City of Angels. There is also no shortage of ways to celebrate spring’s arrival throughout Los Angeles. We often take for granted the abundance of outdoor activity and beauty that surrounds us, and I hope you will join us in taking time to soak up this season. We are excited to share with you a list of our favorite things to do in CD10 and region-wide during the springtime.
1) Enjoy a chocolate Easter Egg at See’s Candies in CD10
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3431 S La Cienega Blvd.
2) LA Times Festival of Books at USC
April 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
University of Southern California Campus
3551 Trousdale Parkway
3) Flashlight Egg-Stravaganza in CD10
April 14 from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.
Seoul International Park
3250 San Marino Street
4) Breakfast at Michelle’s Country Diner in CD10
Breakfast Served All Day
4070 Marlton Avenue
5) Enjoy Jazz at The World Stage in CD10
See various events here
4321 Degnan Blvd.
6) Jazz Appreciation Month with the Barbara Morrison’s Performing Arts Center in CD10
April 1-30 (See events here)
4305 Degnan Boulevard Suite #101
7) Visit the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
301 North Baldwin Avenue
(See's Candies is serving up delicious Easter Egg chocolates this spring. Photo Credit: LA Magazine)
March Madness in Los Angeles
We are no strangers to the infamous USC/UCLA rivalry (we have both Trojans and Bruins in our office who never let us forget), but we could not be prouder of both basketball teams for their performances in this year's NCAA Tournament. A win for UCLA or USC is a win for Los Angeles. As one of the most prominent sports cities in the world, Los Angeles has a legacy of athletic excellence, and both the Trojans and the Bruins have made us proud once again to call ourselves Angelenos.
(UCLA Men's Basketball took on the University of Kentucky Wildcats on March 24)
The 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
Last week, 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries ran in the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Each year, this event is not only a testament to athleticism and determination, but also to the diversity that makes our city so great. The course gave participants a comprehensive taste of Los Angeles, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing at the Santa Monica Pier. While the race attracts runners of all levels, we were especially impressed by the 3,200 Los Angeles students from 170+ local schools that crossed the finish line as part of Students Run LA (SRLA). Throughout its 28 years, SRLA has provided mentoring and training to over 63,000 Los Angeles middle and high schoolers.
Congratulations to all those that ran and crossed the finish line last week.
(L.A. Marathon participants began their day with a run by City Hall)
Automated Parking Arrives In Helms Bakery District
On March 10, we joined Helms Bakery District and AutoParkIt to celebrate the opening of their fully automated parking structure, now the largest in the region. The facility provides an automated parking experience for tenants and employees of the Helms Bakery Campus; drivers use a key fob to call for their cars and wait between 40 to 120 seconds for API technology to deliver it. As our city works together to use space in smarter ways, the parking structure represents the future of Los Angeles. It was a pleasure to help open this facility, and I can’t wait to start seeing more of these around our city.
What's Next After Measure M
On March 7, Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to approve Measure M, an initiative which will allow the city to use the tools it needs to establish and enforce rules for the newly legalized marijuana industry. With Measure M’s passage, the next step is to begin hearing from communities about what responsible marijuana laws should look like. We have held two community forums so far on the issue and plan to hold more in the future.
LAFD Girls Camp
This upcoming weekend, the Los Angeles Fire Department will host its LAFD Girls Camp. Girls ages 14 to 18 are invited to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in Los Angeles. Female firefighters and cadets will lead the program and guide participants as they learn how to use firefighting equipment and pursue a career with LAFD. The deadline to register for the camp is this Wednesday, so if you are interested in attending click here.
(Young women are encouraged to learn the ropes of firefighting at LAFD Girls Camp)
The Dodgers and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
For parents with kids interested in baseball/softball, we are excited to pass along an exciting opportunity made possible by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). LADF is launching its 4th season of Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a baseball/softball youth development program for kids ages 5-18. The program not only increases participation in the sport, but it also provides health and education resources to the Los Angeles community. Using baseball as a foundation, Dodger RBI aims to foster character development among its youth participants.
LADF provides all participants with uniforms, equipment, youth clinics, financial literacy seminars, a literacy program, coaches training, college access tours, free eye screenings, fitness clinics, nutrition education, special events and more. These activities will happen in 56 neighborhoods across Los Angeles, ensuring accessibility is not hindered by geography.
Positions Available with Summer Night Lights 2017
The Summer Night Lights (SNL) program is now seeking workers for its 2017 programs. The programs aim to strengthen youth, family and community resilience to the influence of gangs, with a focus on the summer months when young people are more likely to commit violent crimes. SNL programs take place in 34 parks across the city. SNL is currently accepting applications for Angelenos between the ages of 17 and 24 who understand the immediate community where the program is taking place. The positions are paid and available for different periods throughout the summer. For more information about the role and the application process click here.
(Community members are encouraged to get involved with Summer Night Lights 2017)
LADWP Makes Solar Rooftops Easier for Homeowners
The time has arrived for those who have been thinking about installing a solar panel system on their rooftop. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is launching Solar Rooftops, a Community Solar Program, to help L.A. homeowners install, connect and maintain a solar panel system. Residents will either receive a $360 check per year or a $30 per month bill credit (both valid for up to 20 years). To learn more details and find out if you are eligible to apply, visit their website.
Upcoming Events in Los Angeles
Arbor Day Celebration
April 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
415 S. St. Louis St.
Aviation Career Day
May 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Clay Lacy North Hangar
7701 Woodley Ave.
Spring Fest and Spring Egg Hunt
April 8 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lafayette Community Center Courtyard
625 S. Lafayette Park Place
Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair
April 17 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
(Aviation Career Day will take place on May 19 and is a great opportunity for aspiring pilots and engineers)
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Los Angeles City Council President
Councilmember, 10th Council District