Cleantech Incubator Launch in Downtown Los Angeles
Councilmember José Huizar joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, officials from the DWP and the CRA and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) program to launch the business incubator program at the soon-to-be developed La Kretz Innovation Campus site in the Arts District.
Located on an entire city block in the heart of the Clean Tech Corridor, the La Kretz Innovation Campus is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. Plans for the Campus now include a 30,000 square-foot home for LACI, cleantech demonstration centers, Research & Development labs, conference facilities, work force training facilities, as well as space for more mature cleantech companies.
As part of that new campus, Councilmember Huizar is working with the CRA/LA to include a park for the park-starved Arts District. If built, the park will be used by area residents at the nearby Barker Block Lofts and the future employees of the La Kretz Innovation Campus. Neighborhood residents will be able to enjoy grass, greenery, water features, picnic benches and free Wi-Fi.
A study found that in five years, more than 1,600 high-paying jobs, generating $85 million in sales will be in place under the LACI business incubation program, which is designed to accelerate the successful development of start-up firms by providing entrepreneurs with an array of targeted resources and services.
Councilmember Huizar Leading Effort to Create New Mural Ordinance
History of Highland Park Mural unveiled as new city policy emerges
Councilmember Huizar joined community members Saturday to celebrate a collaborative effort to restore a faded, sprawling Highland Park mural first painted by renowned artists Judy Baca, Joe Bravo, Sonya Fe, Arnold Ramirez, Sonny Williams and others more than 30 years ago.
Located on the AT&T building at 1207 Avenue 56, the mural, which wraps around two sides of the building and represents the history of Highland Park and Garvanza, fell into disrepair over the ensuing decades as an anti-graffiti coating deteriorated and graffiti removal had to stop to protect the underlying mural.
The restoration occurs as the City of Los Angeles is creating a new mural ordinance modeled loosely after a Portland, Oregon ordinance that will allow murals on private property. Councilmember Huizar, who has funded and supported several mural projects in his district, has introduced no fewer that 19 motions in support of murals and mural restoration and is helping usher in the new ordinance as a member of the Planning & Land Use Management Committee, along with his colleagues on the City Council.
Los Angeles is known as the “mural capital of the world” and Council District 14 has by far more murals than any district in the City.
Councilmember Huizar is organizing a series of mural meetings with artists throughout CD14, his staff and the City’s Planning Department, which is overseeing the draft language for the ordinance.
The next CD 14 Art Mural meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at the Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock, located at 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, 90041. ALL are welcome.
Listen to Councilmember Huizar discussing new mural ordinance on Pat Morrison Show on KPCC.
Read Los Angeles Times Editorial here.
Honoring Self Help Graphics in City Council
Councilmember Huizar honored Self Help Graphics & Art in City Council Friday. Joined by Rose Ramirez, Self Help Graphics’ former Executive Director and current Board Member, Councilmember Huizar pointed out that Self Help Graphics recent move back to Boyle Heights, has positively added to the ever-growing Boyle Heights Arts District along First Street. He thanked them for their commitment to the arts and for nurturing the talents of artists, young and old.
SAVE THE DATE:
Self Help Graphics & Art is hosting its 38th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 6 p.m. Their new home is 1300 E. First St., Los Angeles 90033.
Visit www.selfhelpgraphics.com for more information.
Councilmember José Huizar invites you to
THE FUTURE OF YOUR DOWNTOWN
a public forum on revitalizing neighborhoods through Bringing Back Broadway and the Downtown L.A. Streetcar
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2011
The Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Project Open House • Mix & Mingle
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Presentation • Panel Discussion
Dennis Allen • L.A. Streetcar Inc.
Linda Dishman • Los Angeles Conservancy
Ed Kelsey • League of Historic American Theatres
Russell Brown • Historic Downtown Business Improvement District
Melani Smith • Melendrez Design Partners
Tom Rothmann • Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Curt Gibbs • CRA/LA
Robin Blair • METRO
Karin Liljegren, AIA • Omgivning Architecture & Interior Design
Los Angeles Downtown News
WITH SUPPORT FROM
The Orpheum Theatre
Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council
Los Angeles Conservancy
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
L.A. Fashion Business Improvement District
Historic Downtown Business Improvement District
South Park Business Improvement District
Wishing You a Fun and Safe Halloween
Halloween is such a fun time for so many children and families – but it’s also a time to take certain sensible precautions to protect public health and safety, especially for our children. Councilmember Huizar encourages you to consider the following 10 Things Parents Can Do to Make Halloween Safer from SafeMoves, a non-profit organization recognized as the leading authority in traffic safety education in the country.
- CHOOSE bright, flame-retardant costumes or add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark. In addition, carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- PLAN a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated, or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.
- NEVER send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children should always travel in groups.
- ALWAYS walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
- BE SURE children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
- DISCUSS basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.
- CONSIDER organizing a home or community party as an alternative to "trick-or-treating."
- MAKE sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated. Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
- TEACH children to say "NO!" or "this is not my mother/father" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. And teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
- REMIND children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.
For more information and tips for Halloween safety, contact Safe Moves at (818) 786-4614.