Eye on the Tenth 
May 1, 2015


Dear friends,

Homelessness has been, and continues to be, one of the most difficult issues I have had to confront as a public official. The intractable nature of the problem, and the urgent need for an effective roadmap to a comprehensive approach demands the focus that an Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will provide. It is for this reason that I am creating and appointing this committee comprised of Councilmembers Jose Huizar (Chair), Mike Bonin (Vice Chair), Curren D. Price, Jr., Gilbert Cedillo, Felipe Fuentes, and Mitch O'Farrell (alternate).

This newly created committee plans to look at ways to better streamline the city’s response to homelessness and better coordinate with the Los Angeles County and other organizations that offer services to the homeless. 


--- Herb J. Wesson







The City of Los Angeles Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide


100 years later, the City of Los Angeles voices loud and clear the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by unveiling the “Armenian Genocide Memorial Square” in Little Armenia, located in Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s district. Armenian Genocide Square serves as a permanent reminder that the Armenian culture is thriving in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Council Celebrates Denim Day in LA


On April 29, the Los Angeles City Council wore jeans in solidarity of International Denim Day. Wearing jeans on Denim Day is a visible demonstration of confronting rape culture and victim-blaming attitudes.

In Rome in 1997, a rapist was convicted and sentenced, but the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1998 because the survivor had been wearing tight jeans when assaulted. It was argued that she must have helped the perpetrator remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual. This ruling sparked widespread protest. The day after the decision, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans and holding placards that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.” Wearing jeans on this day has since become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.



Wesson Leads Discussion on a Vision of LA's Future at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce Pancakes and Politics Breakfast



At the Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Accenture, Council President Herb Wesson discussed a vision for the City of Los Angeles and the challenges facing the city today.

Some issues Wesson touched on were homelessness, housing, transportation, civic infrastructure, and raising the minimum wage.

The Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series features distinguished panelists discussing politics today. The series is designed to foster dialogue between the business community and influential opinion leaders in an intimate setting.



Wesson Honors Maria Elena Durazo at the Pat Brown Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Dinner



At the Pat Brown Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Dinner “Rebooting Civic Education”, Council President Herb Wesson honored labor leader Maria Elena Durazo for the role that organized labor plays in educating its members and the community.

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Community Celebrates the Proud Bird Restaurant Ceremonial New Lease Signing


Council President Herb Wesson was joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and over 300 members of the community in congratulating Proud Bird and LAWA on successfully reaching a new 20 year lease agreement.

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Wesson and Council Salute Arts Day in LA



Arts Day is an annual event organized to reflect the vibrant arts and cultural life of Los Angeles, and to support the expansion of our cultural infrastructure through the building of coalitions and partnerships for the arts and arts education.

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UPCOMING EVENTS




MAY 3
Charles Bibbs: An Artist's Life Exhibit
Museum of African American Art
4005 Crenshaw Blvd
Macy's 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90008
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.



MAY 8
2015 Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
City Hall - South Lawn
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
10 am - 1:30 p.m.

MAY 9
Gun Buy Back Event
Mid City Los Angeles
Parking Lot between Wilton and Gramercy Place
2379 West Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

MAY 13
SORO: Save Water, Save LA
Castle Heights Elementary
9755 Cattaraugus Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
http://soronc.org/townhall 

MAY 13
Shade Structure Groundbreaking
Lafayette Park Soccer Field
625 South Lafayette Park Place Los Angeles, CA 90057
4:30 p.m.



Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Council President
Councilmember, 10th Council District

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