Eye on the Tenth 
June 26, 2015

Dear Friends,

My quarterly newsletter is out and hot off the press! To request a hard copy, please visit my website or email joe.torres@lacity.org to receive your free newsletter today! Even Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service to the city, always has a copy.

Wesson Hosts City Employees at Annual Thank You Luncheon

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson hosted his annual 'thank you' luncheon recognizing city employees for their great dedication to the City of Angels.

Although regularly attended, this year's luncheon was the largest with nearly 500 employees stopping by the event.

“Thank you all so much for the incredible work you do making this city thrive,” said Wesson, as he addressed the crowd of over 600 city employees.

The luncheon was hosted at the Council President's district office and guests feasted on ribs, tacos, hamburgers, and specialty ethnic foods prepared by restaurants throughout Council District 10. 

Minimum Wage Ordinance Signed into Law

Council President Herb Wesson joined Mayor Eric Garcetti at the historic signing of the law increasing the city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020, an increase that will help thousands of workers live a better life.

“We are celebrating a historic day in Los Angeles, a big city where we do big stuff. That's who we are, that's how we roll,” said Wesson.

The wage increase allows the first wage boost — to $10.50 per hour — to take effect in July 2016, $12 by 2017, $13.25 by 2018, $14.25 by 2019 and $15 by 2020. Each increase was scheduled to be implemented on July 1 of the stated year.

Wesson Lends Support for "Suits in Solidarity" on Father's Day

Council President Herb Wesson attended the service at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church's special prayer service in support of solidarity with the Charleston, South Carolina AME Congregation where nine people lost their lives.

Sunday's service was held to remind the local community that each day is a gift and not guaranteed.

“We are standing together here today to show the nation that we will not tolerate racist hatred in our country,” said Wesson.

Also in attendance were his sons Justin Wesson and Herb Wesson III, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and his son, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.

Wesson Honors Tuskegee Airmen for their Service to USA

In Council, Council President Herb Wesson recognized the Tuskegee Airmen of Los Angeles, who were the first black servicemen serving as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, flying with distinction during World War II.

"Their service, their fight against discrimination and their work to preserve an important part of our country’s history will never be forgotten," said Wesson.  "Thank you for your service to our country."

The successes of the Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces under President Truman.

Wesson Hosts Annual Jazzabration Celebration

Council President Herb Wesson honored the 2015 Living Legends of the Jazzabration Foundation for their commitment to educating local youth and ensuring that jazz and blues lives music on in the heart and minds of future generations.

Wesson Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Council President Herb Wesson celebrated the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, when slavery ended across the country, at Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas annual Juneteenth event.

"Our ancestors fought a hard battle in ensuring that the African American community had equal rights and freedom," said Wesson. "Let's continue to recognize the complete dignity of us all!"

Marriage Equality in United States Celebrated by Los Angeles

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down today the remaining same-sex marriage bans legalizing unions in all 50 states.

"Regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation there's an equal place in America for you," said Wesson.

Wesson Honors Leonardo Magana, Owner of Texis Restaurant

L.A. City Council President recognized Leonardo "Don Leo" Magana and Texis Restaurant during this year's Immigrant Heritage Month Celebration.  

Leonardo Magana was born in Texistepeque Santa Ana, El Salvador. He arrived to Los Angeles in 1980 and has been in the restaurant business for 28 years. "Don Leo" as his close friends call him, opened his first restaurant on July 24,1987 and has been selling some our city's most delicious pupusas ever since.

Today, Magana not only runs a successful restaurant chain in CD10 but also Co-Chair's the LAPD Olympic Division Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) and is the President of the Byzantine Latino Quarter (BLQ) BID. Magana's best work comes anytime that youth and families have called upon him. He has always answered the call to service, including serving on the Board of Directors of the El Salvador Corridor & the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles PAC.

On many weekend mornings you can find him participating in community clean ups as well as donating food to youth and family programs & events.

Summer Night Lights Has Begun!

Summer Night Lights is a citywide initiative that keeps parks open in the evenings providing a safe atmosphere for youth. In this program, 32 sites in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will become a place of safety for our youth by providing meals, activities, and fun services for families. The services will be provided for free to participants, who can remain in the parks until they close at 11:00 pm on Wednesdays-Saturdays from June 25th through August 9th. For an additional four weeks, between August 15th and September 5th, the parks will be open on Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00 pm. Check out the 32 different locations on the website!


Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Ward AME Church
1177 W 25th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

KAOS Network in Leimert Park
4343 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks
Leimert Park Village Plaza
4337 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Charlie Wilson will sign and present "I Am Charlie Wilson'
EsoWon Books
4327 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008 
7 p.m.

PACE Preservation Workshop
PACE Business Development Center
1055 Wilshire Blvd.  Suite 900B, Los Angeles, CA 90017
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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


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