Eye on the Tenth 
July 31, 2015


Dear Friends,


We are off and running at City Hall as the City Council welcomes two new Councilmembers- Councilmember Harris-Dawson and Councilmember Ryu. Both are great additions to your City Council and bring their bold ideas to the policy-making body. 

As you may have read, in one of my first acts after being unanimously re-elected Council President, I set a vision for myself and the City Council to follow through on. I am prioritizing the creation of a thoughtful and strategic citywide jobs policy along with a plan to recruit and retain businesses to Los Angeles. As the economy begins to strengthen after years of decline, I want to ensure Los Angeles is positioned to reap the benefits of the economic rebound. I am also committing resources to finding a workable solution to addressing homelessness. Too many of the city's most vulnerable population are forced to live on the streets without food or shelter. It's simply inexcusable and as members of a moral society we must do more. Another priority of mine is identifying a new, permanent revenue stream for financing important local services like pothole filling, tree trimming and sidewalk repair. 

It's going to be a busy few years, but you have my commitment that I will do my best and continue to serve my CD 10 constituents as well as our great city.

Please stay in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @HerbJWesson.



--- Herb J. Wesson



Special Olympics Flame of Hope Torch Arrives in Council District 10



On Thursday, July 23, 2015 the Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was carried through the city of Los Angeles, with a ceremony held in Koreatown that welcomed athletes and community members. L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson hosted a community gathering for the Special Olympics athletes as they neared the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg finish line. On hand to join the Council President was former figure skating champion Tai Babilonia and law enforcement officers from Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division. Local performance groups from the Korean, Salvadoran and Oaxacan communities also lent their support showcasing cultural dances, music and other live entertainment.



100 Local Student Campers Adventure with Council President Herb Wesson for Annual “Camp Wesson” Summer Excursion



Council President Herb Wesson in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks treated 150 student campers residing in largely underserved communities to a camping adventure.

Dubbed, Camp Wesson, the trip was a 3-day, 2-night sleepover camp at Hansen Dam that offered urban students the opportunity to experience the outdoors and participate in a wide range of camp activities including horseback riding, archery, wall-climbing and paddle boarding all free of charge to families.

Student campers were provided with a set of camping gear including new clothing, swimsuits and a sleeping bag in an effort to promote equality, teamwork and pride rather than competition and judgment based on clothing labels.

The annual camping trip also made possible by support from Project SAVE, a non-profit organization mentoring local youth and providing gang intervention services, seeks to teach and expose young members of the surrounding community wilderness skills and expose them to new outdoor activities not readily experienced in the city’s urban neighborhoods.



Visit to Freedom Fund Schools Promotes Importance of Learning


Last week, Council President Herb Wesson spoke to 6th-8th graders from the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School. In his discussion with the students, Wesson encouraged them to seek higher education and aspire to change the world.

This specific program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitude toward learning, increases self-esteem and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.

Throughout the student's six weeks of learning, scholars will read over 80 books, encourage them to become involved in community service, and expand their capacity to dream and to believe they can make their dreams reality.



9th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair is This Weekend


For all the bookworms out there, Leimert Park is hosting their 9th Annual Book Fair (LPVBF) on Saturday, August 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Authors from a variety of genres will converge on LPVBF’s stages meeting and interacting with attendees. Additionally, the writers from the new hit drama "Empire" will be featured in a panel discussion explaining what goes on behind the scenes at the show. For additional information on LPVBF’s events and activities, please visit their website.



SAVE THE DATE: Movies in the Park is Back!


Continuing the annual summer tradition again, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. will be sponsoring free “Movies in the Park” this summer featuring family-friendly movies to be shown at parks in the 10th Council District beginning on Friday, August 21. This will be the ninth year that Wesson has sponsored the summer movies series.  This year's event follows the enormous success of last year when the “Movies in the Park” series attracted over 3,000 area residents.   

As always, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, and a raffle will be provided free of charge.

Sponsors this year include the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the West Adams Neighborhood Council, the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council, the South Robertson Neighborhood Council, the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council, the Pico Neighborhood Council, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, Community Build, Inc., and the 101Enterprises Foundation.

The festivities at each park begin at 7:00 p.m., with the movies starting fifteen minutes after sundown.

Remember to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and your family and friends and join everyone in having a good time!



UPCOMING EVENTS




AUGUST1
9th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
4005 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.



AUGUST 1
ECWA Town Hall Meeting
Crenshaw Methodist Church
3740 Don Felipe Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008
9:30 a.m.

AUGUST 4
Annual National Night Out Pico Walk
Starting Point: Hound Dog + Cat
5450 W. Pico Blvd @ Hauser
Los Angeles, CA
6:45 p.m.

AUGUST 15
Clear the Shelters - Pet Adoption Initiative

Humane Societies throughout Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information, please visit the NBC4 website.

AUGUST 15
School Supply Giveaway & Health Fair
Rancho Cienega Park
5001 Rodeo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

AUGUST 23
Leimert Park Art Walk
Leimert Park Village
4337 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.




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

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