Eye on the Tenth 
October 2, 2015 


Dear Friends,

In an effort to solve the growing homelessness issue, last week the Los Angeles City Council pledged $100 million in funding for use housing the growing number of homeless individuals and families in our communities. The first drawdown of the funds is expected January 1, 2016. We can no longer stand on the sidelines, we have to get into the game. Craving protection from the elements is a basic human instinct and as a moral society we have an obligation to provide shelter for the shelterless. Today we step away from the insanity of doing the same thing and hoping for different results and instead chart our way to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

--- Herb J. Wesson



Wesson Protects Community from Bad Acting Business

This past Tuesday, Council President Herb Wesson joined City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmember Paul Krekorian in announcing multiple criminal charges against Botach Tactical, a local firearms dealer, for violating the city's laws.

"As the City Council aims to put more gun control laws on the books to protect the public we must also prevent violations of our existing gun laws," said Wesson.



OurCycle LA Gives Away 100 Free Computers in CD10


Nearly 100 free, refurbished computers were given to local residents thanks to the leadership of Council President Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.

The giveaway is part of a program the city has implemented to take advantage of the city's thousands of salvage computers known as OurCycle LA. OurCycle LA maximizes the use of the computers, provides job training and employment for individuals with high barriers to employment, minimizes the city’s electronic waste footprint, and helps bridge the digital divide in Los Angeles.

A special thank you to all of the private, non-profit and social enterprise partners for helping make this happen.



Council Leaders Host the 2015 L.A. Congress of Neighborhoods


This past Saturday, the city's Neighborhood Council leaders partnered with Empower LA, formerly the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, to host the 2015 Congress of Neighborhoods.

“Neighborhood Councils play such an important part in promoting citizen participation in government,” said Council President Herb Wesson. “I'm honored to have been invited to address the 2015 Congress of Neighborhoods.”

At the Congress of Neighborhoods, 96 certified neighborhood councils from throughout the city shared their skills and ideas through workshops and meeting with city department staff.



Wesson Supports a Oaxacan Corridor in CD10


Last week, members of the Oaxacan community submitted their application to designate a portion of CD10 as a Oaxacan corridor. Throughout the city, there are between 400,000 and 500,000 residents of Oaxacan heritage.

“I am proud to support their application in a city where residents of Oaxacan heritage call home,” said Wesson. “Diversity is a great thing.”



Governor Jerry Brown Appoints L.A. Deputy City Attorney to the Superior Court


Congratulations Songhai Miguda-Armstead, whose work and innovation has been recognized both locally and nationally, on being appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown. Her range of experience and working with such a broad cross section of community members has made her ideally suited for the bench in Los Angeles County.



New Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program Begins NOW!

On June 24, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. The program started on October 1, 2015 and will end on March 31, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm.


UPCOMING EVENTS




OCTOBER 1-4
L.A. Korean Festival
3450 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90012
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/





OCTOBER 3
17th Annual DEAFestival
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
http://www.deafestivalla.org/

OCTOBER 3
West Adams Collectors Club: Collecting, Archiving & Exhibiting Your Own Cultural History
William Grant Still Community Arts Center
2520 W West View St, Los Angeles, CA 90016
3 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/817102595076076/

OCTOBER 15
3rd Thursdays on Pico

Pico Blvd, between Cochran and Fairfax
7:30 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/thirdthursdaysonpico

OCTOBER 17
10th Annual Taste of Soul
Crenshaw Blvd. between Stocker St. and Rodeo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
http://tasteofsoul.org/ 



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

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