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NEW DOCUMENTARY TELLS COMPELLING STORY OF THE FOUR WOMEN WHO WERE THE FIRST GAY CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS, INCLUDING LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR SHEILA KUEHL, WHO WAS FIRST OF ALL

World Premiere of “Political Animals” June 4 Sells Out In First Week

The 1994 election made California history. The first openly gay person was elected to the California legislature. That person was Sheila Kuehl, now LA County Supervisor for the Third District which stretches from the ocean cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice east to Los Feliz and through the whole San Fernando Valley to Pacoima and San Fernando.

Political Animals, a new documentary directed by Jonah Markowitz, tells the story of the first four openly gay Sacramento legislators, beginning with Sheila Kuehl, followed by Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg and Christine Kehoe. These fierce, determined, focused and passionate lesbians took the very personal cause of equal rights for the LGBTQ community right into the halls of government.

The world premiere screening of Political Animals will take place as part of the LA Film Festival on Saturday June 4th at the ArcLight Culver City at 4:20 pm. (9500 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232) The June 4 screening is sold out. Rush tickets will be available through the box office.

All four legislators will attend the world premiere. A Q&A will take place immediately after the screening.

Click here for more information about the film.

Click here for more information about Supervisor Kuehl.

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Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
invites you to the

3rd Annual Los Angeles River Day

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm

Los Angeles City Hall
Council Chamber (Room 340) & Forecourt/Rotunda
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Los Angeles River
  • Warner Bros
  • Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • SoCal Gas

For more information or to RSVP:
Email [email protected] or Call: (213) 978-0591.

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The state of California’s free foreclosure prevention program

Find out if you qualify.

Four unique federally funded programs. Up to $100,000 available per eligible household.

Eligibility Requirements:

Homeowner:

  • Own and occupy the home as their primary residence
  • Meet program income limits
  • Have a documented, eligible hardship

Property:

  • Located in California
  • Not abandoned, vacant, or condemned
  • Single family, 1-4 unit home

Mortgage:

  • Serviced by a participating Servicer
  • First mortgage lien (HELOCs are not eligible)
  • Delinquent or imminent default

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The City Council has been working through the process of modifying and approving Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed $8.76 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2016.  The budget was given final Council approval on Thursday, May 19. Some of its major accomplishments:

  • More LAPD officers will be able to return to street patrols with the hiring of 300 civilians to do administrative and support services that are currently done by uniformed officers.
  • Increased Graffiti Removal:   $1.5 million added for 13 new strike teams to help address the increased demand in graffiti removals, bringing full budget to $8.5 million.
  • Cleaner Park Bathrooms:  Enough money for multiple daily cleanings of at least 50 of the City’s highest use park bathrooms. Normally park bathrooms are only cleaned once a day.
  • Community Plan updates: $1.9 million to fund two dozen positions in the Planning Department to define and set clear zoning requirements and needs for the City’s many unique neighborhoods.
  • Clean Streets (citywide): The budget allocates $1.6 million to add a fourth Clean Streets team to help address unclean streets and homeless encampments and for 15 cameras to help catch illegal dumping violators.
  • Sidewalk Program: $11 million in funding is provided for five crews to address sidewalks with accessibility challenges for the disabled and other high-liability locations. $6 million is also set aside to split the costs with property owners who want to repair their own sidewalks.
  • Vision Zero: The budget includes funding to survey high-risk areas and design improvements, and to create 20 new pedestrian refuge islands and 20 new bus refuge islands to help meet the City’s goal of zero pedestrian deaths.
  • Street Lighting: Funding for pedestrian lighting at 20 bus stops, lighting at mid-block crosswalks, and lighting at the top 50 schools in the Safe Routes to School program.
  • Tree Trimming:  funding for City crews to remove dead street trees and tree stumps and to do more tree trimming.
  • Homeless Services and Housing:  $138 million in identified and prospective funds to kick-start the City’s effort to move homeless people off the street and into shelters and permanent supportive housing.

 

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The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the Valley Field Teams will host “Office Hours” Friday May 20, 2016. 10:00am – 2:00pm. Field staff will make themselves available to Neighborhood Council Board Members and Stakeholders, while our offices are open from 9:00am-5:00pm we have specifically allocated two Fridays of every month open to you from 10:00am-2:00pm.
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El Departamento para el Fortalecimiento de Vecindades, equipo del Valle. tendrá “horas de oficina” el viernes 20 May, 2016, de 10am a 2pm. El personal de la Division se pondrá a disposición de los miembros de Mesas de Consejos Vecinales y sus miembros comunitarios

 

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Los Angeles Unified School District officials threw their support behind Obama administration guidance released today that spells out the responsibilities of schools to prevent discrimination against transgender students.

The letter, issued jointly by the U.S. departments of Education and Justice, states that transgender students are protected under Title IX, which prohibits K-12 districts, colleges and universities that receive federal dollars from discriminating against students based on sex.

“We applaud President Obama’s guidance that public school districts allow transgender students to attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex,” LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King said in a statement.

“As the second-largest school district in the country, L.A. Unified has long been a leader in respecting the needs of all students and staff,” she said. Continue reading

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LADWP Will Host Customer Service Saturday at Four Regional Customer Service Centers on May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshops on Saving Water and Energy Set for Crenshaw, Van Nuys and Watts Locations

LADWP Will Host Customer Service Saturday at Four Regional Customer Service Centers on May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshops on Saving Water and Energy Set for Crenshaw, Van Nuys and Watts Locations

LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold Customer Service Saturday at four of its Customer Service Centers this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading

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