It gives me great pleasure to present to you a #fbf video to when my office hosted “Mujeres Empowered for Success,” the first-ever Latina Conference in Council District 9.
On May 14, hundreds of local guerreras joined me at Los Angeles Trade Technical College for a day of action, featuring motivational speakers, insightful panel discussions, live entertainment, a fashion show, and more than 30 exhibitors.
Please click below to watch a video recap of the historic event honoring you, las mujeres del Noveno Distrito. Keep an eye out for details on next year's annual Latina conference. You won't want to miss it!
Summer is off to a good start in Council District 9 with the re-opening of Vermont Square Park and Central Park Pool in South Los Angeles. On June 9 and 10, I was joined by hundreds of enthusiastic parents and bright-eyed, smiling children to welcome the latest upgrades to both parks.
Community members came out in droves on June 9 to check out the improvements at Vermont Square Park, which include the installation of new playground equipment, barbeque pits, benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountain, new fitness equipment and refurbished basketball court.
The newly renovated park serves an estimated 11,031 residents within a one-half mile walking distance. This open green space is situated directly across the street from Vermont Square Public Library.
On June 10, residents took a dip in the newly renovated, neighborhood pool at Central Park, which had been closed for 12 years. The Central Recreation Center Pool—at 1357 E. 22nd St., between Washington and Adams—was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and closed its doors in 2004. Two years ago, Central pool began a multi-million dollar renovation to the 63-hundred square foot pool that now includes a children’s splash area.
To mark the festive occasion, nearly 100 residents attended an end-of-school-year pool party at Central Park—organized by my office. With the re-opening of Central Pool, the approximately 11,474 residents the facility serves in this South Los Angeles community now have a beautiful neighborhood pool for youth and adults to enjoy.
The pool is open all summer long and kids get in for free, adults can join for $3.50, and seniors only have to pay $1. In addition, Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash is offering free swim lessons for children and adults, and the LA84 Foundation is funding youth summer aquatics programs, including synchronized swim all summer long.
Since taking office in 2013, I have committed more than $36 million in improvements and upgrades across 16 of the District’s local parks, and there are many future projects in the pipeline.
The Toyota dealership of Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing an expansion just north of its existing site to accommodate growth. The four-tier, 290,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will feature a 22,600 foot two-story showroom with vehicle display along Figueroa and Washington, a 40-car bay below grade service department and a wholesale and retail parts boutique.
The Shammas Group, which acquired the dealership in 2012, broke ground on the expansion project on June 10. The new facility is expected to be complete in late 2017.
As the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, I’m excited for the future of our local businesses and the role they play in job creation and stimulating the region’s economy.
Since Toyota of Downtown LA was established in 2012, they have grown by nearly 70 percent, while increasing sales tax revenue to the City by an additional $23 million over the past three years.