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Friday, February 5, 2010

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Greetings on a rainy Friday!

For information on any of the items below - or to see photos from an event this week - please visit

-The City Council devoted most of this week to budget hearings. If you want to tell Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa how you think the city should balance it's budget, please participate in the survey at:

There are two important city meetings coming up that deal with budgets and fees:

-- The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee will begin its 2010-2011 Budget on the Road Series. These meetings provide the community an opportunity to actively participate in the city's annual budget process. The city's current fiscal realities require nothing less than intense and collective engagement by residents and city leaders to protect core services. See the attached flier for more details. 

-- The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will hold six public hearings to air public responses to proposed changes and reductions to LADOT Transit Services as well as proposed fee increases. These changes are being recommended to address the significant transit budget shortfall of $350 million that is projected over the next decade. See the attached flier for more details. 

- The Los Feliz Improvement Association is hosting new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at a neighborhood forum on public safety on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. Visit for more details.

- If you live in the Hollywood area, you're invited to the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm. at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. (Between Fuller Ave and Martel Ave.) Parking will be available at the location, enter off of Martel Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss upcoming events in the Hollywood Area, including the US Census, the Academy Awards and the LA Marathon. Captain Beatrice Girmala and Senior Lead Officers will provide crime statistics and discuss prevention. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact the Community Relations Office at (213) 485-4316.

- To inspire the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, Councilmembers LaBonge and Reyes joined the Friends of the Los Angeles River yesterday in honoring the team who restored the Cheonggyecheon Stream which flows through Seoul, Korea. The group held a ceremonial co-mingling of the waters of the two rivers. - Remember to fill out the easy-to-understand census form, which will be mailed in mid-March: 

Have a great Super Bowl weekend and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!