A steel sculpture features a flock of butterflies was recently installed over the newly reconfigured junction of Soto Street, Mission Road and Huntington Drive.

The work is by artist Michael Amescua,  who has also created decorative gates along the Los Angeles River and public artwork at some transit stations.

It’s not clear what the new El Sereno sculpture is called but it’s part of the $14 million traffic improvement project that saw the demolition of the old Soto Street Bridge and the realignment of streets at the intersection.

Thank you to all who participated in last weekend’s community clean up, hosted by Council District 14 and LA-32! Community members met at the Veterans Monument on Huntington Drive & Van Horne and worked their way down Maycrest, focusing on the center medians.

The alley behind Arleta resident Gayane Injeyan’s house used to be a hot spot for illegal dumping. Soiled mattresses, tires and televisions piled up, prompting neighbors to organize clean-ups and post “no dumping” signs.

But locals are fighting another battle in the alley: Overgrown vegetation.

Large bushes grow in the corridor, as well as small plants and tufts of grass. The weeds collect dirt, creating an unsightly walkway.

While the city is supposed to clear weeds from the alleys and streets, overgrown vegetation is a major problem for San Fernando Valley residents, according to city data.

Several Valley neighborhoods — Arleta, a section of North Hills, Sun Valley and Sylmar — have more weeds than the citywide average, according to a Daily News analysis of the data.

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LA Sanitation is offering free bulky item drop off events to help keep Los Angeles clean.

THREE SATURDAYS
April 16, May 28, June 18
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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April 16, 23, 30

Fifteen sites, three days, one River

This April come down to the River for Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza!

This year there is an urgent need for the 27th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.

April is Earth Month you have three Saturdays – April 16th, 23rd, and 30th – and fifteen sites to choose from along the entire course of the LA River.

This Earth Month do your part – sign up for the CleanUp today!

To participate you must register and turn in a completed waiver at the CleanUp.

Dates and Locations

Upper River | April 16 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Bette Davis Picnic Area | Glendale Narrows Riverwalk | Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel | Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex

Mid River | April 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Arroyo Seco Confluence | Fletcher Dr & Bowtie Parcel | The Frog Spot | Los Feliz Blvd | Marsh Park | Steelhead Park | Sunnynook Footbridge

Lower River | April 30 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Compton Creek @ Artesia Station | Compton Creek @ Del Amo Station | Golden Shore Marine Reserve | Willow Street Estuary  Continue reading

Councilmember Huizar’s office is providing a limited number of “No Dumping” signs to be placed around Council District 14 in illegal dumping hot spots. Please contact Councilmember Huizar’s El Sereno Field Office at (323) 226-1646 to request/suggest a location where a “No Dumping” sign might be needed.

Councilmember Huizar fought for and secured Community Development Block Grant funds for projects and priorities in Council District 14 and Citywide, including an additional $400,000 for El Sereno Rec Center (bringing total funds allocated to the park to $950,000) and $400,000 for Huntington Drive sidewalks across from Huntington Drive Elementary School. Councilmember Huizar also worked with the Mayor and his City Council colleagues to secure $30 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and $50,000 to help establish a new citywide program for mitigating the blight of foreclosed properties that are not maintained.

Councilmember Huizar is happy to announce that the CD14 Clean Communities Initiative Program is bringing back street power wash! On Tuesday, March 24, Operation Help the Homeless did the first power wash at our El Sereno Parklet on Huntington Drive. We are excited and looking forward to more street power washes in our community.

Please contact Councilmember Huizar’s El Sereno Field Office to suggest a location for power washing.

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Hazard Park
2230 Norfolk St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
5PM

Join Councilmember Huizar and some of the worlds best skate boarders as they celebrate the opening of the Diamond Supply Co. Public Skate Plaza at Hazard Park. Councilmember Huizar worked closely with Diamond Supply Co., Street League Foundation, CA Skateparks, CA Endowment, and the Department of Recreation and Parks to make this new Skate Plaza possible for the community.

The new Skate Plaza will compliment the $1 million park improvements commitment by USC at Hazard Park, which includes a new jogging/running path; upgrades to the park gym, outdoor basketball/tennis courts and restrooms; new outdoor fitness equipment; a new toddler play area; additional security lighting and financial support for the park’s youth sports programs.

Don’t miss out on being first to skate the new park alongside some of your favorite Street League Pros and Diamond riders.

For more information, contact Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 226-1644.

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The Valley Boulevard Community Clean Up was a great success. On Saturday, March 8th more than 130 community residents from El Sereno and surrounding communities joined Councilmember Huizar and CD14 staff to clean and beautify our University Hills area.

Specials Thanks to Grifols, Inc.; El Sereno Community Coordinating Council; El Sereno Stallions; University Hills Neighborhood Watch; Our Town El Sereno; Barrio Action; LA 32 Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee; Wilson High School; and Aztecs Rising.

Great job to all and we’ll see you at the next CD14 Cleanup!\

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