The Sheiks of Hollywood High School had their moment in the spotlight on Friday night, when they faced the Titans of Roybal High at their homecoming game, their first home football game ever under permanent field lights.
The lights were installed by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the insistence of former school board member Marlene Canter after Councilmember LaBonge supplied temporary lights four years in a row for the homecoming game.
"I carried the ball for four years so that Hollywood High School could experience the Friday night football phenomenon," Councilmember LaBonge said. "But Marlene brought it into the end zone by providing permanent lights for this season, and every one for this year forward."
At a ceremony during half-time, Hollywood High School Principal Jaime Morales thanked the officials for their support and presented Councilmember LaBonge and Ms. Canter with Sheik football jerseys and jackets.
The football team showed its appreciation by shutting out Roybal, 47-0.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet to residents of five Southern California counties today by offering discounts to Tinsel Town attractions.
At a press conference in front of the Kodak Theater, officials announced the Chamber’s "LOHO" program, which offers lower priced tickets to Starline Tours, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Hollywood Laserium and other attractions and restaurants for the month of October only.
"The message of the LOHO program is that, just like Dorothy said in the 'Wizard of Oz,' 'There's no place like home,' for residents of Southern California," said Councilmember LaBonge. "Come home to Hollywood and see all of the great things to do here."
The offers are good only to residents of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Ventura Counties in the hope that they will help stimulate the economy.
Some venues will offer 50% off admission while others will provide miscellaneous discounts. For more information about the offers, click here.
Councilmember LaBonge stressed the value of transit to the continued economic growth of Hollywood during his annual address to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce today.
About 200 business and community leaders crowded into the Avalon nightclub on Vine Street for the luncheon featuring "Mr. L.A.," the nickname that Los Angeles magazine chose for the Councilmember in a major feature article this year.
"People from all over the world love Hollywood and want to come here and we're very lucky to live in such a desirable place," the Councilmember said. "The city is doing everything it can to keep Hollywood strong and vibrant."
Among the initiatives Tom mentioned were stream-lining city services in an era of shrinking public budgets and planning a subway extension along Santa Monica Boulevard through West Hollywood to the Westside.
For more information about subway expansion plans, please visit the Metro website.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and City street services officials advised Hollywood club-crawlers to avoid Sunset Boulevard tonight because the stretch between Highland and LaBrea will be closed for re-surfacing.
All lanes of Sunset Blvd. will be closed from 8p.m. on Friday, April 17th until 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th, prime hours for Hollywood partiers. At a press conference in front of Hollywood High School, Councilmember LaBonge announced that this stretch of Sunset Boulevard was being re-surfaced for the first time in 30 years.
“Instead of a movie, tonight, we're making a brand new street called Sunset Boulevard,” said Councilmember LaBonge. “City crews will work through the night to finish the job as quickly as possible. There will be short-term pain for long-term gain."
Also on hand were Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services Superintendent D. Brian Davis; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler; and the Hollywood Entertainment BID’s Katie Zandona.
Councilmember LaBonge joined Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and Council President Eric Garcetti in announcing a new imaging and communication system that will provide enhanced security at the 81st Annual Oscars Awards Ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday night.
The system, called L.A. Shield, was developed collaboratively between the LAPD and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It employs electro-optical imaging to help asses the security of buildings and infrastructure and allows for real-time information exchange with police officers on the ground. It will be used for the first time on Sunday.
"I'm proud of the LAPD for working with the Department of Homeland Security to develop this system to keep us all safe," Councilmember LaBonge said. "We want Sunday to be an uneventful night for everyone except the Oscar winners."
For information about street closures in the Hollywood area for Sunday's event, click here.
Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilmember LaBonge announced October 20th that the Hollywood Santa Parade will be one feature of the day-long Winterfest, a free, family-friendly event to kick off the holiday season on Sunday, November 30.
The event will include a concert by Disney Channel and "Camp Rock" star Demi Lovato, a traditional street parade and lots of games and food. Winterfest will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be located on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue. The City of Los Angeles, Lift Up America, and the Hollywood Youth Foundation are Winterfest’s presenting sponsors, which will include a special “VIP” area for more than 1,000 children who participate in Los Angeles-area programs for underprivileged youth.
The Hollywood High School choir, dressed in poodle skirts and letter sweaters, serenaded cast member from the 1950s-era film "Grease," as Councilmember LaBonge celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the film.
"Grease was the most fun, classic movie and it showed off so many places in our great city of Los Angeles," the Councilmember said. "I'm happy to celebrate these wonderful actors and their film."
Besides “Grease” Director Randal Kleiser, stars Jeff Connaway (Kenicki), Jamie Donnelly (Jan), Barry Pearl (Doody) and Annette Cardona (Cha-Cha Di Gregorio) were on hand, as well as actress Ilene Kristen, who was the original Patty Simcox on Broadway. The Hollywood High School choir sang a medley from the film to the actors. Visit our photo page to see pictures of the students.
It was a big “10 - 4" for a parade of vintage police cars in Hollywood on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s Fifth Annual 10-4 Day Parade brought together public safety officers and KRTH Radio’s Shotgun Tom Kelly to discuss public safety awareness at a parade on Hollywood Boulevard.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Office joined about a thousand vintage car enthusiasts at a ceremony at the Broderick Crawford star on Hollywood Boulevard. Crawford played CHP Chief Dan Mathews in the popular series “10-4” that ran from 1955-59.
“This parade is intended to be fun but carry a serious message about all that our public safety officers do to protect and serve us,” said Councilmember LaBonge.