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Los Angeles on Saturday is holding five “Tom LaBonge Day of Service” cleanup events around the city in honor of the former councilor, known as Mr. Los Angeles, who died on January 7th.

City officials are scheduled to speak at each event at 7 p.m. 8:45, and the clean-ups start at. 9:20

The clean-up sites are:

– Silver Lake Meadows, at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., where Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, LaBonge’s widow Brigid LaBonge and Nelson Mejia of the Department of Water and Power will speak to start the cleanup;

– Griffith Park Trails Cafe, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, where City Council Attorney Mike Feuer, Controller Ron Galperin, Councilwoman Nithya Raman and the Public Works Board, President Greg Good, will speak to start the cleanup;

– Watts Towers, 1765 E. 107th St., where Councilor Monica Rodriguez and the Board of Public Works, President Pro Tempore Mike Davis, will speak to begin the cleanup;

-Algin Sutton Park in Vermont Vista, 8800 S. Hoover St., where Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA Civil Rights Executive Director Capri Maddox and Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Shull will speak to start the cleanup; and

– Victory Outreach Church in North Hollywood, where Councilman Paul Krekorian and Pastor Raymond Solorzano will speak to start the cleanup.

The event is scheduled to celebrate what would have been LaBonge’s 68th birthday on Wednesday. LaBonge died Jan. 7 at his home in Silver Lake at the age of 67.

He represented the council’s fourth district from 2001-15, overseeing an area that includes Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, the Miracle Mile, the Fairfax District and much of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Griffith Park.

He was known for his love of Griffith Park’s trails and hills, and was often seen wandering through the park as well as taking it upon himself to clean up trash and trash around the community.


During his tenure, he expanded the park by 500 acres and was involved in the Griffith Observatory’s restoration and expansion.

After his death, Los Angeles rushed to honor him in several ways. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority dedicated the future Wilshire / La Brea station on the Purple Line extension, and the city’s 311 information line added a sound clip of LaBonge to its system.

LA also renamed the Mount Hollywood Summit in Griffith Park, where LaBonge often hiked, “Tom LaBonge Summit.”

LA is holding five cleanup events on Saturday in honor of late Councilman Tom LaBonge was last modified: October 8, 2021 by Contributing editor

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