U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the City's Department of Public Works and Bureau of Street Services unveiled the latest improvements to Temple Street and the gateway to Historic Filipinotown, the elected officials announced today.
The improvements include the installation of a sidewalk for even safer pedestrian access from Silver Lake Blvd to Temple Street, the addition of 14 solar trash compactors along Temple St., a new marker for the gateway to Historic Filipinotown, and landscaping.
“Today we give Historic Filipinotown the recognition it deserves,” said Congressman Becerra. “With the local effort to beautify this part of Historic Filipinotown, we help make this a place that all Angelenos can be proud of. As the representative for so many hardworking Filipino Americans in my district, I am delighted that we are all contributing to a stronger and more united community."
The Congressman helped secure $400,000 dollars for the project, and $100,000 matching dollars from the City.
“This is a proud moment for Historic Filipinotown,” said O’Farrell. “Not only did we work to beautify the neighborhood with new landscaping and a beautiful new marker, we are also adding a much needed safety element for pedestrians with the addition of a sidewalk along the incline from Silver Lake Blvd to Temple St.”
"This is an important project for the neighborhood and Public Works was honored to be part of a collaborative effort in making this become a reality,” said Kevin James, President of the Board of Public Works.
“The Bureau of Street Services is proud to have designed and constructed this project for the Historic Filipinotown community,” said Nazario Sauceda, Director of the Bureau of Street Services. “This great project beautifies the area, increases public safety and walkability, promotes a healthy and clean neighborhood, and enhances community identity.”
The Councilmember’s office worked out an agreement with nearby Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and non-profit group, Aztecs Rising, who will maintain the new landscaping and street trees, respectively.
"The success of this project is a result of the hard work and advocacy of many, including the Filipino-American in Historic Filipinotown," said O'Farrell. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the Congressman for his work to secure funding and also the Bureau of Street Services for their collaborative work on this project.”