103-year-old given 103rd Street sign for birthday

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles officials said they presented an elderly man with a street sign that read "103rd Street" in honor of his 103rd birthday.
Chris Brown cited for graffiti on outside walls of LA home

Chris Brown cited for graffiti on outside walls of LA home

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Los Angeles city officials cited musician Chris Brown for graffiti murals covering the walls outside his Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported.

Aging LA water pipes prompt concern

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Two water main breaks in less than 72 hours is prompting serious concern about the aging pipes that deliver water to Los Angeles, a city councilman says.

Committee targeting outdoor smoking in LA

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A member of a Los Angeles arts and parks committee says his group is attempting to have cigarette smoking banned from certain outdoor sites in the city.

Wildflowers return to fire-damaged park

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- Los Angeles officials said a dazzling array of wildflowers has bloomed at Griffith Park, where a large fire razed more than 1,000 acres last year.

Schwarzenegger tours burned L.A. park

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the fire damage in Griffith Park in Los Angeles Friday and promised state aid for restoration.

Wildfire threatens Los Angeles Zoo

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- An arson fire in Griffith Park spread toward the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday afternoon.


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Thomas J. LaBonge (born October 6, 1953) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 4th district. He has served since 2001, taking over the position upon the death of John Ferraro. The district represents a wide diversity of incomes and neighborhoods. He is currently the Chairman of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging committee, Vice Chairman of the Public Works Committee, and member of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee and the Ad Hoc River Committee in the city of Los Angeles.

Prior to serving as councilman, LaBonge was Director of Community Relations at the Department of Water and Power, Special Assistant to Mayor Richard Riordan, and Chief Deputy to Council President John Ferraro. Tom LaBonge is a life long advocate for Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation, which falls in his district. Tom Labonge calls himself the Cheerleader of Los Angeles. His reputation for adding history lessons in City Council meetings is well known.

A graduate of John Marshall High School, Tom LaBonge received his Bachelor degree in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles. He married graphic designer and illustrator Brigid Manning LaBonge in 1988. They reside in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles with their two children Mary-Cate and Charles.

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