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Support the Garry Marshall Theatre

CULTIVATE YOUR LEGACY

 

Brick by brick, we will build a path back to the arts.

Join us in adding a brick under the marquee, a tree in the garden, or a bench in the courtyard. All three naming opportunities are things Garry got excited about – a path to walk, a tree to help us look up, and a bench to simply take a moment to breathe. (And he really loved an engraved name). Now extended through early spring, make a tax-deductible donation to this arts sustainability campaign and have your name be part of the GMT.



Tom LaBonge

by Richard Bogy, past president of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce

On January 7th Toluca Lake lost a great friend, supporter, leader and cheerleader with the passing of Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Tom was a man of limitless energy and passion, who possessed a huge heart. He loved people. He loved Los Angeles. He loved Toluca Lake.

Tom’s contributions to our community are simply too long to list here, but suffice to say that Toluca Lake continues to be a very special place thanks to Tom LaBonge.

Tom was born in the Silverlake community of Los Angeles in 1953. A generational Angelino who attended John Marshall High School, where he shined as a football player and later as a coach (while coaching at Marshall he mentored a young Andy Reid, now coach of the Kansas City Chiefs). A devout Catholic, Tom’s father was the publisher of the Catholic news “The Tidings.” Tom always had a loaf of pumpkin bread ready to say “thank you” to people who gave of their time for the 4th Council District. It was not just his way of showing his appreciation for people who gave to the community, but also his way to support the Monastery of the Angels, who baked the bread for him.

 

 

Tom loved Los Angeles and as a young man decided he wanted to commit his life to the City. In 1976 he went to work for Councilmember Peggy Stevenson, then joined Council President John Ferraro’s office in 1978. Tom also worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and was Chief of Field Operations for Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2001, after the passing of John Ferraro, Tom was elected to fill his mentor’s seat. He served as Councilman for the fourth district until he termed-out of office in 2015.
Tom was passionate about Griffith Park, the largest urban park in America. Under his leadership the Park acquired additional land, including expansions of the Cahuenga and Burbank Peaks, and he stopped planned development of surrounding open space. He worked to ensure the success of the Los Angeles Zoo and the Autry National Museum. Tom famously led tours through the Park, including his solstice walks to watch the sun go down over the City that he loved. He could be found hiking through the Park most mornings and was always quick to stop and talk to other park lovers. He especially enjoyed meeting visitors from other countries, and was always glad to tell them about the history and the sites of Los Angeles.

Tom famously carried garden tools, rakes, brooms and trash bags in the trunk of his car, and as he drove through the City if he was to see an overflowing trash can or litter in the street he would jump from his car, put on his orange safety vest, and clean the street, gutter and sidewalk.

Tom’s greatest love though was his family. The joy of his life was his wife Brigid, daughter Mary-Cate and his son Charles. Though we will all miss him greatly, he will live on in the memory of all who knew him.



Shop Toluca Lake

Dear Tolucans,

Your local merchants appreciate your support through these strange and unchartered times. Small businesses EVERYWHERE have had to either close temporarily due to the services they provide or play this day by day adjusting hours and services provided. Please know that those of us who are open are doing everything we can to create an environment that is safe for all Tolucans.

Our lovely customers have been asking “what can we do to help our favorite small business?”

Here are a few tips:

  • Merchant’s outgoing voicemail messages, websites or signs on shop windows will inform you of their current plans.
  • Visit your Chamber of Commerce websites for merchant phone or email information. Some of your favorite merchants can be found at:
  • Purchase gift cards online today for local merchants and use them when this is over. Hold your existing gift cards for later use.
  • Order take out or delivery from your local restaurants. This might be safer than waiting in line for an hour at Costco! PLUS food distributors have PLENTY of food and NEED to supply those that are capable of take out or delivery.
  • Be kind. Be patient. No need to OVER buy at Trader Joe’s or Pavillions etc., as they will be allowed to stay open.
  • Please thank those that are able to stay open especially in Grocery Markets and Doctor’s offices. We appreciate you!


Toluca Lake’s Fritz Coleman

Fritz Coleman may be retiring from his day job, but as he has only been the Honorary Mayor of Toluca Lake since the Fall of 1994; we will require he remain in his role for at least another 15 years to get our 40!

Fritz has been a real friend to the Toluca Lake Chamber, supporting our events, fund raisers and local village businesses. We will miss him as weatherman at 5 and 11 on NBC4 but now he will have time to follow his passion of giving of himself in dedication of time and talent, and raising funds and awareness for countless charitable causes. At a time like this we need more Fritz Colemans in this world.

Congratulations Fritz!


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Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce Yard Signs

Toluca Strong Signs
 
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce has started a campaign to show our city that we are resilient, positive, inclusive and strong. Recently the Chamber commissioned wonderful new signs with the message “Toluca Strong” and we are offering them free to our members while supplies last.
 
The sign was created by Kari Ramsey of 5 Oceans Creative (www.5o2creative.com), who also designed the new logo for the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club.
 
To receive a sign, please contact Adam James via email at president@tolucalakechamber.com. We ask that you be an active member of the Chamber and agree to post the sign prominently at your business so it can inspire the community.
 
Thank you all for your support of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce and together we are stronger … together we are Toluca Strong!



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