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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.



Community Meeting with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor

Community Meeting with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger (5th District)

  • Date: 12/10/2020 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Pursuant to Section 2-1-203 of the Burbank Municipal Code, the Burbank City Council shall hold regular meetings on at least two Tuesdays of each month, which meetings shall be determined annually by the City Council upon recommendation from the City Manager. Information about the City Council is available here.

City Council  meeting agendas are typically posted on the Thursday afternoon prior to the Tuesday City Council meeting. Meeting agendas and staff reports are available for viewing on the Meeting Agendas page.


North Pole Hotline

North Pole Hotline

Tuesday, December 15th & Wednesday, December 16th
5:00-7:00pm

Receive a call from Santa Claus all the way from his toy workshop in the North Pole! This phone call is sure to put a smile on your child’s face and spread holiday cheer in your home!

Registration begins on Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:00am at www.burbankparks.com
Each family may sign up for only one time slot. Our friends from the North Pole will call you during your specified time slot. Space is limited.





Holiday Open House POSTPONED

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, we will have to postpone the 2020 Toluca Lake Holiday Open House to a future date. We are saddened by this situation, but we must take every appropriate step in an abundance of caution.

Shannon Hartman, the Chamber Vice President and the owner of Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee, and a team of volunteers have spent several months planning an all-new, socially distanced, and fully masked Holiday Open House, however, the new restrictions make it impossible even with our best efforts.

As a result, we will postpone the event for now and we hope to hold it (or something similar) in the coming months.

We are very grateful to the entire Toluca Lake community for all of the support that has been given to the local small businesses, and we ask for your continued patronage during these challenging times. Please know that many of the restaurant’s will still be offering take out and delivery, and we hope that you will support them. Also, most of the retail stores will still be open with all of the proper social distancing rules in place, and we encourage you to visit them if you’re able.

Thank you all very much for your patience and understanding as we get through these challenges together. The Chamber is here to offer assistance and provide key information to our members and the entire community.

We are wishing all of you and your families a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Adam

Adam James
President
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce


Entertainment Industry Seminar & Mixer

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm  –  Free to all!

Seminar Topic:  5 Top Takeaways from the virtual 2020 American Film Market with Adam James, filmmaker and President of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce. Fun, educational and great networking for writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians and anyone in the entertainment industry!

RSVP to President@TolucaLakeChamber.com to get the Zoom Meeting ID before the meeting.

 

 

Install the Zoom app ahead of time.
https://zoom.us/download


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!

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