The City of Los Angeles honored the heritage of the community service of late longtime councilor Tom LaBonge on October 9th with the Tom LaBonge Day of Service with five volunteer cleanups in Los Angeles locations.
LaBonge’s nickname was “Mr. Los Angeles ”for his enthusiastic love and knowledge of the city and also for his own example of putting in volunteer efforts, including cleanup.
The San Fernando Valley location was near the Victory Outreach Church in North Hollywood on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Councilor Paul Krekorian and Rev. Raymond Solorzano of Victory Outreach Church made comments before the work began.
LaBonge represented Council District 4, which included parts of North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, the Miracle Mile, the Fairfax District, much of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Griffith Park. He originally won a special election when his mentor Councilman John Ferraro died in 2001. LaBonge was then elected for three or four years in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
He died on January 7, 2021 at the age of 67.
Other volunteer cleanup locations on Saturday included Fern Dell in Griffith Park, Silver Lake Meadows, Algin Sutton Park and Watts Towers.