Monday, April 13, 2009

Councilmember Bernard C. Parks Joined LA Mission for their Annual Good Friday Easter Event

Councilmember Bernard C. Parks joined Councilmember Jan Perry and other celebrities at the Los Angeles Mission’s Annual Good Friday Easter event.


Councilmember Parks assisted in preparing apple pies that were served to the many families who enjoyed the free festivities at Friday’s event.


As families lined the streets surrounding the Mission, Councilmember Parks addressed the celebrity volunteers and reminded them that “In these tough economic times that we are living in, it’s important that we do whatever we can to assist those in need.”


At this year’s event, over 3000 meals were served, 2000 new shows had been distributed and children in attendance received Easter baskets and toys.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Councilmember Bernard C. Parks Appointed to Economic Recovery and Re-Investment Committee

New Position Will Allow Councilmember to Play Role in Distributing Funds from President Obama's Stimulus Package


Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks is now a member of the newly-formed Economic Recovery and Re-investment Committee. This board will address how the city will use funds it receives from President Barack Obama’s Economic Stimulus Package.


Joining Parks on the committee are Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilmembers Jan Perry (Chair of Energy and Environment), Wendy Greuel (Chair of Transportation), Janice Hahn (Trade and Tourism Chair), Bill Rosendahl (Public Works Chair) and Herb Wesson, Jr. (Housing, Community and Economic Development Chair).


Parks recently met with Mr. Obama during the president's whirlwind trip through the Southern California region.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The City Council Will Vote on Councilmember Bernard C. Parks $75,000 Reward for USC Students Who Were Killed and Injured by Hit and Run Driver

WHAT:            Los Angeles (Apr. 1, 2009) – Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will announce a $75, 000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run collision that killed Adrianna Bachan and seriously injured Marcus Garfinkle. 


On March 29, 2009 at approximately 3:00 am, USC students Adrianna Bachan, age 18, and Marcus Garfinkle, age 19, were struck by a vehicle that had just run a red light at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. Tragically, Ms. Bachan died from the collision and Mr. Garfinkle is hospitalized in serious condition. According to reports, Mr. Garfinkle was carried approximately 500 feet on the car before the driver stopped and a passenger removed him from the car.


“The person or persons responsible for this crime represent an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles; therefore it is appropriate for the City of Los Angeles to offer a reward for information regarding this incident,” added Councilmember Bernard C. Parks.


Police authorities report that the suspects' vehicle is a black sedan-possibly a Lexus, Honda Accord, or Toyota Corolla-that sustained heavy damage to its front end and windshield. The vehicle fled the scene and officials are looking for any possible leads.


Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Detectives Render at 323-290-6063.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


WHEN:            10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009


WHO:              Councilmember Bernard C. Parks

                        Carmen Bachan (Adrianna Bachan’s Mother)

                        LAPD Detectives


WHERE:           The John Ferraro Council Chambers,

                         Los Angeles City Hall

             200 N. Spring Street 3rd Floor

             Los Angeles, CA 90012