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LaBonge twitters away the week...

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
insists that he can't attend the State Democratic Convention because this week is vital to the future of the City.

So what's been on Councilman Tom LaBonge's docket this week?
  • He planted a tree.
  • He passed out some Clif bars on the City's nickel.
  • He voted to raise you poor schlubs' water rates.
  • And he forgot to tell you that Water Conservation doesn't apply to him, because his lot is above 7500 sq. ft.
From the Desk of The Bong:

Greetings on Friday!

Mother Earth was the focus of much of the work in Council District 4 this week. For more information on any of these items or to view photos from any recent CD4 events, please visit Tom’s website at

- To honor Earth Day on Wednesday, Tom planted a tree in Griffith Park with Ron Meyer, CEO of NBC/Universal, and Bruce Saito, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. NBC/Universal has committed to doing clean-ups and tree-plantings in the park’s Aberdeen Canyon twice each year with LACC. Kudos to both.

- On Thursday, Tom led more than 600 public school fifth graders up Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park on his Fourth Annual Hike for Health. Students learned about the great outdoors, munched on donated Clif Bars and got a great workout during the 1.5 mile hike.

- On Friday, Tom helped the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) kick off its 20th Annual River CleanUp with 800 LAUSD students.

- The City Council approved a tiered drought-year water-rate system to take effect on June 1. The vote was 9-2-4, with Councilmembers Hahn and Zine opposing. Tom voted in favor and four councilmembers were absent. For information on shortage year rates, click here:

Please remember Mandatory Water Conservation is already in effect. For information on the current restrictions on water use, click here: Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about water use restrictions:

Have a great weekend. Continue to love and enjoy the great City of Los Angeles and the rest of the planet!

For real that's what he sent out.