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LA City Council breaks for summer

City Councilman Tom LaBonge

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Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is spending his summer break hiking, biking, and watching his son's football practices.

The Los Angeles City Council is celebrating summer with a two-week recess starting tomorrow, and that means council members are taking vacations and catching up on chores. 

Councilman Bill Rosendahl is headed to Northern California for three days to meditate among the redwood trees. He has made an annual pilgrimage to the Russian River since 1978.

“It’s like a cathedral for me,” Rosendahl said. 

Also headed out of town is Councilman Tony Cardenas, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. The councilman will spend a few days in Washington, D.C., before returning to Los Angeles to take care of his “honey-do” list, according to his staff.

Closer to home, Councilman Mitch Englander will be helping his daughter with her Hebrew in preparation for her Bat Mitzvah. Councilman Ed Reyes will take a road trip with his sons – after he works on ’57 Chevy.

Every morning, Councilman Tom LaBonge hikes through Griffith Park. During the recess, he will add a couple of nighttime bike rides to his schedule, plus his son’s football practices, according to his office. 

The council’s newest elected official, Joe Buscaino, is headed to Palm Desert with his wife and two young children.

As for council aides, a group is headed to Manhattan Beach next week for an early morning surf outing.

The Los Angeles City Council will be on recess through July 20. 

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