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Mayor Garcetti Renames Mount Hollywood Summit “Tom LaBonge Summit;” Forms The Tom LaBonge Memorial Fund for Griffith Park

Mayor Eric Garcetti renamed Mount Hollywood Summit “Tom LaBonge Summit,” and announced a fund for a memorial to former Councilmember Tom LaBonge in Griffith Park

This week LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the Mount Hollywood Summit — which overlooks the city, Griffith Observatory, and the entire park — will now be named the “Tom LaBonge Summit,” in honor of the beloved former city council member, who passed away earlier this month.  In addition,  Garcetti announced the the formation of the Tom LaBonge Memorial Fund for Griffith Park, which will provide support to LaBonge’s favorite part of Los Angeles.

In the absence of a public memorial service, which is on hold due to the pandemic, Garcetti also invited Angelenos to share their stories about LaBonge  online, where his family can read them.

Garcetti wrote in an email message Tuesday:

“There’s nothing we’d love more than to gather with you to celebrate this friend, colleague, and neighbor; to remember what he meant to all of us; and to give him the memorial he deserves. Unfortunately, with the spread of COVID-19, that can’t happen right now. A private service will take place for his family in the days ahead, but we will organize a larger, public event once the pandemic ends and it is safe to do so.

For now, we wanted to create a place where Angelenos can share their stories and pay their respects.Please click here to send a message to Tom’s family.”

Anyone who knew Tom could tell you one thing about him: he loved every facet of our city — its geography, its diversity, its beauty, its people — and he gave his soul to it. But perhaps nothing was closer to his heart than Griffith Park, our crown jewel. He knew practically every inch of the trails, hikes, and hills. He walked through the park daily. And it is only fitting that his name should forever be attached to this extraordinary landmark.

So we are proud to announce that Mount Hollywood Summit — which overlooks the city, Griffith Observatory, and the entire park — will now be named the “Tom LaBonge Summit.”

There is also a fund in Tom’s name, The Tom LaBonge Memorial Fund for Griffith Park. To support this fund, click here.

We could think of no better way to honor such an extraordinary leader and Angeleno. And until we can all come together at this summit and elsewhere to honor his life, we can remember what Tom always encouraged us to do: “Let’s continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!”

The Los Angeles Parks Foundation is also accepting funds for the Tom LaBonge Memorial Fund for Griffith Park.

“We are absolutely heartbroken by the recent passing of former City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, an LA original and lifelong champion of our city parks. During his years of public service, Tom oversaw the improvement of many beloved local parks, plus the creation of new greenspaces like Sunnynook River Park. He notably spearheaded the expansion of Griffith Park by over 200 acres, helping protect urban wilderness around the iconic Hollywood sign. In consultation with the family, we’ve established the Tom LaBonge Memorial Fund for Griffith Park to celebrate his enduring leadership and legacy,” wrote Carolyn Ramsay, executive director of the Parks Foundation.
To make a donation on the Parks Foundation website,  please select “Tom LaBonge Memorial” from the fund drop-down menu on our website:
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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