No one (except maybe me and Vin Scully) loves Los Angeles more than Tom LaBonge, so it’s hard to accept that his time on the City Council is coming to an end next year. LaBonge is leading a group hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon. He has hiked to the top every day for more than 30 years. He’s an athletic guy who is often spotted running through Griffith Park probably toting a plaque under one arm and unplugging drains with the other, but he makes a special point of inviting the whole community to join him on an annual excursion to the top of the peak to mark the summer solstice. I got a little choked up when I realized city elections are next May and that this would be his last official group trip celebrating the longest day of the year. This edition includes an international potluck from the Sister Cities group he has helped to expand to more than two dozen countries, from Armenia to Mumbai, so you know that’ll be delicious. The city is even providing a shuttle for those that can’t make the 1625-foot climb. Go meet and mingle with your neighbors and politicians from around the world, and enjoy L.A.’s biggest booster and his fun traditions before he moves on to his next adventure.
Summer Solstice Hike to Mt. Hollywood
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: North end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot
2800 East Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027