Continuing Tom’s Legacy

Agencies sponsor first-ever Day of Service in honor of late Mr. LA, Tom LaBonge.

Citywide: On Oct. 9, more than 250 City staffers and volunteers contributed their efforts and muscles to the first Tom LaBonge Day of Service. The cleanup event, held a few days after what would have been LaBonge’s 68th birthday and dedicated to continuing his legacy of service, was managed by LA Civil Rights and Public Works, and sponsored by several Councilmembers, LADWP, the Mayor’s Office, Community Beautification, StreetsLA, Sanitation and Environment, and other entities.

Tom LaBonge, a longtime City employee of the LADWP and LAPD, was also a two-term Councilman and a passionate Club Member. After leaving public office, he died in early January.

The cleanup day took place in five locations – Silver Lake, his beloved Griffith Park, North Hollywood, Watts Towers and Algin Sutton Park in Mid-Wilshire.

We’ve compiled social posts and photos from different departments showing staffers and volunteers hard at work to make LA cleaner, in Tom’s memory. Well done, all!

“Thank you @lacivilrights for spearheading this morning’s event and all the volunteers who made a difference. Let’s make Los Angeles beautiful, not just today, but every day.”
— Councilman Mitch O’Farrell


  LAPD Headquarters  
“The LAPD was honored to join hundreds of volunteers for the Tom LaBonge Day of Service. It was an opportunity for Angelenos to come together & celebrate the life & legacy of a man known as ‘Mr. LA’ by hosting several community cleanups throughout the city. Great job by all.”

  Office of Community Beautification/Keep LA Beautiful  
“Good morning, celebrating the legacy of former Councilmember #TomLaBonge, with citywide cleanup events. Here are volunteers in Griffith Park.”


Mayor Eric Garcetti and Brigid LaBonge, widow of Tom LaBonge, participate in the Tom LaBonge Day of Service.

Mayor’s Office
“Today on #TomLaBonge Day of Service, we’re celebrating and honoring Tom’s legacy. Thank you to @LACivilRights and LACityDPW for hosting community beautification events across our city and to all the volunteers who showed up for #MrLA.”



  LA Civil Rights  
“Today, over 250 Angelenos showed up to show their love for #TomLaBonge and love for LA. From South LA to the Valley, we cleaned parks & neighborhoods, celebrated our communities, and brought people together – which is what Tom did best. Thank you, Los Angeles.””


  Public Works 
“Today, hundreds of Angelenos joined our #TomLaBonge Day of Service with
@lacivilrights and various partners to beautify Griffith Park, Silver Lake, Watts, South LA & North Hollywood. Thank you all for rolling up your sleeves to improve @LACity in honor of #MrLA. #DayofService”

  Councilman Mitch O’Farrell  
“Tom LaBonge – #MrLA to many – was smiling down on us this morning as we kicked off the inaugural #TomLaBonge #DayofService. Angelenos, volunteers and City Departments came together to do what Tom would do on any given morning – roll up his sleeves to make Los Angeles shine a little brighter.”