Arts, Health & Wellness, Memorial

In Memory of Julia

Julia Cukier Siegler was struck and killed on February 26, 2010, while crossing the street to board her school bus at the corner of Sunset and Cliffwood in Los Angeles. That school bus stop and many like it are now gone. A community consumed by grief and confusion rallied behind a deeply meaningful Slow Down For Julia street safety campaign, launched by schoolmates Jake Feiler, Eli Kogan and Max Thoeny to raise funds to support roadway improvements, code enforcement, education programs and legislative action.

Slow Down For Julia bracelets and ubiquitous purple shoelaces offered a poignant call to action to live life in a way that appreciates its fleeting nature. The campaign then continued with two electronic speed signs that were installed on Sunset Blvd., using monies raised at the Bar Mitzvah of neighbor, Charlie Horowitz. “Safety on Sunset” banners soon followed, which hung from utility poles from Pacific Coast Highway all the way to the 405 in a program developed with LA City, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades Community Councils.

Most importantly, Julia’s corner stands as a beacon for the light in her heart that is now carried on in ours. Her inner beauty and creative spirit remain luminous in her remarkable works of art and powerful dance performances. View Dance Performance.

Your contribution to CCF’s “In Memory of Julia” fund will be distributed to institutions that support street safety initiatives, as well as the arts education and performing arts programs that defined Julia’s brief, yet everlasting, existence.

Look at the photos below to learn about Julia, who she was….and still is…for so many of us.

See the Facebook group created in Julia’s memory.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, please click here. You may also make a contribution by sending a check to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please make your check payable to the California Community Foundation and put in the memo line: In Memory of Julia

Read various articles from former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s office, the Los Angeles Times, LA Magazine and more, in the links that follow.

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