Local community members were joined by some Los Angeles city officials for community service projects in Venice as part of the city’s 13th annual Big Sunday weekend.

Initiated in 1999 with just 300 volunteers, Big Sunday expanded statewide this year with projects in San Francisco and Sacramento, and it is described as the largest regional community service event in the nation with more than 50,000 participants.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and David Levinson, founder and executive director of Big Sunday, visited the Venice Family Clinic May 14 to thank volunteers for their efforts and to participate in one of the community service projects.

Volunteers helped re-vamp the clinic by cleaning and re-painting the building and planting the community garden.

The city officials then assisted city crews and volunteers in filling a pothole outside of the clinic and asked residents to identify potholes as part of their volunteer efforts on Big Sunday Weekend.

Residents can report pothole locations around the city to the 3-1-1 hotline seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Board of Public Works will be using this information to target where to fill an estimated 20,000 potholes during “Operation Pothole” that will take place the weekend of June 4 and 5.

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