Boulevard Sentinel - VOLUME VI ISSUE 16 February 2003
News and Views
for Northeast Los Angeles
Jean-Christophe, Christopher and Matt serve it up nightly at the Cafe Beaujolais on Colorado Blvd.
Beth and Kristen sit out at a sidewalk table on a moonlit night. The reflection of a candle flickers in the balmy wind on the deep red glasses of Chateau Margaux they are sipping and their minds are awash in l'amour, romance, the City of Lights. Kristen stares ahead dreamily and sighs, "Ahh…Boulevard of broken dreams." "Ahh…," echoes Beth, "Paris in the springtime."
Suddenly a Pontiac GTO crashes through the sound barrier, tearing up Colorado at 50 miles per hour. That's right, reader, this is Eagle Rock, where worlds collide at the Café Beaujolais. Of course, it's not wine or weather that bestow an authentic French dining experience on these women. Before the exhaust hit their escargot, they were lulled into a reverie of raging romance by the flirtatious attentions of the diabolically charming and handsome waiters known to many appreciative Eagle Rock female residents and beyond.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching and the quest for Romance once again besought, who better than the Café Beaujolais beaux, Jean-Christophe, Matt and Christopher, to share their recipes for the perfect Valentine's date—-while serving up some savory insights about American women and dating culture.
Describe your idea for a romantic Valentine's Day date.
Jean-Christophe: Jump in the car, get the girl, drive off and stop in a huge empty parking lot, unload some camping tables, candles and champagne and have an impromptu dinner in some funny, weird place.
Matt (ever flirtatious): Dinner in a nice restaurant with you, candles, and good music.
Christopher: It is a day like any other. Valentine's Day is too commercial. It's about spending money and not love.
What attracts you to a woman?
Jean-Christophe: Her eyes, and a degree of spontaneity
Matt: Her eyes. (Is it ok to say big b__bs?) . I like California women more than French women because they're more playful.
Christopher: Her expressions, the way she talks
Jean-Christophe: Hairy underarms. And legs.
Matt: Also, her eyes.
Christopher: Bad grooming.
How does French courtship differ from American?
Jean-Christophe: The French are more straightforward and honest. In Los Angeles, the game starts before the relationship even begins with a stalemate over who will call first or whether your call will be returned.
Matt: In the United States, dating seems too structured. In France you don't need to date, you either like the person or you don't .
Christopher: Marriage means something in France.
Matt: Yes. Marriage is about feelings, not ideas.
What does the American female need to know about the French male?
Jean-Christophe: French men are not really rude or snobbish. At first glance we may look tough, but we're not as tough as we look.
Matt: French men are faithful. We also like to laugh.
Christopher: Yes, French men are faithful. It's also true what they say about the French being good lovers.
When asked why they want to live here in Eagle Rock instead of, say, Paris, Jean Christophe responded, "I'm here for business, acting. The French don't open doors. Here, you feel like anything can happen because people are willing to give you a chance. In France, it's hard to get anyone to give you a try and then if they do, it's hard to get out of it. You can't get fired in France without doing lots of paperwork. Here they just take you and let you go as they please. Here, nothing is secure, but because of that anything can happen and it makes good energy. I love the energy here."
That good energy is contagious; it's what makes a date dreamy at this café and the ladies feeling a little devilish when they leave.
Valentine's is the perfect night to bring your date here. And the single women are more likely to be giggling and asking for water refills instead of crying into their merlot. It's no wonder that souls thirsty for romance can sit across from the chili burger stand and car wash and notice nothing outside of this enchanting enclave. Because it seems like what Americans are really starving for is something more than just delicious French cuisine.
Ready or Not
Pacheco Achieves Compliance! Supporting yet another design modification smoothed the way for Walgreen’s developers.
Due to a last minute design modification,
developers prevailed in their efforts to gain final City Council
approval of the Eagle Rock Walgreens' anchored project. The process,
which began in July of 2001, had many twists and turns. Initially, it
was completely approved at the end of August of that year, only to be
stopped when resident association leaders convinced the L.A City
Director of Planning that the design did not comply with the Colorado
Specific Plan. The design was modified and re-approved in December of
that year. Residents also had made efforts to designate the old
building, at one time a Shopping Bag market, into a Cultural Historical
Monument which failed.
As a courtesy to the community, the project was brought before the newly installed Design Review Board. They initially sent it back for more changes, and when developers returned, they withheld their stamp of approval anyway. Because the Design Review Board is only advisory, the Director of Planning again approved the developer's plans.
Not easily saying die, the resident group, and two other parties appealed the approval to the Area Planning Commission, which denied the appeal and upheld the Director's decision. After spearheading a massive lobbying effort, protesters were successful in getting Councilman Pacheco to assert jurisdiction, and bring the final decision before the full Los Angeles City Council.
On January 21, all sides were ready for the final showdown. It was at the meeting of the PLUM (Planning and Land Use Management) Committee of the City Council. The developer had hired former San Pedro Council member Rudy Svornich to lobby on their behalf.
The protesters had all their arguments and their carpool assignments ready for the trip to downtown City Hall. Rumors were that
another design modification was underway which would make it comply with the seemingly sacred Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, and still be palatable for developers.
At 11:52 a.m. on January 21, my fax machine came to life. As I watched the paper slowly feed out, I saw the headline boldly declare,
"PACHECO ACHIEVES COMPLIANCE. Developer Changes Site Plan"
It was from Mary Duffy, the press secretary of Council member Nick Pacheco.
"January 20, 2003, City Hall - Today at 2 p.m. at the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, PLUM, Council member Nick Pacheco will support the new plan for the Rich Development in Eagle Rock. The new design plan complies with the Colorado Specific Plan, and will be great for economic development."
It was not a done deal yet, but as councilmembers almost always get what they ask for when it comes to their own district, it really was almost as good as done.
PLUM Chair Ed Reyes said, "It looks like we'll have a lively meeting today," as he looked out on the near capacity hearing room.
When the Walgreen's issue came up, Councilman Pacheco made a short presentation and asked also to be heard at the end of the hearing. Everyone had their say. There were perhaps double the amount of protesters there compared to supporters. Former 14th district Councilman Art Snyder was there and he spoke on the side of protesters.
When the Councilman again took the floor he noted how it was ironic that Mr. Snyder should be speaking against the project, when early in his (Pacheco's) term, Mr Snyder had represented a developer that Pacheco had stopped without legal justification, resulting in a successful lawsuit against the City. The Councilman clearly did not want that to happen again.
He unveiled the latest modification that he was taking credit for. The main point of contention at the previous appeal hearing centered on the pedestrian friendly covered patio that was designed to comply with the Specific Plan's "Streetwall" requirement. Protesters had argued that because there were only open archways it really was not a "wall" (although it did match the legal definition of a wall). The new design increased the depth of the patio area and enclosed it completely with glass doors and windows, removing all doubt about whether or not it was a wall.
Protesters, however had changed gears and were now focusing on the language of the Specific Plan that states, "No parking shall be permitted on that portion of a lot located between the front lot line and any portion of a building which faces Colorado or Eagle Rock Boulevards."
They insisted that meant that the main building that Walgreen's is to occupy, located 150 feet back from Colorado is not allowed to have parking in front of it, even if another building sits in front of it, squarely on the Boulevard, fulfilling the "streetwall" requirement..
Either recognizing that view as extremist or simply complying with a fellow council person's request for his district, the PLUM, (Ed Reyes, Hal Berson, Wendy Greuel) voted unanimously to uphold the decision of the planning department and adopt the newest plan compliance modification present by Council person Pacheco.
But the story did not end here. Joanne Turner, president of the resident association, and primary organizer of the protest against the project, railed against the decision and the actions of the Councilman's office, comparing the PLUM meeting to "the satirical "Springtime for Hitler" play in the hilarious film "The Producers" -- so bogus and tasteless, it can't not be funny."
Fellow community members were quite offended at her turning on her, up 'til now, good friend Nick Pacheco, who has almost completely towed the TERA line throughout his entire term. She remains defiant, however, refusing to back down or apologize for her offensive remarks.
Boulevard Sentinel Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa For City Council
It's not often that we have a choice between two first class politicians to represent us in City Government. Consider present Councilman Nick Pacheco. He is a real expert speaker. I really admire him for his education and his abilities. He has done a good job for our community of Eagle Rock and Highland Park.
Next is Antonio Villaraigosa. He has served much of this district as a State Assemblyman. During that time, he showed enough skill and talent to become the Speaker of the California State Assembly. It is awe inspiring to consider how good you have to be to earn that position. He is simply the best of the best. If not for term limits he would still be there I'm sure. Although some use the pejorative, "career politician" to describe him, the campaign is really not about him. It is about continuing a life of service to the people of the community he loves.
During his campaign for mayor, he had support from different groups that have a long history of hating each other. Yet, somehow, he was able to bring them together. Speaking for what I know about Eagle Rock, this is something we need. We, too, have many groups that historically have not gotten along. We need what he's shown he can do. In many elections, with the choices we are given, reelecting someone the caliber of Nick Pacheco would be the right choice. He is a good man. But in this election, at this time, with the choices we have before us, the best man for our district, our city and the people living here today is by far Antonio Villaraigosa.
The definition of the word Community is "the body of people living in the same place." It is derived from the latin words "comuner" which means "to share" and unus which is "one." I'd like to first talk about sharing.
Sharing is something we all know about. We were all taught, perhaps by the time we were six years old, about sharing. It is something we all share. We all have that in common. But we have so many things in common. We all want Eagle Rock to be a great place to live, work and do business.
We all share this.
Yet, we all can think of a time when we haven't shared. We all can think of times when we've missed that mark.
But we can do it. Imagine for a second the next big issue- the next big conflict. You know it's coming.
Imagine if the following was shared by all:
1. all points of view have merit
2. all points of view are valid
3. all points of view are listened to; and heard.
What kind of progress could we then share in?
I was chatting with Vic Parrino (Colombo's) the other week and repeated a line I had said earlier that day.
"The city must work not only for people who buy $3 cups of coffee at Swork, but also for those who buy 80 cent cups of coffee at 7-11."
Vic mentioned that was like a much used quote. "If it (the community) doesn't work for everyone, it doesn't work for anyone."
That is the exact concept we all must share. "If it doesn't work for everyone, it doesn't work for anyone."
If we have to put it on a sign; let's do it.
If we have to make it a banner; let's do it.
If we have to make it a Bumper Sticker, to remind us every day of our commitment- "If it doesn't work for everyone, it doesn't work for anyone," let's do it. Let's all of us do it.
Let's all be the ONE (unus) in that promise and commitment. Because when we do, we will have begun to create the one thing that's been missing in this community for a very long time.
And that - is - UNITY.
Lloyd Monserratt, Chief of Staff to Council member Nick Pacheco, passed away on the morning of January 9 at 6:00 a.m. while recovering from surgery. Mr. Monserratt was 36 years of age.
A graduate of UCLA and a political activist who was a veteran of many political campaigns, Lloyd was widely respected and admired by many elected leaders and community members. Lloyd spent his youth in Alhambra and El Sereno and went to St. Francis High School. He is survived by his mother, brother, nephew and fiancee.
Council member Pacheco issued this heartfelt statement that read:
"Lloyd Monserratt was a colleague, a confidant, and most importantly, a dear friend. To have lost Lloyd at such an early age is a tragedy. He was a great human being."
"Lloyd touched the lives of many people and has always fought to improve the communities that he has served. All those who knew him were drawn to his strong presence and warm personality."
"Lloyd's passing is a great loss for us all. But each of us can honor Lloyd and his legacy by constantly seeking ways in which to make positive contributions to our great community. I will miss him terribly."
"My prayers are with Lloyd's family and many friends during this difficult time."
Robbery is up. Burglaries are up. Burglaries from a motor vehicle are up. Grand theft Auto's are up. There was shooting at the intersection of Townsend and Yosemite. A gang member from the Valley had traveled to Highland Park. Other gang members saw him get on the DASH to head to Eagle Rock. They followed and when he got off the bus at the intersection, they started shooting at each other. Patrons inside the Eagles Club heard what they thought was a loud knocking on the door.
The Eagles Lodge was reportedly hit with five rounds. One of the gang members had a bullet go through his shirt and trousers, but it missed him. The L.A.P.D. is starting to crack down on gangs. They do have an injunction against the Avenues that allows them to arrest anytime there are two or more together in a car or on a street corner, etc. They also are cracking down on all Gangs. Now through October, and possibly beyond, a special gang unit task force will sweep the northeast area two days a month.
There were 120 break-ins around Occidental College. At Super A in Eagle Rock, two people were stabbed on the way from the store to their cars. There are plain clothed officers and unmarked cars working the area.
Bill Wong Jr. was a real friend and native son of Eagle Rock. He passed away on Wednesday January 29 at 5:00 a.m. Recently a steady volunteer at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market, Bill was also a regular at many community meetings and events. He was active in the Eagle Rock Historical Society, Eagle Rock High School Alumni Association and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce to name only a few.
He is survived by his sister Roberta and his brother, Richard.
A memorial will be held at 12:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 2nd, at the home of Michael and Eugenie Nogueira, 2154 Hill Drive. On February 2nd, he would have been 60 years old.
I was so happy to read in the paper that the resident's of Eagle Rock will have Walgreen's after all. My family and I couldn't be happier. TERA does not speak for all the residents of Eagle Rock. Walgreen's will be a plus to this community. Keep up the good work.
Dear Gold Line Neighbor:
Great news came out of the MTA building yesterday. On Thursday, January 23, County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is also on the Board of the MTA, introduced the following motion (see below or attachment) which applies to the Gold Line crossing at the Avenue 45 and 50 intersections.
GOOD NEWS for the Mount Washington community - the MTA Board voted UNANIMOUSLY to begin the process to give us a "Quiet Zone" through these intersections. Gloria Molina and her hard working transit deputy, Nicole Englund should be given high praise for their undying efforts in getting a quality of life issue for the community this far into the political process.
There will, however, (isn't there always a however!) need to be some amendment to these marching orders to include the two electronic bells now installed at the Southwest Museum Station pedestrian crossing. These bells are in very close proximity to the La Casita Verde Infant and Toddler Center, the Sycamore Park Convalescent Hospital, and numerous homes. Lowering their decibels and their height and direction, or maybe no bells, just flashing lights, will give us a true "Quiet Zone.
Your Gold Line Neighbors, Jim and Marie Leong
While it seems that every weekend a cruise down Colorado Blvd. shows evidence of new tagging on businesses in the form of markers, paint and bleaching on windows, I am not aware of any action plan being pursued to curb this activity.
Local organizations have the best interests of the community in mind on issues promoting a better Eagle Rock. But beautification and specific plan adherence means little if the area is being thrown into a faster decay by graffiti. New businesses and potential home buyers do notice the decay.
While looking on the City websites, I found on the LAPD website (www.lapdonline.org) a brochure available to organize local volunteer surveillance teams that work in conjunction with the LAPD to report vandalism in progress. It would seem beneficial to the targeted businesses to work with the combined resources of the Council office, LAPD, and local business and neighborhood organizations to put this program into effect in Eagle Rock. By merely surveying the affected businesses on when the vandalism occurred will pinpoint what nights the surveillance should take place, usually on weekend nights, it seems.
In addition, while vandals can be caught, there hasn't been a concentrated effort to make graffiti vandals feel the hurt beyond the outside possibility that their parents be held liable for repairs or fines. It seems current laws aimed at prostitution, that can reset in the confiscation of vehicles used in association with the crime would have similar benefits with graffiti prevention. The confiscation of a vehicle, or in the instance of a minor, the delay of a year in obtaining a driver's license would mean a lot more than the threat of repaying damages they probably can't afford.
Attached is the brochure that can be found on the above listed website in the Northeast Area tab.
Just throwing out some ideas... or issues for the upcoming Council race.
Jeff Shirley Eagle Rock Resident
Neighborhood Watch Meetings
This year the monthly block captains meetings will be held on the third Thursdays of the month January through November. No meeting in August, but instead all will want to attend the National Night Out on August 5th. All regular meetings are held at the Eagle Rock City Hall, and are run by Senior Lead Officer Joe Gallindo. All are welcome to the Neighborhood Watch Meetings. It is the only p[lace to get the down and dirty information on local crime. If you have further questions you can call the 14th district Council field office at 323-254-5295
New Pastor in Eagle Rock
Pastor Donald Smith is the new pastor of the Eagle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is located at 2322 Merton Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90041. Smith came to the Los Angeles area from a pastorate in Arizona and has had extensive teaching and pastoral experience.
The Eagle Rock Adventist church pastoral staff has planned a variety of community-oriented seminars that will be offered in 6-week cycles at the church, starting February 19.
The public is cordially invited to all church events; admission is free. Weekly worship services are at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Saturdays. Bible-study classes (Sabbath School) for all ages are at 9:45 a.m. For further information, please call 323/257-5803 or visit www.eaglerocksda.com.
National Center of the American West
Please join us for an informal discussion on the planned creation of the Autry National Center of the American West with the Southwest Museum and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Monday, February 10, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. Southwest Museum's Sprague Auditorium 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles
Duane King, Executive Director of the Southwest Museum, and John Gray, Executive Director of the Autry Museum, will address issues relating to the planning process and the future of the new Autry National Center.
Directions: From the Pasadena 110 Freeway, exit Avenue 43 and follow the green directional signs. The Southwest Museum is located at the corner of Marmion Way and Museum Drive. Autry National Center of the American West
To create a center of national profile, the Southwest Museum and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage have signed a definitive memorandum of understanding, to merge through the establishment of the Autry National Center of the American West. The new Center will consist of the Southwest Museum, the Autry Museum, and the Institute for the Study of the American West.
The Center's purpose is to enhance understandings about the American West by promoting new research, reexamining traditional perceptions, and increasing the collections. With the creation of the Autry National Center of the American West, we will be in a better position to interpret those stories and to ensure that exhibitions and programs are informed by the best scholarship.
The Center's Financial Outlook
The estimated cost of this endeavor is $100 million, to be raised over a five-year period by the Center. The new funds will be allocated to the preservation of the collections, creation of an endowment for the Center, potential renovation of the historic Southwest Museum, and the redesign of some of the Autry's exhibition space. During this period both museums will remain open to the public during their regular business hours. Both museum representatives expressed their confidence in the financial outlook for this new Center, since they already have approached a number of foundations and individuals who have expressed strong interest in supporting a campaign of this size.
Future of Existing Facilities: Autry Museum and Southwest Museum
The merger will be based on a six-month due-diligence and planning process, which will include community input, to develop a long-term master plan integrating the functions of both institutions. Addressing the new needs of the Center and the interests of the communities neighboring both museums, this six-month due-diligence process contemplates a redesign of the Autry Museum's exhibition space and the potential restoration of the Southwest Museum's historic buildings.
Because this restoration is a key element of the master plan, museum architect Brenda Levin, whose work includes the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles City Hall, the Boone Gallery at the Huntington Library, and the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will produce a comprehensive facilities report to make recommendations on the rehabilitation of the buildings. The plan also recommends that both institutions continue normal operations during their physical reconfiguration. Special consideration will be given to their ongoing projects.
The Center's Vision for the Future
The Center will draw on the resources of both the Autry and the Southwest museums to preserve and expand their unparalleled collections, thus securing for many future generations the advancement of the public's knowledge and interest in the history of the individuals and cultures of the American West. Through high-profile and traveling exhibitions, public programs, publications, new scholarship, and outreach efforts, the Center will engage increased audiences at the local, national, and international levels. The Center will strive to provide leadership in the academic community by committing well-recognized scholars to research projects, publications, seminars, workshops, and symposia. As an institution whose main goal is education, the Center plans to partner with more school districts and with community-based organizations to expand its field trip programs.
The Eagle Vista Seniors February Calendar starts on Feb. 4 with the 9:30am board meeting. The regular meeting at 10:00am will feature Joanne Longsdon, Assistant Manager for Metro Rail, as speaker.
Feb. 11 brings the Annual Valentine Party with birthday cake to honor members born in this month. The lunch will be catered by Dinah's Chicken. Members are asked to bring a signed valentine to put in the Valentine box. Good old western music will be performed by James and Louise Stewart. The cost for members will be $5. No meeting on Feb 18.
Feb. 20(Thurs.) will be the day for the trip to Santa Barbara where a gourmet lunch will be served at the Culinary Arts School. A visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will follow. The bus leaves from the Eagle Vista Recreation Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at about 5:30 p.m. Cost $35. See Phyllis Mejia, Tour Director, for tickets, Feb. 25 (Tues.) BINGO!
Philippine Village Promoters Hard at Work
Oscar Jornacion, and Aurora (Awee) Abayari, are making good their pledge to participate in the community after leading an effort to rename Eagle Rock "The Philippine Village". They have debuted the weekly newspaper "City Times" that will serve the communities of Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington and Glendale. According to Mr. Jornacion, "It will be a living part of our lives because it will report about the news in the community and how we can improve the quality of our neighborhoods."
Many of the seats only have one candidate to choose from.But there are a few hotly contested races. This is what the Boulevard Sentinel recommends:
District 2 - Eagle Rock High Teacher and resident Shakespearean actor Stephan Early
District 4 - Past Highland Park Chamber President and active in UGLA Max Vasquez.
Civic - Save the All Star Lanes activist Manuel Montana
President - We've just got to keep Dalila out - Pick Robert Flores
Treasurer - Doris Lau
Don't forget to show up and vote at Eagle Rock City Hall, Feb 8th, 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Elections
Saturday, February 8, 2003
The following positions are to be elected on Feb 8: 1 President, 1 Treasurer, 1 Youth Representative, 8 Community Directors, and 7 Stakeholder Interest Directors.
Who can vote in the election on February 8, 2003?
Any ERNC stakeholder can vote in the election (one person = one vote). You do not have to be a U.S. Citizen and you do NOT have to speak or read English. Simply come to Eagle Rock City Hall on Election Day, verify stakeholder interest, and vote.
An ERNC Community Stakeholder is an individual who lives, works, owns property or conducts a business within the ERNC boundaries. In addition, Community Stakeholders may be identified by participation in: educational institutions, religious institutions, community organizations, business ownership, non-profit organizations, block clubs, neighborhood associations, business associations, apartment associations, resident associations, school/parent groups, faith based groups, senior groups, youth groups, chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, arts associations, political action groups, service organizations, park advisory boards, boys and girls clubs, cultural groups, environmental groups, neighborhood watch, police advisory board groups, and/or redevelopment action boards.
There is no need to pre-register. You can register to vote at the election site, on February 8, 2003 starting at 12 noon. The election is being held at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. Come from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For further information contact: Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
(323) 257-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.eaglerockcouncil.org
Watershed Study of the Arroyo Seco
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) initiated a Watershed Study of the Arroyo Seco at a meeting yesterday at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) headquarters in Alhambra. LACDPW is the lead local sponsor for the study. The purpose of yesterday's meeting was to begin the process of defining the scope of work and to discuss how local agencies can participate in the study.
The USACE watershed study of the Arroyo Seco will develop a comprehensive watershed management plan from the entire watershed from the San Gabriel Mountains to downtown Los Angeles. The plan will include water resources, ecosystem restoration, flood management and recreational elements.
USACE studies have three phases:
1) Reconnaissance, which is now underway to determine whether
there is an appropriate federal interest in the project;
2) Feasibility Study, which is now being developed; and
3) Design and Construction of projects.
Feasibility studies frequently take 3-4 years, but additional studies and projects can be spun off during the Feasibility Phase. Restoration projects in the range of $6-7 million can be approved by the USACE without congressional approval, though larger projects require congressional appropriation.
Present at the meeting were representatives of USACE, LA County Department of Public Works, Arroyo Seco Foundation, City of La Cańada Flintridge, National Park Service, Rose Bowl Operating Company, North East Trees, Pasadena Public Works Department, Raymond Basin Management Board, Metropolitan Water District, LA Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, Los Angeles Public Works, and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
The USACE Arroyo Seco work is made possible by an appropriation obtained by Congressman Adam Schiff, who obtained initial funding of $100,000 for the project-planning phase and to begin the Feasibility Study. Additional funding will require congressional action.
Want to earn $1 million? Go to college.
On Feb. 1, the City of Los Angeles will sponsor Free Cash for College Day. We will provide volunteers to help families learn about college financial aid opportunities and fill out complicated application forms.
By helping our students, families and the local economy we will build a better community for all Los Angeles residents.
You can sign up to attend or volunteer at http://www.
lafreecashforcollege.org or call 213-978-0721. The website and registration form are available in English and Spanish and they will explain what information is needed to complete the financial aid forms.
hands-on, artist-led workshops
Get sculptural with artist Christie Frields' take on the permanent collection. Join a special, interactive spotlight tour of two fascinating works of art. Then get creative with your family in a fun mobile sculpture workshop exploring materials, forms and surfaces in artistic conversation.
Conversations showcases new works to the permanent collection as well as MOCA's masterpieces. This exhibition investigates artistic dialogue and influence within the history of post-war contemporary art.
MOCA's hands-on, artist-led workshops are scheduled the first Sunday of every month. Free for families with children ages 7 and up. No reservations required. INFO 213/621-1712 or email@example.com.
For Families is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.
Celebration of the Aztec New Year
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL
February 16th, 2003 Los Angeles, CA----The Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center (ERCCC) will present a celebration of the Aztec New Year, Nahui Acatl, on February 16th, 1pm to 6pm. Aztec dancers and Alfonso Maya will perform. The ERCCC is also proud to present a solo show, featuring the new works of Patricia Gonzalez, an international renown artist. The festival will also feature art vendors and a family art workshops. Refreshments will be provided. The festival is free to the public.
The ERCCC is a nonprofit organization, supported solely by grants and donations, providing low cost art, music, dance and computer classes to children and adults of surrounding areas and communities.
For more information call Lui at the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, (323) 226-1617.
Eagle Rock Little League
Sign up now for the 2003 Little League season. If you are a boy or girl from 7 to 18 years of age, you can register now. Sign up from 9:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday in February at Yosemite Park, 1840 Yosemite Drive. Remember, divisions are determined by age, and you must bring your Birth Certificate to show proof. Your age as of July 31, 2003 will determine which division you play in. If you need more information, call Dave at 323-254-4778.
Highland Park Neighborhood Council Elections
Group Will Elect Officers and Board Members
Los Angeles - The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC) will hold its first official elections on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Franklin High School.
According to Election Committee Chair Kevin Phelps, the group is currently accepting nominations for the various offices. Twenty-one Board of Directors seats are available.
The HHPNC has been run by an interim Board of Directors since its certification on May 28 of last year. The new elections will allow the group to become eligible for an annual operating budget of $50,000 per year from the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhoods Empowerment. The new board will then create a prioritized budget for yearly funds.
"The money allows us to create the kind of organization that can help create a better Highland Park for all its citizens, " said Phelps. He added that the group is also looking for new members as well as candidates for the various open offices.
The HHPNC holds board meetings the first Thursday of the month at the Los Angeles Park Police Museum and general membership meetings on the third Thursday of the month at Franklin High School. All meetings are open to the public and local businesses and residents are encouraged to attend.
The election itself will follow a Candidates' Forum, to be held at 9:00AM in the high school cafeteria, 820 North Avenue 54.
For more information about the HHPNC, please call 323-258-2130.
For election information call the elections hot-line at 1-866-586-1655
Heinrich Keifer, HHPNC Rules Chair 323-258-7920
By: Bonnie Schindler
All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock is hosting a fun-filled $12.00 deal in hopes of getting Saturday nights out of the gutter.
The $12.00 will allow participants of the Rock N’ Bowl to dance all night long to an 11 piece classic rock band, laugh at the comedy club and bowl continuously on any one of the 22 lanes.
Rock N’ Bowl promoter and band leader, Dennis Kaye, said, “This is the best deal in town.”
The classic rock band, Rock Inc. will play hits from bands such as Chicago, Sweat and Tears, the Beatles, Tower of Power and other rock songs. Rock Inc. will play music all night long beginning at 9:00 PM in the alley’s lounge following the comedy acts.
The comedy club will host a variety of local, professional comedians for opening night from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Post-opening night, Rock Inc. plans on having an open-mic session for professionals and amateur comedians alike.
If the music, dancing, bowling and laughing are not enough, the historic bowling alley is also equipped with a video arcade, pool tables, a restaurant and a full bar.
While the bowling alley is still for sale, Kaye is hoping that the excitement for the Saturday night Rock N’ Bowl will boost sales and keep the bowling alley open to the public.
The bowling alley is located at 4459 Eagle Rock Blvd. in Eagle Rock. The telephone number for further information is (323) 254-2579.
at Southwest Museum, Saturdays, February 8, through July 26, 2003 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Braun Research Library Reading Room
If you are interested in learning about American Indian cultures and are willing to share your knowledge and time, call Barbara Arvi at 323-221-2164, ext. 240.
Person with administrative, clerical or organization experience wanted. Will need to work 4 to 10 hours a week, must be available Friday afternoon-evening from 4 to 9 p.m. Good opportunity for student or senior. Previous experience not required for a sharp go-getter that likes working with people. Call Mike at 323 225 5466.
Erotic: Mostly Love"
An art exhibit about love
The Avenue 50 Studio is pleased to announce an art exhibit of "slightly erotic, mostly love" art works by artists Michael Amescua, Rudy Calderon, Maria Castro, Jose Cortez, Alfredo de Batuc, Sam Hernandez, Michael Odell, Oliverio, Jose Orozco, Sara Remetch, Frank Romero, Betty Wan, and Adrian Wong-Shu. A reception for the artists will be held on February 14, 2003 from 7-10 p.m.
"Slightly Erotic: Mostly Love" lays bare a variety of media from playful sculptures by Maria Castro and Jose Orozco to small erotic etchings by Adrian Wong-Shu. Photography by Jose Cortez, Sam Hernandez, Michael Odell and Sara Remetch explore the sensuousness of the human body. Michael Amescua, known for his metal sculptures, crafts a mythological playland out of steel, forming a six-foot tall divider. Balancing this exhibition where eroticism and love merge, a colorful mural-sized painting by collaborators Frank Romero and Alfredo de Batuc fits in nicely.
This timely Valentine exhibit invites amorous dialogue and visual involvement, supporting the phrase, "make love not war". Please join us to celebrate love.
Valentine's Day Party
On Friday, February 14, The Meatwhistles, a local Blues Band will be having a Valentine Day Party at the Big Fish in Glendale. The Big Fish is located on San Fernando Road a few block south of the 134 freeway. A free glass of champagne is offered to all escorted ladies.
On Sunday, February 2, the Ladies Auxiliary will offer a special Mexican Breakfast Buffet. They will serve menudo, pozole, breakfast burritos, chorizo & eggs, quesadillas, and other traditional fare. 9AM - Noon. $5.00.
The men's meetings will be on Tuesdays, February 4 and 18 starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Wednesdays, February 12 and 26 also at 7:30.
On Friday, February 14, will be a members only Valentine Celebration pot luck.
Don't forget the men's breakfast on February 16, where you'll be able to watch the 2003 Daytona 500 on big screen TV with your breakfast. Be sure to try Gordon's special "Speedway Omelet" that Sunday. 9AM - Noon. $5.00. All breakfasts are open to the public.
On Friday the 28th, the monthly members only birthday party will be held, a pot luck with Sue-Sue Smith crankin' out the karaoke.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #2188 is located at 1596 Yosemite at Townsend. Ask about member ship. It's worth it
20th Century Club Presents 100th Anniversary
& Camellia Fashion Show
The Women's 20th Century Club of Eagle Rock, once the power center of Eagle Rock Society, invites community members to join them for the 100 Year anniversary celebration. The event will take place at the Club on Saturday, February 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Annual Camellia Fashion Show is scheduled for April 12 this year and the theme is "Somewhere in Time -- Fashions through the Century." Contact the club for more information at 323-478-1833.
by Alex Henry
Picture this, leisurely strolling down the sidewalk hand in hand with someone you love or deeply admire on St. Valentine's Day. The smell of sweet flowers and freshly baked pastries tickle your nose as the evening sun sets in the west and you can't wait for what the night will bring. Dinner, wine, chocolates, roses and candles. This sounds like a lovely romantic Italian or French film, right? The smell. The atmosphere. The company.
Well you don't have to be a jet-setting millionaire to spend the most romantic holiday of the year in Rome or Paris. Although the Romans did but the 'roman' in romantic, Colorado Boulevard in Downtown Eagle Rock has all the elements necessary for creating the most memorable February 14 of your life. All you have to do is decided who are the most romantic, the Italian or the French.
The new bohemian bourgeoisie Colorado strip, although not as quaint as a medieval cobblestone street in Europe, has the charm of a village seen through its flower shops, bakeries, cafes specialty stores and of, course the essential Farmer's market. All these characteristics complement the European lifestyle, that is one of romance, passion, intellectual perspectives and accents, per forza!
If you choose the moda Italiana, then you will need to make "una bella figura" on the day of love. The first place to stop is the Italian Deli and Bakery, basically a landmark on Colorado Blvd., but then again what isn't these days. The Italian owner Gema, who is originally from Bari, Italy has lived and worked in Eagle Rock for over 23 years. Along with here husband, she has been making delicious sandwiches and pastries and stocking her store's shelves with the fundamental foods of cucina italiana.
Pack a picnic of provolone, reggio parmagiano, or fresh mozzarella (if it's in season) then about $2 worth of olives and artichoke HEARTS and to make it complete, grab some focaccia bread. This makes a hearty gourmet meal for under $10. Don't forget the box of Ferrer Rocher chocolates and the specially made heart-shaped cookies, exclusively for Valentine's Day.
Alas, what is an Italian meal without a bottle or two of wine? The next stop should be Trader Joe's, just three blocks east of the Italian Bakery and Deli. With a decent wine selection and moderate priced, you will feel like you are shopping at the local 'enoteca' right around the corner from the center piazza of an Italian village. Might as well make it two bottles, one bianco and one rosso. The Barberesco, "Che Storia" 1997 for $9.99 may just lead to a long 'storia' of love on this passionate evening. Or try a Pinot Grigio for $2.99 which is white and less expensive but very tasty with cheese and bread.
Your forgot the flowers, but don't worry on the way to Trader Joes you passed directly in front of Eufloria Flowers. They will sell roses starting at $35 and mixed bouquets for $20, which includes two roses, on Valentine's Day. For $65 you can get a dozen roses and a box of chocolates. Or, for $15 you can buy three roses and a teddy bear.
If this all sounds too daunting for a Valentine's stroll, then just go out to Casa Bianca for an old Italian style dinner, but make sure the champagne, chocolates and roses are at home waiting.
For those with the Francoise taste, have no fear. This type of evening will be classy, and perhaps less spontaneous yet definitely more expensive. Not only is there a French bakery on Colorado Boulevard, but also right across the street there is a French restaurant. Actually they have the same owners and share similar names. The Beaujolais Petite is the bakery that is open during the day and is an ideal spot to have a Frenchy-style café experience at the outdoor tables, under the tres chic umbrellas. Just hold your breath when the buses drive by. The waiters are French with such wonderful accents that sometimes it's difficult to understand what they are saying. For the big spender, nothing can beat dinner at the cozy Café Beaujolais. Whether you have a soup and salad or are more adventurous and choose the duck, you and your date will be the center of attention. The house has a very tasty wine list as well.
Perhaps the most romantic idea worth attempting on the frivolous Valentine's Day would be to make an early afternoon date, grab a coffee at one of the many coffee shops on the Colorado strip and then make your way down to the Farmer's Market. The farmer's market only happens on Fridays and this year so does Valentine's Day, so it would be advantageous to grasp this romantic opportunity and head down to Casper Avenue. Here is where Italy meets France and turns into Eagle Rock. The Farmer's market, like so many in Europe, is your one-stop-shop to help you prepare the most memorable Valentine's ever. Even if you don't have a Valentine, I urge you to go because it is a lovely way to spend the afternoon with neighbors and friends. Who knows, maybe you will FIND a Valentine.
At the market, not only are there the freshest of the fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables but also a plethora of arts and crafts that make personal and affordable gifts. From soaps, lotions, candles, oils and other feel-good products. So grab a bouquet, some lavender oil, a basket of strawberries and watch the love pour in. Wine and champagne will have to be purchased elsewhere, but nothing beats Trader Joes, in Eagle Rock.
Daybreak Health Foods, located right across Colorado Blvd. from Trades Joes, allows you to put a healthy spin on the Valentine's Day treats. With no-carbohydrate chocolates and wheat-free cookie and cake mix, the sweet tooth can be satisfied with less damage. Here you will also find aromatic candles and incense, massage oils and lotions.
Colorado Boulevard of course is not the only place to find great specialty shops in Eagle Rock. However, you get a different perspective of the community when you take that stroll, rather than a cruise in your car, which can be romantic and comparable to the European way of life. The point is Eagle Rock is fun, bohemian, and molto sexy, so take advantage of the shops and have a wonderful Valentine's celebration.
Music at ERCCC
Composer Chosen for 12-Week Making Music Residency
The American Composers Forum of Los Angeles will host a 12-week composer residency called Making Music beginning January 18, 2003 at Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, in Eagle Rock. The program will instruct children, 9 to 12 years of age, in music literacy; how to build simple instruments and play them; using basic music sequencing or sound-editing software, and how to play in an ensemble. Classes will culminate in a final public performance at Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center. Composer David O has been chosen for the Residency.
Making Music classes will consist of 15 children (maximum) and will be given twice a week (Saturday and one weekday) in 90 minute sessions. The composer will cover music literacy with rhythm, melodic gestures, harmony, dynamics, etc; playing in a percussion ensemble which might include guitar and/or piano lessons; working with music technology software; and will also include a few sessions with older generation family members in sharing songs, stories and music.
David O is a composer, musical director and music educator. Most recently he was musical director for the Pomona College production of Hair, and musical director for the Actors' Co-op August production of Man of La Mancha. He was nominated for an Ovation Award as Musical Director for Steel: John Henry and the Shaker. David O is an instructor with "Voices Within" program sponsored by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and has been a private piano instructor since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
The Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center offers numerous services, classes and after-school programs for children and adults, and serves as a venue for music performances and art exhibitions. The community of Eagle Rock is comprised of various cultures and ethnicities, the most prominent being Latin American, Filipino American, and Caucasian. Jenny Krusoe is the Executive Director of the ERCCC, and Louie Sanchez is the Program Director.
The American Composers Forum-Los Angeles, under the leadership of Director Heidi Lesemann, offers composers and music-loving audiences in the Los Angeles area opportunities and experiences in new music. For composers, ACF-LA offers grant programs, career development programs and composer residencies within various communities. For audiences, ACF-LA publishes a calendar of new music events in the Los Angeles area. Through its community-based
programs, ACF-LA offers educational and community-outreach programs to develop awareness and appreciation for the music of our time.
Artists Display Artwork
PASADENA-Senator Jack Scott (D-Pasadena) has initiated a unique program to display artwork by local artists in his district office. The new rotating art program will display artwork by residents in each featured geographic area of the district for three months at a time.
"This is an excellent way for us to proudly display the tremendous artistic talents we have in our district," said Senator Scott, who is Chair of the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Arts. "We have world-famous, established artistic communities and institutions here, as well as promising amateur artists."
The 21st Senate District includes the cities of Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, La Cańada, Temple City, and San Gabriel, and covers most of the communities of Altadena, Eagle Rock, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Atwater Village, Chinatown, and North Hollywood.
Six Eagle Rock artists are the first to have their work shown in the Pasadena office, where the pieces will hang from now through April 1, 2003. The pieces are: "After the Show," by Mindy Allen; "A Streak of Light," by Bill Duffus; "The Spirit of Frida," by Candace Jeanette; "Negative, Positive, Death, Rebirth," by Wendy F. Lang; "Special Something," by Ross McLain; and "Stretching Out," by Paul Snyder.
The public is invited to see the artwork between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the district office, located at 215 North Marengo Avenue, Suite 185, in Pasadena.
The call for submissions for the next featured geographic area, North Hollywood, home of the NoHo Arts District, will be announced in March. For more information, please call Donald Brewster at the district office, at (626) 683-0282.
Chinese New Year- February 1
February 1st, 2003 will celebrate the year of the goat. Why not celebrate by stopping by the Dragon Restaurant at York and Ave. 50 for some tropical drinks and authentic Chinese food.