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Council District 14 Debate: A Doozy!

Council District 14 Debate: A Doozy!

LA ELECTION WATCH-For those of you who can’t  read a whole article and just want to cut to the chase – Huizar should be very very worried about getting in a runoff with Gloria Molina! 

Besides, everybody loves a food fight, and by golly, this one would be a whizzer!

On Wednesday evening, the Pat Brown Institute/Cal State LA, the League of Women Voters, and ABC Channel 7 hosted what is probably the most important debate in the Council District 14 race, and it was a doozy.

While I am not overly enthusiastic about the debate format — it tends to favor sound bite politics — the sponsors of this one ran a very good debate indeed.  They were scrupulously neutral, stopped the handout of campaign literature to the audience, and had a broad range of questions for the candidates. It also ran on time!

Regarding the main contenders, it is clear that the embattled incumbent, Jose Huizar, is in a real race to see if his money can squeeze out a 50% plus 1 primary victory on March 3rd before everything goes south.  Gloria Molina has name recognition, years of experience in the area as a termed-out LA County Supervisor, and is not exactly afraid of controversy.  And she came out swingin’.

The questions were well balanced and wide ranging, from Grand Juries, Skid Row, and Ethics, to a cluster of contentious subjects such as the high pay for the Council, a lot of DWP questions including the cozy relationship of DWP, the Council, and Union Leader D’Arcy, the rotting infrastructure (including water pipes) and who’s going to pay for it, and DWP’s projected rate increases. And billboards.  Of immense consequence to this very diverse Council District, there were questions about the 800 pound gorilla in the CD14 room, the issue of gentrification vs. affordable housing and who’s getting squeezed out in favor of whom.

Councilman Huizar was smooth, polished, confident, and assertive over the leadership and progress he has brought to the Council District.  Most of his answers were couched in terms of initiatives, Council Actions, capital projects, and expenditures of money.  This is a politician in the full prime of his craft, with the answers fitting neatly into the time allotted.

Unfortunately for the Councilman, the responses from the other candidates, particularly Gloria Molina, attacked the incumbent in some detail as a lazy captive of big money special interests, who only spends time and money talking to constituents at election time.  And there were enough specifics to sting.

As I can personally attest,  in the last few months, you can’t drive, bike, or take a bus ride in Council District 14 without seeing streets being paved, potholes being filled, ribbon cutting ceremonies for pocket parks and bike racks, the sounds of feel-good rehabbing, and even some tree & sidewalk fixing.  It’s a pretty amazing display of taxpayer money flowing from the pipe, as it were. To believe that this is all coincidental would strain the credulity of a dullard.

As to the Councilman’s staking out his ground, when you’ve got upwards of a million dollars (reportable & PAC money combined) in your campaign fund, it’s a bit disingenuous to pretend to be a reformer.  Two specifics made me smile.  First, the Councilman is proud of his record in cleaning up skid row and taking the imitative to take care of the homeless (including homeless veterans).  What I remember from living in both Lincoln Heights & Glassell Park is a bit different.

Monthly Homeless Outreach and Engagement Next Saturday!

Recycled Resources for the Homeless, in conjunction with the NELA Homeless Coalition and others will be hosting our monthly outreach and engagement next Saturday, March 7!

what: The NELA Homeless Outreach – bring your friends and family
when: Next Saturday March 7th from 9AM – 1PM
where: All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park 5619 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, California 90042

Can you join us as we outreach, engage, and survey our neighbors without shelter? We will be handing out lunches, clothing, and hygiene kits, while also continuing to complete surveys for the Coordinated Entry System (CES).

CES a countywide system that engages and connects single adults experiencing homelessness to housing resources, prioritizing those most vulnerable.

We are happy to announce we have secured our first set of housing vouchers and to ensure those most at risk get prioritized we have to expand our search to engage everyone living outdoors.

Volunteers will be split into groups and deployed into the community to conduct surveys and engage people. If this is your first time joining us, don’t be nervous, we will walk you through everything.

Breakfast will be served.

We need volunteers to RSVP so that we can plan for the days deployment areas. Please RSVP: RSVP Here

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Historic Highland-Park Neighborhood-Council, the NELA Homeless Coalition, the office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, the office of Councilmember Jose Huizar and Recycled Resources for the Homeless.

We will cover all of NELA. If you have any questions please contact Monica at monica.alcaraz@highlandparknc or Rebecca at piratebec@aol.com.

Please come out, support us, meet your neighbors, and work with us as we try to find a solution to chronic homelessness in our community.

Rebecca Prine
Director, Recycled Resources for the Homeless
(323) 697-0001

SR-710 North, Extend or Not? Forum

710 forum sponsors

The SR-710 North transportation network was started more than half a century ago but was never completed. Studies are underway to evaluate mobility and find traffic congestion solutions between the western San Gabriel Valley and the east/northeast area of Los Angeles. Join us at a forum about this controversial issue’s future.

We are invited to join with the many residents commuters, and other stakeholders in the region who are seeking an opportunity to learn more about all aspects of this complicated and far-reaching issue.

Please plan to attend Monday, March 9th for #SR710NForum.
When: Monday March 9, 2015 – Reception 6:00 PM, Program 7:OO PM to 8:30 PM PDT
Where: Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 3rd floor, 5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032
Contact: Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, PBI- Public Policy Education Program, 323-343-3770, dlafaye@calstatela.edu

Register Here

710 forum map

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. and the League of Women Voters of Pasadena are committed to providing high quality civic education experiences to the people of Los Angeles County.


We are going to have our first Challengers Division at Northeast Los Angeles Little League. We are going to have sign ups this coming Sunday (Feb. 22) and next weekend Saturday (Feb. 28) and Sunday (Mar. 1) from 10am-2pm at Bishop Canyon, home of Northeast Los Angeles Little League. Challengers division is for kids ages 4-22 who are disabled. They can have a buddy (helper) on the field. For more information, they can contact us at www.northeastlittleleague.org or call us at (323) 225-9753. They can also contact Alex Mojarro who will be the coach at (213)500-7693 or email him at amojarro93@yahoo.com Thank you.





American Legion Hall

227 N. Avenue 55, Highland Park

All residents – young and old – of the northeast are invited to attend.   Come and be inspired!  Join in this adventure of discovery.  Something for everyone!

Registration begins at 9:30, and the class starts at 10 am and will conclude at 4 pm.  Lunch will be offered for a small donation.  Bring the Family!


Another Historic Moment in Historic Highland Park!

Watch as community leaders and elected officials cut the ribbon and open  York Park at York and Avenue 50.  Hundreds of children swarm the playground of our newest park! From hearts to minds, to paper, to the corner,  a community wide labor of love and dedication made it a reality! See the whole story in our March issue, hitting newsstands in North East LA on March 6!

“Our crude civilization engenders a multitude of wants, and law-givers are ever at their wits’ end devising. The hall and the theater and the church have been invented, and compulsory education. Why not add compulsory recreation?” –John Muir–

90th Birthday Bash for Highland Theater!

Highland Theater

Historic Highland Theatre turns 90. Highland Park Independent Film Festival pays tribute with Documentary Premiere celebration!

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) presents a Film Series event for the ages! We celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Highland Theatre. On Thursday, March 5, 1925, the Highland Theatre opened its doors as a grand show palace. The opening night film was the World Premiere of the silent film, “Lady of the Night” starring Norma Shearer. So on Thursday, March 5, 2015, The Highland Park Independent Film Festival will recreate the lavish affair and celebrate big time!

A roaring 20’s reception from 5 to 7 pm kicks off the evening. We converted next door neighbor, Kinship Yoga into a speakeasy for the night. Enjoy drinks and dancing complete with a Vaudeville Act from Prissy Dixie and Venus Velvet of the legendary troupe Kitty Kitty Bang Bang from Austin, Texas.

Buy your raffle ticket for a chance to own a piece of history! We will raffle off a framed image of one of the most iconic photographs taken at the theatre.
Relive the storied past of the Highland with a vintage artifacts exhibit. We uncovered and dusted off relics from the theatre’s storage vault.

Directly after our roaring reception, stroll over to the Highland Theatre led by the Franklin High School Band. The FHS students of that era played in front of the theatre and we want to keep that tradition alive!

We strongly encourage 1920s attire as we want flappers and dapper gentlemen gracing our red carpet at 7:00 pm. At 7:30, we invite you to view the highlight of the evening: “The Highland Theatre: A Legacy Uncovered” a documentary with never-before-seen footage created and produced exclusively for this night by the HPIFF team. Then, on the 90th anniversary of its premiere, the 1925 opening night film ‘Lady of the Night’, will follow with a live score by silent film Composer Michael Mortilla. Mr. Mortilla composes for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Turner Classic Movies and the Getty Center.

On March 5, 1925, Actress Norma Shearer cracked a bottle of champagne on the theatre’s wall for good luck. Join us as we wish the Highland Theatre the best of luck for another ninety years!

5612 & 5604 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042; Admission: $5 (Suggested Donation).

For more information: www.hpifilmfest.com

(Alessandro Gentile, Marita De La Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)

York Park Ribbon Cutting and The York Village El Mercado

York Park Ribbon Cutting

February Issue – Print Edition

febfrontpageFebruary 2015 Print Edition

Eagle Rock Community Night at OXY Basketball

We would like to extend an invite to anyone in the Eagle Rock community to attend 2-5-2015 Thursday night’s Occidental College men’s basketball game against La Verne at 7:30 pm at Occidental College for free.
Invite anyone you think might be interested and tell them to mention Eagle Rock Community night at the door and they’ll be admitted free.
Michael Wells
Assistant Athletic Director
Sports Information Director
Occidental College


LAUSD School Board Candidate Town Hall

SChool Board candidate

Multi-family Boy Scout Yard Sale Fundraiser February 1st

Multi-family Boy Scout Yard Sale Fundraiser

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd,
Los Angeles, 90041

All proceeds of this Fundraiser will be donated to the Boy Scout Troop.

Donuts and coffee will be sold there too.

Thank you in advance for your support.

BSA Troop 199


$3,000 to help NELA Homeowners retrofit their houses

$3,000 to help NELA Homeowners retrofit their houses Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Montecito Heights are among a handful of neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area eligible for a new program announced today by the California Residential Mitigation Program: financial … Continue reading

Important announcement: Southwest Museum

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the Autry National Center of the American West, will make an important announcement regarding the future of the Southwest Museum site. Members of the community and interested stakeholders have been invited to attend the announcement event. The event will take place at the Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, Thursday, January 22, 9:00 a..m.
The National Trust is the nation’s leading historic preservation organization and a recognized leader in the reuse and reimagining of historic sites across the country. As the Southwest Museum site begins it second century as an iconic landmark in the Highland Park and Mt. Washington neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the National Trust will help coordinate a broad effort intended to enable the site to play a viable and important role in the community for the next century.
Speaking at the announcement will be Barbara Pahl, Western Regional Vice President; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Hon. Gil Cedillo, District One Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, and W. Richard West, Jr., President and CEO, Autry National Center of the American West.
Thursday, January 22, 2015.
Check-in and breakfast reception at 9:00am.
Remarks to begin at 9:30
Southwest Museum, Mt. Washington
234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, 90065.

PUBLIC MEETING: Arroyo Seco Environmental Restoration Study


The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Los Angeles District
in coordination with the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and Los Angeles Councilman Gilbert Cedillo will hold a Public Meeting in support of the Arroyo Seco Environmental Restoration Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015: 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at Ramona Hall 4580 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) encourages public participation throughout the study process.

The purpose of this meeting is to continue dialogue between the Corps, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, local agencies, public and private organizations, and the general public on the opportunities to restore the aquatic habitat, sinuosity and adjacent habits of the Arroyo Seco.
The public, as well as Federal, state and local agencies are encouraged to
actively participate in the scoping process by attending the meeting and/or submitting data, information, and comments pertaining to environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. Useful information includes other environmental studies within the watershed, published and unpublished data that may be relevant to this study area, issues and alternatives which could be addressed in the analysis, and potential constraints associated with any proposed action.

Over its 22 – mile course, the Arroyo Seco drops from an elevation of nearly 6,100 – feet at its head in the San Gabriel Mountains to 320 – feet
at its confluence with the Los Angeles River. As the Arroyo descends from the San Gabriel Mountains, it passes by NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) and enters the 250 – acre basin within Hahamongna Watershed Park and Devil’s Gate Dam. Below the dam, the Arroyo is highly impacted by urbanization and is channelized as it runs through Brookside Park and the Rose Bowl area. From here the Arroyo meets the Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway (Pasadena Freeway), a Federal Scenic Byway and the first freeway in the west. Between 1934 and 1947 most of the Arroyo Seco below the dam was lined with concrete.

The Integrated feasibility report will identify and evaluate an array of restoration measures including: (1) restoration of channel sinuosity; (2) removal of concrete invert; (3) restoration of aquatic habitat; and (4) eradication of invasive, non-native species and restoration of native taxa.

The EIS will also evaluate the impacts on environmental resources initially identified as potentially significant without implementation of mitigation measures including:

  • water quality
  • noise and vibration
  • air quality
  • socio-economics and environmental justice,
  • land use
  • recreation
  • visual and aesthetic resources
  • traffic and transportation
  • historical and cultural resources
  • vegetation and wildlife
  • and special status species.

For questions and additional information, please contact Ms Debbie Lamb, Environmental Coordinator, at (213) 452-3798 or by email to