Weekend Update


Colorado Blvd Specific Plan Amendments Move Forward

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Last week, the City Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve amendments to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan eliminating a 9 p.m. curfew on all businesses along the corridor. The amendment originated from legislation introduced by Councilmember Huizar and is supported by local groups, including the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Association, the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Councilmember Huizar is hoping to schedule this soon in the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the City Council, which he chairs, to recommend approval by the full City Council.

For more information, please contact Kevin Ocubillo at kevin.ocubillo@lacity.org.

Councilmember Huizar To Chair Homeless Committee

 

On the heels of a City CAO report that states with approximately 23,000 homeless individuals living in the City of Los Angeles and the City spending more than $100 million annually on the issue with no focused plan to address it, Councilmember Huizar joined Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmembers Bonin, Cedillo and Price Wednesday in introducing legislation creating an Ad Hoc committee that will create comprehensive policy on homelessness in the City of Los Angeles.

Councilmember Huizar will serve as chair and Councilmember Bonin will serve as vice chair of the Ad Hoc committee.

“Homelessness in the City of Los Angeles has become a crisis of epic proportions” said Councilmember Huizar. “It is one of the biggest issues facing the City of Los Angeles, yet we lack a comprehensive plan to address it. In recent years our most constant course of action has consisted of reactionary litigation – that policy has clearly failed us. As a humanitarian, public safety and health issue, it is imperative that we act soon and with urgency. The Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will work to create an effective, thorough and thoughtful plan to address homelessness in the City of Los Angeles.”

For more information please click here

Read L.A. Times story here

Read KPCC Post here

 

Olvera Street’s 85th Anniversary!

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Join Councilmember José Huizar’s office on Saturday, April 25 10AM-4PM for Olvera Street’s 85th Anniversay. Olvera Street is one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles, a Mexican marketplace that opened in the 1930’s. Come celebrate with Olvera Street’s merchants and explore Olvera Street’s cultural significance.

Day’s fun and informative activities include:

• Family Activities
• Live Entertainment
• Live Speakers
• Urban Farming
• Water Conservation
• Health Care Resources

For more information click here 

Utility Box Mural Project Brings Art to Eagle Rock’s Streets

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 The painting has begun! Starting this week and continuing through May 15, artists will paint 17 utility boxes in Eagle Rock on Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards.

The project is organized by Councilmember Huizar, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, and the Eagle Rock Association.

Through Councilmember Huizar’s Utility Art Box project, more than 80 utility boxes throughout CD14 have been painted so far. Councilmember Huizar stated his support to ultimately see all CD14 utility boxes beautified with murals painted by local artists.

For more information, please contact Lauren Ballard at (323)254-5295 or lauren.ballard@lacity.org.

Over 1,000 Community Members March in Solidarity Against Violence 

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The 8th Annual Peace in the Northeast March drew over 1,000 community members in a united demonstration against domestic violence and assaults in our neighborhoods. Thank you to all who came out to demand peace in Northeast Los Angeles!

GANG INJUNCTION FORUM – HOSTED BY HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

Thursday, April 30 | 7 pm
Franklin High School
820 N Avenue 54
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Join us the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council for an educational forum on the gang injunctions in Highland Park. For more information, click here. All questions, comments and concerns should be emailed to monica.alcaraz@highlandparknc.com.

DAHLIA HEIGHTS PTA SILENT AUCTION

Friday, May 1 | 6 pm – 9 pm
All Star Lanes
4459 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

WHAT: Great items to bid on including tickets to Disney; Golden Globe Swag Bag; Tickets to The Voice; Kids Classes; Fine Art from Local Artists & much more. $10 advance purchase/$12 at the door. Buy tickets and learn more here.

Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services 5k Walk-4-Youth Walkathon

Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit child welfare agencies in Southern California, will hold its annual 5K Walk-4-Youth Walkathon on Sunday April 26 at 8:00 AM to support its programs for at-risk youth and their families.

The event will begin at 8:00 AM with breakfast, music and games, the walk itself will start at 9:30 AM and tours of Optimist’s main campus will be offered at the conclusion of the event, around 11:00 AM.   The Walk begins at Optimist’s main campus at 6957 North Figueroa St. in Highland Park and will travel through this historic neighborhood. There will be food, music, entertainment, games and t-shirts for all participants. Actress Eileen Galindo will be the event’s emcee and music will be provided by DJ Nic Alvarado. Registration is $25.00 and participants can also form teams and encourage friends, family and/or colleagues to sponsor them to help raise additional funds. All proceeds will be used to support the myriad of services Optimist provides to over 500 kids and families every day.

Register online at http://oyhfs.donorpages.com/Walkathon2015/ or call Optimist at 323-443-3022.

 

Founded in 1906 in the Highland Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services provides culturally sensitive, comprehensive treatment, specialized education and support services to abused, neglected or at-risk children, youth and their families, to establish stability within families and communities.

The agency’s main Highland Park campus houses 85 teenage boys, a non-public special education school and a charter high school. There are also four group homes in Los Angeles County that house and provide services to 24 at-risk youth, both boys and girls.

Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services is also a fully licensed foster care and adoption agency, with a main facility in Palmdale and offices in Highland Park. Social workers screen and train foster parents to match them with needy children. They also provide full adoption services when foster parents decide to become a forever family for the children in their care.

For more information, visit https://www.oyhfs.org.

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock Receives $25,000 Grant

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock Receives $25,000 S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant for Afterschool Arts Program, Imagine Studio
EAGLE ROCK – The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER) a $25,000 grant in support of its free afterschool arts education program, Imagine Studio, currently in 14 elementary and middle schools throughout Northeast Los Angeles, many of them with Title 1 status.

Through the S. Mark Taper Foundation grant, Imagine Studio will expand to 4 additional schools to provide fully subsidized, VAPA standards based, free arts programming to 2,250 students ages 6-14, per year, from communities where arts education is traditionally unavailable.

“We are so grateful to the S. Mark Taper Foundation for its support,” said Melinda Ann Farrell, Executive Director. “Providing innovative arts education is the cornerstone of our mission. This grant gives us the vital resources to help more children grow through their imaginations while learning practical skills.”

The S. Mark Taper Foundation grant will also provide partial funding for 8 additional teaching artists to expand from 90 to 100 enrichment based classes, in subjects such as plein air painting, new media, studio art, comic book making and sculpture. Imagine Studio classes spur creative achievement and help children who are at risk stay in school and alleviate pressures on working parents to keep children active and safe after school. 90% of students successfully complete classes with 75% continuing to study in the arts.

According to Education Director, Laura Marchetti, “Through our partnership with local schools, we are able to engage at-risk students with curriculum that ignites a continued pursuit of higher learning. In our program, children become artists, which shifts their entire perspective and attitude. Students learn to collaborate beyond the classroom which can transform their lives.”

Since its inception in 1998, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock has provided innovative, multidisciplinary arts programming and education to the diverse communities of Northeast Los Angeles, and beyond. 75% of students participating in CFAER’s art education programs live at or below the poverty line without previous access to arts education.

Principal Gabriel Arreguin says, “CFAER has filled the gap in providing Annandale students with a high quality, enriching education. I have seen firsthand the creativity students are learning in CFAER classes transfer into the classroom. Students are more aware of patterns, critical thinking and making connections. The program receives high praise from our parents, our students and our teachers.”

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals by providing free arts education as well as low-cost skill building workshops, exhibitions, concerts and the Eagle Rock Music Festival. By connecting artists with diverse, underserved audiences, CFAER enhances and strengthens its community by making meaningful arts experiences available to all.

For more information visit www.cfaer.org

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Goldline Suicide on North Figueroa

Goldline Suicide on North Figueroa
A man described as being in his early thirties was struck and killed by a Goldline train today in an apparent suicide. The incident happened around 12 noon on Monday April 13 at the North Figueroa Street grade crossing, right next to the Highland Park Recreation Center, across from the Smart and Final and Taco Bell.
goldline1    A witness had seen the man crossing back and forth across the tracks each time a train passed. He said that he witnessed several times, as the train operator observed the man close to the tracks, the train slowed on approaching. The witness said he saw the man in the bushes along the track and assumed he jumped out as the train was coming at full speed.
He said he heard a sickening sound as the man was hit and run over while the train was coming to a stop.
The body of the victim came to rest about 220 feet from where he was hit, and the Goldline train stopped another 50 feet up the track.
The Goldline is closed until further notice.

UPDATE 4 p.m. Limited service has resumed on the Metro Gold Line between Southwest Museum and South Pasadena Station. This evening, until further notice, trains will run approximately every 20 minutes along the entire line, sharing the Pasadena-bound track at Highland Park Station. Bus shuttles have been cancelled.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Service has been restored to both tracks between Southwest Museum and South Pasadena Station on the Metro Gold Line. Longer, three-car trains will run every 15-20 minutes for the remainder of the evening. Tomorrow morning, trains will follow the regular weekday schedule.

 

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Some NELA Calendar Items

SUMMER SEEDLING WORKSHOP AT EAGLE ROCK FARMERS MARKET

Friday, April 10 | 6 pm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Learn how to successfully transplant tender vegetable seedlings to containers and garden beds for a successful summer harvest. Free. Read more and RSVP here.

EAGLE ROCKDALE COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE & SEEDLING SALE

Sunday, April 12 | 10 am – 4 pm
Eagle Rockdale Community Garden & Art Park
Los Angeles, CA 90041

The Eagle Rockdale Community Garden & Art Park will host its 3rd Annual Open House & Seedling Sale. The event is free and open to the public. More than 1000 organically grown tomato, pepper, squash, basil and other vegetable seedlings available for sale. Refreshments, live music, raffle and garden tours. Read more here.

RENT STABILIZATION AND TENANT RIGHTS WORKSHOP

Thursday, April 15 | 6 pm
Glassell Park Community Center
3750 N. Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Learn your tenant rights at this workshop hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Housing and Community INvestment Department Rent Stabilization Division staff. Light refreshments. FOr more information contact Art Camarillo (323)254-8476 or Marcella (213)922-9681.

 

8TH ANNUAL PEACE IN THE NORTHEAST MARCH & RESOURCE FAIR

Saturday, April 18 | 11 am
Starts at Franklin High School
820 N. Avenue 54
Los Angeles, CA 90042

The 8th Annual Peace in the Northeast March and Resource Fair is a community-driven effort that brings together local churches, Neighborhood Councils, government agencies, community groups, business owners and local residents committed to ending gang & domestic violence and promoting peace in Northeast Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

EARTH DAY AT AUDUBON CENTER

Saturday, April 18 | 10 am – 4 pm
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 N. Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Food trucks, outdoor fun, family activities, live entertainment. For more info please visit DebsPark.Audubon.org or call (323)221-2255.

Caltrans and Metro Add Two More Public Hearings for Community Feedback to Draft Environmental Document on SR-710

Caltrans and Metro Add Two More Public Hearings for Community Feedback to Draft Environmental Document on SR-710

(April 2, 2015) The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced the addition of two more public hearings to offer community feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for SR-710.

Additional public hearings have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the La Cañada High School auditorium, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada-Flintridge, Calif. 91011 with map viewing 5 p.m. -6 p.m. and public hearing 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, 2241 N. Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif. 90032 with map viewing 5 p.m. -6 p.m. and public hearing 6 p.m. -9 p.m.

The added meetings provide four opportunities to comment on the draft environmental document. The first two meetings are scheduled on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Rosco C. Ingalls Auditorium at East Los Angeles College with map viewing 10 a.m. -11 a.m. and public hearing 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center with map viewing 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., and public hearing 7 p.m. -9 p.m. A 120-day public comment period began March 6 and ends July 6, 2015.

Caltrans and Metro are under a mandate from two million Los Angeles County voters that passed Measure R in 2008 to study a 100 square mile region affected by congestion and pollution caused by incomplete transportation infrastructure between the end of the I-710 freeway in El Sereno and the I-210 Freeway in Pasadena.

The Draft EIR/EIS proposes five alternatives regarding a 4.5 mile gap separating the freeways.

  • No Build option that would leave conditions as they are
  • A traffic management system to upgrade and synchronize signals and improvements to local street intersections to more quickly move traffic that exits the dead end freeway
  • A rapid bus line featuring high frequency service with minimal stops and potentially a dedicated bus lane
  • Light rail to carry passengers between East Los Angeles and Pasadena
  • A freeway tunnel that would extend the SR-710

 

Caltrans-Metro Add Two Public Hearings to Comment on Draft EIR/EIS on SR-710 (1st Add)

No decisions have been made on any proposed alternative in the Draft EIR/EIS.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearings and read the document at http://goo.gl/84KSgF Public comment can be made on the link provided.

The full document can be viewed by appointment at the Caltrans District Office at 100 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and at the Metro library, 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif. 90012. Copies are also available at public libraries listed here:      http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations/

An EIR is required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and an EIS fulfills requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The laws require government agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects. Information from public comments will be weighed before preparing the final environmental document.

Altogether, approximately 26 detailed technical studies are included in the Draft EIR/EIS.

Through the process of compiling the Draft EIR/EIS, Metro and Caltrans conducted 92 community meetings, participated in six city-sponsored community forums and held over 200 briefings with community stakeholders.

April Print Edition of the Boulevard Sentinel

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Councilmember José Huizar – Northeast LA WEEKLY

In This Issue:

  • Celebrating Cesar Chavez
  • Councilmember Huizar Brings Dept. of Building & Safety Satellite Field Office to Council District 14
  • Highland Park Community Street Tree Care Re-Cap
  • Community Calendar

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez

Next week we celebrate great American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Read the 2014 Presidential Proclamation declaring March 31 National Cesar Chavez Day here

The City of Los Angeles will observe Cesar Chavez Day on Monday, March 30. Our offices will be closed Monday and resume normal business hours on Tuesday, March 31.


 

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Councilmember Huizar Brings Department of Building & Safety Satellite Field Office to Council District 14

Councilmember Huizar is proud to announce the opening of a new Building & Safety satellite field office in Boyle Heights. To improve Building & Safety operations throughout Council District 14, Councilmember Huizar worked to provide inspectors and CD14 residents with a local field office. The office is housed in the Chicago Building in Boyle Heights on 1st St, which is also home to the CD14 Boyle Heights Field Office.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 9:30 am and 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Chicago Building/Boyle Heights City Hall
2130 E. 1st St, Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90033


 

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Highland Park Community Street Tree Care Re-Cap

On Sunday, local volunteers met at York Park to mulch, water and weed the newest members of Highland Park’s urban forest, planted in 2014 through a partnership between Councilmember Huizar, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. Thank you to volunteers from the community, Tree People and Franklin High School for spending your Sunday morning caring for our beloved street trees! Read more here.

This was the second monthly tree care event hosted and organized by Councilmember Huizar’s office, Tree People and local tree expert Marcos Trinidad. Next month, we’ll be back in Eagle Rock! Learn more and RSVP here.

 



COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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SEASON OPENING OF EAGLE ROCK FARMERS MARKET

Friday, March 27 | 4 pm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

The ER Chamber of Commerce presents the best of Old & New with a market committed to fresh food, community and sustainable living. Discover old friends along with new farmers and locally made artisanal food. Eclectic pop-up dining with Asian- and European-fusion selections and American comfort food. Read more here.

GLASSELL PARK UTILITY BOX ART COMMUNITY VOTE NIGHT

Friday, March 27 | 4 pm
Keystone Artspace
2558 N San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Public Arts Committee and Councilmember Jose Huizar invite you to the community “Vote Night” mixer! Cast your vote for your favorite works of Art. Top 12 selected artists will install their works on LADOT utility boxes throughout Glassell Park in Council District 13 & 14. Read more here.


COUNCILMEMBER HUIZAR INVITES YOU TO JOB FAIR AT DODGER STADIUM!

Saturday, March 28 | 10 am
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Councilmember Jose Huizar invites you to the Los Angeles Community Job Fair at Dodger Stadium! Be part of the 20th Anniversary of this job fair!

LA RIVER RAMBLE

Saturday, March 28 | 4 pm – 6:30 pm
Under the 6th Street Bridge
589 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Join us for an afternoon of exploration under the historic 6th street bridge! Participants will journey through the riparian corridor of art, industry, and infrastructure to explore the past and future of the L.A. River in Downtown and its place in the megalopolis’ watershed.

Led by the LA Urban Rangers, participants will hone their river scouting skills during this activity-filled hike to America’s most famous forgotten river. All adventures are free, but participants will need to visit the Backcountry Ranger Station to obtain their Backcountry Permit. The hikes will leave every 20 minutes.

RSVP here. Read LA Mag article here.


HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL GENERAL STAKEHOLDER MEETING

Thursday, April 2 | 7 pm
6152 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Visit the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council online here


EARTH MONTH LOS ANGELES PHOTO EXHIBIT & OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, April 2 | 6 pm
Pico House Gallery
424 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, 90012

Please join us at the iconic Pico House at El Pueblo Historical Monument for the grand opening of this photography exhibit featuring national parks and public lands such as Yosemite National Park, Angeles National Forest, Griffith Park, and many more. Read more here.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT YORK PARK

Friday, April 3 | 4 pm – 7 pm
4956 E York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Join Councilmember Jose Huizar, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council for an Easter Egg Hunt at the York Park! For more information, click here.


EAGLE ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL GENERAL STAKEHOLDER MEETING

Tuesday, April 7 | 7 pm
4956 E York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Visit the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council online here


SUMMER SEEDLING WORKSHOP AT EAGLE ROCK FARMERS MARKET

Friday, April 10 | 6 pm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Learn how to successfully transplant tender vegetable seedlings to containers and garden beds for a successful summer harvest. Free. Read more and RSVP here.

 

EAGLE ROCKDALE COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE & SEEDLING SALE

Sunday, April 12 | 10 am – 4 pm
Eagle Rockdale Community Garden & Art Park
Los Angeles, CA 90041

The Eagle Rockdale Community Garden & Art Park will host its 3rd Annual Open House & Seedling Sale. The event is free and open to the public. More than 1000 organically grown tomato, pepper, squash, basil and other vegetable seedlings available for sale. Refreshments, live music, raffle and garden tours. Read more here.

 

For more community events, please feel free to view our Community Calendar page on our website, at www.josehuizar.com/events

 

Old School Style Avenues Shooting Wounds One in Eagle Rock

Old School Style Avenues Shooting Wounds One in Eagle Rock
March 22, 2015 – Los Angeles (Eagle Rock) CA
On Sunday morning, March 22, a 18 year old Highland Park resident was shot and wounded on Springvale near North Figueroa in Eagle Rock. The victim had just finished his shift at a local Eagle Rock business and had just arrived by car at a friends house on Springvale. They apparently had been followed by a carload of gangmembers.
At approximately 1:00 am, as the youth exited their car, the gang car pulled up, and in a “old school” throwback to the 60’s and 70’s, asked the youth, “Where you from?” (Locals know that this is ongoing from then.)
The youth said, “Nowhere,” and turned to enter the house, when they heard the gangmembers yell, “F___ YOU” and “AVENUES” and at the same time opened fire, striking one 18 year old in the stomach with a .22.
The neighbor lady from across the street jumped in to help, taking the victim to nearby Glendale Adventist emergency room.
The victim was transferred to Huntington Memorial hospital, and was found that no major organs were damaged. The bullet was removed and he is expected to fully recover.

Temporary Adjustments to Water System

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will make temporary changes to the flow of water in a portion of Northeast Los Angeles and parts of Downtown L.A. beginning next week through May 2015. These operational changes are related to infrastructure enhancement projects in the Eagle Rock Reservoir and the Solano Reservoir, located near Dodger Stadium. The system adjustments are not expected to significantly affect the availability of water for LADWP customers, but continued conservation is encouraged.

“We are making these short-term operational changes to our system to make sure we can safely work on key infrastructure repairs in Eagle Rock and Solano while maintaining dependable water service for our customers,” said Marty Adams, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System. “We have taken every step to do this work with little to no impacts to Northeast LA primarily serviced by Eagle Rock Reservoir, and parts of Downtown LA and Echo Park served by Solano. However, the distribution system will definitely be stretched to its limits for the next two months, as some of the redundancy built into the system will be reduced as work is underway. That’s why we continue to urge Angelenos to conserve water as part of Mayor Garcetti’s goal of reducing citywide water consumption by 20%.”

The work being done involves replacing key valves at Eagle Rock Reservoir as LADWP prepares to replace its cover before higher demand Summer months, and replacing the liner in Solano Reservoir.

LADWP is asking for customer’s help during this time. Residential and business customers alike are asked to continue using water as efficiently as possible, and report leaks immediately by calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP.

For maps of areas served by the water supply and distribution systems involved in these operations, please click here: Eagle Rock Reservoir and Solano Reservoir.

March 2015 Issue is on the Street – online, too!

http://www.boulevardsentinel.com/printeditions/e2015/03-2015/03-15-01

Election Day Results Click on Link

Election Day Results for March 3, 2015 Primary

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.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Prine
Director, Recycled Resources for the Homeless
www.recycledresources.org
(323) 697-0001

SR-710 North, Extend or Not? Forum

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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

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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.

www.northeastlittleleague.org

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.