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


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.




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



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.






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.


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.


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!


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.


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

Visit the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council online here


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.


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.


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

Visit the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council online here


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.



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


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!

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

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,

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 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 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:

(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