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The Elliott Caine Quintet at The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival

The Elliott Caine Quintet (EC-trumpet, Javier Vergara-tenor sax, Peter Smith-piano, Trevor Ware-bass, Kenny Elliott-drums) performs at The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk on Saturday, May 2.  The quintet will be headlining at The South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena 91030, performing for one set at 9:00pm        The quintet will perform in the Community Room (aka “The Carnegie Stage”), facing El Centro Street.         No cover charge.        

 

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.

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.

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.

CONSTITUTION MADE EASY – SPECIAL ONE DAY SESSION

LET’S FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION ON MARCH 7!

CONSTITUTION MADE EASY

SPECIAL ONE DAY SESSION

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!

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 10 – 4, AMERICAN LEGION HALL, 227 N. AVE 55.

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!

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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

HPIFF Team
(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