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This from the East Area Progresive Democrats:
Come out and speak up to stop Scholl Canyon Dump Expansion and Extension
Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Eagle Rock Rec Center
1100 Eagle Vista Drive, in Eagle Rock Park.
THE ENLARGEMENT OF SCHOLL CANYON DUMP WILL IMPOSE “SIGNIFICANT UNAVOIDABLE ADVERSE IMPACTS RELATED TO AIR QUALITY” - Glendale’s own Environmental Impact Reports
Dump Trucks deposit TONS of trash from Glendale, not from Los Angeles, at Scholl Canyon Dump each day. All of this garbage enters via Eagle Rock. The dump burdens our air with dangerous and deadly pollutants, from nitrogen oxides to fine and coarse particles that lodge in our lungs.
The Scholl Canyon Dump which rises above Eagle Rock is finally due to close in 2021. GLENDALE HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A HUGE EXPANSION. This plan threatens a garbage high rise of 180 additional feet, or 17 stories tall, looming over its neighbors.
Neighbors downwind from the dump entrance also breath diesel exhaust from hundreds of dump trucks entering the dump each day. Exposure to the exhaust is hazardous and life depleting. The Centers for Disease Control have declared diesel exhaust a source of cancer over 25 years ago.
THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT IS NOW. Comments on the dump are due by August 31, 2014.
- Stop this dump expansion by speaking up.
- Say NO to pollution in our urban neighborhoods. Join East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) in making our communities’ voice heard.
- Contact LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Eagle Rock. Urge him to oppose the expansion, and to take every action possible to stop the dump expansion. (213) 473-7014, Councilmember.Huizar@LACity.org
- Alert your neighbors to the dangers posed by the dump expansion. Urge them to come July 31, to speak out and to call elected officials.
- Express your opposition with a letter against the dump expansion. Address it to : Sanitation District of L.A. County, Attn: Debra Bogdanoff, Senior Engineer, 1955 Workman Mill Road. Whittier, CA 90601 and to Scifeir@lacsd.org.
For more information contact:
East Area Progressive Democrats, EAPD.LA@Gmail.com, http://eapd.la
Soda Tasting IV, The Great Root Beer Taste off
Less than seven days until the Great Root Beer Taste Off!
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, known around the world for its extensive 500+ sodas, is throwing its annual soda tasting party.
All proceeds of sales will support the Friends of the Southwest Museum’s work to return LA’s first museum open to its former glory.
Date: July 20, 2014
Address: Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
L.A.’s famed soda store throws biggest root beer tasting party for its annual Summer Soda Tasting 4 Event. More than 75 root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas will be available for sampling. Soda-related fun, entertainment, music and more.
The Great Root Beer Taste Off will finally settle the question on everyone’s mind – what IS the best root beer? Tasters will have more than 75 types of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas to sample and make their own decision. In addition, guests can enjoy music and soda fun in the parking lot and stock up on all of Galco’s beverage offerings.
As always, Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 4 is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition that is fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe opened once again to the public full time.
Tickets $12 in advance which include all tastings ($5 for children ages 5-11)
Advanced tickets are also on sale at Galco’s (cash or check only)
Tickets are $15 day of event
Purchase tickets at www.SaveSouthwestMuseum.com
Save the Date: Councilmember Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Music Festival
Councilmember Cedillo has made it a priority to bring PEACE* to the communities of Council District 1. In the spirit of Arts and Culture he is proud to announce his first annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival. This will be an opportunity for the community to celebrate music that brings us together.
The festival will be held at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Artists confirmed to perform on Saturday, August 23rd include: Poncho Sanchez, Heart of Los Angeles Big Band, Plaza de la Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Banda Brothers, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama.
On Sunday, August 24th the festival line-up includes: Bravo High Latin Jazz Band, Cold Duck, Son Mayor, Hip Street (Tower of Power tribute band), Andy Vargas and the Souleros, Lucky 7 Mambo.
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival’s sponsors to date include: Media Sponsor, K-Jazz 88.1 FM – America’s Jazz and Blues Station, LA Metro and Union Bank.
For more information please contact Conrado Terrazas at (323)550-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For a booth application for Northeast LA organizations/businesses contact Sylvia Robledo, Sylvia.Robledo@lacity.org for organizations/businesses south of the 101 Freeway contact Ana.Gomez@lacity.org. Both can also be reached at (323)550-1538.
*PEACE are the priorities for Councilmember Cedillo and include public safety, the environment, arts and culture, clean communities and economic development.
Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, died Monday. He was 59.
Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series championship team, died of cancer in a Los Angeles-area hospital, the team announced.
The thick-mustached Castillo had a 38-40 record with a 3.94 earned-run average during his career, all but three years of it spent pitching for his hometown Dodgers.
Robert Ernie Castillo was born April 18, 1955, in Los Angeles. He went to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a third baseman. Cut by the Royals, the right-hander was pitching in a semipro game in Boyle Heights in 1976 when he had the very good fortune of striking out Mike Brito on a screwball.
The lives of Castillo, Brito, and eventually Valenzuela and the Dodgers, would never be the same.
Brito, a former Mexican league player turned scout, signed Castillo to pitch in the Mexican league, and in a short time Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis signed Brito as a scout and Castillo to pitch. That led to Brito signing Valenzuela out of the Mexican league to the Dodgers.
Campanis wanted Valenzuela to learn a third pitch, so he called on Castillo to teach him the screwball. History was set in motion.
When Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, helping the Dodgers to the title, Castillo was a member of the bullpen. In 1979, the affable Castillo survived a spring training incident in which he ran his car into a bridge railing at 5 a.m. in Vero Beach, Fla., injuring a leg and incurring the wrath of Manager Tommy Lasorda.
Castillo’s finest season with the Dodgers may have been in 1980, when he appeared in 61 games as a reliever, going 8 and 6 with a 2.75 ERA and five saves.
When the Dodgers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 1982, Castillo said: “It’s going to be hard not to put that Dodger uniform on again. They’ve all been great, even the people in the stands who booed. They booed great.”
Castillo spent three years with the Twins but returned to the Dodgers for one final season in 1985. In recent years he had been a member of the Dodgers’ community services team.
Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie; daughters Mellanie and Sara; son Robert III; two grandchildren and his sister, Lorraine.
Protesters demanding a safer Figueroa march on council member’s office
Public Meeting Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion
Thursday, July 31st
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr.
Public Comment Period Extension
Friday, August 29th
The Office of Councilmember Huizar will host a public meeting for City of Los Angeles residents regarding the City of Glendale’s proposed expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill. Hear from Glendale officials about the expansion, get your questions answered, and voice your concerns.
For more information, please call (323) 254-5295 or email email@example.com.
Councilmember Huizar Introduces Motion to Explore Amending Hours of Colorado Blvd Specific Plan
At the request of several community groups in Eagle Rock including the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Association, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to amend the hours of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan.
The Colorado Blvd Specific Plan was originally authored and adopted in 1992 – over 20 years ago. Since that time, the corridor has undergone tremendous growth to the benefit of the Eagle Rock Community.
The plan has been an effective tool in managing the look and preserving the pedestrian friendly feel of the neighborhood but like all city plans, needs to be updated to continue to provide public convenience and benefit to our community.
One regulation, or limitation of the current plan, is a prohibition on business operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. – meaning neighborhood establishments that choose to move here need to close earlier, and – in some instances – open later than their competitors in nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale.
In 2014, the Eagle Rock community questioned the relevance of such a limitation on hours of operation. CD14 staff has been working closely with the various community groups and the Planning Department to look into what we can do to ensure a healthy business climate remains on Colorado Boulevard.
The motion formally asks the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to look into the matter.
ERNC in collaboration with TERA, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Blvd Design Review Board, will host a meeting to discuss the amendment in August. More details to follow
For more information, please call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295.
CD1 Gets Bike Corral
Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.
Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.
Call For Entries
1st Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival,
Oct. 9-12, 2014
The Highland Park Independent Film Festival was founded by a group of filmmakers whose mission is to promote the art of film in their community. We seek filmmakers who produce the most unique and captivating independent cinema to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.
Highland Park is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area and in recent years, has become the new home to first class restaurants and inviting boutique shops. These new establishments are thriving next to beautiful old landmarks along historic Route 66 which runs through the neighborhood which is also nestled in the beautiful San Rafael Hills and along the Arroyo Seco.
We have opened the call for entries to films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Unique to our Festival, are two special awards. Along with Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc are Best Cinematography and Best Musical Composition. This creates an opportunity to uniquely feature these talented artists in your filmmaking team.
An opening gala and tribute will open the Festival on Oct. 9, followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside keynote speakers, panels and fun networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival. To submit your film, please visit www.hpifilmfest.com.
We look forward to seeing your work.
(Alessandro Gentile, Marita de la Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)
New Cocos Management On-Board with FHS Discount cards
Thank you for getting William involved in our effort to help Benjamin Franklin School Booster Club achieve the $18,000 they need this year for their football and soccer team equipment. A number of problems began this year with EVERYONE being new to the community. The Principal, the Coaches, the CoCos District Manager, Team Managers were all new to how to get things done regarding the booster cards. The problem has been solved.
New cards will be issued on 7/14/2014. William will generously honor the current cards (7/1/14) until 7/15. Next week Superior Cards will contact the Manager of 6040 York, for approval for the coming year. Franklin School students will sell 2,000 cards; with three to five hundred being sold for customers of CoCo’s.
My company, Community Helpline, and many customers appreciate your help in getting this task accomplished.
“THE FROG SPOT” OPENS ON THE L.A. RIVER
FOLAR’S NEW VISITOR CENTER & POP-UP CAFÉ ON THE L.A. RIVER OFFERS AN OASIS WITH COOL REFRESHMENTS & RELAXATION BY THE SIDE OF THE BIKE PATH
The Frog Spot, a pop-up café and free weekend visitor center operated by Friends of the Los Angeles River, is open in Elysian Valley for the summer of 2014.
“For years, FoLAR’s work has shown Los Angeles that its river is a place to be enjoyed and experienced, not just driven past,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “With the opening of Frog Spot, Angelenos now have a base of operations for river explorations, and a café with a nature-oriented location like nothing else in L.A.”
Tucked behind a sculptor’s studio on the edge of the Glendale Narrows portion of the river, the Frog Spot is landscaped in bright-white garden stones, with seating areas, shade sails, a concession stand and information kiosk operating from a vintage trailer, and a convertible stage area. The entire patio overlooks the lush green-bottomed river, affording a view of bicyclists and herons alike.
“For individuals or families who want to start exploring the Los Angeles River, the Frog Spot is a great starting or stopping point,” said Jennifer Kang Erwood of FoLAR. “There’s a lot of river to see, and this is a great place to pick up a map or to rest up after a bike ride.”
The Frog Spot is a pilot program funded by Miss Me Jeans, REI and Metabolic Studios. Further information can be found at www.thefrogspot.org and on Twitter @TheFrogSpot.
Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm through October 5th
Saturday evenings from 5pm to 8pm for ticketed events (see calendar at www.thefrogspot.org) featuring live entertainment and food
2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (also accessible from bike path at Newell Street)
Pre-made concessions (light snacks)
Brewed and iced coffee
Free drinking water with ice
Restrooms open to all
Visitor information for L.A. River
Shaded outdoor seating
Bocce court – the only one on the L.A. River
Ample street parking
Access to L.A. River Bike Path
Kayak venture information
Bicycle parking, pumps and patches (as of July 12)
Kid’s corner with books and art supplies
An Ecological Method of Insect Control in Eagle Rock: BATS
Tips for installing a bat house
by Christopher Nyerges [www.ChristopherNyerges.com]
Many people believe that bats are dangerous because they’ve been watching too many movies. In fact, bats are an important way to control insects. They do eat mosquitoes too, but this part of their reputation is a bit over-rated because bats tend to fly a bit higher than mosquitoes. Still, they do eat mosquitoes.
Encouraging bats to live around your place is an easy, natural way to control unwanted insect populations. In nature, bats would reside in hollow trees, which are abundant in the forest, but less common in the urban areas.
We installed a pre-made bat house at the WTI Wildlife Sanctuary in Highland Park. However, it never attracted bats, even though we know there are bats in the area. The attached picture is the bat house we purchased and installed. In this article, I’m going to share what I recently learned about proper placement of a bat house if you want bats in your Northeast Los Angeles backyard.
Bat houses can be purchased at garden supply shops and on-line catalogs. They can also be made from scrap lumber, and rough lumber is better because bats need something to cling onto.
The location of your bat house is important because bats are a bit choosey as to where they make their home. Just tacking a bat house up on the wall doesn’t guarantee that bats will occupy it. Bat Conservation International offers a few suggestions for properly installing a bat house.
Make sure that the bat house gets a lot of sunlight. The bats don’t like the sunlight, per se, but they need the warmth to raise their young. So a bat house should be situated where it get a lot of sun, ideally on a free-standing pole if possible. The bat house can also be painted black to help with heat retention.
Bats are more likely to occupy a house that is about 15 to 20 feet above the ground. A pre-made bat house should be well-anchored to the house, or pole, and studies have shown that the bats are less likely to use the pre-made house that is anchored to a tree.
Make sure there are no obstructions to the entry of the bat house within 20 feet.
Assuming you’ve done all this, you should still give the bats time to notice the house. If there are no bats in the house within two years, try moving it to another location.
Even if bats occupy the house you’ve provided for them, don’t expect miracles. They are not going to reduce your mosquito population to zero, but they will eat mosquitoes and other insects, and you won’t have to use harmful insecticides on your property to take advantage of their free service.
And because the needs of bats are very specific, it turns out that many bat house that are pre-made are not ideal. Bat Conservation International provides a list of bat house manufacturers which conform to the needs of bats. They also provide free plans for building your own. Just check their web site at www.batcon.org.
“A life lived in silence is not a life. It is death.” Ai Weiwei
The Haggus Society of Highland Park is thrilled and honored to present, with special introduction from co-director and artist Terri Lloyd, this Friday evening’s screening of the new daring documentary AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE, a film by Andreas Johnsen, about the attempted censorship of China’s most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic.
Ai Weiwei is undeniably formidable and courageous, irreverent and brilliant. Through his activism and art, his outspoken demands for justice have brought him personal attention from the Chinese government, in the form of attempted censorship through sanction and imprisonment. He neither tolerates these attacks, nor bears them in martyrdom, but uses them to further amplify his voice for human rights and democracy.
The Fake Case documents the latest attempts to silence Ai Weiwei through pursuit of a dubious charge of tax evasion. After 81 days of solitary detention he is put under house arrest. Some effects of the unjust Orwellian ordeal endured by Mr. MeiWei include a severe sleeping disorder and bouts of severe memory loss. On any given day there are 18 government cameras which monitor his studio and home. Agents follow his every move and his movements are heavily restricted by the Chinese authorities.
Ai Weiwei is agitated, but he has not lost his focus and continues to challenge and provoke the Chinese authorities as he maintains his stand for human rights and democracy. He believes that China is ready for change and is willing to devote his life to making that change happen.
The Haggus Society, a collaboration between founding artists Terri Lloyd and Monica Marsh, is built on a set of premises which describe the experience of many older women, women who can proudly identify as “Hags.” Having successfully passed through the various rites and rituals in life they have become wizened mentors, sisters, friends and activists. They have the personal experience, empowerment and wisdom to be risk takers, hard players, visionaries and creators, without compromise. They recognize beauty as a way of being and seeing, and not a dress size or social class, no longer feeling the need to justify, quality or explain themselves and their art to others.
The film will play Friday, June 6 at 7:40 pm, at Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101 (310) 478-3836. Tickets are $11. Group rates available. View the trailer: http://youtu.be/zwyjfY06NN0, For more information see the Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/SbCBfN or TheFakeCase.com
The City of Los Angeles invites you to join Councilmember Jose Huizar for a Community Clean up
Come spend a short morning with your neighbors, catch up with old friends, make new ones! How about a family outing? Show the youngsters how we take pride in our community by taking responsibility for it. Then, go ahead and treat the family to lunch at one of your many choices for great food in Eagle Rock.
Saturday June 7th, 8:30 am to 11 am
Meet at Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard, at Maywood
T-shirts, tools and refreshments provided!
“Comment” if you plan to be there, encourage others to join you!
This is a project of the Clean Communities Initiative: The goal of the Clean Communities Initiative is to improve your neighborhoods by addressing basic concerns and issues, including:
- Graffiti Removal
- Bulky Item Dumpster
- New Trashcans on Commercial corridors
- Tree Planting
- Tree Trimming
- Targeted Sidewalk Repair Program
- Monthly Community Clean-ups
For more information call: Northeast office at (323) 254-5295
During the month of June the Aerie and the Auxiliary switch Breakfast Sundays. The Men will host the first Sunday, June 1st and the women will host the third Sunday, June 15th. The Auxiliary switches Sundays so all the Dads can have Fathers Day with there families. Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Sundays for a very affordable Breakfast it’s $6.00.
UGLA Celebrates Gay Pride Month Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA) celebrates Gay Pride Month in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) with three events. On Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m., a Gay Pride banner will be hung at Eagle Rock … Continue reading
Thursday, May 15, 7pm, Eagle Rock City Hall – Upstairs room
2035 Colorado Blvd 90041
Highland Park based Recycled Resources for the Homeless has been working with the homeless neighbors of North East Los Angeles for several years. Through regular contact, aimed at learning about the needs of the individuals, they have made great strides. In addition to distributing food, clothing, and hygiene kits and documenting the long term and most at risk among them, they have reunited families and found permanent housing for some of them.
Now they are taking their next step, forming a NELA Homeless Coalition.
This from Director Rebecca Prine:
“As new interest continues to grow in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Los Angeles significant changes happen in our community; new businesses open, new parks and parklets are formed, streets are repaired, and houses remodeled as the value of real estate in NELA continues to sore. The economic revitalization within our community is noticeable, however, so are our homeless neighbors.
“The NELA Homeless Coalition will be a voice for people whose needs are overlooked as funding for residential and commercial projects gets distributed to further beautify our neighborhood.
“This coalition will need support and ideas from community leaders, stakeholders, businesses, faith-based groups, community groups, families, individuals, and of course our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
“This meeting is open to everyone and we hope you can join us as we begin to take giant steps in forming a community network in NELA dedicated to addressing chronic homelessness in our community.”
Contact: Rebecca Prine 323-697-0001
CINDY’s is reopening at 7 am on Wednesday! (April 9)
The famous, friendly, (and one of our favorites) breakfast and lunch spot It has been acquired by Chef Paul Rosenbluh and his wife Monique.
While they are keeping the name and vintage, look it is rumored that they are adding a smoker, as in Barbecue fare at Dinner time!
These folks are also the proprietors of Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. So if you love Firefly, you will likely be happy with the new/old Cindy’s.
See you there!
On Saturday March 29, hundreds lined the streets for a 2.7 mile march for peace beginning in Eagle Rock and ending in Glassell Park. It was a strong showing of dozens of community and faith-based organizations galvanized around a call for peace in the streets of Northeast L.A.
The march began a few hundred strong at Christian Assembly church on the corner of Colorado and Ellenwood just after 1:00 p.m., and grew over time. More than 100 members from Eagle Rock Seventh-day Adventist church joined the marchers as they passed by the church on Merton. The youngest was one year old Colin McHale, who was pushed in a stroller by his parents Brenden and Krista, and the oldest were Dr. Herb and Marge Harder who are 93 and 91 years old, respectively. All ages were represented in a city-wide call for peace in North East L.A. The march ended at St. Bernard’s church on Avenue 33 with food, live music, games, and a health fair.