Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
January 17, 2014
Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin
Boyle Heights Pic of the Week
Councilmember Huizar gets help from neighborhood children cutting the ribbon on the new Clippers FIT CAMPUS Playground. The refurbishment of the playground includes replacement of the existing playground equipment, adding a fitness station and resurfacing the playground area. The improvement project was a collaboration between Council District 14, Department of Recreation and Parks, The Clippers Foundation and The California Endowment.
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In This Newsletter:
Councilmember Huizar Supports SCAQMD Action on Exide
On Friday January 10, 2013 the South Coast Air Quality Management District held a public hearing attended by Councilmember Huizar's staff to consider the adoption of Proposed Amended Rule 1420.1 to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions from large lead-acid battery recycling facilities. The proposed amended rule establishes requirements for hourly emission limits of arsenic, benzene, and 1,3-butadiene including additional monitoring and source testing requirements. Other requirements include an ambient air concentration standard for arsenic and curtailment provisions if the ambient air concentration standard or hourly point source emission limit for lead or arsenic is exceeded.
In a unanimous 10-0 vote the SCAQMD Board approved the proposed amendment. Councilmember Huizar supports the board's vote and position.
"I support the proposed amendments to Rule 1420.1 to ensure stricter limits on toxic pollution from large battery recycling facilities. But let’s be clear: action is overdue. Setting standards based on the best available technology is what AQMD should have done when it last set limits on these facilities in 2010.
I urge the AQMD to pursue full compliance with all due haste and rigor to ensure that public health is protected.
Furthermore, I encourage the AQMD to begin the rule-making process immediately to enact further limits on lead emissions, especially given DTSC’s concerns about lead dust in the area.
If we find that Exide can't comply with the new limits, it should not be allowed to operate. If AQMD has concerns that the plant is not operating reliably, it should not be allowed to operate."
Free Tax Preparation
Salesian Boys and Girls Club
3218 Wabash Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90063
February 8, 2014
8:30 am -2:30 pm
Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center will be doing Free income tax preparation for low income families that earned $52,000 or less in 2013. We will begin February 3rd. On Saturday February 8th we will be doing income taxes at Salesian Boys & Girls Club. This event is in collaboration with East Side Tax Coalition. For more information call 323-526-9301
Northridge Earthquake Anniversary Reminder to be Prepared for 'The Big One'
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Northridge Earthquake Anniversary Reminder to be Prepared for 'The Big One'
Friends, on the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Councilmember Huizar wants to remind you to please take a moment to review these earthquake safety tips to keep you and your loved-ones safe during a major earthquake:
Before an earthquake - be prepared:
· Know the earthquake plans
for all buildings you occupy regularly.
your earthquake procedure - drop, cover, and hold. Pick the safest place to do so in each room in your home, work, and/or school.
· Make sure your home is securely anchored
to its foundation.
· Create and maintain an emergency supplies kit
and keep in a convenient location.
During an earthquake
· If you are indoors,
duck and cover, preferably under a sturdy table or desk, holding onto a leg in case it moves. Avoid doorways, as they are no stronger than any other part of the building structure and swinging doors may cause injury. Do not run outside - you risk being hit by falling debris.
· If you are outside,
find a clear space, drop, and remain there until it stops. Move away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights.
· If you are in a car,
pull over and remain in your car. Getting out will put you at risk of being hit by another car.
After an earthquake:
· Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks
, landslides, or, less frequently, a tsunami. Aftershocks can occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months after. Drop, cover, and hold.
· Check yourself for injuries
before assisting others.
· Look for and extinguish small fires,
the most common hazard after an earthquake.
For more information on earthquake safety
, please visit RedCross.org
To request an Earthquake Preparedness Handbook
(available in Spanish), visit https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/handbook/
To plan a drill
for your school, organization, or company through The Great California Shakeout, visit http://www.shakeout.org/california/
Say NO to Obesity: A Informational Meeting Hosted by Boyle Heights Beat
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center
1600 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90033
February 1, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Childhood obesity is an alarming problem nationwide, and in Hispanic communities, such as Boyle Heights, children are far more likely to be obese. According to the 2013 Los Angeles Health Atlas, 32 percent of children in Boyle Heights were obese in 2010, the second highest level in Los Angeles, where the overall rate was 22 percent.
Join our bilingual informational meeting to learn more about ways to prevent weigh-related health problems.
To help our children, the whole family needs to get involved we will have:
Community Activism Leads to 2.6 Million in Commitments at Hazard Park
Councilmember Huizar leverages community’s activism to vacate plans to build street through Hazard Park by USC and to work with university to commit to more than $1 million in additional park improvements as part of their plan to expand the USC Health Sciences Medical Campus in Boyle Heights
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 23, 2013) – Councilmember Huizar announced today that he was able to secure a $2.6 million commitment from the University of Southern California to vacate plans to build a street through Hazard Park and bring $1 million in park improvements suggested by residents at several community meetings facilitated by Councilmember Huizar’s office. The agreement also includes securing additional parking for park visitors at a proposed USC parking lot, which is being built as USC seeks to expand its Health Sciences Medical Campus.
Councilmember Huizar was able to successfully negotiate with USC, utilizing significant community activism to garner support for the park improvements including a new jogging/running path; upgrades to the park gym, outdoor basketball/tennis courts and restrooms; new outdoor fitness equipment; a new toddler play area; additional security lighting and a $50,000 commitment from USC to support the park’s youth sports programs.
“Hazard Park is a long treasured community asset and a source of pride for many,” said Councilmember Huizar. “When these plans were initially announced, I asked USC to meet with the community to hear their concerns, which they did. During these frank and open discussions, USC heard from a vocal, passionate and proud community who let the university know that more work was needed. To their credit, working with my office, USC responded with an agreement that not only brings much-needed improvements to the park, but shows the university’s commitment to engage the Hazard Park community in a positive manner now and in the future.
“No agreement of this magnitude would’ve been possible without the community making sure their voices were heard. I want to thank the Hazard Park Preservation Committee and all our other concerned residents for their activism.”
In vacating the park land that they own, USC has agreed to dedicate that land to the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks. And by building a street to connect the campus through property just north of the park that USC owns (valued at $1.5 million), the University is forgoing any future development of that property.
USC has also committed to build at least 1,500 new parking spaces within their property in the next three years. At least 1,000 will come from a new parking structure, and 500 more will come from three surface parking lots.
While their streetscape plan and pedestrian improvements remove some parking meters to allow for wider sidewalk and new tree plantings, USC will provide five times more parking than is currently available. Working with the Council office, USC has also agreed to phase in the parking meter removals into two 10-year phases.
For park-goers, USC has committed to the Council office to secure 40 metered parking spaces in a new surface parking lot adjacent to the park, plus eight additional metered spaces on the new Norfolk extension, for a total of 48 new spaces.
They have also agreed to permanently preserve street parking immediately adjacent to Hazard Park on Norfolk and San Pablo Streets, and the Council office worked with USC to preserve more than 250 street parking meter spaces for the next 10 years.
It is expected that by the time this first 10-year phase is completed, parking issues should be significantly improved due to USC’s surplus of on-site parking.
In a significant addition to the agreement with Councilmember Huizar’s office, USC has agreed to provide an additional $100,000 to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation that will be available for future parking mitigation needs. The funds will be placed in an interest-bearing account and can be used to address any future parking issues that arise for adjacent residential neighborhoods, and/or provide for future community benefits.
In discussing with the Council office other ways USC can engage the Hazard Park community more directly, USC offered the use of a Mobile Computer Lab, which can be used, among other things, to provide participants with résumé building, as well provide direct entry into USC’s Job Finder database.
USC previously planned to make several other contributions to the area as part of their Health Sciences Master Plan, including:
· Undergrounding utilities as part of streetscape improvements ($12 million).
· Constructing new sidewalk on Soto for Hazard Park and new pedestrian crosswalks.
The University also recently announced it was expanding its successful Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) into the area. NAI is an elementary and middle school program, which offers low-income students free scholarships to USC if they continue with the program. USC has recently added Murchison Elementary School in Boyle Heights and El Sereno Middle School to the program.
As part of its goals for the expansion, USC is seeking to increase pedestrian use along the campus, build a 178-unit student housing facility, a child daycare center, and a hotel.
Council Votes in Favor of Huizar's Change to Neighborhood Council's 'Factual Basis Stakeholder' Definition
After more than a year of input from Neighborhood Councils, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and City departments, the City Council voted 12-0 in favor of an ordinance amendment proposed by Councilmember José Huizar to remove the Neighborhood Council’s “factual basis stakeholder” seat and definition for a more robustly defined “community interest stakeholder.”
Much of the amendment language was drawn directly from Neighborhood Councils via several large regional meetings held to improve Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Council system.
Huizar proposed the amendment in response to the October 2012 Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council election, in which so-called “Starbucks stakeholders” with little to no community connection attempted to determine the election by using the loosely defined factual basic stakeholder clause, which states a voter only has to “declare a stake in a neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.”
“This is significant legislation that will help our Neighborhood Councils now and in the future,” said Councilmember Huizar. “We are protecting the autonomy of our 95 neighborhood councils and promoting more robust participation through ‘community interest’ voters and office seekers.”
Ordinance change highlights:
- Eliminates Factual Basic Stakeholder and its vague definition. Creates and defines “community interest stakeholder” as a voter or candidate with a substantial and ongoing relationship to communities such as, but not limited to, members of educational, nonprofit, and/or religious groups.
- Allows Neighborhood Councils to determine number of seats for community interest stakeholders. Neighborhood Councils may choose to not have a community interest stakeholder seat as long as there is one “at large” seat available and open to all stakeholders.
- Requires that the affirmation of those community interest stakeholders proposed in the Neighborhood Council by-laws be consistent with and equal to those administered for those who live, work or own property.
CD 14 Successfully Granted Funds for Pedestrian Safety Improvements!
Councilmember Huizar assists in securing federal funding for El Sereno, Boyle Heights and Northeast LA
Councilmember Huizar is pleased to announce that CD14 is the beneficiary of critical federal funding for several pedestrian safety improvement projects, including a crosswalk at the “S Curve” on Alhambra Road in El Sereno, pedestrian bump outs and flashing pedestrian crosswalks on Olympic Blvd. in Boyle Heights and flashing pedestrian lights in Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Glassell Park. Councilmember Huizar worked with the Department of Transportation to apply for grant funding to address several pedestrian safety concerns within the district. These approved federal funds have been allocated under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the program administered by Caltrans for project delivery.
In Boyle Heights funds have been provided for pedestrian safety improvements on Olympic Blvd between Soto and Lorena. These improvements, totaling over $1 million, will include the installation of pedestrian bump outs at the intersections of Olympic and Evergreen, and Olympic and Dacotah. At the intersections of Olympic and Orme and Olympic and Camulos, both bump outs and activated pedestrian warning signals will be installed.
In El Sereno, the long-sought traffic signal at Alhambra Ave and Concord was approved. This will provide a traffic signal at the location known locally as the "S-Curve," right next to the new El Sereno Arroyo Playground near the City limits with Alhambra. This is a huge victory for the community as safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians have been an issue at that site for some time now – even more so with the recently installed playground.
In the Northeast, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) that provide flashing lights for pedestrians at striped crosswalks without existing traffic signals, will be installed at six locations. They will be installed on Colorado Blvd. at El Rio Ave. and Glen Iris; on Eagle Rock Blvd at Merton Ave., Ridge View Ave. and Avenue 41; and on York Blvd. at Ave 63.
As part of the Colorado Blvd Safety Improvement Plan, Councilman Huizar has already provided funding to install an additional RRFB at Colorado and Hermosa, and the DOT will install all three RRFB's on Colorado in the first quarter of 2014.
DOT has stated that due to the federal approval and certification process associated with these grant funds, that actual construction will begin in two years. They have committed to keeping our office and the public informed during the entire process, which includes design, environmental review, utility clearances, Caltrans’ certification, and the City Bid and Award process to grant the final construction contract.
$50,000 Reward Offered For Information In Hit and Run Case
On October 28, 2013, at approximately 5:33 a.m., Kenneth Lloyd Hamilton, an off- duty Los Angeles Probation Officer, was riding a motorcycle southbound on Soto Street near Lancaster Avenue when he was struck by a 1996 through 2000 silver four door Honda Civic OX, which was also traveling southbound on Soto. The driver of the Honda Civic struck Mr. Hamilton as he or she negotiated a lane change. The impact of the collision caused Mr. Hamilton's motorcycle to collide with the curb, ejecting him from the motorcycle and causing him to collide with the upright standard of a traffic signal. The force of the collision killed Mr. Hamilton. The driver of the Honda Civic then fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying themselves, as required by law.
Councilmember Huizar put forth a motion approved by the City Council for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the hit and run death of Mr. Hamilton. The person responsible for this crime represents an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles; therefore, the councilmember believes it is appropriate for the City of Los Angeles to offer a reward in this case. The offer of reward shall be in effect for six months from the date of the advertisement of the reward by the City Clerk.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact LAPD Detective Michael Kaden at (213) 972-1837
Roybal Family Source Center Offering Free Computer and ESL Classes
Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center
2130 E. 1st Street Suite # 110
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free ESL & Introduction to Computer classes
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am -11:00 am
Begin January 6, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am -11:45 am
Please visit or call the center on how to register. We hope to see you all there.
We will also be offering assistance with enrolling in Cal Fresh & Medical-Call for an appointment
Free Bulky Item Pick Up in the City of Los Angeles
Lock it, Hide it, and Keep it
•Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in the trunk.
• Hide It: If you don’t have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
• Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
Message from LAPD to safeguard your personal belongings and to help reduce property crimes. For more information please contact the Hollenbeck Police station at (323) 342-4100
Boyle Heights Farmers Market
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
(1st and Bailey)
Join the Boyle Heights Farmers Market as they team up with Boyle Heights vendors who will be on hand to bring you organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hot foods, prepackaged nuts and legumes, and a variety of jewelry by artisans. The farmers’ market will operate every Friday from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This fun-filled event is the perfect family destination for families every Friday evening. Families can take advantage of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, enjoy a nice meal, and partake in the live entertainment.
1st International Farmers Market: A Taste of Mexico
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
The 1st International Farmers Market will be showcasing food from local Boyle Heights restaurants such as-- Santa Cecilia, Yaya's, Las Flautas, Happy Corn, Albanil, and many more! There will also be live performance by our local Mariachis. Don't miss out on some of the best music and food that Boyle Heights has to offer.
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting
Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Boyle Heights Senior Center
2839 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Please join the Boyle Heights community for their monthly general board meeting. This is a great opportunity for you to network with board members and learn about community issues and concerns. The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (BHNC) meets 4th Wednesday of every month.
Pennies and Keys Campaign in Support of Bracero Statue
The Union Binacional de Ex-Braceros is seeking your donations of pennies and keys or other copper materials to help build a statue that will be dedicated to the hard work of Mexican Braceros between 1942 and 1964.
Donations may be dropped off or delivered to the Mexican Cultural Institute at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is an ongoing campaign. For further information please contact Baldomero Capiz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stevenson Library Upcoming Events
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence Street Los Angeles CA 90023
Family Story Time
Wednesdays 4:00 PM
Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families.
First Friday of the month 4:00 PM
Do you want to hang out with other cool teens? Do you want to help decide what new books/movies to get? Do you want to help plan what awesome programs the library should have? Join the R.L. Stevenson Branch Teen Council! Council meets once a month. Looks great as an extracurricular activity. Snacks provided.
Crafts for Kids
Every Tuesday 4:00 PM
Come out and bring out your kids creativity with by participating in Crafts for Kids.
Family Story Time
Every Wednesday 4:00 PM
Family story time is a great way to entertain the entire family.
Thursday Night Movies
Every other Thursday 5:00 PM
Thursday night Movies at the library is every other Thursday at 5:00pm
Monday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Visit your local study zone! Free printing for homework, access to Live Homework Help online tutoring, computers reserved just for homework, and other resources to help students be successful!
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349
Benjamin Franklin Library Upcoming Events
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E First St
Los Angeles CA 90033
Reading with BARK Therapy Dogs
Tuesday January 21, 4:00-5:00pm
ELF Toddler Time
Thursday January 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and dancing. Best for ages 18 months to 4 years old.
STAR Volunteer Readers
Fridays 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Aunt Veronica
Saturdays* 3:30-5:00pm-Read with Uncle Rob (*3 Saturdays a month, call branch for schedule)
Wednesday January 22, 4:00-5:00pm
Friday January 3 and January 17, 4:00-5:00pm
Selections from Our Lady of the Underpass by Tanya Saracho
Reading presented by Center Theatre Group
Saturday, January 18, 3:00-5:00pm
El Verde by Antonio Aguilar
Reading presented by East LA Rep
Tuesday, January 21, 5:00-7:00pm
Hoop Girls by Gabriela Lopez de Dennis
Reading presented by Casa 0101
Wednesday, January 29, 5:00-7:00pm
Covered California Insurance Information Sessions
For more information on any of the events call: (323) 263-6901
Dispute Resolution Program
Community members can benefit from mediation by saving time, money and emotional distress trough the mediation of disputes. DRP offers free mediation services and mediation training for any Los Angeles County resident, or person who has conducted business in our community, and is involved in a dispute. Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between people to resolve their disputes. For more information please contact office of the City Attorney at (213) 485-8324.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program
If you or someone you know is a senior (60 years and older) and meets the Senior Income Guidelines of $1,180 per month (1 person) or $1,594 per month (2 persons), they may qualify to participate in the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This program will provide seniors with a FREE Food Kit once a month, prepared with specific nutritional needs in mind, and will include meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related products, cereals and other grain products, plus much more!
Program Requirements are as follows:
Seniors (60 years and older)
*Picture ID with Date of Birth
* Proof of Income – Social Security, SSI or Pension
(Bank Statement, Check Stub, Benefit Award Letter) OR
You can authorize someone to pick up your food every month! Note: Please make sure to bring that person with you at the time of your first visit.
To find your local Multipurpose Senior Center, please call 1-800-510-2020. For Los Angeles Regional Food Bank information www.lafoodbank.org
Department of Aging Programs
The Los Angeles Department of Aging offers free help to family caregivers and seniors. Programs include family caregiver workshops and free legal assistance to help protect your older loved one. For more information on programs offered by the Department of Aging please contact Veronica Sanchez Perez at (213) 482-7243 or email her at email@example.com
FREE Conference Call Information & Resources
for Seniors & Family Caregivers Seminar
If you are a family caregiver for a senior 60 years or older and would like to know about programs that can help you care for your loved one, please participate in the next "Infonar" that best meets your schedule. In only 30 minutes you will learn about the many programs that can help your loved one and reduce some of the stress you might be dealing with in juggling care giving especially if you are also working. For more information please contact: Veronica Sanchez Perez at (213) 482-7243 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org