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District Offices

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788

Boyle Heights
2130 E. 1st St., Suite 241
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-9332
Fax: (323) 266-7511

El Sereno
4927 E. Huntington Dr.
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
Fax: (323) 226-1644

Northeast Community Newsletter
October 11, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin

Northeast Pic of the Week

The band POOLSIDE performs at the 15th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, sponsored by Councilmember Huizar and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

In This Newsletter:

Colorado Boulevard Sinkhole Repair Complete!

As of Friday, October 11th, the City has repaired the sinkhole damage to Colorado Boulevard. In October 2011, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to ask the Department of Public Works to determine the cause of a sinkhole on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock and report back with recommendations on how to fix it. Due to the severity of the damage, the City Engineer determined that repairs needed to be performed as soon as possible. In June 2012, the City Council adopted the Bureau of Engineering's report and declared it an urgent necessity so that it could be assigned to an emergency on-call contractor.
In late August, the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering began work on the aforementioned sinkhole. Located 3/10th of a mile east of Figueroa Street on Colorado Boulevard, the project included the removal and reconstruction of 700 lateral feet of damaged roadway and sub-base.
Thank you for your patience over this period of emergency construction.  If you have any questions, please contact Councilmember Huizar's Northeast Office at (323) 254-5295.

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LA River Ecosystem Restoration Study - A Historic Opportunity

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying a plan to restore habitat along 11 miles of the LA River from Griffith Park to Downtown. The Army Corps needs to hear from you, to ensure that we don't squander this unprecedented opportunity to green the City.
Four alternatives are being considered in the study, and the City is united in calling for the Federal government to pursue the most expansive and visionary plan, known as “Alternative 20.” Councilmember Huizar has called Alternative 20 “the best opportunity to fully realize our goals of completely transforming the Los Angeles River.” Unfortunately, USACE has “tentatively selected” an option that creates less habitat and connects fewer areas to the River. The LA River has been neglected and degraded as a result of urban development in the floodplain, pollution, and channelization. A revitalized river would offer lively green space with bike paths, pedestrian trails, parks, and natural habitat areas. It can serve as a bridge to connect urban life with nature.

Get Involved!
Councilman Huizar sent his letter of support for Alternative 20 in June. Now it's time for everyone who cares about the river to get involved and be heard! Let the USACE know that you support restoration efforts on the LA River. Mention that you want the Army Corps to pursue the most expansive alternative, one that creates the most habitats and connects the most areas to the River. If you wish, you can mention support for “Alternative 20.”
1. It’s easy to submit your comments online.
2. Join your neighbors in support of a greener River at the USACE Public Hearing on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the LA River Center, 570 W. Ave. 26, L.A., 90065.
3. Or email comments to USACE at

Find more info at the City's website:  

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Ride Colorado Boulevard's New Bike Lanes!

Saturday, October 26th
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Have you noticed the new bike lanes and crosswalks on Colorado Boulevard? If you have, then you're looking at a part of the Colorado Boulevard Safety Improvement Plan! To celebrate these new additions to Colorado Blvd., join Councilmember Huizar and a variety of community and bicycle organizations for a day of kids' activities and bicycling! The day will feature a half mile family ride, a five mile group ride, a childrens' bike rodeo, games, and more!

9:30AM - 5 Mile Bike Lane Ride
9:30AM - 1:00PM - Kids' Bike Rodeo
10:30PM - Half Mile Bike Lane Family Ride
1:00PM - Bike-Friendly Business Raffle

For more information, please go to or contact Councilmember Huizar's office at (323) 254-5295.

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Free Health & Community Fair and Affordable Care Act Information Session

October 19th
Health Fair - 10AM-2 PM
ACA Info Session - Noon-2PM
Burbank Middle School
6460 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

**First 500 Families to RSVP are entered in a chance to win 1 of 3 FREE BICYCLES**
You are invited to a Free Health and Community Fair Northeast L.A. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. The office of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez is hosting a free health fair where free health screenings, children’s activities and information on the Affordable Care Act will be provided. 

We are excited to offer free Vision Screenings, Dental Screenings, Mental Health Talks, Healthy Diet and Nutrition Resources, Medical CheckUps, Domestic Violence Prevention Tips, Free Massages, Free Dental Kits, Children’s Play Section, Face Painting and more.  This is a completely free event open to all ages. 

Did you know?
The new health care law known as the Affordable Care Act takes effect on January 1, 2014 and open enrollment started on October 1, 2013.  There will be certified counselors helping families enroll for health insurance through Covered California, our state’s easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can't be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get free health services and information on the changes to health care! Call (213) 483-5151 to RSVP.
Also on Saturday, October 19th, Congressman Xavier Becerra invites you to an Affordable Care Act Information Session. As you get ready for 2014, you will have to prepare for the changes that might be coming your way as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Coverage expansion in California will take place through Covered California (California's health insurance marketplace). Enrollment for Covered California begins Octobers 1, 2013. 
WHO DOES IT AFFECT? Those currently uninsured, individuals who do not have adequate coverage, or those who have unaffordable individual coverage. (If you have insurance through your employer or you are satisfied with your current health insurance and it has all required essential health benefits, there are NO changes for you.)
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES? Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, most Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 2014.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE? Come to one of those information sessions for a presentation and one-on-one counseling. To ensure that you get to speak to a Covered California Certified Educator, please RSVP.
RSVP is required. Please call (213) 481-1425 to RSVP for one of the information sessions listed above.  

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Town Hall on Education

October 15th
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Eagle Rock High School Auditorium
1750 Yosemite Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90041
This educational Town Hall will focus on Common Core Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula. How will these changes affect your child's education? Get answers straight from the source! 
Bennett Kayser, LAUSD School Board Member
Della Larimore, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Warren Fletcher, President United Teachers Los Angeles
Edgar Zazueta, LAUSD Funding Expert
Lydia Gutierrez, Teacher, State Superintendent Candidate

Please note: Translation will be provided. Presented by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, in conjunction with the Highland Park Neighborhood Council.
If you would like to pre-submit questions to our esteemed panel please email them to  

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The River Runs Through It!

Saturday, October 12th & 26th
Northeast Los Angeles
Conducted by retired LAUSD teacher, Carmela Gomes, the place-based education workshop is an active experience. To receive one point credit for the workshop, teachers are required to use the information they acquire to create lessons for their classrooms that reflect Charles Lummis’ view of the Southwest.  One teacher, from 92nd Street School, noted that the workshop encourages the value of community wherever that might be by changing the perception of the concept of “community.” The workshop is listed in the LAUSD Learning Zone. Registration closes October 3rd.
For more information, contact Carmela Gomes at or call 818-429-8755. To register log onto

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LAPD's LGBTQ Community Forum

Tuesday, October 15th
6:00PM - 8:00PM
LAPD Administrative Building
100 W First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please join Police Chief Charlie Beck, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, and special guest Commisioner Robert M. Saltzman for the Los Angeles Police Department's LGBTQ Community Forum. There will be a catered reception at 5:30 PM.
For more information, please contact LAPD LGBTQ Liason Officer, Senior Lead Officer Alessandra Moura at (213) 486-6009 or Sgt II Karen Leong at (213) 486-6032.

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Pro Bono Week
Pro Bono Week in Los Angeles begins October 21st with a Free Consumer Law Advice Cinic and ends October 26th with a Public Legal Services Fair. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity for free legal assistance!
Free Consumer Advice Clinic
Monday, October 21st
LA Law Library
301 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
At this event, you can get free legal advice about consumer law! If you are a person of low income, come talk to a volunteer attorney for free! Bring your questions about:
-Being sued by a credit card company
-Harassing phone calls from bill collectors
-Paying someone who did nothing for you
-Financial fraud by friends or family
-Other consumer fraud issues

Advanced registration is required. No walk-ins. Call (213) 385-2977 extension 702 to determine if your income level and matter qualify for free legal services.
Public Legal Services Fair
Saturday, October 26th
LA Law Library
301 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free Services: Walk-Ins Welcome
10 AM-4 PM. Visit booths providing free legal consultation with attorneys, referrals, community services, information and other assistance.
Free Information Sessions: Walk-Ins Welcome
12:30 PM-2 PM. Free information session on Custody, Domestic Violence and Child Welfare.
2 PM - 3 PM. Free information session on Guardianships for Children: Know Your Rights.
Free Workshops: Advance Registration Required
9:30 AM - 12 PM. Clearing Criminal Records. Call 323-801-7950 to register.
10 AM - 3 PM. Citizenship Processing Workshop. Call 888-349-9695 to register.
12 PM - 3 PM. Legal Assistance with Juvenile Ticket Fines. Call 213-385-2977 ext. 502 to register.
3 PM - 5:30 PM. Receive Assistance in Claiming Unpaid Wages. Call 626-307-3640 to register.
For more information on how to find the LA Law Library, where to park and how to register, please call (213) 784-7372, option 1 or visit

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Make Your Home Earthquake Ready!

Is your house earthquake ready?A new program in your area may provide up to $3,000 to seismically retrofit your house! If an earthquake happened today, would your house stay on its foundation? What would you be willing to do to strengthen your house to protect it from earthquake damage? The Earthquake Brace + Bolt Pilot Program offers up to $3,000 to Eagle Rock and Highland Park homeowners  (ZIP codes 90041 and 90042) to cover costs associated with retrofitting their house to lessen earthquake damage.

Earthquake Brace + Bolt will be accepting applications to participate in the Program Pilot fromSeptember 30, 2013 through October 30, 2013.   Complete the Pre-qualification Survey  to see if you are eligible to participate in in the Pilot!  
Visit or call (877) 232-4300 for more information.  

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