EPIA urges Dodger Stadium to keep Scott Gate closed


The Echo Park Improvement Association delivered a letter to the CD1 and CD13 council members Gil Cedillo and Mitch O’Farrell on our recommendations on the opening of the Scott Gate at Dodger Stadium to entry traffic.

The EPIA recommends that the Dodger Stadium Scott Avenue Gate remain closed to stadium entry, as it has over almost 10 years. We believe that opening the gate will cause many unintended problems with the neighborhood and will not change stadium entry times in any way sufficient to justify the cost both in money and community good will. The EPIA also recommends that the gate be open for exit purposes only in games and events with attendance greater than 40,000, again, as has been the practice in the past.

In addition to the above, the letter also requests the Dodgers make additional necessary preparations if the gate will open regardless of our recommendation. Click here to download and view the full letter.

Stay tuned for our article on the issue in the next issue of EPIAn Ways!

Opening Day contact information

Northeast Division questions, contact Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan: (213) 793-0760 (email is 30347@lapd.lacity.org if you don’t need an immediate response)
Rampart questions or issues, contact Senior Lead Officer Lewis Ford: (213) 793-0775 (email is 27387@lapd.lacity.org if you don’t need an immediate response)
CD13: Adam Bass: (323) 957-4500 / adam.bass@lacity.org
CD1: Melinda Ramos-Alatorre: 323-550-1538 / melinda.alatorre@lacity.org
Park Rangers: albert.torres@lacity.org / 323 816 6715
Oscar Delgado, Manager, Neighborhood & Government Affairs: oscard@ladodgers.com / (323) 224-1443


The Dodgers Opening Day game is scheduled for Friday, April 4 at 1:10 pm. Opening Day always brings a lot of stress to the neighborhood.

The EPIA has invited representatives from the Dodgers to present this year’s Opening Day Plan so you can be prepared. Representatives from LAPD, LADOT, Park Rangers, Select Patrol and City Council Districts 1 and 13 will be in attendance to address your questions and concerns.

MARK YOU CALENDARS and make sure you attend on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 pm.

All are welcome! Bring yourself, your neighbors, your input, and join us at Barlow Hospital, located at 2000 Stadium Way, in Williams Hall.


EPIA annual Holiday Potluck 2013


Join us on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm for our annual HOLIDAY POTLUCK!

Bring your favorite dish to share & donate an unopened, unwrapped toy

See you at Barlow Hospital in Williams Hall (2000 Stadium Way)

Neighborhood Issues Committee meeting agenda for Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Neighborhood Issues Committee Agenda
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7 pm
Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

  1. Introductions and sign in
  2. Approve Minutes
  3. Schools & Civic:
    1. Van De Kamps/LACC-LACCD
    2. Seniors Issues
    3. LA Marathon 5K problems
    4. Celebrating Echo Park Diversity
    5. Gang Injunction
    6. EP Beer Festival
    7. New Business
  4. Land Use:
        1. Barlow Hospital-Proposed Entitlements and Development
        2. Morton Village complex
        3. Filming Committee
        4. SB1818 Letter
        5. Sale of Lot 6 – El Centro del Pueblo
        6. Lot adjacent to Laguna Stairs
        7. Senor Fish CUB
        8. 4-Square 4-Unit Relocation to Angelino Heights
        9. 811 Rosemont SLSD
        10. Montana-Lakeshore Glendale Triangle Project
        11. Sunset/Everett Street Project
        12. Planet Home Lakeshore SLSD Project
        13. Planet Home Bruce Court SF Development
        14. CEQA Works: Should EPIA Join?
        15. Button Mash CUB
        16. New Business
  5. Parks:
    1. Echo Park Lake Restoration Project
    2. Elysian Park
      1. 18 Acres Elysian Park Expansion Public Safety Issues
      2. Avenue of the Palms
    3. New business
  6. Public Works:
    1. Route 2 Terminus Improvement Project
    2. Mural Projects – EPIA Committee
    3. Dodgers issues
    4. Sunset Streetscape
    5. Cleanup
    6. Benches
    7. Cultures Collide scheduled for October, 2013
    8. Farmers’ Market Wall Mural
    9. New Business
  7. Policies, Procedures, & Administrative
    1. Standing Rules, Membership Dues
    2. Should we establish a quorum
    3. NIC as Outreach Tool
    4. New Business
  8. Newsletter/Web Page
  9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
  10. Future Agendas Items
  11. Next Meeting Standing
  12. Adjourn

Echo Park Lake reopening ceremonies on Saturday, June 15

After the year and a half long renovation of Echo Park Lake, the fences are finally going to be coming down tomorrow, on Saturday, June 15.

Hosted by Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti, the Department of Rec and Parks and the Bureau of Engineering, the event starts at 10:00 am and will feature speakers and performers at the corner of Logan Street and Park Avenue.

See you there!

Submit your nominations for Woman of the Year

Check out the press release below for information from Congressman Adam B. Schiff’s office on nominating the Annual Woman of the Year Award:

Every March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honors outstanding women from his district.  The 28th Congressional District includes the cities and communities of Atwater Village, Burbank, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glendale, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, Pasadena, Shadow Hills, Silver Lake, Sunland, Tujunga and West Hollywood.

“Recipients of the ‘Woman of the Year Award’ come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region,” Rep. Schiff said. “I urge constituents to contact my office and let us know about some of the admirable women in our communities by nominating them for this year’s award.”

Constituents are encouraged to nominate women in their community — while there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life in our community. Nominations can be sent to Mary Hovagimian (mary.hovagimian@mail.house.gov). Nominations should include a written description of your nominee’s accomplishments, the home address, phone number and e-mail of the nominee, and the nominator’s name and contact information.

The deadline for nominations is February 22, 2013.


The Los Angeles City Council decisions affect our neighborhood directly on issues like infrastructure, parks, budget, environment, and more.

Echo Park borders include two council districts, and on March 5, 2013 candidates will be vying for your vote in both Council District 1 and Council District 13 (which will have over a dozen candidates on the ballot). NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES! Our public forum will address issues that will affect our neighborhood of Echo Park and surrounding communities.

Have a question you’d like the candidates to address? Submit your questions no later than February 5 to epiamail@yahoo.com. All questions will be pre-selected prior to the event.

February 7, 2013
7:00 pm
Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital

Annual Christmas Bird Count on December 30

Submitted by EPIA member Judy Raskin

The date is Sunday, December 30, 2012, and we meet at the Boathouse at 8:00 am.

Once again this year, we will walk the perimeter of Echo Park Lake, around the fencing, but this will be the last year. It is expected that the park refurbishing will be complete sometime around April, 2013, and we will be able to get back to the “real” park. Meanwhile, some water is now at the north end of the lake, and because of the rains, there is a small amount of water at the south end. Remember that last year we identified six species that were new to the lake. Who knows what this year will bring?

If you have access to a bulletin board at work or school or elsewhere, please post a copy of this notice. Everyone is welcome, and Echo Park is particularly good for beginners.

We will not be doing a preview walk this year. The Bureau of Engineering staff will be on a mandated leave for the week prior to the count and no one would be available to accompany us at this time. However, if you should decide to walk around the lake in the three days before the Count (Thurs-Fri-Sat), you might want to make a note of what you see. We can include species seen on those days (but not the numbers) on the count tally.

I hope to see you on Sunday, December 30, 2012.

Click here for the printable flyer with directions and more information!

EPIA Town Hall: Candidate Forum on October 4

Get involved, vote informed! Neighborhood Council elections for the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council take place on October 6. Join us for a candidate forum on October 4 in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital where all those running for office have been invited to introduce themselves.

Saturday: Echo Park Community Cleanup

We’ll be covering Echo Park Avenue from Altivo to Morton and surrounding streets picking up trash, removing graffiti, and cleaning up those sidewalks. All residents and businesses are invited to help us out! There will also be bulky item dropoff available.

Supplies will be provided by Council District 13, but we encourage everyone to bring their own sunscreen and work gloves.Meet at 9:00 am at Elysian Heights Elementary School

Click here to RSVP on our Facebook page.

Click here to download the flyer!