Public hearing on Small Lot Ordinance

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has introduced a motion to update the Small Lot Ordinance, changes which will affect future developments in Echo Park. Some of the changes proposed include encouraging adaptive reuse, requiring onsite trash collection, and providing guest parking.

Will they be good or bad changes? The city is looking for your feedback. There are two public hearings this month where you can share your opinions/concerns:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Open House: 5:30-7:00 PM
Hearing: 7:00 PM

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

In CD13:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Open House: 5:30-7:00 PM
Hearing: 7:00 PM

Grace E. Simons Lodge
1025 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The draft ordinance can be downloaded here.

Echo Park Loves Animals!


Animal Welfare Issues in Echo Park

Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm

Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

What do you do when you find a stray animal? How much is microchipping? Where are low-cost spay/neuter services available? What are the volunteer opportunities in the area?

We have invited representatives of local animal services organizations and businesses to chat about animal welfare issues and other services in the area. Join us!

Our town hall meetings are open to the public – so bring your neighbors!

Volunteer for the 2016 Los Angeles Homeless Count

The Los Angeles Homeless Count in Echo Park takes place on the night of January 28, 2016. The Homeless Count is a 3-day, on the ground, county-wide census of its neediest stakeholders. This timely data drives federal funding assistance and provides valuable information to City and County legislators to help allocate local funding assistance.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s District Office will serve as a volunteer deployment site. Residents are advised that LAHSA will be aided by thousands of volunteers across the City, who will be walking or driving in groups to take the census block by block.

As coordinators of this important event, the EPIA urges you to participate! Volunteers can register for the 2016 Homeless Count at Questions or concerns can be directed to Jonathan Hans at LAHSA at

Double your impact – LA River matching challenge ends December 31

Donate to the LA River Corp and double your impact by December 31!!

Local business owners Tony Yanow and Amy Yanow have put up a challenge: Give today and they will personally match your donation up to $250,000. The goal is to raise $500,000 total toward the Integrated Design Vision Project led by Frank Gehry and technical partners.

More info on the campaign from the LA River Corp website:

Leave a Lasting Legacy
It all begins with a data driven, integrated design study of the full 51 miles from Canoga Park to Long Beach. Led by Gehry Partners and other design and technical experts, we are utilizing the latest technology and design analysis to find the most innovative ways to transform the river into a sustainable water resource while creating vibrant public and natural habitat spaces along the river’s path. This study will result in a shared community vision for implementation; a vision that is both transformative and sustainable.

Imagine the Possibilities
With just $590,000 left to get to our $3.1million goal to launch Phase One of our 51-mile Integrated Design Study of the LA River, we are in the home stretch. There has never been a better time to give to the river. Let’s do this!

Consider a personally significant contribution as a year-end, tax-deductible gift…and let Amy and Tony double it today!

Click here to donate

Read more about the project

Thank our Fire Fighters – bring Thanksgiving dinner to Echo Park’s Station 20!


This Thanksgiving, the Echo Park Improvement Association is sponsoring the LAFD Fire Station 20, located right here in Echo Park on Sunset Boulevard. We will be cooking and delivering a Thanksgiving meal to the eight firefighters who are on duty for the holiday, and we need your help!

Please help by signing up for a dish of your choice by signing up HERE or by sending us an email at

We need:

1 Turkey
Gravy (x2)
2 servings Cranberry sauce
2-3 Pies
Dinner rolls
2 servings mashed potatoes
2 servings yams
Green beans or other traditional greens

Echo Park holiday potluck

It’s that time of year again!
The EPIA holiday potluck takes place on…

Thursday, December 3, 2015

at 7:00 pm

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

Council District 13 offices – 1722 Sunset Boulevard
Enter through the back door!

Neighborhood Issues Committee meeting agenda for Wednesday, May 20

Neighborhood Issues Committee Agenda
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 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. Community Activist Memorial
    5. County Sheriff’s Oversight Commission
    6. New Business
  4. Land Use:
    1. Barlow Hospital-Proposed Entitlements and Development
    2. Morton Village complex
    3. Filming Committee
    4. Sunset/Everett Street Project
    5. Planet Home Bruce Court SF Development
    6. Rosebud SFR project
    7. Button Mash CUB
    8. Park Drive Street Vacation
    9. The Park CUB Renewal
    10. Lot 1 CUB
    11. Lake Shore Cafe – 1412 Glendale Blvd
    12. CitiBank Building Helipad CUP
    13. Preston Avenue SLSD project
    14. Foursquare Properties
    15. Cell Tower – 1650 Echo Park Ave
    16. Cell Tower – 1245 Innes Ave
    17. Mohawk Bend CUB renewal
    18. 1345 W. 1st Street Mixed-Use development (Bob Baker site)
    19. Former El Batey CUB
    20. Veritel’s Discretionary Approvals Request
    21. New Business
  5. Parks:
    1. Echo Park Lake
    2. City Ordinance Regarding Vending in Parks
    3. Elysian Park
      1. Northeast Little League Facilities
    4. New business
  6. Public Works:
    1. Route 2 Terminus Improvement Project
    2. Mural Projects – EPIA Committee
    3. Dodgers issues
      1. Cirque de Soleil Shows
    4. Sunset Streetscape
    5. Clinton Stairway Project
    6. Farmers’ Market Wall Mural
    7. New Business
  7. Policies, Procedures, & Administrative
    1. Standing Rules, Membership Dues
    2. NIC as Outreach Tool
    3. EPIA Elections
    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 Holiday Potluck



It’s that time of year again!
The EPIA holiday potluck takes place on…

Thursday, December 4, 2014

at 7:00 pm

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

Sign up for a dish! This is a just a guideline to make sure we have a well-rounded potluck. Click here.
Barlow Hospital – Williams Hall – 2000 Stadium Way

Petition to install pedestrian crosswalks in Elysian Park

Ever done the dash of death over Academy to access Elysian Park Trails?

The Echo Park Gathering of Elders and Caregivers is circulating a petition to begin the process of installing pedestrian crosswalks on both Scott Avenue and Academy Road at Elysian Park Drive.

Click here to download the petition page, print, sign and distribute to your neighbors. You can mail the pages to us at:

Echo Park Improvement Association
P.O. Box 261021
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Echo Park & Elysian Park free walking tours

The Echo Park Gathering of the Elders and Caregivers is hosting a series of free, educational walking tours of Echo Park Lake and Elysian Park. The walks are open to everyone of all ages. Please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Echo Park Lake

Learn about all the plants in and around Echo Park Lake, a guided tour led by Michael O’Brien (Echo Park’s local expert!).

Monday, October 6 at 9:00 am
Meet by the Boat House

Friday, October 24 at 9:00 am
Meet at the clump of bamboos by the pump station (close to Bellevue & Echo Park Avenue)

Monday, October 27 at 9:00 am
Meet at the south end of Echo Park by Glendale Avenue and Bellevue.

Elysian Park

A guided tour led by Michael O’Brien of all the plants along a popular trail in the 544 acre public park.

Friday, October 17 at 9:00 am
Meet at the fire road at trail on Academy between Morton and Stadium Way/Avenue of the Palms. Exercise caution as there are no crosswalks or sidewalks in this section of the road.

Click here to download and print the flyer.