Join the Echo Park Business Family

The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce is active and accepting applications for membership!

The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce exists for the sole purpose of serving the business people and the residents of Echo Park. They promote economic growth and increase communications among all members of the community.

Why become a member?

The Chamber is the eyes, ears and voice of the business community. We work with local and regional government to protect business interests – your business interests – and to keep the community vibrant through a lively commercial sector.

Supporting the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce with a membership investment means supporting the total community. Echo Park’s Chamber is a major catalyst in the community, keeping it prosperous, safe and affordable. They are there for business as well as your customers.

To view meeting mintues, calendar, sign up for email announcements, or to join as a member, visit

Lotus Festival 2014

See you at the Lotus Festival!

Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13 from 9am-9pm
+ Echo Park Night Friday, July 11

Festivities include the return of the Dragon Boat races, food vendors, performances, music, and more. And of course, the newly renovated Echo Park Lake has blooming Lotus flowers at the festival for the first time in…. years!

Come say hi at our booth we are sharing with the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce. BRING YOUR OLD BATTERIES! We’re helping clean up by recycling old, used batteries for you.Also for a little pre-party, join Council District 13 for Echo Park Night on Friday, July 11 from 6-9:00 pm. There will be music & entertainment, a film screening. Bring your picnic dinner and a blanket! More info:

Echo Park Night at the Lotus Festival 10372972_10152087444751277_3429644353491145789_o

Presentation by the Southern California Association of Government

The June Echo Park Town Hall featured representatives from SCAG, the Southern California Association of Government.

What is SCAG? Click here to download and view the organization’s presentation!



Small Lot Subdivision workship July 15

The following is a post on behalf of Council District 13 representatives:

In response to the great interest in the subject, Council District 13 is hosting a Small Lot Subdivision Informational Workshop. The event will feature a presentation and Q&A with Simon Pastucha, an Urban Designer with the Department of City Planning and a creator of the small lot ordinance and design guidelines.

This meeting is open to all and will cover the intent of the small lot subdivision ordinance, the project approval process and the role of the small lot design guidelines.

Tuesday, July 15 – 6:30 PM
Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral
650 Micheltorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Please distribute this notice and flyer to anyone with interest in the subject. We expect it to be a very informative and productive workshop. Please RSVP and direct questions to and/or 213-473-7569.

Click here to download the flyer.

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 if you don’t need an immediate response)
Rampart questions or issues, contact Senior Lead Officer Lewis Ford: (213) 793-0775 (email is if you don’t need an immediate response)
CD13: Adam Bass: (323) 957-4500 /
CD1: Melinda Ramos-Alatorre: 323-550-1538 /
Park Rangers: / 323 816 6715
Oscar Delgado, Manager, Neighborhood & Government Affairs: / (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 ( 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.