Upcoming Echo Park Events

Small Lot Subdivision Informational Workshop
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral at 650 Micheltorena Street

How to Start a Business in LA workshop
Wednesday July 16 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Edendale Branch Library. RSVP at bit.ly/smallbizLA

CD13 Community Cleanup
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12 noon
Morton and Academy in Echo Park

CD1 Community Cleanup
Saturday, July 19 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Center, 1700 Stadium Way
RSVP to: (323) 550-1538

Identity Theft Panel hosted by Congressman Adam Schiff
August 4 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Withersbee Auditorium, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Echo Park Rising
August 15-17, 2014
Free! Music, Art, Fun & Food

Lego Club
Edendale Branch Library
Saturday, July 19 from 10am-12:00 noon

Computer Class for Beginners in English and Spanish
Echo Park Branch Library
Every Friday from 3:00 pm to 5:15 pm

GED Glass
Edendale Branch Library
Every Tuesday from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Echo Park neighborhood issues overview

Andrew Garsten, EPIA President

The EPIA Neighborhood Issues Committee (NIC) is the “activist” arm of the EPIA. On the 3rd Wednesday of every month, nine volunteers with many years of experience report on, or discuss issues concerning schools, special events, land use, parks and public works issues that impact our community.

When appropriate, NIC will formulate recommendations to be brought to the general membership at our monthly town hall meetings for approval. The recommendations are then directed to the relevant politicians and/or decision-making authorities.

Here’s a list of issues that NIC is weighing in on, or continuing to monitor:

Barlow Hospital-Proposed Entitlements and Development – Monitoring
Morton Village complex – Monitoring
Filming Issues – No activity at this time
SB1818 Letter – Work in progress
Lot adjacent to Laguna Stairs – Monitoring
Senior Fish CUB – Letter of recommendations sent. Appeal was withdrawn by Neighborhood Council
Sunset/Everett Street Project – Letter recommending approval with conditions
Planet Home Bruce Court SF Development – Monitoring
Rosebud SFR project – Waiting for developer to come back with more info
Button Mash CUB: Letter recommending support with conditions
Echo Park Lake Restoration Project – continuing to monitor
Elysian Park 18 Acres Elysian Park Expansion Public Safety Issues – continuing to monitor
Northeast Little League Facilities – Letter recommending support
Route 2 Terminus Improvement Project – monitoring
Mural Documentation Project – Work in progress
Dodgers Issues – continuing to monitor
Sunset Streetscape Project – continuing to monitor
Academy Cut Clean Up – Work in progress
Farmer’s Market Wall Mural – Work in progress

The NIC invites anyone who is interested in issues impacting Echo Park and/or their quality of life, whether on this list or not, to come join us at our monthly meetings every third Wednesday at 7:00 pm, in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital.

Elysian Heights Elementary: Growing as a Community One Step at Time

Article from ElysianHeightsElementary.com

Elysian-HeightsOn Saturday, May 3, 2014 Elysian Heights Elementary School hosted its first ever Elysian Heights 5K. On the surface the event was a robust activity to fundraise essential funds for classroom technology and student enrichment materials. However, the event served a greater purpose in building community and providing children and their families an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape and views of Elysian Heights.

In today’s fast paced society, neighbors are people we greet in passing and our interactions with our children involve taking them to a place they can play with friends or with their siblings. At Elysian Heights, we believe a community school should promote opportunities for all neighbors to come together and share in a positive experience. Where families and neighbors inspire each other to forge ahead on a challenging run in Elysian Heights Park.

This year the 5K had over 200 participants from students, parents, neighbors, police officers, local business owners, and teachers. Although the event was free, participants who donated received a shirt, medal, and official bib number as a gift for their generosity. All of the participants did a phenomenal job with a rigorous run in the streets and park of Elysian. The event netted $6,400.00 thanks to both major donors (Swimmingpool.com, Blue Rooster Art Supplies, Urban Hillsides Realty, Stericycle Specialty Waste, Arey Jones, Dodgers, and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s Office) and local community members. The funds are being used to purchase technology and enrichment materials to ensure we are providing students a 21st Century Educational experience.

We are excited to continue the Elysian Heights 5K on an annual basis. We believe our school should be at the center of promoting positive communal experiences that enhance both the learning experience of students and the living experience of our neighbors. We look forward to sharing our experience with more members of the Elysian Heights family next year on Saturday, February 21, 2015!

Special summer 2014 issue of EPIAn Ways


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Save Elysian Park’s “Week of Action”

This is a repost from the Save Elysian Park campaign during the week of action


Call and email Councilmember O’Farrell  (213-473-7013) and Councilmember Cedillo (213-473-7001) and ask them to demand answers from Barlow.

Here’s a sample email you can just copy and paste in the email to the councilmembers:

Dear Councilmember,

I oppose the Barlow project.  They should not be granted grading and retaining wall permits.  Reference Permit Numbers: 13030-­10000-­07421 and 13020-­10000-­03232.

Thank you for your consideration.

Reminder we are organizing a week of lunchtime calls and emails to the Council District Offices.  We will send daily reminders to call and email this week only, so forgive the lunchtime interruption for this campaign!

We will keep it short and sweet, please take a minute or two to do this once or twice this week! Barlow Hospital has applied to the City for grading permits and permission to construct retaining walls. Barlow’s tactic is to show even a small bit of progress on their ill conceived project, despite a still uncertified EIR and no approvals for its massive development scheme.

Call and Email Councilmember O’Farrell  (213-473-7013) and Councilmember Cedillo (213-473-7001) and tell them to stop Barlow!


Please forward this letter to your friends, your neighbors and your mailing lists …anyone who cares about stopping the massive Barlow Development Scheme.


Please let us know if you have any more questions.

Thank you for taking time from your busy day to help build a stronger community!

- Your friends at SaveElysianPark.Org

Early elections for Echo Park Neighborhood Council


Candidate filing is officially open for the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC). All board seats are open for candidates, including all district representatives (Echo Park has five districts total).

Election day takes place on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Edendale Branch Library in Echo Park.

Deadline for candidate filing is February, 26, 2014. For more information on the elections, how to file, and candidate qualifications visit gepenc.org

LA Host Lions Club Hosts Councilman Mitch O’Farrell


Submitted by Carol Mares, President LA Host Lions Club

Lions-Club1_webOn Thursday evening, January 23, 2014 at Taix, Restaurant, the Los Angeles Host Lions Club hosted Councilman Mitch O’Farrell representing the 13th District of the LA City Council. More than 30 Lions and guests attended this unique dinner meeting which also was the kickoff for the evening meetings for the club. Councilman Mitch was very optimistic of the future of Los Angeles.
He stated that several things were underway, among them a $1 billion revitalization plan for the LA River, secured funding for business improvements, and master plans to help make the streets safer and more inviting.

He talked about his desire to create more affordable housing for veterans, senior citizens and professionals too. He feels the real need to work for the long term to help the quickly declining middle class. He wants to bring back jobs in the entertainment field especially production jobs. He dreams of the day he will see a trolley car in Hollywood going down Sunset Blvd. to Union Station. Lastly, he wants, “LA to be the envy of the world and a great place to live and work.”

He filled the room with energy, vision and optimism. Everyone left impressed, energized and ready to see how the LA Host Lions Club can make a big DIFFERENCE as WE SERVE Echo Park and the greater Los Angeles area.

Echo Park Community Parade 2013


Thank you to the volunteers of the Echo Park Community Parade for making the 2013 event a wonderful success! The EPIA was happy to participate in the organization of this year’s VIP reception at Allumette.

The Parade Grand Marshal, Isa Meksin, was unable to attend the parade due to illness. We wish you a continued recovery, Isa!

Echo Park Animal Alliance pet spotlight


Banjo is the complete package! He’s a nine-month-old “teenage” kitten, and enjoys the company of children, dogs, and other cats. Banjo’s ideal home would have lots of toys, lots of love and someone to play with. He’d also like bed privileges and if possible, a window to look out of.

This little guy is neutered, vaccinated, FIV-FeLV tested, micro-chipped, de-wormed and has had flea meds applied.

Please send an email to nest7c@yahoo.com if you’re interested in Banjo.

Results of December Bird Count at Echo Park Lake

On Sunday, December 29, 2013, bird lovers met up at newly renovated Echo Park Lake for the Annual Christmas Bird Count. Judith Raskin led the small group, and with binoculars in hand they recorded a total of 28 species and 735 individuals.

Here are the results of the Echo Park Lake bird count:

4    American wigeon
22    Mallard
27    Ring-necked duck
1    Lesser scaup
3    Bufflehead
43    Ruddy Duck
20    Pied-billed grebe
2    Great blue heron
4    Great egret
5    Snowy egret
5    Green heron
268    American coot
166    Rock pigeon
2    Mourning dove
10    Yellow-chevroned parakeet
2    Anna’s hummingbird
2    Allen’s hummingbird
2    Acorn woodpecker
8    Black phoebe
1    Western scrub-jay
17    American crow
30    Bushtit
2    Northern mockingbird
37    European starling
6    Yellow-rumped warbler
35    Brewer’s blackbird
2    Great-tailed grackle
9    House sparrow