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

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 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

Updates from your Council District representatives

Mitch O’Farrell / CD13

Submitted by Mitch O’Farrell

I’m excited to bring you the first of many updates here on the EPIAn Way as your Councilmember of the 13th District. I’m looking forward to working with you and making great things happen in Echo Park.

My staff and I have been hard at work since I took office last summer. In a few weeks, we’ll break ground on a major streetscape improvement on Sunset Boulevard, from Rosemont to Everett Street. The project will repair sidewalks, increase ADA accessibility, plant dozens of new trees, add benches and other street furniture, and generally improve the look and overall walkability of Echo Park.

Over on Logan Street, many of you have probably visited our amazing Echo Park Farmers’ Market. I’m excited to announce that on April 4th, the market will be expanding and we’ll be closing half of a block of Logan Street to accommodate the expansion. This will open the market up to Sunset Boulevard and bring a new vibrancy to the heart of the community.

In between my regular updates here, please visit my home on the web at where you will find news and information about the great 13th District.

Gil Cedillo / CD1

Submitted by Field Deputy Melinda Ramos-Alatorre

The First District is looking forward to what lies ahead in 2014. We are prioritizing our goals under our P.E.A.C.E. Program. “PEACE” is our acronym for Public Safety, Economic Development, Arts & Culture, Clean Communities, and the Environment. This will serve as the framework for our goals in 2014.

We have already kicked off our “clean communities” portion through the “Keep it Clean” campaign. CD1 has a dedicated team from the Bureau of Sanitation for our neighborhoods. They are focused around bulky item and trash pick up. With our team, we have already cleaned up over 200 alleys and over 500 tons of trash throughout CD1. Banners with the phone number to call for bulky item pick up are popping all over the district, as well as “Big Belly” trash bins, which actually send a signal to Sanitation when they are ready to be picked up. This program, however, cannot be successful without a full community. Let all of your neighbors know to call in and schedule their pick up before leaving their sofas on the street. You can call 1 (800) 773-2489 for bulky item pick up.

The First District is also one of three Council Districts to allow murals in single-family residences. Lifting the ban on murals is a huge victory for the arts community. The new ordinance allows for murals on commercial properties and multi-unit apartments. If you are interested in starting a mural project in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to contact Melinda Ramos-Alatorre, Field Deputy for Angelino Heights and Elysian Park, at (323) 550-1538.

Town Hall wrap-up: Echo Park is for (animal) lovers

by Kelly Erickson

Animal-Town-HallThank you everyone for coming out to our first meeting of 2014! We are excited for a new year of grassroots organization and activism in Echo Park. Last month’s meeting was a great way to start things off – we brought together local organizations, volunteers and residents who work in pet services around the community. We learned a lot about adoption, intervention, volunteer and donation opportunities, and more!

As a followup to the meeting, here is a digest of what we learned:


  • Michelle from Bluecollar Working Dog on Echo Park Avenue in Echo Park introduced not only the retail products they offer, but also the amazing pet services on a variety of levels, including:
  • Free 2-week supplies of dog food for those in need from their Food Bank. This is a no questions asked program. Those who want to donate to the Food Bank can purchase and donate dog food for the program.
  • They have an in-store chip reader, and will call the owner registered to the pet.
    Once a month, they bring in a group that provides chipping, low-cost health exams, blood work, nail clippings, vaccines, and more.
  • For more information about all of these programs, check their website at – and we recommend joining their email list from the home page of their website.


The North Central Animal Shelter Intervention Program is relatively new – a volunteer-run organization that started last November, volunteers set up a table in front of the North Central Animal Shelter offering any aid to help owners keep their pets before giving them up to the shelter. Most people who end up surrendering their pets do so because of financial reasons – affording vaccines, pet deposits in their home or apartment, medical issues, and more.

The Intervention Program can help connect people with free or low-cost spay/neuter resources, provide pet supplies like food, collars, leashes and beds, and even help pay to redeem dogs for some. They work with a network of rescues and fosters, and using social media to spread the word they help place an animal before they go into the shelter system. “It’s a nice way to not stress the city shelter system,” said Kerry Armstrong of the Program. “The more we can keep out and find a rescue for or keep with the families, the fewer animals the city shelter will have.”

Donations are tax deductible. Most cases can cost up to $300, but typically it costs much less to help animals find a home or stay with their family. The program is modeled after the South Los Angeles Intervention Program, which kept over 1700 animals from the shelter just from April to October of 2013.

Contact info:,


Darren Labori recently opened Muddy Paw Coffee at 2230 Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. The cafe not only serves coffee, it donates a portion of daily revenue to local animal rescues while encouraging people to micro-chip and spay/neuter their pets.


LA Feeders is a volunteer-run organization that feeds neighborhood/stray cats in Southern California. They also collect food donations and provide food to local organizations like shelters and other animal service organizations. They are currently holding a raffle on their website for a 6 foot cat condo tree – tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. | Local contact: Adela Montalvo,


During the meeting there were other local services used by residents in the area, here are those resources:

Luxe Paws: Volunteer-run organization facilitating adoption, spay & neuter for homeless animals in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Los Feliz & Echo Park. Contact info:,

Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital: Newly opened on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. Contact info: (213) 201-7900,

Warren Animal Hospital: Located on Riverside Drive, full and emergency services. Contact info: (323) 664-2188,

Echo Park Animal Alliance: Currently accepting monetary donations as well as any pet items such as crates, food, leashes, etc. They are also looking for volunteers to help foster pets! Visit for more info.

Share any other resources you may have in the comments below!

The January-March 2014 issue of EPIAn Ways is now available!

EPIAn Ways - Echo Park newsletter

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EPIAn Ways is now being published on a quarterly basis. To submit your announcements or advertise in our next publication, please do so by March 27, 2014.

Chamber of Commerce report

Submitted by Rosie Betanzos

The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce is revamping its website and meetings to be better serve our members. For chamber general meetings and executive meetings. Dates and locations contact Rosie Betanzos at

There are two major events happening:

BedRock Studios will be hosting BEDROCKoberfest
Date: October 5, 2013
Time: 3 pm to 10 pm
For more info:
Contact: KamranV

Echo Park Chamber is hosting a social gathering:

Our Grand Appreciation Event
It is to honor and celebrate the new Echo Park Community Parade Ambassadors, Grand Marshal, and those voted (by the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce) Echo Park community businesses/organization/or individual who has made a positive mark in our district.

Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 7 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: To be Determine, Open by invitation only
Contact person: Rosie Betanzos at