When: Wednesday, Sept 30th, 2009

Where: Dickerson Employee Benefits, 1918 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Field Deputy Alejandra Marroquin writes: “Designs for our future park have been completed and recently, the Department of Recreation and Parks completed their CEQA document as part of the City’s requirement to inform stakeholders and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of our proposed park. We would like to discuss the CEQA document with you and share with you our next steps as we move into construction phase.”

See the included flyer for more information, or contact Alejandra Marroquin at 323-957-4500.

In Los Angeles, planting edibles in the ground can be a bit precarious. A fabulous L.A.-based blog, Homegrown Evolution, has done all the heavy lifting when it comes to whether to plant the green beans, tomatoes, and all the other goodies above ground, or in the ground. As the Homegrown Evolution blog points out, most counties provide this service, just not LA. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences does it cheaply – $9-13 for a standard test.

Check out their post here and remember to test your soil before you plant your winter veggies!

A concerned Echo Park resident contacted us today about a “hit and run” incident in the Echo Park Vons parking lot in which a vehicle hit another car, and then left the scene.

“If you were hit by a big old, faded green Ford truck today in the Echo Park Vons parking lot (Alvarado and Montana) between 12:45PM and 1:05PM today, I saw it happen and I know where the vehicle is currently parked. I saw the older guy in the truck back right into your dark green Volvo, apparently causing a fair amount of damage. I left the parking lot, then circled the block, and returned to the lot only to see him driving away – at which point I realized he probably didn’t stop to exchange information.”

The tipster has more information, you can email us at info@echoparknow.com for more details.


From Green Beacon. More info here:

“Cool Vegetables for Fall Gardens”

Saturday,  September 26th



Gardening isn’t just a spring fling!  Here in Southern California, it’s a year-round opportunity to harvest the earth’s bounty.  Join Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd.com for a 2-hour workshop that will get you ready to grow a successful fall garden.  Learn how to grow your own salad greens, broccoli, peas, root vegetables and more.  Get your hands dirty as you plant seeds in the Green Beacon garden, and discover the best techniques for designing your own fall garden that will keep you well-fed through February.

This workshop will cover the basics of starting veggies from seed, and will introduce heirloom varieties so you can customize your garden to your liking.  The Gardenerd will show you the best placement for your favorite crops, and give you the confidence to get started now!  Don’t miss out.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today!


Jon Korn, originally from Concord, MA and the co-creator of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, has appeared two nights in a row on the popular game show Jeopardy! On Wednesday, September 23, his one-day cash earnings totaled $25,602.

Among other things, Jon Korn is also a Programmer for Outfest 2009. You can check out his “shout-out” on the Jeopardy! website.

It’s true… we occasionally cross the Echo Park borders to check out some cheap eats. This is one such occasion. Starting this weekend, Flore Cafe in Silverlake is hosting a couple of “All-you-can-eat” special days. Going on for three days, from Saturday, September 26 through Monday, September 28, the cafe will be serving all-you-can-eat vegan tostadas, brunch, and “turkey” dinner for $10 per person for each event.

Flore Cafe is located at 3206 W Sunset Blvd. (not the Sunset Junction location) and you can find more information about the menu here.


The City of Los Angeles Proposition O Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee (COAC), representatives from the Bureaus of Engineering and Sanitation, partners from the Department of Recreation and Parks, and design consultants Black & Veatch, will be conducting a walking tour of the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation project on Tuesday, September 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

At 1:00 p.m., there will be a public meeting at the Echo Park Recreation Center.

You can review the initial study checklist here.


The Echo Park Farmers’ Market is holding its annual “Seize the Sizzle Salsa Contest” on Friday, September 25, 2009, judging from 6:00–7:00 pm. This is the third year the competition between local shoppers and vendors to create the best salsa has taken place.

The EP Farmer’s market, operated by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), takes place in parking lot #663, 1142 Logan St., half a block south of Sunset Blvd. It held every Friday from 3:00-7:00 pm, and is sponsored by the Greater Echo Park and Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) and Council President Eric Garcetti of Council District 13.

According to the press release, provided by the Echo Park Farmer’s Market, anyone can enter the contest for free. “Enrollment is limited to the first 30 contestants. All contestants are encouraged to use ingredients bought fresh from the market for their homemade salsa.” Winners will receive gift certificates from local restaurants.

Starting tonight, Tuesday, September 22, the Allston Yacht Club is introducing the Early Dinner Deal.

From Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30-7:00 pm, for 16 bucks you get 3 courses. They also have $20.00 wine bottle specials.

From 5:30-7:00 during the week, happy hour specials include specially priced cocktails, discounted food, $5 red & white wines and $4 beers.

What: Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council

When: Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm

Where: St. Paul Cathedral Center, 840 N. Echo Park Avenue (across from the Echo Park Boathouse)

Mr. Larry Bezark, ACP Task Force Co-Chair from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Integrated Pest Control Branch will present information on the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and will be answering questions by community members.

Everyone is welcomed to attend and ask any questions you may have about the current efforts to eradicate this pest.

Via email, Bradley of the Northeast Community Police Advisory Board (NOE CPAB) notified the community of several gang arrests that occurred this morning at around 4:00 am in the Glassell Park, Cypress Park, and Echo-Elysian Park communities and surrounding areas. The notification continues as follows:

“This morning at 0400, your Finest the Northeast Los Angeles Police Department participated in a coordinated effort to arrest and detain Gang Members and those harboring criminals in the Glassell Park, Cypress Park, and Echo-Elysian Park Communities including surrounding areas. Several arrest were made with controlled raids on properties that housed Gang Members with the LAPD seizing weapons, narcotics, and other gang paraphernalia though-out the Northeast/Central Areas. Any/all tools available to the LAPD coupled with the Gang Injunctions were employed to assist in the arrest of Gang Members and wanted criminals in our communities Unfortunately, Northeast CPAB Members have been given very little information to disseminate to concerned Residents in the affect areas.”

There will be a community meeting tonight held by Council Representatives, LAUSD, and the NOE LAPD at Washington-Irving Middle School (3010 Estara Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90065-2205) from 6pm-8pm to address any concerns. “The LAPD, City Attorney’s Office, and other local agencies that assisted in the coordinated efforts, will be able to provide you with updates and arrest numbers with commentary from Captain William Murphy and Brass on steps to take to help improve your Neighborhood,” the email details.

For more information about the meeting, you can contact Danny Roman via e-mail at 22195@lapd.lacity.org

Click here to view the location of the meeting at Washington-Irving Middle School.

The LA Times also posted this story about the early morning arrests.


Par[ing] Day LA takes place today across the city, transforming metered parking spots into “temporary public parks.” The event wraps up in Echo Park from 7:00pm – 11:00pm at Logan Street and Park Avenue near the lake. They will be screening Contested Streets, Alley Cats, and the Triplets of Belleville.

“Bring your Park[ing] Day LA stories, a blanket, a chair, a friend, refreshments and join us for a Ride-In Movie under the stars!”

Check out their website or Facebook page for a map and more information.


Echo Park residents of the band “Hurt Model” are playing on Saturday, September 19 at 9:00 pm at the Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock. They are joining LA residents Clevis on the stage.

The show is free and BYOB, come support your local artists!

The Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock

4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90041

826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series:

Writing Comics

Tuesday, September 22

7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

826LA East

1714 W. Sunset Blvd. 
Echo Park, CA 90026


Buy Tickets

Join us for a panel discussion featuring some of the most groundbreaking and innovative cartoonists working today. Our guests will discuss ink and pixels, pigments and politics, and how the love of comics mixes with the sticky waters of the business. Panelists will also answer your thought and question bubbles.

Our panelists:

Lalo Alcaraz, is a Los Angeles-based cartoonist and creator of the first nationally syndicated Latino-themed political daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha.” Lalo drew editorial cartoons for the L.A. Weekly from 1992-2009. Lalo illustrated Latino USA: A Cartoon History (text by Ilan Stavans) and produced the book La Cucaracha, La Cucaracha, the first collection from his daily comic strip, and Migra Mouse, a collection of his editorial cartoons on immigration. He is also a screenwriter and a popular speaker on the college circuit. His award winning artwork has appeared across the US and the planet. Lalo also hosts the popular radio program, “The Pocho Hour of Power”, Fridays at 4pm on KPFK 90.7 FM.

Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of the beloved Love and Rockets series, one of the pioneering alternative comics of the 1980s. Love and Rockets, initially a self published single comic, was picked up by Fantagraphics Books and produced 50 issues before the series went dormant in 1996. In 2001, the run was revived as Love and Rockets Volume 2. In the interim, Jaime’s solo projects included Whoa, Nellie!, Penny Century and Maggie and Hopey Color Fun. Jaime has also worked for The New Yorker, Spin, Hustler, and has done album covers for Michelle Shocked, 7 Year Bitch, The Indigo Girls and Los Lobos. In 2006, he produced a 20 part strip in The New York Times Magazine titled La Maggie La Loca. Jaime was born in Oxnard California and now lives in Pasadena with his wife and daughter.

Keith Knight is a cartoonist, rapper, and media activist. His two weekly comic strips, the K Chronicles and (th)ink appear in various publications throughout the nation and have been collected into six books. His art has appeared in Salon.com, ESPN the Magazine, L.A Weekly, MAD Magazine, the Funny Times, and World War 3 Illustrated. Keith is the recipient of the 2006 & 2007 Glyph Awards for Best Comic Strip and three of his comix were the basis of an award-winning live-action short film, Jetzt Kommt Ein Karton, in Germany. His comic art has appeared in museums and galleries from San Francisco (CA) to Angoulême (France).

Marv Wolfman is a forty-year veteran in the field of comic book writing. After lengthy runs working for Marvel Comics in the 1970s on such titles as Amazing Spiderman and Dr. Strange (and creating the character ofNova), Wolfman moved to competitor DC Comics where he has mostly remained since. There, with penciller George Perez, Wolfman co-created The New Teen Titans, which has seen life beyond the comics page as a Cartoon Network series and whose characters have appeared in the television program Smallville. Also with Perez, Wolfman is responsible for the groundbreaking mini-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. He has won numerous awards for his writing and helped pioneer the receiving of writing credits for for-hire work.

Moderator: Salvador Plascencia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in El Monte, California. His debut novel, The People of Paper, was named a best book of the year by San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times and has been translated into ten languages. He is the recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for new Americans. Salvador is a Visiting Professor at UC Davis.

– From 826LA