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Tonight is a very delicious meeting hosted by the Echo Park Improvement Association (which I am a member of) – it’s the annual potluck!

Bring your favorite dish and join us at Barlow Hospital in Williams Hall, 2000 Stadium Way at 7:00 pm tonight!

Last year’s Echo Park Night at Dodger Stadium (aka Community Night) was a lot of fun – we got to meet new friends who live in the community and watch a Dodgers game. This year’s community night is coming up fast – Saturday, May 28 at 7:10 pm.

Hosted by the Echo Park Improvement Association, Community Night is an annual tradition you shouldn’t miss out on! Plus, half of the proceeds to the Echo Park Historical Society to aid in the restoration of the Jensen’s Recreation Center sign.

Tickets are just $10 for reserve seats.

Click here to contact the EPIA to reserve your tickets, or email epiamail@yahoo.com. You can also call the message line at 877-860-EPIA.

Please provide your full name, phone number, email address, and the number of tickets you’d like to purchase. The EPIA will follow up with directions on how to pick up/receive your tickets.

See you there!

I am very much looking forward to the meeting/social/fundraiser/mixer tonight for the Echo Park Improvement Association (as a committee member, I’ve been involved in the organization and this event).

At this particular meeting, the EPIA will have representatives from CD1, CD13, and the Northeast and Rampart Divisions to provide updates on community issues. Oftentimes there will also be input from other community members for event announcements and other comments. In between those agenda items, there will be cocktails, raffles (lots of great stuff from local eateries and businesses), and other goodies. It’s a great way to get involved!

Hope to see you tonight at 7:00 pm at Taix!!

Though the developers of the Sunset Flats project didn’t attend last month’s Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues Committee meeting as scheduled, they will hopefully be making it up to everyone at tonight’s meeting.

This may be your last chance to hear directly from the developers before the city makes a decision on the project variances on January 13, 2011. Residents who oppose the project will be particularly interested in attending the meeting, although we’ve heard the developer wasn’t so keen on budging at the last meeting with residents and CD13.

Nevertheless, join the EPIA (which, for purposes of full disclosure, I am a member of) tonight:

Neighborhood Issues Committee Minutes
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7 pm
Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

Click here for the full agenda.

Related Articles:

  • “Upcoming hearing on Sunset Flats Development in Echo Park.” Echo Park Now, November 19, 2010.

Instead of a regular town hall meeting tomorrow, the Echo Park Improvement Association will hold its holiday potluck! It’s a great chance to meet people in your community, have some delicious food (the last one we went to was soooo good!) and mingle. We will be making chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Rolo’s, so make sure you come try some of those.

The Echo Park Improvement Association is finally getting a chance to speak with the developers behind the proposed Sunset Flats project, the site of the old Echo Park Community Garden on the west side of Echo Park on Sunset and Rosemont.

Tonight’s Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues meeting will not be the first time the organization (which Echo Park Now is a member of) has taken up the issue, but this will be the first time the developer has agreed to attend a meeting.

The city has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, November 22 to discuss the variances involved in the project, so this will be your last chance to hear from the developer and get yourself educated. You are also encouraged to send a letter to the City with your comments for public record, more information here.

Everyone is invited to attend the meeting, taking place at Taix Restaurant in the back room at 7:00 pm tonight (Wednesday). Click here for the full agenda.

This story will continue to develop here on Echo Park Now, stay tuned as we learn more!

Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues Committee
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 7 pm
Taix Restaurant, 1911 West Sunset Boulevard


The developer is no longer coming to tonight’s meeting, but EPIA members will still discuss the project in detail.

At tomorrow’s Echo Park Improvement Association (EPIA) Neighborhood Issues Committee meeting, a representative from the LAUSD will attend to discuss the future of CRES#14, a new school being built near Alvarado and Sunset Blvd.

A rep failed to show at the last EPIA meeting, prompting a re-scheduling of the meeting, and tomorrow (Wednesday, October 20), LAUSD administrator Chieko Rupp will be joining the conversation to hear from Echo Park residents about the project.

Residents, parents, and future parents should attend this meeting to learn about CRES#14, and to let the LAUSD know that its plan to make the school a K-8 “Choices” school needs to involve community outreach. Residents at the last EPIA meeting were disappointed to learn of the K-8 plans, worried that yet another elementary school would hurt existing Echo Park elementary schools with already dwindling enrollment.

In addition, it doesn’t sound like the new school will in fact serve the community at large, but will be pulling from other neighborhoods where children will have to travel longer distances for school.

Community members came to a consensus that the school should be a grade 7-8 school, should be open to Echo Park children, and should perhaps focus on a specific purpose, such as arts or language arts.

A little back story to the school site:

  • The two blocks the school is being built was once home to more than 50 houses. Construction started in December 2008.
  • The 875-seat campus, $68 million school was suppose to alleviate overcrowding in neighboring public schools. It’s now common knowledge that enrollment in public schools has been dwindling for quite some time now.
  • The LAUSD lost a long legal battle over the site, but found a way to build anyways.

Even if you don’t have children now, but see yourself living in Echo Park for quite some time, now is your time to get involved!

Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Committee meeting

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital
Special Guest: Chieko Rupp, LAUSD

For Thursday’s town hall meeting, the EPIA has invited officers from the Rampart Division to talk about the swap meet since the sweep, and, according to the website, to “appreciate our local law enforcement officers for the Echo Park flea market clean up. Show up and give thanks!”

Here’s the agenda for the meeting on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm (in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital).

  1. Welcome and Introduction
  2. Council District 1 & 13 reports
  3. Dodgers report
  4. Northeast & Rampart Police Reports
  5. Select Patrol
  6. Recognition & appreciation to Rampart officers for EP flea market
  7. Update on Echo Park Lake rehabilitation project
  8. Treasurer report
  9. Fundraiser – EPIA Dodger night – October 2nd – Sat. 7:10pm
  10. EPIAn Way – next issue
  11. Neighborhood Issues committee report (NIC):
  • Echo Park Flats (old community garden site)
  • Echo Park / Avalon 8 unit-row housing project
  • Mohawk Brasserie restaurant update (old Ramona Theater)
  • Barlow Hospital update

To make an announcement, sign a card when you come in, giving your name and topic.  Cards are collected and given to the moderator.


See you there!

The corner used to have a gas station. Flickr photo via mr. rollers

This skinny housing development was a topic of conversation at the Echo Park Improvement Association last week when a few of the residents next door to the proposed development expressed their discontent. The eight “live/work lofts” at Echo Park Avenue and Avalon Street tower over the neighborhood at four stories high (45 feet), and design-wise it doesn’t appear to fit in well with the rest of the 1920s-era homes in the neighborhood.

The nearly 8,000 square-foot lot covers both 1910 N. Echo Park Ave. and 1615 W. Avalon St. Each single-family unit is less than 19 feet wide and 39 feet deep, and three stories plus a ground-level parking floor that fits cars end-to-end. Cars pulling in and out of the units will have to navigate Avalon Street, a narrow street always packed with parked cars.

The resident who owns the home pictured directly to the left of the rendering (see above) is very concerned with with the density of the project, saying, “It is a clear abuse of how community planning intended the lots to be used.” The lots are zoned commercial (there used to be a gas station on the corner, pictured to the left), and developer Echo Park, LLC is asking the city to “sub-divide a commercially zoned lot,” allowing developers to build the 1,000 square foot units under the city’s small lot subdivision ordinance.

The neighbors have sent out emails and posted the following call-to-action on the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council forum: “Avalon Street is used as a thoroughfare for residents of surrounding streets, and families with children walking to our many neighboring schools and day care centers. This proposed development is unsafe as currently planned. Residents surrounding the vacant lot are not against development, just the large inappropriate development currently proposed. Please help protect the character and safety of our Echo Park neighborhood. A quick call can make a big difference!”

September 1 is deadline if you’d like to express your opposition to (or support for) the project on Avalon Street. You can call or email Eric Garcetti’s office and let them know you are a constituent and a concerned resident of Echo Park.

Case number: VTT-70653-SL

Eric Garcetti’s phone: (323) 957-4500

Alejandra Marroquin is the Field Deputy for Echo Park. You can call her at the number listed above or email her at alejandra.marroquin@lacity.org

There are more reasons to oppose this project. Please email avalon.echopark@gmail.com if you’d like to learn more.


The City is still accepting official comments on the development. Send an email to Sarah Molina-Pearson at sarah.molina-pearson@lacity.org

Related Articles:

  1. “Thin is in when it comes to new Echo Park homes.” August 18, 2010. The Eastsider LA
  2. “Slices of Echo Park life up for sale.” February 17, 2010. The Eastsider LA

Tonight is the Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues meeting. There’s a lot of buzz revolving around this meeting as there will be a discussion about the new restaurant being installed in the old Ramona Theater, which we just learned today will likely be called Mohawk Brasserie.

The meeting takes place at 7:00 pm in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital.

Come a little early to get your seat!

Click here for tonight’s agenda, posted on the EPIA website.

There are a couple of things going on this week that I recommend you, as interested and super excited Echo Park residents, attend this week. See you there!

Must-go-to Meetings:

Echo Park Lake Rehab Project meeting:

  • Wednesday, August 4 at 6:30 pm at Barlow Hospital (Williams Hall)
  • Big items are: the Draft EIR and the accomodations being made for the Lake birds.
  • There will be a shuttle, picking up at 5:00 pm at the corner of Park Avenue and Echo Park Avenue (departure times are 5:30, 5:50, and 6:10). RSVP with the number of people in your party to Olga Morales at (213) 978-0329 or olga.morales@lacity.org by Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

Echo Park Improvement Association meeting:

  • Thursday, August 5 at 7:00 pm at Barlow Hospital (Williams Hall)
  • This is a potluck! Bring your favorite dish or dessert and share with our council district and police division representatives.


GEPENC Budget and Finance Committee meeting:

  • Thursday, August 5, at 7:00 pm at the GEPENC Office and Community Center
  • Agenda items for the month of August include:
    • Discussion and/or Possible Action for Budget & Finance Committee to recommend Board approval of a one page letter with the concerns of the community regarding vending at Echo Park Lake, acknowledging the vendors rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by article I, section 2 of the California Constitution,  and include Sec.42.14.1 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code on the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council letter head to distribute to the vendors of Echo Park Lake and take an account of the names, addresses and any other contact information provided to the members of the Budget and Finance Committee by the vendors to relive congestion and ensure public enjoyment of Echo Park Lake where those vendors are currently set up with out restriction.
    • Discussion and/or Possible Action for Budget & Finance Committee to recommend Board approval for the modification of the fiscal 2010-2011 budget to be consistent with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s request and call for a special meeting of the General Board approving the modified fiscal 2010-2011 budget.

Oh yes, and tonight is also National Night Out in Echo Park!

The Echo Park Improvement Association Town Hall meeting tonight is an important one – there’s been a recent surge of conversation about the Echo Park Lake Sunday swap meet/vendors on the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council forum, and the EPIA is addressing the issue tonight with some special guests to speak to residents about the issue. Come get informed!

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Barlow Hospital – Williams Hall at 2000 Stadium Way


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Council District 1 & 13 reports
  3. Northeast & Rampart Police Reports
  4. Select Patrol
  5. Town Hall discussion on Echo Park Flea Market
  6. Elections
  7. Annual meeting review – goals and future agendas
  8. Treasurer report
  9. Fundraiser – EPIA Dodger night
  10. EPIAn Way – next issue – articles needed
  11. Neighborhood Issues committee report (NIC)
  12. REPORTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS: To make an announcement, sign a card when you come in, giving your name and topic.  Cards are collected and given to the moderator.

No plans to watch the Laker game tonight? Join your neighbors for the monthly Echo Park Improvement Association meeting to learn about what’s going on in the area.

On the agenda tonight, CD1 and CD13 council reps will update us on any district news (for instance, Alejandra Marroquin, Field Deputy for Garcetti’s office, usually provides updates on issues like the Echo Park Lake Rehab project, among others). Northeast and Rampart Division reps will also address the community on any police updates.

The featured speaker is a rep from Congressman Xavier Becerra’s office.

The meeting takes place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital (2000 Stadium Way). All are welcome!

The Echo Park Improvement Association town hall meeting is on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 pm, Barlow Hospital in Williams Hall

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Council District 1 & 13 reports
  3. Northeast & Rampart Police Reports
  4. Sustainable gardening practices (drought tolerant and edible gardens – 4 speaker panel)
  5. Elections – committee update
  6. Treasurer report (Barbra Neal)
  7. Neighborhood Issues committee report (NIC)   (Andrew Garsten)
  8. Approval of Minutes from April meeting

To make an announcement, sign a card when you come in, giving your name and topic.  Cards are collected and given to the moderator.

  1. Next meeting on June 3rd – featured topic –Out of school – summer programs – confirm location.

Call 323-882-4835 or email EPIA for more information.

Tonight is the monthly Echo Park Improvement Association’s Neighborhood Issues Committee. The meeting takes place at 7:00 pm at Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital (2000 Stadium Way). Here’s the current agenda for the meeting:

  1. Introductions and sign-in
  2. Schools:
    • Van De Kamps/LACC-LACCD Update (Garsten)
  3. Land Use:
    • Barlow Hospital-Proposed Entitlements and Development Update (Garsten)
    • Jenson’s Sign Update (Hubert)
    • Durbin project and Morton Village complex Update (Garsten)
    • Filming Committee (Garsten)
    • City Policies on News Stand Removals (Lassen, Garsten)
    • 6 New SRF on Rosebud Ave in Echo Park – Community Members
    • Four-Square Senior Housing Project – MND
    • New Items: LAUSD Parcel Tax
  4. Parks:
    • Echo Park Lake: Restoration Project (Raskin) and Illegal Flea Market (Garsten)
    • Elysian Park (Peters)
    • New business
  5. Public Works:
    • Route 2 Terminus Improvement Project Updates (Lassen, Raskin)
    • Mural Projects-EPIA Committee Progress? (Lassen, Meksin)
    • Walkable Streets-Streetscape and pedestrian amenities (Meksin report on forming working group)
    • Dodgers traffic issues (Hubert)
    • New Business
  6. EPIA Policies & Procedures
    • Standing Rules, Membership Dues. (Hubert discussion on Dues)
    • EPIAn Way newsletter discussion / internet presence
  7. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
  8. Future Agendas Items
  9. Next Meeting
  10. Adjourn