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You may remember a traffic accident on September 27, 2011 at around 8:00 am in Echo Park, that left three girls ages five, ten and six injured. According to The Eastsider LA at that time, the accident was cause because the driver was blinded by the sun.

If you’ve ever driven down this area – Temple Street and Laveta Terrace – you’ll know that 1) people drive that road like it’s a freeway, and 2) that sun can, indeed, be a problem, depending on the time of day. Well folks, time to slow it down!

Since this is not the first pedestrian accident along that stretch of Temple, improving pedestrian and traffic safety has been a priority for many community members, and especially the Patton Allianza Coalition, which has in the past asked for improved safety on that same stretch. Thankfully in this case, the girls who were injured were okay (according to Echo Park Patch).

Which is why you should join the Coalition and other neighbors for a Community Safety Meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm, at the Betty Plasencia Elementary School. Help neighborhood organizations and city representatives identify problem spots and work through how to solve them, making our neighborhood and its corridors a safer place. Perhaps the LAPD will monitor speeding with a motorcycle cop to help slow things down?

Community Safety Meeting
Betty Plasencia Elementary School at 1321 Cortez Street
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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!

Flickr photo via Stuart Fingerhut

The Eastsider LA reported today that there will be a forum at Fix Coffee on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm to discuss the coffee shop’s impending application for a beer and wine license.

While they claim to hold over 2,000 signatures in support of the business’ license, there are a handful of opponents – some of whom are not only long-time community members but also direct neighbors.

Some of the issues are obvious: It’s a quiet neighborhood, directly across from an elementary school, and they are also asking for extended hours until 11:00 pm. Add existing parking pressures, it’s understandable why neighbors would feel concerned.

The Eastsider LA article quotes neighbor Susan Borden, a long-time resident and activist, as saying:

This is the first step in turning our neighborhood from a residential one into a commercial one.  When he moved in three years ago Marc Galucci (FIX owner) could see that this is a residential not a commercial neighborhood.  He wants to change it.  All along Echo Park Avenue businesses will try to get alcohol licenses and bring the club-goers up from Sunset.  Some people will enjoy that—they are [usually] the ones who are not adjacent to the businesses and don’t have to deal with the noise and trash. Most of us like the non-commercial nature of our canyon.

And this is a major concern for neighbors – that even if Fix respects the neighborhood, keeps things quiet, the beer/wine license might open the door for even later hours and entertainments licenses (either by current owners or future owners) at that location and in the area that is unwelcome by some neighbors. Rumor mill has it that more restaurants and businesses serving alcohol will start popping up along Echo Park Avenue, so this just might be the start of it.

Owner Marc Galucci is hoping to listen and respond to such concerns at the meeting on Wednesday, and, as he said in a response to Susan on The Eastsider LA article, “I am sincerely trying to be empathetic to our neighbors but unfortunately, as you know, you can’t make everyone happy but I will always continue to try.”

While we do look forward to grabbing a beer and perhaps dinner on the lovely patio at Fix, we aren’t the neighbors who will be directly affected by this change.

Do you think Fix will be granted its beer and wine license by the city? Would you support the business if they serve beer, wine and dinner?

And, more importantly, do you see Echo Park Avenue as benefiting from bars and restaurants, or should it remain a quieter hub for schools and residences?

Click here to read the full Eastsider LA article and the letters from Susan and Marc.

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!!

A thoughtful expression, photo from Garcetti's Facebook page

That’s right, Echo Park resident and our Council District representative (and fellow fan of Masa) Eric Garcetti will be the speaker of honor at the next Echo Park Chamber of Commerce Meeting.

Come early to guarantee your seat, order an awesome spicy margarita from and Allston Yacht Club staff member, and ask questions!

When: Thursday, February 17 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Where: Allston Yacht Club at 1320 Echo Park Ave.

Follow Eric on Twitter, and what the heck – follow us too.

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!

Community Concerns, Outreach, Housing and Transportation Committee Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

GEPENC Office and Community Center: 1572 Sunset Boulevard


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call – Committee Members
  3. Adoption of Committee Meeting Minutes


Comments from the public on non-agenda items within the Committee’s jurisdiction. Two minutes per speaker.


  1. Chair
  2. Vice Chair
  3. Committee Members

MOTIONS & RESOLUTIONS (Discussion Items/Possible Committee Action):

  1. Discussion and/or Possible Action on development of a GEPENC Outreach strategic plan.
  2. Discussion and/or Possible Action on request for the committee to recommend the allocation of neighborhood council funds for outreach materials and collateral.




Click here to view the GEPENC website page. The Board of Governors is also meeting tomorrow, same location, at 6:30 pm.

From the Echo Park Time Bank:

The next free workshop on time banking will be:

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

from 5-5:30PM at Williams Hall Barlow Hospital

2000 Stadium Way (Between Scott and Elysian Park Ave.)

Williams Hall is in the center of the Barlow Hospital campus in Elysian Park, behind the library. Join us after for a member potluck and talent show.

Join the Chamber of Commerce for its general meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm at Taix Restaurant in Echo Park.