Record High Heat Safety Warning – LADWP Urges Customers to Conserve

With record high heat persisting and demand for electricity breaking all-time records, LADWP urges customers to redouble efforts to conserve energy.

With a record breaking heat wave persisting across Los Angeles, and a statewide Flex Alert issued for Friday, Sept 1st, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) continues to urge customers to reduce their electricity use as much as possible while staying safe. LADWP customers’ electricity use hit a new all-time peak demand on Thursday, the highest ever recorded in over 100 years, and another record peak demand is forecasted for Friday when temperatures are expected to be even hotter, especially along the coast.

LADWP customers set a new record for peak electricity demand of 6,502 megawatts (MW) at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 31st, shattering the previous historic peak demand of 6,396 MW, set on September 16, 2014. On Wednesday, the peak load was 6,160 MW which was the second consecutive day that a new record high for 2017 had been set.

LADWP advises customers to conserve electricity during the afternoons when air conditioners typically are at peak use. By conserving electricity, customers can help prevent power outages that can occur if electrical equipment becomes overloaded. The state Flex Alert and LADWP are calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept 1st, which coincides with peak electricity use.



For more energy-saving tips, visit / To read the Los Angeles Hot Weather Bulletin and for a list of cooling centers, see

Flash Cleanup 8/19/17 @ 8am

From the GPIA:

The GPIA invites you to join the effort THIS SATURDAY morning at 8am for a Flash Clean-Up and Bulky Item Round-Up event in Verdugo Village (Verdugo @ York). Be sure to bring sun protection, work gloves and some water.  See the included flyer for more details.

See you there!

Many thanks to the GPIA (Glassell Park Improvement Association) , Councilmember Jose Huizar and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for their commitment to maintaining clean streets in our community.

National Night Out 8/1/17 @ 5:30pm


Come see and play with awesome cars and trucks!

Touch-a-Truck is an interactive event that allows kids to see, touch, and safely explore some of their favorite big trucks and emergency vehicles. They can get behind the wheels, honk the horns, and meet the men and women who drive the trucks.

Presented by the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council

Northeast Los Angeles National Night Out

Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Arroyo Seco, Highland Park, Eagle Rock

BBQ Dinner!  Arts & Crafts!  Family Activities!  Splash Pad!  Playground!  Nature Walk!  Bounce Houses / Bouncy Castles!  Live Music!  Local Government & Community Information!  AND MORE!

Tuesday, August 1st, 5:30 – 9pm
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
1900 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

see flyer (in english) here | vea prospecto/folleto en español aquí

This year at a new location (Rio de Los Angeles State Park) with more parking, room to explore, more activities, splash pad, more trucks and vehicles, and a playground + a nature walk on the grounds hosted by Latino Outdoors

This event is co-Sponsored by Los Angeles Recreation and Parks – Rio de Los Angeles and the Office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo / CD1 and organized by the Glassell Park Improvement Association.

Bring a blanket and chairs, free dinner provided!

Confirmed trucks & vehicles (so far…):
Los Angeles Fire Department
NUTmobile + Mr. Peanut
LA Rec and Parks Ranger Firetruck
CHP – Patrol Car
CHP – Motorcycle
CHP – Display Vehicle
CERT Emergency Vehicle + DEMO
Santa Monica Mountains NRA – LA Ranger Troca
LA San Trash Truck
LADWP Bucket Truck
LADWP Water Trailer
LA San Vacuum Maintenence Truck
FOLAR Rivermobile
BSS Street Sweeper

Resource/ Community Fair:
Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Los Angeles Rec & Parks – Rio de Los Angeles
Los Angeles Rec & Parks – Glassell Park
Glassell Park Early Education Center
Office of Community Beautification
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts
Pacific Martial Arts – Glassell Park
Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)
SoDHA – School of History and Dramatic Arts
Glendale / Northeast Bears
Recycled Resources
U-Create Youth Workshop
ABCD – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School
One Water
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
+ more!

Walnut Canyon Community Meeting – 7/29/17 @ 10am

The Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA) and Friends of Walnut Canyon are holding a large community meeting on 7/29/17 at 10am at the Glassell Park Community Center. This meeting will give updates and outline how the proposed development of 32 tract homes in Walnut Canyon will affect hundreds of homeowners and thousands of drivers in the Glassell Park area, particularly along the haul route to the building site.

For more information, please VISIT THIS LINK.

Free Parkway Trees Planted For You This Winter: Sign Up Now!

Because this program was so popular this spring, Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has once again teamed up with Northeast Trees to bring you free trees to green your parkway (which will be planted for you, but which you are responsible for watering), so all of Glassell Park’s streets can be lovely, shady, tree-lined streets.


  • improve our health: slow our heart rates/blood pressure & decrease muscle tension [1]; increase our attention spans [2]; increase the benefits of exercise [3]; promote feelings of contentedness & relaxation while also reducing stress hormones [4]; reduce interpersonal aggression (as well as crime rates) [5]; and, believe it or not, improve community bonds that help us thrive [6]
  • significantly lessen the urban heat island effect by shading surfaces that would normally be getting hot from sunlight; this in turn reduces how hard our air conditioning systems have to work, thereby reducing both the heat emitted by AC compressors and our CO2 emissions, which provides additional cooling
  • help clean our air: yes, they even reduce smog and the (even more harmful to our health) particulate pollution that results from bare soil (exacerbated by years of drought), leaf blowers (despite being illegal, they’re everywhere), and vehicles
  • retain rainwater (which eventually travels down the leaves, branches, and trunk, and into the ground, instead of washing straight out to the ocean, polluted by the toxic substances picked up in streets)
  • provide habitat to the neighborhood’s many birds
  • make the neighborhood quieter by reducing noise transmission


If you’ve wanted a tree in your parkway, but just weren’t sure how to make it happen, this is your chance.

If you need any help with your trees after they are planted, there are several community volunteers on hand to help who have been trained by TreePeople, so you will always have someone to ask for help if you need it (just email  🙂


FREE Documentary Workshop – 5/20, 5/27 & 6/3 – 10am to noon

sharing from U Create Youth Workshop:


Documentary/PSA Production Workshop

This is a 3-day workshop taking place over 3 consecutive Saturdays, from 10am-noon:
May 20, 27, & June 3rd
held at Washington Irving STEAM Magnet Middle School
3010 Estara Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065
This is a free workshop for youth to learn the fundamentals of producing a short documentary or public service announcement (PSA) taught by industry professionals. The students will be encouraged to come up with messages that they feel are important to them, the class will vote on a couple to produce, and pre-production and production of the PSAs will take place.
Classes will be taught by Jerry Henry and Jorge Rivera. Jerry’s accomplishments as a cinematographer include Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop and the 2015 Official Sundance Film Festival documentary City of Gold, as well as other acclaimed documentaries and TV shows. Jorge is an assistant director and producer known for The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Armed Response, and ID’s Blood Relatives.

Rents & Solutions: how your rental properties can help solve homelessness (workshop) 5/11/17 @ 10am

Are you a building owner or landlord?

are you interested in helping house homeless families & individuals?

Learn about new incentives available to landlords!

Los Angeles has made an unprecedented commitment to ending homelessness.  New financial incentives are available to landlords who partner with the County, City, and service providers to house our homeless neighbors.  Please join us for an informative morning to learn about how you can benefit from these incentives.

This workshop is held at:
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
10 am to 12 noon


Register today at:

(this has been shared on behalf of Jose Huizar, CD14)

Call For Muralists to Paint the Post Office (deadline: June 15th!)

Submissions for Mural have been closed.
Public Arts committee will be in close touch with all Artists and updates.

:: all questions, direct to ::



A submission should consist of the following:
  • a selection of 10-15 images of your past work which is representative of the style and skill set you will bring to bear on mural creation
  • a description of your vision for the mural, which can be visual, textual, or both (please refer to these templates for your convenience, if you choose to do a sketch as part of conveying your vision: parking lot wall | street side wall) — please keep in mind the protruding blocks on the street side wall, and consider them in your plan; the format for this “description of your vision” is completely up to you, so just use a format that best suits you and allows you to convey your ideas
  • a description of your intended process, whether it’s one person or a group (team, club, organization, or other group), and how you plan to accomplish the mural in a way that involves the local community
We have connected with the WEB (Where Everybody Blossoms) Club at Sotomayor High School, and they have provided a set of recommendations, which we would encourage all applicants to become familiar with and consider in their submission.
Because it is important that this mural be of cultural and historic significance, the research and planning phase we expect to take much longer than the time allotted for your submissions and therefore we’re building in some new parameters:
  • we do not need you to put in an inordinate amount of your time doing historical research before you hand in your submission; we will select 5 finalists and each will receive an honorarium and access to local historians (at a workshop or meeting date TBD), then you will be given ample time to flesh out your vision
  • you do not need to turn in a full rendering of your idea; in fact, we expect you to present ideas & examples of your work, but we do not expect your idea to be complete yet, since we want you to use the extra time allotted, the honorarium, and access to historians to inform your process further and allow you to develop a much more culturally and historically significant concept of Glassell Park & NELA in general as you develop your final plan

Please send your submission to

See photos of post office below (click to enlarge!), and stay in touch if you need more info.

Parking Lot Side
14′ x 50′ (appx 679 ft2)
Eagle Rock Blvd Side
20′ x 53′ (appx 1060 ft2)


Earth Day Festival 4/22/17 10am – 5pm

Join us for a celebration of Earth Day and the 10-year anniversary of Rio de Los Angeles State Park (1900 N. San Fernando Rd)!

This event will be a great way for you to learn more about sustainability, as well as connect with sustainability solutions at booths representing community groups, and also celebrate the art of local youth.  On stage, we’ll have speakers giving talks on a variety of sustainability topics, and in between these talks will be performances from local youth (dance, instrumental, choral).  There will also be an art garden to display local youth artworks (contact us if you’d like to be included).

PLUS!  don’t miss:

FREE TREES will be given out starting at 1pm, until they’re gone, courtesy of NE Trees & the City Plants program.

LIVE SCREENPRINTING!  Bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt or totebag to have it screenprinted right before your eyes.  You’ll have your choice of 4 designs.



12:00 – 12:30 – Welcome & Introductions
12:30 – 1:00 – Opening Ceremony
1:00 – 1:15 – Department of Sanitation – what goes in the blue bins?
1:15 – 1:30 – Leigh Jerrard – the ongoing water shortage & ways to be water-wise
1:30 – 1:45 – Studio School String Ensemble
1:45 – 2:15 – DJ Quinfinity, 7th grader (Irving STEAM Middle) from the U Create Youth Workshop
2:15 – 2:30 – Lisa Novick – greener gardening practices for happier plants & cleaner air
2:30 – 3:00 – Performance by Renaissance Arts Academy High School
3:00 – 3:15 – Loraine Lundquist – sustainability is more than environmentalism: why it’s important
3:15 – 3:45 – Student DJ from the U Create Youth Workshop
3:45 – 4:15 – Performance by Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts Elementary
4:15 – 4:30 – Jane Demian & Natalie Freidberg – importance of trees & their proper care
4:30 – 4:45 – Tina Sanchez – the social justice dimension of sustainability; reasons for urgency
4:45 – 5:00 – DJs encore / outro

See the full-size flyer with additional info: FRONT / BACK (incl. full list of booths)

This event is co-sponsored by Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Glassell Park Improvement Association, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Council District 1’s Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, The California State Parks Foundation, and Northeast Trees.

Lummis Day “Noisemaker” Awards Dinner 4/1/17 @ 6:30pm

Sharing from the Lummis Foundation:

Lummis Day To Honor Author and Journalist Héctor Tobar As 2017 “Noisemaker” At Annual Benefit and Award Dinner, Saturday, April 1, at the Highland Park Ebell Club

Join us as we honor one of Northeast L.A.’s most prominent writers.

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Lummis Day Noisemaker dinner, which will honor Héctor Tobar, the award-winning journalist and best-selling author whose distinguished body of work has often sought and found common ground between North American and Latino cultures.

The Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser and auction takes place Saturday, April 1, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

As always, the April 1 fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner provided by many of Northeast L.A.’s favorite restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks. A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles at bargain prices. Event tickets, priced at $50, are available on the Lummis Day website (, at Galco’s Old World Grocery and Las Cazuelas in Highland Park and at Antigua Coffee in Cypress Park. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission.  All proceeds from the event support the Lummis Day Festival, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.

(see the full text of the event announcement here)

And or more event information, call 323-646-8331 or email

Town Hall Meeting 4/4/17 @ 7pm


*UPDATE: if you attended this workshop and want to stay connected with a group of people who are all working to reduce their footprint, check out the newly created facebook group, NELAZeroWaste, and also check out the page with lots more info about this event and the topic of reducing here (incl. the digital handout full of links).

You’ve heard it before, REDUCE > REUSE > RECYCLE, but how much thought have you given it? This month’s Town Hall is a chance for you to really think about the blind spots in your use of things that come from earth’s limited resources.  If you think you’re really on top of it because your recycling bin is overflowing while your trash can is nearly empty, this event is going to challenge you to think again.  REDUCE is the first R, because it’s the most important, and REUSE still comes before RECYCLE.  At this event you’ll learn a lot more about what happens to stuff after you’re done with it, and what impact that has on the planet.  Then we’ll brainstorm together to set the wheels in motion on the systems and lifestyle approaches to using less and having a smaller ecological footprint.  Developing new habits is a gradual process, but most of the best habits take little effort, and many actually make life easier and less expensive.  You’ll hopefully take away a new awareness that will help you align your impact with your intentions and start you on a lifelong process of simplifying and reducing.

Talk: “The Arroyo Seco at the Time of Charles Lummis” 3/29/17 @ 6:30pm

Sharing from the Lummis Foundation:

The Lummis Day Community Foundation in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles – Occidental College, the Audubon at Debs Park and the Highland Park Heritage Trust will present The Arroyo Seco at the Time of Charles Lummis, a lecture by Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF) was founded by Charles Lummis more than one hundred years ago to preserve and promote the Arroyo Seco—one of Southern California’s greatest natural treasures. After a lapse of many decades, the ASF was revived in 1989 to continue that vision.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Audubon Center @
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park
4700 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles 90031

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Audubon volunteers will have a special activity for children between the ages of 4 and 10.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Heritage Trust at or by telephone at 323-908-4127 or 323-221-2255.