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 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)

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 (www.LummisDay.org), 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 lummisdayweb@gmail.com

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 info@hpht.org or by telephone at 323-908-4127 or 323-221-2255.

Sign up NOW to plant trees in Rio de Los Angeles State Park on 4/22/17 @ 9am

NorthEast Trees is hosting a tree planting event in the natural wetlands area of Rio de Los Angeles State Park on the morning of Glassell Park’s upcoming Earth Day event (which will also be held in Rio de Los Angeles State Park) on Saturday, April 22nd.  The event is funded by the California State Parks Foundation, and you’re invited to sign up now.  They need 75 volunteers total, and the spots are filling up fast!

To participate, you must register online at http://calparks.org/earthday  (choose Rio De Los Angeles State Park from the drop-down box) and you must also fill out the waiver form: print (two-sided if possible), fill in ONLY the info at the bottom of 2nd page, and bring with you on day of event (use THIS waiver form linked to above, not the one from the calparks.org link).

Work will include:
  • Invasive species removal
  • Water existing trees
  • Mulching trees and planting beds
  • Spreading seeds including native grasses and wildflowers
  • Planting 20 new native trees
What to bring:
  • Signed volunteer waiver
  • Water bottle
  • sunscreen, sunglasses & hat
  • Garden gloves
  • Sturdy shoes

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
9am to 12:30pm
*check-in at 8:30am!
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
1900 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

GPIA Hosting Civil Disobedience Workshop 3/29/17 @ 7pm

We’re sharing this event from the Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA):

The GPIA will host the National Lawyers Guild Of Los Angeles for a training in protocols for Civil Disobedience.

Learn about your rights in the streets, common protest actions, common police responses, and potential criminal consequences of civil disobedience actions. We recommend this training for observers, activists, and organizers.

There are a limited number of seats available for this event. Pre-register on the GPIA homepage.

Event will be held at:
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Free Nonviolent Parenting Workshop 3/26/17 @ 10am

The Garden Co-op Nursery School presents a FREE workshop by Echo Parenting & Education on Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Child Raising.

The 1.5 hour introductory workshop will include the latest science on the brain and childhood trauma.

Parents will be given the tools for creating the kind of safe, stable, nurturing relationship we all want with our children.

This workshop will focus on the 2–5 year-old age group and will be facilitated by Jorge Rivera.

Workshop will be held at the Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Child care provided, space is limited ( first come first serve).



CD-34 US Congress Candidate Forum 3/22/17 @ 7pm

A special election will be held on April 4th to determine the United States House of Representatives member for California’s 34th congressional district.  The seat has been empty since incumbent Xavier Becerra was confirmed as Attorney General of CA on Jan 23rd, so this special election is to elect his replacement.  The candidate forum, on Wednesday, March 22nd, from 7 to 9 pm, will give you an opportunity to learn more about some of the candidates before you vote.

Candidate Forum will be held at:
Eagle Rock High School Auditorium
1750 Yosemite Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Glassell Park Elementary School Community Meeting 3/17/17 @ 8:30am

Glassell Park Elementary School distributed a flyer in the neighborhood, and we are reproducing the content below:
y en español?:
Padres, Personal Escolar, y Vecinos de Glassell Park Elementary School

Acompáñenos en Una Importante Reunión Comunitaria

Para hablar sobre la posible co-ubicación de una escuela pública independiente (charter school) en el campus de la escuela primaria Glassell Park para el año escolar 2017-18.  La escuela de sus hijos seguirá funcionando como escuela del LAUSD.

Tendremos información y respuestas a sus preguntas sobre la Proposición 39, la ley estatal aprobada en el año 2000 que requiere a distritos escolares proveer espacios disponibles a escuelas charter elegibles que sirven a estudiantes que residen en el distrito.

Reunión Informativa en Viernes, 17 de Marzo, @ 8:30am en
Escuela Primaria Glassell Park (“Glassell Park Elementary”)
2211 W. Ave 30, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Parents, Staff, and Neighbors of Glassell Park Elementary School


To discuss the potential co-location of an independent public charter school on the campus of Glassell Park Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year.  Your student’s school will continue to operate as an LAUSD school.

We will provide information and answer questions about Proposition 39, a state law passed by California voters in 2000 that requires school districts to make facilities available to eligible public charter schools that serve students who reside in the district.

Meeting will be this Friday, the 17th, at 8:30am at
Glassell Park Elementary School
2211 W. Ave 30, Los Angeles, CA 90065

CD1 Candidate Forum 2/16/17 @ 7pm

GPIA (Glassell Park Improvement Association) presents a Candidate Forum between the candidates who will be running for City Council in Council District 1.  Please attend if you’d like to hear from the candidates before you cast your vote next month!  The outcome of this election could have a major impact on all of Northeast Los Angeles!!!


Joe Bray-Ali, Gil Cedillo, Giovany Hernandez, Jesse Rosas

Moderated By

Gabriela Teissier of Univision


Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies
2050 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Co-Sponsored by

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Mt. Washington Homeowners Association, Arroyo Arts Collective, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, LAUSD, HIstoric Cultural Neighborhood Council, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, NorthEast Youth Council

Grassroots Community Meeting to discuss Walnut Canyon / Abode Development 2/9/17 @ 7pm

A local group of grassroots community activists together with NELA GreenSpace, who want to preserve Walnut Canyon as greenspace, are meeting on Thursday evening, 2/9/17 @ 7pm to discuss next strategies and, specifically, receive professional advice about how to most effectively critique & object to the DEIR (draft environmental impact report) that the Abode developers have submitted with the intention of going forward with their project. Because this meeting is in a private individual’s living room, if you’d like to attend, you’re asked to email to get the address. Information is on the flyer (click here to view).

Community Meeting 1/28/17 @ 10am

Walnut Canyon Threatened with Abode Development

The GPNC is co-sponsoring a community meeting on Saturday, January 28th at 10am with the GPIA. The developers of the Abode project will be present to provide a presentation and will be accepting questions from the public.

It will be, like all GPNC meetings, at the Glassell Park Community & Senior Center at 3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (behind the Public Storage building).

An announcement from our local grassroots neighborhood greenspace advocacy group, NELA GreenSpace:

For some time, NELA GreenSpace has been fighting to save natural open space in the neighborhood of Glassell Park — fighting to save beautiful canyons and hillsides that have no legal protection against development. We want to preserve these spaces for the benefit of everyone who lives in Northeast Los Angeles.

Today, there is an urgent need to protect Walnut Canyon, a beautiful hillside with mature walnut trees and native wildlife, which faces complete destruction by a proposed development of 32 new homes. This large development is called Abode at Glassell Park.

The Abode developers have completed and submitted their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the City, a critical final step in the approval process for their development. This Report is open to public review and criticism until February 21. If this DEIR is accepted by the City of Los Angeles, it will be very difficult to stop the Abode development from going forward. 

The DEIR completely misrepresents the impact this 32 house development will have on the landscape, on the surrounding neighborhood, and on NELA open space generally. The development’s huge impact on local traffic, noise, water runoff, wildlife migration patterns, and protected trees is dismissed in the document. And the the most important role played by Walnut Canyon in the community — its use as natural open park space — is neglected entirely in the document. As everyone who lives here knows, Glassell Park is a densely urbanized neighborhood with very little park space.  Walnut Canyon provides an easily accessed green area that gives residents and the larger local community access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, with all the health benefits that such outdoor activities provide.

To analyze and respond to the DEIR — and to fight the Abode development project overall — NELA GreenSpace has been working for some time with a legal firm that specializes in land use issues. And today, we are at a critical juncture in the fight to save Walnut Canyon. Again, if the DEIR is accepted by the City as it is now written, there will be little chance to save the Canyon.

NELA GreenSpace wants Walnut Canyon to be secured as public parkland.  Alongside our battle with the Abode developers, we are working with state agencies and elected officials to save this pristine undeveloped land in perpetuity.


Community Meeting to discuss Target at Old Fresh & Easy Site 1/12/17 @ 7pm

There has been much discussion about the community’s desire to see a grocery store and, now, the proposed Target store at the site of the old Fresh & Easy site (4211 Eagle Rock Blvd). The Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA) has arranged to have representatives of Target Corporation come from Minneapolis to attend their meeting this Thursday, January 12th. They, along with staff from Council District 14, will do a presentation about this proposed project and answer audience questions. Please come and bring your ideas for what you’d like to see!

Sponsored by the GPIA

Meeting will be held at:
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065