Free Parkway Tree(s) Planted For You: Sign Up Now!

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 2nd, BUT DON’T DELAY!

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has 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.

And it’s not just about aesthetics—Trees can:

  • 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

Click on the image above or go to glassellparknc.org/trees to sign up for your tree(s) today.

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

DON’T WAIT!  The deadline to sign up is March 31st April 2nd!

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 trees@glassellparknc.org).  🙂

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

PLEASE JOIN US AT AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING

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

“Super Adoption” Pet Fair 3/11/17 @ 10am

We’re hosting a “Super Adoption” Pet Fair at the Community Center this Saturday!

The Best Friends Animal Society, Pardon the Pups, and the ASPCA will be providing FREE adoptions.  The Amanda Foundation will be present so you can register for free spay/neuter services—subject to income verification—to be performed the following day (Sunday the 12th).  They will also be offering low-cost vaccinations!  Glassell Park’s newest business, the Affordable Animal Hospital on Eagle Rock Blvd, will also be joining us alongside Home Dog LA.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning!

Whether you’re looking for a new furry friend or you just want to enjoy the puppy party, come join us!

Sat, March 11th, 10am – 1pm
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

* REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:
1) Photocopy of proof of income (e.g., Paystub, W-2, IRS Tax Form, Medi-Cal, Medicare, WIC, Welfare, Unemployment, Disability, EBT card, Food Stamps, Section 8, etc.)
2) Photocopy of proof of residence, e.g., electric bill with current address (LADWP or Edison), or Lease Agreement.
3) Photocopy of photo ID

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!!!

Candidates

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

Moderated By

Gabriela Teissier of Univision

Location

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).

Town Hall 2/7/17 @ 7pm

H O M E L E S S N E S S

HOW TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION…

  • Where can you volunteer to have a meaningful impact?
  • How do you interact safely and compassionately?
  • What are common myths and misconceptions?
  • How is the face of homelessness changing?
  • Who should you call—and not call?
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:
  • Lycia Naff, Drive-By Do-Gooders
  • Martin Schlageter, CD14 Policy Director
  • Anthony Alvarado, LA County Dept of Mental Health
  • Monica Alcarez, Recycled Resources/Winter Homeless Shelter
If you would like to help, service providers will be accepting donations of coats, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, and toiletries at the event.

This event will be held at
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
February 7th, 2017 – 7:00pm

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.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NELA GREENSPACE, AND THE INFO THEY’VE GATHERED ABOUT THIS, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HERE

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