Dear Boyle Heights Neighborhood Stakeholders,
When your friends visit L.A., where do you take them?
When your friends arrive at LAX, the “Welcome to L.A.” photos at the airport are their first impression of our city. With your help, we’ll identify the most exciting places to feature in those photos. I want to showcase the real L.A. — your L.A.
One of the most talented and sought-after photographers in the world, L.A.’s own Catherine Opie, has volunteered to create a series of images to welcome people when they arrive at LAX.
We Angelenos have so much to be proud of — let’s show the world what we got.
USC and Council District 14 staffers receive mixed reception at latest community briefings.
By Paul Aranda Jr., http://egpnews.com/2013/08/residents-to-usc-leave-the-park-alone/
Over 60 residents gathered at the Hazard Park Gym last week to voice dissent over the proposed master plan for the University of Southern California health sciences campus in Boyle Heights. While the range of objections covered all aspects of the project, the principal concern is the idea of Hazard Park being reduced in size to accommodate new roadways, specifically, the city plan to extend Norfolk Street to Soto Street to create a new entry point into the campus.
For many of the residents gathered in the gym on August 8, a follow up to a similar meeting held on August 3rd, Hazard Park is sacred ground and any plans to alter the area is grounds for suspicions. The park is considered sacred to many residents as it is the site where iconic educator Sal Castro addressed student protestors during the famed walkouts of 1968. Castro died on April 15 of this year and there is currently an ongoing effort to create a monument at the park to Castro and student participants.
Though the proposed Norfolk street extension would appear to have a minimal impact on the overall park, the move symbolizes a much larger concern that the deep-pocketed private university could easily expand its reach further down the line.
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The City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Section has completed the design to install bike lanes on Huntington Dr from Kendall Ave to Maycrest Ave. We are expecting installation in 6-8 weeks. The project will add bike lanes to the existing lane configuration. There are no parking impacts in this project.
If you have any additional comments or questions, please contact Mr. Tim Fremaux at 213-972-4957.
The University of Southern California is seeking to improve its Health Sciences Campus by beautifying surrounding streets, adding new facilities for students and patients on existing USC-owned land. Several proposed improvements to the USC Health Sciences Campus are being presented to the community for comment and input before being finalized and processed for city approval.
USC recently hosted two project workshops at the Hazard Park to solicit community input. Approximately 100 people attended the outreach events at the Hazard Park Gym, which provided opportunities to ask project consultants about the proposed construction. The comments provided by community members included requests for more community outreach events, alternatives to a proposed street improvement, protection of existing park habitat, information regarding potential job opportunities, and requests for proved recreational equipment for Hazard Park.
USC strongly values community input and is currently scheduling future outreach events for the Hillside, Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, Ramona Gardens, Hazard Park and Boyle Heights areas. The purpose of these outreach events is to provide project information and to gather community suggestions regarding proposed campus improvements. If you belong to a group that would like to host a presentation on USC’s proposed campus improvements please contact USC at email@example.com. You can also get project information and submit your ideas to USC through their USC Health Sciences Campus Masterplan website: http://hscmasterplan.usc.edu/. Continue reading
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Click here for an RFP (request for proposal) for artists to produce artwork for our local El Sereno electrical boxes. We are beginning the project on a small scale, but hope to extend it to all of El Sereno when possible.
Art supplies will be provided to the artist whose artwork is chosen. Please feel free to forward to any artists that may be interested.
Thank you for your consideration.
Angelica De La Torre
Arts & Culture Committee
A hillside corner lot in El Sereno would become home to a charter elementary school, cafe and apartments if a developer is able to secure the necessary city permission to build the multi-use project. Many neighbors, however, fear the development on a vacant parcel at Eastern Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard is way too big and out of place.
The developer of Eastern & Lombardy – which would include a school for 530 students, 20 apartments, parking garage and a corner cafe – is scheduled to make a presentation on Thursday night during a special meeting of the El Sereno neighborhood council. The LA-32 Neighborhood Council has already endorsed the project by Bancomer Construction and City Terrace LLC, and a public hearing has already been held before a Planning Department hearing officer to review the developer’s requests for waivers and variances from current zoning codes.
In documents filed with the city, officials with the developer say Eastern & Lombardy provides a school that is compatible with the existing neighborhood character, much needed new housing and a cafe that will enhance and encourage pedestrian activity.
But residents continue to push ahead to oppose the project.
Melissa Kellogg said the five-acre project could set a precedent that might undermine ordinances designed to protect the over development of hillsides. The development’s buildings, which would rise more than 40 feet on the hillside, would loom over the nearby residential neighborhood. Kellogg, said in an email:
The monumental scale of the project, the design as a series of two-story ridgeline structures, the general disregard for the abutting single family residential properties currently buffered by the existing hillside, and lack of awareness of the actual character and aspirations of the community has prompted a negative response from many members of the community at large.”
Project opponents have set up a website to collect signatures against the Eastern & Lombardy.
Bancomer Construction has not identified what school might move into the project.
The public meeting on Thursday, July 25 will be held at 6 p.m. at 4927 Huntington Drive North — the Barrio Action/Constituent Building. Officials with the developer are scheduled to make a presentation on the project.