Dear Boyle Heights Neighborhood Stakeholders,

My name is Milena Zasadzien and I work with the LA Department of City Planning. I will be the Hearing Officer assigned for the proposed 178-unit student housing project at 1550 San Pablo Street within the USC Medical Campus. It is scheduled for Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 10:00am at City Hall (200 N. Spring St, Room 1020 on the 10th floor).
[Click here for] a copy of the hearing notice and radius map. The radius map highlights three areas: the dark black shows the location of the student housing project on a 2.8-acre site, which is within a hatched area showing the larger 7.7-acre General Plan Amendment/Zone Change request area, which is within the gray area showing the entire USC Campus (the Campus properties are shown since they are included in the shared parking request).
I know that there are several proposed projects for the USC campus currently being discussed and presented at public meetings in your communities, and I just wanted to clarify that this hearing and case will not address any of USC’s plans for street re-designations for the Campus, streetscape plans, or Hazard Park, etc. USC has filed a case with City Planning for the street improvement project, but that case is currently on hold. Once the hold is removed, that project will have separate hearings and opportunities for public involvement, and you will be notified of those as well.
For this hearing, we will only be focusing on the request to change the existing land use and zoning of the site from industrial to commercial, a review of the site plan and elevations, a consideration of a shared parking agreement between the housing project and the rest of the USC campus, as well as determining the adequacy of the environmental review documents. These requests are for a proposed 178-unit student housing project with a 10,400 sq-ft daycare, and to allow for other potential development on the remainder of the site.
I’m currently located in our Valley office, but I can also accommodate any meetings or review of the file, building plans, environmental documents, and other materials at our downtown City Hall office, with reasonable advance notice. Also, please feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns. If you would like to submit any written correspondence to the file to be included as public comment, you may email me a scanned copy or mail it to my office. Oral testimony will also be taken in at the public hearing on September 20th, and we will have Spanish-speaking translation available at the hearing.
Best regards,

Milena Zasadzien
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Rm 430. Van Nuys. 91401
818.374.5054  f 818.374.9955


When your friends visit L.A., where do you take them?

Sure, they’re excited to see our world famous landmarks, but tell me about your Los Angeles: the places your friends never knew about until you showed 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.

What do you want to see in those pictures? Suggest your favorite spots to show off our city.

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.

Follow this link to recommend and vote on shooting locations. Your suggestion may become the next photo at LAX.

We Angelenos have so much to be proud of — let’s show the world what we got.

Eric Garcetti

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/

Resident Laurence Calderon and USC official Martha Escutia engage in an animated discussion on parking issues amongst other concerns highlighted over the health science campus master plan. (EGP photo by Paul Aranda Jr.)
Resident Laurence Calderon and USC official Martha Escutia engage in an animated discussion on parking issues amongst other concerns highlighted over the health science campus master plan. (EGP photo by Paul Aranda Jr.)

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 cesarasa@usc.edu. 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


Dear LA-32 NC Board members / Stakeholders,

On Friday morning at 10 am, the regularly scheduled City Council meeting is canceled, replaced by a Joint Committee meeting which will conduct a public hearing of the proposed contract between the City of Los Angeles and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
At issue is a proposed contract that both proponents and opponents contend will have significant financial impact on LA’s ratepayers over the next 30 years through:
·         restructured pension obligations,
·         healthcare contributions of union members,
·         and salary rates of new employees.
Budget & Finance Committee Chair Paul Krekorian and Energy & Environment Committee Chair Felipe Fuentes will conduct the ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE and BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, SPECIAL JOINT MEETING and SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL and will be taking public comment on two Council Files.
·         Council File 13-1004 requests “an analysis from the Chief Legislative Analyst and the Office of Public Accountability, of the most recent proposed contract between DWP and IBEW, with particular focus on the impact of the proposal on the ratepayers as well as its impact on the financial sustainability of the DWP as a utility enterprise.”
·         Council File 13-1004-S1 is a CM Price – Cedillo motion “instructing the DWP and City Attorney, in cooperation with the CAO, CLA and other departments as appropriate, to report to the Council within 120 days with an analysis of the operational and budgetary impacts of a strike, contingency plans to ensure continued operation of the utility, and legal implications and strategies should a strike occur.”
Joint Committee Meeting
Friday, August 16, 2013
 10 a.m.
Los Angeles City Hall
City Council Chambers
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Your opinion matters and your comments count!     To contact the Mayor and the City Council, email CityHall@EmpowerLA.org
Please include “Council File 13-1004” in the subject line of all emails.
Dear LA-32 NC Stakeholders,
The Neighborhood Council Plan Committees have proposed motions recommending to amend the City’s Administrative Codes which touch upon numerous topics and would ultimately require City Council action. In some cases, the changes (or reaffirmation of current policy) can be effectuated at the Commission or Department level.The nine topics that you’ll see addressed in the motions presented in this survey include:

  1. NC subdivision/boundary adjustment policies
  2. Grievances and complaints policies and procedures
  3. Rules for governing board selections
  4. Election policies and procedures; term limits
  5. Brown Act and posting policies
  6. NCs and rule formulation; appointments of General Manager, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
  7. Creating and maintaining information and communication network for public use
  8. Duties of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
  9. Exhaustive efforts process

By filling out this survey, you will be providing the Commission with valuable feedback.

SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9motions

The developer officially sent a letter to CPC requesting they continue CPC-2011-3128-GPC-ZC-HD.



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

From TheEastsiderLA.com

Proposed charter school/Eastern & Lombardy
Proposed charter school/Eastern & Lombardy

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.

Proposed apartments/Eastern & Lombardy
Proposed apartments/Eastern & Lombardy

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.