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.


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


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.

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Somewhere between Montecito Heights, El Sereno and Monterey Hills sits the community of Rose Hills. Or at least that’s what many of the residents who live there have long insisted. Meanwhile another group of residents, lead by the El Sereno Historical Society, have been equally vocal that Rose Hills does not and has never existed.


The long-running debate recently escalated and spilled over into City Hall and a neighborhood church as the City Council prepares to take a vote that could help decide whether or not there really is a Rose Hills.

It would not be the first time a section of El Sereno has been renamed. The area around Cal State L.A., for example, is now “University Hills” while “Hillside Village” is the name applied to area around Wilson High.

The El Sereno Historical Society’s most vocal member, Jorge Garcia, explains – a number of times – in person and on the society’s website that Rose Hills does not exist, and that actions of the Rose Hills’ community activists lack community participation.

“The great majority of the community has been left out of most of the important issues and decision making, especially when it comes to the creation of sub-communities,” says Garcia via email.

Residents of Rose Hills see it differently. Community activist and neighborhood council member Anthony Manzano lives in Rose Hills and has researched its history. He claims that it’s one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles and should be recognized as Continue reading


EmpowerLA Yearbooks are being delivered to Neighborhood Council Boards, neighborhood partners, City Departments, and elected officials.



Supporters of a high-profile charter school with a focus on Nahuatl culture wept and held each other after the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to close its high school campus.

Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School had sought a second, five-year charter, as well as permission to expand to offer a kindergarten-through-12th-grade program.

But district staff recommended closing the school because of low test scores, financial troubles and an alleged refusal to cooperate with district auditors. They said the El Sereno school repeatedly failed to follow guidelines required of all district charters.

The action did not affect the larger kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campus run by the same operators, but district officials may also move against the other school over similar issues.

School board president Monica Garcia cast the lone dissenting vote, saying Continue reading

After serving as Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division for nearly four and a half years, Anita Ortega is moving on to a new assignment.

Ortega executed her final duties last week, and will now transfer to her new position in the department’s recruitment and employment division.

Ortega was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1984. Before heading the Hollenbeck division, she served as Commanding Officer of the Communications Division, Juvenile Division, Devonshire and Hollenbeck Patrol Divisions and Hollenbeck Operations Support Divisions. She has also worked a variety of patrol, investigative and staff assignments.

In 2011, Ortega was honored as the UCLA Latina Alumna of the Year, and in 2012 she was selected by the Speaker of the California Assembly Speaker as the Woman of the Year.

Captain Martin Baeza, who has been with the LAPD since 1989, and a Commanding officer of Operations of the West Bureau since 2008, will replace Ortega. Baeza will continue to work with Commanding Officer Gina Sanders, who recently transferred from the Rampart Division.

Boyle Heights Beat talked to Ortega about her experience at Hollenbeck, her accomplishments, and what she would miss about Boyle Heights:

BHB: How was it serving as Captain at Hollenbeck Police Station? Continue reading