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.

City Hall

A new Mayor, a new City Attorney, a new City Controller, and six new Councilmembers join two incumbent Councilmembers in guiding the largest city in the most populated state in the most powerful country in the world and they need your feedback.

The quickest way to check in is by emailing them.  Tell them who you are, tell them where you live, tell them the issue, and tell them what you like.

Be specific, be concise, and be polite.

Here are the email addresses for LA’s Leadership:

Contact the Mayor and City Council:

Mayor Eric Garcetti – Mayor.Garcetti@lacity.org
Click HERE to determine your Council District and contact your councilman below.
Gilbert Cedillo, CD 1 – councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org
Paul Krekorian, CD2 – Paul.Krekorian@lacity.org
Bob Blumenfield, CD 3 – councilmember.Blumenfield@lacity.org
Tom LaBonge, CD 4 – councilmember.LaBonge@lacity.org
Paul Koretz, CD 5 – Paul.Koretz@lacity.org
vacant, CD 6 – councildistrict6@lacity.org
Felipe Fuentes, CD 7 – councilmember.Fuentes@lacity.org
Bernard Parks, CD 8 – councilmember.Parks@lacity.org
Curren D. Price, Jr, CD 9 – councilmember.Price@lacity.org
Herb J. Wesson, Jr. CD 10 – councilmember.Wesson@lacity.org
Mike Bonin, CD 11 – councilman.Bonin@lacity.org
Mitch Englander, CD 12 – councilmember.Englander@lacity.org
Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13 – councilmember.Ofarrell@lacity.org
Jose Huizar, CD 14 – councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org
Joe Buscaino, CD 15 – councilmember.Buscaino@lacity.org

To contact the Mayor and ALL Councilmembers, email CityHall@EmpowerLA.org and your email will also go to the City Clerk who will attach it to any specified Council Files.

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


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