The switch in question is the one that sends those classic cars jumping and jerking off the ground to impress fellow lowrider fans. But there is supposed to be no bouncing cars and no booming stereos (at least before 10 am) this Sunday during the year’s first major car club picnic in Elysian Park. After Echo Park residents and park users complained about the traffic, noise and trash generated by last year’s events, Councilman Ed Reyes’ office stepped in and organized a trio of meetings with car club leaders and city departments to review the rules and avoid problems. The organizer’s of this weekend’s car club picni, The Council C.C., aware that the city and residents will be watching, warned its members to follow the rules: “This is a family event,” read a show flyer, “So leave the drama at home!!!”
A posting on the Lay It Low message board reminded Council C.C. members to be on their best behavior when they show up at Elysian Park’s Avenue of the Palms on Stadium Way near Scott Avenue “Ed Reyes and his office are going to use the outcome of this event to determine whether or not we will be able to use the Palms for future picnics.”
Council district spokeswoman Monica Garcia said that park rangers and the city’s General Services police will also be patrolling a stretch of Stadium Way that is lined with century-old palms. Reyes at one point had mentioned holding the picnics and shows at a parking lot or more remote location but the picturesque setting remains a favored spots for car club members to gather.
Garcia said that a car club picnic held last August generated no complaints after the meetings informed the organizers of park regulations. “These include regulations such as No smoking. No barbecues except in designated barbecue pits. No parking on tow zones or fire lanes. No parking on red. No blasting music or bouncing cars.”
The council office plans to hold another meeting with car clubs in February to review the rules and make sure no one hit the switch.
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