Saturday, October 22, 2016

neighborhood councils

Silver Lake council denounces Sunset Junction demolition

By Mary Allen The unexpected demolition late last month of a cluster of Sunset Junction storefronts was denounced by members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Wednesday night, with some suggesting the council needed to pay more attention to such matters. Officials from the neighborhood council ... Read More »

Atwater council asked to help keep school library open

By Mary Allen Four students from Atwater Elementary School  turned out at Thursday night’s Atwater Village Neighborhood Council meeting to ask for $3,000 to help keep the school library open.  L.A. Unified budget cuts threaten school libraries throughout the district, leaving many schools unable to pay ... Read More »

Northeast L.A. renews campaign to uproot Tree of Heaven

They can be seen everywhere, their thin trunks and long leaves sprouting between cracks in parking lots, rising above vacant lots and climbing steep hillsides.  The  sturdy and fast-growing “Tree of Heaven” – a Chinese sumac featured in the novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” –  ... Read More »

Silver Lake council says “No” to “No Cruising” signs

By Mary A. Allen Community members turned out in force before the  Silver Lake Neighborhood Council on Wednesday night to overwhelmingly support removal of the “No Cruising” signs erected along Griffith Park Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue. “Cruising,” in this case, has been the euphemistic term for searching ... Read More »

Neighborhood council votes to tighten voting rules

Echo Park resident David Rockello was the subject of an L.A Times Opinion page story last month after he was elected president of the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council even though he does not live or work in the neighborhood. Rockello, who also serves on the Echo ... Read More »

Atwater tries to keep it civil

Most of the members of the online Atwater Village Forum are a polite group, exchanging news about store openings and alerting each other about neighborhood burglaries. But there are also times when the members and their discussions get out of hand. That has prompted the Atwater ... Read More »

Echo Park neighborhood council goes missing in action

The Echo Park neighborhood council earlier this year held a block party to celebrate the grand opening of its new office and community space behind the Bank of America. That grand opening appears to be the group’s last burst of activity because the neighborhood council’s Board ... Read More »

Silver Lake buzzing over leaf blowers

It’s been more than a decade since the city banned noisy and smelly gasoline-powered leaf blowers near homes after a contentious battle between residents and primarily Latino gardeners. But, at least in some sections of Silver Lake, the leaf blower issue has roared back to life, ... Read More »

Echo Park prepares for neighborhood council election season

Who would willingly subject themselves to serve on the neighborhood council for Echo Park? The residents who serve on the unpaid, advisory board have to sit through some unruly –albeit entertaining – meetings, fight off grievances and also rely on one of the most criticized city ... Read More »