February 6, 2023 - Open as a Webpage

Updates from the February 2, 2023

Board & Stakeholder Meeting

Government Reports and Announcements

Council District 1: Mayra Jimenez, new CD1 Field Deputy to HHPNC, provided a recap of Council Member Hernandez's first 30 days in office. She is meeting with and familiarizing herself with various City Departments and establishing a starting point from which to proceed. CM Hernandez has requested report backs on 311 services, specifically the status of open reports. As well as a report back from the Bureau of Engineering and Street Services on streets that are rated as poor, identifying potential funding to address those streets that fall within CD1.

LA City Council District 14 - Alice Roth reported on lots of things the Council Office is working on. Some highlights include, the office has free covid tests. Anyone in need of them can stop by the Eagle Rock field office to pick them up. They also have been working with the Department of Transportation to address the crosswalk at York and Ave 53.

LAPD - Senior Lead Officer Lloyd Chang reported that they were able to apprehend the Burger King/Big Five robbery suspect.

LAFD - Battalion Chief Daniel Curry would like to remind everyone that smoke alarms must be tested monthly. When properly operating, they reduce the risk of deaths from a home fire by 50%.

Lorenzo Briceno, the EmpowerLA representative for HHPNC, announced that in-person meetings are returning as of March 1st. The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council Board must vote to have a hybrid meeting and also prepare the appropriate infrastructure. The next HHPNC meeting will be held In-Person only. At this time the board will discuss the potential of a hybrid meeting.

LA Public Library - Sarah Moore , representing the Arroyo Seco Public Library (ASPL): The ASPL is polling the community to determine a good timeslot for a second weekly storytime. The current Baby and Toddler Story Time on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

From now until April every Saturday there are free tax preparation services from 930am to 12:30 pm. Walk-ins are available but appointments are recommended. Appointments can be made on the website https://lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco or by calling 323-255-0537.

Please email ayosco@lapl.org, if you have any questions.

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Board of Education District 2 - Dr Rocio Rivas, the New Board of Education Representative, has new community affairs deputies and will assign one for the HHPNC. She plans to attend NC meetings regularly or have one of the representatives come so she can connect with Stakeholders and their concerns.

Committee Reports

Land Use - The next Land Use Meeting will be on Feb. 21, 2023 at 7 pm on zoom. Potential agenda items are 1) The Conditional Use Permit template HHPNC guide; and 2) Highland Park Swimming Pool.

Environmental - The next Environmental Committee Meeting is Monday Feb 7 at 7pm. Some topics for discussion include rain barrels and the lack of adequate rainwater collection in Los Angeles, the state of the Colorado River, and Poppy Peak updates. 

Youth and Education - The Committee will reconvene soon. Stay tuned for meeting times and location/zoom info.

Housing, Renters, and Homelessness - The 2023 Homeless Count last week was a success. Members of the HRHC along with Wendy Castro from the Mayor's office were granted a tour of the Tiny Homes Arroyo Seco site. There was an expanded report and discussion about the tour at the last meeting. The discussion will continue at the next meeting on Wednesday, February, 15 at 7 pm on zoom.

Arts - The Arts Committee is in the discussion stages of reaching out to Recs and Parks to collaborate on creating a mural on the Highland Park Adult Recreation Center Wall. If HHPNC Stakeholders are interested please attend the next Arts Committee Meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month.

Elections Ad Hoc - Anyone interested in running for an HHPNC seat should apply by March 6, 2023, at clerk.lacity.gov/clerk-services/elections/nc-elections.

The Committee is looking to partner with Community Based Organizations for Candidate Recruitment and Get Out The Vote Outreach. If anyone has any suggestions or is interested please email theresa.saso@highlandparknc.com. If you have a business with a community board and would like to post Candidate or Voter information posters please let us know at the above email address. The get-out-the-vote efforts will begin after the Candidate Filing period.


HHPNC Elections updates will be regularly posted at: highlandparknc.com/elections

North East Community Plan Ad Hoc - The committee is creating a short survey focused on issues to get a sense of what stakeholders would like to prioritize.

Board Motions

MOTION:  Community Impact Statement in support of Conditional Use Permit for Highly Likely Cafe. Support for the CUP was approved by a narrow vote of 7 for, 4 against, and 1 abstention.


MOTION: Community Impact Statement addressing the need for better protocols to remove and prevent graffiti at the Highland Park Recreation Center. Support for the CIS was overwhelming, however, there was an amendment made regarding fences around the wall in question as well as surveillance. While the majority of the board supported faster response times for graffiti clean-up, quite a few board members did not support video surveillance and limiting public access to deter future graffiti. The idea of a mural with community input was floated again. Also a renewed call for a Recs and Parks Community Input committee to be formed.


MOTION: Community Impact Statement addressing the oak tree removal at 969 Staley Lane. An amendment to this CIS was proposed as the $2500 fine did not seem adequate since the removal of the tree appears to be a willful violation on a part of the property owner. The CIS was passed with a unanimous board vote after amending the CIS to include language about a 10-year ban for the property owner to apply for any new permits.

MOTION: Approve up to $1,000 for NC Elections outreach items and any associated fees. A Stakeholder pointed out how important Neighborhood Council outreach is and that Elections outreach is a great way to let our community know about the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council. The funds increase passed with a unanimous board vote.


MOTION: Budget amendments Incorporate rollover funds. Passed with a unanimous board vote.

APPOINTMENT OF VACANT SEATS: The HHPNC appointed Angela Gonzales-Torres to one of the Director At-Large seats.

Liz Amsden was appointed to the HHPNC LANCC Delegate seat. Congratulations to both Angela and Liz.

Upcoming Oxy Arts Exhibit

Kenturah Davis: Dark Illumination

February 9 - April 29, 2023

Gallery hours:

Mon. - Sat. 11am - 4pm


4757 York Blvd. LA CA, 90042

For the culmination of her residency at OXY ARTS, and in her first institutional exhibition in Los Angeles, Kenturah Davis presents a solo show of work that illuminates the significance of shadows in our sensory experience.

Drawing inspiration from Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s classic text, In Praise of Shadows, Davis explores the premise that shadows and darkness do not just produce conditions that conceal, but that they can also reveal and illuminate. Using photography, printmaking, installation and hybrid sculptural forms, Davis experiments with various modalities that interrogate the nature of the contingent relationship between shadow and light. Her practice extends to questions and explorations that help unpack social and cultural conventions and hierarchies, and consider ideas rooted in philosophy, physics, literature and anthropology.

February 9, 6pm - Opening Reception

Neighborhood Council Elections

HHPNC Elections will be held on May 20, 2023. Candidate filing begins on Jan 20 and ends on March 6th

If you are interested in running for the 2023-2025 term, or want to know more about being on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, please reach out to Elections Ad Hoc Committee Chair Theresa Saso at theresa.saso@highlandparknc.com

For Election Details visit our Election Committee Page or visit the LA City Clerk's Page on Neighborhood Council Elections

HHPNC Meetings

Want to attend a Committee Meeting or our Monthly Board & Stakeholder Meeting? For All Upcoming Meetings and Events, visit the HHPNC Calendar on our website:


Upcoming Committee Meetings

Visit our website to find links to the agendas and zoom log in information. 

NOTE: Meetings are subject to change and/or cancellation so check the website prior to attending. 

Board Seat Openings


Come Be A Voice for Your Community

and Join the HHPNC!

We have several vacant board seats to fill including a Senior Director (Age 55+) and 4 At-Large Seats


Job Opportunity with the

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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Events at the LA Library



Oxy Events

For Upcoming Oxy Events visit the Oxy Calendar
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Use the MyLA311 app to report potholes, graffiti and street light problems! 

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Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here's what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
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List of public safety contacts:
  • General city services: 3-1-1
  • LA Dept of Mental Health (including mental health emergency): 800-854-7771
  • To assist with outreach services for people experiencing homelessness: LA HOP or 2-1-1
  • Center for Conflict Resolution: 818-705-1090
  • CA Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 661-327-1091
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • Parking enforcement (blocked driveway, parking violation, etc): 213-485-4184
  • Police non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)
  • Traffic control (signal light out): 213-485-4184
  • Dept. of Water & Power: 800-342-5397
  • Immediate life threatening emergency: 9-1-1

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