December 16, 2021 - Open as a Webpage
Message from the HHPNC Board President
Dear Stakeholders,

I hope everyone has had a happy holiday season so far. As you may know, our board is entering another time of transition as a few seasoned board members have recently resigned. I again will ask for your patience as we navigate our way through. In the meantime, thank you for your support and for your continued involvement in our community. I am very excited about our new board members who have joined in the past two months. I think they are going to add a lot to our board discussions and are already promising to be engaged with our community. Please stop by our general board meeting in January to meet them! 
If you have items that need to go on the next Land Use Committee Meeting’s Agenda, please send them directly to me at I have never made an agenda for Land Use and am having trouble filling out an agenda. That meeting will take place at the regularly scheduled time on December 21st.
We have money to spend! Our Neighborhood Purpose Grant program is still alive and well and we would love to support our local organizations! Please help me in spreading the word to any and all non-profits that could benefit from our program. They can learn how to apply for NPGs here

Finally, I want to say thank you again for your support and attendance at our meetings. This is your community, and your neighborhood, and we are doing our best to make your voices heard at the highest level. As always, you can reach out to me directly for public comment, to voice a concern, or simply to chat about the neighborhood. I hope you all have happy holidays and a wonderful New Year. 
Thanks as always,
Youth and Education Committee Update
Board member Miriam Torres Sanchez is now Chair of our Youth & Education Committee. Congratulations, Miriam!

The mission of the Youth & Education Committee is as follows:

1. To assist in enriching the social, educational, emotional, physical and overall well being of our Highland Park youth. 

2. To help create a safe community for our youth to thrive.  

3. To bridge the gaps to services by bringing people together and connecting them to resources.
New HHPNC Board Member
Welcome to our newest Highland Park Neighborhood Council board member! Jackie Martinez was born and raised in Highland Park, and owns a beauty and skincare business on Figueroa and is looking to do more to serve her community and will be joining Miriam on the Youth & Education Committee.

If you're interested in becoming a board member of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council click here.
Community Impact Statements
The Highland Park Neighborhood Council approved sending a Community Impact Statement urging our House Representative Jimmy Gomez to support HR2307, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Tax. Currently Representative Gomez is not coming out in support of this bill that would put money in the pockets of citizens while encouraging development of green technologies as opposed to transporting in gas and coal, all while improving the air quality.
The Highland Park Neighborhood Council approved sending a Community Impact Statement to State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin De Leon and Gil Cedillo regarding Senate Constitutional Amendment 2 (SCA 2).

SCA 2 would repeal Article 34, which creates barriers to building affordable housing by requiring a referendum to pass public vote to approve the building of affordable housing.
Tree Care Event
Join us at Sycamore Grove on December 18th for a tree care event in partnership with Arroyo Seco NC, CD1, CityPlants, The NELA Climate Collective, and others. We will be watering and mulching the trees donated by the LA Dodgers, as well as holding a land acknowledgement with the Kizh Gabrieleno Tribe. All the while, local musicians will be playing incredible music!
Change in School District for Highland Park
FYI - Highland Park will no longer be part of School Board District 5, represented by Jackie Goldberg.

As of January 1st, Highland Park will be in District 2 with Monica Garcia.
Blanket and Tarp Drive
ALL THIS MONTH! Every week day, Monday to Friday, SELAH will be accepting drop-off donations of NEW tarps and blankets at Eagle Rock City Hall. Call the number provided to arrange a drop off. WEEK DAYS ONLY! If no one answers, leave a callback name and number and they will get back to you. It’s getting cold, so these supplies are really needed. Thank you!!!
Mural Unveiling - January 8th
Neighborhood Purpose Grants Available
Non-profit organizations and LAUSD public schools are eligible for grants from the Neighborhood Council that will benefit the community or serve a public purpose. Learn more about how to submit a request at
HHPNC Board Seat Openings
City Planning Department Update
Dear Stakeholder:
Los Angeles City Planning is pleased to announce that most stand-alone administrative cases can now be filed entirely online using the Department’s Online Application System portal (OAS). Open 24/7, the OAS allows users to submit documents digitally, in addition to obtaining status updates on a project filing, without requiring an in-person appointment. 
Throughout the pandemic, the OAS has helped City Planning maintain its core services so project applications can advance easily through the review process. By incorporating new technological advancements, the Department has also been able to maximize its resources. 
To utilize this service, applicants must first create an online account. After establishing login credentials, applicants will be directed to select from a menu of planning clearances supported by OAS. 
In the months ahead, the Department will expand the list of planning services available online. Until then, the Department will continue to accept physical files at the Metro/Downtown and Van Nuys Development Services Centers (DSC). However, physical drop-off boxes have been set up at the DSCs to ease the process for submitting project applications and plans, without having to schedule an appointment.
For more information, contact the following DSC locations and visit the Department’s website.
Metro/Downtown DSC
201 N. Figueroa St., 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 482-7077
Van Nuys DSC
6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 251
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Phone: (818) 374-5050
West Los Angeles DSC
1828 Sawtelle Blvd., 2nd Floor
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 231-2598
Fare Enforcement Begins January 10, 2022
Be ready with your Tap Card starting January 10, 2022. Student K-12 Tap Cards are available. Low Income Fare is available through Metro's LIFE program. College and University students can access Tap Cards through this link. For all fare information, and program details please visit  
Community Events
Arroyo Seco Library Events
For Upcoming Events visit the Oxy Calendar
Fun On-Line Events from the LA Library
Help the City Help Our Neighborhood
Use the MyLA311 app to report potholes, graffiti and street light problems! 

City information and services are just a few taps away. Use the app to quickly and easily request the City's most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup. Other features include access to the City Services knowledge base, map of nearby City facilities, City Social Media feeds, and more.
Covid-19 Resources
The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit:
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
Disclaimer: Acknowledgement of any entity or person(s) in this newsletter does not constitute the neighborhood council’s support or endorsement of it or its products or services.