Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Campaign for a Car-Free Lincoln Park

A local blogger has kicked off an online campaign to make Lincoln Park Car-Free.

That local blogger is me!

Check out the first post in the series:

Campaign for a Car-Free Lincoln Park, Pt. 1

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

LHNC Meeting Update

This is just a reminder on the the council meeting that will begin this Thursday, July 20th. The meeting will begin at 6p.m. and end at 8p.m., as it typically does. For a rather informative meeting agenda for this event, please click here.

Monday, July 10, 2006

LHNC July 6, 2006 Meeting Notes

In case you couldn't attend the last Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting, the Neighborhood Watch had a furiously scribbling note-taker on hand to document the proceedings. Here are some of the major highlights of the evening, cut and pasted, and posted online:

The City of Los Angeles Recreations and Parks Department presented plans for the Lincoln Heights Youth Center, also formerly known by some as the Griffin/Altura Project. The building of this facility is funded by Propsition K, with plans to provide services and activities to youth under the age of ten. The four components of the facility will include the youth center, junior arts, boxing, and a roller hockey rink. As construction begins, some neighbors have concerns about the already limited parking in the blocks surrounding the center and the building of a sound barrier wall which may be seen as another canvas for graffiti. The Department of Recreation and Parks hopes children will be walking, cycling, or taking public transportation to the center, so that parking does not become an issue. It is also expected that vegetation will cover the sound barrier wall to prevent graffiti.

LHNC will be sponsoring a Movies Under the Stars Event at the Library on July 19, August 2,16, and 30. It will be just like going to the movie theater with popcorn and drinks being provided courtesy of the LHNC!

The Office of Community Beautification will be holding eighteen Community Beautification Grant Workshops covering the grant process in detail and offering tips on submitting a competitive proposal. The first workshop will be at the Arroyo Seco Branch Library, 6145 N. Figueroa Street in Highland Park on July 18, 2006 from 6-7:30 pm. For maps and more information on workshop dates visit www.laocb.org

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Citizens Unit for Participation (CUP) and the Community Development Department (CDD) invite the public to and all community groups to participate in a series of community meetings for the purpose of assessing and identifying the needs of your community. The East Los Angeles Neighborhood Service Area meeting will be held on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 6 pm at the El Sereno Public Library, 5226 S. Huntington Drive.

Councilmember Reyes represents a large portion of North East Los Angeles.

Meet your Los Angeles City Council! Councilmember Ed Reyes is inviting you to a Los Angeles City Council Meeting at MacArthur Park on Park View Street (between 6th St. and Wilshire Blvd.) on Wednesday July 19 from 6-8 pm.
Shuttle transportation from Lincoln High School (3501 N. Broadway) is available beginning at 4 pm.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

LHNC Meeting on Thursday, July 6, 2006

Mark your calendars! Scribble it onto your palm!

There will be a Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council meeting on Thursday, July 6th, in the Lincoln High School Cafeteria, located at 3501 N. Broadway in Los Angeles, CA 90031. The meeting will beging at 6 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. (they are very efficient with their time). The executive committee will meet to develop the agenda for the next general board meeting.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Fight Homeland In-security, And Get Paid To Do It!

At the last Neighborhood Watch meeting (on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Casa Rafael on Parkside Ave.), a gentleman from a local CERT mentioned a program called "Citzen Corps". He said that this federally sponsored program might allow us to obtain funding from the government to help make our community safer.

The ever-nimble minds at the Department of Homeland Security created this program on orders from our commander-in-chief, Mr. George W. Bush. In the president's own words:

To capture the spirit of service that has emerged throughout our communities, we launched the USA Freedom Corps initiative earlier this year. As part of that initiative, we created Citizen Corps to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.

Our local mayors, council members, and county commissioners know best what risks their communities face. They also know how best to use the talents and the time of their citizens to prevent, prepare for, and respond to those risks. Because every community is different, we are asking cities and counties across the country to create Citizen Corps Councils of their own design, bringing together first responders, volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, and community-serving institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and houses of worship.

From what can be found on the official Citizen Corps website, we have to do a few things before the cash starts rolling in.

There are a couple of programs in place, but we'll probably want to stick with the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program consists of some sort of registry of neighborhood watches. After enrolling on the web-site for this program, things get a little hazy: no one mailed us a check yet.

If anyone out there want to read up on this stuff to find out how we can fund community safety efforts in the 'hood, be our guest! Visit the the official Citizen Corps website, or read the Citizen Corps Guide (a .pdf file that's about 600KB).

Email lincolnparkviewnw@yahoo.com when you find out how to make the cha-ching sound a reality for efforts to improve our area!

E-Waste Info

The government of California has passed a law that makes improper dumping of e-waste illegal. What is e-waste? E-waste is discarded electronic items that contain toxic substances. Common examples of e-waste include T.V.s, computer monitors, computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc. For more information on e-waste, please refer to this link. There are many facilities that help take care of e-waste. This list provides examples of facilities that accept e-waste in the L.A. County.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Even More Pix Of Illegal Dumping, Now With Graffiti!

Lincoln Park really has seen more than its fair share of illegal dumping and graffiti over the years. As mentioned before, please, please, PLEASE call 311 and request a bulky item pickup when you come across illegal dumping. Ditto for graffiti.

This past Saturday morning, some members from the LPVNW went for a stroll through the 'hood to try and document the amount of dumping and tagging in our neighborhood. All of this trash arrived on our streets over the course of one week. That sucks.

On with the parade of dumping! First up: this old wooden drawer-thing parked right in front of 2131 Lincoln Park Ave.

This can't be good on the laminate.

At 2201 Lincoln Park Ave., we see the ever popular discarded mattress in front of some multi-family housing.

Gasp - what is that?! Some sexy Neighborhood Watch volunteer? This ain't your papa's blight documentation.

Bedposts and some tires in front of 2203 Lincoln Park Ave.

Lawn Decorations by Goodyear.

This is not what most people want to see when strolling down a sidewalk ... not only is there a tagger walk-of-fame, but there is also a pile of trash that's been dumped on the northern border of Work Source's property on Baldwin St.

Take that Hollywood! The Tagger Walk of Fame rules!

On to a subject near and dear to all of us in Lincoln Heigts: tagging. This is a special variety of graffiti, wherein a young man typically takes on a silly three letter moniker or phoneticaly spelled nickname and proceeds to write it on any and all surfaces he comes across. Our neighborhood has recently been under the grotesque cloud of one "PBK" which stands for "Peanut Butter Killa" or "Punting Bunnies is Kool". In eithercase, this crap has got to stop.

Here are a couple of examples of tags by "PBK".

According to sources close to the LAPD, a catalogue of dates, times, locations, and photographs of one tagger's work will go a loooooong way with detectives when they finally catch a "PBK"-style tagger.

Red Curb Intersection Pictures

Here are some pictures on the red curb that I was talking about in the last post:

Side View

Front View

Closeup of the front view

These new red curbs will hopefully enhance the saftey of the intersection.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Update on the Baldwin and Keith Stop Sign

Back in April, ubrayj02 had explained the need for four way stop signs and red paint on the curb ramps at the intersection of Keith and Baldwin. Some progress has been made upon this suggestion after sending a letter to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. A traffic engineering study was supposedly completed by the LADOT that included traffic volumes, collision analysis, observation of traffic movements, and a field investigation of the intersection. Upon the completion of this invesigation, the request for the stop signs has been denied, however, the red curb zones has been extended at the intersection. Hopefully, this will improve the saftey of this intersection.