From ‘Fresco’ Food Tasting to An Evening With Wonder Woman, There’s A Lot to Do

October 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The week ahead is filled with activities for the entire family that won’t break the back, can help you stay informed about your community, get healthy, do something good for the environment or just have fun!

Friday, Oct. 13

6-10pm–Wonder Woman Movie Night at Montebello Park Amphitheater. A family fun evening of women power, hosted by local women leaders and City of Montebello, with a free screening of Wonder Woman the movie at 7pm. Free popcorn, drinks & cotton candy. First come, first serve! First 100 kids will receive Wonder Woman capes. Food trucks on site for food purchases. Park is located 1401 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello 90640. For more info, visit

Saturday, Oct. 14

9am-3pm—Free L.A. County Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup at the Huntington Park City Yard located at 6900 Bissell St. County residents can safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides; home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles; universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs; electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. For more information, contact the LA County Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA, or, or the LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or


: Saturday, Oct. 14-Noon-4pm–Free Harvest Fest /Fresco in Hermon (NELA) –Enjoy a Free community event featuring food tasting, raffles, free gifts, pumpkin painting, face painting, music & much more. Be sure to stop by Pueblo Chip’s booth to sample delicious products! Fresco is located at 5914 Monterey Rd. LA 90042. For more info, visit Fresco Facebook: Announcement sponsored by Pueblo Chips, the best tasting tortilla chips in town!

Saturday, Oct. 14 from Noon-4pm–Everyone invited to attend Harvest Fest at the Fresco Community Market in Hermon (NELA). Enjoy a Free community event featuring food tasting, raffles, free gifts, pumpkin painting, face painting, music & much more. Be sure to stop by PUEBLO CHIPS’s booth to sample our delicious products! Fresco is located at 5914 Monterey Rd. LA 90042. For more info, visit Fresco Facebook: This announcement sponsored by PUEBLO CHIPS, the best tasting tortilla chips in town!

9am–Peace March in Lincoln Heights. Join Lincoln Heights Clergy, Councilman Gil Cedillo, Mayors GRYD Office, LAPD and & community leaders for a peace march and resource fair. March starts at 9am at the Boys and Girls Club, 2635 Pasadena Ave, LA 90031. A Resource Fair, free food, and swimming will follow march at the B & G Club. For more info, call (323) 221-9111.

10am-4pm–The Commerce Comic Book Invasion Returns! This free and open to the public event is packed with exciting workshops, presentations, panel discussions and signings from over 30 comic book artists, writers and cosplayers. Location: Rosewood Librar, 5655 Jillson St. Commerce, 90040. For more info, call Commerce Library Teen Librarian Erik Jackiw at (323) 722-6660.

10am-2pm–Los Angeles Derby Dolls’ 9th Annual Health Fair at the El Sereno Senior Center. Free blood pressure &glucose screenings, flu shots, child safety seat inspections & more. Time: 10am-2pm. Senior Citizen Center located at 4818 Klamath Pl, L.A. 90032. For more information, call (323) 222-2040. To schedule a safety seat inspection, call (310) 318-5111.

10am-2pm–Kids Health Fair Hosted by LAC+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) Dept. of Pediatrics. Over 30 exhibitors; info on nutrition, screenings, immunizations, injury prevention; car-seat safety & the Breathmobile asthma clinic. Location: Children’s Village, 2010 Zonal Ave (Building B), LA 90033. For more info, call 323-409-5318.

10:30am-12:30pm–16th Annual Cash for College & Career Convention at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Free, open to the public workshops on applying for college & financial aid (regardless of immigration status) & qualifying for free community college; help writing college admission essays & choosing a college major. Meet college reps & scholarship providers. LA Trade Tech is located at 400 W. Washington Blvd. LA 90015. Free parking at 23rd St & Grand Ave. For more info, visit,

11am–5pm–Montebello 97th Anniversary Parade & Park Festival at City Park. Parade kicks off at Whittier Blvd & 4th St and ends at City Park: Enjoy live bands, food, games, arts & crafts vendors, and much more. Free Admission. Be aware of local street closures. For more info, call (323) 887-4540, or visit

2:30-3:30pm–Remembering the Families of Chavez Ravine: Hispanic Genealogy Discussion at the East Los Angeles Library. Lawrence Bouett will speak about the early history of the Los Angeles/Chavez Ravine barrios of Palo Verde, Bishop, and La Loma. He has traced the genealogies of many families who lived there through U.S. Census and Voter registrations between 1910 and 1950. Event is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America. Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more info, call Daniel Hernandez at (323) 264-0155.

6:30pm–Free Movie Night at Sycamore Grove Park Bandshell in Highland Park. Take the family for an outdoor screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Hosted by Councilman Gil Cedillo, Arroyo Seco NC, LA Dept. of Rec & Parks. Free small popcorn while it lasts. Bring a lawn chair, pivnic and blanket. Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa, LA 90042.For more info, call Sylvia Robledo at (323) 550-1538.

Sunday, Oct. 15

12-8pm–Dia de los Muertos Skate Festival in Boyle Heights-Skateboarding, live music, art, free face painting. Location: 1st Street closure between Boyle and State.

2-3pm–East LA Library Presents Readers’ Theater: The Diaries of Adam and Eve, performed by local actors Cruz Flores & Lezlie Anne Moore. Mark Twain’s final & most personal work was adapted for stage by Cruz Flores. Open to Teens & Adults. Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more info, call (323) 264-0155.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

4-5pm–Kids Game Night at the Cypress Park Library. Kids ages 5-11 can enjoy a variety of board games, building bricks and electronic games on the Wii Console. Bring your friends. Library located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr., LA 90063. For more info, call (323) 261-0295.


Assemblyman Miguel Santiago Presents Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshops Oct. 20 (Koreatown) & Oct. 21 (Downtown L.A.) Learn how to protect yourself; discuss legislation on women’s issues. Locations: Koreatown-Olympic Community Police Station 1130 S. Vermont Ave. LA 90006); DTLA-Ketchum-Downtown YMCA 401 S. Hope St. LA 90071. For more info, call (213) 620-4646.

Free Visual Car Inspection Oct. 21 at the Highland Park Senior Center. Visual inspection includes lights, wipers, belts, hoses, vehicle battery & much more. Time: 9am-1pm. Senior Center located at 6152 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park, 90042. For more info, call (323) 255-7913.

Two Open Houses to Review Boyle Heights Community Plan Update-Tues. Oct. 24 & Sat. Oct. 28 at the Boyle Heights City Hall. The Open Houses are being held to showcase the draft plan update and proposed zoning. Locations: Oct. 24 (6-8pm) at Roosevelt High School Cafeteria, 456 S. Mathews St. LA 90033; Oct. 28 at Boyle Heights City Hall (10am-1pm) 1st Fl. Meeting Rm, 2130 E, 1st St., LA 90033. For more info, visit .

Oct. 25-Nov. 2-Free Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Novenario & Festival at Olvera Street in downtown LA. Nine consecutive nights of pageantry, featuring processions in traditional day of the dead dress, blessings, music, face painting, colorful public altars, dance & great food. Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc, & El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Day time & evening events. For more information & a schedule, visit



Hermon Fights for Its Own Neighborhood Council

December 22, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

It’s the story of the little neighborhood that refused to give up.

After five years of fighting for a separate voice in Northeast Los Angeles, the small community of Hermon could soon have their very own neighborhood council.

Members of the Hermon Neighborhood Council Formation Committee submitted a subdivision application last week, which if approved would mean Hermon would separate from the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. The committee has been hard at work over the last six weeks finalizing the application and bylaws they started four years ago. The group has attended dozens of city meetings, gathered signatures from residents on petitions and reorganized its members.

“This is an amazing historic moment for our community,” longtime Hermon resident and community activist Wendi Riser said in an email to members of the formation committee.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to characterize Hermon residents as fiercely proud and protective of the small town like community they’ve worked hard to cultivate near the Arroyo Seco Parkway, known to most people as the Pasadena Freeway. They love their open spaces and the neighborhood dog park that hosts regular “yappy hours” and where their four-legged friends parade in Halloween costumes, as well as their local businesses and schools.

When a medical marijuana dispensary operator tried to open shop in the neighborhood, the community quickly organized a public meeting in protest with help from District 14 councilman, Jose Huizar, bringing in representatives of the city attorney, State Board of Equalization, CD-14 staff and LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division – ultimately stopping the pot shop from ever opening its doors.

(Courtesy of Wendi Riser)

(Courtesy of Wendi Riser)

They tend to be wary of any changes in city policies and ordinances they fear will have a damaging effect on their way of life, and they don’t like having their needs dictated by people on the outside.

In addition to Hermon, the Arroyo Seco NC also represents Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington and Sycamore Grove. The Arroyo Seco NC consists of two representatives from each of the five communities with the exception of Mt. Washington that has four. There are also 9 at-large members – representing the environment, health and safety, culture and arts – and one community interest representative on the board.

In Los Angeles, each neighborhood council yearly receives city funds to use on outreach, local improvements, special projects, programs or grants to engage residents. They are tasked with advising the L.A. City Council on local issues as well as the city budget and proposed laws, taxes and land use issues.

After more than a decade as part of the Arroyo Seco NC, Hermon residents felt their needs did not fall in line with those of many of their neighboring communities and a change was needed.

Hermon has too often witnessed its demands vetoed by the rest of the neighborhood council, says longtime community activist Joseph Riser, Wendi’s husband and president of the formation committee.

According to Hermon’s application, the proposed neighborhood council would have nine seats, with each member specializing in fields ranging from education to business.

When the neighborhood council system was first established the process for a community to separate from the neighborhood council it was affiliated with was difficult, if not nearly impossible. In 2012, Councilman Huizar, with help from the community, spearheaded an effort to streamline the process to allow neighborhoods councils to subdivide in cases where communities are separated from its neighbors by significant geographic features, such as the Arroyo Seco Parkway and the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Hermon’s case. The new law also eliminates the so-called “Starbucks stakeholder,” referring to outsiders who seek to influence neighborhood council elections by virtue of their patronage of a local establishment.

“I want to thank leaders from the great community of Hermon for bringing this idea to me,” Huizar told EGP Monday. “The new system that I helped create makes it easier and is fair to both existing neighborhood councils, as well as any proposed NCs.”

Hermon is “different from many of the neighborhoods that make up Arroyo Seco,” points out Joseph Riser, explaining the need for change. “Our houses are different, we were established by different people.”

Quaint and quiet Hermon, called the “biggest small community in Los Angeles, was established in 1903 by a group of Protestants, eventually taking on a college town feel when the now closed Los Angeles Pacific College opened. Although primarily residential now, the neighborhood is home to a popular dog park, small business district, an elementary school, an alternative high school and charter school.

Hermon falls under a different precinct than its neighbors and is even served by a different councilmember than the rest of the Arroyo Seco.

“Over the years, some of the people on the neighborhood council couldn’t even tell you where Hermon was,” Joseph Riser said, only half-jokingly.

He told EGP the new neighborhood council would take a closer look at the types of developments, like “McMansions” and affordable housing, as well as new businesses coming into their neighborhood.

Before they can move forward, L.A.’s Department Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) must first approve Hermon’s application. If that happens, a vote of all Arroyo Seco stakeholders will take place within 90 days to decide whether Hermon should be allowed to separate and form its own neighborhood council.

“This is where we will need every Hermon stakeholder to show up and vote for Hermon,” says Wendi Riser.

Despite rumors to the contrary, if the Hermon Neighborhood Council is approved the Arroyo Seco NC will not be decertified or lose any of its $37,000 annual allowance.

Voting is expected to take place in March 2017. If passed, the Hermon Neighborhood Council could hold its first meeting as early as July.


Incendio Destruye Negocios en el Área de Hermon

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Un incendio dañó varios negocios en un centro comercial en la sección Hermon en Los Ángeles el miércoles por la mañana, pero nadie resultó herido.

Los bomberos fueron enviados al bloque 5900 de Monterey Road alrededor de las 4:30 a.m., dijo un portavoz del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles, y agregó que la estructura de un piso que alberga los negocios del centro comercial estaba totalmente en llamas cuando llegaron los bomberos.

El techo se había derrumbado parcialmente, por lo que los bomberos iniciaron una estrategia defensiva de “rodear y apagar” en un esfuerzo exitoso para evitar que las llamas se propagaran a otras estructuras.

Imágenes de televisión mostraron que el fuego dañó severamente a un restaurante de sushi, una tintorería, y un salón de belleza. Una tienda de donas también sufrió daños menores. Al amanecer, las llamas estaban contenidas, y para las 7 a.m. el fuego estaba completamente apagado.

Durante la lucha para apagar el fuego, agentes de la Policía de Los Ángeles de la División Hollenbeck desviaron el tráfico fuera de la escena, dijo el sargento Víctor Arellano.

La causa del incendio estaba bajo investigación.



Fire Destroys Businesses in Hermon Strip Mall

July 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A fire damaged several businesses in a strip mall in the Hermon section of Los Angeles Wednesday morning, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters were sent to the 5900 block of Monterey Road about 4:30 a.m., a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher said, adding that the single-story structure that houses the strip mall’s businesses was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The roof had partially collapsed, so firefighters assumed a defensive, “surround-and-drown” strategy in a successful effort to prevent the flames from spreading to other structures.

Television footage showed that the fire heavily damaged a sushi restaurant, a dry cleaners, and a hair salon. A doughnut shop also sustained some damage. By daybreak, the flames were contained, and by 7 a.m., the fire was out.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

During the firefighting effort, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division routed traffic away from the scene, said police Sgt. Victor Arellano.

(Courtesy of LAFD)

(Courtesy of LAFD)

‘Doggy Gym’ Coming to Northeast LA Park

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

They love their dogs in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Hermon.

The Hermon Dog Park — next to the Arroyo Seco Channel, along the 110 Pasadena Freeway — is a popular social gathering place, for people and dogs alike.

There’s even regular “Yappy Hours” and holiday fun like doggy Halloween parades and costume contests, and education sessions for dogs and dog owners, usually sponsored by the Friends of Hermon Dog Park.

Soon, there will even be a doggy gym of sorts at the park, where Northeast LA’s four-legged residents can get in shape.

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved the transfer of $10,000 from Councilman Jose Huizar’s discretionary funds to the city’s Recreation and Parks Department to help cover costs to build an agility course for dogs in the off-leash dog park area of Hermon Park, at 5566 Via Marisol.

The nonprofit, which also organizes pet adoptions and spaying and neutering events in the area, will work with city Recreation and Parks officials to install the course and two neighborhood councils to put up signs.

Huizar said he is a “huge supporter of providing more dog space.” The off-leash area at Hermon Park, surrounded by a “very strong and active dog community,” is one of the few dog parks in the Northeast Los Angeles area.

“We wanted to enhance it, support it and make it a lot more fun for our dogs,” Huizar told City News Service, noting that the Hermon Dog Park currently is “a lot of just vacant sand.

“It’s great that the dogs have a place to run around, but the agility course will provide additional exercise for the dogs, activities for the dogs,” he said. “It creates hoops and ramps and obstacles, and they are able to do more than just, ‘Hey you, a blank open space, go run around.’”

The money from Huizar’s office is being taken out of the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) Community Amenities Trust Fund, which receives a portion of the tipping fees from companies that use a nearby recycling center, and can be earmarked for projects benefiting the district’s residents, Huizar said.

Huizar acknowledged there has been “pushback” on such enhancements for dog parks from Recreation and Parks Department officials, who are concerned about funding the maintenance and operation of the dog-oriented amenities.

“Rec and Parks has mentioned that there are few funds to maintain the dog parks, and so therefore it’s hard for them to convert certain areas of parks into dog parks,” he said.

Huizar said he is working to identify other “funding streams that allow for a better use of park space,” adding that city officials are now reviewing how Quimby funds which are state money set aside especially for parks could be better used.

Information from City News Service used in this report.


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