Cuidad Otorga Fondos a Self Help Graphics Para Comprar Edificios

December 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cortesía de la Oficina de José Huizar.

Cortesía de la Oficina de José Huizar.

Una institución de arte sin fines de lucro, de casi cinco décadas, en Boyle Heights está a punto de ser propietaria por primera vez, gracias en parte a los fondos asegurados por el concejal de Los Ángeles José Huizar (CD-14).

El martes, el Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles aprobó una solicitud de Huizar para destinar $825,000 en ganancias de bonos excedentes de CRA-LA para ayudar a Self Help Graphics and Art a completar su sede actual en el este de la calle First en Boyle Heights.

“Establecido en 1970, cuando el arte y la cultura chicana era frecuentemente marginado, Self Help luchó en la buena batalla y se convirtió en una de las organizaciones de arte más influyentes en la ciudad de Los Ángeles y de los EE.UU.”, Dijo Huizar en un comunicado.

“La acción de hoy pone a Self Help en la línea de meta, y junto con otros fondos que han asegurado, significa que continuarán asistiendo a los artistas de Latinx y a nuestros jóvenes a través de asistencia de arte y programación en los próximos años”.

En la imagen: el personal de Huizar y Self Help Graphics se reunieron en la sede de la institución de arte antes del voto del Ayuntamiento del martes para anunciar la financiación propuesta.

L.A. Councilman Calls for Glendale to Extend Scholl Canyon Landfill Review

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

 “Given no outreach has been offered to the residents of Eagle Rock who bear a significant burden from the operation of the landfill,” Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar this week said he has been able to convince the City of Glendale to extend until Oct. 20 the public comment period for the Biogas Generation Project, which consists of construction and operation of a 12-megawatt power generation facility.

The facility would be located at 7721 N. Figueroa St. at the Scholl Canyon Landfill, which abuts the Eagle Rock neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.

“I am absolutely committed to making sure Eagle Rock has an opportunity to hear full details about the project and offer comment,” Huizar said, encouraging residents to submit their comments to Glendale’s Dennis Joe at or write to the Community Development Department, Planning Division Office, at 633 E. Broadway, Room 103, Glendale, CA 91206.

Huizar said he has also offered the services of his staff to Glendale to help with the outreach.

City Atty. Blasts Council Panel’s Action on Housing

August 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

City Attorney Mike Feuer issued a rare rebuke of some of his elected colleagues in Los Angeles Wednesday, decrying a City Council committee action that could lead to the delay or cancellation of an affordable housing complex in Boyle Heights.

Half of the 49 units at the complex would be set aside for the mentally ill or the homeless, and Feuer said more effort should be put into making the project happen.

Feuer, who rarely speaks out in opposition of City Council members, said, “We are in the midst of a homelessness crisis. Every leader, and every community, needs to be part of the solution. If there is any way this project can go forward, it should. My office stands ready to help make that happen.”

The project is being proposed by A Community of Friends, a nonprofit that builds housing for low-income and homeless people and operates 40 supportive housing complexes. The project, called Lorena Plaza, is planned for 3401 E. First St.

The Planning and Land Use Management Committee on Tuesday agreed with an appeal filed by the owners of a nearby shopping center, El Mercado de Los Angeles, which argued the project is in need of a phase 2 environmental impact report, in part because of an abandoned oil well on the property. If approved by the full council, the action could delay or cancel the project, and also increase its costs.

Dora Gallo, CEO of A Community of Friends, told the committee she had met with the El Mercado and their representative eight times.

“At the last meeting, in January of this year, they made it very clear to me and my board member that their sole objection to Lorena Plaza is that we are providing housing for people with a mental health disability,” Gallo said.

“Council members, there is no merit to this appeal.”

Citing the oil well and a lack of soil tests by the developer, Councilman Jose Huizar moved that the committee approve the appeal, and none of the other committee members objected. The decision overturned one made by the director of the City Planning Department.

Huizar, who represents Boyle Heights, said, “I am extremely sensitive to the way that environmental factors impact the community’s health and quality of life. It is a community that historically has been burdened by the ill effects of heavy industry contamination and pollution.”

Huizar also said the fact the project would help mentally ill or the homeless had no bearing on the decision and defended his record of advocating for affordable housing, including his support of thousands of units of affordable housing in Boyle Heights.

“It’s not about NIMBYism. What’s before us today is about environmental review,” Huizar said.

Open Letter to the Public: Tactics in Boyle Heights Gentrification Debate

August 3, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

As a decades-long and proud Boyle Heights resident, I wanted to provide a message on a very important topic in the community: Gentrification.

While I share the concerns of displacement and rising costs of housing in Boyle Heights, race-based targeting or vandalism of any kind, like what has been leveled against small businesses and art galleries, and most recently the Weird Wave coffee shop, is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

We all have the right to express our 1st Amendment-protected opinions – that is not in dispute. But when that turns into destroying property, or violence of any kind, or targeting people solely based on race, that goes against everything Boyle Heights stands for.

We can and should use our freedom of speech to speak out for our neighbors whose rents are unreasonably being increased, like our mariachis who face eviction on 2nd Street, or in solidarity with our sidewalk vendors when they are the target of violence, like the recent incident with “Elotero Man” Benjamin Ramirez. I actively support those protest efforts and will continue to do so.

But in regards to destroying property, violence or race-baiting tactics, Boyle Heights’ history as a diverse community has taught us valuable lessons: violence is never the answer, and racism begets racism. We must reject it today, tomorrow and always. In its early years, Boyle Heights became one of the City’s first truly diverse communities by, in part, rejecting racist covenants prevalent in other Los Angeles’ neighborhoods that literally outlawed people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds from living together.

Instead of targeting business owners, particularly small business owners, we should instead focus our attention on tangible solutions to address the gentrification issues we face in Boyle Heights, and indeed throughout the entire City.

There are real concerns about housing affordability in Boyle Heights and the City of Los Angeles. Even though more of the housing in Boyle Heights has protections under rent control than in other parts of the City, too many of our neighbors are still getting displaced due to rising rents and a shortage of affordable housing.

My office has worked with local community organizations and the City to push forward several housing initiatives, including a door-to-door campaign in Boyle Heights to inform the more than 88% of renters who are protected under the City’s rent-control and who have protections from illegal rent increases and evictions.

Other actions we’ve taken include pushing for legislation to:


     —Ban renter harassment by property owners/landlords.

     —Require more substantive information on tenant rights be given to renters in rent-controlled units when they sign their leases.

     —Expand affordable housing by safely permitting Unapproved Dwelling Units, so-called “bootleg” apartments, in exchange for        affordable units.

     —Request the Housing Department create a plan to monitor and extend the City’s affordable housing covenants that are set to expire.

     —Create a publicly available list of the City’s affordable housing stock and post it online.

     —Require City staff to report back on methods and incentive-driven programs to keep long-standing small businesses in local communities.

     —Establish a Housing Department office at our Boyle Heights City Hall, where residents can receive direct assistance from housing experts.


And while my office has partnered with various affordable housing organizations to bring more affordable housing to Boyle Heights than most other City neighborhoods, we are actively seeking more opportunities to bring additional affordable housing to Boyle Heights.

I will also continue to press for a Linkage Fee, which would help create a steady stream of affordable housing income by linking new fees to development. This proposal will soon be heard – and I hope adopted – in the Planning Committee that I serve as Chair.

These are just a few things we can do together. Whether we’re expressing our free speech, or working to create better policy, let’s not lose sight of who we are and what Boyle Heights is all about. Our history offers us another valuable lesson: when Boyle Heights works together toward one goal, we can do anything.


Jose Huizar represents the city of Los Angeles’ 14 Council District, which includes Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Highland Park and other areas of Northeast Los Angeles.


Chiang Takes Campaign for Governor to Boyle Heights

June 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

State Treasurer John Chiang began what is being billed as a statewide listening tour for his campaign for governor Tuesday in Boyle Heights, one day short of a year before the primary election. While there, he also picked up an endorsement from Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area that was once home to former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is also a candidate for governor.

“John is the very definition of a public servant,” Huizar said at Mariachi Plaza. “If you want flash and no substance, look no further than the White House at this time, and see how that’s working out. But if you want a trusted, steady and fearless leader who knows when to be tough against special interests, who knows when to cross the aisle to get things done for the people, then John Chiang is your choice for governor.”

The endorsement comes as a bit of a surprise in the gubernatorial race, given Huizar’s relationship with candidate and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who supported Huizar’s bid to replace him on the City Council.

Their relations became strained during the 2015 election season, however, when Villaraigosa backed former county Supervisor and Councilwoman Gloria Molina in her bid to unseat Huizar. Molina and Villaraigosa go way back, supporting each other’s political aspirations for decades.

Villaraigosa has not commented on Huizar’s backing of Chiang.

Chiang thanked Huizar for his support, calling him a “dear friend” and an “extraordinary council member.

“This is such a fantastic place,” he told the crowd of supporters. “I am so honored to be in this community. I strongly support Jose and his extraordinary efforts to strengthen this community by investing in safer neighborhoods.”

After the event at Mariachi Plaza, where mariachi musicians have gathered since the 1930s in hopes of being hired by visitors, Chiang visited the Libros Schmibros Lending Library and dined at Al & Bea’s Mexican Restaurant.

Chiang chose to start the tour in Boyle Heights because of its rich history as a multi-ethnic community of immigrants that reflects the “vibrant and rich diversity throughout California,” according to his campaign.

His second stop on the tour was in San Francisco Wednesday.

Chiang officially began efforts to run for governor on May 17, 2016, when he opened an account to raise money for a campaign.

“I’m running for governor to make sure the future my parents provided for my family becomes a reality for the future of all California families,” Chiang told City News Service in February response to a series of questions emailed to his campaign.

“As a child of immigrant parents, me and my siblings grew up in a much different time. My parents arrived in this country, each dreaming of a better future. While their determination and relentlessness led to a middle-class neighborhood with better schools, we still experienced bigotry, as the first Asian-American family on the block, but my parents never gave up on a better life for my family.”

The field to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, who is barred from running for re- election in 2018 because of term limits, also includes Chiang’s fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Villaraigosa and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Chiang was elected treasurer in 2014 after two terms as controller. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and later was an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.


Huizar Says No to Run for Becerra Seat

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar today took himself out of the running to fill the congressional seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra’s appointment as state attorney general, while state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, threw his hat into the ring.

“After careful consideration and much discussion with my wife Richelle and family, we have decided not to run for the 34th Congressional seat that will soon be vacated by the appointment of Congressman Xavier Becerra to the attorney general position,” Huizar said today. “I will proudly continue as a Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 14th District.”

Gomez, meanwhile, told the Los Angeles Times today that he will run for the seat.

“After talking it over with my family and supporters, I have decided to run for the 34th Congressional seat,” Gomez said, according to the Times. “… Now more than ever, we need strong values-based leadership in Washington that will protect our families, friends and neighbors from divisive rhetoric and policies. I’m ready to stand up and do just that.”

Gomez lives in Eagle Rock and was just elected to his third term in the Legislature.

Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez declared his intention to run for Becerra’s seat soon after Becerra’s appointment was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown. Perez was appointed a UC Regent by Brown in 2014.

Journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo announced her candidacy today as well. The Boyle Heights resident most recently served as host and executive producer of the public affairs program “Knowledge is Power” on KPWR radio (Power 106).

Other names that have been floated as possible contenders include, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and L.A. Unified School Board Member Monica Garcia, whose name is also being mentioned as a candidate for Cedillo’s or Gomez’ seat should one of those two move on to another office.

Brown appointed Becerra on Thursday to succeed fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month.

If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly – as expected – Becerra will serve the final two years of Harris’ term and become California’s first Latino attorney general.

A special election would then be held to fill Becerra’s congressional seat.

Homeless Housing Gets Boost from Voters

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles city officials Wednesday were hailing voter approval of a $1.2 billion bond measure to fund permanent housing for the chronically homeless.

Proposition HHH will allow the city to sell bonds to finance as many as 10,000 housing units geared to homeless people who are difficult to house. The “permanent supportive housing” will include on-site health, mental health and substance-abuse services and case management.

About 20 percent of the bond money could also be put toward low-income housing to help keep financially struggling Angelenos from sliding into homelessness.

“When we think of the 28,000 of our brothers and sisters who are sitting in the streets or their cars tonight, we are going to show them some home is on the way tomorrow in the city of L.A.,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday night.

City Councilman Jose Huizar hailed voters for backing the bond issue.

“The citizens of Los Angeles recognize that homelessness is the moral dilemma of our generation and have entrusted in us to provide the housing HHH allows, along with the related services needed, to take a major step forward in addressing homelessness in the city of Los Angeles,” Huizar said. “It is now up to us to deliver on the promise of HHH and change the paradigm of homelessness for thousands of Angelenos from a feeling of hopelessness, pain and despair, to one of hope, joy and the opportunity for a better life.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also weighed in, commending city voters “for recognizing the homeless crisis and stepping up to provide funding for permanent housing to restore dignity to those living in utter squalor.”

“With the passage of HHH, it’s now time for the county to step up to provide critical supportive services for the homeless,” he said.

Property owners will be on the hook for repaying the bonds. City officials estimate that the annual cost would be about $10 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value, if the debt is paid back over 29 years. The total debt, including interest, is estimated by city officials to be as much as $1.9 billion.

The $1.2 billion bond amount will be the biggest voters have ever authorized the city to issue. The largest thus far was $600 million to pay for citywide security improvements. Voters have also approved city bond measures to build public facilities for the library, police, fire department, animal shelters and the zoo, and to make seismic upgrades.

The bond measure, put forward by City Council members Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Huizar, was placed on the ballot as homelessness in Los Angeles becomes harder to ignore.

The homeless population has increased steadily in recent years, rising by at least 5.2 percent in the last year. The signs of homelessness also became more visible after the courts struck down city laws and policies that had allowed authorities to more quickly remove homeless encampments.

City leaders last year vowed to tackle homelessness and spend about $100 million toward the effort. They estimate it will cost about $1.85 billion over a decade to adequately house and provide services to homeless people and families in Los Angeles. The latest count put the city’s homeless population at more than 28,000.

Council Approves Donation For Homeless Shelter

December 17, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a $20,000 donation to a nonprofit organization that operates a 36-bed homeless shelter at a Highland Park church and was earlier denied funding.

The money will go to Recycled Resources, which is working with All Saints Episcopal Church to turn pews into beds. The group has been relying on crowd-funding efforts and financial help from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.

Monica Alcaraz, a volunteer with the group, said the funds will help the group reimburse the church for heating, lighting and other costs.

The church is “not charging (us) anything, but we feel it’s necessary to pay for the costs they are incurring,” she said.

The money may also be used for food, Metro TAP cards and other necessities, she said.

Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the motion to take the $20,000 out of his 14th Council District’s discretionary account.

“I wanted to ensure that they have the necessary funding to continue their life-altering work during this time of need and upcoming El Nino storms,” he said.

“I had the pleasure of recently meeting several NELA (Northeast Los Angeles) shelter residents, and I am profoundly impressed by their thankfulness, grace and high spirits.”

Recycled Resources is also hoping to apply for more funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which provides money to winter shelters.

The funds could pay those who are volunteers who are helping despite having day jobs, making sure there is better chance for the shelter to keep running, Alcaraz said.

The nonprofit organization may work with Ascencia, a more experienced shelter provider that operates an 80-bed shelter in Glendale and already receives funding from LAHSA.

Natalie Komuro, executive director for Ascencia, said it is working out a contract with LAHSA to obtain funding for the All Saints Episcopal Church site.

Because LAHSA’s winter shelter funding is distributed based on the number of beds, Komuro said it may face a $30,000 funding gap because the number of staff that may be needed and other operating expenses stays the same whether it is a 36-bed or 80-bed shelter.

The shelter also faced a hurdle recently when LAHSA deemed the church site unsuitable, with the agency’s officials noting that pews were being used as the beds.

This prompted Councilman Gil Cedillo to recommend the Bridewell Armory, a facility owned by the city. However, Recycled Resources volunteers criticized this site as being unready for immediate use.

Alcaraz described the armory as “inhabitable,” saying it needs remodeling and has no electricity or running water. Ceja countered that the location is actually not as bad as described and can be quickly converted into a shelter.

Komuro said it appears Cedillo, whose district includes the church site, has since been able to persuade LAHSA to reconsider the church location, and is now moving forward with the contract to provide winter shelter funding.

Cedillo appeared to signal his support for the church site, authoring a motion approved by the council today that includes Ascencia as the city’s designated temporary shelter provider for the All Saints Episcopal Church location.

Cedillo aide Fredy Ceja said this will allow Ascencia to work with LAHSA to obtain the per-bed shelter funding, and relax building rules that typically makes the church shelter vulnerable to being shut down by city building officials.

Designating Ascencia as the service provider for the church shelter would also make the group eligible for the next round of city homeless services funding, after it was unable to get funding from the $12.4 million in emergency homeless relief money that was proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and recently approved by the City Council.

Alcaraz said that despite Cedillo’s motion, there are still many unknowns.

Ascencia’s board still needs to decide if it would be financially feasible to take over the shelter, so there is no guarantee they would agree to do it, and LAHSA has not directly told Recycled Resources that the church site has been approved, Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz, who is also president of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, added that Cedillo could have done more to help them get the relief funding.

Cedillo had originally intended to assign funds to their shelter, but instead of specifying from the outset that some of the $12.4 million should go to the All Saints Episcopal Church shelter, he had submitted their request using the more vague wording of “Highland Park shelter.”

This move, or Cedillo’s unwillingness to commit to the church site, could have hurt their chances of getting the money, Alcaraz said. She said Cedillo appeared to want to push the armory facility, located in the 14th Council District.

“Why not support something that’s already happening, and going to continue to happen?” Alcaraz said, referring to the existing church shelter.

“Or at least I’m going to try.”


Bonin Wants L.A. to Explore Putting Homeless Funds Into Housing

April 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A city panel on homelessness formed Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council will explore ways the city could build more housing for the homeless.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will take up three motions introduced by Councilman Mike Bonin that suggest there is not enough housing for the homeless in the city, resulting in numerous sidewalk encampments.

Bonin, who will serve as vice-chair of the panel, called for the city to redirect its spending on homelessness toward building more housing for the homeless.

One of the motions notes that a 2006 court ruling prevents the city from banning people from sleeping on sidewalks if they do not have anywhere else to go, but a subsequent settlement agreement requires that the city build only 1,250 units of new housing for the homeless, with at least 50 percent in the Skid Row area or downtown Los Angeles.

“The settlement has served the interests of no one, and its consequences have been sever,” Bonin said, because it still leaves the homeless with not enough housing.

Bonin represents the Venice area, where he said 70 percent of calls to the fire station there are to treat or transport chronically homeless people. Despite the high demand for housing for the homeless in Venice and the rest of the Westside, the closest housing with services for the homeless is located in Torrance, he said.

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana released a report earlier this month that found the city has no focused plan to address issues affecting the city’s 23,000 homeless people, despite spending more than $100 million each year on the issue.

Bonin called the report a “wake-up call,” and said the city is essentially “wasting $100 million a year” by working without a plan.

The newly created committee will be chaired by Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, considered to have the highest concentration of homeless people in the city.

The panel will look at ways to streamline the city’s response to homelessness and better coordinate with the Los Angeles County and other organizations that offer services to the homeless.

Huizar said the existing policy “has clearly failed us,” with the city preoccupied in recent years with reacting to litigation over issues around homelessness.

Surge in Highland Park Gang Shootings Has People Worried

April 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Worried about a rash of gang-related shootings in their neighborhood, residents packed a meeting at the Highland Park Senior Center Thursday night to hear what police are doing to get the situation under control.

A turf war between two rival gangs – Avenues and HLP – is being blamed for the 13 shootings, 9 people shot, in less than two months. Not all the victims were gang members, said Capt. Anthony Oddo of the Los Angeles Police Dept. Northeast Division.

He pointed out the boldness of the shootings, several which took place in broad daylight with many people around.

The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council hosted the meeting, with representatives of the two city council districts that cover the area, CD-1 and CD-14, LAPD Police Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Supervisor Hilda Solis and the city attorney’s office in attendance.

Ranking officers assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division were out in force and did most of the talking, answering questions and taking criticism from residents.

Northeast police know there is a problem and we are getting reinforcements, including more patrol units and special teams from other areas, Oddo said.

But we are getting very little information from the public about the shootings and none of the shooters are in custody, he said.

“Victims are not talking to us … they are not gang members; they’re scared,” the captain said, adding the department needs the public’s help to stop the shootings.

There has been 105 arrests in the Highland Park area during the same period, but none have led to the shooters, he said, but he’s hopeful one may still lead to a suspect.

You may not be sure if it’s important, but the smallest bit of information, things heard from other people can be looked into and may lead somewhere, he said, urging people to call police with any information they may have.

Several residents complained they’ve seen this coming for some time, noting the increase in graffiti and “cross outs,” the practice of one gang crossing out the tag of a rival, which often leads to violent retaliation.

They say they call the graffiti in right away to get cleaned up to try to stop the violence that could come next, but wanted to know what else they could do.

Call in what you see, get to know your neighbors, form a neighborhood watch, were among the suggestions.

“We cannot do this alone, we need the community to get involved,” officers said.

Residents say they are worried AB 109 and the governor’s prison realignment, and passage of Proposition 47, are sending criminals released early from jail back into their neighborhood.

One speaker said gang members are hanging out at homeless encampments and  she’s heard the homeless are being paid with drugs to burglarize local homes and cars.

Resident Richard Marquez said it’s time to stop dancing around and talk about the real issue: Highland Park has a big problem with meth dealers and users, and it’s big money. “Meth dealers pay taxes to gang members” and the way to stop the shootings is to shut down the drug trade, he said.

“There’s a fight for the financial gain of the drug turf in the neighborhoods,” Marquez said.

Lt. John Cook is in charge of Northeast’s gang reduction unit and said they are closely monitoring the gang members coming out of jail.

Are there still gang injunctions in place? someone asked.

There are three gang injunctions—a court-issued restraining order prohibiting known gang members from congregating with each other— in place, (Avenues, Dogtown, HLP), but they don’t apply to new gang members, according to Cook.

Former Highland Park resident Lily Herrera said she is worried about her mother who still lives in the neighborhood. Years of mistrust of the police by residents is keeping people from saying what they know. “The community is afraid because there’s a barrier” when it comes to communication, she said.

She suggested LAPD explore more strategies to reach out to the community.

Teacher Gemma Marquez demanded to know why police are not regularly visiting local elementary schools to develop those relationships. “We know who the at-risk kids are,” she said. “We know the families, we see them as early as kindergarten,” and the police need to present a different view.

She also criticized officers for not notifying Garvanza Elementary to go on lock-down during a recent shooting at a nearby park. “Where were you! We should have been called.”

Oddo apologized for not considering students were still at the afterschool program at 5 p.m. when the shooting occurred.

LAPD has “very little coming in” from the community and that’s frustrating, said Oddo. He said his top priority is the violence in the Northeast, but said he needs people to call them when they see something.

Two upcoming events will provide more information and resources to the community: the Annual Peace in the Northeast March and Resource Fair on April 18, and a forum on gang injunctions April 30 at the Highland Park Senior Center.

Updated 04-06-15 to add LAPD Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa attended the meeting.

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