Los residentes de Ramona Gardens y comunidades cercanas están disfrutando de nuevas zonas de ruta de correr y equipo de ejercicios al aire libre en el Parque Hazard en Boyle Heights. El sábado por la tarde, el concejal José Huizar, junto a funcionarios de la ciudad y miembros de la comunidad inauguraron las nuevas mejoras del parque como parte de una negociación de $1 millón de dólares entre el concejal y la USC.
USC inicialmente buscó construir una carretera a través del parque para conectar su nuevo campus en la calle Soto al este del parque con un derecho de paso, de la cual USC es dueño. Después de escuchar las preocupaciones de la comunidad y el concejal, USC canceló esos planes y ha dado derechos a una parcela del parque de la cual son dueños a Parques y Recreación y están construyendo la calle en terrenos adyacentes que poseen justo al norte del parque—tierra valorada en $1.5 millones, haciendo efectivo el total de la universidad y la donación al parque a $2,6 millones.
Huizar dijo en un comunicado que este convenio es un reflejo, una manifestación y una celebración de los logros que “podemos aportar a la comunidad cuando todos trabajamos juntos”.
“Quiero agradecer a la USC por escuchar a la comunidad cuando compartieron sus preocupaciones sobre cómo la construcción afectaría el parque”, dijo el concejal.
El emblemático puente de Los Ángeles en la calle sexta fue el lugar de festejo el sábado cuando miles de personas se reunieron en la extensión entre el centro de la ciudad y Boyle Heights para un festival de despedida.
El puente será demolido en enero para dar paso a un nuevo puente que las autoridades dicen que será más seguro e incluye nuevas características para servir mejor a la gente de Los Ángeles.
Read this article in English: Thousands Bid Farewell to Sixth Street Bridge
En este puente se encontró una reacción química debilitante en el concreto que se esta comiendo la estructura, lo que exige un proyecto para sustituirlo por uno nuevo diseñado por el arquitecto Michael Maltzan.
El puente cerrará el 3 de enero del 2016 y la demolición comienza el 8 del mismo mes. Se espera que el nuevo puente sea completado en 2018. Líderes de la ciudad también están buscando construir parques y plazas alrededor del puente que servirán como punto de atracción, dijo el Consejal José Huizar.
An iconic Los Angeles bridge was given a grand send off Saturday when thousands of people gathered on the expanse between the city’s downtown and Boyle Heights for a farewell festival.
The Sixth Street Bridge will be demolished in January to make way for a new bridge that authorities say will be safer and include new features to better serve the people of Los Angeles.
Lea este artículo en Español: Celebracion de Despedida del Puente de la Calle Sexta
A debilitating chemical reaction in its concrete was found to be eating away at the bridge’s structure, necessitating a project to replace it with a new one designed by architect Michael Maltzan.
“While we are building a world-class bridge for the future that will provide Angelenos a one-of-a-kind experience as a bridge and a destination point with active public space, we are all fond of our historic Sixth Street Bridge and want to give it the sendoff it deserves,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who hosted the goodbye festival.
Huizar, who as a child rode his bicycle across the bridge that serves as a major connection between Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles, said it is “one of our most beloved and treasured landmarks.”
The bridge stretches across the Los Angeles River and is a well-known sight. It has shown up most notably in the movie “Grease,” and figures in the fond memories of many Angelenos, Huizar said.
The bridge closes Jan. 3, and demolition begins Jan. 8. The new bridge is set to be completed in 2018.
A local city councilman Monday answered questions from constituents during what was billed as a first of its kind social media dialogue.
At the invitation of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar responded to inquiries posted on the popular web-based social media platform Facebook.
For nearly an hour, Huizar replied to a wide range of questions and comments posted on his Facebook page, creating the feeling of a live dialogue.
Several of the 40 or so questions posted focused on issues garnering lots of attention in the northeast L.A. neighborhood: gentrification, education, transportation, safety, homelessness and projects specific to Highland Park.
Irving Grey Angeles asked Huizar: “How can we preserve the Latino culture when money seems to be the deciding factor in every development?”
There’s a need to continue to support more affordable housing and developments for mixed income levels, Huizar replied.
“And the community’s voice must be heard when taking on these projects. I would venture to guess that there [has] been more affordable housing built in CD14 than anywhere else in the city, since I’ve been Councilmember.” Huizar said. “We as a City have to do more to increase affordable housing options … we need to protect rent-controlled units.”
Despite the 19 “Likes” her question generated, Huizar did not respond to Jo Nañez who asked what he is doing about people being displaced in Highland Park.
He also did not respond to questions posted from other areas of his district, such as El Sereno and Eagle Rock. Instead, those constituents were referred to the councilman’s local field office, because according to Huizar spokesman Rick Coca, the session was being held at the invitation of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council.
“It was the first time any Neighborhood Council has done a Facebook Q & A with any elected [official],” Coca explained. “He would absolutely consider an invite from other neighborhood councils to do the same.”
HHPNC President Monica Alcaraz told EGP that the social media exchange was the idea of the neighborhood council’s digital and social media committee which had been tasked with the job of finding new and innovative ways to engage the community and bring local government closer to stakeholders.
Resident Suzanne Smith asked Huizar if it’s possible to a services access center or at least an emergency winter shelter for the homeless in Highland Park.
“After decades of concentrating homeless services in Skid Row, there are very few resources to serve our homeless neighbors in other parts of the City,” answered Huizar. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to find a space that works for temporary shelter before El Nino hits, but we are working on it,” he added.
Gabriela Vazquez wanted to know “How many liquor licenses do we have/have been approved in the past 3 years for York Blvd?”
The councilman said there are approximately 30 licenses at grocery stores, restaurants, bars and small markets along York Boulevard, between Eagle Rock Boulevard and the 110 Freeway.
“In the past three years, my office and the neighborhood council have reviewed about 10 applications and have denied 4,” he said. “In each instance, my office relies heavily on the input from the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and LAPD Vice Units in Northeast LA.”
Veteran Ivan Gutierrez told Huizar he has asked several times for a missing ADA (wheelchair) ramp by York Park to be installed but no one has done anything.
“As a community member I’ve asked you to have it built. As a Combat Veteran I demand you build it. It would pain me to see a fellow veteran struggle if they were bound to a wheelchair,” he said.
Huizar said he has asked the Bureau of Lighting and Department of Water and Power several times to build the ramp. “The issue is there is a gas line at the corner and utility poles that must be relocated, so the design is challenging. Safety is our first concern,” he said. “Believe me- I’m pushing them as hard as I can!”
Not all the posts were questions or criticisms. Several people used the session to post comments cheering his work.
Several people called on the councilman to do more for Highland Park, such as installing street and traffic lights, crosswalks and stop signs, and safety transportation measures for bikes. There was even a call to update textbooks at Franklin High School.
“Did you know that a lot of the books used are from the early 2000’s?” asked Eunisses Hernandez.
Huizar explained textbooks are under the jurisdiction of the local LAUSD board member, Ref Rodriguez, but his office is willing to assist any similar effort if needed.
Huizar told the Facebook community that a new traffic light will soon be installed on York Boulevard and Avenue 63.
Huizar told EGP via email that he regularly communicates with constituents on Facebook and Twitter and views it as his social media office hours. It’s unclear how many people were actually engaged Monday.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” he said. “There were a lot of thoughtful questions and comments, which shows Highland Park residents and stakeholders are very much engaged in their neighborhood’s well being.”
“I look forward to more in the future,” he concluded.
Los Angeles has been called the mural capital of the world.
It’s a reputation Councilman Jose Huizar hopes to expand: one utility box at a time.
In 2012, Huizar spearheaded the adoption of a new citywide ordinance that gives artists greater latitude for creating murals on some private and some public properties. It was the reversal of an earlier ban on most murals, which some people complained were out of control.
Now the councilman is spearheading a campaign to transform nondescript utility boxes in his District into public art.
The latest effort is in Highland Park where the councilman, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Highland Park Chamber of Commerce are running a voter-driven contest to find artists who will be allowed to paint their vision on one of 15 utility boxes along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard.
Huizar spokesman Rick Coca says the councilman was inspired to bring the transformative project while working on the mural ordinance. “…The Councilmember saw a couple of utility boxes that had been painted and he really liked them and thought this is something we should do on a big scale to promote public art,” Coca said.
To date, from Downtown LA to Boyle Heights and El Sereno, over 100 utility boxes have been painted in Council District 14. The utility boxes, which are really traffic signal cabinets, are now pieces of art showing the identity of each neighborhood.
The contest has already drawn over 50 submissions from local artists. Designs range from very simple and joyful letters and flowers, to more elaborate entries featuring a myriad of characters and city scenes.
Contest sponsors are hoping the community will become engaged in the project and go to Huizar’s website – www.josehuizar.com – to vote for their favorite sketches.
Artist Andrew Cervantes last year was chosen to put his art on a utility box in El Sereno. He says it is a very gratifying “to see your work on the street.” His utility box mural, featuring brightly colored hummingbirds and flowers, is on Valley Boulevard and Vineburn Street.
Cervantes told EGP the project is a great way to expose younger generations to art, especially as the work is being completed in public view.
“I was in a location near a high school and students would stop and ask me if they could do that too,” Cervantes recalled. Some “showed me sketches and they had talent,” he said.
Artist Ester Petschar Rose chose to feature renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo on her utility box, located on Huntington Drive and Monterey Road in El Sereno near the fire station.
“This is a great idea because it gives opportunity to artists and at the same time people can get to meet them,” she said.
Public art is such an important component of what it means to be a community, by reflecting the neighborhood and the people in it telling a story, Huizar said.
“Now through our efforts with the Council District 14 utility art boxes, we are home to far more art boxes than any other District in the City,” the councilman said.
Huizar’s staff had to get permission for the public art project from the city’s Department of Transportation, which controls the boxes that are part of the city’s infrastructure.
“They have a function, and they can get removed for a variety of reasons,” noted Coca. “It’s rare, but it happens. Often, we have artists come back and do another box when that happens,” he said.
Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to vote for their favorite sketches before the Aug. 20 deadline. Each voter can choose up to five sketches. The winners will be announced Aug. 24.
For more information, contact Councilman Jose Huizar’s Office at (323)254-5295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City officials marked the opening Friday of an $18 million sewage-odor-reducing facility that doubles as a “greenway” park space with plants, trees and a walkway near the Los Angeles River.
The Boyle Heights facility will reduce odors emanating from the East Central Interceptor and North Central Outfall sewers that intersect nearby, while also providing space for the public to relax near the river, officials said.
“I’m very excited about the completion of this project and the vital green space it is bringing to the residents of Boyle Heights,” Councilman Jose Huizar said.
The park will eventually connect to the Sixth Street Bridge, which is undergoing a major re-construction project, Huizar said.
The park and facility, both built on a one-third acre plot near the bridge, also includes benches and an entrance gate designed by artist Michael Amescua.
Hundreds of residents from Boyle Heights gathered in front of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station Tuesday night to celebrate National Night Out.
“National Night Out is about law enforcement and the community coming together for a common goal: make our neighborhoods safer and promote peace in our communities,” said Councilman Jose Huizar.
Other areas celebrating the National Night Out to “take back the streets” and prevent violence and crime in their area included, Northeast, El Sereno, East Los Angeles, Montebello and Monterey Park.
A Boyle Heights rooftop with solar panels capable of generating 300 kilowatts of energy is the latest addition to a solar power grid providing energy for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, DWP officials and others gathered Wednesday at Angelus Grand plaza, which includes a Food 4 Less supermarket and a CVS pharmacy, to switch on the solar panel installation.
Power from the solar array will be sold to DWP to add to the utility’s menu of renewable power sources.
The project is in what USC and UCLA consider a “solar equity hotspot ” which is a place where there is a low-income community and ample number of rooftops for potential solar projects.
This solar panel project is part of several in the DWP’s feed-in tariff program, known as CLEAN LA Solar, that allows commercial property owners to set up their own solar arrays to generate energy for the utility’s use, as opposed to just using the panels to power the buildings.
The company Edge3 Solar owns the solar installation at a 103,000-square-foot property owned by Levy Affiliated Holdings. The project was initially submitted by Solar Provider Group, which later sold it to Edge3.
The feed-in-tariff program, which began in 2013, has so far led to 14 projects able to generate 7.1 megawatts of solar energy, according to a release from the Los Angeles Business Council, which has championed this program. The DWP has a goal of setting up a grid of solar panel installations that can create 150 megawatts, under this program.
“I am excited to see a local business step up and join the CLEAN LA Solar movement in Boyle Heights,” Huizar said. “I hope it inspires others in Council District 14 and throughout the city of Los Angeles to apply to this valuable, environmentally friendly program, which creates jobs and clean, renewable energy while reducing pollution.”
Authorities Monday announced a program to double the number of police footbeat patrols in the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and El Sereno areas.
The “Hollenbeck Community Partners Program” will add four “corridors” to the existing four corridors that are patrolled on foot by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.
Officers will work with businesses and residents to improve the quality of life in the community, LAPD officials said at a late-morning news conference at Mariachi Plaza, at First Street and Boyle Avenue.
The program takes LAPD’s community policing efforts to a higher level, Hollenbeck Capt. Martin Baeza told EGP.
Baeza said the timing could not be better given the recent nationwide focus on police interactions with the community, many of which have negative overtones.
“What this program does is put our police officers out in the community, where they can get to know the community and the community can get to know them,” Baeza said. “They will get to know people’s name and hear their concerns,” the captain said.
Councilman Jose Huizar represents the area and strongly supports Beaza’s effort.
He said the community has been asking for footbeat patrols to be expanded to other areas for some time, but it took a while to marshal the resources and get everything in place.
“The timing is great,” said Huizar. “We’ve been working hard on the commercial corridors in the area, to make them more walkable, the police foot patrols will add to that,” the councilman said.
Residents will feel safer, business owners will feel safer and visitors to the area will feel safer, and that’s a positive thing for the community, Huizar said.
Growing up in Boyle Heights, Huizar said the LAPD did not always have a good relationship with the community, but times have changed and the majority of residents welcome the larger police presence in their neighborhoods.
While crime across the city has dropped significantly over the last decade, reaching lows not seen in decades, Baez says there’s still more to do.
But the police can’t do it alone, he said, adding that they need the cooperation of the community.
“That’s why I named it the ‘Hollenbeck Community Partners Program,’ to show that it takes everyone working together to solve problems,” Baeza told EGP.
“We are working with the [City Attorney’s] neighborhood prosecutor for the area, the chamber of commerce” and other groups to solve quality of life issues in these areas, emphasized the captain.
Footbeat patrol officers will not replace senior lead officers in the area, but will work directly with them, he said
Nor will the increase of officers walking reduce the number of patrol cars, he added, explaining the division was able to secure six additional officers to beef up the number of police assigned to Hollenbeck. “We had support from the top of the department.”
All of the 16 officers assigned to the footbeats volunteered for the assignment, according to Baeza. He said, like him, several of the officers have roots in the local community. At least one officer on each patrol team speaks Spanish, he said.
“And I think in our community, which is an immigrant community, I think it’s very important that the community have a trust with the police,” Baeza said.
“What Capt. Baeza has proposed is the next step in community policing,” said Huizar. “We will be looking at it, to see how it works, and if it’s something that will work in other neighborhoods.”
The eight footbeat patrol corridors are:
— Cesar Chavez Boulevard between State Street and Evergreen Avenue;
— North Broadway between Avenue 21 and Lincoln Park Boulevard;
— Huntington Drive between Eastern Avenue and Pueblo Street;
— Whittier Boulevard between Indiana Avenue and Lorena Street;
— Soto Street between Olympic and Whittier boulevards;
— Olympic Boulevard between Soto and Camulos streets;
— Eastern Avenue between Huntington Drive and Klamath Street; and
— First Street Between Boyle Avenue and Soto Street.
Autoridades anunciaron el lunes un programa para duplicar el número de oficiales de policía a pie en zonas de Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights y El Sereno.
El “Programa de Socios de la Comunidad de Hollenbeck” agregará cuatro “Corredores” a los cuatro existentes que se patrullan a pie por los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles, División Hollenbeck.
Los oficiales trabajarán con las empresas y los residentes para mejorar la calidad de la vida en la comunidad, dijeron funcionarios del LAPD en conferencia de prensa el lunes por la mañana en Mariachi Plaza, en la calle Primera y la Avenida Boyle.
“Este es un esfuerzo de base”, dijo el capitán de policía de Hollenbeck Martín Baeza a CBS2. “Creo que en nuestra comunidad, que es una comunidad de inmigrantes, es muy importante que [tengan] confianza con la policía”, agregó Baeza.
Los ocho corredores con oficiales de policía a pie son:
-Bulevar César Chávez entre la Calle State y la Avenida Evergreen;
-North Broadway entre la Avenida 21 y el Bulevar Lincoln Park;
-Huntington Drive entre la Avenida Eastern y la Calle Pueblo;
-Whittier Bulevar entre la Avenida Indiana y la Calle Lorena;
–Calle Soto entre los bulevares Olympic y Whittier;
–Bulevar Olympic entre las calles Soto y Camulos;
–Avenida Eastern entre Huntington Drive y la Calle Klamath; y
–Calle Primera entre la Avenida Boyle y la Calle Soto.