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EPIAn Ways February 2008

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February-March 2008
Echo Park Improvement Association newsletter 
 Volume 15 Issue 1
Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
Echo Park Improvement AssociationEcho Park Improvement AssociationEcho Park Improvement AssociationEcho Park Improvement Association
 Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each MonthMeets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each MonthMeets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each MonthMeets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Parkin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Parkin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Parkin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
It was supposed to be a miserable day. By mostaccounts rain was expected to be plentiful and the highswere to peak in the mid-50s.Yet, they came…by the hundreds. With brightly-colored costumes, hair curled to perfection and uniformsneatly pressed, they came Saturday, December 8
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, 2007,to participate in the 2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade.Drill teams, folk dancers, cheerleaders, marchingbands, youth groups, hip hop dancers, Boy Scouts andclassic cars delighted the thousands of spectators thatlined the Sunset Boulevard parade route.Elysian Heights Elementary brought a few of itsbrightest, and Clifford Elementary received words ofencouragement from California State Assemblymember Kevin de Leon.Bicycle Kitchen, The Young Marines and LAPD’sRampart Explorers displayed tremendous form.Jose Sigala, President of The Greater Echo ParkElysian Neighborhood Council, and his familyhanded out sweets as did newcomers, the L. A.Derby Dolls. Also making their Echo Park HolidayParade debut were the Los Angeles Host Lions Club,Lucha Libre de Echo Park and Temple WestlakeNeighborhood Development/Manila Terrace.Everyone’s favorite field deputies, Ms. SuzanneJimenez, (CD1), and Ms. Kabira Stokes-Hochberg,(CD13), accompanied LAFD Station 20, while TheCity of Los Angeles Department of Recreations andParks reminded us to take a moment from our hecticschedule and ‘Let Them Play.’Ms. Carol Jacques and Ms. Dalila Sotelo, both of ElPueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument Commission,were the example of poise and elegance, and threecheers to the Echo Park Improvement Association forlocating the missing lotuses. (Why, they were on SunsetBoulevard, of course).The Northeast Los Angeles Little League proudlyintroduced the Grand Marshal, former Los AngelesDodger and an absolute community favorite, Mr. KennyLandreaux.Not even the threat of inclement weather could keepthe “Big Guy” from missing such an important event.The staff, elves and holiday chicken, (in no way con-nected to the traditional holiday turkey, ham or goose), ofCentral City Action Committee made sure Santa Claus ar-rived in grand style. Who would have guessed that Santahas a strong penchant for graffiti-removal trucks?!?!The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce added suchfestivity to our historic community. Hearty congratula-tions to the art contest winners: Ms. Luz Perez, paradeflier; Ms. Zury Flores, parade poster; Ms. NatalieEspinoza, parade banner; and Ms. Elora Dorn, paradeprogram.We took time to salute and memorialize those whohave contributed so much. Mr. Art Goldberg, Esq.; Mr.Bob Baker, puppeteer; the men and women of Cal Fire;and the late Mr. Larry D. Pickens, (a popular communityleader), were recipients of The 2007 Lady of The LakeAward.To the council members, merchants, community or-ganizations, The Greater Echo Park Elysian NeighborhoodCouncil, participants, volunteers, spectators, Central CityAction Committee and El Centro Del Pueblo that madethe 2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade so very special – thank you.
2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade Shines2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade Shines2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade Shines2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade Shines
by Cindy Ortiz, Echo Park Holiday Parade Co-Chair 
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February-March 2008
 
Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
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Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
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2008 is an election year for the U.S.A. and also forthe E.P.I.A.According to the current by-laws, the Association’sofficers serve two-year terms—no term limits. Thenew term begins this year, 2008.Voters tend to hope, or to fear, that different lead-ers will radically alter an institution, but generally newfaces give new vigor to a group’s basic structure andpurpose. Whoever its president is, the good old U.S.A.will still be a democratic republic. And whoeverheads the E.P.I.A., it will stick to its stated purpose ofimproving the community of Echo Park, as it hassince the early 1990s.There will, however, have to be some fresh facesinstead of familiar ones. The Chairperson, LynnBarbé, and Secretary, Susan Borden, are both step-ping down after several years in office. Fortunately,Treasurer Barbara Neal plans to run again, as doesVice-Chair Lawrence Fried.Running for E.P.I.A. office doesn’t involve raisingmillions of dollars, as it does when candidates cam-paign for the presidency of the country. You just haveto want to help lead a volunteer service group that’sdedicated to making life better in Echo Park. It’s agroup that provides a forum for determining commu-nity concerns and participating in their implementa-tion.A call for nominations will go out in the next monthand any member can respond by putting forward hisown or another member’s name. It’s easy to becomea member—in general it entails attending most meet-ings and showing a willingness to work to forward theAssociation’s goals.
2008, A Year of Change
by Susan Borden
Trees—it seems we can’t getenough of ‘em here in Echo Park!Community members addedmore than thirty new street trees toleafy Echo Park Avenue on a crispSaturday morning last October. TheGreater Echo Elysian NeighborhoodCouncil planned the planting withthe local organization NorthEastTrees. Although many of the sap-lings look like little more than tallsticks, they’ll grow steadily—theJanuary rains are just what’sneeded—and join several dozenflourishing parkway trees plantedon the avenue over the last fifteenyears.After street trees have been inthe ground for a few seasons, theyoften need a little extra TLC. Asmall group of volunteers spent aDecember morning sprucing upChitalpa trees along the SunsetBoulevard route of the 2007 Holi-day Parade. They trimmed errantbranches, weeded tree wells andcleaned out accumulated trash. Thetrees looked all the better for it!A few weekslater, scores offruit trees werehanded out atthe Echo Park Farmers Market.Residents received free apple, apri-cot, nectarine, peach or plum treesto plant in their backyards, courtesyof TreePeople. (The Market is openevery Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.in parking lot #663, half a blocksouth of Sunset Boulevard in the1100 block of Logan Street)
 
Echo Park Loves Trees!
by Susan Borden

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