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EPIAn Ways April 2009

EPIAn Ways April 2009

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When a loved one passes away, flowerstraditionally are offered in memory of the deceasedand to comfort the bereaved. Their delicate beautycan console the survivors while reminding them oflife’s fragility. This custom is particularly poignantwhen a young child dies tragically.Charupah Wongwisetsiri of Angelino Heights wasnine-years-old in December 2006 when a gangmember’s bullet ended her life. Community memberswho cherished the lively, sparkling little girl theynicknamed ‘Zsa-Zsa’ decided to keep her memoryalive with an entire staircase of living, growing flowersand plants.There’s a grimy stretch of Sunset Boulevard, justeast of the Elysian Park Avenue intersection. On thesouth side of the street a row of single-story brick-fronted stores seems to have done little but collectdirt since being built in the 1920s. Between a coupleof these unprepossessing buildings, one sloppilypainted purple, the other white, and both sheltering aclutch of trash cans, a narrow concrete stairwaybegins its ascent to East Kensington Road.Long time resident Patti Good and her neighborspicked these bleak stairs near Charupah’s formerhome on East Kensington Road to clean and beautify.Unappealing from Sunset Boulevard, the flight ofsteps that starts at Innes Avenue was a stairway toavoid. Drearily covered in graffiti—gang stuff, not thecool kind—and favored by tired-looking men drinkingout of brown paper sacks, it was not a neighborhoodasset.The stairway stayed dismal for the two years ittook the neighborhood to plan and raise the money forits beautification.Finally, onSaturday,February 21,2009, dozens oflocal residentsassembled at thetop of thestairway, ready,willing and ableto turn it into agarden spot.Days earlier,gardenersprepared the soilon each side of the stairs and mulched it ready forplanting. Graffiti was already painted out that morningby Central City Action Committee. Councilman Ed
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April-May 2009
Echo Park Improvement Association newsletter 
 Volume 16 Issue 2
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
by Susan Borden
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ZSA-ZSA: GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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April-May 2009
 
Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
NEWSLETTER CREDITSNEWSLETTER CREDITSNEWSLETTER CREDITSNEWSLETTER CREDITS
 EDITORS:EDITORS:EDITORS:EDITORS:LYNN BARBÉLYNN BARBÉLYNN BARBÉLYNN BARBÉSTEVEN M. ARTHUR STEVEN M. ARTHUR STEVEN M. ARTHUR STEVEN M. ARTHUR ADVERTISINGADVERTISINGADVERTISINGADVERTISINGROSIE BETANZOSROSIE BETANZOSROSIE BETANZOSROSIE BETANZOSDESKTOP PUBLISHING:DESKTOP PUBLISHING:DESKTOP PUBLISHING:DESKTOP PUBLISHING:S.M.ART SYSTEMSS.M.ART SYSTEMSS.M.ART SYSTEMSS.M.ART SYSTEMS PRINTING: PRINTING: PRINTING: PRINTING:DAVCO PRINTINGDAVCO PRINTINGDAVCO PRINTINGDAVCO PRINTING
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Copyright by Echo Park Improvement Association 2008
Echo Park Film Center
 “Your friendly neighborhood media arts organization!” 
*cinema*store*school
1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026213-484-8846 www.echoparkfilmcenter.org
Hours: Wed/Thur/Fri 2 – 7pm, Sat noon – 5pm
*Thursday Night Cinema Series: 8 – 11 pm
*50% off equipment rentals for EPFC Members*Free filmmaking classes for Seniors and Teens
EPFC is a 501(c)3: donations are tax deductible.
 
Los Angeles CitywideService Directory
a single toll-free phone number to contactCity of Los Angelesofficialsfor any nonnonnonnon----emergencyemergencyemergencyemergency public service:
Dial 311
 
Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
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Here is a quick update on some issues of concern to Echo Park residents:
Public safety. Earlier this year there was a string of robberies that occurred in Echo Park andSilver Lake. In all cases, the victims were single men walking alone. LAPD worked around theclock on this case and, thanks to their expertise and hard work, made arrests related tosome of the robberies. The department is still working on the other cases. Protect yourselfby walking with a friend, particularly at night, and staying in well-lit areas.
Foreclosure-related evictions. A new city ordinance that I authored now protects all tenantsfrom being evicted because their landlord falls into foreclosure. This applies to single familyhomes as well as apartments. If you have any questions about your rights as a renter, pleasecall the LA Housing Department’s Renters Hotline at 1-866-557-RENT.
Echo Park Lake. The consultant working on the renovation and clean-up of this neighborhoodgem has completed a pre-design report that lays the groundwork for improvements to bemade using funding from voter-approved Proposition O. When the project is complete, thelake’s water will be cleaner, the lotus will be back, and the lake will be beautified with vegeta-tion that will also help filter the water.I also want to thank everyone who has volunteered their time to make Echo Park a betterneighborhood. It’s because of the residents who care about our community that Echo Park wasnamed one of the top 10 “Great Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Associa-tion last October.
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