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EPIAn Ways February 2009

EPIAn Ways February 2009

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Trees need rain. They grow a lot better with a fewgood downpours when they’re planted. Yes, trees needrain. People, not so much.The handful of people who recently met in HazardPark, near Lincoln Heights, really didn’t need the softdrizzle that lasted all morning as they worked outdoorsin rain and showers to get a hundred and fifty new fruittrees ready for planting. The volunteer workers wouldhave been just as happy without the water dripping ontheir heads and the puddles underfoot.The bare root fruit trees, little more than sticks,were, on the contrary, very pleased with the wetweather on Saturday morning, January 24. They werebeing prepared by EPIA members for distribution toEcho Park residents the next day and a nice, soggystart suited them down to the ground.The trees were donated to the community byTreePeople and their preparation was supervised bystaff of NorthEast Trees.After two cold, wet hours every sapling wastrimmed, wrapped and packed off to Echo Park,thanks to EPIA volunteers Steven Arthur, DarrenHubert, Matthew DuBois, Caesar Betanzos, JohnBorden and Susan Borden.On Sunday a corner of the Echo Park Walgreen’sparking lot at 1625 Sunset Boulevard was turned intoa nursery byEPIA presidentRosie Betanzosand her helpers.Tangerine,orange, apple,pear, peach,plum, andapricot treeslined up waitingfor their newhomes.Fortunately forthe many localresidents whocame to pick upone or two of thebare root fruittrees for theirgardens, it was afine, sunny day!
February-March 2009
Echo Park Improvement Association newsletter 
 Volume 16 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 NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA…!
by Susan Borden
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Ceasar Betanzos finishes loading prepared saplings intotruck to transport to Walgreen's parking lot for the EPIAAnnual Fruit Tree GiveawayWith instructions and two saplings inhand, mother and daughter leave theEPIA Fruit Tree Giveaway to do someplanting on a sunny Sunday.
 
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February-March 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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Echo Park neighborhood is a community filled withdifferent trees from native to rare, from flowering tothe beautiful evergreens. Parkway trees are a signifi-cant and highly visual portion of the urban forest, avital infrastructure system that defines the essentialcharacter and quality of life in the urban environmentof our neighborhood and City of Los Angeles.The lush greenery that surrounds our businessesand homes is what defines the elemental look andpride of our town. I speak of our town because, yes, itis our home, the location where many of us spendhours. “
Our 
” stands for you and me. You may be aresident, an employee or business owner within thiscommunity, but in the end the Echo Park neighbor-hood belongs to us all. It is our responsibility as astakeholder to protect our street trees and the sur-roundings.Recently one business owner took it upon herselfto order the removal of one of our lovely and healthyficus tree. (See the accompanying photo.) A neighbor-hood activist was able to bring the business owner’sgardeners down from the tree, saving part of the tree.Another ficus was illegally butchered in front of theBank of America. Without a permit this is not allowed.Since it is understood that sometimes trees doneed to be trimmed here is some information abouthow to deal with street trees.1.Don’t cut or trim a parkway tree. Do call The Bu-reau of Street Services (BSS) to request for the treetrimming. You can request a trim by calling 3-1-1 ortheUrban Forestry Division. You can find more infor-mation on trimming of oaks, and sidewalk issues con-cerning parkway trees and the pruning cycle athttp://www.lacity.org/BOSS/UrbanForestryDivision/index_calipeppertreeinfo.htm 2.To obtain aBSS Permit for sidewalk tree trimming(it is free), or more information and guidelines take alook athttp://bsspermits.lacity.org/treeprune/ 3.When you see illegal street trimming or cutting call3-1-1 to alert Street Services.You can also call1-877-ask-LAPD. It is vandalism and a misdemeanoract.4.Join Echo Park’s community online forum. It is aplace where you can ask for advice and give advice orjust be updated with information. It is free to the pub-lic. Hear from our very own community arborist Mi-chael O’Brian.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EchoElysianNCForum In a nutshell folks, Echo Park is home to all of us.Take the time to respect and appreciate it. Let’s keepit beautiful for generations to come.
 
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by Rosie Betanzos, EPIA President
Ficus tree on Sunset Blvd. shows damages after illegal trimming

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