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EPIAn Ways June 2009

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June-July 2009
Echo Park Improvement Association newsletter
Volume 16 Issue 3
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
Download the EPIAn ways at http://www.echoparkimprovement.org/Download the EPIAn ways at http://www.echoparkimprovement.org/Download the EPIAn ways at http://www.echoparkimprovement.org/Download the EPIAn ways at http://www.echoparkimprovement.org/
Hopes were high when the Los Angeles Police Depart-ment opened the Echo Park Stop In Location in 1995.Five years of planning had made the Stop In Location(sometimes known as a Police Outpost) a reality at last.Conveniently straddling the boundary between the twoLAPD divisions of Rampart and Northeast, the locationbehind the Bank of America at the corner of Echo ParkAvenue and Sunset Boulevard seemed ideal for coopera-tion between the public and the police.Willie Williams, then the Chief of Police, opened theStop In with much fanfare on the afternoon of September21, 1995. Together with City Council members andChamber of Commerce officials he applauded as a Bankof America executive cut the ribbon in front of the firstfloor office on Echo Park Avenue.For the stores and businesses along Sunset Boulevardthe Stop In was to be a nearby spot where they could ac-cess police services—somewhere the owners could easilyreach without leaving the neighborhood. They also ex-pected the routine presence of police cars and officerswould have a calming effect on street crimes.For local residents it was to be a neutral meetingplace where Neighborhood Watch groups could gatheraway from their own homes and meet regularly with theirSenior Lead Officers.For the officers, the Stop In Location would be a se-cure place to write up their reports without having to re-turn to the station, to have snacks, take their breaks, talkto colleagues in the other division, hold meetings withcommunity members and even hang awards and memen-tos they had no space for at the stationhouse.For everyone the Stop In was to be a place where po-lice and the local community could work together to re-duce crime.Things started out well at the new facility. Enthusias-tic volunteers were trained, finger-printed, photographedand shown how to perform tasks such as registering bicy-cles and hand-ing out forms tothe public.Barragan’sMexican Restau-rant made itsrestroom avail-able as a stopgap measure.(Although a re-frigerator andmicrowave hadbeen installed,the bank pro-vided no bath-room). The EchoPark Chamberof Commerceconsidered theStop In such avital and impor-tant part ofEcho Park thatits membersraised the moneyto construct arestroom insidethe facility by 1998.As their schedules permitted, police officers droppedby, greeted business owners and residents and took careof paperwork. Both police divisions assigned officers tothe Stop In on a regular, though part-time, basis. Resi-dents gathered for crime and safety meetings without un-necessary exposure to trouble-makers. Echo Park SecurityAssociation members dusted and vacuumed the roomswhile Pioneer Market kept sodas in the fridge.
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STOP-IN COMES TO A STOP
by Susan Borden
At Stop-In opening in 1995, l. to r. Chief WillieWilliams, Mike Taix, BofA official, Councilmembers Mike Hernandez, and JackieGoldberg
 
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Mail for EPIA: P.O.Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Message Phone (323) 882-4835
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Read the EPIAn ways online at http://echoparkimprovement.orgRead the EPIAn ways online at http://echoparkimprovement.orgRead the EPIAn ways online at http://echoparkimprovement.orgRead the EPIAn ways online at http://echoparkimprovement.org
Here is a quick update on some issues of concern to Echo Park residents:
New signalized crosswalk at Sunset and Portia.
Crossing the street at Sunset and Portia got a little safer with the addition of a signalized crosswalk that blinks yel-low lights overhead to alert drivers to pedestrians crossing Sunset Boulevard. The Los Angeles Department of Transpor-tation and the Pedestrian Advisory Group comprised of Los Angeles residents had both identified the need for improvedvisibility of pedestrian crossing at this intersection.
GO GREEN pamphlets available to help residents and businesses.
The City of Los Angeles has many resources to help Angelenos live and work in a more environmentally-sustainablemanner. The Department of Public Works, Department of Water and Power, and other city agencies operate programsto help residents and businesses go green and save money. My office created a series of pamphlets as a one-stop shopfor information about these programs. The pamphlets are available in my offices or online at www.cd13.com.
Mortgage consultant fraud.
Most of us have seen signs on the side of the road offering a phone number to call for help with reducing our mort-gage payments. Many of these so-called “consultants” have unfortunately persuaded anxious homeowners to pay hun-dreds or thousands of dollars to "consultants" who take an upfront payment and are never heard from again.Now, the City of Los Angeles will protect homeowners from unethical “mortgage consultants.The City Councilpassed an ordinance I authored to regulate "mortgage consultants" working with homeowners to reduce their paymentsbefore they fall into foreclosure. Previously, state law only regulated consultants working with homeowners who had al-ready defaulted on their loans.Under the new law:1. Consultants are required to provide a contract, which includes language notifying the homeowner that these ser-vices are also available free of charge through http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/2. Consultants are prohibited from charging an upfront fee3. Homeowners may sue for treble damages (which gives private attorneys more incentive to represent homeownersin these cases)Thank you to everyone in Echo Park who has assisted with these and other City of L.A. projects to make ourneighborhood an even better place to live and work.
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