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Hello Highland Park! 

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY…AGAIN! Yes, if you feel like you have been voting a lot lately, it is because…well, you have been! And there is another extremely important election in our neighborhood TOMORROW! Tomorrow is the runoff election for the city of Los Angeles Council District 1. Our current councilman Gilbert Cedillo is running for another term. It is important for all of us to show up and vote in this runoff. City Council elections are like a job review where we, the taxpaying constituents, get to assess and review our councilman, and decide whether he is deserving of keeping his job. If we don’t show up to vote, we are waiving our right to weigh in and evaluate his job performance. 

Many of us lose sight of the fact that elected city council officers work for us! They are OUR EMPLOYEES! If you owned a hamburger stand or a clothing store, would you periodically review your employees, or would you just let them do whatever they want and not care? Our council members earn $189,000.00 annually for their base salary. Do you think that kind of money should just be paid blindly to anyone? Of course not. That is why it is important to vote tomorrow in the runoff election. 

You may be a passionate supporter of the incumbent councilman Gilbert Cedillo, or you may be ready for a change and wanting to vote for the challenger, Josef Bray Ali. Whatever the case, it is important that you inform yourself on the issues and form your own opinion, and then get out there and vote! The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council does not officially endorse either candidate, but we do want to support YOU to exercise your rights! And that is why I am devoting this week's email to this issue. 

Read on to learn about your polling place, and to see other things happening in the community this week. Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you out the neighborhood soon! 

Power to the People! 
Harvey Slater
Your HHPNC President


DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 RUNOFF ELECTION IS TOMORROW!
For polling place information etc. visit LAVote.net
COMMITTEE MEETING
HHPNC Meeting
HHPNC Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Highland Park Senior Center
6152 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
On Thursday, May 18, join #LACBCeverywhere in celebrating Los Angeles's largest bike event of the year! Join our Northeast LA pit stop on Bike to Work Day, cheering commuters with free snacks in the morning.

WHEN:  May 18, 2017 at 7am - 9am

WHERE:
Raffis Bicycles
5505 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Google map and directions

CONTACT:  Elizabeth Alcantar ·  elizabeth@la-bike.org · (213) 629-2142


  PURPOSEFUL AGING L.A. – An Age Friendly Initiative for LA.
Launched last year, this initiative aims to committing to a future where the needs of older adults are more carefully considered. Take the survey.

LADOT Video of the Week: Bike Safety
LADOT promotes public safety, whether you are walking, rolling, skating, biking, driving or taking public transportation.  Here is a clip regarding bicycle safety tips and etiquette. Be sure to ride your bike to work or school next Thursday, May 18, on ‘Bike to Work Day’ – LADOT is hosting free rides for cyclists on Commuter Express and DASH buses. Bike on!
  A Guide to L.A.’s 2017 Outdoor Movie Screenings
There are few things better than watching a movie under the stars in Los Angeles. OK, maybe an all-you-can-eat taco bar under the stars is better, but barely. From an iconic cemetery to a rooftop in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, L.A.’s spring and summer outdoor screenings are held at amazing venues that make them immersive rites of passage. Several lineups haven’t even been announced yet, but other series are about to kick off and you have to get tickets early or you’ll miss out — these things sell out. We’ll be updating this list throughout the spring and summer, so check back frequently for new stuff. (Continue at  LA Weekly)
Lummis Day - Viva Poetry Events
The Lummis Day Viva Poetry program includes four poetry workshops held in Northeast Los Angeles led by four prominent poet in the weeks leading up to the June fes0val. These offerings will provide guidance and feedback for community members from experienced and acclaimed poets.  Read more
Preserve the Lummis Home!  
Sign the Petition.

The Highland Park Heritage Trust, its members, and the Northeast Los Angeles public demand that City leaders do everything in their power to preserve this National Historic Register Landmark, the Lummis Home.  READ MORE


LA SANITATION WELCOMES VISITORS TO ITS SIX DISTRICT YARDS - Community Invited to Celebrate and Learn about LA Sanitation Environmental Services!

Families and children of all ages are invited to attend these free Annual Open House Events.

 GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE.


 LANI’s 15th Annual Community Forum is a free daylong event designed to give real tools, valuable information, resource sharing and inspiration to individuals committed to rebuilding their neighborhoods one block at a time. Come learn from breakout workshop sessions covering diverse topics relevant to communities!   CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER   (Registration Deadline TODAY, Monday 5-15-17)
  City of Los Angeles QuakeSmart Workshop - Thursday, May 18, 2017 
9:00AM-2:00PM
Did you know that 40% of small businesses and organizations never reopen following a disaster?

This Workshop will provide an overview of the QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program for Businesses and Organizations. Participants will be able to review and implement business continuity planning and mitigation project plans through the simple, step-by-step planning tools in the QuakeSmart Program.  The workshop is completely FREE, but registration is required and space is limited.  VIEW DETAILS.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF LA PARKS

Join Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, The Trust for Public Land, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks as they share original research quantifying the economic benefits of the city's parks. The morning will include a panel conversation about the role of parks in creating livable communities.

Featured panelists:
Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director Public Health, The Trust for Public Land
Cindy Montañez, Chief Executive Officer, Tree People
Mary Lee, Deputy Director, Policy Link

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Tom Bradley Room
26th Floor, City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Refreshments provided.

RSVP by May 19 to Jannelle Gonzales at jannelle.gonzales@tpl.org or 323.223.0441, ext. 10.


6th Annual Make Music LA Registration is Open
Everyone needs comforting this year more than ever. We have community members who are living in fear. You can help to alleviate some of the tension in your neighborhoods by embracing the arts. Music is a healer. Make Music LA is an outreach opportunity to bring people out of their homes onto the front porch or into a park or community garden for a concert.  Registration is now open.   READ MORE
Arroyo Seco Library
Events Calendar
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES
Occidental Children’s Theater registration open for the Summer Institute of Fun
SUMMER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.

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CITY RELATED ITEMS
ControlPanel LA is your source for information about the City of Los Angeles' expenditures, revenues, payroll, purchasing, special funds, and more.   It's your City - take control.  

LINK TO CONTROL PANEL LA

Mapping the City's (and Your) Real Estate Portfolio
 The City of Los Angeles owns almost 9,000 properties in LA County. But where are they? PropertyPanel.LA is the most comprehensive map ever produced of properties owned by the City of Los Angeles, and issued a call for L.A. to appoint a Chief Asset...... READ MORE
HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL.  Visit our website.