September 1, 2021 - Open as a Webpage
HHPNC Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 7:00pm
HHPNC Monthly Board & Stakeholder Meeting

Message from the HHPNC President
Dear Highland Park stakeholders,

My name is Duncan Gregory, and I’ll be acting as your new President of the HHPNC. In our first month of meetings, the board nominated me for the appointed position and I accepted. I want to thank everyone in the community for their patience as the new board gets oriented. 

For this first President’s note, I’d like to highlight communication. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to tune in to Neighborhood Council meetings. The board uses the set bureaucratic language of governance because it helps us get things done in an official capacity, but this causes meetings to stretch into lengthy, multiple-hour affairs. If we want to include people in our neighborhood’s decision-making processes, we need to make it easier to participate. I understand that we need to go beyond general board meetings and build out more palatable avenues of two-way communication; two-way referring to concerns coming into the board from the community and the board disseminating information to the community in an efficient way. 

HHPNC Board Seat Vacancies
HHPNC In Action!
The back pack give away event was made possible by NELA Community and its organizer Amanda Matti. Amanda came to HHPNC by way of a Neighborhood Purpose Grant (NPG) that the board approved. The HHPNC is grateful to have had the opportunity, thank you Amanda. The kids at Buchanan Street Elementary School are smiling a little brighter today.  
Gil Cedillo, CD-1 and HHPNC teamed up on August 27th to give away fresh produce and prepared meals from EveryTable. Four Square Church in Highland Park, was kind enough to allow the space for the give away event. There will be another in September please look for flyers in social media platforms. We are so grateful to be able to do this.
Sept. 14, 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election
Rental Relief
We know that this pandemic has made paying for basic needs, including housing, especially difficult for many.

To help keep Angelenos housed, the City, State, and Council President Nury Martinez have announced a new partnership that builds on our local rental relief efforts to ensure that everyone who is eligible for rental assistance can get the support they need.

Angelenos can apply starting September 1 at 7 a.m. by visiting or calling 833-687-0967.

Renters who have already submitted an application to the City’s Emergency Renters Assistance program will receive detailed instructions on next steps by phone or email from the L.A. Housing + Community Investment Department.
Back to school: what parents should know about quarantine
The more COVID-19 cases we see in schools, the more staff and students will require quarantine or isolation. As a reminder, quarantine and isolation both refer to periods of reduced contact with others: the difference is that quarantine takes place after an exposure, while isolation takes place after the onset of symptoms.

Parents should be aware that children should not be sent to school if they are under isolation or quarantine orders, or if they have fever or other signs of being sick. Once at school, students may be screened for COVID symptoms, which often overlap with cold symptoms, or may have their temperature taken at the time they enter the school. Children may not be allowed to enter the school if they are sick or have a fever on arrival.

If students develop symptoms during the school day, they may be isolated from other students and sent home. It is therefore wise for parents and caregivers to have an emergency childcare plan in place in case the unexpected happens. 

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Launches
Hygiene Kit Supply Drive in
The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is back, and this season they are performing The Tempest. Throughout the festival's run—August 7 to September 5—guests are encouraged to donate new and unopened items at the festival’s pop-up lobby, which will then be generously donated to SELAH.

News from the LA Controller
Creating a Cleaner L.A.
In this week's newsletter from the Controller, Ron Galperin, he covers the following topics:

  • LAFD's COVID-19 Overtime Costs
  • Creating a Cleaner L.A.
  • Engaging in the Budget Process
  • FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Preserving L.A.'s History

New Book, New Home, New Team Member!
Las Fotos Project is a community-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship and self-expression. Las Fotos Project provides girls with access to professional cameras, quality instruction, and workshops that encourage them to explore their identity, learn about new cultures, build leadership and advocacy skills, and strengthen their social and emotional well-being. 

Click on the button below to read the latest newsletter from the Las Fotos Project.
Arroyo Seco Library Event for September
Help the City Help Our Neighborhood
Use the MyLA311 app to report potholes, graffiti and street light problems! 

City information and services are just a few taps away. Use the app to quickly and easily request the City's most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup. Other features include access to the City Services knowledge base, map of nearby City facilities, City Social Media feeds, and more.
Covid-19 Resources
The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit:
List of public safety contacts:
  • General city services: 3-1-1
  • LA Dept of Mental Health (including mental health emergency): 800-854-7771
  • To assist with outreach services for people experiencing homelessness: LA HOP or 2-1-1
  • Center for Conflict Resolution: 818-705-1090
  • CA Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 661-327-1091
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • Parking enforcement (blocked driveway, parking violation, etc): 213-485-4184
  • Police non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)
  • Traffic control (signal light out): 213-485-4184
  • Dept. of Water & Power: 800-342-5397
  • Immediate life threatening emergency: 9-1-1
Disclaimer: Acknowledgement of any entity or person(s) in this newsletter does not constitute the neighborhood council’s support or endorsement of it or its products or services.