President's Message
Highland Park Neighbors,

This month is full of festivities! This week many are celebrating Passover and Holy Week. Later in the month, many will begin observing Ramadan. I hope that these holidays are filled with joy and celebration, as well as community in ways that keep us true to our traditions and safe from COVID-19. To all those observing, happy Easter, happy Passover, and happy Ramadan! 

Today also marks the first day of Earth Month. Earth month is a time of year to educate and mobilize people for the regeneration of the home we share, the Earth. Our neighborhood is full of natural beauty from Garvanza Park to Sycamore Park to Milagro Garden to Tierra de La Culebra to all the very old and lush trees to the birds that bring music to our neighborhood. At the same time, the accessibility and well-being of our land, water, air, and plants are not a guarantee with policies and business as they are. With our love for our neighborhood in mind and the need for a fair and equitable opportunity for health and quality of life, our neighborhood must continue to push for equitable environmental policies and projects hand in hand with our fight for fair and affordable housing, economic development, just education, tenants' rights, and the many issues this Neighborhood Council advocates for.  

Also this month, our elections are wrapping up. To vote in this election, you must register for a ballot by April 6 online or by a paper application. Our Neighborhood Council election is a great way to exercise your right and what’s so unique about this system and organization is that you can vote whether you are undocumented, formerly incarcerated, or a non-resident, for example. All are truly welcome in this election. We hope you will register to vote and submit your ballot once you receive it. All ballots must be submitted by April 13.

Lastly, as with every month, we have our General Board meeting tonight, April 1st at 7 pm, and several committees meeting throughout the month where your voice, opinion, and involvement are needed and welcomed. Enjoy this newsletter and share with anyone who you feel may benefit. See you around!

Estrella Sainburg,
HHPNC President
HHPNC Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • Board & Stakeholder Meeting: Thurs, April 1 @ 7:00PM
  • Outreach Committee: Thurs, April 8 @7:00pm
  • Public Safety Committee: Wed, April 14 @ 7:00pm
  • Rules Committee: Thurs, April 15 @ 7:00pm
  • Land Use Committee: April 20 @ 7 pm
  • Housing, Renters, Homelessness Committee: April 21 @ 7 pm
  • Sustainability Committee: April 26 @ 7 pm
  • Executive Committee: April 29 @ 7 pm


City of LA Renters Assistance Program
The City of Los Angeles' 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Renters Assistance Program. Application period March 30 - April 30. For City of Los Angeles residents only. More details coming soon! Stay tuned. Or, to learn more, visit:
Neighborhood Council Elections
Request your mail-in ballot now!
The deadline for requesting your Vote-By-Mail Ballot is April 6th.
Visit this site to complete the VBM Application online: 

Printable Paper Application are available here: 

Meet the candidates here:
HHPNC Outreach Related to Covid-19
Principal Sarah Gilman of Garvanza Elementary School accepted the $3500 of gift cards funded by the HHPNC and organized and coordinated by Hunger Action LA.
Outreach Committee chair presenting gift bags from the Historical Highland Park Neighborhood Council to LAUSD official Titus Campos for their grab and go meal program. The bags included $50 Visa gift cards, native plant seeds, reusable straws and other recycled material goods to promote our sustainability initiatives.
Council District 1 Vaccination Pop-Up Site
Direct Care Oxy Performance - April 4th
Direct Care is a site-specific choreographic performance in response to the Care Report exhibition, exploring the dynamics, gestures, and aesthetics of social movement and protest, rooted in feminine and femme care rituals. Visit Oxy Arts at 7pm or 8pm to view Direct Care through our street-facing windows on York Blvd

Learning Circle On-Line Class
The Arroyo Seco Branch Library will be hosting a Learning Circle based on the Rice University online class - Foundations of Mindfulness. Explore your own attitudes, mental habits and behaviors, and start on a pathway that will help you live with more freedom, authenticity, and ease by investigating the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of mindfulness.

In a learning circle, you sign up for an online class to take individually and then meet with your learning circle to work and think through the class materials. The learning circle provides you the additional support you need to finish the class as well as giving you the richness of peer feedback to help you refine what you are learning. Read the course description, preview the syllabus, and enroll here.

The learning circle will meet weekly via Zoom on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning on April 12 and ending on May 10. The April 12 meeting will be a shorter orientation session to make sure everyone is correctly enrolled & any lingering questions are answered, and decide collectively on the procedures to follow. Meeting links will be sent to enrolled students via email.
Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) Stakeholder Input and the Public Convenience of Necessity (PCN) Process
The City’s cannabis licensing law, known specifically as the Cannabis Procedure Ordinance, limits the number of Retail, Cultivation and Volatile-Manufacturing Commercial Cannabis Activity Licenses by Community Plan Area (CPA) based on the definition of Undue Concentration under Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 104.01(a)(48). An area is considered unduly concentrated when DCR issues the maximum number of these license types in that CPA. Applicants seeking to apply for a retail license in one of these Community Plan Areas must request a finding of Public Convenience or Necessity from the City Council in order to apply for a Commercial Cannabis Retail license with DCR
On February 25, 2021, the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) began transmitting Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) requests to the City Clerk. As required, DCR has also begun notifying the impacted Neighborhood Councils via email.  
DCR has created a video to assist key stakeholders, such as Neighborhood Councils, understand their role in the Public Convenience or Necessity Process (PCN) for Commercial Cannabis Retail Applicants.
The following PCN resources are also available to assist stakeholders: 
For additional information, please visit DCR's website at, or contact Rocky Wiles ( or Josie Trevizo (
Neighborhood Purpose Grant
Are you associated with a non profit organization or a LAUSD school -- and looking for financial assistance for a project to help our community of Highland Park? Apply for a NPG (Neighborhood Purpose Grant) today. Details here.
Arroyo Seco Library April Calendar
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
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