Weekly Newsletter - February 26, 2019
Committee Chair's Report

Hello Highland Park! 

Over the past few months, we have collaborated with Neighborhood Councils in Region 8, non-profits, and our local elected officials to host the #NELearn community learning series. This series of workshops has been organized by the Culture and Equality committee and is meant to give people free access to information and resources that the community really needs in NELA. In October, we kicked off the series in Cypress Park with a free citizenship workshop co-sponsored with Greater Cypress Park NC and Ferias Legales at the Cypress Park Library. 

In November and December, we hosted two Financial Empowerment workshops at the Arroyo Seco Library, focused on helping young people in NELA - Millennials and Gen Z - with information to help them survive economically during this time of student loan crisis, and also save money by utilizing library services. You can learn more about it in this  article in the Boulevard Sentinel READ FULL REPORT

HHPNC Upcoming Meetings
HHPNC Board and Stakeholder Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on March 7, 2019
Highland Park Senior Center
6152 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles 900421
The agenda will be posted on the website
72 hours prior to the meeting.
Glamour Gowns and Suit up
The Glamour Gowns and Suit Up (GGSU) event provides complimentary, brand new formal attire and accessories to youth, age 15+, in the Los Angeles foster care system. The event is produced each year by the GGSU committee in conjunction with CASA of Los Angeles. Thus far, GGSU has provided more than 5,000 dresses to youth who may not have otherwise been able to receive them. More than 400 teenagers receive dresses each spring. In 2015, for the first time, formal wear and suits were also distributed. READ MORE
Beyond Black Death - Feb. 27th
Beyond Black Death: Dialogue + Workshop with Andre Henry
February 27, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Lower Herrick, Occidental College
You're invited to close out Black History Month with a night of dialogue and creative engagement during "Beyond Black Death: The Place of Art, Faith, and Nonviolence in the Fight for Racial Justice." Activist and artist Andre Henry is partnering with Professor Amy Tahani-Bidmeshki this semester to lecture and engage students about creative activism and finding one's personal role in the fight for racial justice.
Snow in LA?
KPCC/LAist education reporter Kyle Stokes enjoys the snow falling on Pasadena on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at approximately 2 p.m. (Kristen Muller/LAist)
Fill up on gasoline! Raid store shelves! Break out the reporters in parkas! Okay, don't do any of those things but feel free to squeal with delight — we did — because it just snowed in Los Angeles.
Early Thursday afternoon, before 2 p.m., SoCal residents began reporting that snow was falling in their neighborhoods. These reports came from various parts of L.A. County, from  Malibu Thousand Oaks  and  Northridge  to  Eagle Rock Santa Clarita  and  Pasadena  — and people were excited. Read full article.

Controller Galperin and Councilman Blumenfield Urge City to Adopt a New Plan to Save L.A.’s Street Trees
L.A. Controller Calls on City to Better Map and Maintain Street Trees

Controller Ron Galperin released a report today on how the City can do a better job caring for hundreds of thousands of street trees it is responsible for maintaining. He called on City leaders to create an online, citywide street tree inventory and implement a centralized tracking system to guide proactive tree preservation work. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, chair of the Public Works Committee, and representatives of TreePeople joined Galperin to unveil the report. READ MORE HERE
Housing Rights Workshop - Feb. 27th
Homelessness Resource Fair

Be part of the solution to homelessness in Los Angeles - attend our Homelessness Resource Fair on March 2nd! The eve will connect those who want to take action on but don’t know where to start with the agencies and organizations that can help them make a difference. The Fair takes place 9am-1pm at Grand Park in DTLA - read our article to learn more, RSVP, and reserve your free parking space.

Chicanx Unknown Photo Exhibition Creators & Healers - Mar 9th
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 5 PM – 11 PM
5159 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042

Chicanx Unkown is an ambitious photographic concept that explores the cultural political identity of Chicanos, Chicanas, Chicanx and Chicanos who embrace indigenous identity. Read more
Citizenship Workshop - March 23rd
Neighborhood Council Elections are Coming!
Library Events - March 2019
Calendar Below:
Mayor Garcetti launches campaign for free tax preparation
(Photo Credit: Google)
Mayor Eric Garcetti recently launched a campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits. Households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less may qualify for approximately $9,000 in cash back through the State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Learn More
One Degree
One Degree, is a technology-driven nonprofit organization that helps low-income families access the resources they need to achieve social and economic mobility, and ultimately, improve their lives. Visit the website
Metro's Low-Income Fair is Easy Program
Metro’s Rider Relief Program is now the LIFE (Low-Income Fare is Easy) program. Qualifying riders can save even more on Metro 7-Day, 30-Day or toward fare on participating transit operators with LIFE benefits. Starting July 1, 2019, LIFE benefits will no longer be distributed as paper coupons. All benefits will be loaded directly onto your TAP card. Read more
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