WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 19, 2018
President's Message
Saludos Highland Park! Greetings!

As I connect with you all, I extend hope and faith that you, your family and neighborhoods are well and content. Each month I bring you the news as to what HHPNC is involved in and the issues that we, the HHPNC board members, are advocating for on your behalf and that of Los Angeles overall. I want to take a moment to ponder the importance and meaning of participatory democracy through the civic participation in neighborhood councils, which became part of Los Angeles democratic political structure in the year 2000. 

One Degree
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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Street Vending
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill to decriminalize selling food and other goods on sidewalks and in parks in California.

The  legislation , introduced in January  by state Sen. Ricardo Lara , D-Bell Gardens, prohibits criminal penalties for sidewalk vending. Vendors will also be able to clear pending citations and be retroactively relieved of previous convictions.

Job Opportunities
Pizza this Evening?
Networking Event - Sept. 20th, 6:30pm
The Mission of LFN is to create a networking opportunity between Latino filmmakers by creating a knowledge-sharing space revolving around the process of making content for film and television and/or breaking in the industry. Once a month aspiring storytellers and working filmmakers will gather at CASA FINA RESTAURANT & CANTINA and meet professional writers, producers, directors, managers and agents who are working in the Entertainment Industry who will share their valuable and inspiring insights. 

Union Station's Retrocade Experience - Sept. 22 & 23
This two-day Free Play event is a throwback to the golden age of gaming and will transport guests back in time for the ultimate arcade rewind. Union Station’s Retrocade Experience will feature over 40 cabinet games from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

This Saturday
The Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods event unites leaders from the city's 98 Neighborhood Councils. Comprised of over 30 free workshops, which include breakfast and lunch for those who RSVP. Held annually at the Los Angeles City Hall in Downtown, the goal that aims to help Neighborhood Council leaders obtain the tools and establish the relationships they need to build a prosperous future for their communities.

This event is a unique opportunity to learn about best practices, discover what is being done to improve each neighborhood, and opens a dialogue with your elected officials and City department staff. REMEMBER THAT RSVP IS REQUIRED!

You don't have to be a board member to attend. If you have ever considered becoming a Neighborhood Council board member, this is the perfect event to attend.

Regional Meeting - Sept. 26th
Environmental Justice Conference Sept. 26th
Chicken Run at Audubon Center - Sept. 28th
Jazz Festival - Sept. 29 & 30
Summer Film Series:
Born in East L.A. (1987) Rated R | Saturday, September 29 | 6pm | 21+
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2018
Journey Out 2018 Freedom Walk - Oct. 6th
Highland Park Independent Film Festival
The 5th annual independent film festival is coming OCTOBER 4-7 to the Historic Highland Theatre in the heart of Highland Park. CALL FOR ENTRIES are now live. 20% off to the first 20 submissions. Visit www.hpifilmfest.com to submit your film today! #nela #hpiff2018 #supportindiefilm #shorts #features #filmfreeway
Save the Date | Apunta la Fecha
  • October 13th, 2018, 3pm-5pm | 13 de octubre 2018, 3pm-5pm
  • Cypress Park Branch Library, 1150 Cypress Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90065 .   
  • Ferias Legales, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council and Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council present "Naturalize Now: Free Citizenship Clinic" | Ferias Legales, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council y Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council presentan "Naturalizase Ahora: Clinica Gratuita de Ciudadania"
  • This first installment of the #NELearn 2018-2019 Community Learning Series is focused on helping our immigrant community. To RSVP early, please email jamie.tijerina@highlandparknc.com . | El primero de una serie de talleres #NELearn 2018-2019 esta enfocado en ayudar nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes. Para su RSVP, mande un mensaje al por correo electronico a jamie.tijerina@highlandparknc.com

LA River Community Workshop - Oct. 13th
Puppets in the Park - Oct. 21
Lava Mae Brings Critical Services to the Streets
Showers for the Homeless. See Schedule Below
News from the City of LA
Animal Cruelty Crimes
-Los Angeles Animal Services is dedicated to the humane treatment and care of all animals within the City of Los Angeles. Each day, Animal Control Officers respond to alleged humane complaints of animal cruelty and abuse. Humane cases can range from leaving any animal (including, but not limited to: fowl/chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.) without food, water and/or shelter to more violent crimes which result in the injury or death of an animal. READ FULL ARTICLE
City of LA First Time Homebuyer Programs
The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is pleased to announce that the City Council and Mayor have approved an additional allocation of $2 million for the Moderate Income Purchase Assistance (MIPA) Homeownership Program, which provides a “silent second” loan of up to $60,000 for down payment, closing costs, and acquisition financing.

They also announced key updates to the Low Income Purchase Assistance (LIPA) (Photo Credit: Google)
Homeownership Program, which increased the maximum loan limit from up to $60,000 to $90,000.

For more information on the MIPA, LIPA, and MCC program features and requirements, please refer to the attached program flyers. You may also contact HCIDLA’s Homeownership Unit General Line at (213) 808-8800 or visit HCIDLA's website at  http://hcidla.lacity.org/homebuyers.
Library Events - September
Keep Your Home SAFE All Year Round
Anytime is the right time to free your home of the clutter that has piled up over the past year. To help out with this, LA Sanitation’s  SAFE Centers  all across the city are ready to take all of your unwanted household hazardous waste.
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