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The Eagle Rock Association January 6, 2006
In this issue...
  • ERVHS Speaker

  • As we charge into the New Year, I continue to fumble about with new technology. The E-Letter is late due to my trying to make the program we use do what I want it to do rather than just accepting that people much smarter than I already figured out what is best for me and going with the flow. I know that someone in the 7th grade would already have all of this figured out, but unfortunately 7th grade computer whizzes are too busy playing video games to help me out.

    What follows is contact information for Councilmember Jose Huizar and his staff. We hope you find it helpful.

    Mona Field wrote in to remind me that indeed we do have a new Councilmember representing us and that it would be helpful to remind everyone of names, contact numbers and e-mail addresses.

    Since the e-letter enjoys a broader circulation than just Eagle Rock, all of the District Offices are included below. In addition, remember that you can always dial 311 for City of Los Angeles information or access the City's web site at .

    Councilmember Jose Huizar,

    City Hall Office: 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 425

    Los Angeles, CA 90012


    (213)847-0680 (Fax)

    City Hall Staff

    Tony Ricasa, Chief of Staff.

    Gustavo Valdivia, Special Assistant to the Councilmember.

    Rose Ibanez, Legislative Policy Director.

    Ricardo Monroy, Senior Policy Advisor.

    Eric L. Robles Policy Deputy

    Kimberly Yu, Planning Deputy.

    Sarai Molina, Special Assistant.

    Patricia Salazar, Assistant to the Chief of Staff.

    Haco Hoang, Budget and Policy Consultant.

    EAGLE ROCK Highland Park Field Office. Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041


    (323)485-8788 (Fax)

    Frank Aguirre, Jr., District Office Coordinator.

    Amy Yeager, Deputy.

    Efren Mamaril, Field Deputy.

    El Sereno Field Office, 5150 N. Huntington Dr., Space 111, Los Angeles, CA 90032



    Frank Torres, District Office Coordinator.

    Cecelia Alatorre, Deputy.

    Boyle Heights Field Office, 2130 E. First Street, Ste. 202, Los Angeles, CA 90033


    (323)526-3066 (Fax)

    Alvin Parra, District Field Director.

    Ulisses Sanchez, District Office Coordinator.

    Gladys Espinosa, Field Deputy.

    We hope this information is helpful to you. If there are specific issues or areas of concern that you want addressed and can't seem to find the right person, please let us know.

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    Michael Tharp, President

    ERVHS Speaker

    Tongva 2: Richard Toyon, Tribal Representative Speaks.

    The Tongva people, who were they? Where were they? Where are they? We will revisit the first Eagle Rockers on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. 2225 Colorado Blvd. Richard Toyon, Tongva tribal representative, will present an inside look at the native people of our area. He will explore where and how they lived before the European invasion. He will also speak of where the tribe stands today.

    Very often, when people are told that there were Indians living in southern California, the common reaction is first, surprise that there were any Indians here at all and second, the question, and "Are there any Indians left?" In fact, in the Los Angeles Basin, there were tens of thousands living with each other before European contact, carrying on commerce and trade with many tribes from many lands. The Tongva also practiced a sophisticated monotheistic religion, systematic agriculture, and animal husbandry, and used and controlled fire to their advantage and to the advantage of the surrounding chaparral ecosystems. The Tongva, who were part of the Shoshonean speaking group of native people who descended from the western plains area of the U.S., lived in harmony in the Los Angeles basin (and Eagle Rock) for as many as 90 centuries until the single most life altering event took place in the lives of the Tongva---the arrival of Father Junipero Serra and the Mission system. Originally conceived to benefit the native people of Alta California, it turned out to have unfortunate consequences with effects still being felt today. This program is not a condemnation of the past but a look at what once was, and the future by a direct descendant of that past and a true native Californian.

    Richard Toyon is a fourteenth generation Californian according to the official records of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. He is a member of the Achjachemem nation, the Mission Band of Juaneno Indians located in the city of San Juan Capistrano, where his family originates. Mr. Toyon is also the field representative in public and environmental affairs for the Tongva Tribe, San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, and has spoken on their behalf on several environmental and cultural issues. In September of 2002, Mr. Toyon was successful in lobbying congress in Washington, D.C. and in Sacramento, to persuade the U.S. Geological Survey to officially name a prominent peak in the Verdugo Mountains, Tongva Peak, in honor of the first people of the Los Angeles basin. Later that year, the peak was dedicated and the plaque that names the mountain sits imbedded in a boulder on the summit of Tongva Peak in perpetuity. Mr. Toyon is also a member of the La Crescenta City Council and an Emmy award winning Production Designer.


    Art Exhibition Proposals requested:  The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

    Exhibition Committee is currently accepting proposals from artists, curators & art organizations for 3 exhibition slots in the second half of 2006:  June-July, August-September, November-December.  Proposals for exhibition must have a strong concept & fit within the Center's mission of providing innovative & multi-cultural arts programming.  The Center is a historical landmark & multi-use space.  All artworks must be made to be movedor placed on movable gallery walls.  For information on the Center's gallery please visit http://w   The proposals must include:

    - 150 word maximum description of the proposed exhibition.

    - Bio/Resume/CV's of curator &/or a mission statement of the art organization/collective.

    - Bio/Resume/CV's of proposed artists.

    - Visual material of proposed artwork for exhibition. (jpegs, slides, sketches, etc.)

    Deadline for submission is February 1.  Please submit proposals to:  Lui Sanchez, Program Director, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA 90041 or email to   http://w

    Mental Menudo Meeting

    Friday, January 13, 7 - 8p

    Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA 90041 Peter E Carrillo 818.621.3234 pecart68@y, Oscar Magallanes, 626.665.0688 nimexica@, Magu 909.629.8240


    Everyone is cordially welcome to attend. Once again we thank you for your participation in bringing the "Raza" together & your donations for the website. Without your support & dialog the Mental Menudos could not be possible. In order to make these meetings effective we need to spread the word & let the people about the Mental Menudo meetings.  Any guests are welcome.   Contact Peter or Oscar to be put on the mailing list.



    Please note, the ERNC January board meeting will be held on Tuesday Jan. 10 at 6:30pm in the Eagle Rock Library. The regularly scheduled Jan. 3 meeting was rescheduled due to the holiday. Jan. 10 meeting topics will include budget expenditures; reports from board members; appointment of land use members; election of a Vice-President from the Board of Directors; selection of election date for 2006; review of 2006 election procedures; options for ERNC office space; city planning’s proposed amendments to the oak tree ordinance; committee schedules; and others. Join us! The ERNC will resume its regular 1st Tuesday of the month board meeting schedule on Tuesday February 7. The committee meeting schedule for 2005 will be announced soon, and check the web site www.EagleR for updates.


    Thanks to all who nominated their street for the special $100,000 resurfacing program for neighborhood councils. We got a huge response to our requests for your input. Lots of streets really need attention in Eagle Rock, and though $100,000 sounds like a lot of money, it will actually only resurface a few blocks, so these are difficult decisions. All nominated streets are being carefully considered and the ERNC will make its recommendations to Street Services in the coming days. If you did not have a chance to nominate your street for this special program, you can always make a request for repair or resurfacing by calling 3-1-1. You can also access 3- 1-1 and all city agencies online through the ERNC web site at: php?view=city_services . To find out what streets are scheduled to be repaired this year and next, as well as those recently completed, go to http://www.lacit


    Make a resolution right now to get involved with your neighborhood council and your community --participate on an ERNC committee! There are lots of options — something for everyone. You can get info about committees by visiting the "Volunteer Opportunities" section of the ERNC web site. http://www.eaglerock Please have a look and consider it. To volunteer, simply reply to this email. If you have already volunteered, but have not heard back from us, please kindly reply again as we intend to reply to each request. We look forward to working with you!


    Subject: Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan Workshops

    Dear Los Angeles River Stakeholder:

    Thank you for attending, or helping spread the word about, the first round of public workshops for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that were held this past October. We had over 750 people attend those two workshops and we’re hoping to build on their tremendous success by alerting you to the second round of meetings which will take place in late January 2006.


    San Fernando Valley area.

    Saturday, January 21, 2006; 10:00 a.m. – 12:30p.m.

    Reseda High School

    18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda CA 91335 818.342.6186

    South Los Angeles area.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006; 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center

    3980 S. Menlo Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90037 Phone: (213) 763-0114

    Atwater/Glendale Narrows area.

    Saturday, January 28, 2006;

    10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Chevy Chase Recreation Center

    4165 Chevy Chase Drive Los Angeles, CA 90039 Phone: (213) 485-4867

    The purpose of these meetings is to present what we heard from the community to date, and to discuss potential opportunities, constraints and a framework for the LA River. Content and format of these meetings will be the same, only the location will differ. Recognizing the importance of reaching as many community members, neighbors and stakeholders as possible so that their visions, aspirations and thoughts about revitalizing the River are captured now and throughout this 18 month planning process, I have attached a flyer (in Spanish & English) announcing these meetings. We hope that you'll take a few moments to electronically forward the flyer to your membership, friends, family and colleagues so their voices continue to be heard during our 18-month planning process.

    If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 323-669-9100.

    Thanks for your commitment to the Los Angeles River and, most importantly, for your assistance in getting the word out about these upcoming community meeting.

    Alma Martinez


    Transportation and Land Use Collaborative

    The Robert Group, TLUC and Adan Ortega are leading community outreach efforts on behalf of the Tetra Tech team which was selected to conduct the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Planning effort by the City of Los Angeles.


    Subject: Southwest Museum- Jan. & Feb. Events

    Family Activities and Art Shows at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian

    January – February 2006

    L. Frank Show and Sale

    Friday, January 20, through Sunday, April 9, 2006

    Meet California Indian artist and author L. Frank at this artist's reception. A descendant of the Tongva and Ajachmem people of Southern California, Ms. Frank's drawings are eccentric, intelligent, and full of subtle humor. Her art addresses everything from creation stories to the ironies of indigenous life today, often with the help of Coyote, California's native trickster. Free with museum admission.

    An artist reception will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Frank will be available to sign copies of her book, "Acorn Soup: Drawings and Commentary". Please RSVP to 323.221.2164, ext. 226. Free with museum admission.

    Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12, 10 am – 5 pm

    Show and Sale: Zuni Fetish Carvings, Navajo and Zuni Jewelry, and More! Just in time for Valentine's Day: Shop for authentic Native American jewelry and art, and, on Saturday, meet trader Scott Ryerson, acknowledged in Kent McManis's book, A Guide to Zuni Fetishes & Carvings. Free to the public.


    Beginning in January, experience archaeology, create works of art, and explore Native American culture at the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington. Each month we have exciting new activities planned for families with children.

    Saturday, January 7, 1 – 2:30 pm

    Let's Make History! Northwest Coast Masks During their potlatches and ceremonies, the Northwest Coast Indians use elaborately carved and painted masks to tell stories. Decorate a mask to tell your story. Free with museum admission.

    Sunday, January 8, 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Dig-It! Family Style

    Who lived here before us? What did they leave behind? What does you garbage say about you? Discover the answer to these questions and more while on an "archaeology" dig. Free with museum admission.

    Sunday, January 8, 1:30 – 2 pm


    Judi Moreillon's Sing Down the Rain is a story about the Sonoran Desert, where the most important ceremonies are those that bring rain. Do clay pots have stories? Find out in When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor. Free with museum admission.

    Saturday, February 4, 1 – 2:30 pm

    Let's Make History! Stick Dice

    For fun and recreation, the California Indians played games of chance. We'll make our own stick dice and put our luck to the test by playing this traditional game. Free with museum admission.

    Sunday, February 5, 1:30 – 2 pm


    Learn about the desert from the creatures that live there in Desert Voices by Byrd Baylor. Enjoy the tale of the most famous black rodeo performer in Andrea Davis Pinkney's Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy. Free with museum admission.

    Sunday, February 12, 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Dig-It! Family Style

    Who lived here before us? What did they leave behind? What does your garbage say about you? Discover the answer to these questions and more while on an "archaeology" dig. Free with museum admission.

    Southwest Museum of the American Indian

    The Southwest Museum holds one of the nation's most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition, it has extensive holdings of pre- Hispanic, Spanish colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. For nearly one hundred years, it has supported research, publications, exhibitions, and other educational activities to advance the public's understanding and appreciation of the Americas, with particular emphasis on the western United States and Mesoamerica. The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Drive in Mt. Washington and is easily accessible via the Metro Rail Gold Line, which stops directly across from the museum.

    The Southwest Museum and Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month and free for veterans year-round.

    Southwest Museum of the American Indian 234 Museum Drive Los Angeles, CA 90065




    Just had a very interesting experience with the city database which causes me to lose faith in anything on the database. My house address is shown in three different places on the same street. How can anyone trust such wacko information?

    Barbara Aran


    I've never had that experience, Barbara. Try it again and let me know what happens. Also, try someone else's address and see what happens. I've encountered some mistakes in the system, but never the same address in different places on the street. We look forward to hearing back from you.


    The following letters have to do with the ERNC's requests for nominations for streets in need of repair.

    Sumner St., on the west side of the car wash, badly needs repaving.

    Sincerely, Lucy Cole


    Regarding the request for street re-surfacing suggestions, here are my nominations:

    1) Sumner Avenue from Colorado north to Las Flores - TONS of potholes and patches

    2) Las Flores from Sumner Ave. east to Ellenwood - TONS of potholes and patches

    3) Colorado Blvd. from Ellenwood west to the City limits -- don't know if the developer of the senior housing project has to do this once his project is complete, but the street has been a disgrace for months and is dangerous for those of us who drive on it daily.


    Victoria Deise Wilson


    I tried going to the link ( you gave in the newsletter, but the “Page can not be displayed.” At any rate, Wawona street between El Roble on the north and Round Top on the south, is in desperate need of repair! There are huge holes and cracks. The street has not been resurfaced since the 1940’s. Please add it to the list.

    Thanks for continuing the newsletter. It’s the glue that binds our community!

    José H. Ortez, TERA member.


    Thanks to all of you who wrote in about the various streets in Eagle Rock that are so in need of attention. In addition to publishing your letters, we will send this information on to the ERNC and to the Council Office.

    hi tera newsletter,

    i'm going to be teaching a few early morning yoga classes at the newly opened eagle rock dance center on eagle rock blvd., just south of colorado.

    WAKE UP! yoga will happen from 7-8 a.m. and 8- 9 a.m. monday, wednesday, and friday beginning january 2nd, 2006. it's hatha flow yoga/power style, music plays throughout, providing wonderful energy and exercise to start your day off on the right (and the left) foot. all levels are welcome.

    i'm very pleased to be able to offer this empowering, health promoting exercise to eagle rock. i've been practicing yoga for 14 years, much of that time was spent studying with masters in india. my teaching style is fun and upbeat, but also precise and focused.

    i wonder if you will please consider including this information in your e-newsletter (which i just read, by the way, and it's wonderful).


    olivia rosewood


    Consider it included, and good luck with your class!


    Yoga -Sundays starting Jan. 8th with Krista Neumann former owner of Yoga Essence studio. Krista will be teaching an all levels gentle class at the new Eagle Rock Dance Studio located at 5054 1/2 Eagle Rock Blvd. Please bring your own mat and blanket or towel. Class starts at 9:00 AM. Donation only.


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