EVNW Meeting Minutes June 12, 2013

EVNW Meeting Minutes June 2013


Neighborhood Crime Report (SLO Gina Chovan)

O. Chovan, presented the below crime map and brought attention to a recent arrest on the 1200 block of Krystal St. resulting in weapons confiscated, drugs and multiple arrests.  She reported that area graffiti is not exclusive to EV and that efforts are underway to combat it.  She encouraged residents to continue to report criminal activity directly to her and other police Depts.-reassuring attendees that reporting could be done so anonymously.  There have been no new home burglaries and too confirmed that zero arrests had been made on past burglaries.


O. Chovan spoke to the incident on the LA River which resulted in a cyclist being assaulted.  She made known that this was due to “a perfect storm arising from speeding cyclist and upset pedestrian gang related individuals.”  The point was made that the cycling victim was not speeding and simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Gina reported arrests having been made and reassured residents that the River path remained safe for all to enjoy although not without other problem (i.e., public drinking, pot smoking, graffiti, etc.). 

The neighborhood watch spoke to ongoing efforts with the cycling community and other stakeholders to promote shared safe use of the path and offered the below sample outreach material-promising to remain engaged with this issue.


O. Chovan once again reminded residents to subscribe to the online LAPD web-reporting to stay informed on all criminal activity in the area. it is very easy to sign up – click here->> http://www.lapdepolicing.org/   Then add your address/zip code and you will start to receive all e-mail blasts and the Newsletters.

We were reminded to employ the practice of “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It” to safeguard our valuables.  The following material was left behind by O. Chovan promoting this campaign.


Attendees were invited to attend the upcoming Senior Lead Officer Annual Summit to meet your Senior Led & Commanding Officers:

Thursday July 25, 2013 at 6 PM @ The Greek Theater ( 2700 N. Vermont Ave. )

David spoke of the spike in bicycle thefts in the area and suggested residents be alert and lock their bikes even within the confines of their property. He too alerted residents to “Hot Prowl” burglaries: Common entry locations on hot summer nights include screens on open windows and doggie doors. Quick fixes can be made to ensure windows or doggie doors do not open wide enough for a human being to get inside. The newest tactic used by “Hot Prowl’ Burglars is to break into an outside vehicle and use the garage door opener to enter a residence. The best way to prevent this kind of break-in is to keep the door from your home to the garage secured at all times. You can also lock your garage remote in the glove box. The slogan “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it” is very important when it comes to items in your vehicle including the garage remote.

O. Chovan commented on the need to change the programming code when garage or gate remotes are stolen.  Reports of remotes being stolen usually will result in O. Chovan paying residents a personal visit to remind them to change the access codes.

For your easy reference, please note the following contact numbers:


Ofcr M. Beall #32430 and Ofcr E. Martinez #38054

Northeast Area Patrol



Graffiti can also be reported via web address http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm.  You may also call 311 for graffiti, abandoned vehicles, trash and other services

Capt. Jeffrey Bert33112@lapd.lacity.org


911 – All Emergencies

213.793.076030347@lapd.lacity.orgSLO Chovan

323..344.5754 or 323.344.5726 – Gang Unit

323.344.5739 – Vice Unit

213.847.9722 – Narcotics Unit

323.344.5712 – Community Relations

Resident wishing to report Parking Violations can do so at (213) 485-4184.  If you do not get a response, contact (323) 224-6565 (M-F 8:4:30 PM) and request to speak with a sergeant or lieutenant.

CD-13 Eric Garcetti Report (Oliver Delgado-Final Report)

Oliver delivered his final report, highlighting the Office’s continue engagement to address area issues reported.  Attendees were invited to celebrate with Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti his inaugural on the steps of City Hall on June 30th (6 PM).  The Echo Park Lake grand re-opening is this coming Saturday June 15 starting at 10 AM and all were invited to join the Mayor Elect.  Oliver presented the Neighborhood Watch leadership with a NW sign in appreciation of the work done by the organization.

The NW expressed to Oliver in person and requested he communicate to the entire CD-13 staff our sincere appreciation for the great work and collaboration extended this organization and the entire EV community over the years.  We offered best wishes to Oliver and staff as they move on to City Hall.  Elysian Valley is better today for having had their working partnership with us.  

California State Assembly member Jimmy Gomez Report  (Ms. Stephanie Wong-Field Rep.-51st District)

Stephanie reported on the Assemblymember’s commitment to work with EV residents to identify their needs and assist in areas including but not limited to education, healthcare, environment, technology).  The NW welcomes the Asseblymember’s field representative and looks forward to working closely with her to address pressing issues of mutual concern.  Following is her contact information:

District Office:  1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 810, LA, CA 90026 (213)483-5151, -5166/fax

Capitol Office: P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051 (916) 319-2051, -2151/fax

Area Emergency Preparedness workshop(Bob Berg & Janet Workman, Glenda & David)

Residents were presented a power point slide show highlighting “key” disaster preparedness information and essential tools.  Following is a sample of the items covered:

  • Developing a family Disaster Plan (i.e., where to meet)
  • Having an “Out of state” check in contact as in-state telecommunications may not work
  • Plan for 2-3 week survival without emergency responders (i.e., food supply, water, cash in hand in small bills, etc).
  • Gift of Life idea (gifting family emergency kits for birthdays)
  • Having at minimum ½ a tank of gas in your car at all times.  This will enable you to run the air conditioning, heater & radio should you be unable to live in your house.
  • Knowing where the shut-off is for electrical, gas & water
  • Being prepare at home, at work & in your vehicle
  • Proper storage of water (i.e., 6 month life span-keep away from the sun and raised-not resting on concrete or ceramic floors as these have chemicals that will seep through the plastic water container and contaminate otherwise fresh water).
  • Having a minimum of two fire extinguishers in the house to put out fires (two (2) because one out of two have been known to fail).
  • Being mindful of Children and Elderly needs (i.e., formula, diapers, bottles, medications, eye glasses, toys, comfort blankets, etc.).

We will continue to supplement this issue in future NW meetings.

Misc. Updates:

  • 2nd Beautification/Clean-up Day

EV Beautification Day is Saturday 6/22/13 – 9am

Meet at the dumpster – Please come out, meet your neighbor and help clean up Elysian Valley.

web link  https://evnw.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/ev-beautification-day/



o        We have received the area public safety survey from many of you already and thank you. The survey can be found on line at https://evnw.wordpress.com/evnw-survey-2013/ or can be requested directly via email to evnw.90039@gmail.com

This survey is designed to help identify the primary public health and safety issues affecting the Elysian Valley community and to support efforts by the neighborhood watch, LAPD and City council office CD-13 to provide more effective crime prevention and public safety services to area residents and stakeholders. Your completion of this survey will help identify the most pressing problems to be addressed. Thank you for choosing to let your voice and opinion be heard via this survey and for your part in making Elysian Valley an even safer and better place to live, work and play.  If you have not already completed the survey, please do so at your first opportunity.     

  • Jardin Del Rio Community Garden Fundraiser

Please see the below deposit receipt in the amount of $1,174.00-the fruit of the fundraiser.  Thank you to the many who made this possible.


  • CD-13 Candidate Election Results
    • Mitch O’Farrell is our Council Elect and will take office July 1st
  • Mayoral Race Runoff Election Results
    • Eric Garcetti is our Mayor Elect and will take office July 1st

·         On Thursday May 30th  Congressman Adam Schiff, Mitch O’Farrell and Community members held a press conference in Elysian Valley urging Metrolink to study health risks of the Taylor Yards maintenance facility.

Congressman Adam Schiff said Taylor Yard trains are noisy and dirty. “Metrolink has consistently failed to address community fears about the health risk of living near the facility and stonewalled calls for a health assessment,” said Schiff.

L.A. City Councilman-elect Mitch O’Farrell also boosted calls for a study.  “As a Councilmember, I will demand nothing less than a health risk assessment, because if we don’t have a baseline of where we are now, then we won’t know how to proceed,” said O’Farrell.

LA River Recreation Zone in Elysian Valley


David enjoyed the Kayak experience on the River and recommend it to all.  LA River Kayak Safari www.lariverkayaksafari.org has employed one of our local kids for this summer program and so far has had a majority of their kayak trips with locals on board at no cost. This group is headed by Steve Appleton and Grove Pashley both Elysian Valley neighbors and active Neighborhood Council representatives.  Steve is our current NC President and Grove is an active board member. You also know Grove from his active involvement in leading the effort to clean the Metrolink Tayloryard maintenance facility across the River.

Softball World Series Fundraiser for Madalyn Roberts


Lila (Madalyn’s mom) is fundraising to her daughter to the high school softball world series where she has an opportunity to be scouted for college.  We encourage your support of this young local talent. For  additional information visit the GoFundMe account for this fundraiser.  The link is http://www.gofundme.com/33pmto

Thank you for your attendance and for your role in improving Elysian Valley.  Remember to report all criminal activity as no report = No crime, which in turn equals no LAPD resources to EV. Our common safety depend on us all looking after each other.