EVNW Meeting Minutes – January 16, 2014

The EVNW meeting minutes are included below in the form of a newsletter for the month of January.

Please continue to check our online calendar for events and sign up for email notifications if you would like to stay informed.

We meet every 2nd Wednesday of the Month

TIME/HORA:      7:00 P.M.



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Catalytic Converter Theft [Alert]

A homeowner on Gatewood St. reports having their vehicle catalytic converter stolen earlier in the week.  The car was parked over-night outside their property. They realized the theft only after taking the car in for service.   Please be on the lookout for any suspicious activity at or near vehicles and report same immediately to 911.

  • ·         If you see someone under a vehicle, look for the saw, other vehicles waiting with getaway driver and write down plate numbers for the police. Do not confront the suspects.
  • ·         Etch your license plate number on your catalytic converter (this may be easier said then done).
  • ·         Purchase a security system that can be set to activate at the slightest motion of your vehicle.
  • ·         Always park in well-lit areas.

Thieves target the catalytic converters for the scrap value of the precious metals contained in the unit. The metals are platinum, palladium or rhodium. Thieves usually get about 100-150 dollars per unit as scrap. You will know when your converter is stolen when you start your vehicle and a very loud roar is heard.  Thieves usually target trucks and SUVs because they are higher up from the ground and have better access.  They usually use a battery powered reciprocating saw to make two cuts and off they go. The usual amount of time is less than a minute to complete the crime.  To help prevent these thefts and assist with identifying the suspects:

Family Emergency Preparedness

With the recent chemical spill-water contamination incident that saw 300,000.00 plus resident of W. Virginia without clean water to drink and bath.  It is of paramount importance that we ready ourselves for the next California emergency.

Prepare your family for the next disaster by preparing a disaster supplies kit.

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  Please note the following additional recommendations:

  • 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 & Christmas)
  • 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.).

For more on preparing a disaster supplies kit visit: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

How to shut off the electricity:

If your house has fuses – You will find a knife switch handle or pullout fuse that should be marked ‘MAIN.’ Remove all of the small fuses first, then remove the ‘MAIN’ fuse.

If your house has circuit breakers – Open the metal door of the breaker box to reveal the circuit breakers. The main breaker should be clearly marked showing ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ positions. Turn off all the small breakers first, then shut off the ‘MAIN.’

If you have any sub-electrical panels, you will want to shut them off, too.

How to shut off the gas:

1. Locate the shut-off valve. As you face your meter, you will see a pipe running from the ground to the meter and approximately 6-8 inches above the ground there is a shut-off valve running parallel to the pipe.

2. Using a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench, turn the valve ¼ turn in either direction, until the valve is crosswise to the pipe.

DO NOT turn off your meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas or see other signs of a gas leak. For additional safety, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance, so if a leak occurs at a specific appliance, you can shut off the gas in one location rather than shutting off all gas service.

CAUTION: If you turn off your gas at the meter, do not turn it back on yourself. Please call your local gas company.

LA River Bridge Revealed With Zero Community Input


The bridge design is an unappealing eyesore.  I want to see other alternatives that better co-exist and best represent the LA-River & surrounding community theme.  The location too is something that needs to be further discussed.  If the existing infrastructure is an impediment to a better design, the bridge needs to move to an alternate location.  Discussion/consideration needs to be given to its impact on the existing pedestrian/bike path, accessibility, safety, etc.).  How does the bridge best serve our two adjacent communities as it relates to our students who travel to and from school?

The Council Office (CD-13) has committed to additional meetings that afford EV residents an opportunity to have a say.

The Roots of Revitalization [A Conversation with David De La Torre & Daniel Tellalian]

Thursday January 16th @ 7:30pm
2806 Clearwater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Spanish interpretation available. Interpretación en español disponible.

David and Daniel will talk about what revitalization will bring to both the river and Frogtown. David De La Torre has lived in Elysian Valley for 34 years. He is a past neighborhood council board member, the current head of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and is the Chairperson of Jardin Del Rio Community Garden. Daniel Tellalian was recruited by the City of Los Angeles as a founding board member of the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation, tasked with responsibly developing the 51-mile corridor adjacent the the Los Angeles River.
$5 suggested donation. RSVP kindly appreciated.

Frogtown Futuro is a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists on the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and the nature of this transformation here, along the LA River in Frogtown.

Frogtown Futuro es una serie de conversaciones, proyecciones cinematográficas, proyectos artísticos y talleres con residencias de largo plazo, planeadores urbanos, arquitectos y artistas en la mutación de los vecindarios dentro de las ciudades y la naturaleza de esta transformación, aquí, a lo largo del Río LA.

Neighborhood Purpose Grant Deadline Extended

Please be advised, the date for the submission of Letters of Interest for Neighborhood Purpose Grants has been extended to January 22.   Should you have any questions, please contact Allen Anderson at allen.evrnc@gmail.com.

Tae Kwon Do class on Sunday

Join me for the next Tae Kwon Do class on Sunday, January 19th at 10 AM. Class will be held along the LA River at Marsh Street Park in Elysian Valley. Class will start on time and end by 11:15 AM. Feel free to invite others!

Please wear comfortable clothes (pants/shirts) prepared to absorb a bit of grass, dirt, and sweat. No shoes required.




To get a better sense of my training, check out the TKD club I’ve been training with for the past 11 years.

I enjoy teaching for both the mental and physical discipline, and care little for the commercial orientation characterized by many TKD studios. My goal is to help students push themselves to challenge their limits and most importantly – to grow. I find that the process is mutual – I learn while I teach. We learn together as we train. As a result, I don’t charge for my classes.

Please feel free to connect me to friends you think may be interested.

Elysian Valley stakeholders speak via Neighborhood Watch “Public Safety Survey”

  • ·         How safe do you feel in your neighborhood?
    59% report feeling “somewhat safe” while 36% report feeling very safe
  • ·         Do you feel you live in a high, average or low crime neighborhood?
    59% feel that they live in an average crime area while 27% feel that they live in a low crime area
  • ·         Do you support the use of surveillance cameras to help stop graffiti, illegal dumping and other criminal activity?
    91% support the use of surveillance cameras
  • ·         Are you satisfied with police patrol and response in your area?
    27% report being satisfied while 45% report being somewhat satisfied & 28% not being satisfied
  • ·         Are you in favor of having medical marijuana shops in your area?
    68% do not support, 18% somewhat support & 14% support
  • ·         How affected are you by any of the following issues in your neighborhood?

Graffiti 91% report being somewhat to very affected
Gangs 80% report being somewhat to very affected
Traffic 95% report being somewhat to very affected
Environmental 77% report being somewhat to very affected

  • ·         What are the three (3) biggest problems in your neighborhood?

Lack of Services
Traffic Control

School of Echoes

Los Angeles

Saturday, 18 January 2014

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

POTLUCK ~ bring a salad, main dish, fruit, or beverage to share

We begin promptly at 1:00pm! Show up early at 12:30pm for fellowship

Studio Lagattuta

1875 Blake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

(Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown, accessed by Riverside Bus 96)

I would love if you can join me in a short presentation (12 PM-12:30 PM on Jan. 18) on the history, issues, and efforts of our community. This group is a gathering of community leaders/organizers working in neighborhoods across LA. My hope is that we can learn exchange ideas and learn from one another. More info below!

At the beginning of 2013, Ultra-red along with folks from Union de Vecinos launched a long term initiative called School of Echoes designed to bring together community people from around the city interested in organizing and popular education process in their neighborhoods.The gatherings have attracted about 15-30 people, many attendees are in the early stages of local organizing efforts.

Given the framework of popular education, the focus has been very much on empowering low-income residents to build community cohesion through neighborhood actions. What has emerged over the year as the number one concern for communities in Los Angeles is the constant pressure of change.

Key to preventing tax identity theft

By Clark Howard

Thinking about putting off filing your taxes for several more weeks? There’s a compelling reason why you might not want to.

During the last few years, crooks have been stealing people’s Social Security numbers and then filing false returns as though they were those people. The crooks typically claim low income and high deductions and file electronically. Then when you go to legitimately file your return, it’s rejected by the IRS because somebody else already filed as you!

The whole mess typically takes about 10-14 months to straighten out if you’re on the receiving end of the scam.

For that reason, I’ve advised callers to make sure they owe the IRS rather than the other way around. In other words, reduce your withholding at work. That way you’re not waiting around for money you can’t get your hands on. (It’s too late to do it for this current tax season, but it will help you come next year at tax time.)

Fortunately, the IRS has now trained almost half of their 80,000 employees to spot identity theft and maybe prevent some of it. They have had to dedicate somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 employees specifically to the task of help victims of identity theft.

The number of false returns filed last year was 15 million, and those are just the ones they stopped. Many more fradulent returns made it through.

IRS Phone Scam

The Scam

The IRS recently reported an increase in reports from consumers who received bogus calls from scammers alleging to be representatives of the IRS. Victims are threatened with arrest and told that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

The Truth

IRS employees will not call you and demand your debit account information, ask you to make a wire transfer, or request that you purchase pre-paid debit cards. Read the full story at the IRS website.

Early Prison Release [Alert]

If crime is reportedly down, why do we have prison overcrowding?  As many of you already know, prison overcrowding is necessitating “Early Prisoner Release” throughout California communities, including Elysian Valley.  We have received credible communication that some released in EV are [known] thieves with a reputation for breaking into people’s homes and taking stuff that’s visible.  Please follow the below common sense recommendations and remember to report any suspicious activity to police via 911.

Many neighborhoods have had multiple vehicles being broken into. They were broken into because personal property was left visible in the vehicle. The owners may not have thought the property was of any value but criminals don’t care. Vehicles left unattended are an easy target for criminals. Even though the vehicle may have been locked a criminal can break into it in a matter of seconds. They break a window or a lock and get into your glove box, or trunk and leave with your belongings even though there may have been an alarm installed. This will leave you with a loss of your personal property in addition to loss of use as well as repair bills for your vehicle. This may also lead to identity theft which could also lead to credit problems. ID theft can cause you many hours of work to fix.

The possibility of all of the above can be greatly reduced or eliminated if you will adhere to the words, LOCK IT, HIDE IT, KEEP IT.  Also hide and lock your automatic gate control so that it does not become an easy tool to access your property, garage and home. Pay special attention to not leave your Purchases in plain view.

Do not leave personal property such as a purse, wallet, laptop, GPS or anything else visible in your vehicle when it’s parked even if it’s parked in your own driveway. If you do, hide it. Keep your vehicle locked when you are not in it. Try to park in well lighted locations. Do not leave property in plain sight. Don’t become a victim. Please do your part!

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You” that offers some sobering caveats from convicted burglars.

  • ·         Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
  • ·         Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
  • ·         Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside.
  • ·         Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway.
  • ·         If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.
  • ·         If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set.
  • ·         A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom–and your jewelry.
  • ·         It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door–understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
  • ·         I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
  • ·         Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer?
  • ·         Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
  • ·         You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

Home security for just $15 a month

Are you paying big bucks for a burglar alarm? New self-install kits are available that don’t require a landline and only cost $15 each month for monitoring.

SimpliSafe.com offers a $200 self-install starter kit for apartments and a $300 kit for homes. Both options feature non-contract $14.99 monthly monitoring, which includes a cellular link to emergency dispatch. The home system includes wireless sensors for complete protection of up to 2,500 square feet.

While this could represent a great money saving opportunity, a lot of people may be leery of self-install system. If you still prefer to go with a traditional burglar alarm monitoring company, here are a few general pointers to keep in mind:

  • Know how many doors and windows you need protected before you get a quote
  • A basic system hooked up to a UL-approved station should cost $15-$20 each month for monitoring. Installation of equipment will be extra, usually $600 to $800 for a typical house. Beware of supposedly “free” equipment because the costs will be built into your monthly monitoring.
  • Never sign a contract. Contracts with hidden rollover provisions are particularly dangerous. If you have a rollover provision, you must contact the company in a very specific way (sometimes even on a certain day) to break your contract without being penalized. If you fail to do that according to the mice type, you’re automatically renewed for high-rate monthly monitoring for a period of 12, 24 or 36 months.
  • Most people sign up for monitoring following a crime in their neighborhood. The perceived risk you feel skyrockets when you hear about break-ins, robberies and smash and grabs near your home. That’s not the time to shop for a burglar alarm. You never want to make an emotional decision.

The Preservation of the Historic Riverside Dr./Figueroa Bridge is Declared Dead

Efforts to preserve the historic Riverside Dr./Figueroa Bridge have fallen on deaf ears at City Hall.  “We admire the passion of these preservationists — they’ve put their heart and soul into this campaign,” Weintraub said. “But we’re past the point of no return on this project.”  Click the below link for a complete account of the article in yesterday’s LA Times.


U.S. Mail Theft @ EV-Drop Boxes [UPDATE ALERT]

Blake Ave./Gatewood St. location

Dear [Sir]:

Subject: Response to your recent inquiry (Case ID 116047922) (KMM19829599V80338L0KM)

I regret learning of the inconvenience you have experienced.

Thank you for taking the time to notify me of this issue. Please start giving your out going mail to your mail carrier as all the mailboxes in the city are being tampered with on a daily basis. I have notified my carrier to make sure he picks up the mail stuck on top.

Please accept our sincere apology for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.

Steven Sernek SCS

Lincoln Carrier Annex



A CMF Working Group meeting has been scheduled later this month to review and respond to the questions on the HRA protocol submitted by various stakeholders. Here are the details for the working group meeting:

DATE:                                    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

TIME:                                    6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:                         Cypress Park and Recreation Center

2630 Pepper Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

We will send an agenda for the meeting at a later date.  Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.



Patricia Torres Bruno | Government + Regulatory Affairs Manager

213-452-0259 office

213-393-4923 mobile

213-452-0422 fax



Join us this Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the L.A. River Cafe. Featuring: NOMAD Los Angeles – print studio, gallery, art compound; breakfast burritos by Taco’s Kevin; Linus Bike rentals by Coco’s Variety; book shop by BOOK SHOW; Maker Studio Tours of RAC Design BuildTreeline Woodworks and Cactus Gallery; with coffee and espresso drinks by Cafecito Organico.

Check it out:http://www.riverwild.la/

Elysian Valley Parklets and Street Plazas?

From March 1-April 31, LADOT will open the application process for new parklets and street plazas: http://www.peoplest.org/

For a new plaza, like the Sunset Triangle, we need to find a excess piece of roadway that could be converted without causing traffic issues. The plaza must have a community sponsor like a BID, non-profit or other group that will pay for any furniture, plantings and other movable elements and agree to keep the space clean. DOT will handle the actual street closure and plaza installation.

For a parklet, like the ones on Spring Street, in El Sereno and in Highland Park, the community partner needs to pay for the whole cost of the installation, which could be $40K +.


Adam [CD-13]


Saturday January 18 @ 7:30pm
2806 Clearwater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean. 63 minutes, 2010.

Peter Bo Rappmund is a California-based artist whose practice relies on understanding both empirical and metaphysical properties of the built environment. His method is field-driven: sound, video, and still images are all collected on location before being composed into sculptural loops and sequences. He has exhibited his films, photographs, sound installations, and maps at a variety of venues including: the National Maritime Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York;  Rencontres Internationales, Paris and Berlin; REDCAT; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Rappmund held his first retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum in 2012. He received his MFA from the school of music and the school of film/video at CalArts.

Followed by a Q&A with Peter Bo Rappmund and Rebecca Baron, filmmaker and programmer.

Dinner by elysian also available following the film. RSVP encouraged.

General Admission: $10

Students: $5

Dinner: $10

Presented as part of Frogtown Futuro a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists on the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and the nature of this transformation here, along the LA River in Frogtown.