Elysian Valley News 11/07/2014

Dear Neighbor:

Please be alert for any suspicious criminal activity and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report.  Better you call a false alarm than to not call what may very well be a crime in progress.  Know that you can contact police and request to remain anonymous.  You too can request that they call you back with a status report on the criminal activity you report.   If a victim of a crime, please remember to file a police report in person at the San Fernando Rd. Station.  The day is coming when we will be able to do so on-line from the comfort of our own home computer.  Know that No report=No Crime, which in turn equals no police resources to EV.  Thank you for doing your part.
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“We need the private sector to create jobs.  If the government could create jobs Communism would have worked…But it Didn’t” -Tim Scott

Crimes between 10/23/2014 – 11/6/2014

Date: 11/5/2014 10:00 PM
Location: 1700 STADIUM WY
Description: THEFT FROM VEHICLE – PETTY ($950 & under)

Good Eggs is looking for temporary hires

Hey All-
Good Eggs is looking for temporary hires to help us out for Thanksgiving. The following link explains it all.


Turkey meal give-away for Thanksgiving

Councilmember O’Farrell is partnering with the Dodgers again this year on their Turkey meal give-away for Thanksgiving.  Adam has confirmed six (6) vouchers have been set aside for Elysian Valley families in need.

Let me know if your family is in need or if you know a family that can be helped.  We thank the Councilmember for making this benefit available to EV families.

Forster or Adopt this Pet Pit bull

Elysian Valley family is looking for “anyone  who loves dogs [that] can foster or adopt an extremely passive pit bull.  We are unable to continue fostering him.  When fostering, medical for dog is paid.”  If interested, contact Martha @ 818-472-4187

Illegal marijuana grows have stolen 1.2 billion gallons of water

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), in the last two years, illegal marijuana grows have stolen 1.2 billion gallons of water. That’s the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Click the following link to read the full story.

City Driver Claims Own Damages

Visit the Frog Spot this Weekend

Fall is Lovely along the Los Angeles River
The Frog Spot, FoLAR’s gateway to the Los Angeles River, enjoys an expansive view of the sky.  Sit a spell and watch the light evolve from white morning bright to cloudy blue to majestic purple at sunset.  The Frog Spot is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to 4PM, and we provide free drinking water, free Wi-Fi, restrooms and activities. Grab a map of the LA River, and take a stroll or ride your bike along the Glendale Narrows.  A perfect day!
Join Annie Ory of yogaRIOT for outdoor yoga class at The Frog Spot on Saturdays at 11AM.  This all-levels group is friendly and inclusive, and your class donation benefits FoLAR.
River of Wings

Bring family and friends to The Frog Spot to enjoy the popular art installation, RIVER OF WINGS by Marcelle Gravel.  These kinetic art sculptures were created with local communities, and they intrigue visitors of all ages.


On Saturday evenings at The Frog Spot,enjoy FREE live music from three bands between 5-8PM. We sell beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks at this all-ages event. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Wandering Gypsies
Psychedelic Blues

Wandering Gypsies from East Los Angeles enjoys traveling from town to town, sharing their alternative bluessound.  5PM
Honey Whiskey Trio
Harmony in Folk & Bluegrass

Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, alumnae of Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble.  6PM
Avalon Omega

Tiny yet tremendous, the youthful electro-groove thrill brat Avalon Omega is a dramatically self-possessed artist. The Omega sound skips and skitters across the cerebellum, flinging generous handfuls of break-beat glitter and techno fairy dust that burst into shimmering clouds of aural extravagance.  7PM
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2825 Benedict Street
LA 90039
From Riverside Drive, take Newell Street northeast until it ends. A quick right on the bike path will lead you to The Frog Spot. Easy street parking on the weekends.
Friends of the Los Angeles River
570 West Avenue 26, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Please join us at Cactus Gallery for our traditional small works exhibit. The exhibit will feature more than 20 artists and media include acrylics on canvas and wood, watercolors, handmade ornaments, pendants and cameos, art dolls, paper mache, paper cut outs, graphite on paper, sculpture, and more!

This is a cash and carry show and all artwork can go home on the day of the exhibit. New works will be coming in throughout the 5 week run of the show, so check our Facebook page often for new works. Once again, Walt Hall has prepared his special wall of minis just for Cactus Gallery. All works in the show $10-100!

For more on the show, to visit the gallery, or for pre-sale info, contact Sandra atsemastroianni70@yahoo.com.

Cactus Gallery
3001 North Coolidge Avenue
Los Angeles (Elysian Valley AKA Frogtown), CA 90039
Gallery hours: Saturdays 11a-5p, Sundays 11a-2p and by appointment


Email Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com or call323.801.8669 for a visit or for purchase information.

We accept all forms of payment and the gallery is open to installment plans to help you grow your collection.

3rd Annual Friendsgiving Invitation

Dear Friends,
Please save the date, November 25th, 6-8pm, for Friendsgiving, our annual holiday party to celebrate our partners and supporters for all you do for the LA River.

As always, we will be having a friendly bake off! Enter your favorite sweet treat to win the golden spatula and an awesome LA-centric prize. Please feel free to share the invitation with your office-mates and colleagues. RSVP here.
LA River Corp
— Join us at our very first pop-up dinner event on the LA River . To get your tickets to Dining at Dusk, please click here: http://bit.ly/diningatdusk

The Funnies
La Times

Neighbor of The Month

We are delighted to introduce you to Carl E. Dickerson as part of our “Neighbor of the Month” series-an effort started last November to highlight Elysian Valley residents and stakeholders. It is our sincere hope that doing so contributes in some fashion to better know one another, build, grow and appreciate the make-up of our community.  The NW thanks Carl Dickerson for his contribution to EV.  If you missed our earlier recognitions (Robert Garcia, Frank & Lucy, Raul Martinez, Bob Berg, Pauline Pritchett, Ronald Muir, Susan Campos, Mrs. Lau Wong Svi Ching, Tracy Stone & Allen Anderson), we invite you to visit the EVNW website. 

Carl E. Dickerson was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1938.  He grew up in the small town of Duquesne, Pennsylvania—a steel town during the hay day of Pittsburg as the steel center of the world.  This was a blue collar town where 90% of men worked in steel mills to support the nation’s steel consumption and the going war effort.

Carl’s dad was a steel worker, union leader and treasurer of local CIO Steel Workers Union.  He too was the financial secretary of the Black Elks fraternity.  His mom dedicated herself to raising four boys at home.  During the Eisenhower administration, Carl remembers his mom working as a maid for approximately a year during a steel strike that had men unemployed. When asked what he remembers most about his early upbringing, Carl remarks “always having a job.”  “I did everything from collecting fallen coal from passing freight train cars alongside our house, to shining shoes and having an early morning paper route at age 10.”

Carl left town at the age of 17 to attend Lincoln University in 1956 where he earned his BS degree in 1960.  He stopped units short of a Master degree from Temple University.  Carl went on to teach high school biology and chemistry and also worked as a health inspector.
Carl always knew he would go to college.  He remembers being the only black kid in all of his early classes.  When talking German in 10th grade, all of his classmates were sons and daughters of East European steel working immigrant families from Czechoslovakia, Russia and Poland.“I was really more fortunate than most guys to have had two exceptional parents who instilled in me honesty and a very strong work ethic.  These qualities were equally present in my grandparents.  I was brought up with the adage that I had to be twice as good to be even.”

Carl’s three younger brothers too became college educated and very accomplished.  Two of his brothers earned PhD degrees and went on to teach at Williams College, Dartmouth, Carleton and Vanderbilt University.  His other brother now deceased went on to retire in management from the JC Penney Co.“We knew we had to work hard and perform well to provide our families and their families an even chance to go forward”, says Carl.  He is glad that today’s kids don’t have to work as hard “to get an even shake”.  The Dickerson family evolution to excellence began with his great grandfather, a Mulatto slave in or about 1864.  “When you hear stories from your great grandfather about when he was somebody else’s property, you are motivated to overachieve.”

Carl married at age 26, his now wife of 50 years, is a registered public health nurse serving underprivileged communities.  Both are proud parents of two girls.  Carl moved West in 1964 to run the health department for Kodiak Island, Alaska for an annual base salary of $7,200.00.  He was motivated by a desire to make more money, to achieve and to make his parents feel proud.  With a stop in San Francisco, and both he and his wife falling in love with the place, their journey to Alaska fell short.  Responding to ads for teachers in nuclear science and civil defense, Carl was hired by the University of California, becoming only 1 of 6 people in the State to teach early responders how to survive a nuclear attack during the Cold War with Russia, which in essence called for assured mutual destruction.  He did this work for two years.

In 1963, Carl and his wife attended the Civil Rights March on Washington. Carl considers Mr. Clarance Jones—then Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and today a Scholar resident professor at Stanford University— as one of his closest friends.

Carl is the head and founder of Dickerson Employee Benefits (an insurance brokerage firm) operating in Elysian Valley. This business traces back to his early work with New York Life insurance in 1965-66 where he sold life insurance, estate planning, and quickly become one of their top producers.  He was only the 2nd or 3rd African American to be hired by the Company in the US at the time.  It was during this time, that as a country, equal employment opportunity became law.  Prior to this, people were not hiring blacks, Hispanics, women and other minorities.  They didn’t give them equal opportunity, says Carl.  For this reason, it is Carl’s opinion, that President Johnson is one of the great presidents in American history.  “He was a driving force behind putting equal opportunity in play”.  “All citizens are given equal opportunity as a goal—making the US the greatest country in the world,” says Carl.

Having become the top producer for New York life and liking the prospect of working for himself, Carl decided to build his business (Dickerson Employee Benefits) around the immigrant community.  He became a wholesale distributor for health plans for all major carriers and soon earned the trust of other insurance brokers to write their proposal and assist them in growing their business. The key to the success of Dickerson Employee Benefits has been an all-inclusive model that embraces all cultures.  Carl was a pioneering lobbyist to make available health applications in multiple languages.  He credits his success to always approaching people with good will, having a genuine interest to teach others the business, always being available and earning customer loyalty.

Carl is a firm believer in helping others and is much involved with multiple non-profit groups.  “You do well by doing good,” says Carl.   He bought his first facility as an independent in 1972 and presently has a foot print in all 50 states.  He counts approximately 3500 brokers that work through Dickerson.  He employs 60 + employees, plus multiple consultants.  While still involved in the business, he has his son’s in law, Tony Lee and Michael Wolff, running the day to day operations.  Dickerson Employee Benefits came to Elysian Valley from its prior location within the LA Chamber of Commerce building on Bixel St.  Their growth, location and space made coming to Elysian Valley in 2001 and easy choice.  The Dickerson building is a modern two story structure on Riverside Dr. with a sizable meeting room and a beautiful cascading fountain, which compliments the neighborhood.

For Carl, it is important to be a good neighbor to the Elysian Valley community.  He makes his building available to various neighborhood interest groups and is home to the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch monthly meetings since 2009.  When asked why he is so willing to give back, Carl says that much is expected from people to whom much has been given.  Dickerson Employee Benefits supports summer youth internships for area youth and has made its expert personnel readily available to help Elysian Valley residents navigate the Affordable Care Act.   “Part of being a good citizen is helping out the community where you are making a living”, says Carl.  “It’s the moral thing to do.”   We consider ourselves part of Elysian Valley, says Carl.

Carl believes in hard work, doing the best job possible, no excuses and using the highest standards as a benchmark.  This philosophy is embedded in the Dickerson employee culture.  The Dickerson workforce is made up of ten different ethnic groups (including but not limited to Japanese, Chinese, African American, Hispanic, Russian, Filipino)—very much in line with the demographic make up of Elysian Valley.  Carl’s single most dear accomplishment is his role as Chairman of the board in a non-profit that sponsors and promotes young screen writers to write positive success stories about everyday American minorities.  “The most important cultural influence in our society is movies and television. For this reason, stories need to be balanced so that people don’t grow-up with limited expectations of success.”

Carl hopes to be remembered as a good father, husband and employer.  For Carl, family is everything.  He believes we are all conditioned to seek the approval of our parents and having it is a measure of success.  Carl considers himself fortunate to have had his parent’s approval.  He is a person of faith and   believes in the “Godly act of helping others and seeing people for who they are, without seeing color or sex and treating them as you would treat your own brother or sister.”

Drop, Cover and Hold On
Click the following link to see the Elysian Valley EmergencyPlanhttps://evnw.wordpress.com/emergency-preparedness/

This past Thursday, the nation practiced preparedness with the Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill. This year, over 10.4 million people in California and over 26 million people worldwide participated in the Shake Out Drill. Our Communications Director, Stephanie Saporito, would like to remind you that preparing for an earthquake doesn’t end after the Shake Out. Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake.

Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. Great Shake Out earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Shake Out also has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?

Key Emergency Preparedness Essentials

  • Developing a family/business Disaster Plan (i.e., where to meet, evacuation, etc.)
  • Be prepare at home, at work & in your vehicle
  • 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 & other special occasions)
  • 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
  • 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.).
  • Be mindful of neighbors with special needs (i.e., disabled/elderly)
  • Learn and practice “Drop/Cover/Hold” drill
  • Have a gas powered generator with reserve gas in storage
  • Have a list of emergency contact number
  • Know your community resources & gathering places
  • If a qualified medic, give consideration to making yourself available to assist those in need
  • Hold Practice Emergency drills

No, it’s not your imagination: The Los Angeles area is feeling more earthquakes this year http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-la-quakes-20140603-story.html

Join the good eggs community

Make Pie with Good Eggs and Sugar Pie, Honey Buns

Get pie-pared for the holidays! Join us for a baking workshop with Michelle Park from Sugar Pie, Honey Buns. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, as we’ll get to make our own apple pie with tips and techniques for the new and seasoned home baker.
If you have a favorite pie pan, apron, or kitchen tool, bring it along, otherwise we’ll provide disposable pie pans and tools for you to use. We’ll also get the chance to try some of Michelle’s other delicious pie offering that you can buy on Good Eggs!
Where: 2760 Clearwater St., LA, 90039. Parking is in the front lot.
When: Sunday, November 9th, 5 – 7pm
RSVPPlease RSVP soon! Tickets are $15* per person, which will cover the cost of your very own apple pie to take home!

*Feel free to bring a +1 to help you bake your pie

RSVP here!
What’s going on in our other Food Hubs?
New Orleans
Happy Hour Recipe Swap at Swirl Wines, 3143 Ponce de Leon St., NOLA (Nov. 15, 2 – 4pm)
San Francisco
Good Eggs Foodhub Tour at 630 Tennessee Street, San Francisco (Nov. 16, 4 – 6pm)
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Bible study @ St. Ann Parish Every Monday at 6 pm
2302 Riverdale Ave.
1365 Blake Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031We would love to have you at our Bible study.  We meet every Monday in the Hall from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM including refreshment time.  The purpose of the study is to help folks understand the Biblical sources of the Catholic faith and how we can tap into the power of God to enhance our everyday lives.  We look at the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  We use a number of church approved sources to help us to fully understand what God is saying to us in in those readings.  Come and check it out!
Gary Krauss

FREE Dispute Resolution Program

Get free dispute resolution with business, consumer, family/domestic, neighbor to neighbor, work/personal injury issues.  This program too offers “free mediation” training.   This office too has a voluntary mediation between individuals and law enforcement to help improve relations between LAPD & the Community. To schedule an appointment or for more information contact Ms. Alma Martinez at 213.485.8324alma.martinez@lacity.org.

Free Stuff
https://www.freecycle.org/  is a free site that matched up people who are giving stuff away with people who are looking for selected items.  So check out this site before going out to buy something you can get for free.

Bulky-Item/Illegal Dumping Reporting
Our community has a serious bulky item/illegal dumping problem.  In addition to reporting said items for pick-up via my 311 App (smart phone users) and dialing 311, this too can be reported via fax to: 213.473.4096 to the attention Mr. Domingo Salgado.  Lastly this can too be done on line http://san.lacity.org/solid_resources/ The City has a $1000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping trash.

Funeral Planning 101

  • Know your spending budget and stick with it (treat it with the same planning given a house or vehicle purchase)
  • It has to work for you and your family
  • Shop around for the least expensive options by calling area funeral homes for pricing
  • Funeral homes are obligated by law to offer itemized options and to quote pricing over the phone.  You are not obligated to purchase funeral packages.
  • There are no charities to help with expenses (be suspicious of anyone claiming to do this)
  • Find funeral and cremation prices in your community by using this link: http://fcasocal.org/

Funeral Planning Services

http://efuneral.com/users/site/index is a site that helps simplify funeral planning. Find the funeral information you need to plan with confidence.  “With our free funeral comparison tools, articles, and videos, you’ll plan a memorable funeral service – and stay within your budget.”

More Affordable Funeral Services

Funeral services that are available for every budget.  For additional information and assistance, please visit http://www.funerals.org/.  The Funeral Consumer Alliance can be reached at 802-865-8300.  Stay away from the package sale as you have the legal right to purchase services separately (i.e., a $1000.00 coffin from Costco).  Also discourage the practice of buying funeral burial plots as people tend to move to other states and/or other parts of the world and don’t necessarily end-up being buried where they bought their plots.  Cremation too is now becoming very popular and an acceptable means by most faiths.  In short be informed and do what is within your means and best for your individual situation.  Funeral services are free for military personnel.

Affordable Prescription Glasses On-Line

There is a website that offers prescription eye glasses for as little as $7.99 at [zennioptical.com]-1800-211-2105.  It requires you get your prescription from your eye doctor…something they hate doing but which you have a right to.  Be sure to request your prescription with your pupillary distance measurement.  I have personally put this site to test and purchased a pair of glasses with some extras (i.e., tint, reflective coating, etc. for under $30)-received via US mail in two weeks.

Fill your Medical Prescriptions at Costco

Be reminded of the benefit of having medical prescriptions filled at the Costco pharmacy.  Considerable savings can be realized when filling generic prescriptions at Costco (i.e., $10 generic at Costco is costing $100-200 at outside pharmacies).  The good news is that no Costco membership is required for pharmacy services.  

Graffiti and Illegal Dumping

Graffiti Reporting
Please report any graffiti to 311 for clean-up.  Graffiti can also be reported via web address http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm.   For graffiti on the pedestrian/bike path, please report same to LA-River Corps for clean-up at the following e-mail contacts: igarcia@lacorps.orgymcorona@lacorps.org

Illegal Dumping
Please report any items on the sidewalk or on the side of the street to 311.  You can also report items online http://san.lacity.org/solid_resources/refuse/SR_IllegalDumping.htm.
Please Tell a Friend:
The city of Los Angeles has FREE bulky item pickup.  It is available to every resident, even if you are renting.  You can request items to be picked up FREE OF CHARGE.  Please help Keep Elysian Valley clean.
Telephone: (800) 773-2489
Webpage: http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/refuse/services/bulky_items.htm
Online Service: http://www.san.lacity.org/solid_resources/refuse/service_request.htm

Full Description of Services
We encourage you to recycle your bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. If you are unable to do so, the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick-up large or bulky household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furniture from residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles. To arrange for the removal of these items from your curbside, please call 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., at least one day before your regular collection day. Bulky items are collected on the same day that your regular trash collection is made.
Have an itemized list ready when calling in your request.
You can also request collection by clicking on the Web Site indicated below. Fill out and submit the Service Request form. On line service requests take two days to process. BOS does not collect automotive parts, construction material, commercial waste or cardboard as Bulky Item collections.

Customer Service Call Center
No Public Counter
Los Angeles, CA 90013
tdd: (213) 473-4095
800: (800) 773-2489
ctx: (213) 473-4180
email: san.callcenter@lacity.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 07:30a.m.-04:45p.m

Important Contact Resource Guide

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
Los Angeles City Council, District 13
City Hall

Adam G. Bass
Elysian Valley Field Deputy
District Office5500 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.957.4500 – office
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
Los Angeles City Council, District 13

  • Capt. Jeffrey Bert – 33112@lapd.lacity.org – Northeast Police Dept. (San Fernando Rd.) 323.344.5708
  • 911 – All Emergencies
  • 213.793.0760 – 30347@lapd.lacity.org – SLO  Gina 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
  • GRAFFITI ISSUES: Ofcr M. Beall #32430 and Ofcr E. Martinez #38054

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
The City automated permit process can be found @:  http://bsspermits.lacity.org/