A Tree Blooms in Eagle Rock (actually, 160 of them!)

You Wanted Trees. You Got Trees.

For the past 6 months, the ERNC has been working to swing an unprecedented deal with the City of Los Angeles, to bring more shade trees to our sun-blasted boulevards in Eagle Rock. For decades, there have been blighted commercial blocks where no trees have been planted, often because there was no one to sign the tree-care contract required by the City, or because business owners refused to sign, since they believed that trees were bad for business.

But Council District 14 staff and the ERNC had a different idea: What if we could pay a third party, in this case, a local nonprofit (Northeast Trees), to care for and water the new street trees, so that the contract wouldn’t be required? The sidewalks belong to the people, and the people have told us that they want shade when they park and walk and shop, and they want nice green leafy things to look at.

So when the City of LA approached Eagle Rock’s community groups with the offer of free unlimited concrete cuts in our sidewalks, and free trees to put in them — as long as we could find the money to care for the trees for two years — the ERNC got to work. A couple of ERNC members (especially former Subdistrict 4 director, Kerry Tribe) pounded the pavement, crunched the numbers, and endured sunburn, tired feet, and missed work opportunities to collaborate with members of the Eagle Rock Association (TERA) and Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful (CERB) on a map of over 400 spots for potential street trees on Eagle Rock’s major boulevards.

The original plan from CD-14 was to have new parkways along with the new trees throughout Eagle Rock – an Extreme Makeover for our major streets. However in the end, as in all things, we made a compromise: we got fewer trees than we wanted – around 160 – and we ended up paying for a few dozen trees in Highland Park. The expanded parkways were a pipe dream, since there were no volunteers to take on the effort. But it’s a victory nonetheless.

Funding for the tree care is being split 50-50 between Eagle Rock (including the ERNC, TERA, and the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan Parking Credit Fund) and Councilmember José Huizar. In the next ERNC newsletter, we’ll break down the numbers. But suffice it to say, none of this would be happening without the financial and organizational support of the Councilmember and his conscientious local staff, along with the dedicated tree people at the City of L.A.’s Environmental Services Group and Bureau of Street Services.

What’s going on this Weekend?

Friday, July 4th 4pm - 9pm Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles

Friday, July 4th
4pm – 9pm
Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles

Week of July 5-10 Colombo's Italian Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd.

Week of July 5-10
Colombo’s Italian Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd.

Then we have the upcoming free spay and neuter clinic on July 12. You do need appointments so call early as spots are limited.

Spay and Neuter

Saturday, July 12 Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Saturday, July 12
Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment
North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Have an event you want to publicize through the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council? Email us a flyer or a link (or both) at info@ernc.la.

ERNC Meets Tuesday, July 1, 7:00pm

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00pm at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. All Eagle Rockers are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Meeting notices and the agenda are posted 72 hours in advance online here at ERNC.LA, and a hard copy is posted on the front door of Eagle Rock City Hall.

View the meeting agenda at this link.

Click through the links in the agenda to view/download all the supplementary materials the ERNC will use to make decisions at the meeting; these materials will be added as we get them, so sometimes they may be added up to one hour before the meeting. One paper copy of this agenda packet will be available for public viewing at the meeting — so if you want your own copy of anything to refer to, please print at home and bring with you.

The public is welcome to make general comments at the beginning of each meeting, and speak on individual agenda items as they are discussed, by filling out a Speaker Card at the beginning of the meeting. Public comments are limited to 2 minutes each. See the agenda for details.

If you want to suggest an agenda item for next month’s meeting, please email the Executive Committee of the ERNC at least 2 days before the Executive Committee meeting, where we set the agenda. These meetings are usually on the last Tuesday of each month, but sometimes holidays get in the way. If you’re planning on attending a meeting or submitting an agenda item, please confirm the date in our calendar section.

A backlog of public meeting documents is available in our Google Apps document folder.

Got questions? Please email them to: info@ernc.la

What’s going on this weekend?

Saturday, June 28 10am to 3pm @ Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd.

Saturday, June 28
10am to 3pm
@ Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd.

Sunday, June 29 5pm till late @ Eagle Rock Rec Center, 1100 Eagel Vista Drive

Sunday, June 29
5pm till late
@ Eagle Rock Rec Center, 1100 Eagel Vista Drive

June 27, 4pm - 7pm  June 28, 10am - 4pm @ Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena

June 27, 4pm – 7pm
June 28, 10am – 4pm
@ Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena

Have an event you want to publicize through the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council? Email us a flyer or a link (or both) to info@ernc.la.

LUPC Meets Thursday, June 26

The next meeting of the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) of the ERNC is Thursday evening, June 26, at 7:00pm at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041. All interested Eagle Rockers are encouraged to attend!

(Note that due to summer holidays, this is a week later than the LUPC’s usual 3rd Thursday meeting.)

Click this link to read and download the meeting agenda. More links will be added to the agenda as information and documents become available.

If you have any questions about agenda items or Land Use in general, please email us at: info@ernc.la

What’s going on this Weekend?

Saturday,  June 21

Saturday, June 21 8pm @ California Plaza

Saturday, June 21 10am @ York & Ave. 50

Saturday, June 21 10am @ York & Ave. 50

Sunday, June 22 11am @ Eagle Rock Recreation Center

Sunday, June 22
11am @ Eagle Rock Recreation Center

Have an event you want to publicize through the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council? Email us a flyer or a link (or both) at info@ernc.la.