President’s Message 9-26-16


Greetings Highland Park!

We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 term of the Historic Highland Park neighborhood council has hit the ground running. And to demonstrate our enthusiasm and commitment to you, we have revamped our digital communications system. First and foremost is our new weekly newsletter. You are looking at the first of a weekly email digest that we will be sending out, in an effort to keep you as up to date and informed as possible. Second, we have updated our website with the exact same intentions of keeping you well informed. We love how easy it is to navigate the new site and find upcoming meetings and information. We hope you like it too! We are still updating some of the information like meeting minutes and committee information, so if you don’t see what you are looking for today, check back in a couple of weeks. And as always, feel free to ask us questions by reaching us on the newly updated “contact” page of the website.

If you have fallen out of touch with us, or are not familiar with what is going on lately, we sincerely hope that these new communication tools will reconnect us and empower you with the information you need to utilize and leverage YOUR neighborhood council to serve you and your neighborhood. Here are some of the projects and events we have recently taken on, to bring you up to date with things:

  • In August we held an event called “Highland Park Vision Day” where the community came together to help the board create our strategic plan and budget for the new term. The event was a great success and as a result, we were able to approve our strategic plan and budget at a September board meeting. Thanks to everyone who came out to help with that!
  • We have created a number of new committees to help deliver on our strategic plan and focus on key concerns and issues that are impacting all of us right now! But we need your help! The neighborhood council is a community-run government entity. We all volunteer our time and human resources which can be a big challenge. I encourage you to get involved and join a committee, or at least try to come to the meetings and get informed, learn what is being addressed that may impact your neighborhood, and learn what you can do to make a difference.
  • We successfully launched our new HHPNC website and this weekly newsletter digest. You can check out the updated website at Kristina Smith of The Mailroom will be running our website and newsletter. She is a local Los Angeles businesswoman who specializes in digital communications for various neighborhood councils. We are thrilled to have her on our team and want to give her a big welcome.
  • We have a new social media administrator. Board member Jamie Tijerina will be running our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. Be sure to like, follow and join as she keeps us up to date with all things “social media” in our neighborhood.
  • Many board members attended the recent Congress of Neighborhoods event held at City Hall. There were many different community service organizations, and city agencies present. We learned about a lot of great resources that we can bring to Highland Park, and participated in various discussions, all in an effort to represent Highland Park the best way we can.

On behalf of the entire board, I would like to say that we are all inspired and motivated by all of you in the community to do what we can to help preserve all the things about Highland Park that we love and count on in our day to day lives, as well as work to make Highland Park the best urban neighborhood around to live, work, and spend time. Enjoy the new newsletter and website, and don’t forget to come to a meeting, and check in to our social media platforms to say “hello.” Don’t be a stranger!

We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!


Harvey Slater
Your 2016-2017 Neighborhood Council President