President’s Message

Happy Monday Highland Park Community!!

This is Rocio Rivas, the new President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council! I am honored and elated to extend my service to
Highland Park by taking on this new community leadership role! I have been an Angeleno all my life and living in Highland Park for almost 14
years now. Two years ago, I joined HHPNC to be of service to my community and Los Angeles by using my skills, experience, and knowledge in areas in need. Having served as secretary, I have learned a tremendous amount from my interactions with various community stakeholders, Councilmembers Huizar and Cedillo and their respective staff, and city hall staff members. All in all, I have gained community leadership skills that enable me to further my service to Highland Park as President of HHPNC.

Please join me in welcoming FIVE new board members in the positions of Director-at-Large: Mary Pickert, Joe Tarr, Ross Ufberg, Clinton Schaff and
Jeffrey Rex. HHPNC is very excited to have the perspectives, motivation and energy that our new members bring to the board. Our neighborhood
council cannot exist without the community volunteers that compose the board. My deepest gratitude to all who decided to apply for the positions
and joined the endeavor of being at the service of our community and city.  Please visit our website to learn more about the new board members.

With that said, we need more Highland Park stakeholders to join HHPNC!  There are TWO positions available, Secretary and Director-at-large. To
apply for either of these positions, please visit and complete the application. The voting will take place at HHPNC’s next board meeting on July 5th, 2018 at the Highland Park Senior Center (6152 N. Figueroa Street, LA CA 90042) and the new board members will join the board on the August 2nd, 2018 board meeting.

The Day of Compassion for our Homeless Residents is finally here! The HHPNC Housing and Homeless Committee has organized a day to give back to our neighbors experiencing homelessness and economic hardships. HHPNC has partnered with the Mayor’s Office, Arroyo Vista Medical Group, and Avenue 50 Studio to come together to give some compassion to those in need. The Housing and Homeless Committee will also distribute a Homeless Resource Directory with information compiled by committee members and volunteers.  There will be opportunities for medical checkups, food, clothes, women’s shoes, kid’s toys, hygiene items, art and music. We need donations of travel size shampoos, toothpaste, tooth brush, wipes, deodorant, nail clippers, new socks, new underwear, non-perishable snacks, etc. to include in the Compassion Hygiene packets. If you know of any organizations or group of neighbors who can help donate some of these items, we would really appreciate it. We also welcome volunteers to help us give back to our neighbors in need. If you want to help or donate items, please email and

Another important event is Budget Day!! Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council stakeholders as well as board members are invited to
attend this year’s Budget Day at City Hall on June 23rd with a free breakfast and a chance to learn more about how the services Angelenos want
and need are financed. There will also be regional break-out sessions later in the morning to discuss local concerns and your input and
involvement is very much welcomed.

Once again, I am humbled and honored to continue serving HHPNC in the capacity of President. I’m looking forward to the year ahead of us and
sharing with news and events taking place in Highland Park and throughout Los Angeles.

Rocio Rivas, President
Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council