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Committee Chair’s Report

Hello Highland Park!

Over the past few months, we have collaborated with Neighborhood Councils in Region 8, non-profits, and our local elected officials to host the #NELearn community learning series. This series of workshops has been organized by the Culture and Equality committee and is meant to give people free access to information and resources that the community really needs in NELA. In October, we kicked off the series in Cypress Park with a free citizenship workshop co-sponsored with Greater Cypress Park NC and Ferias Legales at the Cypress Park Library.

In November and December, we hosted two Financial Empowerment workshops at the Arroyo Seco Library, focused on helping young people in NELA – Millennials and Gen Z – with information to help them survive economically during this time of student loan crisis, and also save money by utilizing library services. You can learn more about it in this article in the Boulevard Sentinel. 

Last month, we held two more workshops. The first was a Neighborhood Councils 101 workshop ahead of the January 28th deadline to file to run for neighborhood councils in Region 8 NELA/Eastside. The workshop was presented to a full house of community members, and they had a chance to get valuable information about running for one of the 19 open seats on HHPNC. Neighborhood Council elections for NCs in Region 8 will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. Voting for HHPNC will be held at the Highland Park Senior Center (6152 N. Figueroa St, 90042) on Saturday, April 13th from 9:30am-3:30pm. More information is available on our website. The second was a Tenants’ Rights workshop presented in collaboration with Hermon NC, Art in the Park LA, LA Tenants’ Union and Ferias Legales in which local tenants had a chance to get their questions answered and learn more about their rights in Los Angeles.

In February, we collaborated with Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and many community partners to provide a comprehensive workshop on Health and Wellness, with a special focus on prevention of disease. 2 our of 5 people in Los Angeles county have diabetes or prediabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, “People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year, of which about $9,601 is attributed to diabetes.” This is a disease that is harming people in NELA, taking away their physical health, mental health, and economic power. The session was held at the Glassell Park Senior Center. More workshops are planned for the Spring and information will be shared in this weekly newsletter as details are finalized.

Our next full board meeting will be held on Thursday March 7th, 2019, 7pm at the Highland Park Senior Citizen Center, 6152 N. Figueroa Street, 90042. Our meetings are held there every month on the 1st Thursday of the month and we enjoy having you, our community members, come out to give public comment and engage on the issues you care about most. We look forward to seeing you there!

Jamie Tijerina
Director At-Large
Chair, Culture and Equality Committee
Digital Communications Liaison

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