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President’s Message 10-8-21

Highland Park Neighbors:

For this President’s note, I’d like to focus on change. There seems to be a lot in flux right now in Highland Park and around Los Angeles. Whether it is the redistricting hearings, the constant Covid-19 pandemic adjustments, council members declaring their campaigns for mayor, or simply the transition from one season to another, change can be unnerving, disruptive and challenging. The month of September was full of these shifts and swings, and it doesn’t look like they are slowing down anytime soon. 

It is extremely difficult to find comfort in uncertainty and it seems as if Highland Park is going to be living in that discomfort in the coming months. However, I want to use this platform today to let you personally know that we as a board are committed to being a steadfast, reliable resource for you during these transitions. 

Forgive me if I tread into over-sentimental terrain here – but I truly believe that when transition and change are thrust upon us, it is an opportunity to make changes that we wouldn’t necessarily be able to make otherwise. We are our most creative — our most unified during times of metamorphosis. This is when communities are built and strengthened. Believe me when I say that the board’s duties are not to make DONE, CD1 or CD14s’ jobs easier; we are here to elevate and protect the voices of the neighborhood, to seek out differing perspectives and opinions, to listen and to lead based on what we hear. What I really want to express to you all is that the opportunity to make your voice heard will never be lessened because of times like this – times of change. We have a real opportunity to grow as a board and as a community and I hope we can continue to work together, cordially and passionately. 

All that being said, I’m not blind to the fact that actions speak louder than words. What I say here is only as good as what happens in our meetings and the work we do to back up this sentiment. So, if you have opinions or comments on LA’s redistricting, please please feel free to send me an email at duncan.gregory@highlandparknc.com. I will be attending and making a public comment at the redistricting meeting this Saturday the 9th; as I am far from an expert on this topic, I would love to hear from the people in our community who have more informed opinions on redistricting than I do so please let me know how you feel on the subject, or fill out the city’s public comment form here.

Additionally, after that meeting on Saturday I will be working the HHPNC table at El Mercado – please feel free to come say hello and introduce yourself – I haven’t had many chances to meet with people face-to-face because of the pandemic and this seems like a great opportunity to do so.

As always, you can fill out the Public Comment Submission Form here for our general meetings.

And you can fill out the
Agenda Submission Form here as well. 

Change is something we’re either fighting for or fighting against in any given moment depending on the circumstances – but no matter what changes occur in Highland Park over the next couple of months be they municipal or otherwise, we are here to help amplify your voices. As I said in my last letter: no matter what you do for a living, no matter if you’re housed or unhoused, no matter what differences you and I may have in personal beliefs, you are my neighbor and I am yours. On behalf of the board, I want to thank the community for their ongoing support, engagement and discourse around these difficult topics. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please share this message and/or any of the links in this letter to your friends, neighbors and colleagues who are Highland Park stakeholders.

Duncan

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