The highlight of the FHRAís annual meeting on June
20, 2015, at the Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) was a chance to meet
and be heard by our new city council member, David Ryu, then councilmember
elect, who attended nearly the whole meeting so he could familiarize
himself with our little corner of LA. He promised, "Iíll be here again and
againÖto discuss issues and how my council office can best serve you."
Saying "itís time for us to all unite and move forward."
Northeast LAPD Captain Jeffrey Bert reported to the overflow crowd that our area was "one of my safest neighborhoods" but pointed out there has been "an uptick in residential burglariesÖ and an increase in burglaries from motor vehicles." Those made up one-third of our areaís nighttime crimes and he noted, "50% of the cars were unlocked." Commenting, "a big chunk of our criminals are not going to take the time to smash the glass or jimmy a lock" Asked about the big explosion and fire on Sunset Dr. earlier this year, where butane cannisters were found up to a ľ mile from the scene, he explained that the butane was used to "extract honey oil, hashish oil from cannabis plants."
The LA Fire Department was represented by Capt. Scott Souter from station 35 on Hillhurst who urged residents in this extreme drought year not only to quickly remove dead vegetation, but also to take extra precaution when parking their cars on our narrow streets. He asked drivers to park close to the curb and away from corners, explaining their large trucks "need about 100í clear on each side of turns." He showed a dramatic video of a brush fire noting itís "like being thrown into a war zone."
The chair of the East Hollywood Los Feliz Homeless Coalition, Dana
Cremin, spoke about the need to fund services to help the homeless. Her
group is raising $150,000 to provide an outreach van staffed with
knowledgeable professionals to meet the homeless where they are and provide
them the services that they need explaining, "The theories around
homelessness now strongly believe that when we allow encampments to
mushroom, when we give money to panhandlers, when we offer food and what
not instead of encouraging our homeless neighbors to seek services we are
actually enabling them. It'sí like giving an alcoholic a
Local historian and realtor Richard Stanley took the crowd on some backward time travel with a presentation of photos from the Los Angeles Public Library's extensive collection. They were taken about 75 years ago by Herman Schultze who lived at 2806 St. George Street. Schultze was a refugee from Nazi Germany who seemed fascinated by his new neighborhood. One of the many pictures that fascinated the meeting was an image of "Marshall High School when kids took bikes instead of buses."
Representing our host LILA was former student and now campus assistant
David Padilla who ably handled all the technical details and introduced
the schoolís artist in residence Mileece, an environmental designer who
described her Bio-Library creation as a "sound sanctuary, a place where
the kids can go to get away from urban noises and instead have access to a
natural soundscape which is very important to the brain."
New to the FHRA Board is contractor Joseph
Tannous, a 15 year Hyperion resident who has worked hard to rehabilitate
that area. Returning to the board will be retiring president, Chris
Boutelle; new FHRA President, Tim Cowell; Secretary, Elizabeth Richardson;
wildlife guru, George Grace; and Treasurer, Bruce Carroll who reported
that the organizationís finances were on an even keel.