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How Strong is the State of Eagle Rock?

The Eagle Rock Association will hold its annual "State of the Town" address on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

What are the most pressing issues facing Eagle Rock in the coming year and who did it handle the greatest challenges of 2012? Those are the types of questions that will be addressed on Wednesday, Feb. 27 when The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) holds its annual "State of the Town" address. 

The "State of the Town" address will be held at 7 p.m. at the at 2225 Colorado Blvd.

From Councilman José Huizar's weekly newsletter:

Join The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) as they host their annual Eagle Rock "State of the Town Address" event! TERA's annual event will feature keynote speaker Councilmember José Huizar who will recap the past year in the city and answer questions about its future.

2012 was a busy year for Eagle Rock, including the election of a new neighborhood council, a crackdown on local massage parlors, raids of local medical marijuana dispensaries and efforts to Bring Back the Boulevard.

Which issues were most relevant to you in 2012? And which ones most need to be addressed in the coming year?

Steve Thompson February 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM
When and where is the new DOG Park going to happen for Eagle Rock? Woof Woof!
Robert De Velasco February 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Take back the Blvd. is just a play on words . The only ones taking back anything are the developers. Take for instance the proposed bicycle lanes. They are of no use the the majority of our citizens, yet they are willing to spend a whole lot of money to see they we get them any way . Even if we don't NEED them. The money can instead be used for our schools and library's I believe they want to install bicycle lanes to promote more sidewalk traffic for the local businesses we didn't want in the first place, that are owned by people who don't live in Eagle Rock. i could go on but enough said for now. . . .
Jen February 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Such a cynical perspective. All of these elements go hand in hand in making a strong community. You'd rather have drivers speeding up and down Colorado at sometimes 50mph than encouraging a place where people can feel safe biking and crossing the street? This initiative is more than creating bicycle lanes, it's an idea to help the neighborhood as a whole for the local residents and businesses. Businesses, regardless of where the owners reside play a big part in the community, providing needed services and often donating to schools and other local causes. There is nothing stopping any Eagle Rock entrepreneur from pursuing a business in town. And sure, the schools and library could use more funding, but that is a greater Los Angeles issue that will doubtfully be resolved by forgoing Take Back the Blvd.
S.M. February 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Bike lanes proposed along Colorado Boulevard are part of the city's Bike Plan. If implemented, the bike lanes will be funded by a set-aside from the voter approved Measure R specifically intended for bike and pedestrian facilities. Measure R funds cannot be used for schools or libraries. While many proponents for bike lanes mention potential economic benefits of embracing a more pleasant environment to walk and cycle in, this is not the primary intention of implementing bicycle lanes on Colorado Boulevard. Ultimately, bike lanes are about two things, which are not for short-term benefits as much as they are for long-term benefits. Firstly, the are intended to increase the number of people who will cycle– which will alleviate traffic. Maintaining the status quo of transportation with a rising population will not alleviate traffic. Secondly, bike lanes are about improving safety as outlined in the city's Bike Plan. All citizens – not just the majority – benefit from the safety improvements bike lanes are likely to produce on Colorado Blvd as bike lanes have done when implemented elsewhere throughout the city. Safety improvements means fewer crashes and the many negative social, and economic externalities crashes incur.
Adam Salcedo February 26, 2013 at 02:37 AM
If the rights "some citizens" are just as important as others why is it that eagle rock threw out its Marijuana dispensaries? Certainly not to benefit anyone but crying neighbors. You bring a successful business into an area expect traffic, if you don't want the revenue don't cry about how we don't have money or blame other businesses for your lack of appeal. I don't feel like furthering this, not like we'll see eye to eye anyway.
Tim Ryder February 26, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Good point Adam but actually it was the Federal prohibition agents which came into Eagle Rock and threatened the collectives into closing. Though Michael Larsen and a few local loudmouths ranted and raved at the Neighborhood Council, they have no real power to throw any businesses out. But May 21st we all get to vote on a couple medical marijuana ballot initiatives so hold on to your hat...the issue's going to heat up again!
Adam Salcedo February 26, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Thanks for the update Mr Ryder but I do remember one instance when Jose Huizar championed the closure of cornerstone research and other legitamate dispensaries in the Los Angeles area by writing to the federal prosecutor. To me that says Huizar does not care for patients rights, it tells me he prefers to go against the voted preference of the people of the great state of California.
Tim Ryder February 26, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Correct Adam! Councilman Huizar gets $180,000 a year to play politician and could care less about patient rights. He's been acting more like a Republican than a Democrat on the medical marijuana issue as he's been happily spouting off their reefer madness propaganda nonstop. Huizar's been a shady character for some time now and who knows what he's doing behind the scenes. 50,000 angelenos signed a referendum invalidating his Motion to ban all the collectives so he definitely,doesn't care about the voters, just his own $15,000 monthly theft of the taxpayers.
rebecca niederlander February 27, 2013 at 01:37 AM
As someone who lives less that 100 feet from Colorado Blvd., I am very much looking forward to less noise and air pollution. And as a mother and as someone who can not ride a bike due to a disability, I can honestly say I welcome the bike lane along Colorado even though I personally will never be able to use it. I know the lane will be used by more than just speeding single rider bikes, but will also be used by caregivers with trail-a-bikes like this from Ciclavia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacamod/7086186913/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacamod/7086158885/in/photostream/ and with bike trailers like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacamod/7086185537/in/photostream/ and by people with kid seats attached: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacamod/6940101158/in/photostream/ and maybe, if we are super lucky, the creative riders will come because they know the area is bike friendly. They will come BECAUSE of our well used lanes and they will spend money at our businesses. And lastly, call it a pipe dream, but how awesome would it be to have these folks back again: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacamod/6940085220/in/photostream/ cops who patrol our streets on bikes are so much more likely to know the areas well!
rebecca niederlander February 27, 2013 at 01:48 AM
To be honest, complaining about a bike lane coming into a neighborhood is like complaining that you have to pay taxes that go to schools when you don't have kids...something I'm guessing you would never do since you mention the needs of schools and libraries. Many things go into making a neighborhood a desirable place to live. I would have assumed that more people living in NELA...a glorious place filled with diversity of ethnicity, socio-economics, age, religion, education and more...would be more tolerant of people wanting to explore road diversity. And speaking of socio-economic diversity, many people who ride bikes can not afford cars. Anyone who thinks that the City of Los Angeles would spend this much money of a whim of a middle class few is delusional. This effort is supported by the City because bicycling is a well-used model of transport for many people throughout the world who--for whatever reason-- can not or choose not to use a car.
ERLynne February 27, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Rebecca N.'s comments about the multiple benefits of bike lanes contain a lot of interesting points. For anyone who hasn't considered the many ways bike lanes might benefit our community, you might like to read what she's written. Food for thought -- whether you ride a bike yourself or not. Thanks, Rebecca!

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