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Blog: 'Progress & Collaboration' Slate's Vision for Eagle Rock

The Progress & Collaboration Slate proposes a shared vision for Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock is a Community of immeasurable diversity. Each one of us will have a multitude of concerns and proposals on how to improve our beloved Neighborhood. Every one of those ideas should be considered for they are equally as important as the Eagle Rocker sharing it.

As Representatives of the People of Eagle Rock, it is the responsibility of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council to allocate its resources toward a Collaborative purpose. The candidates of the Progress & Collaboration slate have listened to your concerns.

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We, of the Progress & Collaboration Slate, propose a Vision for Eagle Rock:


Let us Revitalize Colorado Boulevard - Colorado Boulevard feels more like a highway than a small town's Main Street. We must remodel Colorado Boulevard and deliver a definitive proposal to our City Officials for implementation in order to bring back the "Small Town" feel for our Residents, Small Business Owners, and Patrons.

Let us reinvigorate our appeal to entrepreneurs by revisiting the Colorado Specific Plan and reaffirm our dedication to pedestrians by considering an increase in sidewalk size, reduction in speed limit, a two-lane design, bike lanes, additional green spaces, and practical parking alternatives.

Let us attract new patrons with storefronts such as additional bookstores, galleries, a Student Center, and a diverse set of family-friendly shops.

Let us consult with Urban Planners, examine previously successful models, build partnerships with developers, and seek financial expertise to build a definitively complete proposal for the redevelopment of one of Eagle Rock’s most Iconic Main Streets.

Let us contribute to established organizations such as Take Back the Boulevard, TERA, CERB, and all others in order to create strong alliances and achieve our goal.

Let us stimulate the local economy and increase local property value while protecting Eagle Rock’s Historical Elements and preserving the Small Town feel we all embrace.

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Let Us Reaffirm Our Opposition to the 710 Extension - The 710 "Gap Closure Project" is full of unresolved matters, with air quality and health being a top concern.

Let us consider that this 4.5-mile long toll tunnel would have the emissions of over 7,000 vehicles captured daily and released at either end of tunnel; one end being in our neighboring City of Pasadena, thus creating the potential of "Cancer Alley’" air quality to arrive in Eagle Rock.

Let us Support South Pasadena and other neighboring Communities in their stand for clean air by building a strong alliance with their ongoing campaign.

Let us keep an open dialogue with all Community Leaders in order to form a stronger coalition against this project and allow all residents of Eagle Rock to breathe easier.

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Let Us Tackle Litter in Our Community - Litter has become an issue on the streets of Eagle Rock. A clean Community can be reached by forming partnerships with local businesses, issuing more receptacles, and empowering our local volunteers.

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President—Nelson R Grande II

Public Safety Director—Tim Ryder

Sub-District 1 Director—Baker Montgomery

Sub-District 5 Director—Mark Haskell Smith

Business Director—Anthony Freeny

Business Director—Erykah Grande

Civic Director—Eddie Ramirez

Treasurer—Cecilia Ryder

 

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We encourage all Eagle Rockers to join us in this vision. If you do, please vote Progress & Collaboration in the upcoming Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council elections:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Eagle Rock’s City Hall - 2035 Colorado Blvd.

 

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Do you have a Vision for Eagle Rock?

MEET AND GREET THE CANDIDATES OF THE PROGRESS & COLLABORATION SLATE

Sunday, October 7, 2012

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

All Star Lanes - 4459 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Sandwiches provided by Dave’s Chillin-n-Grillin

Live Music by Buck Shot Bill

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rebecca niederlander October 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
There is nothing in this mission statement that is new and not being done already by people that have invested years in our community without ever asking for congratulations. For example, were any of you part of the project Pauline Mauro organized for the gorgeous mosaic trash cans and working with businesses to empty those cans? Did you help Jane Tsong plant trees along the Boulevard in celebration of Eagle Rock's Centennial? Did you help the Gundersons with their backbreaking work to create the lovely Eastern entrance to Eagle Rock along Colorado Blvd? Again, why should this group be given a global mandate to have such a significant voice with some ability to disperse funds for our very diverse community?
Mark Haskell Smith October 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Rebecca, I don't believe anyone is asking for congratulations, if anything, it's a group of people who want to become involved in their community. It's not to disparage or downplay all the great things that you and the people you mention have done for Eagle Rock, it's to add to it. Maybe we missed out on the good stuff you did in the past, but I don't see why that precludes us from being part of the future. Many of us are running for council seats because we see problems in the community and we're willing to volunteer our time to see if we can help. And while you're right that a lot of these concerns are not new, many of the residents and business owners I've talked to feel they haven't been sufficiently addressed.
Nelson R Grande II October 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Absolutely Mark! I'd also like to add that, as mentioned above, we are looking to build strong partnerships with organizations such as TERA, who are responsible for the Make Art Not Trash campaign you mention. http://www.tera90041.org/make_art_not_trash_gallery0.aspx We'd like to build those strong partnerships because we recognize all the hard work they've already done. I've already contacted a few folks from these organizations to let them know I look forward to working with them, so I can assure you that it's more than just a statement. We are not seeking a Global Mandate We simply want to encourage a whole new set of Eagle Rockers to join us in a vision of strengthening these partnerships and to continue to build on this already great neighborhood. Outreach is our number 1 priority. The more Eagle Rockers are involved in these fantastic projects, the more likely we'll accomplish our goals; whatever they may be. I agree with you, Ms. Niderlander. There are many folks to thank for where we are today. It is because of their hard work, we feel the pride that has led us to volunteer the time we already have. We ask that you to contact us if you have any suggestion on how we can best work together to empower the Eagle Rocker and build these strong partnerships. Let's work together. We get more accomplished when we Collaborate.
EagleRockMom October 04, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I just can't buy what the Green Slate is peddling.
Mark Haskell Smith October 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I would invite you to talk to us. I think you'd discover that we have a lot of common ground. We all want to make Eagle Rock a safe and vibrant place to live. We all appreciate the "small town in a big city" vibe of the place. I've lived here 10 years, raising two kids (one in college, one graduated) and now have a little bit of free time that I'd like to use by helping the community in some small way. I know I'm just one person, but the P&C slate came together because we recognize there is more than one problem in our neighborhood that needs addressing.
John October 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I appreciate the platform of this group, and thank anyone who gets involved with the community. I especially appreciate the inclusive nature of this group. It seems like there is an elitist attitude coming from the incumbents and older community activists, that new blood is not welcome to help. Community initiatives should be inclusive, not exclusive. I see Nelson Grande and Tim Ryder really getting out into the community and getting people involved. I also see that just because they have tried to address and fix the issues and complaints related to medical marijuana dispensaries, there is a perception that they don't care about parking and trash, which they clearly are trying to deal with and get the community to fix. These candidates have identified the issues most important to Eagle Rock - parking, litter, increasing commerce, and a shared vision for improvement. The existing ERNC has taken an extremely hostile stance toward MMDs, and completely ignores the wishes of the constituency to allow safe access. These efforts to kill businesses in Eagle Rock are un-American, and bad for the community. I believe the progress and collaboration party is inclusive of the entire community, and encourage you to vote for these candidates next Saturday at Eagle Rock City Hall.
joe dirt October 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Sounds like a group of commie to me.

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