Did you know that a network of surveillance cameras in Eagle Rock, mostly along Colorado Boulevard, is moved around on the basis of crime statistics and monitored by the Northeast Division of the Los Angeles Police Department?
Further, did you know that this network, called “Eagle Node,” is also meant to provide public Internet-connected Wi-Fi—but that the idea never actually took off because the Internet Service Provider connection isn’t strong enough for both the digital transmission of images plus public Internet access?
Those are just a few of the fascinating aspects about Eagle Rock’s airwaves that will be discussed Tuesday evening when the board of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eagle Rock City Hall for the second time since it was elected in October. The monthly meeting is open to all residents of Eagle Rock and beyond.
A history of the surveillance network will be presented at the meeting for a discussion by the ERNC board as well as possible action on the idea of providing free Wi-Fi along Colorado Boulevard, according to the meeting’s agenda posted on the ERNC website.
Funding 'Take Back the Boulevard'
The ERNC board will also reconsider and possibly take action on a $4,900 funding request by TERA for the Take Back the Boulevard initiative aimed at beautifying Colorado Boulevard and making it more navigable for pedestrians and bicyclists.
An earlier effort by the ERNC to fund the amount was rejected by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees L.A.’s neighborhood councils, according to the ERNC website. One or more members on the board of TERA or TBTB are expected to make a presentation before the ERNC about the funding request.
Streamlining Funding Procedures
Re-evaluating ERNC funding procedures is scheduled to be another item on the meeting’s agenda. The ERNC board is expected to nominate and elect a finance committee, which will reconsider the council’s funding procedures, with a special emphasis on improving the administration of funds and instilling greater accountability in vendors who receive the funds.
Building Regional Alliances
Additionally, the ERNC board will nominate and elect one or two representatives to work with the proposed East Planning Region group of Neighborhood Councils. Meant to create and boost a regional alliance among neighborhood councils in East L.A., the proposed group is the idea of Paul Park, a general counsel and secretary for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, who was elected president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners this past summer.
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum
The ERNC board will also discuss whether to host a Los Angeles mayoral candidates’ forum in collaboration with other members of the proposed East Planning Region of Neighborhood Councils.
Changes to Bylaws
Another key item on the ERNC agenda is a vote that the board is expected to take on changes to the council’s bylaws, particularly regarding the rights of so-called factual-basis stakeholders to vote in ERNC elections. The board will first hear proposed changes to the bylaws that an ad hoc bylaws committee recently conceived in consultation with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Eagle Rock City Hall, second floor, 2035 Colorado Blvd.