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Huizar Says 'Things Getting Better in Eagle Rock'

Huizar address erotic massage parlors, medical marijuana and civic improvements in his state of the town address on Wednesday evening.

"The state of Eagle Rock's union is that things are getting better," Council District 14 Councilmember José Huizar told an audience of about 60 community members on Wednesday evening at the Center for the Arts on Colorado Boulevard.

"They are getting better slowly, as they tend to do in Eagle Rock, with a lot of community input," he said.

Huizar was the featured speaker at The Eagle Rock Association's annual State of the Town address.

In addition to Huizar, attendees also heard from Officer Craig Orange, former LAPD Northeast Division Senior Lead Officer for Eagle Rock, and Jeff Jacobberger of Civic Enterprise Associates, the Mount Washington based consulting agency that has been working on the 'Take Back the Boulevard' Initiative.

In reflecting on the past year in Eagle Rock, Huizar focused on persistent quality of life concerns: medical marijuana dispensaries and erotic massage parlors.

"I'm proud to say we are close to zero medical marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock after being home to nearly the greatest number of them in the city," Huizar said.

Huizar, with strong support from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, has been one of the leading voices in the fight against medical marijuana dispensaries--a hugely divisive issue in the neighborhood and across the city at large.

On Wednesday evening, Huizar said that though he supports the right of patients to have access to medical marijuana, he is entirely against the operation of dispensaries. He said, instead, he supports a law that would allow patients to collaboratively grow marijuana without profiting from it financially.

As such, he said, he did not support any of the three medical marijuana initiatives--which seek to regulate but not ban the city's medical marijuana dispensaries--on the May election ballot.

On the issue of massage parlors, Huizar said he would continue to work with state legislators in an effort to give city's the planning and zoning clout to regulate the proliferation of the businesses. He also committed to meeting with members of the accredited massage therapy community, to discuss an approach to regulation that would not harm practitioners who seek to operate within the law.

Huizar lauded his staff in Eagle Rock for the job they did in the last year in addressing day to day matters. Of the 1,100 requests received by his office--which dealt mostly with bulky items, street maintenance, parking and public safety--89-percent were processed.

In making his closing statement, Huizar credited constituents for "keeping him on his toes."

"Things are good in Eagle Rock, but only as good as you make them," he said.

Take Back the Boulevard

Jacobberger said the mission of Take Back the Boulevard over the course of the next year would be to gradually implement improvements suggested since the initiative launched in 2011.

The end goal, he said, was the "incremental revolution to turn Colorado Boulevard into the Main Street we all want to see. "

In the coming weeks and months, community members could expect to see two-hour parking meters in place of one-hour meters and the installation of bike lanes and crosswalks. Long-term projects may include a parklet, similar to the one recently installed on York Boulevard, though the project would require a community partner to commit to its upkeep and maintenance.

Jacobberger said that many of the changes planned on Colorado Boulevard, though beneficial in their own right, would serve the larger purpose of addressing an overarching concern expressed by Eagle Rock residents--excessive driving speeds.

"Bike lanes weren't the most important things mentioned in our meetings, the most important thing was calming and slowing down traffic. Speeding cars were a major concern," he said. "Even if you don't care about bike lanes, they'll accomplish the goal of calming traffic."

Public Safety

Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange said that the most prevalent crime in Eagle Rock in 2012 were break-ins to and thefts from motor vehicles--the sort of crime that could be reduced through increased vigilance on the part of owners.

Violent crimes--also known as Part 1 crimes--increased by 12-percent in 2012 over 2011. No homicides were reported in either year, and the number of rapes increased from two to five.

Orange said that increase was due to offenders using online dating profiles to get to their victims.

In recent crime developments, Orange said LAPD Northeast officers arrested a suspect on Tuesday evening who they believe may have been responsible for a recent string of burglaries in the Hill Drive area of the neighborhood.

Bob Mason February 28, 2013 at 04:56 PM
As someone who relies upon medical marijuana, Huizar's campaign against dispensaries is totally misguided. Expecting patients to "cooperatively cultivate" the plants is ridiculous. Regulate, yes, but close down all dispensaries in Eagle Rock is a crusade against people with serious health issues.
Tim Ryder February 28, 2013 at 05:25 PM
The only thing Huizar's proud of is his bloated $180,000 salary! He had nothing to do with the closing of the medical marijuana collectives, it was Federal Prohibition agents who invaded Eagle Rock and threatened them into closing. Huizar's outdated Prohibition stance will be an ancient relic soon enough after the voters pass regulation on May 21st legalizing medical marijuana here in Los Angeles. Of course, that still won't stop the Michael Larsen's of the world from spouting out their fear-mongering nonsense and hysterical reefer madness propaganda. Stay tuned...
Cricket February 28, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I stopped spending money in Eagle Rock because of Huizar and the shady Neighborhood Council. I used to spend about $1000/month there, between the mechanic, vet, the mall, Target and such. Now I spend that money (besides the Vet, anyone know any good ones in HP?) in other neighborhoods that welcome my money. You don't recognize me as a stakeholder, I don't recognize you as a shopping destination!
Paco Verde February 28, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Would it be possible for you to move out of Eagle Rock then, try Glendale or Inglewood, they like people like you!
Anonymous Nimby Crank February 28, 2013 at 08:47 PM
@Cricket- You actually think that $1000 is important to the big picture of Eagle Rock? First off, most new homeowners who bought into this neighborhood within the last 10 yrs are paying AT LEAST 3/4 of that just in property taxes, and that is just property taxes. Let alone the money they spend on services and supplies, locally. Out of that $1000, you are only spending approx $100 in SALES taxes. So you believe that because you drop $100 in SALES taxes monthly, you should have the same say as a person who spends $750 monthly about a neighborhood in which you don't even reside? On top of that, if you think your lack of patronage is going to effect anyone's bottom line, especially Target, you're delusional. A $1000? Please!!!
Michael Larsen February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Ahhh, Mr. Cricket, I'm sure I speak for most Eagle Rockers when I say we don't want to lose your generous spending in our community. Please tell us how many unregulated, for profit pot shops with no oversight do you require in ER in order for us to regain your patronage?
Cricket February 28, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I don't care how much if an impact my money makes on the community. Just stating a fact. If paying more taxes means you have more rights than me though, I'm proud to take my measly $1000 somewhere else.
Where the Sidewalk Ends February 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM
"Collaboratively grow marijuana" huh? I don't have the time or the know-how to grow weed. Do you know how to make Vicodin? I don't either. That's why I let someone else do it!
Cricket February 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Mr. Larsen, I would love to have a conversation with you! I bet we both would have similar stances on closing collectives that are for profit or indulging in illicit activities. I'm a little busy until after the City Primaries next Tuesday. How about we meet (in Highland Park, of course) on February 12th? I would hash it all out here online, but I know from previous posts that you don't like the veil of anonymity that this forum provides. Plus, whenever I make a valid point, or voice a question that you can't answer you and your lot tend not to respond. I'm not wasting my time typing it out when we can just have a nice neighborly conversation over a cup of joe. I'll even spring for the coffee! Whaddaya say?
Cricket February 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM
@Anonymous Nimby Crank: I don't think Target misses my business too much seeings how I still go to Target just not the one in ER. But I'll tell you who probably DOES miss it, the fine folks over at Rantz Auto probably do, or maybe Mike from Rock Pet Food does. No? How about Dr. Lisa at Animal Health Care Center? I'm sure they don't have a vault full of gold doubloons like you and might actually miss getting a portion of my meager earnings for services rendered. But who cares about their business? As long as people who smoke marijuana aren't allowed to vote in our elections. Remember one thing about YOUR backyard, it's also someone else's you selfish dolt.
Michael Larsen February 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM
No need for a meeting Mr. Cricket, just a simple answer to a simple question. (Maybe Mr. Ryder can chime in too.): How many unregulated, unaccountable pot shops do we need in Eagle Rock to make you happy? A simple number will suffice. And while you're at it please let everybody know exactly how many voters were turned away at the last ERNC election because they were pot smokers? I'm just looking for a number.
Michael Larsen February 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM
When pot is treated like an actual pharmaceutical and pot shops start operating like pharmacies instead of stoner candy stores, then your analogy to Vicodin and my concern for your lack of a green thumb, will carry some weight.
John March 01, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange said that the most prevalent crime in Eagle Rock in 2012 were break-ins to and thefts from motor vehicles - That should be the focus of Huizar and the LAPD - not medical marijuana dispensaries or massage parlors. Massage parlors are state regulated, the city council can't do much. Who cares who is touching what? And marijuana should be legal and as available as aspirin. If you don't like it, don't smoke it. 7500 stores sell alcohol and tobacco in Los Angeles, and the health and social costs of those substances are more than 100 times that of marijuana. 31,000 people are poisoned by alcohol, prescription and over the counter meds every year, but there are zero overdoses from mariuana use. Marijuana should be legal, commercial, free market, and unregulated. And dispensaries should be as welcome in the community as nail salons and dog groomers. Huizar should grow his own coffee and raise his own cattle and grow his own corn. Short of that, he should promote commerce and free enterprise.
John March 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Michael- What's wrong with marijuana dispensaries being operated like candy stores? 2 million people are afflicted each year with diabetes caused by soft drinks and fast food. Zero people die from marijuana use. Marijuana is not a pharmaceutical; it is an herbal remedy-and should be no more regulated than coffee, tea, ginseng, gingo biloba or any other herbal remedy. Vicodin is poison. Marijuana is not. As far as how many unregulated pot shops there should be - I say as many as the market will bear. This is America, where we limit impediments to commerce (a concept proposed by Alexander Hamilton and still the basis of our economic system today) and where free, open, competitive markets are cherished. Let freedom ring!
John March 01, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Anonymous Nimby Crank - Your campaign to keep outsiders out of Eagle Rock is working. It's good to know non-homeowners are not welcome, nor are most new businesses of any stripe. I once asked a business owner for a little help with community service, and he refused, because he believes the town motto is "Welcome to Eagle Rock, Now Please Leave." ER locals should shop in Glendale and Pasadena, because as you say, Eagle Rock doesn't need their business.
Paco Verde March 01, 2013 at 06:10 AM
john will you and Senor cricket both leave Eagle Rock and go drink coffee in, well North Hollywood they have lots of candy stores, massage parlors and cheap real estate and a boat load of car repair places!
Anonymous Nimby Crank March 01, 2013 at 03:56 PM
"I don't care how much if an impact my money makes on the community." -Then what exactly is the point of your boycott? "I'm proud to take my measly $1000 somewhere else." -One less pothead driving around ER doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. That is when your car isn't in the shop.
Baker Montgomery March 01, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Despite where one may stand on the issue of MMDs in Eagle Rock, there is no denying how hard both councilmember Huizar and his staff work everyday to make Eagle Rock a better place. In particular, I's like to point out all the hard work Field Deputy Nate Hayward does to make sure Eagle Rockers have a responsive council office. He has been beyond helpful to me on a number issues.
Paco Verde March 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Well said!
Cricket March 01, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Who said it was a boycott? I just don't like the attitude of the people who think they are in charge in Eagle Rock, so I stopped going there. If you watch a movie and hate it and decide to never watch it again are you boycotting the movie? I can tell you're not a very smart person by your closed mindedness (not to mention, your posts). Folks who are scared of people that are different than them are just uneducated about what it is they're scared of. I have no doubt in my mind that if you took the time to learn about these collectives, you would change your mind. Hopefully one day, you will get your life together (you know you have a problem when you hear this coming from a "stoner" huh?), get educated and become a functioning, rational minded member of society. Come on out of your hidey hole Nimby, we're not as scary as you think ya big baby!
Anonymous Nimby Crank March 01, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Cricket- Until you live within 500ft of any business who can open overnight and sell a federally controlled substance, with no state or local regulation regarding hours, or conduct. An establishment that adversely effects you, your family and all of your neighbors with, loitering, littering, tagging, trespassing, public urination, fighting, illegal parking, noise violations and public consumption of a controlled substance, just to name a few, you have no platform to make accusations regarding closed mindedness and intolerance. I think dealing with a MMD for three years on a daily basis qualifies me as being more than well versed in collectives. The good news is they are done and you have proven, through your posts, that if residents of ER don't want that type of business in their neighborhoods (obvious from the ERNC elections last year) then you have no interest in anything else ER provides. In other words, people were just coming to ER to buy drugs, due to the ban of locations in other nearby municipalities. Why don't you concentrate on getting MMD's in your neighborhood? If you don't live in ER then why are you so concerned? Could it be you don't want them near your residence? Finally why can you not answer Michael Larsen's question? "Please let everybody know exactly how many voters were turned away at the last ERNC election because they were pot smokers? I'm just looking for a number." Smoke your weed at will, just not at the peril of others.
Anonymous Nimby Crank March 01, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I think you should own up to your own actions and go tell the fine folks over at Ranz, Mike from Rock Pet Food and Dr Lisa, that you will no longer be using their services. Not by any fault of their own, but because you can no longer buy marijuana in Eagle Rock.
Cricket March 02, 2013 at 12:19 AM
@Anonymous Nimby Crank: Couple lessons for you and then I gotta dip from this wonderful conversation. I'm only responding because I don't want people to think I'm dodging a question or invitation, speaking of which, where's Mr. Larsen? I'm warning you, this isn't going to reflect too fondly on your intelligence, but I'm going to point it out for your own good, buddy. It's a little verbose, but there's so much asinine material to cover. Buckle up! 1st thing, about answering Mr. Larsen's very intriguing query. I already covered it, you just didn't read it. That, in a nutshell, is partly why I don't choose to answer it. Much like Mr. Larsen, I believe the best way to debate a matter is in person. Thus, the not answering it. I'm just enforcing the same restraints on the argument that have been lobbied by "your side" numerous times before. If you want to participate in these forums (and not look foolish) read the posts before repeating things (yet another important lesson from a "stoner"!).
Cricket March 02, 2013 at 12:20 AM
2nd thing, Another reason why I don't typically engage in these debates online is that people like you live in a bubble that can't be popped. Example you say? Look back at my posts on this thread. I haven't mentioned the Collectives at all except to say that I agree with Mr. Larsen that shops that are not operating within the confines of California State Law should be closed. YOU are the one that keeps bringing this back to marijuana, hell you even initiated the topic. I merely stated my displeasure about not being able to vote in a neighborhood council election because of what I'm voting for or against. I live (according to Google maps) I live 1.2 miles away from the Eagle Rock neighborhood line in Highland Park) and until recently spent a meager $1000 there (A point I hinted at in an earlier post, but once again, you overlooked. READ dammit!)
Cricket March 02, 2013 at 12:20 AM
3rd thing (now this on'es gonna hurt because it was one of your tent post arguments) You wrote "...you have proven, through your posts, that if residents of ER don't want that type of business in their neighborhoods (obvious from the ERNC elections last year) then you have no interest in anything else ER provides. In other words, people were just coming to ER to buy drugs, due to the ban of locations in other nearby municipalities." How would a rational person get this conclusion from my posts? I've already shown that I CAME to ER for a multitude of things besides marijuana. Remember? The Vet, the mechanic, the pet food store? Oh yea, you do remember, you mentioned it in another one of your posts. Soooooo, which is it? I come exclusively for marijuana and nothing else or I come for marijuana and stay for the new transmission and cat bladder surgery? Wow....you look really dumb. This is for your own good my friend. Trust. 4th thing Oh? You thought it was over? Heh. I understand that you may have lived close to a collective who's members weren't respectful of their neighbors. That's an LA problem, not a marijuana problem. Even if this particular shop was a problem for the area, I know of at least 8 others that weren't. Every shop shouldn't be closed because of one's transgressions. There was a bar over here in HP that was serving alcohol to minors (from what I heard) and got shut down. Yet, right there a block away, another bar who was allowed to remain open. Weird.
Cricket March 02, 2013 at 12:21 AM
5th thing, ".....you have no platform to make accusations regarding closed mindedness and intolerance. I think dealing with a MMD for three years on a daily basis qualifies me as being more than well versed in collectives. " This is just wrong. Trust me on this one. You're not more qualified to speak on the overall legalities or condition of medical marijuana collectives in LA. You're just not. 6th thing, Little nit picky, but I'm on a roll. It's Rantz Auto, guess I know some of your neighborhood business better than you! Look, I'll extend you the same courtesy as I did Mr. Larsen. Let's grab a coffee and talk. I've taken people (some that are even running for City Council) with a similar stance as you to collectives that are doing everything legally and are being courteous neighbors. Usually, they come out with a different mindset. I know you won't take me up on it because you choose to stay in the dark so you can keep the mantle, but the dams breaking my friend. And outside of building a fence around ER, outsiders are coming and will continue to. You really should embrace people with different views and thoughts instead of try to scare them off and disenfranchise them. It's a sad, sad world where everyone thinks and acts the same. Unless you're going to take me up on my coffee offer, don't bother responding. Noe more chat room debates. I'm gonna go smoke a doob a start pillaging Eagle Rock!!!!!!!!
Baird Martin March 02, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Listen, my car window got busted 3 weeks ago and the pot hole in the friggin street still isn't fixed. I could care less about your medical marijuana problems or the happy endings at the local massage parlor.
Cricket March 02, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Now why would a post suddenly disappear after it had been visible for a day and a half? I'm assuming it was because someone took umbrage to my salty language at the end? I'll make your job a little easier Mr. Mod, just delete the other post. Luckily, I keep copies of everything! REDUNDANCY!!!! But you always ask that people come to meetings or forums to address you in person and that you don't respond to anonymous online users when they post something on here that you disagree with. I'm confused. Does that courtesy apply only to rich people also? I don't prefer to have debates online. It's far too easy for the losing side to just bail and not be accountable for their silly arguments. That's why you normally don't engage in these arguments and request individuals to "come out of the shadows", right? Perhaps I'll just wait until the next time I see you walking the pooch and we can have a stroll and a chat then? And what do Medical Marijuana Collectives have to do with my right to participate in a neighborhood council where I (used to) spend a significant amount of money (at least to us lowly trogolodytes it's significant)? Unless, of course, you are taking an exception to the issue I would be voting for. In which case, would make you look less than desirable (Better? .........Ya big sissy).
Anonymous Nimby Crank March 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
You get rattled very easily. You are clearly single, lonely, impoverish and your opinions aren't really listened to very closely by others, however you think you are intellectually superior to all others that don't hold your point of view. However, I don't think you are a real danger to anyone because of your low self esteem issues. It shakes you to no end that you have no political clout and that someone that doesn't see eye to eye with you could possibly have more friends, influence and money. I would have never gone this route but since you can't seem to respond with out calling me names, I thought I would now come and play on your court.

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