Every year around this time, TERA hosts a State of the Town meeting. Probably Eagle Rock’s largest recurring public event, the meeting is aimed at showcasing the accomplishments of the City Council District 14 office in the neighborhood against the background of TERA’s efforts to preserve Eagle Rock’s identity as a small town in a big city.
The State of the Town tradition began more than a decade ago when Nick Pacheco, the Los Angeles councilman who represented Council District 14 at the time, was the featured speaker. Over the past seven years, since he succeeded now-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the CD 14 representative in 2005, Councilman Josè Huizar has presided over TERA’s State of the Town, offering Eagle Rockers an opportunity to interact with him on a personal level while getting a chance to ask him questions about community affairs.
“There is something that goes beyond the words spoken at the meeting, when we have the opportunity to be in the same space, looking them in the eye, when our government representatives tell us how things are, what they have done and what they plan to do for the future,” TERA President Bob Gotham told Patch amid his organization’s preparations for the 2013 State of the Town. “Reading a speech is no substitute for being there.”
This year’s State of the Town is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the meeting’s usual venue—the historic, high-ceilinged building on Colorado Boulevard where the , is based.
This year, in addition to Huizar’s report and his office’s outlook for the remainder of the year, an update on the status of Eagle Rock’s homegrown Take Back the Boulevard initiative—aimed at making Colorado Boulevard friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists—will be presented by members of the TBTB team.
Readers of this article are invited to offer their comments and questions regarding which topics they would like to see addressed in the meeting. Please confine your suggested topics and questions to items that relate specifically to Eagle Rock—and enter them in the Comments section below. Your input will be monitored and recorded directly by TERA’s president.
Finally, please plan on joining your friends and neighbors at the TERA State of the Town on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.