EPIA urges Dodger Stadium to keep Scott Gate closed


The Echo Park Improvement Association delivered a letter to the CD1 and CD13 council members Gil Cedillo and Mitch O’Farrell on our recommendations on the opening of the Scott Gate at Dodger Stadium to entry traffic.

The EPIA recommends that the Dodger Stadium Scott Avenue Gate remain closed to stadium entry, as it has over almost 10 years. We believe that opening the gate will cause many unintended problems with the neighborhood and will not change stadium entry times in any way sufficient to justify the cost both in money and community good will. The EPIA also recommends that the gate be open for exit purposes only in games and events with attendance greater than 40,000, again, as has been the practice in the past.

In addition to the above, the letter also requests the Dodgers make additional necessary preparations if the gate will open regardless of our recommendation. Click here to download and view the full letter.

Stay tuned for our article on the issue in the next issue of EPIAn Ways!

Opening Day contact information

Northeast Division questions, contact Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan: (213) 793-0760 (email is if you don’t need an immediate response)
Rampart questions or issues, contact Senior Lead Officer Lewis Ford: (213) 793-0775 (email is if you don’t need an immediate response)
CD13: Adam Bass: (323) 957-4500 /
CD1: Melinda Ramos-Alatorre: 323-550-1538 /
Park Rangers: / 323 816 6715
Oscar Delgado, Manager, Neighborhood & Government Affairs: / (323) 224-1443

EPAA Pet Spotlight: Penny

Six-month-old Penny needs a forever home!

Ten pounds of cuteness, and love.  Rescued in Elysian Park, she went unclaimed by owner and is now available for adoption through the Echo Park Animal Alliance. Penny would do best in a household with another dog and no young children who might not understand how puppies play. She is currently in a foster home with both cats and dogs of all sizes, and has done well at the dog park and going to work with her foster.

Please contact for more info, or to adopt Penny!

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CCAC update: The holidays are over

by Gloria Sohacki

The holidays are over, the decorations have come down, the kids have gone back to school. The staff is tired, but CCAC still moves on each and every day. We tried our best to meet and greet everyone during the holidays but if we missed someone, we’re surely sorry. A big thanks to all the merchants who donated toys to our kids – your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. We invite you stop by the center any afternoon if you haven’t already, and meet some of our greaaaaat kids!

In November we helped council offices CD13 and CD1 along with the Los Angeles Dodgers pass out turkeys with all the trimmings, providing twenty of our families with a holiday meal. We also had our annual Thanksgiving dinner, and fifteen of our kids and staff participated. The kids also participated in writing what they are thankful for at this time of year. Hometown Buffet is a big hit with our youth as they just love mac ‘n cheese!

During the school holiday vacation, we were able to have a few rummage sales and the kids raised enough money to go out to eat. They can really eat, eat and eat, so we went to Shakey’s this time. There were movies, hiking trips, ice skating, more movies and more food.

Thanks to the wonderful weather while the kids were off, we were able to even take them to the park so they could run around. Wouldn’t you know it, the one Sunday we went to Magic Mountain it was extremely cold. Amazing that no one got sick.

The New Year is upon us and who knows what will happen. The youth and staff are cleaning the Silver Lake library twice a month and they kids receive a stipend for their efforts. Most of our kids are in high school. The demands of school come first. Not being from California the school system is still confusing to me. It is a proud heart that watches these youth as they climb life’s ladder hoping to move on in order to make their education the top priority.

Drained lake: No deterrent to birds or birders

Muddy lake attracts shorebirds as lake regulars take flight

by Judy Raskin

With no water in the lake – or very little of it – regular migrants like Mallards, Canada geese and American wigeons, were seen sparingly at Echo Park Lake on Monday, January 2, the day of Echo Park Lake’s Christmas Bird Count. But the torn-up park currently includes a muddy lake bottom and up-ended lawns and walkways. This new environment attracted a whole new set of birds.

Fourteen birders worked their way around the fenced park, taking peeks through the cut-out windows in the see-through cloth or scanning the trees and lake bottom. The pay-off was big. Thirty one species were logged in about 90 minutes. While many old familiar birds were absent, the mud and rocky shore brought birds rarely seen at Echo Park Lake. They include killdeer, willets, sandpipers and long-billed dowitchers. During count week, an eared grebe and white throated swifts also made appearances.

Meanwhile, over at Vista Hermosa Park, the fourth CBC brought a new high count of 14 species. Doesn’t seen high? Remember, just a few years ago, Vista Hermosa’s plantings were new. As they have matured, more species are visiting. This count was heavy on hummingbirds and mockingbirds, with a sharp-shinned hawk also present.

This year’s bird team included Jim DeBiase, Jocelyn McFaul, Walt Klappert, Carol Siu, Marion Siu, Susan Borden, Terry Hair, Jane Bowers, Mary Brooks, Thea Wang, Alex Candelaria and family, and Judy Raskin.

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EPIA Participates in 6th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

The EPIA has a long-standing commitment to helping out individual members of the community, especially during the Holiday season. Recently, the EPIA participated in the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Dodger Stadium, along with local organizations and members of the community.

Last week, on Thursday, November 18, the Dodgers with all those partners involved, along with sponsors Ralphs and Food 4 Less, 600 pre-selected families were provided complimentary turkey, fixings, and reusable canvas bags. We at the EPIA are proud of all the hard work dedicated in our community during this holiday season.

EPIA Secretary Andrew Garsten writes about his experience in the upcoming issue of EPIAn Ways, writing, “the ability to do the simplest of things for me, and everything that this embodies, leaves me grateful that I can take part in having a profound impact on others.”

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010

Everyone who participated in this generous event included: Ralphs and Food 4 Less, Los Angeles City Council member Ed P. Reyes, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, California State Assemblymember Kevin De León, the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC), and the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (CCSEP) for the giveaway.

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