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Act now! Protect Historic Garvanza from Condo Development!

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Just got the update from the city on date/ time / location.

Monday July 9th at 1pm in room 1010 in City Hall,
Budget & Finance Committee

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There are two properties directly threathened.

A 1899 light blue four-square cottage on Crescent mid-block between Ave 63/Ave64 and two properties from 1905 and 1920s at the corner of Ave66 and Crescent (pink two story bungalow and blue/white shingled home on Crescent St behind.)

There is a slim chance that the 1899 cottage will be saved. Efforts are to try and redirect the development to allow for the duplex the owner seeks, yet still save the cottage.

Its likely too late to save the houses at Ave66/Crescent as they are far down the permit approval process to be demolitioned and replaced with multiple condo units.

If you get a chance to drive by these properties, please do before they are gone.


Act now! Protect Historic Garvanza from Condo Development!

The Los Angeles City Budget and Finance Committee is holding a hearing Monday July 1st at 1:00 pm in Downtown LA, Room 1010 to consider funding for a Historical Survey of Garvanza.

Attendance is crucial as this is the deciding factor for the success of establishing a Garvanza HPOZ.

Garvanza is one of the few remaining pre-World War I neighborhoods in Los Angeles not protected by an HPOZ and contains many potential National Register properties (as recognized by the L.A. Conservancy
in 1990)

Some historic homes from the 1800's and first years of 1900 are currently slated for demolition to make way for condos, townhomes and other inappropriate development not in keeping with the Garvanza
neighborhood's scale and historic importance.

Supporting this survey would protect other historic properties before its too late.


Councilman Huizar's office, the Highland Park Heritage Trust and the Garvanza Improvement Association all support this request to conduct a Historical Survey.

Please let residents of Garvanza know about this meeting as the more support we have the better.

Take the train into downtown or reserve a parking spot by calling Zenay from CD14 Councilman Huizar's office as soon as possible (parking is limited)

Thank you once again.

Charles and Tina Miller
Garvanza Improvement Association




In season at the Old LA (Highland Park) Farmers Market

It's been a great pleasure writing these farmers market updates for the past 1+ years, but unfortunately this one will be my last, as my wife and I move on to the muggy climes of the Northeast. Living in
Southern California, we're blessed with year-round access to an almost outrageous variety of locally grown produce, so I hope that you've been encouraged to sample and appreciate that abundance. In the process, you've supported local family farms, preserved green spaces, and created a vibrant new heart for the community. Any market is precisely as good as the community support that it receives, so help ensure that Northeast Los Angeles has the market that it deserves by continuing to patronize this wonderful neighborhood asset.

This week, that means getting your hands on some of the finest stone fruits in recent memory. The  white apricots available this past week from Uh's Ranch were juicy enough to yield a chin-dribble worthy of the finest peach, along with a luscious perfume and flavor. White nectarines have also been staggeringly good, as have the juicy and sweet-tart plums. The warm, but not overly hot temperatures we've been experiencing have great for many fruits, including the delicious Gaviota strawberries that Tamai farms continues to bring to market. Melons love heat however, and so ZRanch, in the Imperial Valley, has been bringing a wonderful selection to the market, including two varieties of orange fleshed muskmelons, and two green fleshed honeydew type melons, all wonderfully sweet. We also saw our first watermelons from Gama farms this past week, a perfect dessert for your July 4th barbecue.

Take a look at http://www.friends4oldlafarmersmarket.org (for one last week) for a rundown of everything you can expect to find in season at the market. And don't forget to pick up gourmet artisanal cheeses from Uncle Berch and wonderful breads and pastries from Anne's Bakery. If it's too hot to cook, settle down with a juicy piece of herbed rotisseried chicken or a fresh tamale for dinner and just let the warm evening pass you by.

Please stop by the market for fresh, field-ripened, high quality produce from local farmers and spend time with your friends, neighbors and other community members.

The Highland Park Certified Farmers Market is located adjacent to the Highland Park Gold Line station at Marmion Way between Ave. 57 & 58 and operates Tuesdays from 3-8PM.

seth budick