El Super Update

Ξ March 18th, 2009 | → 14 Comments | ∇ Highland Park |

Today we received more info from our friend Milla about the fight against El Super. Read below for the latest news and the call to action for tomorrow (3/19/09).  Please note the following comes from a neighbor of Milla’s who is active in the Highland Park community.  Milla got the email from her, we got it from Milla and posted it.  

Big noise still about El Super. 

While they have a legally signed lease, and we have given them a list of things we would like them to do to make it a less annoying store, the main event is tomorrow’s (Thursday, March 19) meeting at the Cultural Heritage Commission: City Hall Room 1010 at the unfortunate hour of 10 am.

Please come if you can. This Commission actually pays attention to community involvement. You would not have to speak, but we will ask supporters to stand so they see how many people are there. Our technical experts will have all the architectural details in their presentation.

Having the Commission put the building into consideration is what brought El Super to the table in the first place. If we can get the building designated a cultural monument at tomorrow’s meeting, we will have considerable leverage over El Super. This delay is costing them a great deal of money. It has even been suggested they might cut their losses and walk away, which would leave the field available for something better than another cheapie supermarket. No one wants to see an abandoned building and parking lot, but we could encourage a better business to come in with community support. Even if they decide to stay we can continue to negotiate with them on green building, landscaping, deliveries, and most important what they sell, local produce, and their alcohol license.

If you cannot come, please email a letter tonight to:

Cultural Heritage Commission
Edgar Garcia, Preservation Planner
Office of Historic Resources
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, #620
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You can say something like:

You strongly encourage the Commission to grant historic cultural monument status to the Highland Park Safeway building under consideration. Buildings like this deserve to be recognized and retained on our city streets. Highland Park needs this building to preserve our historic character.


Machaca Madness

Ξ March 16th, 2009 | → 6 Comments | ∇ 90042, Beyond Northeast, Food, Highland Park |

LA Taco is running a unique tournament this month in an attempt to determine Los Angeles’ best taco.  Unlike NBC’s lame attempt in which they ran only two taco stands against each other, LA Taco has expanded the field to what it considers the top 16 spots in town.  First up is Highland Park’s only representative in the tourney, our favorite, Tacos La Estrella.  It’s up against Echo Park’s hipster haven, Taco Zone.  I’ve eaten there once and while it’s not bad, it’s no substitute for La Estrella’s carnitas and red sauce.  Plus, their name isn’t even Spanish…  Just like Chicago, vote early and vote often.


Moving On…

Ξ March 16th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90041, 90042, Coming Soon, Drinks, Food, Glassell Park, Highland Park |

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – The Buddha

Things have been a bit negative in the YorkBlvd newsroom lately, so we thought it would be a good idea to spread a little Northeast goodwill to some local businesses who have treated us right lately.

  • Eagle Auto Repair has been awesome to us and our cars.  Luis and his father have been honest, helpful, and reassuring with my old Altima that was slowly disintegrating.  He has never tried to upsell me on unnecessary work and they’ll even drive you home if you don’t have a ride.  Lastly, how can you not like a mechanic who works on vintage bicycles as a hobby?
  • Highland Car Wash – Sure it’s probably one of the least aesthetically pleasing car washes around.  You can’t watch your car go through the machine, there are no snacks, and the seating is pretty spartan, but the price is right (especially on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  The capper is that on my last visit, they found a wallet in my car that I though I had lost months ago.  They could have pocketed the wallet and I would have never known it.  Instead, it was placed on my seat, full of the same ammount of cash I thought I had lost in January.
  • They’re not really a business, but I have to give credit to the Office of Community Beautification for their work in the neighborhood this week.  My neck of Highland Park was pretty tagged up after the weekend.  I reported the graffiti online on Sunday, and by Tuesday our neighborhood was pristine.

With the openings of the Eagle Rock Brewery and Good Girl Dinette just around the corner, we’re looking forward to a few more positive stories in the coming weeks.

Eagle Auto Repair
4607 York Blvd.
(323) 257-8114
Highland Car Wash
5128 N. Figueroa St.


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