Heritage Trust News

HPHT is an Official Redistricting Ambassador for the City of LA

We are happy to share that Highland Park Heritage Trust is an Official Redistricting Ambassador organization for the 2021 LA City Redistricting Effort. This means that we will be providing impartial, non-political information, education, and outreach to the community throughout the process so that NELA and the Eastside have a chance to give their public comment throughout the process.

We have been doing outreach for the hearings in our local districts, as well as the final citywide hearings in the first phase of the efforts. The very last citywide hearing before the draft maps are drawn and released will be held via Zoom on Sept 11th, 2021 at 10am and the link is http://bit.ly/LACCRCZoom. For those who can’t make it, you can sent in public comments virtually on your own time by Sept 11th to have a say before the draft maps are released at this link: http://bit.ly/lacitycoi .

Once the draft maps are released, you will have more opportunity to send in your public comment for Phase 2, and we will be sure to send reminders for these meetings and let you know how you can send your public comment in online if you can’t make it to a meeting. For a listing of the upcoming meetings, CLICK HERE. 

We are also seeking to continue partnering with organizations to ensure that the most people possible hear about this chance to have a say in the way that the lines are drawn for our Council District Boundaries in LA, and especially in our Northeast and Eastside council districts.

Partnering organizations include: NELA Community, Boyle Heights Community Partners, Avenue 50 Studio, Historic Garvanza, Hand more.

Make sure that you are following us on our social media between now and November to ensure that you are getting reminders about the meetings and the process.



LA City Council Unanimously Votes YES on the HCM Nominations of the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park

¡SI SE PUDO! After years of work and nearly a year of hearings and delays associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have reached the major moment in which the LA City Council has officially recognized the buildings that housed the Mechicano Art Center and the Centro de Arte Público as Historic Cultural Monuments in the City of Los Angeles. This was a unanimous 14-0 vote.

Nationally, fewer than 10% of historic landmarks are associated with communities of color. Important places that are historically connected with the struggle for Latino civil rights in the US, the Chicano Movement, are at risk of being lost, just as Roosevelt High School was in Boyle Heights when the R Building and Auditorium were demolished in 2019.

The nominations of Mechicano Art Center and the Centro de Arte Publico are not only critical for the preservation of Chicano history in Northeast Los Angeles, but they also are a step toward achieving equity in this space, ensuring that these important places will be there for our community and for many years to come.

The overwhelming support of our community has been critical throughout the HCM process, and we also are grateful to have a champion in the LA City Council who understands the importance of Chicano History, our CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo. Northeast LA and the Eastside value the preservation of our history and honoring those who came before, and the community’s and our councilmember’s support of these nominations at every step has underscored this.

We additionally would like to thank our local elected officials who also sent in letters of support including LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, and CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

We are also thankful all the members of the City Council citywide who unanimously voted YES on the nominations, including Councilmember Kevin DeLeon in neighboring CD14. Organizations who sent in letters of support included Occidental College, Boyle Heights Community Partners, Historic Garvanza, Art in the Park LA, Latino Heritage Conservation, Ave 50 Studio, and the LA Conservancy. There are so many people and organizations whose support we are grateful for, including Alexandra Madsen who spent countless hours writing and researching to author the nominations, and we hope to continue working together with everyone and recognizing you for your contributions to the preservation of Chicano History.

Very soon, we hope to complete and submit the third nomination associated with the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park, Corazón Productions, and others locally. We look forward in sharing this and many more nominations in the future with you, our community.

Jamie Tijerina, President HPHT

Final Vote in Front of LA City Council for the HCM Nominations of the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park

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Dear Friends and Members of HPHT,

I’m writing with exciting news that the HCM Nominations of the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park, Mechicano Art Center and el Centro de Arte Publico, are scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday August 24th at 10am for their final hearing and votes in front of the Full LA City Council.

This is a major moment and we are so excited to be able to share this with you after coming together as a community over the past year to make this happen.

We hope that you will be able to attend the meeting remotely on Tuesday to support and give public comment. We are items 19 and 20 on the agenda, which can be found HERE.


Members of the public who wish to offer public comment to the Council should call 1 669 254 5252 and use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak.

You can send your public comment directly to the Council Files via LA City Council’s online portal at https://cityclerk.lacity.org/publiccomment/, using council file number 21-0140 Mechicano and 21-0136 for Centro. If you’re short on time, all it needs to say is “I support this nomination.”

We are so thankful for your support and we very much hope to have good news to share with you following the meeting.

Jamie Tijerina
President, Highland Park Heritage Trust

HPHT Needs Your Help: Public Comments at HPOZ Hearing on 2/9

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We here at HPHT are once again calling on you, our dedicated community, to help us with a huge undertaking:
We need as many people as possible to turn out for public comment at the Highland Park/Garvanza HPOZ Hearing to hold developers and our City accountable to follow the guidelines for building in our historic Highland Park/Garvanza.
Our HPOZ board needs to hear from you* that both the City of LA and Developers must follow the Preservation Plan and the will of the community.


Tuesday, Feb 9th, 6:00 pm
Join Zoom Webinar:
Password: 963462


There’s a large multi-unit development planned for the parking lot adjacent to our local Rite Aid on York/Ave 64. The community needs to make sure the development is held to the standards set forth by our local HPOZ. The current project plans don’t meet HPOZ Preservation Plan guidelines.


The site has also been misclassified as Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC), when it does not meet the criteria for a TOC designation. Such a misclassification by our local government presents a serious problem, as it gives the developer authorization to construct a larger building or receive incentives, despite the site not meeting the criteria to allow this. The community must ask for accountability and compliance with the regulations that exist as a TOC designation can affect the design of the building within our HPOZ.

Turn out and let your voice be heard! You’ll have 1 minute to speak.

Once again, we thank you for all that you do to support NELA and our organization, and we look forward to your attendance at this HPOZ meeting.

*Please note: The HPOZ can only address design issues and compatibility with the Preservation Plan. They can’t act on any issues besides design and compatibility with the Preservation Plan. Their role in the process is not to stop a project. 

Your Support Needed For 1/21 HCM Hearing

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To kick off 2021, Highland Park Heritage Trust and the Chicano Arts Collective need YOUR support!

Yes, you. We are presenting our case at the second and final Historic Cultural Monument hearing headed by the Los Angeles County Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) this coming Thursday, January 21st, at 10:00am, via Zoom. We need all the help we can get, so now is your time to shine!

There are three ways to help us achieve the goal of a “yes” vote on the 21st: 

  1. Write a letter of support to the CHC. Tell them that you support our two nominations, and include compelling reasons why they should vote in our favor. You can email your support letter directly to the commission at chc@lacity.org. If you need a sample letter or suggested talking points, please email our media coordinator at sam.andrel@hpht.org
  2. Make a public comment on the day of the hearing. The CHC will designate time during the actual hearing after our presentation for public comments. You can express your desire to comment by “raising your hand” on the Zoom call, which you can find details about here
  3. Share our social media posts and graphics. We’ve created shareable graphics and posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages @highlandparkheritagetrust. Please share these with your networks, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to share as well!

From one community member to another, we thank you for your continuing support and involvement! To those of you who have already emailed letters or written articles about the upcoming hearing, we are forever grateful and are so excited to see you all (virtually, of course), on the 21st! 

Background Information

We are presenting historical background and justification for the preservation of two of LA County’s most influential buildings during the Latino arts movement in the 1960s and 1970s: the Mechicano Art Center, located at 5337-5341 North Figueroa Street, 110 North Avenue 54; and the Centro de Arte Publico, located at 5605-5607 North Figueroa Street. 

These two buildings played a pivotal role in allowing Latino artists to express themselves and showcase their creative work in a welcoming environment. Now under threat of erasure due to ongoing city development, there’s a dire need to preserve these historic centers to ensure the stories and work of these artists stay alive for future generations of Angelenos. 

Our first hearing with the CHC, which took place on October 1st, 2020, resulted in them voting to consider our two nominations for designation as historical monuments. During this hearing, they will cast their final vote for HCM status for both buildings. 

Join or Renew Your Membership to the Highland Park Heritage Trust!

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Join the Highland Park Heritage Trust in 2020! –> CLICK HERE

Your membership in the Heritage Trust supports historic and cultural preservation efforts in the communities of the Arroyo in the Northeast and Eastside of Los Angeles.

Joining the Heritage Trust gets you our a copy of our quarterly newsletter, “The Cornerstone” as well as discounted tickets to our walking tours and events. You will be the first to know about preservation efforts in the community and ways that you can support these efforts. Additionally, you will be able to reach out to our board’s professional historians and architects with questions about how to navigate preservation concerns in our neighborhoods.

In the Fall, we also plan to offer discounts to local small businesses as a benefit of membership.

Additionally, your membership dues are considered a tax-deductible donation as HPHT is a 501c3 non-profit. We also offer discounted memberships for students.

Join us today! Sign up online HERE

HPHT’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

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Join us for a day of lively activities!

$20 General Admission – Live Music, Local Artisan Fair, Snacks and Refreshments, and more on the grounds around the Abbey.

$40 Guided tour inside the Abbey plus General Admission.
Timed House tours – reserve online in advance!

Free admission for children 12 and under

For more details / Purchase Tickets HERE.

See who else is going on Facebook.

Lummis Day to honor Highland Park’s Amy Inouye with 2018 Noisemaker Award

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Amy Inouye, designer, artist, community activist and godmother of Highland Park’s iconic Chicken Boy rooftop statue, will be the 2018 Lummis Day “Noisemaker Award” honoree.

The award will be presented at the Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner on Saturday, April 7, 6:30 pm – 10pm at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

The April 7 fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner provided by many of Northeast L.A.’s favorite restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks. A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles at bargain prices. Entertainment will include a performance by Lummis Days veterans, The Andersons. Event tickets, priced at $50, are available on the Lummis Day website, www.LummisDay.org, at Galco’s Old World Grocery and at Las Cazuelas in Highland Park. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission. All proceeds from the event support the Lummis Days Festival, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.

Amy Inouye is a book designer (over 200 books designed, several award-winning local best sellers), gallerist (organizer of over 60 art exhibits), community activist (board member of two nonprofits, an organizer of “Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street” which repaired, restored, and relit the Highland Theatre and the Mannings Coffee Store signs), Los Angeles history aficionado (president of Photo Friends of Los Angeles Public Library, the support group of the LAPL photo collection), and occasional artist (yarn bomber and public art installation creator, such as Book Booth Highland Park and Big Stick for Peace on Figueroa). She’s also well-known for bringing the 22-foot tall Chicken Boy (aka the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles) to North Figueroa Street, where he has become a beloved Historic Route 66 roadside icon. Amy’s efforts in preserving Chicken Boy earned a State of California Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2010. In 2017, Amy’s design of the “Strolling on Seventh Street: Downtown’s Historic Thoroughfare” earned a Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. She designed the original visual materials for the Lummis Days festival and has been a frequent and valued creative resource for Lummis Days and many other community events.

This year’s Lummis Days Festival, the 13th annual event, will take place during the first week of June at multiple Northeast L.A. locations including Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock Public Library, the Arroyo Seco Public Library, The Highland Park Ebell Club, Lummis Home in Montecito Heights, Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park’s historic Security Trust and Savings Bank building on North Figueroa Street and the streets surrounding York Boulevard & Avenue 50 Park. As always, admission to all festival events will be free of charge.

The “Noisemaker Award,” named for the famous entertainments hosted by Charles Lummis for writers, artists and dignitaries at his Northeast L.A. home, is presented to a person whose work and contributions to the community are consistent with the mission of the Lummis Day Community Foundation, ‘to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.’ Previous honorees were award-winning author and journalist Hector Tobar, former councilmember Ed Reyes, playwright, filmmaker and actor Richard Montoya and longtime neighborhood activist Ann Walnum.

For more event information, call 818-429-8753 or email lummisdayweb@gmail.com.