Category: Current Newsletter

Click this photo to read Our MEGA Cornerstone, Fall 2021


Dear HPHT Members and Northeast LA Community members,

The Highland Park Heritage Trust has had a challenging but eventful year as we navigate a world that is forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I am so happy to present you with this first-ever MEGA issue of Our Cornerstone with the help of a Neighborhood Purpose Grant from the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council. CLICK HERE to download the full issue. This grant is allowing us to expand the content and distribution of the Cornerstone in the NELA community, and is allowing us to enhance our outreach capacity.

The Heritage Trust has not been immune to the struggles faced by non-profits all over the country as a result of COVID-19. Dramatically increased workloads, brushes with the COVID-19 virus, funding concerns, adapting to fulfill the organization’s mission in a fully remote environment…all of these and more comprise the challenges that we have navigated. The pandemic is not over yet, but we are grateful that our membership and our community has stayed with us at every step, and we pray that all of us stay safe and healthy so we can come out of it together.  

In the face of challenges, we have found bright spots and successes to celebrate in the community including the HCM Designations of the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park; The Dedication of Annette Cardona Square; The Opening of the Tiny Homes Village at Arroyo Seco Park, and so much more that we are sharing with you in detail in this issue.

As we approach our 40th anniversary in 2022, we look ahead with a focus on sustaining our organization far into the future and taking you with us on this journey into the next 40 years. In the meantime, please enjoy this MEGA issue of the Cornerstone and get up to speed on preservation efforts and related community news in Northeast LA.


HPHT President Jamie Tijerina

To make a fully tax-deductible donation to the Highland Park Heritage Trust and continue supporting our mission, CLICK HERE.


Mark the Festival of Hanukkah’s third night at a Historic public lighting of a giant Menorah in Highland Park at Academia Avance!

This holiday celebrates the triumph of light over darkness during the darkest days of the year.

Tuesday, November 30th 2021 at 6:00pm
Academia Avance
115 N. Ave 53
Highland Park Los Angeles, CA 90042
(enter into the parking lot at Figueroa/Ave 54)

Rabbi Jason Rosner of Temple Beth Israel of HLP & ER will be leading the traditional ritual and songs. All ages and religious backgrounds (including none/secular) are invited! Kid friendly!

This event will be socially distanced and child friendly.

Pan dulce and coffee will be served!

To promote social distancing, the event will be Drive-In style so you can enjoy from your car.

View the event page on Facebook

Disfrute el Festival de Januka durante su tercera noche con nuestra iluminación pública de una menorá gigante.

Esta fiesta celebra el triunfo de la luz contra la oscuridad durante los dias mas oscuras del año.

Martes, 30 Nov 2021 a las 6:00pm
Academia Avance
115 N. Ave 53
Highland Park Los Angeles, CA 90042
(entrada al parqueo en la calle Figueroa y Avenida 54)

Rabino Jason Rosner dirigirá la celebracion y las canciones. Todos son bienvenidos, de todas edades y de todas religiones, y aún si usted es laico.

También serviremos pan dulce y cafe!

Para asegurar distanciamiento social, este evento se puede disfrutar en su carro al estilo de un autocine!

Visite la pagina del evento en Facebook

Presented by//Presentado Por:
Highland Park Heritage Trust
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park & Eagle Rock
Academia Avance
CD1 Gil Cedillo
CD14 Kevin de Leon

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 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: .

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.