West Adams Normandie

West Adams-Normandie National Night Out 2015


Leslie Evans

Tuesday, August 4, was the annual National Night Out on Crime, an event dedicated to community police partnerships. One local event was the 13th year of National Night Out held by the local block clubs in the area around Adams Blvd. and Normandie Avenue just south of the 10 Freeway. The main sponsor is the Adams Normandie Neighborhood Association (ANNA), joined by the Van Buren Place Community Restoration Association, the Budlong, Juliet, Catalina Neighborhood Association, and the West Adams Neighborhood Association. The tradition is to have a march through some of the local streets followed by a big community potluck. Southwest Senior Lead Officers as usual provided a police escort. They led and followed the marchers and stopped traffic on Adams and on Normandie for the march, with many children blowing whistles, to walk in the street.

 At the potluck afterward, attended by about 65 people, there were brief speeches by new City Council 8 representative Marqueece Harris-Dawson, State Assemblymember 53rd District Miguel Santiago, Deputy Chief William Scott, the assistant Commanding Officer of Operations South Bureau, and Captain Sean Parker, the new patrol captain at the Southwest Community Police Station. In addition to the food brought by participants the La Barca restaurant on Vermont Avenue donated a number of trays of their fine Mexican cuisine. The event was chaired by Marco Flores, ANNA president.




West Adams Heights Park a Charming Addition to Our Community

A bit north of the 10 Freeway on Normandie Avenue, just south of Washington Blvd. a dismal empty lot stood for endless years. In 2013 the city's Department of Recreation and Parks teamed with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and the local block club, the West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, to turn this odd little spot into a marvelous pocket park. City Council President Herb Wesson was also strongly committed to the idea of the park.

The lot is only 4,000 square feet, and that a narrow strip fronting Normandie Avenue at Cordova Street. Ground breaking took place in August 2013, as part of Rec and Parks' 50 Parks Initiative. It opened to the public on December 7, 2014. My wife Jennifer and I have noticed it every time we drive up Normandie and this morning finally parked to walk through.

The little park is flanked by Craftsman-style river-rock pillars connected by a sturdy wrought iron fence, a perfect match to the historic West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhood, which dates from the late 1890s, with most of its homes built before the end of World War I.

 The park has a combination lock on the gate, and is open from sunrise to sunset. It is filled with benches to sit on, California drought resistant native plants, exercise machines for adults, and for children a climbing structure and marimba-like metal tube instruments to make some music on. There is even a metal case holding a Little Free Library - people should drop by to donate some books! - Leslie Evans, 2-22-2015.



Twin Brothers Arrested in Murder of Maria Elena Rivas

From ABC Eyewitness News, January 28, 2015


Maria Elena Rivas, 62, is seen in an undated photo (left), and at a Ralph's Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. She was fatally stabbed as she walked in West Adams (right).


Twin 18-year-old brothers from Los Angeles were arrested in connection to the stabbing murder of a 62-year-old South L.A. woman.

Maria Rivas was killed Dec. 22 as she walked home from the market. Investigators said she was stabbed to death near Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.

Shortly before her murder, Rivas was seen on surveillance video buying groceries at Ralphs. Her purse was clearly seen on her shoulder. When she was found along the street, the purse was gone and the groceries were left behind.

Los Angeles police were expected to release more information about the arrests at a Wednesday news conference.

Volunteers Needed for January 29 South Los Angeles Homeless Count

Every two years the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority must do a point-in-time count of the homeless in Los Angeles County. The results of this count will determine how much funding the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will give Los Angeles for homeless housing and other services. The count is crucial in the effort to get homeless people off the streets and into a better life. While the county-wide count will take place over three days, January 27-29, the part that will affect our neighborhoods will be on Thursday, January 29, from 8 pm to midnight, when a thousand volunteers will go out by car and on foot to scour South Los Angeles to tally up the number of homeless.

 People will go out in teams of three or four. This has proven in past years to be perfectly safe, and essential to receive federal funding. If you can volunteer, please sign up at:


 For more information please see the press release below from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

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For Immediate Release   

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Launches Volunteer Campaign

for Largest Homeless Count in the Nation


The 2015 Greater LA Homeless Count Involves Thousands of Volunteers, Government and Community Partners to determine extent of homelessness across Los Angeles County

 Los Angeles, CA, January 8, 2015The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) today called for 6,000 volunteers to assist with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which will take place countywide over three nights from January 27 to 29.  Volunteers should register at TheyCountWillYou.org to assist in their community.  Dozens of deployment centers across LA County will host the nation’s largest street count of homeless community members. 

“The 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is a critical opportunity to gain information about the size and scope of the challenge we face to house community residents experiencing homelessness,” said Executive Director Peter Lynn.  “We use this information to better target our homeless service resources.  Volunteers will make a difference in their community, and the lives of their homeless neighbors, by committing four hours of their time.”

LA’s last Homeless Count in 2013 found more than 39,000 men, women and children.

The Homeless Count will cover L.A. County as follows:

·         Tuesday, January 27 (8:00PM), San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles County

·         Wednesday, January 28 (8:00PM), West Los Angeles and South Bay

·         Thursday, January 29 (6:00AM), Antelope Valley

·         Thursday, January 29 (8:00PM), San Fernando Valley/Santa Clarita Valley, Metro Los Angeles and South Los Angeles

Volunteers will be dispatched from 87 regional deployment centers to targeted census tracts throughout the county to record the number of homeless people, vehicles used as homes and homeless encampments observed.  Volunteers select their preferred deployment center when they register at TheyCountWillYou.org.

The Count will follow definitions of homelessness established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which include people living in places not meant for human habitation such as cars, parks, sidewalks and abandoned buildings.  A simultaneous count by service provider staff will enumerate homeless individuals and family members staying in emergency shelters and other homeless programs. 

In conjunction with the three-night street and shelter count, LAHSA will perform a detailed demographic survey to collect information critical in planning and assigning resources for homeless programs and services.  Demographic data will include such data as age, gender, ethnicity, individual and family homelessness, duration of homelessness, and veteran status.  Additional demographic data seeks to identify reasons why individuals became homeless, services utilized and benefits received.

The volunteer registration website is:  TheyCountWillYou.org

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The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $70 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to men, women and children experiencing homelessness. For more information about LAHSA, visit: www.lahsa.org