Put Monterey Hills Back on the Map!

Put Monterey Hills Back on the Map!

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Constance Villalvazo started this petition to Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and

Save Monterey Hills green space! Protect our rights to fair representation! Boundary lines for the Monterey Hills portion of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) were changed in 2017 without prior and proper notification to both stakeholders of the Monterey Hills community and the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council itself, an official local City government which represents the community. No outreach was done to the affected neighborhood, and in fact the ASNC were barred from doing it themselves. This change of boundaries reduced the community land area belonging to Monterey Hills, and assigns Monterey Hills open space west of Via Colina to the Hermon Neighborhood to develop at will. As the Hermon NC now claims the land, Monterey Hills, and its stakeholders would not be notified of any future developments, which would inevitably affect traffic, density, property values, and local environment. When Monterey Hills was planned nearly 50 years ago these areas were included as part of the Monterey Hills community, as evidenced by trees and sidewalk placements with unique designs. We demand fair representation and self-determination in our own community!


These changes were facilitated by former Councilman Huizar in the effort to grant Hermon its own Neighborhood Council. With Huizar’s help, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) created an exception to the City Plan and weakened the 20,000 stakeholder requirement for Neighborhood Councils in order to allow the “subdivision” of Hermon to be carved out of the ASNC. At some point between Hermon’s application in December 2016 and their subdivison election in April 2017, the southern boundary was shifted to encroach on Monterey Hills, based upon their argument that 114 year old boundaries should be followed, disregarding the community of Monterey Hills which has been present on the site for half a century. This change was never publicized, and in fact the file minutes for the meetings where this was discussed are missing. This constitutes an egregious violation of the Brown Act and a serious violation of public trust. DONE and BONC refuse to take responsibility or show any effort towards good faith transparency, and Hermon Neighborhood Council to this day refuses to be transparent with their own stakeholders and residents, specifically as regards their new petition for street name change of Via Marisol, and continue to show a lack of good faith towards their neighboring communities.

The Monterey Hills community is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Northeast Los Angeles, with its own unique culture, hosting summer jazz festivals in Budd Weiner Park. The neighborhood is also part of a wildlife corridor, which stretches from the San Gabriel Mountains, along the newly revitalized L.A. River, and down to Long Beach. As such, this neighborhood is home to endangered Monarch butterfly migrations, red hawks, and bob-cats, as noted by the Natural History Museum and several local guidebooks. These animals would have less space as human development continues to encroach on their habitats, and would reduce the beauty of the neighborhood which drew the residents to the community in the first place.
Residents should be free to discuss changes in the community and have a say in their own sovereignty!

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