The Olympic Park Neighborhood Council is focused on increasing community involvement in neighborhood improvement. We regularly reach out to stakeholders at local events and host our own. In 2017 our outreach included:
- Greeting stakeholders at the Wesson Open House in January
- Hosting the International Flair of Cultures in May
- Meeting attendees at our booth at a Block Party in May
- Staffing a booth at the Taste of Soul
- Supported Movies in the Park with City Council President Herb Wesson. OPNC President Laura Rudison helped pick the winning tickets for bikes, skateboards and other gifts. Our President herself was very lucky, winning skateboards two years running and donating them to two happy children.
- Partnering with the Longwood Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) for a Town Hall
- Supported Los Angeles High School Centennial Celebration at the Peterson Automotive Museum and reached out to stakeholders through an ad in their Centennial Memorial Magazine.
- Sponsoring the Queen Anne’s Park Halloween event so local kids could celebrate safely
- Hosting a Holiday Mixer where stakeholders and board members mingled
We also like to combine outreach and community service giving everyone an opportunity to do good. In 2017 we:
- Sponsored a blood drive at Los Angeles High in April
- Supported Cultural Affairs by providing food which was provided free to participants in Healthy Kids activities.
- Organized a community clean up in November
- Supported Shoes for Santa providing new shoes to underprivileged children with a day of snow play, Santa, hot cocoa and treats.
Of course during our meetings we take seriously the responsibility to carefully consider community issues, proposed developments and safety concerns and advocate on behalf of the stakeholders with the City.
- Took a position against Measure S which would have put restrictions on the development of apartment towers, shops and offices
- OPNC participated in Regional Budget Day providing out input in February.
- Advocated for safer streets, seeing the completion of a safety project with four way stop signs at St. Andrews Place/ 11th Street
- Supported a Street Lighting District at Bronson/Country Club
In 2018 we plan to continue these outreach, community service and community advocacy efforts and significantly increase our emergency preparedness through a Community Emergency Response Team training project. We would like to join an existing HAM radio community which can provide communications when cell phone communications are down. The project would add LANA, West Normandie Heights Neighborhood Association, Los Angeles High School, Country Club Neighborhood Association, and OPNC to an existing network comprised of LAPD, LAFD, MINC, Leimert Park and City Council President Herb Wesson’s Office.
We invite you to join us at an OPNC Board Meeting, committee meeting or community event to improve our community. We meet on the first Monday of the month, 7pm at Union, 4067 Pico Blvd. Join our conversation by liking our page: https://www.facebook.com/laopnc and following us on https://twitter.com/OPNCLA.