HOPE to Host CD8 Candidates Forum

There is an important municipal election on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to select the next 8th District councilmember, which includes Hyde Park. HOPE is hosting a candidate forum where you may come, meet the candidates and ask your questions. The candidates are: Bobbie Jean Anderson, Robert Cole, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Forescee Hogan-Rowles. The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6 PM at the US Bank building Community Room, located at 5760 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043. All are welcome.

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Friends of the Hyde Park Library Update

The Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library Friends group has incurred some changes over the past few months. It recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the library’s opening at its current location 2205 Florence Avenue. There is a new acting Senior Librarian, Jennifer Murphy. More importantly there is a new Friends president, Angela Lee.

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HOPE Forces the Inner City Education Fund to Give Back to the Community

As a compromise to HOPE’s lawsuit filed in the spring of 2014 opposing the Inner City Education Fund's (ICEF) plan to build a charter school on the corner of 52nd and Crenshaw Boulevard, ICEF Board of Directors agreed to contribute to the Hyde Park Pedestrian District. “We opposed another charter school on Crenshaw Boulevard for several reasons,” says Winnifred Jackson, President of HOPE.  “First, our community needs a stable tax base and viable retail. A charter school provides neither.” Mrs. Jackson goes on to say that Crenshaw Boulevard is this community’s prime commercial corridor.

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A New Block Club Partnership

HOPE is initiating a new partnership with community block clubs within Hyde Park. The Hyde Park community has a long history of active block clubs. “This partnership between HOPE and block clubs will create a stronger community,” says Linda Ricks, Vice President of HOPE.

In the coming months HOPE plans to work closely with a number of block clubs on projects designed to improve the physical look of Hyde Park. Longtime resident and HOPE member Assata Umoja said, “Our goal is to make Hyde Park one the cleanest communities in the city.” Some of the projects will include a community clean up campaign, establishing a group of volunteer residents to monitor city code violations, along with a community education and engagement program. Block clubs wanting to join forces with HOPE or anyone needing more information can contact Assata Umoja at (323) 291-2684.

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HOPE Launches Program to Upgrade Hyde Park’s Image

HOPE is planning a fall campaign to raise Hyde Park’s visibility. “The plan is to place identification signs at strategic locations in the community,” says Dwayne Wyatt, HOPE’s land use advisor. HOPE intends to place identification signs in such a way that wherever you are you will know that you are in Hyde Park. The program will create sub-areas in Hyde Park, and recruit residents to serve as community ambassadors as well as work with local realtors to market the community to attract new homebuyers.

“We think this program will go a long way in helping to improve Hyde Park’s image as a great place to live and further engage and increase resident participation,” said Wyatt.

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Fact Checking Fresh & Easy

Fresh & Easy, their high-priced public relations firm, a multi-million dollar non-profit corporation, and the Council Member who is running for re-election, have stated several misrepresentations about the proposed project at 52nd St & Crenshaw Blvd and the conditions of our community. We intend to simply set the record straight and deliver the truth about Tesco’s Fresh & Easy to our neighbors.

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