GPIA’s New Board after swearing in by Gabrielle Taylor- From left to right: Gabrielle Taylor, Neighborhood Prosecutor, City Attorney’s Office, Melinda Martinez, Secretary, Helene Schpak, President, Zazu Faure, Area Representative, Marge Piane, Area Representative, Jennifer Campbell, Area Representative, Donald Nollar, Treasurer, Molly Lynn Taylor, Improvement Chair | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Glassell Park Improvement Association Get a New Board, Sets Unique Format for CD-14 Candidates Forum

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By Bill Hendrickson

Glassell Park’s Improvement Association got a new Board of Directors last night.  Sworn in by City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor, the “new” directors (see photo below) were mostly 2019 directors that signed up for another year.  Helene Schpak takes the reins as President stating that the GPIA will continue “stepping up for the community’s best interest.”  

The GPIA’s next endeavor is a example of the ingenuity and initiative of this group.  Together with the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, GPIA will co-host a CD-14 Candidates Forum in a unique up close and personal ‘speed dating’ format from 10 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, January 25th.   

At this event, to be held at the Senior Center at 3750 Verdugo Road, up to 60 local residents will sit, 12 at each of 5 tables, with each of the candidates for 8-10 minutes.  The candidates will then move to a different table so that at the end of the event participants will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions from each of the 5 candidates who have qualified for the primary ballot on March 3rd.

Educating the community was on the GPIA agenda last night.  The swearing in was followed by a fascinating presentation of maps showing the evolution of Los Angeles by Glassell Park resident, author of “Los Angeles in Maps”, and maps librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, Glen Creason. The many tidbits of note included: Mr Glassell advertising in 1912 “large lots with grand views $700 and up” and today’s Eagle Rock Blvd south of York was, in 1929, named Glassell Ave.  Nobody moved during Mr. Creason’s talk. Even the local Sr. Lead of LAPD stayed around for his virtuoso performance. 


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